Video Vortex WORKSPACE

[beginpage: intro]

Van 23-10-2007 t/m 03-02-2008

Het Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst ontpopte zich tijdens Video Vortex in een experimentele plek waar projecten werden gepresenteerd die een participerende houding van het publiek vereisten, oftewel: do it yourself with others! Naast het presenteren van bestaande installaties werden er verschillende workshops en presentaties gegeven in de speciaal daarvoor ingerichte WORKSPACE. Elke week beheerde een andere organisatie de WORKSPACE, projecten waar je zelfs iets mee kon doen. Van gratis software tot mobiele telefoon, video, napster en vlogging workshops.



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Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

[beginpage: FLOSS Manuals]

23 - 27 oktober

Naar aanleiding van de officiële launch van de FLOSS Manuals stond de eerste week van de tentoonstelling FLOSS centraal in de WORKSPACE. Met verschillende terminals waarop FLOSS te bekijken was, FLOSS Manuals te lezen waren en je de achtergrond van FLOSS kon horen in een korte documentaire die speciaal voor Video Vortex gemaakt was.


[beginpage: Democratische Video-Recensie]

30 oktober - 4 november

Constant Dullaart, Dafna Maimon en Erik Alkema, alle drie als advisors/ docenten verbonden aan de European Exchange Academy en alle drie videomaker boden bezoekers van de Video Vortex-tentoonstelling de mogelijkheid om op een visuele manier hun mening te geven over de expositie. Gewapend met mobieletelefooncamera's werden bezoekers de tentoonstelling ingestuurd. Het resultaat werd besproken en alle resultaten werden samengevoegd als democratische video-recensie.


[beginpage: Mobile Reporters – Instant Exposeren]

6 - 17 november

In de week van dinsdag 6 t/m zaterdag 17 november kon je tijdens de Video Vortex tentoonstelling je eigen videowerk exposeren. Men kon film met zijn mobiele telefoon, uploaden via en het kon direct geexposseerd worden op het grote projectiescherm in de Video Vortex tentoonstelling.

1. Filmen
Bij voorkeur met een mobiele telefoon, maar het kon met iedere camera.
Men moest wel zorg dat het bestand niet groter werd dan 15 Mb.

2. Uploaden
Als je nog niet bent aangemeld was moest je dat eerst doen.
Daarna kon je je film uploaden.
Vink in het uploadformulier Video Vortex - Instant Exposeren aan.

3. Exposeren
Je film werd zo goed als direct op een groot scherm in de expositie vertoond.

Hulp nodig?
Mail naar of lees de gebruiksaanwijzing.


[beginpage: GNU Video Vortex Workshop]

vrijdag 23 en zaterdag 24 november

Mr Goil en Jaromil gaven op vrijdag 23 en zaterdag 24 november binnen de Video Vortex tentoonstelling een tweedaagse workshop over gratis en open software voor videocompressie en online streaming. Tijdens de workshop werd de technische horizon van online-TV, hacking en GNU/GPL toepassingen verkent. Voorbeelden hiervan waren FreeJ, Icecast en FFmpeg. Ook werd er gekeken naar projecten zoals FreiOr, BeTVen Cinelerra die gepresenteerd worden op het Piksel festival in Noorwegen.

Het doel van deze workshop was om de deelnemers meer te leren over de ins en outs van FLOSS systemen en hoe deze konden worden gecombineerd. Waardoor er meer audio/visuele setups uitwisseling, re-codering en interactie op het internet kon plaats vinden.


[beginpage: Dominik Bartkowski (F & PL), Bareback]

27 november - 2 december

Dominik Bartkowski was presenting during openinghours to explain the project.

The project dealt with censorship and internet filtering, displaying how censor ware worked and how it could generate and influence the language on sexuality, desire and lust. A movie generator and video editor showed the audience how censorship limits the vision and disclosure of desire. The software was realized as a realtime-generated multimedia video installation based on Linux, ffmpeg, mencoder and Python/PIL.
By deconstructing, morphing, overlapping video images coming from different movies, they were trying to frame our dreams and communicate them through You Tube or Flickr to people around us.

