puntKom at i_beta/event 2011

Posted by Selina on Friday May 6th 2011 at 09:00

Some years ago, we (Media, Arts & Design Faculty in Genk) started with puntKom (a series of informal evenings on culture, technology, design,…). We had puntKom-sessions on SoundCode, on interactive textiles, on Bastard Culture,… and thanks to the interesting speakers and the enthusiastic crowd (and the chilled beer), they all turned out quite nice.

The next puntKom will be a special edition and will take place in the context of the i_beta/event 2011 in Heerlen (NL). This puntKom-session at the i_beta/event will feature some interesting presentations:

(1) Marlous Willemsen of Imagine IC will talke about the technological & participative art ideas of the Bijlmer Euro project.

(2) C-md students Patrizio Laforte and Nicholas Schepers will present their student projects. Patrizio will talk about his thesis project ad hoc music networks in public spaces, in which he focuses on the role of sound in public spaces. Nicholas will present his thesis project engaging the local self through pervasive play, in which he researches how game design can be used to help digital natives to take action against discrimination.

(3) The image of the London tube placed on the Euregion Meuse-Rhine represents an idea of this region being a networked city across nation-borders. The image is evolving and new layers and meaning are added to the map and the concept over time. At puntKom, some new layers of the Ambition map Eutropolis will be presented to the audience.

So, be sure to check it out! Visit the puntKom at Poppodium Nieuwe Nor (Pancratiusstraat 30, Heerlen (NL)) on Friday 13th May from 13.45 – 15.30h!

puntKom #7 – My Way or the Highway – On routes & routines

Posted by Niels on Wednesday December 15th 2010 at 12:36

puntKomLast year, we (the Media & Design Academy in Genk) started with puntKom (a series of informal evenings on culture, technology, design,…). We had puntKom-sessions on SoundCode, on interactive textiles, on Bastard Culture,… and thanks to the interesting speakers and the enthusiastic crowd (and the chilled beer), they all turned out quite nice.

The second puntKom of this year will be about routes and will be held Thursday the 16th of December. Title  ‘My way or the highway! on Routes & Routines’.

Check http://www.puntkom.nu for more info.

The program for this evening:

19.00h – 19.30h – Daniel Veestraeten on Volunteered Geospatial Information architect and author of Volunteered Geospatial Information in Urban Environment

19.45h – 20.15h – Luk Balcer on Waze (free community build navigation system) http://www.nozzle.be/ – CEO Nozzle Communication Agency

BREAK (free Veddett 🙂

20.30h – 21.00h – Thomas Laureyssens on trails in public space http://www.toyfoo.com – artist & researcher

puntKom #6 – Identity

Posted by Niels on Monday November 15th 2010 at 11:38

puntKomLast year, we (the Media & Design Academy in Genk) started with puntKom (a series of informal evenings on culture, technology, design,…). We had puntKom-sessions on SoundCode, on interactive textiles, on Bastard Culture,… and thanks to the interesting speakers and the enthusiastic crowd (and the chilled beer), they all turned out quite nice.

The first puntKom of this year will be about identity and will be held Thursday the 18th of November.

Check http://www.puntkom.nu for more info.

The program for this evening:

19h00 – 19h45 Marguerita Perez Garcia – About technological (and holistic) self-portraits and how you use them in different ways to build your digital presence, from individual to social causes and beyond
19h45 – 20h05 Sabina Baciu – A study case of digital portraiture: Facebook profile pictures as an identity cue

20h05 – 20h20 BREAK

20h20 – 20h40 Annick Geenen – On photography and the creation of an identity
20h40 – 21h00 Rosanne Van Klaveren – Anecdotes about unexpected mixture of online and real-life identities

puntKom #2 – SoundCoding – Why Mr Blob needs to be happy

Posted by Niels on Thursday February 11th 2010 at 12:11

Since January 2010 the educational program Communication & MultiMediadesign (with the support of the Social Spaces group) is organising the so-called puntKom-sessions.

puntKom is a mix of crispy lectures, tasty workshops, bite-sized performances and yummy demos. In short, a meeting place for you (yes, You!), passionate about media, culture, design and technology!
puntKom is a series of informal meetings (each second Thursday of the month) organised by the docents & students of Communication & MultiMediaDesign of the Media & Design Academy.

puntKom is a series of informal meetings (each second Thursday of the month). It is a mix of crispy lectures, tasty workshops, bite-sized performances and yummy demos. In short, a meeting place for those passionate about media, culture, design and technology!

The first puntKom dealt with Serious Gaming & Digital Bastard Culture and there were lectures by Roman Kirschner & Mirko Tobias Schäfer.

puntKom #2 was all about SoundCoding, how code can create sound. Each participant had a small talk (of some ten minutes) and afterwards people could have a better look at the different projects (and drink a free beer of course). We saw Mr Blob, a project by C-md-students Danny Leen & Thomas Lammers. They created a “cuddly” interface which should help to settle disputes on difference in musical taste when you’re having a party or when you’re sitting in a bar: by “stroking” Mr Blob, you will draw his attention. If you are gentle enough, Mr Blob will be happy and the music in the bar will change to the music you like (using your Last.fm-profile). Well, for more info, just check the movie below…

making of the BLOB – interactive social music creature from Thomas Lammers on Vimeo.