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I will start with an offline reading request. The book has a very funny and inspiring view of our digital world. you don´t have to be a nerd to get to her way of understanding bits and bytes she picks you up at any level of knowlage.
Artificial Unintelligence. How Computers Misunderstand the World. By Meredith Broussard.

A guide to understanding the inner workings and outer limits of technology and why we should never assume that computers always get it right.

Next is a short review video from the oculus s the new VR headset from tested.

It is nice to see that the Oculus team will go for more accessibility and less external sensors. The new version comes down to a beefed up version of the Oculus Go.

Next video is from the GDC(Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco. The Conference is this year dedicated to alternative game controllers. It is really funny to watch the hell couch.

I found on Adafruit a new interesting wearable and I linked you a twitter feed from the creator Helen Leigh.

Politically this week my eyes were on Khazasthan. Everything starts with the unexpected Resigning of the former president. It seems that his daughter would get his succession but that comes with problems mentioned here. And last week this happened and there where protests and people got arrested for having blue balloons.

Thats it for this week. Thanks for your patience.

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As I promised a short review of the VR Gender Switching experience. First thing that I liked about the way it´s made was the fact that you could do it in the browser without any headset or what so ever. It is an very accessible experience of cause it has to be because it is an ad. Content-wise it is very hetero normative I would have wished a little bit more depth to the characters. But the way to tell the story is interesting and shows the power of VR. The power to be inside the head of an character. I would like to see a new VR version of “Being John Malkowitch”. About using Condoms there is an important article in the newest “Missy Magazine” about Stealthing a practice were you secretly remove the condom during sex. It is actually a crime but hard to come by. Sorry for “offline” content but just to let you know.

Kein Sextrend 
Von Mithu Sanyal 
Stealthing, das heimliche Abnehmen des Kondoms beim Sex, ist eine Straftat – nur wie soll es rechtlich verfolgt werden?

Next topic is contemporary music so please bare with me and hear the tunes while reading further along.

Dane Rudhyar – Granites – played by Steffen Schleiermacher

I was in Dresden this weekend to visit a festival for contemporary music. And this was hard nerdcore I didn´t understood anything but I want to share on special event. The Phonola concert played by Wolfgang Heisig. A Phonola is a german version of a Pianola or Player Piano.

Basically an apparatus in front of a piano that plays it for you. Completely without any electronic parts it is driven by air like an Organ. The tunes are stored on a piece of paper with punched out holes. This technic allows to play stored music in times before the Gramophone and it changed the way you could compose for piano because you do not have to think about limited amount of pushing devices (human fingers or equivalents). And the composers began to think more graphically because the pattern of the pushed out holes really helps to see the geometry of music.

Wolfgang Heisig in action

And here some songs made for the instrument. Wolfgang Heisig is the only one in Germany and one of the two european players who plays this instrument.

So next thing – CANDY – there is a weird thing on the YouTubes with trying out international candy. And I do not know why it becomes so popular but I think it is the best way to overcome borders and racism and stuff. I know it is not so easy but we have to try it at least very hard. These are three really famous an important makers from different continents so if you don´t have the sweet tooth check out there channels.

Becky Stern an old star in the maker scene or a kind of veteran she was one of the first youtubers I witnessed doing wearables. Estefannie explains it all is a great way to get started on code and tinker. Naomie Wu lives in Shen-Tsen and reviews new stuff that you may never find overseas and she also makes some nice gadgets on her channel. She as well has a really ugly story with the VICE magazine going on.

Last thing is an article about how software changes labour.

But supply chains aren’t purely physical. They’re also made of information. Modern supply-chain management, or S.C.M., is done through software. The people who design and coördinate supply chains don’t see warehouses or workers. They stare at screens filled with icons and tables. Their view of the supply chain is abstract. It may be the one that matters most.

!! EAT MORE FAIRTRADE ORGANIC VEGAN CANDY !!

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This week I want to share a video with you from the Youtube channel smarter every day. This video made me think about my own role in political conflicts. And you will be surprised how weapons in the future will look like.

I’ve kept this side of my life off the internet intentionally for 15 years. It’s been strange being a dual YouTuber/Missile Tester, because obviously this side of my life feels very important and the main driver for many of my life decisions. I’m more than just a person who makes videos and puts them on YouTube, and I feel like I’m kind of introducing you to the other side of me with this video. – Destin from smarter every day

The next thing I want to share is a bit more on the technical side but it is a clever way to understand resistors and a really nice example how to use them. At first meet Karen with her beautiful series The Learning Circuit to learn what resistors really are.

