Taking care of things

thanksforthingsFrom 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.tasty8mmtelecini

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.

robertshowsinterlaceWe 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..)

haukeatponsbarMedia was selected from the respective archives and uploaded to publicly presented syncronisation points adjacent to each Freifunk node in Lueneburg city centre.

lunenodemapWe 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.

Please try these BTsyncs yourself 1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12 – or get the set! confused ? see the howTo..

thingsqrcodeThe 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?

_object/ive (for ‘Parliament of Things’)…?!
_Schedule
16th January morning: Introduction
  • 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.*
16th January afternoon: Freifunk & Grundversorgnung present their projects & Freifunk nodes flashing
  • 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)
17th January, morning: Interlace & Tactical Media Files presentation
  • 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:
17th January, afternoon:
  • 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.
  • 14:0014:30: 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
18t January, morning: Start the derive of Lueneburg @ Freiraum
  • 11:00 – 12:00: Meeting @ Freiraum, presenation Freiraum & Freifunk
  • get bittorrent sync to work on mobile phones
18th January, afternoon: Finish the walk @ city archive, meet up & exchange experiences
  • 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.
_Participants
Hauke Winkler: Freifunk Lueneburg // http://wiki.freifunk.net/Freifunk_Lueneburg
James Stevens & Adnan Hadzi: DeckspaceTV //  http://www.postmedialab.org/adnan-hadzi-james-stevens
Eric Kluitenberg: Tactical Media Files / http://www.tacticalmediafiles.net/
Volker Grassmuck and others from Grundversorgung 2.0 (Jan Torge, Kilian, …) (http://digitale-grundversorgung.de/): WikiVision // http://www.wikivision.eu/
  • 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.
_Keywords
Many Media, kollektive Interface | collective interfaces, Wilde Netzwerke | Wilderness Networks, lokale Übertragung+Speicher | local Transmission+Storage
_Brainstorming
Possible ideas:
- Work with Interlace on the city archives [with Freifunk (http://freifunk-lueneburg.de/) for local media-pickups]
- Work with Freifunk to display site specific (deep-linked) Interlace sections
- Work with Bittorrent Sync (http://www.bittorrent.com/sync) and/or OwnCloud (http://owncloud.org/) to offer the deep-linked media locally
- If we use a NAS @ Deckspace we could use the http://Deckspace.TV container on which Interlace is already running (robert what do you think?)
- we make timecapsules with the archive material -> embedded / injecting meta data into the objects -> share these objects as secrets during the workshop?
- Do a walk/derive on Saturday through Lueneburg, starting from Freiraum (http://www.freiraum-lueneburg.de/), exploring the Freifunk nodes, which are deep-linking into the city archives
Possible actions:
- Install a Freifunk node in the UK @ http://dek.spc.org
- Attach a NAS to the Freifunk node UK
- Thus creating a network between Germany, Sweden, UK (concerning media law & ‘public spheres’ one would have to consider a pan-european publishing network)
- maybe also install a Freifunk node in Switzerland (so to take the network out of the EU juristiction, plus Switzerland has ‘Freedom of Art’ as a constitutional right, see: http://www.unilu.ch/files/kunstbegriffendg.pdf)
- Order 10 Freifunk Nodes – done (Volker)
- Rent small Freiraum room for Saturday morning (two hours) -> budget?
- Flash around 10 nodes during the workshop & install them in Lueneburg (see instructions here: http://wiki.freifunk.net/Freifunk_Lueneburg )
_Freifunk places that are linked:
- Freiraum / Salon Hansen
- Post Media Lab / CDC / Grundversorgung
_Freifunk places to link:
- Stadtarchive
- Anna & Arthur
- Pons bar
- Hausbar
- Apothekenstr
- Cinema Scala
- Jekyl & Hide
- Cafe fleur
- Zum Kollektiv
- Nina home
 (see the map above for final list)
_some more links/stuff
- the silent university http://thesilentuniversity.org/
- videovortex interlace http://vortex.inter.numm.org/
_Official Schedule
PROGRAM_January 15-18__Taking Care of Things!_
organized by Post-Media Lab, Habits of Living; in cooperation with Stadtarchiv
Lüneburg
_Wednesday, Jan 15 PUBLIC_
*18:00*
Oliver Lerone Schultz: ‘Intersecting Cycles – A Welcome to a kind of Goodbye’
Nishant Shah: ‘Laying the Grounds – Archives, Life-Cycles, Care’
*18:30*
Kelly Dobson: ‘Why It Matters The Way Things Break’
– introduced by WendyChun
*19:30*
‘Published Things’ – a temporarily installed Public Library offering the first
charge of Post-Media Lab publications. Bring your own devices to download them live!
– Hosted by Clemens Apprich and Marcell Mars
_Thursday, Jan 16 INTERNAL_
*10:00 – 10:30*
‘Opening Up the Archive’: Stadtarchiv Lüneburg – A guided Tour by Danny Kolbe
(Stadtarchiv)
*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 – 18:00*
6 Care Groups (workshop time)
*19:00*
Group Dinner at a local brewerie (Mälzer)
_Friday, Jan 17 INTERNAL_
*09:30 – 12:00*
6 Care Groups (workshop time)
*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 Fresh air & coffee*
*14:30 – till Brooklyn!*
6 Care Groups (workshop time)
*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
_Saturday, Jan 18 INTERNAL_
*until 13:00*
Set-up ‘Parliament of Things’
*13:00 – 17:00 */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.
_Sunday, Jan 19_
*10:00*
Breakfast for those still in town.