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FROM SEED TO SCENE (AAIS)

SEEDS OF CREATIVITY FLOURISH IN A DERELICT COVENT GARDEN BUILDING THANKS TO NEW AA SCHOOL PROJECT

Two weeks of unprecedented and unexpected collaborations within the creative industries FREE events include dance performances by New Movement; a debate organised by New Deal of the Mind (NDotM) and a “Pecha Kucha” style event for young creatives to pitch their ideas to a range of experts

The Architectural Association’s Interprofessional Studio (AAIS) will take over a derelict building in the heart of Covent Garden for a highly unusual two-week long programme of genre-defying events, talks, and performances. Part architecture, part performance, part social and political debate, Seed to Scene (S2S) takes place from 18 – 31 May, and is inspired by the scalability of creative processes, from a seed of an idea which germinates to form ground-breaking and experimental collaborations. The aim of the project is to create new ways of bringing people together to form new and unexpected ideas and outcomes. S2S will showcase live and active practice of an emerging professional terrain operating between disciplines.

Now more than ever the creative industries need support and encouragement to ensure they continue to flourish and survive in difficult economic times. The creative industries are worth in excess of £50 billion a year to the UK economy and within four years are expected to employ more people than financial services. S2S will play a key role in providing networks, advice and most importantly, inspiration to the next generation of young creative talent from all disciplines, not just architecture.

Among the highlights of S2S will be a discussion of the importance of risk in creative innovation; a debate hosted by NDotM (www.newdealofthemind.com) relating to their recent report Creative Survival in Hard Times; a dance performance from New Movement, a collective of choreographers with a long history of unusual collaborations and a careers surgery enabling young creative individuals and businesses to seek advice from established professionals.

To produce S2S, the AAIS will collaborate with many professional individuals and companies including renowned film producer Rosa Bosch; Ben Wolff & Andy Dean, Grammy award- winning music producers (Music Technology Ltd); NDotM which is a coalition of artists, entrepreneurs and policy makers which seeks to create new possibilities of work and employment for the creative industries and c/o pop, the organisers of Europe’s biggest conference for the creative industries in Cologne.

The AA Interprofessional Studio (AAIS), which was launched in January 2009, is creating a new field of activity for the AA. Working on the margins of art, architecture and performance, the AAIS can reach professions, create partnerships and stimulate students that would not usually have the possibility of working with, or within, the AA. AAIS welcomes students from a very broad range of backgrounds and disciplines including artists, filmmakers, scenographers, architects, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, product designers and graphic designers as well as managers, teachers and communicators. S2S is part of AAIS’s commitment to creating interdisciplinary projects which involve professionals from all kinds of backgrounds, and which support creative industries.

S2S Details
Venue: 1- 5 Dryden Street, London, WC2E 9NB
Dates: 18 – 31 May 2010

AAIS Staff 2010
Programme Director: Theo Lorenz
Studio Master: Tanja Siems
Studio Tutor: Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier

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BAUHAUS LAB 2009

In 2008/9 was Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier the artistic co-director and co-initiator of the EU culture project “bauhaus lab”.

“bauhaus lab” is a international network of interdisciplinary laboratories on new artistic strategies and modes of interdisciplinary co-operations.

In full appreciation of the ideas behind the historical Bauhaus movement and their lasting impact on today’s affairs, the bauhaus lab project wants to further explore the present conditions for an innovative artistic practice across disciplines and national borders:

# where is the working place of the artist today?
# which are the interdisciplinary coalitions to be shared today and why?

With the support of the Culture programme of the European Union (2007- 2013) and on initiative of the Cultural Directorate of the City of Weimar, the bauhaus lab project is a co-operation between the following partners:

In the course of this project and in the frame of the 90th anniversary of the Bauhaus the results of the research are presented to the public in various formats and further collaborative co-operations with external partners will be fostered across Europe and beyond.

Besides the numerous activities of the project partners the contemporary scenography festival Crash!Boom!Bau! at the Theaterhaus Jena forms the flagship of the project co-operations.

The point of departure is the work of the theatre workshop at the Bauhaus school “Bauhaus Bühne” (bauhaus stage), that used to present his work in 1920ies at the city theatre of Jena (todays Theaterhaus Jena and location of the festival).

The festival wants to highlight contemporary scenography as the melting pot assembled out of diverse interdisciplinary artistic trends and drives.

Project website: http://bauhauslab.weimar.de (archived website)
Crash!Boom!Bau! website: http://bauhauslab.org/festival (archived website)

logo design: Helmut Voelter

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MEDIA ABOVE & BEYOND .. (strategic media deployment conference)








Crossing the borders, leaving the context: what happens when artists change their brush and easel with a soldering iron?

