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Flick Radio, experimental radio drama with Flickr visuals

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Flick Radio is a Dutch (English subtitled) Radio drama about storytelling and about Flickr. Flick Radio is about a lot of things, but mostly it’s about Flickr. How we perceive identities on Flickr or in virtual worlds in general, we think to know people by the photos or items they post. And we fill in what we don’t know.

It’s a very interesting experiment and visual documentary made with ‘found footage’. It deserves your attention if you like documentaries, storytelling or photography.

Watch it in full screen DivX or in lower quality on YouTube.

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What the web can add to live television

Schaatsen website NOS

The NOS (public broadcaster in the Netherlands) is broadcasting an speed skating championship. Not only on television. They are also streaming it live on the web.

What is interesting about the website is that the NOS linked the time information to the website in addition to the video stream.

You’re watching the game and immediately you see extra information about the times and the context of these times compared to other ice skaters in the right column. This information stays visible until the game is over.

Watching something on the web is more fragmented. On a television we want a full screen experience, we don’t like it when so called screen-estate is traded for information (picture in picture). In web interfaces it’s the other way around. We don’t like a full screen experience. It takes away the feeling of control and interactivity.

We like separate windows with as much information as possible. The speed skating website is just doing this. It is starting to link real time data from a database to the web interface. And this is just the start of the things you can do with live data and streaming video.

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Picnic 2007 Review of the tools

Mobile posting: Picnic Aggregator flyer
Supersize aggregator flyer

Every serious project needs an evaluation and so does the Picnic aggregator. The VPRO-crew interviewed everyone who had something to do with the aggregator about what the liked or didn’t like about it. The ‘review of the tools‘ is a collection of video and related discussion (see the videos below, sorry it’s all in Dutch).

What I personally liked about the aggregator was the enormous amount of information that was created over the last days. The most difficult thing – from the start – was to sort all this information. I build a simple interface to make it accessible. The aggregator proved this interface wasn’t enough to sort signal from noise.

In an aggregated environment information is fragmented. The strong idea behind the aggregator is to give everyone the freedom to use the service they feel most comfortable with. API’s and feeds make it technically possible to aggregate. The problem is how do you design an interface that keeps the flow of information structured and connected. A machine doesn’t know how to do this unless all the information is labeled.

And aggregating it did
I think you could compare the aggregator to a news wire service. The reporter out there only knows what he or she sees on sight plus his or her personal knowledge. The reporter sends fragments to the news-desk(aggregator), the place where all the information comes together. There are also other reporters(users or systems) who collect information, sort it on relevance and give meaning. If there is a black spot in the story the news-desk(aggregator) informs the reporter what is missing.

The aggregator covered most of this cycle, except one thing. It collected all the information and gave partial feedback about missing information (mostly through Twitter). What it didn’t do was organizing, sorting and giving meaning to information collected.

This should be done the next time, how isn’t important. There is this giant pool of everything. You can make your story in the end of the day searching the archives for quotes or media. Or viewers can sort using voting and bookmark systems. You could even appoint a human editor.

The aggregator was a great success. It aggregated, distributed and made people create and communicate. It transfered the conference vibe to the web. Which should be a goal for every conference, this is how you make people sign up for the next event. If only the aggregator could give meaning to information.

Vincent Everts (PCZapper/Interimic) about Twitter and Gabcast.

Jaap den Dulk (Daadpracht) about Twitter

Mathijs van Abbe (Van Abbe IT) about Mobypicture

Leonieke Verhoog (VPRO) about Netvibes and Tumblr

Gertjan Kuiper (VPRO) about VPRO’s Picnic Aggregator:

Roeland P. Landegent (TodaysArt) about de Twitter Abroacatr

Wilbert Baan (Volkskrant) about de Picnic Aggregator (interface)

Yme Bosma (Hyves) about VPRO’s Picnic Aggregator and onderdelen als Flickr, Tumblr and Splashcast.

Erwin Blom (VPRO) about Gabcast:

Nicolette Nol (VPRO) about iMovie.

Eef Grob (VPRO) about YouTube.

Maarten Terpstra about Operator11:

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Participatory Culture: remix Eboman or get remixed

I love the word ‘participatory culture’, what I even love better is the meaning of it. I create, you create, we create the things we like; together. We have the tools to share and start great new things, so why not start them.

Vivalacreacion is a public video remix project for this months Picnic 2007 week in Amsterdam. The project is hosted by Eboman, inventor of the video based audio remixes.

What you have to do? Upload your videos to Jumpcut or Youtube or remix the material yourself.

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Millionaire the Film, an interactive story

Millionaire the film - website

The Dutch lottery made a short interactive story around the lifestyle of the rich and famous. The movie is filmed from a first person perspective and you are asked to make choices.

Although the story isn’t great the interactivity and good camerawork contributes. The choices are limited but making choices is what a movie on a computer screen needs to keep you focussed on the window.

I would love to see a great story (film or documentary) with interactivity. Take interactivity a step further by using enhanced interactivity instead of left / right. Ask friends to join the story through social networks, widgets on other websites and instant messaging. Use the viewers webcam to create a more immersive interactive experience.

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Dutch industries

I love Europort, the industrial part of the Netherlands near Rotterdam. There is a small kitesurfing beach in Oostvoorne and to get there you have to drive through Europort with its chemical plants.

For a long time I didn’t know why I was so attracted to these industrialized areas. I even had a job interview at Shell once (the grey/brown office at 02:03 in the video). I thought I would really like the job, now I don’t think I would have liked the job, I would have liked the view.

The aesthetics of functional design peak in and around a chemical factory. All the tubes, lights, steel structures and storage spaces. Everything is designed with a function, you don’t design things because they look nice, it just happens to look like this because it needs to.

I think the methods of research used in the design of structures could very well be applied when designing interactive applications (read something of OMA/AMO). It is based on designing functionality for people and products. When this is good aesthetics will follow.

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Eclectro Directo promo video – David Star

Tonight Dj David Star played in Eclectro Directo, a weekly talent room on Eclectro. In Eclectro Directo we ask a Dj to broadcast a dj-set live from his or her living room using Ustream. We visited David Star and helped him out with some of the technical details and made some promotional material.

We did two pilot episodes of Eclectro Directo and I think the idea is great. After the summer holiday we will launch this for real. We are looking for partners, sponsors and dj’s. Contact me if you are interested in participating in any way.Episode #1 me spinning records live