Masterclass by Aram Bartholl and David Darts

  • The Future of Offline Filesharing 

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    What is the best way to send a file to a friend? How can I store data anonymously in public space? What are the best components to build up a local offline sharing grid? Will animals play a role in the future of offline filesharing?

    A 3-Day Masterclass during Dutch Technology Week with Aram Bartholl and David Darts. Participants will explore these questions and learn everything they need to know from Aram and David to make their own Dead Drops and PirateBoxes. They will also create their own new ideas for offline filesharing and experiment with them around the Strijp-S terrain in Eindhoven.

    We are pleased to launch an open call for participants to join this unique masterclass. To sign up, please submit your motivated request to info[AT] by June 4, 2012. We can accept a maximum of 20 participants. Sign up fast! We will be accepting applications on a first come, first serve basis.

    There is a fee of 10 Euro to participate in the masterclass. Lunch will be provided on June 7 and 8. All material will be provided. Travel to and accommodation in Eindhoven (if needed) is the responsibility of each individual participant.

    The masterclass will be based at Capital D, Torenallee 22-08 at Strijp-S in Eindhoven. On June 6, we begin at 13:30. On June 7th and 8th, we will begin at 10:00. An open, public presentation of the results and drinks to close the masterclass will take place from 15:00 on June 8th at Capital D. This masterclass is made possible with the support of the Cultuurfonds Strijp-S and the Municipality of Eindhoven. With thanks also to Capital D.

    About Dead Drops
    Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project.

    About PirateBox
    PirateBox is a self-contained mobile communication and file sharing device. Simply turn it on to transform any space into a free and open communications and file sharing network. Inspired by pirate radio and the free culture movements, PirateBox utilizes Free, Libre and Open Source software (FLOSS) to create mobile wireless communications and file sharing networks where users can anonymously chat and share images, video, audio, documents, and other digital content.

    About Aram Bartholl (DE)
    Aram Bartholl’s work creates an interplay between internet, culture and reality. The versatile communication channels are taken for granted these days, but how do they influence us? According to the paradigm change of media research Bartholl not just asks what man is doing with the media, but what media does with man. The tension between public and private, online and offline, technology infatuation and everyday life creates the core of his producing. In public interventions and public installations Bartholl examines which and how parts of the digital world can reach back into reality. Aram Bartholl is a member of the Internet based artist group Free, Art & Technology Lab – F.A.T. Lab. Net politics, the DIY movement and the Internet development in general do play an important role in his work. Beside numerous lectures, workshops and performances he exhibited at MoMA Museum of Modern Art, NYC, The Pace Gallery NY und [DAM] Berlin . He lives and works in Berlin. Aram Bartholl is represented by [DAM] Berlin | Cologne.

    About David Darts (CA/US)
    David Darts is Chair of the Department of Art and Art Professions and Director of the NYU Summer MA in Studio Art Program in Berlin, Germany. His research focuses on the convergences between contemporary art and media, technology, education, and democracy. Darts’ research and writings about contemporary art, education, emerging technologies and creative citizenship have been published in a number of top scholarly journals and books.

    Darts’ PirateBox is a self-contained and mobile digital collaboration and file sharing system. Inspired by pirate radio and the free culture movement, PirateBox utilizes Free and Open Source software to create mobile wireless communication and file sharing networks where users can chat and anonymously exchange images, video, audio, documents, and other digital content. The project has been featured in over 150 international print and online and publications, including New Scientist, Le Monde, Ars Technica, and Wired Italia.

    Darts is also Curatorial Director of Conflux, the annual art and technology festival for the creative exploration of urban public space. Since 2009, Conflux has featured lectures, performances, workshops, and exhibitions from over 250 public space scholars and artists. Conflux has received significant media attention including stories in the New York Times and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

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