Talk at re:publica 2017

Talk at re:publica 2017

I’m giving a Lightning Talk along with Lieke Ploeger (Co-Founder of SPEKTRUM) at re:publica 2017.

SPEKTRUM: COMMUNITY BUILDING IN ART, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
In a time where contact between people happens increasingly online, the SPEKTRUM art space in Berlin set up a community program to connect people in a physical space to stimulate joint experimentation, knowledge sharing and the creation of new ideas and collaborations. Since 2015, communities around topics such as olfactory art, live cinema, sonic coding, gaming, motion technology and digital fabrication have been started up. This talk will give an overview of the creative synergies formed so far, and the process of community building itself.

Description:
SPEKTRUM is an art & community space in Berlin focused on creating new links between art, science and technology. Apart from organising performance nights, events and exhibitions, we have from the beginning concentrated on building up a community program that seeks to involve people from different backgrounds (such as artists, scientists, hackers, designers and activists) in an environment that stimulates experimentation, interdisciplinary thinking and horizontal learning. Communities around topics such as olfactory art, live cinema, sonic coding, gaming, motion technology and digital fabrication have been set up at SPEKTRUM and are meeting up regularly to share ideas, exchange knowledge and create new projects together. In a time where contact between people happens increasingly online through social media and various digital devices, we strongly believe in the power of connecting different groups of people in a physical space, and after nearly two years of community building we are seeing the exciting results.

This talk will give an overview of the creative synergies formed so far, and the process of community building itself.

We will explore the MadeByUs community in particular, which is a making community focused on artistic, DIY, and experimental uses of digital fabrication techniques like 3D printing and laser cutting. In 2016, MadeByUs has set up a makerlab at Spektrum: building the machines from open source kits and engaging the community directly to build the lab together. The SPEKTRUM lab is an access point to a growing online movement of developing and remixing open source physical objects. It allows the SPEKTRUM communities and all interested parties to use digital manufacturing tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters and electronic tools for the purpose of local, community-based production, interdisciplinary collaboration and critical, artistic exploration of new technologies.

 

Infl3ctor at transmediale Vorspiel, CTM, Chroniques and Berlin U-Bahn

Infl3ctor at transmediale Vorspiel, CTM, Chroniques and Berlin U-Bahn

Infl3ctor makes several new appearances, including a networked live performance between digital calligraffiti artists in Berlin / Marseille and a two-month campaign in the Berlin U-Bahn kicked off by a one-hour launch performance. Infl3ctor worldwide!

From Public Art Lab:

Digital Calligraffiti Camp will take place at Collegium Hungaricum Berlin during January in the framework of transmediale / CTM Vorspiel.

Under the guiding principle Urban Screens are our WallsDigital Calligraffiti is bringing together young representatives of the refugee communities in Berlin, new media artists, traditional calligraphers & calligraffiti artists, who will work together in order to create stunning tags with meaningful messages with a series of activities & public events:

PUBLIC EVENTS:
21.01.2017
// 4PM – 6PM @ CHB // Round Table Future DiverCities: Creativity in the Urban Context – Impact / Production / Restrictions
21.01.2017 // 6PM – 21:30 @ CHB // Live Infl3ctor Sessions
27.01.2017 // 8PM – 9PM @ U-Friedrichstraße // Launch of Digital Calligraffiti Artistic Campaign
27.01 – 05.03.2017 @ U-Friedrichstraße // Digital Calligraffiti Artistic Campaign
29.01.2017 // 4PM – 6PMHAU II, Berlin & Chroniques Festival, Marseille // Networked Live Infl3ctor Sessions

 

Shack of Senses in Wish You Could Have Seen This

Shack of Senses in Wish You Could Have Seen This

A video of Shack of Senses is included in the exhibition Wish You Could Have Seen This by Ma Li. The video is being shown at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery across from San Francisco City Hall as documentation of artworks by San Francisco artists that have left the city. At night a screen shows videos and pictures of artworks from the “diaspora” and during the daytime messages in morse code are directed at City Hall. I left San Francisco for Berlin three years ago – bittersweet but a process of growth! The exhibition shows nightly until September 2.

You can see more of the artworks at Wish You Could Have Seen This, and a writeup at Curbed San Francisco.

Here is the Shack of Senses video, for those, like me, who aren’t in SF!

 

 

Featured photo from the San Francisco Arts Commission / Ma Li