Video Vortex WORKSPACE

23 Oct 2007 - 03 Feb 2008


Het Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst ontpopt zich tijdens Video Vortex in een experimentele plek waar projecten worden gepresenteerd die een participerende houding van het publiek vereisen, oftewel: do it yourself with others! Naast het presenteren van bestaande installaties worden er verschillende workshops en presentaties gegeven in de speciaal daarvoor ingerichte WORKSPACE. Elke week beheert een andere organisatie de WORKSPACE, projecten waar je zelfs iets mee kunt van gratis software tot mobiele telefoon, video, napster en vlogging workshops.

Openingstijden WORKSPACE: dinsdag t/ zaterdag en de eerste zondag van de maand van 13.00 - 18.00 uur. Gesloten van 23 december t/m 7 januari.

Programma VIDEO VORTEX.2:

Video Vortex Workspace

December 18 – 22 : FattoriaMediale

FattoriaMediale presents two projects in the Video Vortex Workspace: Trading Mercator Stories and the Placewear Project.

Through these projects we intend to provide the audience (residents as well as visitors) with an impression of the Baarsjes and the Bijmer neighborhoods which differs from a guided tour led by a person or suggested by a book. Our approach aims at fostering and supporting social debate and interest in the areas and eventually hopes to stimulate community discussions and awareness. It may also encourage a new style of tourism designed for multicultural and disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Both projects are powered by the Placeware, an open source software platform developed by FattoriaMediale in order to deliver it multimedia location aware experiences to the public.

Trading Mercator Stories
The Trading Mercator Stories (TMS) project is a place based narrative experience that combines stories and places through a location aware mobile display platform. The aim of the TMS project is to communicate the atmosphere, characters, personality and needs of the Baarsjes, a specific urban neighborhood of Amsterdam, characterized by it multicultural population and poor reputation in the media. By interpreting the community's voice, anecdotes and local color, TMS intends to portray the neighborhood’s stories from the grassroots as opposed to the big-issue histories reported by books and tour guides. TMS aims at interpreting the complex fabric of the neighborhood to uncover its rich and vibrant multiculturalism which flourishes despite its disadvantaged reputation.

Trading Mercator Stories video's are produced in association with:
Can Oskay, Adem Ozkaya, Hajar Makboul, Youssri Daoudi, Oguz Aogan, Erwin Adriaens (Workshop by Shivalinge), Lotje Terra, Manon Peters, Floortje Zonneveld, Fem Petraeus, Beer van Geer, Simon Muskitta (Students HKU, InsideOut seminar)

Trading Mercator Stories is a FattoriaMediale project funded by Digital Pioneers and the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst. Trading Mercator Stories was realised with the help and collaboration of Lesley Moore, Mercatorplein Library, Stichting Beeher, Stichting Shivalinge and the KHU students from the InsideOut seminar.

Placewear project
Experience Amsterdam’s Southeast the multimedia way. Your tour guide is a smartphone that presents short audiovisual story fragments. Placewear connects places with the memories and local anecdotes of the Bijlmer inhabitants, changing viewer's impressions of this neighborhood forever. The Placewear project was developed as a commission to media artist Valentina Nisi as part of the Imagine IC tracks and trails series.
The audiovisual stories were produced in collaboration with Pierre Heijboer, Floortje Zonneveld, Mike Cijntie, Jaap de Vidder and Lisa Hartog.

Placewear is realized by Valentina Nisi in collaboration with FattoriaMediale and Lesley Moore.
Sponsored by SKOR, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Stadsdeel Zuidoost, Fonds Europese Unie.

FattoriaMediale is a non-profit foundation managing its own research agenda, art projects, and events. It focuses on digital media and culture to provide novel and thought provoking experiences. The foundation was set up in 2006 by Valentina Nisi and Martine Posthuma de Boer, as a follow up to a successful collaboration in the Locating Stories workshop at the Virtueel Platform

Valentina Nisi is originally a visual artist, but has been focusing on narrative and new media the past 7 years. She has completed a PhD on interactive narrative for mobile technology at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). She worked as a researcher at MIT Media Lab Europe and TCD from 2000 till 2006 and then moved to Amsterdam to develop her first screenplay at the Binger Film Lab during the spring 2006 screenwriting course. Since then she has been working as a freelancer in the area of new media and location based stories.

