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Kim de Groot is a design researcher with an MA in new media. She is part of the lectoraat Communication in a digital age and teaches new media at the Willem de Kooning academy Kim's research deals with the inverted relation between image and reality. Moving from representation to the performative, from the visual to the infrastructural, images are no longer created to represent a reality but to manage it. Kim examines images as informational objects and traces the relations between image, event and media.

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Indexing image

Google Earth

While digitizing land new borders arise; borders between images. Is Google Earth a map or is it a political act of imaging land to own its image? Google earth/maps is one example of the indexing image. It illustrates the madness of imaging every bit of reality while finding the opportunity to reconfigure certain political and cultural concepts under the header of the semi-neutral concept of the map. The imaging of land by satellite corporations and Google eventually delivers them a valuable image. An image that contains powerful 'user' information on the basis of which Google updates its software: preferences.

One of my conclusions is that images are no longer created to represent a reality but to manage it. The image existence as data, being described by metadata, makes it readable and therefore manageable by the network. The visual and infrastructural meet on the meta(data) level of files and applications. Within this meta(data) context the image’ utilities and profits are measured and further developed; how useful is it? The image as facilitating entity is being developed by the network consisting of humans and even more of machines. People have become aware of the image as a tool, of its multiple uses and benefits such as indexing, besides its singular aesthetic richness.



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Imaginary Property - Project description - Summary

Imaginary Property passportImaginary Property passportThe relation between image and reality is inverted. We are producing reality through the visual and organize it in digital networks. Moving from representation to the performative, from the visual to the infrastructural, images are no longer created to represent a reality but through managing images, a reality is being organized.
What kind of digital networked images are being produced today? Digital images are informational, they are both technical as well as cultural descriptive data objects. What are their production mechanisms? What kind of relations and network protocols are being managed through the image and how? Does the organizational role of images, based on the technical and cultural protocols of digital image production, take over their visual representation?



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Imaginary Property - Project description

Image MapImage Map

The digital networked image as a technical and political object, moving from the visual to the infrastructural

Imaginary Property incites to reconsider the condition of the digital networked image within the current socio-technical culture. The relation between image and reality is inverted. We are producing reality through the visual and organize it in digital networks, servers, databases. What kind of digital images are being produced today? What are their production mechanisms? What do current images represent, not just in what we see, but in the sense of, what do images stand for? What politics is part of digital image design? I will be researching Imaginary Property as the condition of the production and distribution of the digital networked image.



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HTV design by Imaginary Property

Read full HTV online at http://www.htvnews.nl
Steven ShaviroSteven Shaviro


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More ads for the HTV

The advertisement for my JvE research projectThe advertisement for my JvE research project

Museum of the Stealing of Souls

Advertisements for Museum of the Stealing of Souls project



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KILLER TV - HTV LAUNCH

htv logo

Killer TV, Imaginary Property and HTV - de ijsberg present:
The 33.000 Issue Launch

Undermining the borders between text and image, between private property and public space through the design of "imaginary" advertisements and (ironically) deconstructing some of the
basic conventions of a magazine, Imaginary Property is curating the 77 issue of HTV-de IJsberg, investigating new fields of image-production beyond the hard-coded notions of the commercial
versus the editorial.



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Opening week lecture at Jan van Eyck

Slide Presentation In this post you can read the introduction of my lecture for the january 2009 opening week at the JvE:

The digital networked image and its modes of existence as a technical and political object.

Imaginary Property starts from the idea that the notion of the real is changing.  A change that has a lot to do with the current status of the image. Thousands of images are created everyday to capture different accounts of reality. The image is constantly being copied and manipulated. We live images, to control our reality. Imagination is crucial in this process.


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Managing Openness

Casco

On november 28, I joined the symposium, Add Comment: Designing Critique in Public Forums organized by Casco, co-organized with ArtEZ The Arnhem Academy of Art and Design and Vinca Kruk on the (im)possibility of critique within the structures of current web-applications.

During the first talk by Mia Jankowicz (a curator and art critic based in London/Amsterdam), it occurred to me how the perspective of "openness" has shifted because of 2.0 environments, how it is being managed as a scarcity. Mia presented several (art) projects that deal with different ways of opening up information to the public. In these cases it is decided when, how and to whom openness to information is offered. In this case openness is an act of control, openness is managed as an exclusivity.



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Liminal Zones Cyprus

Liminal Zones ProgramLiminal Zones Program

A seminar organized by Angela Melitopoulos (Goldsmiths London) and Socrates Stratis (UCY, Cyprus)in Nicosia Cyprus. Florian Schneider and thus, Imaginary Property will be one of the speakers there. I've designed the invitation, program and website for it. http://liminalzones.kein.org

[click on read more for the backside of the program]



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Now is the time! on Media

On October 3 the University of Amsterdam organized the first two lectures as a part of Now is the time! a lecture series on art and theory in the 21st century. The topic of this evening was the relation between new media and art.
What is the status of the medium in art production and the discourse in art, in this situation referred to by Rosalind Krauss as the ‘postmedium condition’? How can an artist act critically in this complex cultural field now dominated by multimedia and mass media?
http://www.nowisthetime.nl

Kaja Silverman discussed the role of the digital image in the work of James Coleman, an intervention in Leonardo da Vinci,  for the Louvre in 2003. Her lecture was followed by Laura Marks who held a very interesting talk about the relation between new media and Islamic art. Both lectures presented intriguing insights on the current state of the (digital) image.



