Gijs: living in BXL, designer and programmer, part of OSP ( http://osp.kitchen/ ). questioning our means of production collective using only open source software, now also creating their own software likes visualisation LEECHER! structure of data is interesting, programming and feel control, interested in other strategies, poltiical influence of visualing data he's concerned with interested how politics & society are influenced by internet -> lecture on governance starting to be databased, pretends to be be neutral with research commitiees & algoritmic laws from sovereign state to cybernetic state.. from laws to algorithms. what kind of software developing? * visual cutlure: started as their own website, they use git to collaborate, with every push of git, the website is updated / diff tools to see the images - the book Are you Being Served used OSP tool Ethertoff (HTML to PDF) http://osp.kitchen/tools/ethertoff/
Robert: from CaliforMia. organizing large quntities of video. thinking of video on granular scale, give control to viewer video & recognize that essence of video is illusion -> play with giving control over an illusion projects: *video spreadsheet project, content being referenced in spreadsheet, use them as input for relational data spreadsheet are flat, databases are relational. spreadsheet flattens it down. * computer representation of words normative staitstics, regression to mediocrity sir francis galton.. exceptional NOT mediocre! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Galton he did composite images, analogue & negatives overlaying photos of people, was cousin of Darwin, invents antropometric field...coined th word eugenics, tracing back how humans appeared, results in finding out which couples should procreate, idea of correlations pushed to premodern deviated humanism coreelate the fact of excellence of ancestors, also because they were rich or other elements that were not in the statistics Near his death he publishes Kantsaywhere, an eugenic novel https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/1111/111117-Galton-novel-Kantsaywhere-published-online ../share/texts/Sir_Francis_Galton-Kantsaywhere.pdf
Ricardo & Ana from Porto, design studio Maufactura Independiente, uing only FLOSS 2010 ° Open data collective, working on public information data-design-code-typography www.transparenciahackday.org wanted to do visual things with data, but realized there was no data easy to use www.centraldedados.pt publishing platform for datasets they collected struggled with different formats of datasets, found a tool to convert them in 1 format (spec?) colaborating with Open Knowledge FOundation to promote this approach if you have different datasets, put them on github and this website can be generated for you, can be used on and offline www.transparenciahackday.org/totonome example of silly things they do during hackdays main journal in Portugal published list of names for children given in 2014, a few of those names were only given to 1 person -> dataset with names that were given & names that were not given -> created a game for names to be approved there is a fixed list of names you can give to your child, problematic with brasil: they have the freedom, but when coming to Portugal, and ant to have a baby, they have to apply for a name that is not on the list = difficult, very bureaucratic process www.manufacturaindependente.org/blocktype-mozfest.html * alternative interfaces with Minecraft
Kate Rich http://feraltrade.org interested in collision between food & data runs undergorund freightnetwork different type of datadisplay on foodpackaging = way to infiltrate homes so its a productive tool. shows per shipment and per pack, how much of the expenses went to farmer, douane.... since 2003 deeply modifiying trade, leading edge of capitalism got interested in economic side, started studying undergraduate economics & teaching at the same time, experimenting on friends (artists & non-economists) - interested in learning how economics think & work & think & see 'Economics Antitext book', more interesting to 1st year economics textbook than to the leading edge of today http://www.economics-antitextbook.com/ //// http://digamo.free.fr/antitext.pdf studying 3 year model, having to study thngs like econometrics.. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Econometrics ) relations, correlations, the way statistics are handled is interesting in the background. Leo art student at ERG, studying 3rd year, interested in image photography leads to physics, image processing, computer vision the way we make images ca m'a mené à repenser l'image dans son entiereté, la capacité express different things relation to science is interesting here, make a lot of models, made of data, makes of thinking the world/conceptualize it, f.ex. interstellar: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstellar_%28film%29 ) he worked with Nasa scientists, tried something strange, the Nasa scientist did not believe in it, they took all data of 1 xxx, tried to computate it, made representation of this 1 all? proved a lot of theories they created before thinking that image can prove a fact, .... influenced by visual studies, dissects the image in many fields (psychology, physiology....), in networks (with data, keywords) - bits vs material can be digitzed and quantified as well netinvisu.tumblr.com
An ate a lot of meat with hormones i see a correlation here and was confused with being swedish fiction writer reluctant to learn programming because of time constraints, but couldnt resist and started learning python, doing scripts on corpuses, starting to write on 1984 orwell, creating algorithms that are the canon of algorithms that surround us (its a bit abstract) mark of chain, quicksword ? in 2013 group got together to look into programming and literature, algolit, these meetings are about looking at it from the literary point of view, now looking at the tool of Antwerp ? website is paraolipist ?http://www.paramoulipist.be/ experiment with scores and production of potential literature.
