15 - 16 Februari 2006 @ Mediamatic AMSTERDAM
Mediamatic presents a 2-day workshop on social tagging, or Mobtagging. Mobtagging is what happens when groups of users freely apply and exchange labels (metadata) to online information. It allows web users to specify, index, search and share information on their own terms. This practise became popular at sites like Flickr, Del.icio.us and Technorati and is developing into an important alternative to centrally organised information structures on the web.
Mobtagging the online world
Recently, several popular websites and online communities start offering tagging services to their users. Weblogs, URL’s, photo’s and video’s are already tagged intensively. Mobtagging proves to be an easy and flexible way of adapting information to continuously changing needs and questions. Because of the absence of a central, topdown-structured administration, the user gets to decide how his/her contribution is specified and categorized. Consequently, the information is structured according to the user’s own interests and focus points. By making online information more personal and exchangeable, a database emerges that lacks a dominant hierarchy of terms and subcategories. The threat, on the other hand, is that the practice of tagging tends to turn a large network of information into a chaotic pool of metadata.
In this workshop we will analyse the inner workings and the social effects of mobtagging, and look into the changing relation between users and online information.
We will discuss the self cleaning capabilities of user-tagged environments, the emergence of collective intelligence, and we'll look into the technical side of making to make existing communities ‘taggable’.
Four cutting-edge speakers introduce various concepts and practises of social tagging, and will assist the workshop participants with the (re)design and evaluation of their own Mobtagging scenario or application.
Ulla-Maaria Mutanen (Finland)
Ulla-Maaria currently studies the interface between industrial design and engineering at the Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research in Helsinki. On her blog she frequently comments on ways to describe relationships between web resources and adding structure to web documents, and came up with the idea of Thinglinks: unique identifier that function as a link between things.
Jyri Engeström (Finland)
As a PhD student at the Department of Organisation, Work & Technology at the Lancaster University Management School, Jyri is interested in the relationship between technical innovation and organizational transformation. He also is co-founder of Aula, a collective of creative minds who design and use mobile media to flock and blog, socialize and collaborate in geographic and virtual places simultaneously.
Duncan Speakman (UK)
Duncan is a sound and video artist, and initiator of the first European videoblogging conference. He will zoom in on social tagging as the main structuring principle of video blogs.
To be confirmed: Timo Arnall (Norway)
Oslo-based designer and teacher Timo Arnall focuses on practices around ubiquitous computing in urban space, and continously keeps an eye out for potential interactions with objects and city spaces through mobile devices. His former research on flyposting and stickering in public space sought design strategies for combining physical marking and digital spatial annotation. He will touch upon the practice of applying metadata to physical objects, for instance through RFID.
This workshop is aimed at bloggers, webmasters of online communities, media artists and theorists who are interested in the possibilities of mobtagging. The participants get to (re)design and evaluate their own scenario/application.
Registration and information
The participation fee is EUR 300 (ex. VAT). You can register for this workshop here. A full programme will be available soon. For more information mail to email@example.com, or call Klaas Kuitenbrouwer: +31 20 6389901.
Reader for Mobtagging DisCourse
Mobtagging DisCourse Report
Mobtagging at 11
Quattro anni di AHA
"AHA si basa sulla creazione di un network in costante mutazione realizzato da soggetti sempre diversi e attivato dalla contaminazione/integrazione di molteplici media ed eventi, in cui il filo conduttore è la sperimentazione artistica con il digitale. AHA: Activism-Hacking-Artivism si focalizza sulle collettività attiviste in Italia e all'estero che usano i nuovi media in forma indipendente, evidenziandone le diverse modalità d'azione".
Dal 2003 il cuore di AHA è a Berlino, dove dal 2003 partecipa anche al Chaos Communication Camp del gruppo di hacker europei Chaos Computer Club, dove sono state realizzate mostre artistiche, conferenze, performance ed eventi collettivi. Dallo stesso anno, firstname.lastname@example.org fa parte delle mailing list del circuito di nettime, la nota mailing list internazionale sulla net art e net culture (www.nettime.org).
"Fra gli eventi internazionali di AHA - continua la nota - segnaliamo la rassegna "Mediademocracy and Telestreet: Networking free TV", realizzata a Monaco nel 2004 presso il Centro Muffathalle e la mostra-evento "Hack.it.art:
Hacktivism in the Context of Art and Media in Italy", realizzata a Berlino nel 2005, presso il museo comunale Kunstraum Kreuzberg /Bethanien e parte del programma del Festival internazionale di nuovi media Transmediale 2005. A seguito di questi due eventi, è stato realizzato un ciclo di conferenze sull'arte in rete italiana presso il Sardisches Kulturzentrum di Berlino fino al luglio scorso".
