The Network as Material

We are looking forward to having Julian Oliver join us at Subtle Technologies this year. Julian is an artist from New Zealand, currently based in Berlin. In Julian’s TEDx  talk  below he speaks about one of his recent projects, The Artvetiser. The Artvetiser makes use of augmented reality techniques to subvert the use of advertisements in metropolitan centres.

Julian Oliver – TEDxRotterdam 2010 from TEDxRotterdam on Vimeo.

Julian will be giving a talk at this years symposium entitled Data’s Dark Matter.  The talk will give insight into what lurks below the plastic and metal of networks and what you are sharing with the world when you log on. He’ll present a media art project that exploits the trust we have in networks.

Julian will also be leading a workshop as part of our festival. The workshop, entitled Network as Material,  is being held in collaboration with DDiMIT. This workshop will give people tools and techniques to understand in depth how networks function and give insights into the properties inherent in networks that lend themselves to creating media art.  While there are many tutorials and sites on how to use programs like Processing or Pure Data for creating networked art, it is difficult for artists to get hands on instruction on the nuts and bolts of networks.

Recently W5 did an illuminating story on  cyber attacks over wireless networks. I think I can speak for many of us when I say we don’t think twice about logging onto free wireless hotspots. This expose on W5 made me think about the risks I take every time I log onto a public network.The workshop Julian is teaching isn’t designed to turn participants into hackers or become network security experts. It will however, definitely give participants more of an understanding of  how people can manipulate data on a network and how to  protect yourself or at least be aware of the dangers inherent in sharing information over a network.

We are thrilled to have Julian join our festival. He has given numerous workshops and master classes in game-design, artistic game-development, object-oriented programming for artists, UNIX/Linux, virtual architecture, interface design, augmented reality and open source development practices worldwide.

Passes to the workshop are selling quickly and are limited  so buy one soon if you plan to go!



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