In 2002 Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier was core organiser and curator of Media above & beyond.

Media above & beyond was held in Weimar in July (12th – 19th) 2002  and was organised by www.pingfm.org, www.radiostudio.org, www.subsignal.org with an active participation of international media practitioners, theorists and activists coming from:

  • Lo-Res (Vienna)
  • Tape-beatles (Prague)
  • Heath Bunting (Cube / Bristol)
  • Patrice Riemens (De Waag, The Center for Old and New Media / Amsterdam)
  • ASCII (Amsterdam)
  • Ilja Gerhart (EGO City / Zurich)
  • Joe Davis (MIT / Cambridge, USA)

The Conference continued later the same week at the NoBorder Camp, held in Strasbourg. The experiences and the shared knowledge were applied in supporting the media infrastructures temporarily organised for the NoBorder Camp. A radio-studio was set up with a FM transmitter and WLan access points, as well as internet-cafe with free internet and GNU/Linux powered computers. Geert Lovink, a media critic, and members of the Sarai New Media Collective from New Delhi – India, joined the conference participants to exchange experiences and establish a future co-operation in a newly created social network.

The conference was conceived context-wise of a follow-up in a series of similar meetings and conferences that proceeded in the last 3 years, such as Conncect Congress in Zurich, Tech2 in Bristol, ping-in-progress in Weimar, HAL-2001 (Hackers at Large) in Twente, ASU II – Art Servers Unlimited in Labin, Next 5 Minutes in Amsterdam. Our intention is to continue this way, connecting, supporting and creating international media networks, promoting Open Source software and spreading the concepts and knowledge of tactical media.

Media above & beyond made possible with the support of the Thuringian Ministry for Science, Research and Art, the Student Union of the Bauhaus University Weimar, the Experimental Radio Department of the Bauhaus University Weimar, pingfm.org and the art-space Gaswerk.

website: www.pingfm.org/smdc (offline)

Presentations

  • borderXing (border crossing) – tackling the problem of internal and external European borders – an art project by Heath Bunting and the Tate Modern, UK
  • Genetic Art – merging art and applied gene-science – the work of Joe Davis as a resident artist of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • Art with electronics of your everyday life – Expanded Cinema  / Audio- Video Performance by Tape-beatles, CZ
  • Philosophy of the “Do-It-Yourself”- Culture and cultural Activism – lecture and discussion with Patrice Riemens, MC / NL
  • A View on alternative Media and Future of Media as Technologies become more available to independent Groups, Organisations and Individuals – lecture and discussion with Patrice Riemens, MC / NL

Workshops

  • Explaining the urban strategic deployment of Wireless-Lan equipment and basic technological principals of operating antennas, access points and servers – lecture and discussion with Ilja Gerhart, CH
  • Applying Wireless Internet (WLan) and enabling local and remote broadcasts of various media and artistic events in real time to the WWW and local re-broadcasting schemes – lecture and workshop with Ilja Gerhart and ASCII, CH / NL
  • Explaining the principles of FM and mini-FM Broadcasts – lecture and workshop with ASCII, NL)
  • Hands-on Practice on Open Source Operating- System GNU / Linux – workshop with ASCII, NL
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INTERVIEWS

A-Z

Carol Becker – audio (English)

The interview with art theorist and former Dean of the School of Art Institute Chicago Carol Becker is part of the chapter “The meaning of museum in the 21st Century” which was a contribution to the HRN Magazine #1 Are Museums just digging in the Past? questioning the role museums play today in various contemporary societies.

Buchenwald Memorial Foundation staff – audio (English)

The interviews form the chapter “The Buchenwald Memorial – about current-history memorial work in Germany” which was a contribution to the HRN Magazine #1 Are Museums just digging in the Past? questioning the role museums play today in various contemporary societies:

  • Rikola-Gunnar Luettgenau, Director of the Buchenwald Memorial, Curator of “Topf & Sons: The Engineers of the ‘Final Solution’, the Builder of the Auschwitz-ovens”
  • Ronald Hirte, Author of the online-project “Found Objects – a picture-catalogue” of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation and fellow of the „Media of History / History of Media- promotion-program at Bauhaus-University Weimar

Chuck D, Public Enemy – audio (English): “New (digital) services for the genre instead of ourselves.”

A conversation about independent music distribution in the age of the Internet and how Public Enemy appoeaches it. Chuck D is a musician, author, producer, and label owner. He helped create politically and socially conscious rap music in the mid-1980s as the leader of the rap group Public Enemy.