Attualmente il progetto AHA è concentrato sulla documentazione delle forme di networking art che si sono realizzate nel corso degli ultimi trenta anni in Italia e all'estero e sulla realizzazione di corsi di alfabetizzazione informatica per la comunità italiana a Berlino.
Per iscriversi alla mailing list di AHA: www.ecn.org/aha/lista.htm
Maggiori informazioni su AHA qui
The digital pocket gallery effort began in March 2002.
The digital pocket gallery was inspired by the real-life Pocket Gallery at 536 gallery in Vancouver, Canada.
The 536 Digital Wallet Gallery in Helsinki, Finland, is a related effort which is also accepting submissions.
Pockets contain miniature biographies and testaments to our lives and forgotten stories. The crumpled train ticket speaks of journeys taken, the handful of confetti in your 'best' jacket of a wedding years before or the telephone number on the back of a matchbook given by a someonewho's name and face is long forgotten. Files and folders are the 'digital pockets' of the internet artist. The hard-drive is an autobiography in coded form. Dreams, ideas and waste lie hidden in these cryptically labelled pockets that have become the maps and landscapes of our virtual lives.
Jeremy Turner, 536 Gallery, Canada
Jeremy Turner (b.1974 Victoria B.C., Canada - Lives in Vancouver). Turner is the founder and co-curator of the 536 Arts collective in Vancouver, Canada and co-curator for the Digital Pocket Gallery. In 2000, he developed the 536 Pocket Gallery concept which was inspired by an exchange of email correspondences with New York based artist Karen Roff dating back to 1997. As a result of correspondences like these, he named a gallery he ran in 1999 out of his apartment with Sang Nguyen in Vancouver called "The Pocket Gallery". He has a BA in Art History and Music Composition from the University of Victoria.
Since 1998, Turner has been creating, researching, and developing new virtual worlds through found software architectures, web-site templates, manufactured chat-rooms, modified interviews, revised literary text documents, compact audio discs and customized interactive kiosks. He usually prefer to collaborate with other artists rather than keep conceptual indulgences to himself. Formalistic explorations aside, he feels that the most rewarding creative experiences emerge from playful socializing.
Jess Loseby, Independent Artist, U.K.
Jessica Loseby is a new but established net.artist from the UK. She exhibits primarily on the net in net.art galleries and exhibitions and at her own online gallery: http://www.rssgallery.com Her work is also found in the Rhizome artbase. In England she has shown her digital prints nationally including a recent solo installation in central London. Her work centres around the cyber-domestic aesthetic. Is there room in the global arena that is the net for the small, the domestic and the whims of a neurotic woman? Mixing words and animation her work is often text based, sometimes using music and manipulated photographs to create narratives and skewed perceptions - reversing the view of the net telescope and narrowing the field of vision. Jessica Loseby is young(ish), has three children, one husband and no time…
Kanarinka & Pirun, iKatun, U.S.A.
Pirun and Kanarinka are the co-founders of iKatun, a non-profit intermedia collective in based in Boston MA, U.S.A. They get along really well.
iKatun's collborative artworks and performances explore questions of communication, information, and ideology. This frequently leads to examining the structures behind technology and the anatomy of messages and their transmission.
LINK : http://www.ikatun.com/digitalpocketgallery/
"Things to forget"
Things to Forget is an application to allow you the user to electronically visualise any unwanted mental process's, feelings, sentiments, emotions, memories, thoughts, ideas or concepts and gives you full license (see end user license agreement for details) to destroy them. A mind-management tool for the new millennium. Free up your memory by deleting some memory, erase thoughts of that ex-lover, delete memories of that death in the family, wipe away all woes and worries!instructions
1. Fill the note in with as many things that you wish to forget
2. Close the note by clicking on the square in the top left corner.
3. Wait momentarily while it is visualised and downloaded to your desktop.
4. De-compact the file things_to_forget.zip.
5. To see your Things to Forget simply place the png image in a browser window or open it in any image viewing/editing application.
6. Finally to forget, place the image in your wastepaper basket and empty it. Additional certainty of forgetting can be attained by fully wiping your computers wastebasket with an application such as Norton Utilities.
The Media & Literature discussion group is arranging the following session for the MLA meeting in Philadelphia, December 2006:
Papers on the aesthetics, politics, and poetics of code; machine translation; relations between natural languages & programming languages; codework; protocols; genetic code and biomedia; operational text.
Abstracts and brief CVs by March 17 to Rita Raley english.ucsb.edu>.