archive for the 'artifacts' Category

Best library ad ever…

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

My friend Melanie send me this screenshot from her Facebook feed. An advert for the Public Library system of Villeurbanne in the style of a promotion flyer for an african healer. Not surprisingly i find this utterly brilliant…

on risks & rewards (related to sharing metadata)

Friday, October 15th, 2010

In the light of yesterday’s rather confusing and unconstructive discussion about ‘risks and rewards’ at the Europeana ‘open culture 2010‘ conference, i thought that it might be useful to clarify a number of things. If you take a step back from form your favourite grief about copyright/public funding and look at the larger picture the […]

stock trades, art and algorithms

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

if you ask me one of the more fascinating things going on out there right now is high-frequency trading. High-frequency trading (HFT) occurs when traders program computers to buy and sell stocks (or other financial products) in quick succession under certain, pre-defined circumstances. (a good starting point to learn more about HFT is this planet […]

the motorized mountain bike(s) of damascus

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

back in december when walking through damascus i ran into this mountain bike rigged up with small combustion engine: mountain bike fitted with a combustion engine on Khalid ibn al-Walid street in central Damascus [photo taken from a different perspective here] if you ask me this is quite a marvel of engineering and although i […]

more ruralism and less urbanism

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

spend yesterday afternoon at the paris photo exhibition/fair in the über-horrible carrousel du louvre in paris. the whole thing did not really live up to the hype (and the long queues) but fortunately there was one photo that made it worth having ventured into the belly of the cultural-industrial beast: ‘un poco de historia, la […]

(UK National Portrait Gallery vs. Wikimedia) vs. the Public Domain

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

you might have heard that the Wikimedia Foundation and the National Portrait Gallery are having a bit of a row these days. At the core of the dispute lies the fact that in march an English wikipedia administrator by the name of Derrick Coetzee uploaded more than 3000 high resolution images of paintings held by […]

playstation controllers inspired by russian avant-garde art

Monday, February 16th, 2009

went to visit the Kröller Müller Museum deep inside the dutch country side (if that exists) last sunday. Apart form a walk in the rain through the splendid sculpture garden (an absolute must-visit) we had a short (too little time, must come back in the summer) walk through the permanent collection. One of the works […]

Computer Science is the Science of the Future [more pics from cuba]

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

so i finally finished uploading my pictures from cuba to flickr [see here and here]. among them is one more series that deserves special attention. it consists of a number of photos of an abandonened boarding school building that we found along the road from Bayamo to Las Tunas in eastern Cuba. The soviet-style prefabricated […]

dancing on the remains of the 20th century

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

i am on my way back from the still ongoing conference ‘Kreative Arbeit und Urheberecht‘ (arbeit2.0) organized by and the HKMV in dortmund. the conference is taking place in the phoenix-halle on the terrain of the former phönix-west iron works in Dortmund. The whole terrain is currently being developed into a nanotechnology/creative-industries/science park and […]

Tantalum Memorial / Pandoras Index

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

for some reason i never managed to write about manifesta7 after having visited 3 of the 4 locations on the opening weekend back in mid july. not sure what to say of the overall exhibition but it included a number of really interesting and beautiful artworks. my favorite among them was Tantalum Memorial – Residue, […]