Economies of the Commons 2 – Video Trailer

Posted: November 11, 2010 at 3:27 am  |  By: admin  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Economies of the Commons II HD Trailer on Vimeo.

Download or play Mpeg4 (Mp4) video

CREDITS:
Graphic design and leader: Jeroen Joosse
Sound and music: Hugo Verweij
Production assistance: Crookedline

Sound samples:
BBC: Breaking news of Lady Diana crash, 1997
NTS: Prinsjesdag, 1960
Vara: Eerste uitzending Lingo, 1989
ITV: A major fraud: Who wants to be a millionaire, 2003
BBC: Now the news intro, 2001

Interview with designer Hendrik Jan Grievink

Posted: August 20, 2010 at 10:25 am  |  By: sabine  |  Tags: , , , ,

CPOV researcher Juliana Brunello interviewed the Amsterdam-based graphic designer Hendrik Jan Grievink about his Wikipedia-related work.

What was the compelling reason for you to get involved in a project concerning Wikipedia?
As a designer, I dedicate myself to inventing new ways of understanding the world through images. I use existing images in almost every project: the Fake for Real memory game I showed during the conference is a good example of this. This is a game that pairs images to make a statement about simulation in ourl world. Another example would be the Next Nature book (to be published early 2011 by Actar, Barcelona). This book talks about what we call ‘culturally emerged nature’, or ‘the nature caused by people’. Through hundreds of images and observations we analyse the influence of technology and design on our daily lives. These projects can be looked up on respectively http://www.fakeforreal.com and http://www.nextnature.net

A lot of images that we use are created by ourselves (co-editor Koert van Mensvoort and me) but even more come from all kinds of sources: some traceable, others not. We strive to credit all authors and would love to pay them a good fee for using their material – if this was possible, which it isn’t. Paying for all visual content would quadruplicate the costs of such a publication, which would make it impossible to get published. As for the credit part: we will always credit artists for creative images, but for small or generic images – even commercial ones, we’re not going to do this, it’s just way too time-consuming. Also, a lot of the times it’s realy hard to trace back the origins of an image in today’s copy/paste culture.

When I heard of the Wiki Loves Art contest I was immediately sympathetic to the initiative, because I think these kinds of best-practise projects are crucial to change the way people (in this case: museums and cultural institutions) think about intellectual property. They have to realise that limiting the availability of resources limits cultural production in a very direct way. Next to that, I am interested in everything that signals new forms of cultural production and the crowdsourced archiving of images certainly does that.

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Winter Camp preparations #1

Posted: February 17, 2009 at 10:55 am  |  By: sabine  |  Tags: , ,

At the INC, everyone is busy working on the upcoming Winter Camp event. This event is dedicated to supporting networks that need to gather in real life, to work together, conspire, discuss and make the necessary steps forward. When a network settles down, and is suddenly not so new anymore, it can be quite a challenge to maintain the level of initial activity. The Institute of Network Cultures invited twelve networks to join Winter Camp, an event that merges a workspace for networks, an exploration of how networks work, and a meet-up for creative collaborators all over the world. We are looking forward to meeting all the participating networks on March 3, 2009. Non-participants can benefit from the documentation, for we have a meta group of bloggers, video interviewers and researchers keeping you posted. Winter Camp website: www.networkcultures.org/wintercamp
Here's a little taste of the design, made by Lava Graphic Design: a combination of watercolor and ASCII text.

Research and Tools for Design Processes

Posted: November 19, 2008 at 10:52 am  |  By: sabine  |  Tags: , , ,

Our colleagues in Rotterdam have launched the alpha version of a portal of methods and tools which can be used throughout the user-centered design process.

The research department ('lectoraat') at Communication and Multimedia Design at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, with research professor Ingrid Mulder, has worked on this toolkit with a research group on Human Centered ICT. The project was presented by Bas Leurs during a workshop on November 12, 2008, in which various professionals from the field of education (mainly CMD Rotterdam), discussed and mapped the process of human-centered design, and the available methods and tools for the HCI process.

This toolkit can be a great resource for teachers as well as students, especially in the next phase in which users can add tools and methods to the wiki (to be released), and can share projects and scenarios of use of this database.
Check out the Alpha version, which is available on http://project.cmd.hro.nl/cmi/hci/toolkit/index.php.

The toolkit was created by: Bas Leurs, Peter Conradie, Joel Laumans, and Rosalieke Verboom.