Freyja studying law, art and phoilosophy rearcher at KU Leuven, Law & ICT looking into data rpotection , privacy and copyright tries to visualize concepts behind privacy, property, autnomy tries to understand the laws and how people deal with laws and boundaries, helps to visualise it interesting here: * idea of personal data, is a concept in the directive whoch member states have to implement: anything that can be traced back to the individual, based on datasets we can figure out where you live, sexual preferences -> look into potato data , how much french fries you eat related to insurance you have to pay; welfare see if we can reverse engineer your privacy you do not own your personal data, but maybe we can make you own these non-personal data, and recreate privacy that wya * privacy expectation of privacy (legal term), there is ocnfusion in history where privacy came form: some link it to building of houses, inside you have provacy, outside you don't queen was monitored by servants, did not have privacy, went outside to have privacy! * autonomous systems (algorithms, vehicles, drones) and how these effect privcay & public space * Legal status of a potato potatos are public domain and some are not, some are copyritght protected by petents, have to pay them to use these seeds (Monsanto)
Anne-Laure working with private data, INAMI has access to all billings of care of citizens in belgium, names, addresses etc same time cowboy & indian: as statistician you want as much access to data as possible feminist, activist, very much aware of privacy issues respect the law. no always need to use the most up-to-date and precise data, neither the most complete (name etc, when you have SSN) she likes her work but tshe's a kind of ?COP? police ("I'm a cop--I am helping cops") what data hides in the billing data ? part of Genre à côté, organises each year Pink Screens, movie festival in Cinema Nova part of Interface 3, training for women in computing
peter artist, interested in the public space and its definition. video background. representation as a means to bring an image of a neighbourhood to a neighbourhood representation as metaphor to bring it back in neighoburhood the more you limit yourself in context, the deeper you get (ex. brussels), ex La Langue Schaarbeekoise http://www.lalangueschaerbeekoise.be/ look into hybridity of words, interview people, organise radio broadcasts: what is said, in which context, why... it brings people together Rafaela is working on informal networks in a neighbourhood and see how it connects to other paarts in the world -> ex of shop that looks Maroccan, but is not Maroccan, dates of Marocco sell well in Brussels, but are not available during ramadan, order from Israel, send to Africa, repackage them and sell them here! LOOPS
Barbara Art student Gent, Mixed Media thesis on potato past (colonisation), present (community project), future (what will happen, experiments with electircity) gmo aspect (Monsanto started to patent all potatos in South America, making ID cards about this) started to work with engineer, working with energy of potatos 'potato in space' at Atacama (desert, Chile) people of nasa working with telescope + families searching their relatives' bodies, only women, women farmers gardening potatos families of dead people desaparecidos. (sound like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostalgia_for_the_Light, brillant documentary video) potatoprada
Martino studying philosophy in Leuven, because of link with technology started hacklab in Amsterdam, reflect on technology in theory & practise passing research over boundaries between disciplines that brought him in contact with Constant, collaborating with Constant
Anita Amsterdam since 7y studied textile & design in art academy, experimenting with tools & techniques projects in autonomous spaces studies philosophy, 1y in belgium in school you study productivity, optimisation... concept of potenciality, data ideology overrides the notion of potenciality with the one of probability working with Constant, hosted a session on Relearn summer school about geography, situationist Constant Nieuwenhuys, New Babylon
Natacha bxl for 4 years, revolving around constant a lot. Lot about sensors, sensing physical data, envision participation systems around it. Finished Phd on participation and ?storydata? ("sensor data"?) How to deal with the networks that can be associated with sensory data. >collected by cellphones, devices, etc we carry around The impossibility of anonimization of certain information.. Before also building small communities around some sensory data that can be collected
Nicolas "trying to see what can be relevant". now mostly busy around archive together with Michael Murtaugh ("whose laptop is there"), busy on a http://activearchives.org/ . Artists collecting huge archives of images and sound. No easy way to show those, also for copyright issues or other legal constraints. Busy developing algorithms that harvest and try to make sense of the data without showing hte data itself in its orignal format. Algorithms can describe what is in an archive without showing it. Using and understanding algorithms.
Wendy you will see her. degree on english and dutch literature, unfortunatley not computational linguistics. busy with hacked knitting machines. stand at fosdem, with its gender unbalance. knitting machines, one pixel is one stitch. Working on human-to-human protocols, sometimes human-to-machine.
Stamatia naples interested in potatos, potato invasion in Naples - fastfood selling Dutch french fries, battle between defenders of traditional Naples food & french fries intrested in philosophy, Gilles Deleuze/Alfred North Whitehead, semiotic father Charles S. Peirce about logics/ help! notion of 'importance', what moves beings - today is data when you have data fo something, you're abstracting something about this interested in how the notion of data and software are affecting all the different aspects of our life relation between data & art (analysis of choreographers using software), "human without body" notion software for writing choreografphy and motion sensors capturing dancers performing and turning that into data what happens when movement becomes data? when movements are patented, f;ex. mobile phones? can be patented & sold notation systems! blog James Bridle, new aesthetic, based on the way computers perceive the world also interested in economic influence , High Frequency Trading(velocity of procesisng machines taking ethical decisions... that affect our lives), more and more detached from mateiral economy teaching a course, 'the Algosociety' "I'm here to learn"
Hans atm legal researcher at VUB. background in activism, first enviromental and then peace movement. activist experience have been influenced a lot by technology. in terms of organising social movements, will talk about this research 'data & power' playing with data and what you can do in a political way
Juliane we are all leeches active in BXLug, Brussels Linux user Group lazy mathematician as mathematician the ideology is difficult to detach from economy.. is member of Samedies, Women & Free Software samedi.collectifs.net : http://samedi.collectifs.net/
Johnny McHugh humanieties, e-government developing OS tools now, with hackerspace.be (Brussels) semantically orientated, CMS in place, organising information, would be good to use these large datasets
Julie Student at PZI Rotterdam research performativity of networks
Didier Demorcy documentary maker, radio/installation interested in non-academic knowledges, folk working with people in relation with animals lives in countryside, starts to be a shepard (sheeper) has collective vegetable garden, transformation of food (bread/cider...) grows potatos