BLOG: Professional masterclasses (Cinekid 2015)

This blog was originally published on the Cinekid website following the 2015 Technological Imaginary masterclasses that took place on 22 October at the Westergasfabriek. Shout out to Paulien Dresscher, Head of New Media at Cinekid, who gave me the opportunity to join in on the fun and write about it!  After more than a decade of … More BLOG: Professional masterclasses (Cinekid 2015)

BLOG: Museumnight 2015 in the Hague (The Underground paper’s website)

[Originally published on the now defunct The Underground paper’s website and mentioned on its Facebook page] The 2015 edition of the Hague’s annual Museum Night was filled with art, performances, and music at 40 venues. Here were our top 3 favourites*: Escher in het Paleis: Starting the night at this former royal residence gave us … More BLOG: Museumnight 2015 in the Hague (The Underground paper’s website)

BLOG: Geert Lovink interviews Maarten Sprenger (Society of the Query #2, 2013)

  The fifth session of Society of the Query #2, ‘Search in Context‘ ended with a conversation between Geert Lovink and Maarten Sprenger,  the author of a recently published book for children and adults about searching for valuable information online, who also has extensive experience in teaching about online search and who maintains a search … More BLOG: Geert Lovink interviews Maarten Sprenger (Society of the Query #2, 2013)

BLOG: Google Search perspectives on 9/11 (Society of the Query #2, 2013)

Erik Borra and René König were the second to last speakers of Society of the Query #2’s sixth and final session, The Filter Bubble Show, with a talk on why search engines are biased. As a case study, Borra and König chose the controversial topic of 9/11 and tried to answer how Google’s algorithm decides what is relevant … More BLOG: Google Search perspectives on 9/11 (Society of the Query #2, 2013)

BLOG: The search industry’s 5 percent gamble (Society of the Query #2, 2013)

Thomas Petzold started the second session of Society of the Query #2, ‘Search Across the Border‘, on a more positive tone as he gave kudos to the search engine. He commended it for still being a great tool, one that has had a huge impact on not only the collective memory of our species, but also on … More BLOG: The search industry’s 5 percent gamble (Society of the Query #2, 2013)

BLOG: Language and meaning in software (Unlike Us #2, 2012)

[originally published on the UnlikeUs #2 conference blog] Software Matters, the first session of the second day of Unlike Us #2, was introduced and chaired by Korinna Patelis, who underlined that software can be read and interpreted as a text, which has extraordinary implications for social media analysis. Users of social media read this text over and over … More BLOG: Language and meaning in software (Unlike Us #2, 2012)

BLOG: Thinking software (Unlike Us #2, 2012)

[Originally published on the Unlike Us #2 conference blog] David Berry, the second speaker of the Software Matters session at the Unlike Us #2 conference, took the audience on an informative journey into the ever-increasing scale and importance of software. Berry’s talk aimed to provide a basic understanding of the role played by software in … More BLOG: Thinking software (Unlike Us #2, 2012)

BLOG: There is no such thing as the social (Unlike Us #2, 2012)

[originally published on the UnlikeUs #2 conference blog] After Geert Lovink’s enthusiastic welcome speech, which also introduced Social What? Defining the Social, the first session of UnlikeUs #2, Jodi Dean (pictured right) took to the stage and launched into a passionate presentation – that made excellent comic use of Lego-inspired imagery – to explain how … More BLOG: There is no such thing as the social (Unlike Us #2, 2012)

BLOG: Online video aesthetics – the open source documentary (Video Vortex #6)

Originally published on the Video Vortex #6 conference blog German filmmaker, media artist and activist Florian Schneider ambitiously set out to present a mission statement for a novel type of documentary, the open source mode, and launched into a highly theoretical and somewhat cryptic talk that contained a few guidelines on how this transition can … More BLOG: Online video aesthetics – the open source documentary (Video Vortex #6)

BLOG: Playing with the diegetic desktop (Video Vortex #6, 2011)

Originally published on the Video Vortex #6 conference blog. Ashiq Khondker and Eugene Kotlyarenko‘s presentation was the most entertaining and confusing of the first day of Video Vortex #6. To begin with, their collaboration took place exclusively on the internet, after Ashiq contacted the artist to interview him about a series of videos he shot … More BLOG: Playing with the diegetic desktop (Video Vortex #6, 2011)