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Funware Shared Artist in Residence

Fri Apr 23, 2010 00:00

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


BALTAN, NIMk and Piksel have launched an open call for proposals as part of the exhibition project Funware. We are looking for interesting new software art projects that can be developed in the period of June - November 2010 through a shared residency. The new work developed during the residency will be presented in the Funware exhibition at MU in Eindhoven, at HMKV in Dortmund and as part of the Piksel festival 2010.

This residency is a collaboration between three labs, based on a desire to investigate the ways and potential of working within a network of labs that support the exchange and sharing of resources and knowledge. The form of this collaboration aims to provide the most specific and relevant support to artists working on art and technology projects in residence. Knowing the capacities and competences of each lab/organisation, the residency exchange will offer targeted support (in the form of resources, space, technical support, local context and time) to be provided at different stages of the research and development of the project specific to each organisation. Off- and online dissemination of form and content via this partnership and the building of structural relationships are crucial to the collaboration.


Funware, conceptualised by Olga Goriunova (, is an exhibition about the fun in software. Making and using what has become known as software is experimental, humorous, and eventful. However improbable it might sound for today’s all encompassing dullness of forms, databases, schedules and processors, “fun” has informed and guided the development of software from its very inception. The rise of net art and the changes the Internet and desktop computers brought to culture gave rise to software art at the turn of the millennia. Performed by amateurs, artists, alternative coders or professional programmers for “fun”, software art as an aesthetic practice questions, tangles and experiments with the materiality of software has subsequently lost its visibility again, as attention is turned to the social web and software applications for third generation mobile phones, which all harness some of the energies constitutive of aesthetic software. Funware reflects on the history of engagement with software, that demonstrates its non-industrial, non-professional, non-commercial, or non-academic character.

The exhibition demonstrates the trajectory of humour and affect as constitutional to software and computing. The exhibition aims to make such an ‘obscure’ technological object as software, open, palpable and approachable, bridging a gap between ‘serious’ production such as technology and ‘non-serious’ production such as different forms of art. The exhibition has a few distinct threads: games; ASCII; code art; a few vectors of AI; computers in popular culture; spyware, conceptual software, hardware modification, hacker/virus approaches, sound, software modification, pranks, participatory web. And as software is intertwined with the hardware it runs upon and the networks that construct the society in which it rules, the exhibition features a lot of projects dealing explicitly with computer hardware or the materiality of hardwareas well as engaging projects experimenting with sound.

We offer:
- Residency period at each of the different labs (residency time at location will be project dependent) in the period of June - November 2010. Specific dates at each location are to be determined in collaboration with the selected artist.
- Artist(s) fee.
- Production budget (including support of travel and accommodation, accommodation is not provided for in Amsterdam).
- Presentation of the project in the Funware exhibition in Eindhoven (MU) and Dortmund (HMKV).
- Public presentation of the results of the artist’s research at BALTAN Laboratories, NIMk and Piksel;
- Support for the documentation of the research and final work, and dissemination of this documentation.

- Proposals are welcome from professional artists worldwide;
- The concept should fit within the theme of the exhibition Funware, in which it will be presented;
- The work should be created using free/open source software;
- The artist should have experience working in collaborative settings with people from different disciplines;
- The artist must be willing and able to travel to Eindhoven, Amsterdam and Bergen for residency periods (exact dates and period will be made in accordance with the artist);
- The artist must be willing to openly and thoroughly document the artistic process.

What are we looking for:
- Outline of the concept underlying the work that you wish to develop (200 words max).
- General outline of the scope of the final work (200 words max - please include visual sketches).
- 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).
- Indication of your planning divided between the three labs, i.e. what would you like to develop where.
- Up-to-date CV including links to previous work.

Please send your submission to
Deadline for submission is Friday 23 April 2010.

The candidate is chosen by representatives from the three partner organisations. Applicants will be informed by May 10th.


Netherlands Media Art Institute (Amsterdam, NL)
The Artist in Residence (AiR) programme at the Netherlands Media Art Institute 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.

BALTAN Laboratories (Eindhoven, NL)
BALTAN Laboratories initiates, supports and disseminates innovative research and development activities in the field of art, technology and culture. A two-year pilot initiative located in a space of 500 m2 at Strijp S in Eindhoven, it is a first step towards a broader Art Science Lab in the former NatLab (Philips physics laboratory). BALTAN provides space, a critical framework and support for artistic research into technological culture. The pilot phase is intended to develop a radical and sustainable identity for the laboratory of the future. The Funware residency exchange with NIMk and Piksel in 2010 is an integral part of this research. BALTAN offers an open and flexible residency context in which we dialogue closely with the artist throughout the development of their project. Interaction with other research projects being undertaken at BALTAN is key to all residencies at BALTAN. We provide support for documenting, disseminating and reflecting on the research process and results of the residency, and offer a unique local context in which to work. BALTAN?s core team includes four artistic advisors: Marc Maurer (Maurer United Architects), Geert Mul, Gideon Kiers and Lucas van der Velden (Telcosystems).