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Picnic

From wednesday to friday I will join Picnic, a new media festival in Amsterdam, as an artist and share my report with you here on my blog and on friday at Picnic between 15:00 - 17:00 at the Flexbar. http://www.picnicnetwork.org/page/27590/en

One of the reasons I like to attend Picnic is to find out how research is combined with design and artistic practice. Another reason is that many of the events seem to allow for visual answers, proposals or scenarios.

Of course my picnic report will be related to my work for Imaginary Property. I will be experimenting with what the digital networked image could look like and through this interface, show its workings.
It is the current transformation of digital (networked) images that intrigue me, turning into owned objects, containers of data while at the same time, identifiers of (property) relations within a network.

What is Picnic's property model?
What properties do Picnic images contain?



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Govcom.org Jubilee

Last week Govcom.org has celebrated its 10th anniversary. "Govcom.org is an Amsterdam-based foundation dedicated to creating and hosting political tools on the Web. Much of the work involves mapping issue networks on the Web, using the Issue Crawler software, where one now may auto-request an account." http://www.govcom.org/

The jubilee week started with 4 very interesting talks by Warren Sack, Alexander Galloway, Greg Elmer and Anat Ben-David. From tuesday to friday 4 projects were developed, Studying Software, Alternative Algortihms, Code Politics and Cyberlands.

Here you can find information about the talks and projects of the jubilee week.
http://wiki.issuecrawler.net/twiki/bin/view/Dmi/GovcomorgJubilee



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Imaginary Property

jvejveFrom september 2008 until august 2009 I will be working on a project called Imaginary Property at the Jan van Eyck academy Maastricht, initiated by Florian Schneider. http://imaginaryproperty.com

For me, as a new media researcher and designer, Imaginary Property incites to reconsider intellectual property, ownership and the status of the digital networked image as concepts of web culture(s). It is a challenge to act upon those concepts by deconstructing them and materialize their virtual values. Think about interfacing the property relations or knowledge a digital networked image contains. Is it a transparent image or a module of a map?



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Election Issue Imagery

obama issue spaceobama issue space
How dominant is the opposing candidate in the other candidate's issue spaces? A research project done through using Google Image Search.
A DMI project, developed with the digital methods team at the University of Amsterdam. Analysis and design by Kim de Groot & Esther Weltevrede.

Read project description:
http://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/ElectionIssueImagery



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Elfriendo, taking the work out of networking

A project developed by the dmi team at Montevideo:

Elfriendo.com
"Taking the work out of social networking"

Deleting your MySpace page is painful. You had friends, too few or too many. It had taken over your life, or you wish it had. Was your profile stale? Were you too active? Let's give you a new look.

Elfriendo is a new MySpace related service, founded on 30 January 2008, on the occasion of the International Delete Your MySpace Account Day, as a remedy. These days one hardly has time to fill in one set of fields before another update request comes in. Elfriendo reduces the number of form-filling steps to a bare minimum, without sacrificing quality or depth. People used to neglect their profiles, leaving them stale and deficient. We offer fresh sets of interests and an active look for your profile.

Our business is profilization - professionalizing, optimizing and automating your profile on MySpace, the world's largest social networking site. Elfriendo is a service that keeps your profile active fresh.



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DMI, Digital methods initiative

DMI, the digital methods initiative. A group of researchers that I have joined in 2008 as a designer researcher. Together with Marina Micheli, an intern at Mediamatic, Micheal Stevenson, Esther Weltevrede, Richard Rogers and Sabine Niederer I have been working on the interface design of the Google scraper. Other projects I have worked on are Election Issue Imagery and Elfriendo, a myspace related online service.

"The Digital Methods Initiative, supported by the Mondriaan Interregeling, is concerned with the techniques of study that are sensitive to the specificities of the new medium. The director of the projects is Richard Rogers. Sabine Niederer and Esther Weltevrede manage the Digital Methods Initiative, and Anne Helmond and Kim de Groot are the analyst-designers, together with Michael Stevenson. Erik Borra is programmer, also for Govcom.org. Marieke van Dijk is Govcom.org designer."

http://dmi.mediastudies.nl

Google Scraper sketchesGoogle Scraper sketches



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Bumping into Poetry

Onmogelijke wendingen in een systeem zorgen soms voor systeempoëzie. hyves grens


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De stad van de 21e eeuw

Vanaf donderdag 1 november ben ik met derdejaars studenten van de Willem de Kooning academie het project De stad van de 21e eeuw gestart. In het kort gaat dit project over de manier waarop virtuele en digitale begrippen als Het Netwerk bijvoorbeeld zich in onze fysieke omgeving manifesteren. Aan de studenten de vraag om een campagne te ontwerpen voor de stad van de 21e eeuw.



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Op zoek naar de media, objecten, situaties, plekken, netwerken die onze hedendaagse realiteit vormen.

Myths, between the imaginary, the real and beyond.

Hyves begrenzingen en (on)mogelijkheden:
hyves grenshyves grenshyves grens
hyves en wouter bos
Wouter Bos on Hyves, kloof tussen burger en politiek? (by Kim)



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