About 65 students and 12 Lecturers from Latvia, The Netherlands, Finland, Belgium and Hungary will participate in 9 workshops. The workshops will take place from 6 May till 10 May, and are developed and coordinated by the participating Partner Universities and special guest artists. The outcome of the workshops will be exhibited on the two day event on 10 and 11 May. The discriptions are in random order.
TAMK Tampere, Finland Lecturers: Sohvi Sirkesalo
ONCE UPON A TIME AND PLACE KOMAROM
Storytelling, fairytales, drama (as methods for understanding crisis)
Do you remember the first stories you heard when you were child? Who told stories to you, where and how? Did you have a favorite story?
Every culture has their tradition of storytelling and fairy tales that are told to children from one generation to another. These fairytales have connections to the nature, environment, ways of living , social life… and these fairytales have similarities and certain patterns in many cultures.
During the workshop students analyze the fairy tales from their own culture and other countries – changes of the stories during times and changes inside the society.
We will research the basics of European theater and dramaturgy as well as interpretation, performance, commedia dell’arte and other traditional ways of making theater – characters, roles, action and dialogue, story theater. Using diary and drama as a way to understand crisis: how can fairy tales and drama represent the re/construction of our world?
We will research how we can use different techniques and disciplines such as; lights, photo, video, sound, stage designs, the location and interaction, in the final concept.
Based on the research we will develop a concept for an interdisciplinary theatre performance that will interact with the audience.
BKF Budapest, Hungary, Lecturer: Györgyi Retfalvi
According to the starting point of IslandCQ Komárom „IslandCQ 2013 will be a platform for creating new ideas, tactics, and prototypes for a Europe beyond capitalism, without fossil fuels, and with new networks and communities.” What can serve best this idea than a social media journalism workshop for covering the event in social networks? What can be the role of social networks in creating participartory journalism? What is participartory journalism. And does it relate to the changing world (Europe) around us?
There are two focuses in production: in the first phase (2-3-4 of May) we will collect/record multimedia informations about the speakers, workshop leaders, participants. (I bet that the interview is the best for that.) In the second phase we will produce/edit media content for the ICQ’s platforms as the webpage and the Facebook page. (4-5-6 of May)
BKF Budapest, Hungary, Lecturer: Zoltan Gayer
Augmented reality is a technology that is gaining a lot of popularity. As it evolves it is used more and more as an information layer that merges with our physical reality. Information that that interacts between the spectator and its perception of the environment. How can we use augmented reality to map Komarom and its environment, and tag interesting stories, personal memories, and changes in everyday life? Looking from the perspective of Ecology, Society, Community, and You.
We will start with gathering interesting stories, memories and personal appendixes in the Monostori Ford and the enviroment of Komarom. We will investigate the appropiate augmented reality techniques to use for our journey. By tagging places of the tour with QR codes- which show latter visitors historical datas, interesting stories, memoires and personal appendixes, fictional elements and stories - we create a parallel reality in the fort and the surrounding environment.
MPLAb Liepaja Latvia, Lecturers: Anna Trapenciere, Kristaps Grundsteins (with contributions from Undina Reinfelde)
Mārtiņš Ratniks, "Clausthome"
True Scientists Hangout (05449)
Scientist discoveries can be seen all over the environment. Our experience is developed with a strong influence of all kinds of discoveries. Sometimes they are world changing, sometimes funny, sometimes ridiculous, sometimes longing. In this workshop we will focus on all aspects of scientist discoveries and reflect on them with our artistic weapons.
The aim of the workshop is to find little solutions and products for our changing upcoming world. One way or another we will save our dear Europe.
In this workshop all the crafts will dance in one beautiful ballet - we will use hands-on methods for designing solutions, and new tools to give a contemporary meaning for our end products. Our main ammo will be saws and Arduinos, screws and sensors, locals and disco-locals.
We will basically work as a group and create a collective work. During the process we will document interviews with local people, asking them about there ideal inventions for this upcoming World 2.3. In the workshop we will use mainly hands-on designing methods. That means a lot of experimenting and playing in order to give meaning and realize our end-product(s).
HKU Utrecht, The Netherlands, Lecturers:
Lenno Verhoog, Jeroen van Loon
A crisis of clichés
What do clichés tell us? We hear the same things about problems within Europe every day. We see them on television, read about them in the newspaper/Internet and talk about them with our friends. Is there a difference between the clichés you hear in the media and the ones you talk about with your friends? What is the relationship between these local and global clichés and what are the clichés surrounding our European crisis?
