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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Book launch: A Blueprint for a Lab of the Future


Baltan Laboratories launches its new publication A Blueprint for a Lab of the Future on Wednesday, 7 September 2011 from 5-7 PM in the NatLab at Strijp-S in Eindhoven. This extensive publication presents the results of and reflections on Baltan’s two-year pilot phase undertaken from 2008 to 2010. Included in this publication is an essay and documentation on The City is Creative, developed during a residency at Baltan Laboratories.

Forum: Hito Steyerl in conversation with Tone Hansen


Hito Steyerl in conversation with Tone Hansen

The event is organised by Ellen Røed and Michelle Teran – both research fellows at Bergen National Academy of the Arts and working within Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme – in collaboration with Hordaland Art Centre.



After the research and production of new site-specific works in the first half of the year, from the 6th to the 9th of October we are presenting the conference section of the festival that brings together scholars, artists and all those concerned about these issues: “He Who Dares Wins: City Space as a Field of Struggle”, “Hidden Histories: The Ideologies and Identities of a City”, “Resistance to the Disappearance of Public Space,” and, “In the Gap: Exploring the Social Space Between the Private and the Public.”

Placeholders seminar


A two day seminar examining ways in which a sense of place may be communicated, constituted, constructed or reframed through a variety of media and practices including photography, video, sound, performance, site-specific work and text. The seminar forms part of an ongoing research project by Professor Jeremy Welsh whose artistic practice over a long period has addressed an investigation of place and time through a combination of image, sound and text.

Sniff, Scrape, Crawl – Part 2


Bringing together artists, programmers and theorists, these interdisciplinary panels will look at how surveillance and data-mining technologies shape and influence our lives and the consequences they have on our civil liberties.

Surveillant Spaces: From Autonomous Surveillance to Machine Voyeurism


This panel explores surveillant spaces from the point of view of the machine. What does it see? Why does it look? And how does it respond? It will both critically and playfully investigate the performative potential of the machinic gaze and the agencies and materialities involved.

Hacking the City Reader


Hacking the City –
Interventions in public and communicative spaces

The Book

The project “Hacking the City” took place on the occasion of the “European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010.” Twenty museums collaborated in a multifaceted common series of exhibitions called “Mapping the Region.” Museum Folkwang contributed with an experimental project which went far away from traditional museum activities. More than thirteen projects in public space, a “Base-Station” in the museum and a homepage ( were realized.

Random Encounters


Urban Tour Link to Hacking the City project website   Hello there. I really liked your videos and thanks for publishing them online so that I could have a look. I’m sorry that your girlfriend left you but, as you said, you were not very nice to her and you kind of deserved it. It’s […]

Ilica 1


Ilica 1 is a street address in the centre of Zagreb and the address of the first business skyscraper in Croatia, built in the 50s, which is now rendered obsolete.

The project Ilica 1 is a docu-fictive narrative about urban housing in Zagreb, centred around how past, present and future public and private spaces are depicted via professional and amateur video found on YouTube. The videos include geo-locational information which links each video to the street address which it refers to. By combining both official and unofficial viewpoints, a story emerges from an uncoordinated and diverse collection of approaches and opinions around how urban spaces are depicted, designed, contested over and occupied.



The project ‘Folgen’ looks at the publication of personal archives and the tension between the public and private experience. This is explored by the personal experience of what it is like to follow somebody, first by monitoring the videos people put online, then following this information to actual physical addresses within the city where these videos were produced. Staged as a performance and installation, Folgen draws on the existing narratives of amateur video makers found on YouTube to build a multi-layered media landscape of Berlin.