Monthly Archives: April 2009

MIMOSA action

On sunny day of 24th of April MIMOSA installation was taken to the streets of Linz in search of everyday people that will use it as a free media and say whatever is on their minds without usual filters of commercial media. Our small group had lots of fun with trying to attract passers by to come and share their thoughts with us.

Many of them arrived and gave us their opinions on city of Liz, on independent culture, about ongoing Linz Culture Capital 09,  free radio work in Linz etc.

Some of the passers by were students that have been demonstrating that day in Linz due to schools reforms affecting them. Estimated 12 000 students gathered that day at Hauptplatz, main square of Linz.


Thanx to the whole MIMOSA crew, audio interwievs will be published soon.

First day of Mimosa in Linz

MIMOSA urban intervention vehicle was assembled during the first day of the Liwoli festival in Linz. Ricardo and me (Kruno) were working couple of days in Krizevci to make sure everything will go smooth during the workshop.

Workshop started with Ricardo giving background in MIMOSAs done before and about the general WHYs and WHOs and the BECKGROUND. We proceeded to disassembling old computer and reusing it’s parts to create new MIMOSA in the shoping cart so it can move in the city and can be used as urban interventions that aims to interfere at the current  mediascape and people’s creative reinvention of media and technologies to reveal places, people and their tales.

Thanx to Claudia, Barbara, Sonja and Eddy for making MIMOSA together with us and Michael for getting us all the necessary parts. Thanx to Barbara also for shring with us Hardware workshop for women in Bratislava PDF

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CultureRobot as artwork

CultureRobot is an artwork that has as much focus on the process of creation as it has on the final representation with interactive and participative action/installation. CR process starts with workshops that are open to everyone who wants to participate in collaborative mapping, examining, wondering, experiencing, researching and trying to understand cities, parks, beck- alleys, countries, borders, cultures, people… CR is open to any way of tracing and tracking that might be involved, from most simple drawing to complicated graph representing social interconnections. CR is social act of establishing an understanding.

Workshops and participative map making with visual and sound material gathering that will be used as information in given map is truly collaborative experience, where wide range of techniques (drawing, photography, video, language, topography, etc) can be explored in participative effort. During workshops teacher to student relation is substituted to multitude principle of collaborative sharing and learning about insights and personal narratives that are discussed and researched. To leave simple naming of the places on a flat, two dimensional map and engage examining relation in the maps is what CR is all about.

Dwellers and wanderers are represented in final installation by simple robots that move arbitrarily. Visitors can direct their movements by making obstacles in front of them in the same way someone creates obstacles (or makes paths) to our own movement, giving us a chance, or blocking us to see and experience more. At the same time, producing robots has the same purpose as map production: everyone can learn simplicity of mapping circuits and recycling material to produce a map traveler – everyone can learn simple usage of electronics by opening parts and looking inside closed “borders” of packaged electronic goods.

The whole process, from mapping, robot creation, video, pictures and drawing gathering is documented. Process also has an open end: installation is never finished and can always be modified/customized to event or space where it takes part. An open end (opportunity to build upon) and open source (opportunity to modify) are making CR a public good that any given community can use to produce their own way of seeing, tracing or tracking, establishing an understanding.

More on:

http://culturerobot.gentlejunk.net/