[spectre] [Waag Society] Newsletter September 2002
Mylène van Noort
Mon, 02 Sep 2002 17:01:07 +0200
WAAG SOCIETY NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2002
- Vacancy Internet Programmer
- Betatest NINE
- Voices without Borders
- Amsterdam Real Time
- Killerclub Robotics
- Stroman: interactive theater
- Website Centre of Expertise
- ICT Knowledge conference
- Open Day Historic Monuments
VACANCY INTERNET PROGRAMMER
The lab of Waag Society currently has a job opening for an Internet
programmer (32-40 hours). Applicants need to have a good command of Dutch.
For the full job description, see above.
BETA TEST NINE IN TACTICAL MEDIA LAB
NINE is a public program for digital storytelling developed by Graham
Harwood. The beta test of NINE starts in the temporary media lab for
tactical media at Imagine IC in Southeast Amsterdam. Users compose stories
in pictures, text, sound and video with NINE. These personal storybooks are
linked to each other, thus creating an image of for instance the experience
of the inhabitants of Southeast Amsterdam.
16 September: 12-4pm
19 September: 7-9pm
21 September: 12-2pm
19 September: 3-5pm, case studies of the Virtual Shelter Projects,
NINE is developed by Graham Harwood at the media lab of Waag Society and in
cooperation with Imagine IC.
From 3 March 2003 onwards NINE will be available online
From November 15 to December 15, 2002, World-Information.Org stages its
extensive exhibition and conference program in the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.
The objective of the exhibition is to show the influence of the progression
of worldwide communication- and information networks on everyday life. In
the exhibition space Waag Society will set up a Hybrid Workspace. Various
groups of artists, activists and technologists will work here in sessions
of five to six days. At the Hybrid Work Space discussions and presentations
will be organized, next to 'hands on' workshops f.i. on how to install
private wireless networks.
VOICES WITHOUT BORDERS
During the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg thirty
broadcasters of independent radio stations in Africa, North and South
America and Europe will producing live radio. The broadcasts will be
distributed on a globally by satellite and internet. Waag Society makes its
streaming facilities available for this community radio project.
AMSTERDAM REAL TIME
At the 'Maps of Amsterdam 1866-2000' exhibition a special live map of
Amsterdam comes into being with the project 'Amsterdam Real Time, diary in
tracks' of artists Esther Polak and Jeroen Kee together with Waag Society.
Visitors of the exhibition at the Amsterdam Municipal Archives will be able
to watch the traces inhabitants of the capital leave on their daily routes.
The participants in the project are given a GPS (Global Positioning System)
tracer. Instead of buildings, roads and water, the trails of the
participants are made up from their movements. Subscription is open to
everyone, and those who are selected to participate receive a print out of
their own route.
Waag Society was co-developer of the concept and realizes all necessary
supporting technology: the handheld tracers, the integration with GPS and
the communication over the GPRS network. The visualization of the position
data is based on the KeyStroke technology.
Do you live or work in Amsterdam and would you like to be a candidate to
show your traces a week long in October or November? Send an e-mail to
At the Killerclub of 4 September artist in residence Michelle Teran
presents the project she initiated together with Jeff Mann: a dinner with
robotics. Next to the food, robotics gadgets like a talking fish were
introduced at the dinner table, plus an automatic glass clinker to announce
the speeches and an automatic wine pourer. Furthermore, these gadgets were
used simultaneously in Toronto and Amsterdam. Teran and Mann will show
documentation of the project, and discuss their experiences in staging live
situations in which performers play together. They'll also talk about their
experiments with networked media and kinetic art.
Waag, Theatrum Anatomicum
Booking: email@example.com (Floor van Spaendonck)
STROMAN INTERACTIVE THEATER
At the close of his puberty, theater maker Marcel van Brakel burned the
notebook in which he had been scribbling his fanatic teenage wisdoms. In
his interactive play Stroman he researches which magic formulas and rituals
schoolchildren use now to survive their turbulent puberty years.Next to
webcams, a virtual webtheater and three different performances, a series of
interactive art installations are part of the project. Software designer
Lodewijk Loos supersvises the use of KeyStroke technology in the project.
Creative Learning /Centre of Expertise for Cultural Subjects and ICT
WEBSITE CENTRE OF EXPERTISE ONLINE
The Waag Society Centre of Expertise for Cultural Subjects and ICT now has
a website of its own. Here you will find the mission statement and views of
the centre, as well as more in depth information on its projects. The key
questions are: how can new media become an asset of education? How can new
media support the innovation of education?
ICT KNOWLEDGE CONFERENCE
Waag Society and V2 present themselves at the Knowledge Fair during the ICT
Knowledge conference for Dutch innovative ICT which takes place at 5 and 6
September in The Hague. The conference is an initiative of the ministries
of Economic Affairs and Education, Culture and Science. Visitors will come
from both research and industry.
Scratch with paintings
De Waag, Theatrum Anatomicum
2 November from 7pm to 2am
OPEN DAY HISTORIC MONUMENTS
The Waag is one of the theme buildings on the sixteenth Open Day of
Historic Monuments. This year's theme is: Merchant spirit, monuments of
trade. In the Waag the chirurgeons' guild room (Theatrum Anatomicum) and
the masons' room will be open to the public.