From the 15th till the 18th of January we participated in the Taking Care of Things Meeting at the Stadtarchiv Lüneburg Germany. This was also the closing event for the Post Media Lab Incubator project at Leuphana University and our research fellowship with them.
The visit began with a tour of the city archive during which we heard about the main activities of the institution not least the film, map and image collections. They wish to extend access to these via street access sync points in the near future.
We convened one of seven care groups Mesh Media! to look at open, collaborative systems that facilitate collective abilities to store, curate, share, edit, redistribute and re-purpose media while at the same time creating new frames of reference and practice in public. We were pleased to have presentations by Eric Kluitenberg of Tactical Media Files, Volker Grassmuck and Jan Torge of ‘InternetTV for the newMedia Generation’ Grundversorgung, open wireless network advocates Freifunk Lueneburg and Robert Ochshorn with Interlace. (See last section for more details..)
We produced a map to illustrate the locations of syncronisation points as a data trail which was toured by a small group of Lueneburg locals. They were encouraged to scan the QRcode posters and NFC tags they found on the street first connecting to Freifunk wireless then activating the BTsync to distribute the images and films.
The post-medial is not tied to any particular modality of media, neither to “new” or “old”, “digital” or “analog”, nor to “connected” or “offline”. Nevertheless it relies on new medial affordances (what? affordances! :-)) and possibilities, allowing for new kinds of collective repositories and living archives. How can these new collecitve, transitory and ad-hoc repositories of ‘many media’ look like? What are their (possible) protocols of turning consumers into makers, individuals into groups, and media into structured, living and meaningful (micro-)social memory? What are possible assemblages that withstand idiosyncrasy and expert-ism, but are ‘avant-garde’ and progressive in form and function nevertheless?
- 10:30 – 12:30: Introduction of people and workshops + overall choreography *For this we ask you to bring and present an object (any kind of object) that you relate to, care about and are willing to donate to the archive.*
- 12:30 – 14:00: Lunch
- 14:00 – 15:00: Grundversorgung (CDCvideo.de, online video interview tool, VODO.net, OPD, Poparchiv) & WikiVision
- 15:00 – 16:00: Freifunk presentation
- 16:00 – 18:00: Flashing Freifunk Node & installing them in Lueneburg (10 nodes have been ordered & arrived @ Grundversorgung) // Uploading of materials to an Interlace instance (preparation for Friday afternoon) -> create map of all the freifunk nodes in lueneburg one could walk (for Saturday)
- 10:00 – 11:00: Tactical Media Files: Presentation about archiving as part of a ‘living’ cultural process, which means that it happens also very much outside of the digital, in embodied encounters and ‘lived practices’ (activism, artistic production, and more).
- 11:00 – 12:00: Interlace:
- 12:00 – 14:00: All together Now! – reviving the legendary ‘Brown Bag’ Session a collective Power-Thought-Exchange-Lunchy-Thing Groups share and receive food and feedback.
- 14:00 – 14:30: Break
- 14:30 – 18:00: Media Mesh: Collaborative editing on Interlace with ‘Tactical Medie Files’ & ‘Lueneburg City Archive’ materials (needs preparation & uploading of materials)
- 21:00 PUBLIC*: Zum Kollektiv, Scharffsches Haus, Heiligengeiststr. 38, 21335 Lüneburg *Screening Things* – an open, partly curated public screening including footage from the Stadtarchiv and works by ‘Taking Care of Things!’ participants
- 11:00 – 12:00: Meeting @ Freiraum, presenation Freiraum & Freifunk
- get bittorrent sync to work on mobile phones
- 12:00 – 14:00: walk through Lueneburg, download media from freifunk nodes over bittorrent sync
- 14:00 – 17:00: Meeting @ City Archive */Stadtarchiv/ *Parliament of Things * a public fair and exhibition displaying the results of the two-day workshop intermixed with city archive material—an opportunity for the local public to engage with ‘Taking Care of Things!’ and the Stadtarchiv in a variety of activities igniting & deepening conversations around archives, life-cycles and care.
- is a media sociologist, free-lance author and activist, has conducted research on the knowledge order of digital media, on copyright and the knowledge commons at Free University Berlin, Tokyo University, Humboldt University Berlin and University of São Paulo and is currently directing the project “Public Service Media 2.0″ at the Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC) of Leuphana University Lueneburg. He was project lead of the conference series Wizards-of-OS.org and of the copyright information portal iRights.info, co-founded mikro-berlin.org, privatkopie.net and CompartilhamentoLegal.org and blogs at vgrass.de.