Further web references: Chucks digital record label SlamJamz, social website for classic Rap & HipHop: www.HipHopGods.com, social website for female Rap & HipHop artists: www.SHEmovement.com


– text in English: pdf

Kodwo Eshun – audio: radio feature “Music journalism as the third deck of the DJ” (German moderation / English interview)

Kodwo Eshun is a music journalist and cultural theorist. He is author of “More brilliant than the sun – adventure in the sonic fiction”. The interview is departed form his book and ideas about black avangrade popular culture in general and the relationship of electronic popular music and its relationship to machines in particular. The interview formed the basis for the radio feature.


– text in German as published in testcard on black music: pdf (not yet linked)

Spiros Mercouris – audio (English)

Born in Athens (1926). Studied Law at the University of Athens. Active in the Resistance during the German/Italian occupation. Member of the resistance organisation “Democratic Defence” during the colonels’ junta (1967-74) in Greece. Organised the tour of Melina Mercouri against the dictatorship in 14 countries of Europe. Took part in activities against the junta throughout Europe and United States with speeches, interviews and by organising political and cultural events. Co-founder of the political party PASOK. Organiser and general co-ordinator of the first Cultural Capital of Europe “Athens 1985”. Honorary President of the Network of Cultural Capitals and Cultural Months of Europe. President of the non profit organization Horizons – Actions. Member of the Board of Directors of the Melina Mercouri Foundation.

The interview is an excerpt from the HRN Magazine #3 – Europe still under construction – after 20 years of European Cultural Capitals which was meant to reflect on the concept and implementation of Cultural Capitals a closer look needs to be taken at which points this ‘complex concept’ has failed its ambitious aims, which mistakes have been done and where problems have arisen, if at all with the local population and last but not least how were they designed to be Cultural Capitals.

Sodja Zupanc Lotker – text (English)

Sodja Z. Lotker is a dramaturge and the artistic co-director of the PQ11. Togther with the architect and artist Oren Sagiv she developed the Intersection Project of the PQ11. This conversation took place in the context of the CRASH!BOOM!BAU! festival at the Theatehaus Jena and looks into current trends of scenographical work.
– text in English: pdf

Robert Palmer – audio (English)

Robert Palmer is the Director of Culture and Cultural and National Heritage at the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France. He has worked in the cultural sector for more than 30 years, and prior to joining the Council of Europe in 2006 was an expert independent adviser to governments, cities and regions in more than 20 countries on cultural development and regeneration, cultural tourism, festivals and arts policies, and a consultant to cultural foundations, cultural networks, arts organisations, and intergovernmental bodies such as the European Cultural Foundation, the European Commission and UNESCO. He has been very involved in European Capitals of Culture and was the Director of two – Glasgow (1990) and Brussels (2000) and published a study for the European Commission, which evaluated 20 capitals of Culture. During this career, he has been the Director of Drama, Dance and Touring at the Scottish Arts Council, and the first Director of Arts for the City of Glasgow.

The interview is an excerpt from the HRN Magazine #3 – Europe still under construction – after 20 years of European Cultural Capitals which was meant to reflect on the concept and implementation of Cultural Capitals a closer look needs to be taken at which points this ‘complex concept’ has failed its ambitious aims, which mistakes have been done and where problems have arisen, if at all with the local population and last but not least how were they designed to be Cultural Capitals.

Bart Verschaffel – audio (English)

HRN Magazine #3 – Europe still under construction – after 20 years of European Cultural Capitals which was meant to reflect on the concept and implementation of Cultural Capitals a closer look needs to be taken at which points this ‘complex concept’ has failed its ambitious aims, which mistakes have been done and where problems have arisen, if at all with the local population and last but not least how were they designed to be Cultural Capitals.

Bernhard Waldenfels – audio (English)

Bernhard Waldenfels taught philosophy at the Ruhr University, in Bochum, Germany. He has written books about phenomenology, dialog theory, the “life world,” structures of behavior, and order and normativity.

Hildegard Westerkamp – audio (English)

Hildegard Westerkamp is a composer, radio-maker and one of the initiators of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, has been a long-term activist in terms of acoustic awareness.

The interview is an excerpt from the HRN Magazine #2 on UNESCO and was meant to highlight the connection between acoustic ecology and world heritage, the acoustic awareness in a visually dominated world and Westerkamp’s motivation to start the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology in 1993.

THE NETURE INTERVIEW SERIES

Please see for further reference the neture series and check out the nEture catalogue.

TO3K – audio (English)

T03K, ulti-media-Performer from Amsterdam, one of the driving forces of the Webcast-Station DFM radio television International and of the free Radio, Radio 100 (defunct).