Is a counter culture (e.g. Occupy) is the only alternative?
Has capitalism failed and do we need a completely new system?
Is a greener culture, ecology or economy, always better?
Because of the European Union we lost our identity?
Does the media feed us these clichés?
Did they take our jobs!
How can you use a cliché?
When does something become a cliché?
Are clichés static elements?
What happens when clichés collide?
What are the clichés surrounding islandCQ 2013?
By taking a closer look at these clichés we will try to uncover more about today’s problems, we will try to understand them and come up with new innovative solutions, concepts, visualizations or artworks which will become, in time, new clichés for future generations.
Definition cliché: A phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought. A very predictable or unoriginal thing or person
Academy of Popculture, Leeuwarden,
The Neterlands, Lecturers: Michel Pitstra, Samuel van Dijk, Bas Laarakkers
In the workshop It’s Alive the Academy of Popculture and the Hanze institute of Technology will collaborate in an intensive workshop that combines different views about the changing relation between the evolving technological mediated reality and the physical reality of everyday live and the role art plays in this relationship.
The design challenge of the workshop is to develop an evolving networked interactive installation based on given input by the spectator. While growing and learning, the installation starts interacting with its public in an intuitive manner. The virtual entity will be fed by information that closely relates to the theme ‘Crisis’. How do we measure changes in our physical reality of everyday live, and how can our installation perceive this data? What kind of sensors or data do we need? How do you measure fear and hope in Europe? And in what way can our digital organism visualize it? A symbiosis of sound, lights, graphics, augmented reality, haptic feedback?
The output will be an interactive networked audio/visual installation based on the findings of the research. An installation that will evolve and interact based on the input of the visitors.
This workshop focuses on the way art can use modern technology in order to engage people, to make them aware of the relationship with technology in a playful way, or to provide them with an unexpected and surprising viewpoint.
Academy of Popculture, Leeuwarden,
The Neterlands, Lecturers:Johanneke Dijkstra, Corné de Wolf
Wherever you are, there are always vast varieties of interesting things surrounding you worthwhile of capturing by either: sound, film, photo, or stories. But what do you capture when you look from the viewpoint of this years theme Crisis? And what if you capture them from different perspectives?
During this six day workshop students will explore the environment of Komárom and its local community, and search for everyday traces, breaches, changes, opportunities, and stories to capture them.
At the same time an exactly similar workshop will take place in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. The same explorations with the same questions, but in a different country.
The output of the workshop will be a live video broadcast between Komárom and Leeuwarden during which all the collected materials will be exchanged.The layout of the broadcast can be a performance, with music, interviews, broadcasts of video’s, sound, and more.
With experiments and short assignments, the students will de-construct the environment in order to re-think, re-pair, and re-construct. During the week we will deal with all the different perspectives of the theme. The last days we will prepare a concept and realize the broadcast performance.
Guest Lecturers: Yuri Landman (NL)
In this 3 day workshop we will build mainly two sorts low budget DIY instruments. After finishing these instruments, we will experiment with the sound and develop experimental live music performance for the opening of the exhibition on Friday 10 May.
Participants will learn how to solder a simple electronic circuitry. The synths will be made in cardboard boxes. In the second chapter of this 2 day workshop they learn how to hack their own instrument which leads to a sound enhancing process with infinite and endless possibilities.
Participants built a to be designed instrument on the spot. We don't know what wood parts will be available, you don't know what's available. On the spot we'll find a solution and proove that it is not an obligation to own a 3000 euro Gibson to make impressive sounds!
The workshop will be mainly hands-on designing and building. The focus will be on instrument building and DIY electronics. No technical skills required. You'll learn how easy it is to solder!
Talking big data/radical transparency
On an average day in the Netherlands people are registered over 400 times, by surfing online, paying with their bankcard, using public transport, or simply by safety cameras.
At the same time google glasses is presented as a tool to visualize online data in Augmented Reality, which allows us to see and interact with maps, data and have Skype conversations while walking on the street.
Expanded with all sorts of game-layers, product information, realtime communication our perception of reality and how we interact with our surroundings and friends may likely change in the near future.
In this workshop we will research the possibilities and consequences of big data and communication tools in our social interaction.
What could interaction look like?
We research, speculate, conceptualize and visualize interaction models between humans on the one side and data, objects, passersby, friends, neighbors, politicians and of course the industry.
Guest Lecturer: Ruben Abels (NL)