Monthly Archives: October 2014

All we lost was hardware

Breakfast disaster: gisteren sprak de eredirecteur van De Munt, Bernard Foccroulle, in De Morgen in een open brief aan Mijnheer de Eerste Minister. Keurig met hoofdletters en al. Hij beklaagt er de zware besparingen die opgelegd worden aan de federale cultuurinstellingen. Hij heeft gelijk dat die besparingen zeer jammerlijk zijn, oneerlijk ook, en voor sommige makers en medewerkers wellicht ook een sociaal drama betekenen.
Maar als hij stelt dat dit een gevaarlijke en explosieve situatie is, dan volg ik toch niet meer. En als hij verder verwijst naar De Stomme van Portici en het einde van België.. dan lijkt het alsof de tijd boven sommige kerststallen is blijven stille staan. De NASA berichtte vanochtend dat een van hun onbemande raketten net na de lancering is ontploft. Zonder erg: “All we lost was hardware”. En ik morste aarbeien-yoghurt op een sinaasappel.


Somewhere in-between telephone, radio, twitter and the nsa.

Schermafbeelding 2014-10-28 om 12.39.04 

My Locus Pi is up and running again. Somewhere in the naughties I invited the team to our Cimatics festival in Brussels. At the time they built and offered an arduino-based standalone device for streaming location-based soundscapes, i.e. a box with an ethernet connection and a mic. Participants were invited to put their microphone close to their (open) windows and connect the box to their internet-router. A global map depicted the various streams available for the visitors of the website. Each place (or ‘locus’) was provided with a short description and a photo of the setup or specific location. This resulted in a global network of ‘soundscapestreams’ triggering imagination.

To listening-in into a place is truly poetic. It sits somewhere in-between telephone, radio, twitter and the nsa. Recently the locusonus team came up with a ready-made Raspberry Pi Locus Sonus diskimage to set up your own locus sonus. And even an Android app to turn smartphones and tablets into a naughty sound sniffer. Please do join us.


A fb message to isabel


hi isabel to answer your question: yes and no. i’m head of department for design at the school of arts ghent, where we have been setting up the project ‘atelier de stad gent’ together with timelab. the main goal of our design department in this project was to experiment with mixing critical and speculative design approaches on the one hand-side, and peer production on the other. In other words: which role could conceptual design play in the field of peer production? with the project ‘het spilvarken’ (focusing on urban pig farming) this critical approach has proven to be very productive.

apart form that, we had another goal or question: namely, what is the role institutes can play, e.g. educational institutes, in the explicitly informal and non-institutional phenomenon of p2p society? related to this question i’m connecting people on round the idea of education itself within the context of peer production. an etherpad or wiki will soon be made available on this subject. the core focus of (as written in the objectives) on design, knowledge and context is obviously very relevant for this. if you or other people are interested in collaborating, just let me know.