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Naked on Pluto

Thu Dec 09, 2010 00:00 - Thu Dec 09, 2010

Naked on Pluto

Multiplayer Text Adventure Game on Facebook

"You are 4.3 billion kilometres away from the nearest human, what would you like to do?"

Naked on Pluto is a Multiplayer Text Adventure Game on Facebook. You wake up on Pluto, in a city under the rule of Elastic Versailles revision 14, a corrupted Artificial Intelligence and former entertainment colony. It used to be the Las Vegas of the Solar System, a true paradise for consumers and corporations alike. Until something snapped... What happened and how to escape?

Versailles is a capital of convenience, a non stop 24hr zone of endless pleasure, provided by Pluto’s huge entertainment corporations. Amuse yourself and your friends for hours on end collecting meaningless tokens, talking to our bland robots, or simply relax and take in the staggering conformity of your new home. Take absolutely no notice of the areas you aren’t allowed to go into, even if it were possible to break out of the zone around the Palace, why would you possibly want to - or indeed why change the core structures of this world when they have been so excellently taylored to fit your every desire?

The game explores the limits and nature of social networks from within, slowly pushing the boundaries of what is tolerated by the companies that own them, carefully documenting this process as we go. Story and play are combined with an investigation on how exposed we are on social networks, and how our data are being used.

Naked on Pluto is developed during a shared residency at NIMk, BALTAN Laboraties and Piksel, between June and November 2010, by Dave Griffiths, Aymeric Mansoux and Marloes de Valk. The project is licensed Copyleft.

The research and development process is documented and can be followed on and

The game can be played on

Naked on Pluto is also part of the international touring exhibition Funware now on show until January 16, 2011 at MU Eindhoven.


Dave Griffiths was raised on an early education in weaving, bell ringing and 8bit computers, and is now dedicated to changing the world with free software, live animation and noise. He works as a self employed artist/programmer, mainly working with the FoAM art laboratory and performs as part of slub - a livecoding band. He creates installations, open source software and teaches workshops around the themes of games, music and the lisp programming language. Past work includes computer graphics for games, feature film special effects and machine vision research for Sony's EyeToy group.

Marloes de Valk (NL) is a Dutch (software) artist. She studied Sound and Image at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, specializing in abstract compositional computer games, HCI and crashing computers. Her work consists of audiovisual performances and installations, investigating machine theatre and narratives of digital processes. She has participated in exhibitions throughout Europe, teaches workshops, gives lectures and has published articles on Free/Libre/Open Source Software, free culture and art (a.o. in the Contemporary Music Review and Archive 2020. Sustainable archiving of born digital cultural content). She is editor of FLOSS Art (OpenMute, 2008) as well as the Digital Artists' Handbook (folly and GOTO10, 2008). She is a former member of artist collective GOTO10, and has helped develop the puredyne GNU/Linux distribution and make art festival. She is currently collaborating with Aymeric Mansoux and Dave Griffiths on a social gaming project.

Aymeric Mansoux (FR) is an artist, musician and media researcher.
n 2003, he founded GOTO10 with Thomas Vriet, a non profit organization and artist collective, with the goal to promote the use and support of free software in electronic music and media art creation. Aymeric has been active in the collective until 2010 and initiated several projects such as: 'make art', a yearly international no nonsense festival for software artists using and writing free software; 'Puredyne', a popular live GNU/Linux distribution for creative media and the 'FLOSS Art publication', the first collection of essays on FLOSS and digital art production.
Since 2009, he is mentor and co-supervisor of study for the networked media branch of the Media Design and Communication Master of the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam (NL). Aymeric is also an MPhil/PhD student at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, researching online art and design communities, free culture licenses and resources, and distributed collaboration.

