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day 1: 04/04/07

Tales of a Connected City - (the last mile is the network)     print
 
The network as truly social : your neighbours stay your neighbours.
A look at local mesh networks: what makes the difference between connected places and non-connected ones. What are we connecting to? A discussion about collaboration, content and techniques, setting up new structures and developing new practices for creative work.

The greatest challenges are not technical but social; encouraging and sustaining volunteer input, a critical mass of users, and devising a sustainable organisational model.

With: Réseau Citoyen, okno, Citymine(d), bna-bbot, Rotor, An Mertens
Introduced by Pieter Heremans and Annemie Maes,
moderated by Givan Bela and IRC Alejandra Perez Nunez

schedule: 2pm till 6pm
- introduction to oknopublic#03
- standing-on-the-roof ... top and fly ... : visiting the RC antenna on okno's rooftop (with view over Brussels) - snacks & drinks offered by ianthe
- presentation by réseau citoyen: a wireless community network for brussels
- presentation by 4 Brussels organisations, net-working between cultural, social and urban domains and public spaces
- public discussion about collaboration, content and techniques, setting up new structures and developing new practices for creative work.

Followed by a bombolong install-party: get onto the réseau citoyen!

7pm: opening of MAI installation by jIsjtar and Masato Tsutsui
introduction by Isjtar

9pm-11pm: performances
- Tonic Train (Sarah Washington and Knut Aufermann)
- Justin Bennett (playing the public space)
- Little Solar System (Haraldur Karlson)

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BUILDING PUBLIC ART ON A NETWORK

what is the material?
un reseau citoyen, what and how?
theories of local networks vs. larger ones
historical use

true social network because:
local
neighbours
share same interests
real gatherings (besides online stuff)
not distant

preparations:
content of the work
audience of the work
beneficialities for aurthors and audiences
structures and techniques for participation
experimental variations in outcomes

attitudes to composing an algorithmic piece
wiki
database
tv/radio
chatlines
hybrids

attitudes to changing the work

www.reseaucitoyen.be/
www.rdf181.be/
citymined.be/
www.bna-bbot.be/Public/
so-on.be




 

 



 
wednesday april 04, 2007
okno, brussels
 

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wednesday april 04, 2007
okno, brussels
 

 
Most wireless community network projects are coordinated by citywide user groups who freely share information and help using the Internet. They often spring up as a grassroots movement offering free, anonymous Internet access to anyone with WiFi capability.

Many of these community networks are run on a voluntary basis and can be compared to other voluntary groups focussed around local issues. Like other voluntary groups they have sometimes found their greatest challenges are not technical (e.g. developing affordable internet access in a local area) but social; encouraging and sustaining volunteer input, a critical mass of users, and devising a sustainable organisational model. Some groups have splintered as individual participants follow their own goals or found it difficult to maintain a user base when large corporate internet service suppliers have reduced the price of broadband connectivity and increased availability.

 
reseau citoyen is a project for a user-run wireless network (for internet access) via wi-fi, free of big operators, run by the people for the people.
Réseau Citoyen is not an organisation, it's much more a phenomenon...
Beside its technological aspects, "Réseau Citoyen" is a vector for ideas ..

 

 
"... Technological action both abstracts from and concretises existing social relations. It generates singular intersections of historically and materially specific impersonal and personal forces. Critical thought might learn something from this. It could find ways of accompanying and relating to these forces, ways of entering into and experimenting with the other-directed power relations they precipitate."

 

 


RDF181 is a temporary structure on a wasteland in the center of Brussels. For one year, it will house Rotor's headquarters as well as occasional exhibitions and meetings. It will disappear at the end of 2007.
RDF181 is an initiative of Maarten Gielen, Lionel Devlieger, Mia Schmallenbach and Tristan Boniver
www.rdf181.be

 

 

 
A crystal radio is the distilled essence of a radio. It has very few parts, it needs no batteries or other power source, and it can be built in a short time out of things you can find around the house.
scitoys.com/scitoys/scitoys/radio/radio.html#crystal


 

 

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