You're all invited to Life Hacks: Space, happening tonight at varia. http://varia.zone/en/lifehacks.html fb event: https://www.facebook.com/events/508674632944910/ What shapes the daily routine of a telemarketing sales agent? How to go beyond the co-working model when it comes to organize a place for collaboration? What's the territorial and political role of furniture within the semi-domestic area of the artist's studio? Are life hacks a form of liberation or yet another burden? Together with author and designer François Girard-Meunier, the WORKNOT! collective (Arvand Pourabbasi and Golnar Abbasi), Varia, the Centre for Everyday Technology (represented by Roel Roscam Abbing, Manetta Berends and Niek Hilkmann) and XPUB (the Experimental Publishing program of the Piet Zwart Institute), we will tackle these and more questions during an evening dedicated to spaces that are at once entrepreneurial and precarious. Life Hacks is part of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s fellowship program around the theme of ‘burn out’. As 2017 fellow Ramon Amaro states, “on the one hand, to ‘burn out’ is to stall, break, or become otherwise unusable. In other words, processes, procedure and participation simply stop working. On the other hand, ‘burn out’ is an opportunity to break open, promote action and catalyse change towards new structures and relations.” Life Hacks manifests in a series of gatherings that respond to this ambivalence by exploring the approaches and techniques adopted to design or redesign life against the backdrop of growing precarity and an intensified entrepreneurial regime. Together with theorists, practitioners and XPUB, the Experimental Publishing program of the Piet Zwart Institute, Life Hacks looks into the tensions and releases that emerge from the constant reinvention and progressive self-optimization necessary to inhabit public and private space, manage time and productivity, and tweak one's own thoughts and feelings. Life Hacks is curated by Silvio Lorusso, and jointly organized by HNI’s Research Department and XPUB. Date: Wednesday, 31st of October 2018 Time: 19:00h - 21:00h Location: Varia, Gouwstraat 3 Rotterdam Entrance: Donation Roel Roscam Abbing (NL) is an artist and researcher whose work engages with the issues and cultures surrounding networked computation. He engages with themes such as network infrastructures, the politics of technology and do-it-yourself approaches. He holds an MA Networked Media from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and a Fine Arts BA from the Willem De Kooning Academy. Currently he also works as a teacher in Digital Media at the department of Graphic Design in Artez, Arnhem. He is also a member of the homebrewserver.club and Varia. https://roelof.info Manetta Berends (NL) is a graphic designer with an interest in networked publishing & free software. Her practice is rooted in practical investigations into the sociality of software related to publishing infrastructures. Besides working on commissions, projects and workshops, Manetta is also member of Varia. https://www.manettaberends.nl François Girard-Meunier (CA/NL) is interested by the performativity and politics of labour in the contemporary western post-fordist context. Graduated from the Graphic Design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2015) and the Critical Studies department of the Sandberg Instituut (2018), he works mainly in the cultural field as a designer, web developer, writer and so on. Recent projects include Flexible Bodies (2017), at the Tallinn Photomonth 17, and Talent at Work (2017), in collaboration with Mirjam Reili and re-published in the context of Signals From The Periphery (EE). He is based in Amsterdam, where he runs the Office for Workspace Studies and self-publishes. http://www.francoisgm.com/ Niek Hilkmann (NL) is an artist with a background in media design, art history and musicology. After graduating from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, he started collaborating with various institutes, designers and artists on the fringe of speculative design, science fiction, media archeology and extratonal music. Besides being the curator of events such as "Floppy Totaal" and "De Grote Hoop", he is also one of the core members of Varia, the conductor of an amateur avant-garde orchestra, the editor of the UNI Graphical Notation System, a part-time dodologist and the creator of one of the first moving panoramas since the nineteenth century. https://niekhilkmann.nl/ Varia (NL) is a Rotterdam based initiative focused on working with, on and through everyday technology. At its core the initiative aims to be a social infrastructure from which to collaboratively facilitate critical understandings on the technologies that surround us. The initiative is a membership-based organisation striving to become a space for questions, opinions, modifications, help and action. http://varia.zone/ WORKNOT! (NL/IR) is a Rotterdam-based independent open collective that works to create a platform for the representation of the life and work of today’s cognitarians. It works with seemingly banal, yet extreme (and political) conditions that shape our today’s contemporary forms of living and working. The collective consists of Arvand Pourabbasi and Golnar Abbasi, researchers/designers/makers with a background in architecture and art. Since its foundation in Tehran (2012), it has worked in a variety of context through a broad range of collaborations, and has created workshops, exhibitions, performances, images, writings, lectures and publications. https://worknot.info/ - Read on: http://networkcultures.org/entreprecariathttp://silviolorusso.com/
Cristina and i are giving a workshop around ORES, a machine learning
service for Wikipedia, during the Impakt Festival this Sunday (28th of
October) from 13:30h to 15:30h.You are all very welcome to join us!
The theme of this year's Impakt festival is post-truth, fake news and
algorithmic superstructures. We will speak about the position of
Wikipedia in the wake of the current media climate and fake news, where
we find ourselves turning to Wikipedia as a reliable source of
information. During the workshop we will dive into the mechanisms that
support Wikipedia to be regarded as such, by looking at the machine
learning service ORES that Wikipedia uses against vandalism.
We will discussexamples of how Wikipedia struggles with vandalism, look
into the feminist inspirations of the ORES project, and do a writing
exercise together to explore our understanding of the the 'good faith'
and 'damaging' parameters that are used to prevent vandalism but not
scare away new editors.
Cristina & Manetta
Late, but never to late
Century 21 Calling - The Big Bounce
During our third screening of Century 21 Calling, we will be taking a look at the development of satellite communications. From the shiny orbs of the 1950s to our present day SATCOM systems.
How do they work? How do they get into space? What happens when the systems break down? Why are there no more shiny orb satellites in space?
This and many more questions will put into the light of today, via the present.
Later in the evening you can join mmths on a trip through the radio spectrum, to listen to the satellite pirates in GEO Oribt and drown in the noise of the static and signals of ghost satellites.
mmths is a sound artist currently based in Rotterdam. In his practice, he often is fascinated by outer space activities. His current research deals with harvesting satellite transmissions and signal hunting as a tool for exploring live performance and composition.
In a series of screenings called “Century 21 Calling” we will have a look at archival industrial films, corporate infomercials, tv reports and historical documentary of yesterday that shaped the imagination of tomorrow and we hold it up to the light of the present.
“Century 21 Calling” is an event by the collective Save_as and hosted at Varia in Rotterdam.
Date: Saturday 20th of October 2018
Doors open: 20:00h
Start screening: 20:30h
End of the evening: 23:00h
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