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1016 EV Amsterdam
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Omer Fast

Fri May 13, 2011 20:00 - Sat Jul 23, 2011

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Netherlands Media Art Institute presents:
Omer Fast
14 May – 23 July, 2011
opening on 13 May, 2011, at 6:00 p.m.
Conversation between Omer Fast and Sven Lütticken on Sunday, 15 May, at 3:00 p.m. Streamed live on
The Netherlands Media Art Institute proudly presents the first solo exhibition by Omer Fast in The Netherlands. The show is comprised of three video installations, which have not been exhibited in the Netherlands before. These are the three-part work Nostalgia (2009), with which Fast won the Preis der Nationalgalerie fur Junge Kunst in Berlin, the 4-channel work The Casting (2007), that won him the Whitney Museum’s Bucksbaum Award in 2008, and De Grote Boodschap (2007), produced for the Contour video biënnale in Mechelen. In the show Fast demonstrates his fascination with narrative and cinematic constructions, and different forms of documentary and re-enactment.
Omer Fast writes his own scripts and directs and edits his own films. Working with film, video and television material, he looks at how individual and collective histories interact with each other in narrative. The interview functions as a very important form for this, both in terms of construction and as a starting point. Fast repeatedly works with witnesses and their testimony. Because in their accounts individuals 're-enact' what happened to them, they experience and interpret the events anew. It is precisely at those moments that memory is processed again. Thus Fast is not responding directly to reality, but working with representations and narratives. There is a truth in the telling of personal stories which interests the artist, but he often plays with it to create ambiguous or self-critical works. In this manner, video and film can not be simply considered as an open 'factual medium', but generate space for reflection.
Nostalgia (2009), with which Fast won the 2009 Preis der Nationalgalerie fur Junge Kunst in Berlin, is comprised of three imposing parts that are presented in three separate exhibition spaces. Fast based the work on an interview with a West African refugee who applied for asylum in London. Nostalgia I presents an extract from the original interview. The second film, presented on two screens, shows a scripted reenactment of the interview performed by two actors. In Nostalgia III Omer Fast transforms the story into science fiction with a deliberate retro feel.
In the four channel video installation The Casting (2007), for which he received the Whitney Museum's Bucksbaum Award in 2008, the point of departure is a conversation between the artist and a young sergeant in the American army. In The Casting Fast literally cuts the two stories that the sergeant told into pieces and interweaves them with each other. The original interview footage between Fast and the sergeant appears on one pair of screens, while on another pair actors silently portray the events described in the sergeant's story.
Omer Fast recorded the third work, De Grote Boodschap (2007), in the Belgian city Mechelen. The Flemish characters here seem to be stuck fast in time, as the camera moves horizontally through the walls of a number of apartments which appear to adjoin one another.
Omer Fast’s recent solo exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art, the South London Gallery, Kunstverein Hannover and the Berkeley Art Museum.


As part of the exhibition a series of lectures will take place at NIMk in May and June for which speakers from different disciplines will discuss the work of Omer Fast.
Netherlands Media Art Institute
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Opening hours exhibition

Tuesday – Friday from 11 am – 6 pm, Saturday and 1st Sunday of the month from 1 – 6 pm
Caption Image: The casting, production photo, courtesy of the artist and Arraita, Beer, Berlin


Funware Shared Artist in Residence

Fri Nov 12, 2010 00:00

Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam (NL)
BALTAN Laboratories, Eindhoven (NL)
Piksel, Bergen (NO)

5daysoff, Pervasive Media Studio, Kitchen Budapest and NIMk launch an open call for a cross-European residency programme.We’re looking for interesting artists seeking time and space to research, produce and present projects at the intersection of art, mobility and culture involving audience participation. The programme will support early stage ideas that utilise pervasive technologies and free/open source software. This is a valuable opportunity to explore process and develop experimental works within four unique collaborative environments to be presented in public space and/or festival environments.

Deadline November 12, 2010.

5days off 2011 will feature an exhibition that focuses on art works questioning and examining new production methods: projects that were produced using online means for production and creation of content such as crowd sourcing, that challenge the notion of artists as single creator or author of a work and experiment with notions of co-authorship and co-creation by e.g. involving others, knowingly or unconsciously in the development of a work.

In this context, we are particularly interested in projects that deal with the theme of mobility and involve the audience as co-creators in public space in a playful, dynamic or performative way by using mobile, wireless or sensory technologies in innovative and surprising ways. We are looking for projects that trigger individual actions/experiences that lead to a unique collective experience. Communication towards and participation of the audience is crucial. The project is situated in the context of electronic pop culture.

Projects will be developed during the period of December 2010 until May 2011. During this period beta tests will happen at 5daysoff in Amsterdam and at Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. The 5daysoff festival takes place between 2-6 March 2011, and its exhibition from 18 February to 29 April 2011. The final work will be presented at a public festival.

