21 april 2009

New Media and Digital Culture celebrates 10th anniversary
On 15 May 2009 the department of New Media and Digital Culture of Utrecht University celebrates its 10th anniversary. The festive programme includes the launching of the book Digital Material which was written by five staff members of the department, and two installations by multimedia artists Walter Langelaar and Audrey Samson. In the morning former students give presentations about their careers. All those interested are cordially invited to attend.

InzoomenOn this day the New Media and Digital Culture department will reflect on what it has achieved in the last ten years and how it has developed into a full-fledged and indispensable field of study. The day will be kicked off with a series of presentations of former students who will tell about their professional careers after their study. In the afternoon the book Digital Material: Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology will be launched (Amsterdam University Press, eds. M. van den Boomen, S. Lammes, A.-S. Lehmann, J. Raessens and M.T. Schäfer). The first copy of the book will be presented to Prof. Wiljan van den Akker, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. Afterwards academics and artists will reflect upon the theme of the book. Two installations will be featured at Studio T: "nOtbOt" by Walter Langelaar and "threads/" by Audrey Samson.

The talks in the morning will be all held in Dutch.

Audrey Samson: threads/
threads/ is a tool for the growing collection of women's stories; talking about their use of the computer, and feelings towards it. The installation combines an antiquated sewing machine table, its original pedal, and a keyboard in place of the sewing machine. Each letter on the keyboard is mapped to audio samples of weaving and sewing machines, interwoven with voices of women telling about their relationship to technology and what using it means in their lives.


Walter Langelaar: nOtbOt
nOtbOt is an automated game-player which is controlled and deranged by reactions to its own virtual environment, caught in a vicious force-feedback loop. Human interaction with the game/controller becomes obsolete, resulting in a completely erratic form of [art]ificial intelligence. The observer of the installation, however, can literally try to 'get a grip' on taking control of the system...


P r o g r a m m a
10.30 hrs Coffee
11.00-13.00 Professional perspectives

Alumni talk about their careers, amongst others:

  • Stan van Engelen, VPRO
  • Keimpe de Heer, De Zwijger/Creative Learning Lab
  • Naomi van Stelten, IJsfontein
  • Lotte Vergouwen: Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO)
14.00-17.00 Book Launch

Moderator: Ann-Sophie Lehmann


Official opening and presentation of first copy to Wiljan van den Akker (Dean of the Faculty of Humanities)


Presentations by some of the contributors to the book






Geert Lovink & Florian Cramer


Walter Langenaar & Audrey Samson
17.00-18.00 Drinks
what presentations, book launch, multimedia installations
when Friday 15 May 2009, 10.30-18.00 hrs
where U-theatre Studio T, Kromme Nieuwegracht 20, 3512HH Utrecht
registration please register by sending an e-mail to m.t.schaefer@uu.nl, indicating which part of the day you would like to attend
meer informatie www.newmediastudies.nl 
focus area Cultures & Identities

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