On&/Off the Grid

Exhibition and public lectures by Hackers & Designers

11 Aug 2017

In a world that is becoming increasingly digital, designers and artists are empowering themselves with the tools of the digital realm. Conversely, technologists are getting more comfortable and effective at engaging with creative processes through familiarity with the vocabulary of designers and artists. With the exhibition and Summer Talks, H&D invites the public to reflect upon and question our dependence and obedience on closed systems and proprietary technologies in our daily work and living environments.

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Dutch National Algorithm by Sjef van Gaalen - This piece was exhibited at the Get Prepped: On and Off the Grid event of 2017. Sjef van Gaalen

For the 2017 exhibition and public lecture night (H&D Summer Talks, curated by Margarita Osipian) the focus and thematic thread will be about processes of going "off-the grid". Tangible concepts will manifest throughout the exhibition and Summer Talks, including: running and analysing an independent personal solar trailer, peer to peer popup internet of things (IoT) devices and networks, biohacking micro-organisms, robot assisted farming, oestrogen hacking and sci- futurist thought experiments.

The exhibition

The exhibition will take place in two locations, De Ruimte and Mediamatic. The exhibition at De Ruimte will consist of already existing work and projects from invited artists and designers. The full exhibition will then move to Mediamatic where it will be expanded with work from participants of the H&D Summer Academy, who will be making work specifically for the exhibition during the course of a two-week workshop program. In addition, some parts of the exhibition will be powered by the Solar Trailer, which will be parked at both locations.

Bongani Ricky Masuku 

Bongani is an engineer, inventor and product designer from Harare, Zimbabwe who is passionate about disrupting the agriculture industry through developing smart farming technologies aimed at improving the agriculture ecosystem. The exhibition will showcase Bongani’s automated chicken feeding bot—a robot linked to a mobile app that lets chicken farmers track feed levels for their chickens and automatically feed them when it is low.

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Chicken Feeding Bot by Bongani Ricky Masuku - This piece was exhibited at the  Get Prepped: On and Off the Grid   event of 2017. Bongani Ricky Masuku

Gottfried Haider

Gottfried Haider works as an artist, educator and software tool-maker. His Study for a Camera on a Plot of Land in the Desert is an autonomous sensing camera apparatus that harvests solar energy and, once it has enough energy, briefly captures the environment around it through a camera and a microphone in order to send the information via radio waves to a website. Also to be seen is his Window Blinds, which uses cheap window blinds to show computation happening in space through the use of light.

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Study for a Camera on a Plot of Land in the Desert by Gottfried Haider - This piece was exhibited at the  Get Prepped: On and Off the Grid  event of 2017. Gottfried Haider

Oliver Barstow

Oliver Barstow is an artist and publisher from Johannesburg, South Africa. For Get Prepped, has proposed a new work that he is developing which uses a combination of analog (speciflcally analog radio) and digital broadcast techniques, as an alternative or ‘off the grid form’ of self publishing.

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Radio by Oliver Barstow - This piece was exhibited at the  Get Prepped: On and Off the Grid   event of 2017. Oliver Barstow

The Centre for Genomic Gastronomy

The Centre for Genomic Gastronomy is an artist-led think tank that examines the biotechnologies and biodiversity of human food systems. For the exhibition CGG presents their project Rare Endophyte Collectors Club (RECC), where biological hobbyists meet to identify, discover, discuss and trade information about new, rare and hard to access microorganisms living inside plants (i.e. endophytes). The CGG will be giving a workshop during the Summer Academy and the results of the workshop will be exhibited.

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Rare Endophyte Collectors Club by The Centre for Genomic Gastronomy - This piece was exhibited at the  Get Prepped: On and Off the Grid   event of 2017. The Centre for Genomic Gastronomy

MAGGIC

Mary ‘Maggic’ Tsang is an artist working at the intersection of biotechnology, cultural discourse, and civil disobedience. Maggic’s most recent project generates DIY protocols for hacking estrogen, demonstrating its biopolitical ubiquity and potential for mutagenesis, i.e. gender- hacking. For the exhibition MAGGIC has proposed making a hormone extraction installation that is activated with a performance on the lecture evening.

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Hormone extraction installation by MAGGIC - This piece was exhibited at the  Get Prepped: On and Off the Grid   event of 2017. Mary ‘MAGGIC’ Tsang

Sjef van Gaalen

In the exhibition, the camouflage uniforms are presented that Sjef has created as part of the Dutch National Algorithm project. For this work he has analyzed the existing pattern of the Dutch army uniforms, which are made using a secret algorithm, in order to develop a functional equivalent of the algorithm to create his own uniforms. This work touches on national identity and the conceptual signi cance of algorithmically generated patterns.

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Dutch National Algorithm by Sjef van Gaalen - This piece was exhibited at the Get Prepped: On and Off the Grid event of 2017. Sjef van Gaalen

Sarah Garcin

Sarah Garcin is a graphic designer and programmer. For the exhibition, her PJ Machine is presented, a self- publishing machine which composes layouts for publishing using a few coloured buttons and prints them as a PDF in one click. Visitors will be allowed to interact with the machine and print their own productions. Sarah’s work democratizes the process of design and publishing, making the creation and dissemination of information accessible to a wide audience. In addition, in the exhibitition the prototype projects from the Summer Academy participants can be viewed that they will make during Sarah’s workshop.

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PJ Machine by Sarah Garcin - This piece was exhibited at the  Get Prepped: On and Off the Grid   event of 2017. Sarah Garcin

With: Sarah Garcin

The lectures

As an extension of the theme of the exhibition, the lecture evening will include talks from cross-disciplinary speakers who are reflecting on and researching the topic of connectivity, being on and o the grid, and the ethical consequences that arise in our contemporary information society.

Steven Pemberton

Pemberton is a researcher, author, public speaker, and occasional broadcaster, based at the CWI, The Dutch National Research Centre for Mathematics and Informatics. He is invited to speci cally talk about the potential of peer-2-peer networks in information technology.

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Steven Pemberton -

The Centre for Genomic Gastronomy

During their talk, The Centre for Genomic Gastronomy will do a live plating of a plant specimen for endophyte collection. Their talk will explore what other forms our microbial future will take, they will look at the use of endophytes as biopesticides as well as the ethical implications of biohacking for agriculture, the commercialization of science and the privatization of the commons.

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The Centre for Genomic Gastronomy - The Centre of Genomic Gastronomy was part of the Get Prepped: On and Off the Grid event of 2017.

The Things Network

The Things Network is a global community of 15,983 people over 86 countries building a global Internet of Things data network. They will talk about technology allowing for things to talk to the internet without 3G or WiFi, eliminating the need for WiFi codes and mobile subscriptions.

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The Things Network - The Things Network was part of the  Get Prepped: On and Off the Grid   event of 2017. The Things Network

MAGGIC

MAGGIC will activate a hormone extraction installation through a performance. She will also give a talk about her work and the concept of gender-hacking.

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Mary 'Maggic' Tsang - Mary 'MAaggic' Tsang was part of the  Get Prepped: On and Off the Grid   event of 2017.

In addition to the exhibition and the lecture evening, a film screening at Vondelbunker will be hosted by H&D and co-curator Jeffrey Babcock.

Information

Exhibition On&/Off the Grid 
31 July - 9 August, 10:00-18:00 | De Ruimte, Distelweg 83, Amsterdam
11-13 August, 12:00-18:00 | Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijkspark 6, Amsterdam
Admission free of charge

Lectures On&/Off the Grid
Friday 11 August, 18:00-22:30
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijkspark 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: €5,-

More info see website of Hackers & Designer.