The residency will be hosted by four European organisations: Kitchen Budapest, NIMk, 5daysoff/Melkweg and Pervasive Media Studio. Time will need to be spent at each location and the organizations will provide targeted support (in the form of resources, space, technical support, local context and time) relevant to each stage of project development.[ruler]
The residency will also offer the opportunity to explore the potential for collaboration and exchange with creative peers across the organisations; and share knowledge as widely as possible through a structured, facilitated programme including:
- Regularly scheduled conceptual and technical critiques
- Online documentation of project process
- Research dissemination through a range of social media
- Scheduled events offering the opportunity for discussion with both peers and public

At the end of the programme, participant(s) will be expected to present and demonstrate their work (location/festival t.b.c.) and produce a research report that considers process, findings and value. Event documentation and reports will be published online and disseminated through the wider networks.

We offer:
Residency period at each of the different organisations (time and location will depend on the project) in the period of December 2010 - May 2011. Specific dates at each location will be determined in collaboration with the selected artist.
- A modest artist fee
- Production budget (including support of travel and accommodation, accommodation is not provided for in Amsterdam)
- Public presentation of research at Kitchen Budapest and NIMk and public beta testing at 5daysoff/Melkweg and Pervasive Media Studio
- Dissemination of the research report

- Proposals are welcome from professional artists worldwide
- The concept should fit within the overall themes as described above
- The work should be created using free/open source software and utilise mobile, wireless or sensory technologies.

The artist must:
- Be willing and able to travel to Amsterdam, Budapest and Bristol for residency periods with dedicated research time at each organization (exact dates and period will be made in accordance with the artist)
- Have an open, rigorous, experimental approach and be keen to work in collaborative settings with people from different disciplines
- Be willing to openly and thoroughly document the artistic process online
- Participate in events, critiques and discussions
- Have a willingness to contribute to the lab communities
- Produce work which is exposed, tested and investigated as it is developed
- Present and demonstrate a work in progress or finalised piece
- Complete an illustrated research report, documenting process, describing findings and considering value

To apply please provide:
- An outline of the concept underlying the work that you wish to develop (300 words max).
- A general outline of the scope of the final work (200 words max - please include visual sketches).
- An outline of the research and development plan for the work (250 words max)
- Motivation for why you would like to work in the context of this particular residency as well as an overview of your interest in the technologies mentioned above (250 words max).
- A technical description and project development plan (including an indication of your planning divided between the organizations, i.e. what would you like to develop where and why)
- A draft budget proposal.
- An up-to-date CV including links to previous work.

Please send your submission to
Deadline for submission is 12 November 2010.

The artist will be selected by representatives from the four partner organisations. Applicants will be informed by 24 November 2010.


5daysoff (Amsterdam, NL)
5 days off is an urban festival for electronic music and related art forms such as audio-visual arts, photography and film. Since 2001, the festival covers a cutting edge music programme, presenting internationally renown names and emerging new talent, ranging from minimal and techno to hiphop, soul, electro and live acts. Besides offering a high quality overview of the international electronic music scene, the annual festival showcases media arts related to popular culture within an exhibition and embedded into the wider festival context. 5daysoff is co-organised by Melkweg, Paradiso, NIMk and Mojo Concerts.

Netherlands Media Art Institute (Amsterdam, NL)
The Artist in Residence (AiR) programme at the Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk) supports the exploration and development of new work in digital/interactive/network media and technology based arts practice. The residency provides time and resources to artists in a supportive environment to facilitate the creation of new work that is produced from an open source perspective. We encourage a cross disciplinary and experimental approach. This is a practice based residency designed to enable the development and completion of a new work. The Netherlands Media Art Institute offers an open environment with technical assistance and an active advisory board which will give feedback and support in technical, conceptual and presentation issues. There is access to studio and exhibition equipment, technical support from the Institute's staff and production help from interns. We expect the artist to have knowledge and insight in the technical realisation of the concept.

