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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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actually.. it is not a poster

This year's recruitment campaign is based on the idea of 'video messages'. The poster is actually not a poster but a collection of tickets. The still on the ticket is a reference to the online video messages in which staff, researchers and future researchers talk about the jve, applying to the jve, experiences so far at the jve etc. (films are recorded with Florian Schneider)
www.campaign.janvaneyck.nl

ticket through hole envelop

out of the envelop
front of letter

overview tickets
















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campaign poster in the jve

The campaign is meant to attract new researchers to the JVE.

More images soon..



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recruitment campaign jve has arrived!

Check your mailboxes for the recruitment campaign (poster!) i have designed for 2010

campaign envelop
campaign envelop



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jve campaign on e-flux

e-flux advertisemente-flux advertisement

Im designing this year's recruitment campaign of the Jan van Eyck academy. This is the e-flux advertisement that announces the campaign.

In a few days the website of the campaign will be online... All is based on video messages i have filmed from the building, staff and researchers.

e-flux advertisement



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Slices of networked production

Last week all the researchers, staff, advising researchers celebrated the opening of 2010 with a great and interesting opening week at the Jan van Eyck. New advising researchers Mladen Dolar and John Palmesino introduced themselves and the whole week kicked off with Martha Rosler, Armin Linke and Anton Vidokle talking about the 'new'.


Here's a summary of my lecture.

What else can an image be? Slices of networked production

Central to my research is the expansion of the concept and visuality of the image with the invisibility of its networked infrastructure, production and distribution which in general i will refer to as image management.
What i think is interesting for designers right now is to approach image management as the underlying structure of design that asks for an interesting and challenging aesthetic parallel. To approach management as an aesthetic involves for example the introducing of fiction into standardization processes that networks are based on.
The exchange between visible and invisible is what i think an image is, a slice of networked production. The production and distribution of the image in various networks is no longer a preface to the end result, it is the image. The image performs certain network protocols, linking people, connecting camera's etc.
Image management involves a decision to apply an image and produce a networked cycle of events.
How is management as a structural and abstract process included in the image as an aesthetic as it is part of the creation of an image?

>>more to read...



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JVE yearbook 2009

My Image Map research in the JVE yearbookMy Image Map research in the JVE yearbook



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Imaginary Property INTERVENTIONS

INTERVENTION #2
Guest: Eyal Sivan on "The common archive"

Eyal SivanEyal Sivan
Intervention #2 has been delivered by filmmaker Eyal Sivan. He presents "Towards a common archives: Manipulating the enemies images". Eyal Sivan is a London based filmmaker, producer, essayist and research professor in media production at the school of social sciences, media and cultural studies at the University of East London (UEL). Sivan directed more then 10 worldwide awarded feature-length political documentaries and produced many others.



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Imaginary Property INTERVENTIONS

INTERVENTION #1
Guest: Ted Byfield

ByfieldTed Byfield
New York based media theorist Ted Byfield will be the first guest in Interventions, a new series of events hosted by the imaginary property (.imp) research group at Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht. Ted Byfield is a professor at Parsons the New School for Design and visiting fellow at Yale Law School (Information Society project). In his intervention he will be reflecting on methods and practices that make up (im)material architectures.



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Image Evolution Diagrams

Image evolutions: from image plane to modules, to globes

Image Evolutions DiagramImage Evolutions Diagram

My object of study is the production and distribution of different kinds of digital networked images in and by networks. Central to this research is the exchange between the visual and the infrastructural. One of my main questions is, whether the structural and organisational role of images in digital networks has become more important than the visual representation of images?
Through making diagrams I try to include both the findings of my research as well as to speculate on the current status of the (digital/networked) image. For my case studies, the Image Map & Modular image, i'm interested in the way the image body is disintegrating, moving from surface or plane to modules and globes.



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Case study: Flickr 'add note' feature

One of the questions of my research for Imaginary Property is: What are the production mechanisms of digital images that are being produced today? On the basis of various case studies, I'm trying to map out image production mechanisms through the images that result from these mechanisms. Flickr Add note feature

At this moment my case study is the Add Note feature of Flickr concerning the Flickr image production. I'm wondering how much the deconstruction of existing image production mechanisms will allow for the design of an alternative model of production?



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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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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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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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