– text (English): pdf

Tetsuo Kogawa – audio (English)

Tetsuo Kogawa, Tokyo, performance-artist and Professor for Communication Studies at the Tokyo Keizai University. He was one of the initiators of the Micro-Radio movement in Japan

– text (English): pdf
– text (English): 2nd interview with him at Transitwelle event in Munich: pdf

Franco “Bifo” Berardi – audio (English)

Franco “Bifo” Beradi, Bologna, political activist and theorist as well as an initial member of Radio Alice and telestreet.it

– text (English): pdf
– text (English): 2nd interview with him at NEURO festival in Munich: pdf

Daniel Guischard – audio (English)

Daniel Guischard, Weimar, architect and product designer

– text (English): pdf

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PING IN PROGRESS

In 2001 Jan Brueggemeier was a core organiser and curator of ping in progress. It was a one-week media-festival dedicated to CRITICAL NET CULTURE and FREE MEDIA.

The lectures’, presentations’, workshops’ and arts’ focus was laid on streaming and networked media.

The Experimental Radio Department of the Bauhaus University Weimar and the webcast platform pingfm.org invited theorists, artists and activists to participate physically in this event.

Participants

  • ASCII ( digital activists, Amsterdam )
  • Josephine Bosma ( media theorist, Amsterdam )
  • DFM RTV INT ( media artists, Amsterdam )
  • Micz Flor ( Center of advanced Media, Prague )
  • Fritz von Klinggräff / Nils Röller ( media theorists, Weimar/Cologne )
  • indymedia germany ( alternative media network )
  • mama ( Multimedia Institute, Zagreb )
  • Stefan Merten ( free software theorist, Kaiserslautern )
  • Sasker Scheerder ( media artist, Amsterdam )
  • Pit Schultz ( net activist, Berlin )
  • Station R.O.S.E. ( media artists, Frankfurt/M )
  • Theophilius Emiowele Osezua ( social activist, Weimar )

Most of the program was broadcast live on the experimental radio of the Bauhaus University on 106.6 MHz.

The complete program was webcasted live (audio/video) on pingfm.org

The ping in progress-festival was made possible with the support of the Thuringian Ministry for Science, Research and Art, the Student Union of the Bauhaus University Weimar, the Experimental Radio department of Bauhaus University Weimar, pingfm and the art space Gaswerk.

Website: www.pingfm.org/pip (offline)





Schedule:

Monday, July 2nd – CET

14:00 press conference
20:00 reception of the exhibition “bewegungsfreiheit” (freedom to move) with Nine Budde, Mareike Maage, Jens Maier-Rothe, Johannes Mayr, Stephan A. Schmidt, Oliver Thuns

Tuesday, July 3rd – CET

15:00-19:00 workshop: streaming basics (Lars Mai, Weimar)
20:00-22:00 webcast-session: pingfm and the workshop-participants

Wednesday, July 4th – CET

14:00 presentation: indymedia germany (Nadine X., Hamburg)
15:00 presentation: radio f.r.e.i. (Carsten Rose, Erfurt)
16:00 presentation: the v.o.i.c.e. Jena (Theophilus, Nigeria), following discussion
19:00 workshop: build your own mini-fm-transmitter (Oliver Thuns, Weimar)
22:00 dj-act

Thursday, July 5th – CET

10:30 lecture: ernst haeckel – one medusa and five radiolaria (Nils Röller & Fritz von Klinggräff, Cologne/Weimar)
14:00 lecture: introduction to the GPL society (Stefan Merten, Oekonux, Kaiserslautern)
15:00 presentation: mikro.org (Pit Schultz, Berlin)
16:00 presentation: ASCII (Amsterdam), following discussion
20:00 workshop: linux (ASCII, Amsterdam)
22:00 dj-act

Friday, July 6th – CET

14:00 lecture: consensus of the inbetween spaces (Micz Flor, CAMP, Prague / Berlin)
15:00 presentation: Station R.O.S.E. (E. Rose & G. Daner, Frankfurt / M)
16:00 presentation: mama (Zeljko Blace , Zagreb)
17:00 presentation: DFM Radio Television International (T03K, Amsterdam), following discussion
20:00 webcast-session: pingfm and guests

Saturday, July 7th – CET

10:30 lecture/workshop: target practice, or how to -use- your mikro-fm transmitter (Josephine Bosma, Sasker Scheerder & Harv Stanic, Amsterdam)
15:00 performance: target practice (Josephine Bosma, Sasker Scheerder & Harv Stanic, Amsterdam)
22:00 live-concerts: percussion formation of the v.o.i.c.e. (Jena), frais chocolate (Hamburg), laserbug (Hamburg), mama (Zagreb)

Sunday, July 8th – CET

14:00 open slot
18:00-4:00 live-webcast from Weimar: DFM Radio Television International
22:00 open end party

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