For our project “Hacking Heritage”, Karin Wenz and I are organising a cultural hackathon. The event will take place in Maastricht on February 7 and 8 (Saturday/Sunday). You can now register for the hackathon on hackheritage.org.
Digital Material/ism: How Materiality shapes Digital Culture and Social Interaction – First Issue of Digital Culture & Society
Abstract deadline: February 1, 2015
The idea of a society, in which everyday smart objects are equipped with digital logic and sensor technologies, is currently taking shape. Devices connected as learning machines to the “Internet of Things” necessitate further research on issues related to digital media and their materiality. In this context, media, culture and social theories, dealing with the materiality of digital technology, have gained increasing relevance.
Together with my colleagues Pablo Abend, Mathias Fuchs, Ramon Reichert and Karin Wenz, I recently initiated the publication of a new journal:
Digital Culture & Society is a refereed, international journal, fostering discussion about the ways in which digital technologies, platforms and applications reconfigure daily lives and practices. It offers a forum for critical analysis and inquiries into digital media theory. The newly established journal provides a publication environment for interdisciplinary research approaches, contemporary theory developments and methodological innovation in digital media studies. It invites reflection on how culture unfolds through the use of digital technology, and how it conversely influences the development of digital technology itself.
As part of my research on hacking and making communities, I recently came across the upcoming Science Hack Day in Eindhoven. It is organised by the MAD emergent art center: a “laboratory, platform and provider on the intersection of art, science and technology delivering open innovation for social creativity”. The event is coming up soon, but if you are interested in participating, you can still sign up via eventbrite. The hackathon takes place from at the Gaslab in Eindhoven from 30-31 August 2014. Tickets are free and the event language will be English.
In May 2014, my colleague Karin Wenz and I submitted an application for a new research project: “Hacking Heritage“. Recently, we received great news: the project has been granted by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and will now be pursued as part of our research at Maastricht University.
Tensions of Authenticity in Illegal and Organised Urban Exploration
‘Urban exploration’ originally refers to practices of individuals or groups while visiting and investigating abandoned, often industrial sites. Most of these locations are not officially open to the public, so that these visits are usually illegal. The thrill of trespassing and the fact that visitors face artefacts in what is considered their ‘authentic state of decay’ rather than after their ‘artificial restoration’ act as crucial incentives for urban exploration. In this sense, urban exploration is originally a practice where the infringement of ownership is part of the authenticity of the experience.