Martine Posthuma de Boer is a cultural producer with a focus on the intersection of new media, education and society. Currently she works for Cinekid as a producer in the educational department. Her current focuses are innovation in new media and education and international networks. Previously Martine worked as a program manager at Virtueel Platform, a network for new media and culture in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has also worked freelance on cultural new media projects.

The third member of the foundation is Ian Oakley. With a background in both psychology and computer science, he spent three years at Media Lab Europe (2001 through 2004) and collaborated with Valentina on an interactive narrative project entitled the Media Portrait of the Liberties. Subsequently he has divided his time between two research posts in South Korea, where he studied multi-modal interfaces, and a healthy amount of rest and recreation in South America, Australasia and Asia. Ian has recently taken an assistant professorship at the University of Madeira as part of a large-scale joint project between Carnegie Mellon University and a range of institutions in Portugal.

8 t/m 12 januari

Seeding Vortex

To start off the year on a creative note, to meet and collaborate,
to influence and inspire, to teach and learn, Sagi Groner and Fredderico Bonelli initiate a ritualized creative media laboratory: the Seeding Vortex.

The Workspace in the Netherlands Media Art Institute will be turned into a a shared experimentation event, from 8-12 January 2008.

A limited number of people can participate and for the first meeting are requested to bring a 'seed'. The definition of what a seed may be is free, the only limitation is that it is something that can be shown or shared with a group. An idea, a word, an image or an object. The whole team consists of 12 people who are asked to participate in a ritual that is followed by a collective effort to explore the growth of the seeding ideas within the 4 days.

The transformation will be sustained by all the means that can be piled up in the room: computers, video equipment, software, internet, paper & scissors, ideas, voice, music & sound. As many gadgets as possible will be gathered to create a digital cooking pot. The process will be documented on the net and the material outcome will be shown in one form or the other in the Netherlands Media Art Institute.

Registration: info[at]

15 t/m 19 januari
Vlogging: can blogs and/or blogging be tools for creating a new type of net based art?
Donderdag 17 januari van 13.00 tot 17.00 workshop Vlogging met Seth Keen, Video Defunct Collective, Jay Deadman en Ryann Hodson

22 t/m 26 januari Visitors Studio van Furtherfield
Vrijdag 25 en zaterdag 26 januari collaborative performance / workshop


23 - 27 oktober
FLOSS Manuals
Naar aanleiding van de officiële launch van de FLOSS Manuals staat de eerste week van de tentoonstelling FLOSS centraal in de WORKSPACE. Met verschillende terminals waarop FLOSS te bekijken is, FLOSS Manuals te lezen zijn en je de achtergrond van FLOSS kunt horen in een korte documentaire die speciaal voor Video Vortex gemaakt is.

30 oktober - 4 november
Democratische Video-Recensie
Constant Dullaart, Dafna Maimon en Erik Alkema, alle drie als advisors/ docenten verbonden aan de European Exchange Academy en alle drie videomaker bieden bezoekers van de Video Vortex-tentoonstelling de mogelijkheid om op een visuele manier hun mening te geven over de expositie. Gewapend met mobieletelefooncamera's worden bezoekers de tentoonstelling ingestuurd. Het resultaat wordt besproken en alle resultaten worden samengevoegd als democratische video-recensie.

6 - 17 november
Mobile Reporters – Instant Exposeren
In de week van dinsdag 6 t/m zaterdag 17 november kun je tijdens de Video Fortex tentoonstelling je eigen videowerk exposeren. Film met je mobiele telefoon, upload via en exposeer direct op het grote projectiescherm in de Video Vortex tentoonstelling.

1. Filmen
Bij voorkeur met een mobiele telefoon, maar het kan met iedere camera.
Zorg wel dat je bestand niet groter wordt dan 15 Mb.

2. Uploaden
Als je nog niet bent aangemeld bij moet je dat eerst doen.
Daarna kun je je film uploaden.
Vink in het uploadformulier Video Vortex - Instant Exposeren aan.

3. Exposeren
Je film wordt zo goed als direct op een groot scherm in de expositie vertoond.

Hulp nodig?
Mail naar of lees de gebruiksaanwijzing.

