This week I will be giving a talk about Wikileaks and Bitcoin at the Impakt Event: DIY currencies.
The instability of the world’s financial markets has led to the development of countless alternative currencies that often consciously develop away from state supervision. An exceptional example of this is the peer-to-peer currency Bitcoin, a form of virtual money of which the origins lie in the cryptography/cypherpunk scene. The currency was developed out of the ideal to create a stable currency whose exchange rate and transactions of which cannot be manipulated or monitored by government bodies or financial authorities. The downside being that this anonymous money transaction system is often portrayed as a money laundering method.
How do DIY currencies contribute to a sustainable economy and which dilemmas does this entail? Various presentations by artists, currency designers and economists will illustrate the bright and darker sides of DIY currencies.
More information about my work as Artist in Residence in Vienna (November 2012).
This article is a beautiful example of technological determinism and technological imaginaire, something that we should be very critical of!
The technology driving this change is already at work, and nothing can stop it.
If you want to know more about technological determinism and the dilemma’s thereof I would recommend the following book:
Smith, Merritt Roe, and Leo Marx. 1994. Does Technology Drive History?: The Dilemma of Technological Determinism. MIT Press.
This visualisation was made by Thomas Boeschoten and myself. It is based on the data (tweets from Dutch politicians) that we had gathered in 6 months. It was published in the Dutch newspaper NRC handelsblad on June 6th, 2012.
One of my network visualisations got published in a brochure for an exposition at the museum Paviljoen, Almere, The Netherlands.
As part of my week as ‘artist in residence’ at the Museumsquartier in Vienna I dove into the world of natural language processing using Python (with the natural language toolkit) and Gephi. The picture above is a small example of my work, it depicts the co-locations of words used in the mailinglist Netbehaviour using their archive of 10 year worth of e-mails.
This looks great! I’ll definitely have fun playing around with this!
Kartograph is a simple and lightweight framework for building interactive map applications without Google Maps or any other mapping service. It was created with the needs of designers and data journalists in mind.
Actually, Kartograph is two libraries. One generates beautiful & compact SVG maps; the other helps you to create interactive maps that run across all major browsers.
I discovered this via datavisualisation.ch. Stamen Studio’s developed these beautiful maps which can be used with OpenStreetMap data. Stamen is a design and data visualisation studio in San Francisco.