“Deconstructive editing”, is a software for the appropriation of video materials that are downloaded and viewed through the network. Deconstructing video images, when combined with texts, allowed to display information in a more individual way, open for a critical or personal approach. It opened a door for a discussion in between, where, filtered codified images and videos could express what the official flow of information was omitting.

Bareback is an alternative tool combining functions of tools for picture analysis like photoshop, text analysis and video editing. It is a project, which is born from a personal frustration regarding Web 2.0 and all the different tools that are available for video editing.


[beginpage: FLOSS Manuals]

11 t/m 15 december

Donderdag 13 december speciale workshop:

FLOSS Manuals Workshop #1 :: PureData
Derek Holzer and Adam Hyde
Dec 13, 10:00 - 18:00

The workshop concentrated on an introduction to the concepts behind PureData and how to use it for simple sound and data processing. You needed no previous experience with PureData however you were asked to bring a laptop with PureData already installed.

This workshop was also the first of a series of workshops organised by FLOSS Manuals which looked at how to integrate learning and documentation. These workshops were investigating how to incorporate creating documentation into the workshop flow to better increase the participants understanding of the software while also creating documentation to assist others. Participants were taken through a quick introduction on how the FLOSS Manuals system worked by founder Adam Hyde, and an overview of some simple tips on how to write material to help others. At the end of the workshop participants were asked to write some simple things they had learned into the FLOSS Manuals PureData manual. The manual was to be launched early 2008 online and in printed form under free licenses and all contributions were credited.

Adam Hyde is an artist with an international practice who works with software, online audio and video, sound art, new technologies and more traditional forms of broadcast. In 2006 Adam founded FLOSS Manuals Stichting for the development of a collaborative platform for manuals on free software. The project has been awarded a grant from Digitale Pioneers (Amsterdam) and Adam is currently working developing the platform at FLOSS Manuals (

Derek Holzer is a sound artist with a background in radio, webstreaming and environmental recording. His work focuses on capturing and transforming small, unnoticed sounds from various natural and urban locations, networked collaboration strategies, experiments in improvisational sound and the use of free software such as Pure-Data. He has released tracks under the Nexsound, Sirr, and/OAR and Gruenrekorder labels, and has co-initiated several internet projects for field recording and collaborative soundscapes including

FLOSS Manuals is a community of free documentation writers creating
quality material about how to use free and open source software. Anyone
can contribute via the wiki ( or read
manuals ( online or indexed PDF.

There was also a remix facility where you could make your own manuals
FLOSS Manuals is a not-for-profit foundation based in Amsterdam with many contributors internationally.


[beginpage: FattoriaMediale]

December 18 - 22

FattoriaMediale presented two projects in the Video Vortex Workspace: Trading Mercator Stories and the Placewear Project.

Through these projects we intended to provide the audience (residents as well as visitors) with an impression of the Baarsjes and the Bijmer neighborhoods which differs from a guided tour led by a person or suggested by a book. Our approach aimed at fostering and supporting social debate and interest in the areas and was eventually hoping to stimulate community discussions and awareness. It could also encourage a new style of tourism designed for multicultural and disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Both projects were powered by the Placeware, an open source software platform developed by FattoriaMediale in order to deliver it multimedia location aware experiences to the public.

Trading Mercator Stories
The Trading Mercator Stories (TMS) project is a place based narrative experience that combines stories and places through a location aware mobile display platform. The aim of the TMS project is to communicate the atmosphere, characters, personality and needs of the Baarsjes, a specific urban neighborhood of Amsterdam, characterized by it multicultural population and poor reputation in the media. By interpreting the community's voice, anecdotes and local color, TMS intends to portray the neighborhood’s stories from the grassroots as opposed to the big-issue histories reported by books and tour guides. TMS aims at interpreting the complex fabric of the neighborhood to uncover its rich and vibrant multiculturalism which flourishes despite its disadvantaged reputation.