So now you know and here is a really nice way to use them.

Speaking of resistance the EU Parliament will decide over a new copyright reform which will may cause many harm to small content producers. I attached a link to a protest from Wikipedia. They will switch off there german service for one day. Here the article for english speakers only. The public protests against the reform are planned for the 23th of march.

The proposed reform includes some protections for access to knowledge, including greater access to public domain and out of commerce works, but also contains some seriously problematic provisions that threaten many ideals central to the Wikimedia movement. Articles 11 and 13, which respectively establish a news publishers right and liability on platforms for user uploads, will harm freedom of expression across Europe and impede the development of free knowledge resources like Wikipedia in the future.

This week we worked a lot with VR technology and I think one of the most advantages are the ability to switch your point of view to anything. Like an animal or a leaf or a robot. So I wondered if anyone used it to switch his/her gender and I found this.

I did not tried it but I will next week so either you try it your self or you go the cliffhanger rout and wait for the next entry where I share my experience.

Highlighting our female Lecturers

Since we started the Masters Program this past fall, we have been fortunate to have these wonderful female artists sharing their knowledge with us:

Mónica Rikic – Lecturer Design && Technology I

Monica is a new media artist and creative coder from Barcelona. Her practice focuses on code, electronics and non-digital objects for creating interactive projects often framed as experimental games, which aim to go beyond the game itself. From educational to sociological approaches, her interest lies in the de-hierarchization of traditional art relations. She has participated in numerous festivals such Ars Electronica, Japan Media Arts Festival, FILE Festival or Sónar, among others, and held residencies at TAG Montreal, the EMARE Residency at QUT (Brisbane) and at Ars Electronica Futurelab. Currently, she is working on a research project about digital arts with a grant from BBVA Foundation .

monicarikic.com


Janne Nora Kummer – Research Fellow, Lecturer Erzählende Dramaturgie && neue Medien und Gesellschaft

Janne Nora Kummer is a director, and a performance and multimedia artist. She studied stage and costume design, video and media art at the Academy of Art Berlin Weißensee and the University of the Arts Berlin. She continued studying directing at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch Berlin and went on exchange to study dance and choreography at the DDSKS Copenhagen. In her work, she entangles different types of media with performance art and explores the consequences of the usage of technical devices and the internet on the individual and society. Her works have been shown at Maxim Gorki Theater, Ballhaus Ost, Sophiensäle, the Berlin State Opera and the Thalia Theater Hamburg. She is a research fellow in the Digitalisation Programm of the DCP Berlin, where she will be researching the perception of (female) bodies in the age of digitalisation. She is a member of virtuellestheater and since 2017 chairperson of the executive board of virtuellestheater e.V.

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Christiane Hütter – Lecturer Spiel && Theater

Christiane Hütter/ Frau Hue is a worldbuilder. She explores, questions and (re)invents systems with the means of art, game design and storytelling – using social cooperation. Her works cover a wide range of formats from urban games, fictive organizations, citywide revitalizing festivals and playful settings for urban participation. She studied scriptwriting and holds a diploma in psychology (thesis “Press play for PTSD prevention”) Besides writing a crime series episode “Tatort (Heimatfront, 2011)” about traumatized Afghanistan soldiers and working as lead writer for the interdisciplinary research institute Climate Media Factory she has been designing games since 2010.

futurewithplay.de

Anna Schulin-Zeuthen – Lecturer Workshop AR && VR, Hybride Formen

Anna Schulin-Zeuthen is a director working in theatre, performance art and film. Bringing bachelor’s degrees in rhetoric and theatrical history from University of Copenhagen, Anna graduated as director from Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she primarily worked with art of the stage.However, she also had the opportunities to do experiments with Virtual Reality and Motion Capture, primarily focusing on investigating the new medium’s potential in live-performance. Anna has since directed both stage art, VR-performances and -film, and is presently working on a performance integrating AR. 