Pervasive Media Studio (Bristol, UK)
The Pervasive Media Studio is part of Watershed, built on the legacy of Mobile Bristol. Pervasive Media Studio has a formal partnership with UWE's Digital Cultures Research Centre and support from HP Labs and the South West Regional Development Agency.
It is a multi-disciplinary lab exploring and producing pervasive media content, applications and services, working within an inspiring community of artists, creative companies, technologists and academics. Projects include gaming, projections, location-based media, digital displays and new forms of performance - some are commercial, some are cultural. All of them are tested as early as possible and iterate. Pervasive Media Studio has a shared workspace, an open ethos and a can-do attitude.

Kitchen Budapest (HU)
Kitchen Budapest, opened in June 2007, is a new media lab for young researchers who are interested in the convergence of mobile communication, online communities and urban space and are passionate about creating experimental projects in cross-disciplinary teams. KIBU offers a research lab space downtown Budapest, a basic grant for a dozen researchers, some equipment, and a dynamic workflow where sharing and helping is essential, and the freedom to capitalize any good idea.
Being sponsored by Magyar Telekom(MT), the leading Hungarian Telco, there is a direct path where ideas and prototypes get reach larger audiences, in case MT and the project group finds ways to do so. Our aim is to build a platform where ideas are materializing and some end up in cultural context, some in the market. Kitchen Budapest regularly organizes exhibitions to present our prototypes, as well as works or projects from related institutions and professionals.



Thu Jul 08, 2010 00:00 - Fri Jun 25, 2010


July 8
start 20.30
location: Brakke Grond, rode zaal, Amsterdam

The Netherlands Media Art Institute presents in collaboration with the art collective VVORK: 'Variety' a contemporary variety show, composed of daring and experimental translations of original artworks. 'Variety' is inspired by how culture of all kinds —sound, moving image, graphics— cycles easily between states and forms. For this one-night event, local performers will stage works by the artists Wojceich Kosma, Vladimir Nikolic, Tao Lin, Kristin Lucas, Adrian Piper, Pierre Bismuth, and Claire Fontaine. Containing readings, video, dance, and music performances, 'Variety' presents the acts together in a dramaturgy that can be understood as a single performance, allowing for new interpretations of each piece. When finished, the evening will be carried on as a single score, with instructions for how it can be repeated at different venues in the future.

VVORK is a website and curatorial project by the artists Aleksandra Domanovic, Oliver Laric, Georg Schnitzer, and Christoph Priglinger.

admission: 5 euro (students 2,50)
Please make reservations: or 020 6237101

Tickets are sold at the NIMk until 18.00 hrs Friday July 8 , Keizersgracht. From 19.00 hrs tickets are sold at the Brakke grond. Reserved places can be picked up at Brakke Grond until a half hour before the performance starts.

With thanks to the Amsterdam Fund for the Art

Netherlands Media Art Institute
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
T 31 20 6237101
F 31 20 6244423

Witty, lo-fi works with knotty thoughts
15 May - 24 July
Opening 14 May 17.00 - 19.00 with Masterfader & DJ V Technology
Mounira Al Solh, Keren Cytter, Shana Moulton, Hayley Silverman, Ola Vasiljeva, Emily Wardill en Nina Yuen

'Variety' by VVORK
8 July
a contemporary variety show, composed of daring and experimental translations of original artworks
Summer (in)

Project Space: Rafael Rozendaal
'yes for sure'
8 July - August 20

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Mon Jun 21, 2010 05:15



The Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk) focuses on new technologies and visual art. It presents and distributes media art, provides access to and conservation services for collections, facilitates artists’ residencies and performs technical research. The Institute is a point of departure and home port for both new talents and established names.
Through projects and events the NIMk reaches as wide an audience as possible, off and on-line, both in its own premises and through projects by third parties, in The Netherlands and other countries.
The Institute is included in the so-called Basisinfrastructuur, and receives structural subsidies from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and from the City of Amsterdam.

General / artistic director (m/f)

The NIMk is seeking an artistic generalist with knowledge of and a vision for new media art, who will further expand the tasks and programmes of the Institute: a person with vision, whose innovative ideas and élan will define the new course of the NIMk. The candidate has acquired experience in the direction or management of an institution involved with presentation or collection, and is able to give form to aspirations in concrete projects and products in an inspiring manner: exhibitions and other public events, expert meetings and publications. Furthermore, he or she feels at home in the network of visual art and new media, internationally, nationally and locally. Deadline July 12, 2010.

More information:

Netherlands Media Art Institute
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
T 31 20 6237101
F 31 20 6244423

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