Workshop: Emoji Proxies & Ghost Messengers

When: November 26, 2022 12:00 - 16:30

Where: Page Not Found Boekhorststraat, 126-128 Den Haag

During this hybrid workshop The Hmm & Hackers & Designers (within the framework of the two-year research project Going Hybrid) are exploring the possibilities of live networking technologies in hybrid cultural events.

As an online visitor to cultural events, you can often do little more than ask a question in chat, and chat with other online visitors. How can online visitors feel seen, become more involved in or even have agency over what happens on-site? This is something we’re going to explore during this workshop.


An abstract illustration of 4 figures in the shape of an emoji-ghost hybrid.


Together with The Hmm & Hackers & Designers, we’ve developed a tool that makes use of standalone wifi hotspots (ESP32 modules) and live networking protocols (MQTT) that allows online input to be translated into something physical, and vice versa. For example, every time an online visitor opens the livestream page, a spotlight shines in the physical space. There are many use cases possible, but how can it help an event really be influenced by the presence of an online audience? How can it stimulate interaction between online and on-site audiences?

This workshop doesn’t require knowledge of programming. It’s free to join, but registration is required. Register here.

Workshop set up:

  • We start at 12:00 with a hybrid session where we show the tool, test it together and brainstorm about valuable and affective implementations.
  • After a lunch break we continue at 14:00 with a workshop (on-site only) where you learn to develop this tool yourself and get the chance to experiment with it in multiple ways.

Stuff you need to know:

Date: Saturday 26 November 2022
Time: 12:00 – 16:30
Location: Page Not Found, Boekhorststraat 126-128, Den Haag.
What to bring: A laptop computer (usb adapter if your computer requires this) and a smartphone.
You can join this workshop for free, but registration is required.
Level: This workshop doesn’t require knowledge of programming.
The workshop is part of First, Then… Repeat. Workshop Scripts in Practice, taking place from 23 November till 27 November 2022 at Page Not Found, The Hague. First, Then.. Repeat is a on- and offline publication that assembles self-published and unpublished workshop scripts that evolved in and around the collective ecosystem of Hackers & Designers. The publication, installation (built with the fanfare display system) and workshop program are part of the artistic research project of designer, educator and H&D member Anja Groten at PhDArts Academy for Creative and Performing Arts Leiden and the Making Matters project.

The workshop Emoji Proxies & Ghost Messengers is organised by Hackers & Designers & The Hmm, as part of the project Going Hybrid of Institute of Network Cultures.