Trading Mercator Stories video's are produced in association with:
Can Oskay, Adem Ozkaya, Hajar Makboul, Youssri Daoudi, Oguz Aogan, Erwin Adriaens (Workshop by Shivalinge), Lotje Terra, Manon Peters, Floortje Zonneveld, Fem Petraeus, Beer van Geer, Simon Muskitta (Students HKU, InsideOut seminar)

Trading Mercator Stories was a FattoriaMediale project funded by Digital Pioneers and the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst. Trading Mercator Stories was realised with the help and collaboration of Lesley Moore, Mercatorplein Library, Stichting Beeher, Stichting Shivalinge and the KHU students from the InsideOut seminar.

Placewear project
Experience Amsterdam’s Southeast the multimedia way. Your tour guide is a smartphone that presents short audiovisual story fragments. Placewear connects places with the memories and local anecdotes of the Bijlmer inhabitants, changing viewer's impressions of this neighborhood forever. The Placewear project was developed as a commission to media artist Valentina Nisi as part of the Imagine IC tracks and trails series.
The audiovisual stories were produced in collaboration with Pierre Heijboer, Floortje Zonneveld, Mike Cijntie, Jaap de Vidder and Lisa Hartog.

Placewear was realized by Valentina Nisi in collaboration with FattoriaMediale and Lesley Moore.
Sponsored by SKOR, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Stadsdeel Zuidoost, Fonds Europese Unie.

FattoriaMediale is a non-profit foundation managing its own research agenda, art projects, and events. It focuses on digital media and culture to provide novel and thought provoking experiences. The foundation was set up in 2006 by Valentina Nisi and Martine Posthuma de Boer, as a follow up to a successful collaboration in the Locating Stories workshop at the Virtueel Platform

Valentina Nisi is originally a visual artist, but has been focusing on narrative and new media the past 7 years. She has completed a PhD on interactive narrative for mobile technology at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). She worked as a researcher at MIT Media Lab Europe and TCD from 2000 till 2006 and then moved to Amsterdam to develop her first screenplay at the Binger Film Lab during the spring 2006 screenwriting course. Since then she has been working as a freelancer in the area of new media and location based stories.

Martine Posthuma de Boer is a cultural producer with a focus on the intersection of new media, education and society. Currently she works for Cinekid as a producer in the educational department. Her current focuses are innovation in new media and education and international networks. Previously Martine worked as a program manager at Virtueel Platform, a network for new media and culture in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has also worked freelance on cultural new media projects.

The third member of the foundation is Ian Oakley. With a background in both psychology and computer science, he spent three years at Media Lab Europe (2001 through 2004) and collaborated with Valentina on an interactive narrative project entitled the Media Portrait of the Liberties. Subsequently he has divided his time between two research posts in South Korea, where he studied multi-modal interfaces, and a healthy amount of rest and recreation in South America, Australasia and Asia. Ian has recently taken an assistant professorship at the University of Madeira as part of a large-scale joint project between Carnegie Mellon University and a range of institutions in Portugal.


[beginpage: Seeding Vortex]

8 t/m 12 januari

To start off the year on a creative note, to meet and collaborate,

to influence and inspire, to teach and learn, Sagi Groner and Fredderico Bonelli initiated a ritualized creative media laboratory: the Seeding Vortex.

The Workspace in the Netherlands Media Art Institute was turned into a shared experimentation event, from 8-12 January 2008.

A limited number of people could participate and for the first meeting were requested to bring a 'seed'. The definition of what a seed may be was free, the only limitation was that it should be something that could be shown or shared with a group. An idea, a word, an image or an object. The whole team consisted of 12 people who were asked to participate in a ritual that was followed by a collective effort to explore the growth of the seeding ideas within the 4 days.

