October 20th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

woorden-uit-de-berenkuil_cover1 We are very proud with the beautiful book Mots de la Cage aux Ours/Woorden uit de Berenkuil.

It was a great experience to look into ways to represent oral data in a printed publication. Questions, answers, obstacles on the way were all mentioned in this radio-interview, led by Pierre De Jaeger at Radio Panik (in French).

More info on the book

A Legal Identity for Trees

October 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


On 12 & 13 October 2012 Heath Bunting and I joined forces in this workshop initiated by Z33 and hosted by

Our starting point: we are dependent on trees for our survival, even as the ongoing global process of rapid extinction continues apace. What does it mean to integrate trees as legal entities into our social systems, and how can we proceed with this?

We spent time looking at trees in the forest and in the city and we had great discussions. Thanks to the team of, Karen Verschoren of Z33 and all the participants!

Read the report of the workshop
More pictures

Round up 4 all

May 3rd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Did it ever occur to you to wave at a surveillance camera? Or rather, at the person who is watching you at that moment in the control room? And how would it feel if that person would wave back and you would somehow be able to see or hear that?

By using surveillance cameras and a free motion tracking software the artists of !CoLAPseKoDe explore spaces in which innocent mouvements can have consequences. Visitors are invited to move between these spaces and by doing so, play with light, image and sound. For interested people there is also a workshop module on Thu and Fri (see below).

Players: Simon Yuill, Kirsty Stansfield, An Mertens, Pierre Marchand, Matthias Koole, Lot Jansen, Dorothé Depeauw

When: From 17 till 19th May at De Pianofabriek, Rue du Fort straat 35, 1060 Brussels

Round-up presents the results of !CoLAPseKoDe, a research process by Mangrove-Tentactile and Constant vzw/asbl, with the support of De Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats and the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie.
The performance is part of the Open House Festival.

Special: Workshop with Pierre Marchand & Dorothé Depeauw
on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 from 14 till 16h

Motion tracking is based on the analysis of differences between images in a video input. We’ll propose an exploration of how these differences are built in OBJSCRS, then trace new paths from the video input to the actual motion tracker. We’ll build visualizations out of this data structure, whether on screen or in any other possible form.

Motion tracking is based on the analysis of differences between images in a video input. We’ll propose an exploration of how these differences are built in OBJSCRS, then trace new paths from the video input to the actual motion tracker. We’ll build visualizations out of this data structure, whether on screen or in any other possible form.

Voice & objects

August 15th, 2011 § Comments Off on Voice & objects § permalink

In the framework of the CCA-program Creative Lab Kirsty Stansfield and me explore the concept of the “voice as object” and “object as voice”. The motion tracking software objscrs continues to mediate the development of concepts, methods and scores in which physical objects, performers and words are equal “players”. On the reading shelf is the philosophical essay ‘Irréductions’ by Bruno Latour. More documentation will be posted soon to the blog of the over all project !Co LAPse KoDe.

CIAO/Tot Later 1.0 – de auteursversie!

June 20th, 2011 § Comments Off on CIAO/Tot Later 1.0 – de auteursversie! § permalink

Friday we had a toast on the limited printrun of the author’s cut of the distributed novel CIAO/Tot Later in the office of Constant. The event was as sparkling as the lay-out & cover of this collective artwork, done by OSP.
You can read the digital story CIAO here
Je vindt de pdf van het boek via Constant Verlag.

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!Co LAPse KoDe breakthrough

April 23rd, 2011 § Comments Off on !Co LAPse KoDe breakthrough § permalink

The residency in De Pianofabriek last week (18-23 April) was filled with little moments of extasy.
First we discovered objscrs works fine with the surveillance cameras of the venue. Very promising :-).
Secondly we found a key for using the software that opened a brand new perspective on experiencing the two- and three-dimensional environments.
And finally we managed to pass on our excitement to an intimate audience.
Read on here, there and overhere.

#Labsurlab: Art in communities

April 16th, 2011 § Comments Off on #Labsurlab: Art in communities § permalink

‘Arte en comunidad’ or ‘Art in Communities’ was an important topic in the series of conferences, discussions and workshops of LabSurLab. A lot of social artistic workers were present introducing their work on living memories, digesting violence and empowerment through art and technology in poor areas of Medellín, Bogotá, Cali…, like Antena Mutante, Platohedro, La DIREKTA, Geomalla, Sur del Cielo,..

Most remarkable is the work of rapper and social worker Lucia Vargas who mounted Sur del Cielo, a self run organisation in Bogotá with 60 youngsters now present in a collective structure.

Centro Cultural Moravia

And all Labsurlabbers were impressed while visiting the Cultural Center of Moravia, one of the partners of LabSurLab, situated in a neighbourhood that is built on garbage. » Read the rest of this entry «

#Labsurlab: Hacktivistas & the law Lleras

April 15th, 2011 § Comments Off on #Labsurlab: Hacktivistas & the law Lleras § permalink

Hacktivistas en Labsurlab

One of the lectures during LabsurLab was given by Epsilon and Daniel, two hackers representing Hacktivistas, a citizen mouvement that is part of Anonymous. Hacktivistas grew out of the Spanish hacklab community in order to ‘coordinate actions on a global level, discuss strategies and synchronize with other resistance mouvements towards the creation of a free society with free technologies.’ They are an open horizontal assembly community organised around three fundamental principles:
1) the construction of a society and culture that are free, open, participative throughout the use of free tools
2) the right to privacy
3) the desire to experiment freely. » Read the rest of this entry «

A daily protocol

April 10th, 2011 § Comments Off on A daily protocol § permalink

So next time I called a taxi I asked them to write down the code

Medellín is a city where people are cautious with their trust in unknown persons, especially late at night. I have been told many times to not walk alone at night, and never take a taxi alone on the street. So on my third night in Medellín I find myself in a very nice bar with the crowd of the festival asking the guy behind the counter if he can please call a taxi for me. » Read the rest of this entry «

#Labsurlab – lectures – concepts

April 10th, 2011 § Comments Off on #Labsurlab – lectures – concepts § permalink

The program of Labsurlab dedicates almost 1/4 of the printed program to ‘palabras frecuentes’ or ‘frecuent words’. A lot of these words have been pronounced, illustrated during the conferences. The list is long with definitions mostly taken from wikipedia: collaboration, free software, free hardware, open code practices, laboratories, social networks, commons, p2p, DIY, DIWO, cartographies, communities, city, meeting (f2f), hacktivism, modularity, prototype, experimentation, copyleft, free content, horizontality, hacker ethics, recycling, permaculture, transdisciplinarity, critical reflection, degrowth, gender studies, opendata, performance, process, archive, remix, self-management, communities of wireless networks. Three of the speakers took the time to consciously put names and concepts to their practice (Marcos García, Medialab Prado, Madrid) and their residency and exhibition program (Roddy Schrock, Eyebeam, NY and Oscar Abril, Nauestruch, Barcelona). » Read the rest of this entry «