¡REMEDIATE! >Remediate
themapistheterritoryisthemap 1. / 2. Juli 2016

1) themapistheterritoryisthemap Symposium an der Merz Akademie Stuttgart

The symposium is part of the research project „remediate II“. Its focus is on the current debate and positions surrounding terms like territory, geopolitics, mapping, physical and digital localization of information in public space. How can we interpret phenomena that appear to be symptoms of the converging of digital culture and everyday world? What analytical framework does the digital occupation of real life places follow and who are the protagonists?

2) Programm

1 July 2016, 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm With contributions by Isabel Arvers (media curator and -artist, Marseille), Egor Larichev (chief of exposition GULAG History Museum, Moscow), Aurélien Merceron (media artist, Brussels), Tracy Rolling (Researcher, Berlin/Amsterdam), Holger Schulze (musicologist, Berlin/Kopenhagen), Monica Studer / Christoph van den Berg (media artists, Basel), Ulf Treger (developer, Hamburg), Lucas Verweij (design critic, Rotterdam/Berlin), Victor Zwimpfer (media theorist, Basel),

2 July 2016, 9:00 am to 3 pm workshops for the speakers with Tracy Rolling and Lucas Verweij

3) lectures, Lecturers and CVs

Why should we map GULAG? By Egor Larichev, chief of exposition of the GULAG History Museum, Moscow, Russia

Egor Larichev - art historian, critic, curator. Graduated from Moscow State University, Faculty of History in 2000. 1999-2003 worked as architectural critic, journalist, editor. 2002-2007 editor-in-chief of WAM (World Art Museum) Magazine (issues 1-36). 2008-2012 developed digital projects in the field of culure and history. 2012-2014 Deputy Dean on Science at HSE Art and Design School. 2015-2016 cheif of exposition an GULAG History Museum of Moscow, Russia.

Gulag (Main Direction of Prison Camps, 1930-1958) was discontinued almost 60 years ago, but controversial ideas about it persist in our society. When trying to map GULAG, they all appear to be wrong.

… from bird's-eye to street level.
Three different angles to map the city.

By ulf treger

Ulf Treger, Graphic-Designer and Artist. He works and lives in Hamburg, studied "Visual Communications" at University of Fine Arts Hamburg. Projects on public space, city and digital communication. Co-initiator of the lecture series city/data/explosion (Bremen/Hamburg)

A brief introduction to three mapping projects: All projects describe urban space, combining different types of media and data. They all are work-in-progress, somewhere between mockup and public beta. All three projects provide a different angle in viewing the «world». The perspective varies from bird's-eye view to a 3D setting to street level perspective.

X = map|territory
What do we indicate when we make a distinction between map and territory?

by Victor Zwimpfer

Victor Zwimpfer is both a social scientist and trained software engineer. His work concerning Mapping Strategies he began as a research associate in the realm of interface design. For the last couple of years he has worked as a lecturer in business analysis, human-computer interaction, information visualization, and data modelling at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

How do we detect/observe/interpret signs/signposts to make sense of uncharted worlds? What kind of inscriptions do we pass through when we act in an environment we are situated in?

The Here, the Other Here and the Stag Beetle

By Monica Studer / Christoph van den Berg

Monica Studer (*1960 Zürich) and Christoph van den Berg (*1962 Basel) Art projects in New Media as a team since 1991, internet projects since 1996. Live and work in Basel. Various awards, prizes and international residencies, visiting professors for New Media at Kunsthochschule Kassel (2003). Further information (internet-projects, installations, collaborations): www.studervandenberg.ch

Technological possibilities have with the rise of HTML development made text and caption practically accessible not only in a linear, but also in an associative fashion. Both digital worm’s eye- and bird’s eye view, often are of artistic interest to us; the iconic image material we work with is almost always based on these questions of accessibility. Our decision, which kind of transportation we recommend to the users within the material collection of a piece and how many of our considerations will be visible to them understandably coins their view of the figurative content.

Robot Cartographer

By Tracy Rolling
Tracy Rolling is an inspiring product manager focusing on emerging technologies. She has 10 years experience analyzing tech trends, competitive fields, and user needs to consistently deliver excellent software applications while building high-performing team cultures and driving new technology maturation with every project. Tracy is a fearless but methodical innovator whose sweet spot in technology is the moment when an idea moves from research to consumers. Tracy currently works at Philips, developing consumer health solutions to drive behavioral change for healthier living through connected home devices and mobile apps. She previously worked in mobile location-based services at HERE and Platial. She has worked on 7 different map apps on four different platforms in the past decade.

Robot Cartographer What happens when ubiquitous sensor networks, autonomous lidar cars, and 3D photography drones are trusted to keep our maps up-to-date in real time?

The End of Maps? Dream Territories, Standardized Territories

By Isabelle Arvers

New Media Curator and - Artist, Marseille http://www.isabellearvers.com/biography

The End of Maps? Dream Territories, Standardized Territories merges scientific research and artistic practice to question the representation of territories from a technological, scientific, political and urbanistic point of view. Beginning with its title The End of Maps? Dream Territories, Standardized Territories, the project aims to create tension between the subjective and appropriative visions that people have of their territories, and the increasingly powerful and inquisitive tools that tend to absorb these representations. A counter cartography exhibition curated by Isabelle Arvers and presented through Frametrail. www.frametrail.org

The Dynamically Spatialized Sensory Corpus
A Sensory Critique

By Holger Schulze

Holger Schulze is full professor in musicology at the University of Copenhagen and principal investigator at the Sound Studies Lab. His research focuses on the cultural history of the senses, sound in popular culture and the anthropology of media. Recent book publications: Sound Studies (2008, ed.), Intimität und Medialität (2012), Sound as Popular Culture (2016, ed.)

This contribution will present a sensory critique of the dichotomy between territory and map from the perspective of artistic research in the field of the sound & the sensory. The artistic practices of the Soundwalk and the Sensory Memory Walk as well as the approach of an Anthropology of Sound will be introduced and applied. The goal of this sensory critique is to challenge current technological inventions and practices of mapping, scanning, of tagging and representation to live up to the corporeal and sensorial complexity of artistic and anthropological concepts.

Virtual Reality, an Interactive & Immersive tool
for data mining and mind mapping.

VR - Informed Body – Interactivity

By Aurelien Merceron

Graduated in Computer Engineering and Robotics in 2004, he began his career in public administration in Chile and then in France. In 2008 he returned to South America to discover other professional horizons. He became a journalist for the independent media "latelelibre.fr" and directed video reports. Passionate about videos, he returned to Brussels and founded an association named “Wikube” managing a collective space where fifteen independent artists and professionals work. Wikube produces digital art works, virtual reality applications and cinematic productions. Wikube also offers training to advanced programming languages and a regular program of exhibitions, concerts and other performances. In 2012, Wikube directed an animated video for the European Citizens' Campaign by the EPSU union that received 2 million signatures to protect access to water for everyone. In 2013, Aurélien participated in the creation of the immersive interactive installation "Immersio" supported by the digital art center "IMAL" and the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.

What does the disappearance of the screen mean in terms of interaction? Should we think of VR as a continuity of the other languages, or make a radical break? We will deal with ways to explore the medium, through a multipurpose toolkit, a nodal programming interface named VVVV with which we focus on the informed body, movement and interactivity, natural and unreal landmarks, mapping choices, generative and random processes...

Data & Maps

By Lucas Verweij

Journalist, educator & curator from Berlin. I write, teach and speak about design and I make maps. http://lucas-berlin.blogspot.de/

Data visualization is everywhere, but what is it? And how is it different from mapping? This difference will be explained through examples from my own work and other sources.