ARTICLE: On the fringe (A-Mag Sep/Oct 2015)

“For 11 wonderfully weird days, Amsterdam welcomes the fringe festival, a RAMBUNCTIOUS relative of the more established and, well, serious, Dutch Theatre festival” This article was one of the Arts&Entertainment features of Amsterdam Marketing‘s Sep/Oct 2015 issue of A-Mag, a magazine created especially for Amsterdam’s international visitors and residents. Advertisements

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)