Sarah Buser -Lecturer Workshop AR && VR, Hybride Formen

Sarah Busers Arbeiten bewegen sich an der Schnittstelle von Theater und neuen Medien. Durch Creative Coding und inszenierte Situationen werfen sie Fragen auf, die sich mit der Beschaffenheit unserer Wirklichkeit auseinandersetzen. Nach dem Studium der Germanistik und Philosophie, schloss sie den Master in Dramaturgie an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ab und entwickelt seither in unterschiedlichen Konstellationen Erlebnisse, die die unsere Wahrnehmung herausfordern. Sie erhielt 2015 den Kulturförderpreis des Kantons Solothurn und arbeitete von 2015 bis 2017 für das Theaterfestival AUAWIRLEBEN in Bern. Zur Zeit lebt und arbeitet sie in Basel.

sarahbuser.com

Thank you for all that you shared with us in the past months.

Artist Talk: Anna Schulin Zeuthen – AR/VR in Theatre

Anna Schulin-Zeuthen is a director working in theatre, performance art and film. 
Bringing bachelor’s degrees in rhetoric and theatrical history from University of Copenhagen, Anna graduated as director from Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she primarily worked with art of the stage.However, she also had the opportunities to do experiments with Virtual Reality and Motion Capture, primarily focusing on investigating the new medium’s potential in live-performance. Anna has since directed both stage art, VR-performances and -film, and is presently working on a performance integrating AR. 

When:

Wednesday, 06.03.2019, 20:00 Uhr

Where:

ROOM CHANGED: Room 0.50, Zinnowitzer Str. 11, Berlin

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Hi, my name is as you can see on your left side Anton. My english is not the best but I still try to improve it and to be honest my written german as well might have one or two spelling or grammar mistakes. But I think it´s quite important to write in an international language also I hope non of you are hurt or triggered because of it´s slightly (ironic) colonial touch. I´d like to share the new Techie stuff that I found in the last week as well as a little bit of my personal history with the Maker movement and thinks I always have to think about. As well I will post more videos because this is my preferred way to suck the news out of time.

First video kind of refers to my master project which tries to deal with money and how we have to believe in it to make it work.

Art history lesson. Yikes! – NEEN

Unlike most net art, Neen came from within the contemporary art world—Manetas was already recognized by commercial galleries and institutions when he invented Neen.

Essay from Manetas:

Websites are today’s most radical and important art objects.

Also check his webpage it is full of nice stuff about the digital life and the arts. Next will be history as well. Bre Pettis and the inventor of the first affordable 3D-Printer the maker bot on youtube presenting the Arduino. This is my first connection to the DIY movement. Bre Pettis and his weekend projects on youtube. I can´t believe its 12 years now. Still not funny!

Then he become a millionaire because he sold his company for 403$ Million dollars. Today MakerBot is just one of many 3D-Printer Companies.

My favorite maker by far is not Jimmy DIRASTA, Adam SAVAGE or Giaco WHATEVER. It´s actually a german one. She´s from Cologne her name ist Laura Kampf and I´m following her since her forth video. She is really successful with her nice style. I choose a video where you could see her with my second most favorite youtube Maker star Simone Giertz. She unfortunately suffers from her brain tumor again. All my best wishes for her.

So now we leave the Maker movement an get a way more political. Last week happened a quite disturbing thing in my home town (Magdeburg). For german speaking readers please read here. I try to explain the story as short as I could possibly can. Oury Jalloh was found burnt in his cell in a police station. The policemen claimed he burnt himself to death and they didn´t hear him screaming. This is 14 years ago. There is an initiative that try to push an investigation and they gathered a lot of evidences that the police officers lied. I linked a video but it is really explicit so be responsable with yourself and others. So they finally got support from a party (DIE LINKE) in the state parliament. The referendum was last week and they lost because most of the parties denied to vote so they lost the case with only eight votes. Because the right-winged AFD party has more votes than the left-winged DIE LINKE. That was a mayor blow on everyone who´s fighting for justice and peace here in Germany. So we have to shout all together and very clear “Oury Jalloh – this was murder”. Please consider to help. There should be no person in Germany not knowing what happens with in our country. This is in fact possible and we are heading towards a social climate that will encourage racists to act without the sense of punishment.

That was the you-really-have-to-read/watch part. I don´t want to let you down with this hard felling of helplesness. So I will close with my favorite NEEN-like art piece. PICKELCAT.

Artist Talk: Sarah Buser – AR/VR in Theatre

Sarah Busers Arbeiten bewegen sich an der Schnittstelle von Theater und neuen Medien. Durch Creative Coding und inszenierte Situationen werfen sie Fragen auf, die sich mit der Beschaffenheit unserer Wirklichkeit auseinandersetzen.

