Tijmen Schep

The search for immersion in Geomedia

Imagine if photography was only used to create images for product catalogues. No artistic use came to mind, no aesthetics deemed nesessary. It’s not a strange thought experiment. This, following Bolter and Grusin’s…

Florida vs Hamburg

A little while ago I came across a manifesto called Not In Our Name, Marke Hamburg (Sign and Sight has an English translation). In this manifesto a group of 200 artists/squaters criticise their supposed role…

Re-making Britain from Above, and beyond

You might have seen the documentary series “Britain from Above” (if not, go check out its excellent website). It showed us some beautiful computer generated visualisations of GPS data overlayed on a satelite…

Streetview NL is almost here

With the coming addition of the Dutch part of Google Streetview, my street won’t be the same. Well, that’s not true. Here in Holland these pictures-of-streets services have been in use for some…

Esther Polak’s Nomadic Milk: Is GPS-tracking like ‘photography with a very long shuttertime?’

A GPS recorder is like a camera in the sky with a very long shutter time. That at least was what Cassion Harrison, the director from Britain from Above claimed at the AnyMedia…

Locative media and the situationists

During the last museumnight in Amsterdam the Amsterdam architecture institute Arcam decided to have an evening about the situationists. Apparently the Dutch situationist Constant had (co-)written a pamphlet fifty years earlier about his…

(Dutch) The mobile young are ungraspable

“Internet, television, mobile phones and television..  they don’t destroy the world, they enrich it. More beautiful, warmer and more intense, especially for young people”. From the manifesto of The Music factory (TMF), an…

The Web and Beyond

Hurray, the web and beyond, a conference on ubiquitous computing, the mother-notion behind all these visions of our computer-infested lives. I’m definitely going, if only to hear how Adam Greenfield is getting along…

The cell-phone

One of my teachers recently pointed me towards this fun little documentary called “How William Shatner changed the world“. In it, Shatner explains how the concepts created for Star Trek laid the basis…

Tracking pizza and blurry information

This post at Pasta and Vinegar got me wondering. Some pizza delivery companies are starting to let you track the delivery of your pizza online, giving you up-to-date information on the location, and…

The magic and terror of the ether

One of my favourite TV shows of all time has got to be “the secret life of machines” by Tim Hunkin and Rex Garrod. Hunkin starts this episode about radio by stating that…

The Software Defined City

In 2004, Wilfried Houjebek’s .Walk project won the 2004 software-art prize at Transmediale in Berlin. In this project he gave people two bits of paper with instructions on how to walk through the…

Sharing versus claiming public space

Please let me introduce myself: My name is Tijmen Schep, I am a student of New Media and Digital Culture at Utrecht University, as well as a member of the NetNiet.org Foundation. which…