About CrossLab events

CROSSLAB EVENTS 2012-2013
CrossLab is het platform voor digitale media van de Willem de Kooning Academie Hogeschool Rotterdam.
De CrossLab events presenteren ‘state of the art’ ontwikkelingen op het gebied van technologie en design. Prominente professionals uit binnen- en buitenland tonen hun projecten en spreken zich hierover uit.


Agenda

03 12 2012
Data obsession: life as database
Dit CrossLab event ‘Data Obsessions:  Life as a Database’ is gewijd aan de obsessie voor dataverzamelingen en -visualisaties. Zie de huidige explosie van Open Data, vrijgegeven door de overheid. Persoonlijke data spelen hierbij een steeds grotere rol. Denk aan hyperpersoonlijke self-tracking apparaatjes, waarmee je altijd en overal je fysieke conditie kunt meten. Ons leven lijkt kwantificeerbaar doordat alles naar data wordt vertaald.
De ‘meetbaarheid der dingen’ verleidt ons data te interpreteren als ‘waar’ en ‘objectief’: meten is weten. Maar dit meten van data toont ook haar relativiteit of subjectiviteit. Door het nauwkeurig opnemen van individuele lichaamsmaten demonstreert het project ‘Sizing Science’ dat één confectiemaat niet iedereen past.
Is het verzamelen, meten en visualiseren van persoonlijke data een nieuwe speeltuin voor ontwerpen? Mike Thompson en Susana Cámara Leret presenteren ‘Aqua Vita’, een visueel dagboek over hun lichaam gebaseerd op hun dagelijkse urine. James Burke, interaction en user experience designer, gaat in op de drijfveren achter Selftracking en the Quantified Self. Bureau Clever Francke, gespecialiseerd in datavisualiatie, legt uit hoe je data op visuele wijze vertaalt naar een verhaal. Datajournalist en –vormgever Frédérik Ruys modereert deze avond.

English version
Currently, there is an obsession with data collection and visualization. From the explosion of Open Data, released by governments, to hyper personal self tracking devices that allow you to measure your physical condition at all times. Everything has become data and our lives seem to have become quantifiable. This ‘measurability of things’ seduces us to interpret these data as ‘true’ and ‘objective’: to measure is to know.
However, data measuring can also reveal the relativity or subjectivity of data . The project ‘Sizing Science’ for example, shows us that one size does not fit all. It introduces a method for measuring individual body sizes, allowing for the customization of clothes that were normally set to the general standard. Will data measuring become a new playground for designers

Events in progress
11 February 2013
Designers and artists have always played a significant role in (re)shaping the world. The increasing accessibility of technologies and production facilities – previously the exclusive domain of the industry – holds the promise of a new world of personal fabrication. A universe like this allows designers the opportunity to both re-appropriate and develop new technologies, machines, tools or other devices . These inventions are aimed at making unique and personalized products, experiences or functions that escape the prescription of mass culture.

25 March 2013
Nowadays, computer vision has entered our physical environment. We can see a merging between 2D screen and 3D aesthetics, an extension from screen to physical world. Both worlds now share a similar (visual) language, derived from visual digital aesthetics.
According to James Bridle: “We are looking more and more at the world through the eyes of a machine. We see like machines can see”. Bridle refers to this new way of seeing as the New Aesthetic: it is not what we are looking at but how we are taught to look by technology. How do artists and designers contribute to this “universe remix”?

13 mei 2013
In times of crisis and the failure of traditional economical systems we can witness an emergence of alternative economies and monetary systems.
No more euros as currency but an exchange of time, values, services, knowledge or products instead.
Examples include Bitcoin, the virtual system and Timebanks, that propose time as currency.
How does these “new” currencies work? And do these initiatives really represent alternatives for “old money”?
“New Currencies? (I lost 50 dollars in a Bitcoin crash but I am still a believer)” is an evening about the design of “new” value systems.
Central questions include: is sharing the new owning, is trust the new currency? And if so, could networked media meet these promises, as a framework for virtual and DIY currencies?

Entree
Regulier  €9,00
Medewerkers WdKA (studentenpas meenemen) €6,50
Studenten (studentenpas meenemen) €3,50

Locatie
De Unie, Mauritsweg 34-35, RotterdamZaal open 19:30 uur
Aanvang 20:00 uur

Colofon
De CrossLab events zijn een initiatief van de Willem de Kooning Academie, Hogeschool Rotterdam en is mede mogelijk gemaakt door het kenniscentrum Creating 010, Hogeschool Rotterdam

Inhoud, redactie en organisatie
Aldje van Meer, Deanna Herst, Jannetje in ‘t Veld en Bureau Externe Betrekkingen

Vormgeving: concept en ontwerp:
Studenten Grafisch Ontwerpen: 
Kirsten Spruit, Bas van de Burgh, Roman Strijbos, Luc Nagel, Job Taks en Chloe Rice