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,, 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, and the art-space Gaswerk.

website: (offline)


  • 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


  • 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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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 invited theorists, artists and activists to participate physically in this event.


  • 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

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: (offline)


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: (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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