Ronald Lenz

Locative Lab - Cultural Heritage

"All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players"

25 Sep 2008

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages."
William Shakespeare from As You Like It

The Locative Lab is all about seeing the world as a stage, but in this Lab you are not merely a player, but the director creating new city experiences.

Everywhere around you there’s hidden information. Personal stories and memories, historical and cultural backgrounds, demographics, social relationships and all kinds of other information. Something has occurred on every street corner, every tile on every street has been numerously stepped upon, and every brick can claim its own history. Big events happening right now all over the city or quiet past occurrences, forgotten neighborhoods, old trails or lost monuments most persons are not ever aware of.

The internet has evolved from a collection of static pages to an indispensable source of information and social meeting place and is now making its way into public space through your mobile phone. In addition your phone can make online interaction location specific based on your GPS location, supports rich content en lets you create and upload media yourself.

So taking into account the possibilities of the city and technology what are the ingredients for an engaging mobile city experience?

Come to the Locative Lab to design and test out new concepts in a hands-on fashion using locative media platform 7scenes and exchange experiences. You’ll be working in teams and pitch your final group concept to a jury.

The Locative Lab is held on two days with two different focusses: education and cultural heritage.

Locative Lab: Cultural Heritage
Thursday 25 Sep, 09.30-18.00, Buzz Hall (Gashouder) building

This specific Locative Lab session focusses on cultural heritage and explores the possibilities of the city as an exhibition space addressing the search for new ways of exposing people to collections or stories at relevant city locations. Best practices are followed by hands-on experience with locative software.

09:30 – 10:00 Welcome and introduction
10:00 – 12:00 Best practices presentations
- Hans Wessels, Hootchi Cootchi – Afrikaander and Transvaal tapes
- Dick van Dijk, Waag Society – Rituals and Museum++
- Mushon Zer-Aviv, Kati London - You Are Not Here
- Cas Verholt, Act2- Tijdmachine and Dordrecht 1572
- Pol Eggermont, WesterGasFabriek – Het Levend Museum
12:00 – 13:00 Team formation and first brainstorm session
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch & optional “Levend Museum” demo
14:00 – 14:15 Short tutorial hands-on tools
14:15 – 16:00 Second Brainstorm session
16:00 – 17:00 Pitch to jury
17:00 – 18:00 Drinks

Do you want to apply for this lab? Then make sure you have an active PICNIC Network acount. If you don't have an account yet, please go to and create one (it's free). It will give you access to profiles of more than 10.000 PICNIC Network members and you will be able to apply for one of the labs (just return to the Lab page of your choice).

The Waag Society will make the final selection of actual participants. Selected participants will recieve a confirmation and a registration code in due time. Make sure your PICNIC Network profile is as complete as possible, to make it easier for us to select you

Please note this programme is subject to change.