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Monthly Archives: June 2006

Thinglink and fair trade

While at reboot8, I finally learned in detail of Ulla-Maaria Mutanen’s Thinglink. It’s an object-identification system that empowers craft makers with the ability to give unique labels to their creations. Thinglink’s open database then allows people to connect based on the story of the process and purpose of their creations.
Thinglink [...]

Twenty-four hours in Copenhagen

I just returned from Copenhagen. After this short trip, and my first experience there at reboot8, I am coming to know this fine city as a destination for intellectual refreshment.
The underlying purpose of the trip was to speak with Redassociates. They are an academically-rigorous user-centered innovation agency, whose anthropological methods and creative thinking are truly [...]

DIY | Star-Trek

The NY Times (subscription required) is reporting that several Star Trek fan clubs have been producing unsactioned spin-offs from the long-running TV series.
These worldwide amateur communities have created episodes that are of particular interest to them, and have even explored taboo and niche topics that were untouched in the official show.
Not only is this [...]

The Brother’s Quay

The Brother’s Quay are important stop motion animators. Their movies are set in finely-crafted enigmatic miniature dreamworlds. These micro-landscapes and the characters within them are insights into the brothers’ esoteric imagination.
The Holland Festival, in partnership with the Rotterdam Film Festival, is for the first time displaying the Quay’s sets. Looking into their microcosmic [...]

Worldblu | Designing Democratic Organizations

Democractic organizations increase the engagement of their employees. In a fluid network that operates out of freedom and not fear, satisfaction goes up, and so does profit.
Traci Fenton, founder of Worldblu and expert in the field of democractic organizations recently spoke at the Berkman Center about her work.
She lists 10 convincing reasons to be a [...]

Spiritual Business

Most people want to talk about business today. Ralph Freelink, the founder and director of the Centre for Holistic Inquiry wants to talk about business tomorrow. I met him for an afternoon conversation – something I’d like to do with equally interesting people more often.
An economist, engineer and holistic scientist, Ralph admitted that it will [...]

Hallo Academie ‘Exposed 06′

Somewhere in the West of Amsterdam, there’s an advanced institute for applied creativity that will be known for the talent it produced in 2006.
Directed by Wim Michels, the Hallo Academie is an intensive one-year collaborative creative program for brilliant misfits. Last year I directed a short course on the rebranding of the U.S.A., and I’m [...]

Nanine Linning’s Cry Love

Cry Love is Nanine Linning’s new multi-disciplinary performance now at the Holland Festival. In it, she continues her departure from form and aesthetics, and brings us again into our common animalistic inner world. It was both thrilling and enervating.
‘In my work I want to touch a deeper layer, a layer that’s about emotions and human [...]

Mysteriously Abandoned Corporate Complex

Alex and I explored an abandoned industrial complex where we now have some friends living legally. In our free time, we’re working on an interdisciplinary project called “Mixed Use” to awaken the spirit of the space where millions of human hours were expended.

Sunlight Ragas in Heiko’s home

In the world of new media art there are various music user-interfaces that allow you to play with light to affect sound. What about using the changing natural light of the sun instead?
That’s the principle behind the North Indian Ragas played by Sitar Master Gaurav Mazumdar and our host and Tabla player, Heiko Dijker.
Mazumdar, one [...]