Piksel (Bergen, Norway)
Piksel is an annual event for artists and developers working with free and open source software, hardware and art. Part workshop, part festival, it is organised in Bergen, Norway, and involves participants from more than a dozen countries exchanging ideas, coding, presenting art and software projects, doing workshops, performances and discussions on the aesthetics and politics of free and open source software.
The development, and therefore use, of digital technology today is mainly controlled by multinational corporations. Despite the prospects of technology expanding the means of artistic expression, the commercial demands of the software industries severely limit them instead. Piksel is focusing on the open source movement as a strategy for regaining artistic control of the technology, but also a means to bring attention to the close connections between art, politics, technology and economy.



Sat Nov 28, 2009 00:00 - Wed Nov 11, 2009


Opening Friday, 27 November, 5:00 p.m.
From 28-11-2009 until 06-02-2010

Harm van den Dorpel, Constant Dullaart, F.A.T.Lab, Martijn Hendriks, JoDi, Oliver Laric, NastyNets, Theodore Watson

During the opening Constant Dullaart will be spinning his collection of 50 cent 'In Da Club' remixes.

The exhibition 'Versions' deals with the ‘comment culture’: commentary as a medium. With the popularity of social networks and blog sites on the internet, such as Flickr, Facebook, Hyves, YouTube, Blogger, etc., commenting on each other has taken on a new dimension. In his publication Zero Comments (2007) the Dutch network theoretician Geert Lovink describes this phenomenon as a nihilistic impulse and an erosion of mainstream media. 'Versions' shows artists' practices and an aesthetic related to this comment culture.

The Netherlands Media Art Institute invited a number of artists for whom reacting to one another influences their own work process. For these artists the internet is the place par excellence to quickly launch ideas, react to one another, or adapt existing work and reuse it. Through this process photos, animations or videos rapidly grow into more complex and aesthetic artworks. Sharing and commenting on each other's work leads to questions about the position and perception of the work in the context of the internet and beyond it. To what extent can one speak of uniqueness and originality of the works? Who determines what can or can not be done, and what happens to individual identity within the group process? How does this process translate into the physical, static space of a gallery? Questions about the significance of appropriation, authenticity and agency in the era of 'comment culture' run like a thread through the exhibition.

A number of the works in the exhibition are a direct reflection of this online comment culture. In an extremely short time, through simple means an elementary concept or image is adapted by different people, constantly creating new versions of the same idea, as in the work of Oliver Laric. A number of artists did new works for the exhibition, which make a translation from the transient internet to the static space of the gallery (Constant Dullaart, JoDi, Martijn Hendriks, Harm van den Dorpel and Theodore Watson).

Netherlands Media Art Institute
Keizergracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
The Netherlands\_nl

Opening hours:
Tue t/m Fri from 11.00 - 18.00 hrs Sat and each first
Sunday of the month Sunday 1300 - 1800 hrs.

Entrance 4,50 (2,50 with discount). Museumkaart free

Thanks to: Powered by BeamSystems



Tue Oct 06, 2009 00:00 - Mon Sep 28, 2009


A lecture-performance by Esther Polak
October 6, 2009
Start 20.30 hours

Entrance free
Location: Netherlands Media Art Institute, keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Please make reservations:

At this evening session Esther Polak will do a public performance with the GPS drawing robot, based on the herders’ and truck drivers’ tracks collected in Nigeria. The performance will be followed by a talk on ElasticMapping: the possibilities of manipulating and editing GPS tracks, and how this opens up the cinematographic qualities of location data ‘as such’ to meaningful artistic investigation, resulting in more and more subjective and personalized mappings that will have a big impact on the future use of digital location aware media.

Esther Polak
NIMk Artist in Residence
With the increased possibilities of personalized mapping that come with the emerging presence of locative media in society, the traditional cartographic objectivity of ‘The Map’ is challenged in a daring way. Artists are investigating these new possibilities, and Esther Polak has been working on the subject since 2002. As she has done so, the visualization of GPS tracks has played an important role in her work. For her latest project, NomadicMILK, Esther Polak worked with nomads and truck drivers in Nigeria. For this project she specially developed a new visualization tool: a GPS drawing robot that is able to present GPS tracks in outdoors situations, independent of power supply or in-door shelter.

The robot draws GPS tracks directly on the ground by replotting them to a chosen spatio temporal scale. It is equipped with a bottle filled with sand; a hole in the lid makes it function like a drawing hourglass. In this way the robot functions as a performative tool, making the GPS tracks tangible and physically present. This approach brought about new needs for representation. Both time and space had to be compressed, scaled and deformed in order to have the robot draw a recognizable map in sand. The process of manipulating and editing GPS data raises new questions: it turns out to be something in between drawn routes from memory and hardcore GPS route registration.

The Artist in Residence (AiR) programme at the Netherlands Media Art Institute 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.

Netherlands Media Art Institute
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam


Call for participation: NIMk Artists in Residence 2010

Tue Sep 01, 2009 00:00

The Artist in Residence (AiR) programme at the Netherlands Media Art Institute 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 ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of contemporary art and theory, as well as media history and visual culture and should have knowledge of requested software, as well as understanding of programming.
The artist's intention should be to make a new artwork, to be shown in exhibitions and to be distributed by the Netherlands Media Art Institute and others. (We do not demand exclusivity for presentation or distribution.)