The transformation was sustained by all the means that could be piled up in the room: computers, video equipment, software, internet, paper & scissors, ideas, voice, music & sound. As many gadgets as possible were gathered to create a digital cooking pot. The process was documented on the net and the material outcome was shown in one form or the other in the Netherlands Media Art Institute.

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[beginpage: Videodefunct and Showinabox: Hitting vlogging with a hammer]

January 17th

Workshop Vlogging with Seth Keen and Video Defunct Collective

A workshop, presented in two parts, looked at knocking vlogging into shape and bashing it into oblivion. The videodefunct collective focussed on poetic approaches towards the way video was presented and curated by inverting the blog interface. Showinthebox aimed to improve vlogging accessibility and aesthetic control with a user-friendly toolkit. Both projects used the open source blogging application WordPress and question whether vlogs needed to move beyond the constraints of blogs.


1200 – 1400 Videodefunct (Seth Keen and Keith Deverell)
1400 – 1600 Showinthebox (Jay Dedman & Ryanne Hodson)
1600 – 1700 Vlogging panel discussion

more information:


[beginpage: Workshop by]

22-26 January

Space for People: Suggested Fields

Do you fill in the defaults only? What does your form-filling say about you, or what it could be made to tell, if measured in great detail? Database philosophers were once deeply concerned about how field character limits – the number of letters that would fit on each line in the electronic form – would impoverish the self, just like bureaucracy turned people into numbers. People could not describe themselves in such short, mandatory lines. Now there are suggested fields, longer character limits, and free text spaces, with prospects for a more expansive self! The database has more memory. ‘Other,’ that last heading available on the form, standing for anomaly, has become ‘add your own tag,’ helpfully offering a moment of self-definition. The database is warmer, reaching out, asking for more of you.

The govcomgroup was working in the workspace, and visitors of the exhibition were welcome to join the group, ask questions, discuss and contribute! is an Amsterdam-based Foundation dedicated to developing and hosting info-political tools for the Web, and is supported by users of the Issue Crawler. The Digital Methods Initiative, supported by the Mondriaan Interregeling, is concerned with the techniques of study that are sensitive to the specificities of the new medium. The director of the projects is Richard Rogers. Sabine Niederer and Esther Weltevrede manage the Digital Methods Initiative, and Anne Helmond and Kim de Groot are the analyst-designers, together with Michael Stevenson. Erik Borra is programmer, also for Marieke van Dijk is designer.

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[beginpage: Workshop by]

2 February

SWAMP Splash about in the deluge of information rising up through the grass-roots

12.00 – 17.00 h.
Location: Netherlands Media Art Institute

Marc Garrett and Ruth Catlow from were demo VisitorsStudio and introduce participants to its (easy-to-use) tool-set and features.

Using your own files (bring jpg, mp3, swf, flv under 200k) or harvesting files from the net, you could work with others to create and distribute mixes and remixes. The day ended with a live online performance by all participants.

VisitorsStudio ( 2003-) is an networked, many to many, real-time art project created and distributed live in real-time across the Internet. Participants linked together at the same time and mix and remix audio-visual files. The VisitorsStudio artware is also an always-on, open, social space. As they work together, live conversations between participants (identified by their moving cursor arrows) became a part of the performance- along with comments and heckling from the audience.

Through VisitorsStudio explored the ongoing expressive and communicative processes of human beings collaborating in new ways in this context, as active agents in the production of the cultural landscape. utilized networked media to create, explore, nurture and promote the art that happened when connections were made and knowledge is shared%u2015across the boundaries of established art-world institutions and their markets, community-focused artistic and activist projects and communities of socially-engaged software developers. This was a spectrum that engages from the maverick media-art-makers and small collectives of cross-specialist practitioners, to projects that critiqued and changed dominant hierarchical structures as part of their art process. is a London-based artist-led organisation founded in 1996.

The proliferation of commercial but free digital sharing activities associated with Web2.0, subjects the contemporary networked human-being to a deluge of information and expressive culture from all directions, not just from on high (through authorized channels for information, news and culture) but also rising up through vernacular.

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