Nach dem Studium der Germanistik und Philosophie, schloss sie den Master in Dramaturgie an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ab und entwickelt seither in unterschiedlichen Konstellationen Erlebnisse, die die unsere Wahrnehmung herausfordern.

Arbeiten von Sarah sind hier zu finden: www.sarahbuser.com

When: Monday, 04.03.2019, 20:00 Uhr

Where:
ROOM CHANGED: Room 0.50, Zinnowitzer Str. 11, Berlin

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Weekend brings weekend weather.

Emma Goldberg wrote up how Women built the Tech Industry in the Washington Post:

This stereotype of the ideal coder as innately genius rather than hard-working and well-trained has remained powerful in the tech industry. A 2015 study in Science found that computer science, more than other fields, places a premium on inborn brilliance, something considered a disproportionately male trait. Today, the field of U.S. software engineers is 80 percent men.

Today’s News-that-should-surprise-absolutely-no-one comes courtesy of Sam Schechner and Mark Secada from the Wall Street Journal:

In the Journal’s testing, Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor, the most popular heart-rate app on Apple’s iOS, made by California-based Azumio Inc., sent a user’s heart rate to Facebook immediately after it was recorded. Flo Health Inc.’s Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker, which claims 25 million active users, told Facebook when a user was having her period or informed the app of an intention to get pregnant, the tests showed.

Theater und Netz Konferenz this year is happening! May the Fourth (be with you).

Am 4. Mai 2019 findet in Berlin die 7. Ausgabe der Konferenz #TheaterundNetz #tn19 von https://t.co/13QKxb4aGj und @boell_stiftung statt! Wir beschäftigen uns diesmal mit ästhetischen Strategien für komplexe Systeme. Infos folgen! pic.twitter.com/zZtMeqGOnA— nachtkritik.de (@nachtkritik) January 16, 2019

On a more lighthearted note, I enjoyed this Interview with Lucas Rgznsk about his Pixel and Voxel Art (on 80Lvl):

I have absolutely no artistic background whatsoever so this is a new world for me.

Go outside, it’s sparkling!

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Hello from the deepest point of the semester break, a time usually spent working on everything that is not directly study related and complaining about the weather. Except, today, I can’t complain about the weather.

ZDNet reports on the discovery of a chinese government database tracking the Uyghur minority in their country. The type of data that is/was being tracked is mind blowing.

The database that Gevers found wasn’t just some dead servers with old data. The researcher said that during the past 24 hours a stream of nearly 6.7 million GPS coordinates were recorded, meaning the database was actively tracking Uyghur Muslims as they moved around.

Google releases an update on facial-tracking for AR (via engadget.com).

The latest release of ARCore, version 1.7, can create a 468-point 3D mesh of a user’s face from just the front camera alone, good enough to apply slick filtering effects like the ones seen in this GIF. The key is making sure apps can track where to put everything, and avoid weird artifacting like you sometimes see with things like Snapchat filters.

Peter Limberg and Conor Barnes write about The Memetic Tribes of Culture War 2.0 (on medium.com):

Enter memetic tribes. We define a memetic tribe as a group of agents with a meme complex, or memeplex, that directly or indirectly seeks to impose its distinct map of reality — along with its moral imperatives — on others. These tribes are on active duty in the new culture war.

And finally, Sci-Fi architecture in videogames. Ewan Wilson writes about “The impossible architecture of videogames” on eurogamer.net:

Bang head against wall of text.

I’ll leave this here while I still can:

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This weekend reading is shaped by a number of quite enlightening conversations with friends about the state of new media art, politics, and the digital impact on education. Thus, this weekend reading will be about gaps. And it will only show its content in the gap between things that exist simultaneously. You will have to click on the links today. It’ll be fun.

One side of a gap is the 2016 Additivist cookbook by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke, and the other side of the gap is this scathing review of 2018s transmediale by Cristina Bogdan.

This article on british TERFs by Sophie Lewis is basically one huge gap.

Then there is this and this, (both from Kotaku.com) can you see the gap?

But wait, this one too! An article that literally describes a gap!

This documentary on unifying the two German militaries is all about gaps, and they didn’t get smaller from 1993 onward…

Have you used e-learning services lately? Or do you prefer other sources of knowledge transfer?

And last but not least, a personal gap from almost 15 years ago to today.

All of the articles together? Not gaps, but chasms. Something something capitalism is not the answer to all of our questions.

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