For the AiR program 2010 we manly focus on technology and mobility that can change habits and inhabitation of public spaces. Our goal is to explore mobile and portable platforms as innovative creation and distribution systems. Proposals for users participation and interaction by modified excistend devices as phones, iPod, GPS and others are welcome.

If your ideas for a new artwork does not fit into the mentioned demands you still can apply: we are always interested in brilliant ideas.

DEADLINE: 1st September 2009
Please use the application form on our website (Research - AiR)
and mail it to

The Artlab is the department within the Netherlands Media Art Institute that is responsible for research. Artlab supports research by artists into the use of new media within the visual arts. Here artists can experiment, make contact with one another, cooperate and create new work.
Through the Artist in Residence program artists are invited to submit project proposals of innovative use of new technologies. Artists in Residence program is a structural part of the Institute.
In addition there is occasional research done into tools that can be of service in the process of presentation, production, post-production and distribution of streaming media. Moreover, since 1990 the possibilities for conserving video art and multimedia installations have been investigated. For the latter the Institute takes part in various Dutch and international collaborations.
As a research center, the Netherlands Media Art Institute focuses first on professional specialists, but students can also approach it with problems they may encounter. With the aid of the open source and open content principle, as much knowledge and expertise as possible is made available by the internet.

Netherlands Media Art Institute
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
The Netherlands


Exhibition Fluid Architectures

Fri May 29, 2009 00:00 - Fri May 29, 2009

Fluid Architectures

30 May - 16 August
Opening May 29, from 18.30 hrs

18:30 hrs: Introduction into Fluid Architectures by exhibition curator Susanne Jaschko
19:00 hrs Lecture Digital urbanism - historical and future utopias of the megacity
by exhibiting artist Michael Najjar

Participating artists: Annja Krautgasser, Walter Langelaar, Jan Robert Leegte, Dirk Lüsebrink/Joachim Sauter, Mader Stublic Wiermann, Michael Najjar, Mark Napier, Marnix de Nijs, Stanza, Pablo Valbuena

In the movie Metropolis from 1926, director Fritz Lang created the vision of a futuristic 21st century mega-city. Now that we have crossed the threshold of this century our reality makes that vision seem strangely old-fashioned as new sets of factors unconsidered by Lang move to shape the future of our urban spaces. It is now ubiquitous computer networks, information delivery in real time and new display technologies which are the key elements transforming the face of our urban living spaces. Through them a space is taking shape whose manifestations merge the virtual and the physical. Essayist Florian Rötzer talks in this context of a “digital urbanism” whose salient features are „dispersal, decentralisation, valorisation of interiority, globalisation, individuality and mobility“.
These factors shape a networked society and a "space of flows” which generate new dimensions for imagination and action no longer concurrent with the old geographies and topographies.

The exhibition Fluid Architectures gathers spaces of flow and immateriality created by artists in response to these contemporary notions the city. These fictional spaces made of light, moving image, and other media extend the idea of physical architecture to the construction of dynamic and seemingly infinite spaces enabling a sensory experience. The works rethink the classic standards of spatial construction and topography. Rather they introduce the new concept of 'performative architecture' and thus propose an imaginary urban landscape for the 21st century. The Fluid Architectures programme comprises a gallery exhibition, lectures and workshops. The exhibition is curated by Susanne Jaschko.

Artists and works:
For Fluid Architectures new site-specific works have created by Walter Langelaar, Jan Robert Leegte and Pablo Valbuena.

Annja Krautgasser (AT)
Dashed II, media installation, 2005

Walter Langelaar (NL)
paralevel | OA\_NIMK2, modified videogame software, projection, 2009 (commission)

Jan Robert Leegte (NL)
Ornament (Amsterdam), computer projection, 2009 (commission)

Dirk Lüsebrink/Joachim Sauter (D)
Invisible Shapes of Things Past - Shanghai, film-based sculptures and 2D and 3D print, video, 1996/2006

Mader Stublic Wiermann (DE): folded space and twists and turns, documentations of video installation, 2008

Michael Najjar (DE)
the invisible city, video, loop, 2004

Mark Napier (US)
Smoke, custom software, computer, projection
Cyclops Birth I + IV, inkjet on paper, 2007

Marnix de Nijs (NL)
Exploded Views - Remapping Firenze, multi media installation, 2008 (produced within NIMk’s artist in residence programme, co-produced by Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence)

Stanza (UK)
Urban Generation, net art, software, real time city experience, 2005

Pablo Valbuena (ES)
Extension series, architecture and projection, 2009 (commission)

Lecture by Jan Robert Leegte
June 10
19:00 hrs
(in Dutch)

Workshop by Walter Langelaar
June 13
11:00 - 19:00 hrs
(in Dutch)

Opening hours: Tue t/m Sat and each first Sunday of the month Sunday June 7, July 5, August 2 1300 - 1800 hrs. Entrance 4,50 (2,50 with discount). Museumcard free

Thanks to BeamSystems, Spanish Embassy and Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperacion.

Netherlands Media Art Institute
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
The Netherlands