Interview and workshop Matt Adams, Amsterdam
Today Liesbeth is leaving for Amsterdam to meet Matt Adams (Blast Theory) for an interview. This interview frames in a longer research project for BAM and Virtueel Platform where she – together with her colleagues at the Media & Design Academy – will map participatory processes in new media art and design projects. The intermediary results of the interviews and mapping sessions will be published here on the e-culture blog.
Why are we doing this research? Many produced artefacts and experiences today are created via standard procedures, methods and tools. This may speed production processes up, but at the same time there is not a lot of room for innovating and rethinking their role in society. Therefore we would like to look into alternative research practices in arts, science, engineering and design that are inspired by participatory new media cultures. Especially we will focus on their use of cross-over practice and critical tools in the process of creating an artefact and/or experience. The research project is a follow-up study of the publication Cross-Over that mapped out the cross-disciplinairy new media practices in Belgium. The project was initiated by the Field Institute for e-culture in Belgium (BAM). In this second publication we want to zoom more closely into practices and methods put forward by creative new media cultures. The study is a collaborative initiative of the Belgian and the Dutch (Virtueel Platform) Field Instititutes for e-culture.
Matt Adams is in Amsterdam to give a workshop on the 8th of December for Virtueel Platform, which Liesbeth will also join:
Blast Theory has focused most recently on new uses of GPS technology for non-commercial content in the public space using existing technology to new purposes. The one-day workshop will kick of with some insights in to Blast Theory’s own projects and their relevance to the heritage field. The rest of the day is a workshop in which participants will be helped to devise new ways in which their own cultural content can be used to best advantage with new (mobile)technology.
Blast Theory is a London-based group of artists and researchers who make interactive works for the gallery, the street and television. Their recent collaborations with the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham have been recognised internationally as breaking new ground in the combination of online games, wireless networks and virtual worlds. Other partners include BBC Interactive and the Science Museum, London.
Source: Virtueel Platform