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26 November, 12:00 CET

Workshop: Emoji Proxies & Ghost Messengers

During this hybrid workshop we’re exploring the possibilities of live networking technologies in hybrid cultural events.

As an online visitor to cultural events, you can often do little more than ask a question in chat, and chat with other online visitors. How can online visitors feel seen, become more involved in or even have agency over what happens on-site? This is something we’re going to explore during this workshop.

Together with Hackers & Designers we’ve developed a tool that makes use of standalone wifi hotspots (ESP32 modules) and live networking protocols (MQTT) that allows online input to be translated into something physical, and vice versa. For example, every time an online visitor opens the livestream page, a spotlight shines in the physical space. There are many use cases possible, but how can it help an event really be influenced by the presence of an online audience? How can it stimulate interaction between online and on-site audiences?

This workshop doesn’t require knowledge of programming. It’s free to join, but a registration is required. Unfortunately all on-site spots for the workshop are booked.

Workshop set up:

  • We start at 12:00 with a hybrid session where we show the tool, test it together and brainstorm about valuable and affective implementations.
  • After a lunch break we continue at 14:00 with a workshop (on-site only) where you learn to develop this tool yourself and get the chance to experiment with it in multiple ways. Unfortunately all on-site spots for the workshop are booked.

Stuff you need to know:

Date: Saturday 26 November 2022
Time: 12:00 – 16:30
Location: Page Not Found, Boekhorststraat 126-128, Den Haag
What to bring: a laptop computer (usb adaptor if your computer requires this) and a smartphone.
You can join this workshop for free, but a registration is required.
The workshop is part of First, Then… Repeat. Workshop Scripts in Practice, taking place from 23 November till 27 November 2022 at Page Not Found, The Hague. First, Then.. Repeat is a on- and offline publication that assembles self-published and unpublished workshop scripts that evolved in and around the collective ecosystem of Hackers & Designers. The publication, installation (built with the fanfare display system) and workshop program are part of the artistic research project of designer, educator and H&D member Anja Groten at PhDArts Academy for Creative and Performing Arts Leiden and the Making Matters project.

The workshop Emoji Proxies & Ghost Messengers is organised by Hackers & Designers and The Hmm, as part of the project Going Hybrid of Institute of Network Cultures.


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