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Twan Eikelenboom on Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:43:20 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> Sentient City Survival Kit / Evil Media Distribution Centre at The New Institute


Summer programme The Ruin (22/6 - 15/9) in The New Institute, Rotterdam
features the
Evil Media Distribution Centre and the Sentient City Survival Kit, among
other projects.

The Ruin
The New InstituteÂs summer programme The Ruin will illuminate aspects of
the organisationÂs future agenda in five fragments of past shows by sister
organisations and three new exhibitions. The Ruin will run from Friday 21
June to Sunday 15 September at The New Institute in Rotterdam. A parallel
programme of films, talks, performances, salons and masterclasses will
provide context for the underlying themes. The summer events will usher in
the 2013Â14 cultural year, in which The New Institute will give form to
its ambitions around research and exhibitions.

More information on the complete presentation:
http://www.thenewinstitute.nl <http://www.thenewinstitute.nl/>

Evil Media Distribution Centre
The Evil Media Distribution Centre is an artistic response to the recently
published book Evil Media (2012) by Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey, in
which the two authors argue for an expanded notion of media or forms of
mediation and a deeper, more complex understanding of their effects on how
we act, perceive and think in our daily lives. On 12 September Mark Fuller
and Graham Harwood will give two lectures on The Prism of Evil Media.

They focus on the pervasive presence of so-called Âgray media, whose
mediations Âfacilitate and amplify the creation of troubling, ambiguous
social processes, fragile networks of susceptible activity, opaque zones
of knowledgeâthe evil of media. The argument takes the form of a series
of stratagems that, Ârather than simple recipes to be followed, might
better be understood as operative constructs in the sense that they have
to be taken up, used, worked with ÅÂ It is this anticipation of the
stratagems involvement in experimental practices beyond the pages of the
book that YoHa meet.

The artists have invited 66 contributors to choose and write a short text
about a gray media object, and these texts and objects are then presented
in the setting of a curiosity cabinet designed as a distribution center
(the presentation mediaâthe pallets, forklift, plastic bags, clipboards
and projectorsâare also accompanied by a text). With this close proximity
between text and object, ideas and materiality, the installation
demonstrates a mindset and method where the amalgamation of theory and
practice is not a point in itself, but becomes a working condition for
developing reflective engagement with the evil of media.

Source: transmediale.de

Sentient City Survival Kit
The Sentient City Survival Kit, a project by Mark Shepard, probes the
social, cultural and political implications of ubiquitous computing for
urban environments. The project consists of a collection of artifacts for
survival in the near-future sentient city.

As computing leaves the desktop and spills out onto the sidewalks, streets
and public spaces of the city, information processing becomes embedded in
and distributed throughout the material fabric of everyday urban space.
Pervasive/ubiquitous computing evangelists herald a coming age of urban
information systems capable of sensing and responding to the events and
activities transpiring around them. Imbued with the capacity to remember,
correlate and anticipate, this Âsentient city is envisioned as being
capable of reflexively monitoring our behavior within it and becoming an
active agent in the organization of our daily lives.

The Serendipitor Walks are part of the Sentient City Survival Kit.
Serendipitor is an alternative navigation app for the iPhone that helps
the user find something through looking for something else. The app
combines directions generated by a routing service with instructions for
action and movement inspired by Fluxus, Vito Acconci, Yoko Ono and others.
Enter an origin and a destination and the app will map a route between

Source: http://survival.sentientcity.net
Media: https://vimeo.com/14205709

Het Nieuwe Instituut viert de innovatieve kracht van architectuur, design en e-cultuur. De organisatie is ontstaan uit een fusie van het Nederlands Architectuurinstituut, Premsela, Nederlands Instituut voor Design en Mode, en Virtueel Platform, kennisinstituut voor e-cultuur.
The New Institute celebrates the innovative power of architecture, design and e-culture. The organisation arose out of a merger between the Netherlands Architecture Institute; Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion; and Virtueel Platform, the e-culture knowledge institute.
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