Out of curiosity: a reflection
‘Out of Curiosity’ was the second time that ideas and visions of art colleges were gathered and exchanged. In 2009 a first cross-over between two Flemish and two Dutch art educational institutes took place during the new media festival Victorian Circus at ‘De Brakke Grond’ in Amsterdam. On the initiative of BAM, the Flemish institute for visual, audiovisual and media art and Virtueel Platform representatives of the different participating institutes discussed on how and why they set up collaborations with external partners, students and teachers. The aim of this open dialogue was the exchange of experiences and insights and could be seen as a first, small step in a more long term and profound collaboration. [Full report in Dutch can be found here]
This first step towards collaboration focussed mainly on the exchange of knowledge and experience between teachers from different art educational institutes. For the E-Culture Fair 2010, a curiosity cabinet was built displaying video reports on e-culture. This second form of collaboration between university colleges in Flanders, The Netherlands and Nordrhein-Westfalen put the visions of students central. The video reports discussed several student projects within the field of e-culture and were presented in a communal cabinet of Wunderkammer. On the initiative of research group Social Spaces, this physical project was continued in a digital way.
To keep informed about student projects within the field of e-culture and to pursue a constant cross-pollination between the students and teachers of the art educational institutes involved, an online platform ‘Out of Curiosity’ was set up. The underlying idea is that this platform grows organically by the input from different students. In this way a dynamic – constantly evolving – collection of e-culture projects is collected, saved and presented. This collection not only provides us – the public – with an extensive overview of projects, but also gives insights in how the concept of e-culture is perceived, defined and evolves.
Out of Curiosity featuring on 2010LAB.tv
2010LAB.tv is an interactive web TV, blog and audio podcast for creative people in the Ruhr Metropolis and Europe. Our project ‘Out of Curiosity’, which resulted in 9 short films made by art student Joël Rabijns, will feature on this online platform. The teaser and a short introduction are already published. In the next weeks the other films will follow.
Also, together with this feature on 2010LAB.tv, Out of Curiosity has launched its own website. Go and take a look at www.outofcuriosity.be.
Several reports on the E-Culture Fair:
As you might have read before on this blog, Social Spaces visited the E-Culture Fair in Dortmund last week. Via the “E-cultuur weblog” you can check out several reports on the Fair. For example, the blog directs you towards a report by Flanders DC which you can read by clicking here. The website of Virtueel Platform has some interesting links to a radio report, a live magazine, lots of pictures and a nice You Tube video clip (showing Social Spaces and the “Out of Curiosity” stand) you can watch here as well:
Picture report: e-Culture fair Dortmund
Last week (23rd-25th of august) we presented our research group at the e-culture fair in Dortmund. You can view the pictures here.
“Out of Curiosity”: trailer
As a warming-up for the presentation of Social Spaces’ project “Out of Curiosity” at the E-Culture Fair next week in Dortmund (Germany), Joël Rabijns made a trailer. This short movie shows how Joël made a roadtrip and visited the participating schools in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. To see the final outcome of the project you should definitely visit the E-Culture Fair, but in the meantime you can already get an idea of what we are presenting there by watching the trailer:
For more information on the E-Culture Fair, see: http://www.eculturefair2010.eu/