we would like to invite you on the 16th and 17th of March to Varia.
Algologs = a 1 + 1 day dialog with algorithmic practices. This two-day
event is an extention of Algolit, a workgroup where text-based practices
and algorithms meet. Algologs is part of a series of occurances meant to
open up the usually Brussels-based Algolit meetings by inviting external
speakers, presenters and participants to join the conversation. During
Algologs, we will increase the % of engagement with everyday algorithms.
More information on: http://varia.zone/en/algologs.html
Just spoke this morning with Charlien Adriaenssens, who is running UBIK
and the Slash Gallery, and it looks good!
I still need to figure out some details with her mid-April,
but they're happy to have us, and the dates are fine (4/07 setup,
05/07 show). So if it works out budget wise, we could start make plans
I keep you posted!
Here is the tech rider for the launch.
Let us know if anything needs clarification.
* HDMI cable from laptop (in little table) to beamer
* audio mixer (connected to PA)
* 2 mics + 2 stands
* laptop (mini-jack) to mixer cable
* large table(S) for displaying reader/output, scanner (it would be nice
if this was a low, so if the audience sits in the carpted floor their
heads are not lower than the table)
* little table
* a lot of power outlets (for scanner and laptops, etc)
** screen (with HMDI in. Can be the large one that is in PB )
hei, I made some changes to https://issue.xpub.nl/05/
Main change: images from wiki (under Category Special Issue 05) are
place in the background.
It would be nice if you could edit File pages of images you have
uploaded to the wiki during SI 5 and simply add to it [[Category:Special
That will make them appear in the background of the website.
see you tomorrow
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