GNU Video Vortex Workshop
vrijdag 23 en zaterdag 24 november

Mr Goil en Jaromil geven op vrijdag 23 en zaterdag 24 november binnen de Video Vortex tentoonstelling een tweedaagse workshop over gratis en open software voor videocompressie en online streaming. Tijdens de workshop wordt de technische horizon van online-TV, hacking en GNU/GPL toepassingen verkent. Voorbeelden hiervan zijn FreeJ, Icecast en FFmpeg. Ook wordt er gekeken naar projecten zoals FreiOr, BeTVen Cinelerra die gepresenteerd worden op het Piksel festival in Noorwegen.

Het doel van deze workshop is om de deelnemers meer te leren over de ins en outs van FLOSS systemen en hoe deze kunnen worden gecombineerd. Waardoor er meer audio/visuele setups uitwisseling, re-codering en interactie op het internet kan plaats vinden.

Deelname alleen mogelijk via inschrijving bij Malka Jonas: malka[at]

Als je in het bezit bent van een eigen laptop deze graag meenemen naar de workshop.

Datum: 23 en 24 november 2007
Tijd: 14.00 -18.00 uur
Lokatie: Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst

27 november - 2 december
Dominik Bartkowski (F & PL), Bareback

Dominik Bartkowski is present during openinghours to explain the project.

The project deals with censorship and internet filtering, displaying how censor ware works and how it generates and influences language on sexuality, desire and lust. A movie generator and video editor show the audience how censorship limits the vision and disclosure of desire. The software is realized as a realtime-generated multimedia video installation based on Linux, ffmpeg, mencoder and Python/PIL.
By deconstructing, morphing, overlapping video images coming from different movies, we are trying to frame our dreams and communicate them through You Tube or Flickr to people around us.

“Deconstructive editing”, is a software for the appropriation of video materials that are downloaded and viewed through the network. Deconstructing video images, combining them with texts, allows to display information in a more individual way, open for a critical or personal approach. It opens a door for a discussion in between, where, filtered codified images and videos could express what the official flow of information is omitting.

Bareback is an alternative tool combining functions of tools for picture analysis like photoshop, text analysis and video editing. It is a project, which is born from a personal frustration regarding Web 2.0 and all the different tools that are available for video editing.

11 t/m 15 december
FLOSS Manuals
Donderdag 13 december speciale workshop:

FLOSS Manuals Workshop #1 :: PureData
Derek Holzer and Adam Hyde
Dec 13, 10:00 - 18:00
Free, limited placement (8 maximum)
Please bring your own laptops to the workshop!

Do you wish to learn about how to use PureData? Internationally renown PureData workshop leader Derek Holzer will lead you through the basics of PureData in a special FLOSS Manuals workshop on Dec 13 at the Netherlands Media Art Institute.The placement is free but limited to a maximum of 8 people.

The workshop will concentrate on an introduction to the concepts behind PureData and how to use it for simple sound and data processing. You need no previous experience with PureData however you will need to bring a laptop with PureData already installed.

This workshop is also the first of a series of workshops organised by FLOSS Manuals which look at how to integrate learning and documentation. These workshops are investigating how to incorporate creating documentation into the workshop flow to better increase the participants understanding of the software while also creating documentation to assist others. Participants will be taken through a quick introduction on how the FLOSS Manuals system works by founder Adam Hyde, and an overview of some simple tips on how to write material to help others. At the end of the workshop participants will be asked to write some simple things they have learned into the FLOSS Manuals PureData manual. The manual is to be launched early 2008 online and in printed form under free licenses and all contributions will be credited.

Adam Hyde is an artist with an international practice who works with software, online audio and video, sound art, new technologies and more traditional forms of broadcast. In 2006 Adam founded FLOSS Manuals Stichting for the development of a collaborative platform for manuals on free software. The project has been awarded a grant from Digitale Pioneers (Amsterdam) and Adam is currently working developing the platform at FLOSS Manuals (

Derek Holzer is a sound artist with a background in radio, webstreaming and environmental recording. His work focuses on capturing and transforming small, unnoticed sounds from various natural and urban locations, networked collaboration strategies, experiments in improvisational sound and the use of free software such as Pure-Data. He has released tracks under the Nexsound, Sirr, and/OAR and Gruenrekorder labels, and has co-initiated several internet projects for field recording and collaborative soundscapes including

FLOSS Manuals is a community of free documentation writers creating
quality material about how to use free and open source software. Anyone
can contribute via the wiki ( or read
manuals ( online or indexed PDF.

There is also a remix facility so you can make your own manuals
FLOSS Manuals is a not-for-profit foundation based in Amsterdam with many contributors internationally.

Tags: Constant Dullaart