Communication is one of the most important skills we have. There wouldn't even be a >we< without it. The exploitation of the global operating Internet opened up a complete new sphere for communicating in culture, daily life and science. The challenge for this project is to reach out for new ways of exploring these spheres by combining the usual codes for communication with a new visual and sensual approach.

This project is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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16. 02. 2017 | IMAGIT

IMAGIT in Karlsruhe - Conference Potential Spaces

How can Art and Design be studied and researched in the 21st Century? The conference took place from February 16 - 18, 2017 at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG). IMAGIT status meeting contained of a recap of mutual activities, catch up with the programmers on app development and drafting the strategy for the final presentation. The participants joined the conference “Potential Spaces” in order to the project stream how a possible transfer of the studies and research in art and design could look like in the future, including a lecture by Miklos Peternak of the Imagit consortium.

In Europe, the heavy-pillared academies of the past centuries still dominate when it comes to teaching and research in the fields of art and design. Yet actors of the artistic and design practice are organising themselves into collaborative groups that are networked world-wide, reaching far across the borders of national states. The light and open architectures of China and Japan have a chance to rebuild their academic landscapes anew. In South America, public temporary solutions of bricolage co-exist with private prestigious buildings of the rich elites for the purpose of art and design studies. In Africa, self-organised groups and individuals are stepping in where there is a lack of institutionalised infrastructure. Such initiatives have the potential to act as a model for finding new ways of critical research and learning in art and design.

Can the arts – applied as well as fine, experimental arts – offer a potential space (Winnicott) where new forms of relations can be developed beyond institutions and other borders? For a discussion of the boldest ideas, researchers, artists, and activists from all over the world will gather in Karlsruhe in February.

Read more: www.potentialspaces.hfg-karlsruhe.de

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20. 12. 2016 | IMAGIT

Very Christmas Lounge Table Dinner

Event took place within the annual winter exhibition of HfG Karlsruhe, this year in form of a festive lounge and dinner event with presentations of ongoing student-works.

A special highlight in regards to imagit has been occurred by a musical performance by Walls & Birds, based on interactions between the app-using audience and the performers themselves. Visitors included peers and teachers from the university, cultural agents based at ZKM Karlsruhe and public guests. The event highly intensified a playful but critical approach regarding digital driven media arts in public lead-outs.

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01. 12. 2016 | IMAGIT

Open call for MEMBRANA # 2 – Residency For Artistic Interface Criticism

The programme MEMBRANA #2 – Residency For Artistic Interface Criticism aims to provide support to a visual artist interested in developing an artwork based on the concept of Interface Bias. The artist will develop his/her project during a eight weeks residency at Hangar (Barcelona).

She/he will also be invited to participate in the ongoing investigation of the IMAGIT research group which involves contribuiting to the development of the “Critical Interface Toolbox”, an online resource for critical interface design. As well as to experiment, test and give critical feedback on the IMAGIT Application.

We are looking for an artist working with the concept of “Bias” within Interfaces, willing to contribute to the research that we are carrying out through the materialisation of an artwork.

The artwork can be developed in any artistic media. We encourage artists to submit proposals that raise critical approaches to the material and immaterial architectures of mediated culture through designed interfaces.

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30. 11. 2016 | IMAGIT

Workshop: Poetic Deconstruction of the Interface

We are announcing a workshop Poetic Deconstruction of the Interface lead by artist Joana Moll and interaction designer Aurelia Friedland, seeks to critically reveal, analyse and connect the complex network of agents that converge on the configuration of Interfaces.

During this one-day workshop we will reveal, deconstruct and re-articulate the material and immaterial elements that construct Interfaces in order to reflect on its role and influence within the social, political, economic, cultural and emotional spheres of the networked society. Therefore, the main goal of this workshop is to stimulate and re-appropriate subjectivity, an essential process in the generation of critical thought about the nature of technology, and in the imagination of alternative techno-paradigms which may coherently respond to our environmental and human conditions. Another focus will be set on Interfaces of communication-based applications for mobile devices and how to outbid their limits.

The workshop will be held in English. Please bring scissors, cutters and your laptop. Students of all fields are welcome.

December 7th, 2016
10:00h – 17:00h
Room 323 (Entropia)

Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design
Prof. Michael Bielicky
Department of digital media / Postdigital Narratives
Lorenzstr. 15
76135 Karlsruhe

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22. 11. 2016 | IMAGIT

Exhibition Beyond the Words

An exhibition by the students of HUFA (Hungarian University of Fine Arts) & HfG (University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe) in the frame of the IMAGIT project.

On view - November 22 - 28, 2016   Read more: Labor gallery

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15. 11. 2016 | IMAGIT

Workshop Tracking Forensics

The workshop “Tracking Forensics”, teached by Joana Moll and Andrea Noni, with the participation of Vladan Joeler, it’s carried out in Hangar from 18th to 20th of November.

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10. 11. 2016 | IMAGIT

Interface Politics - publication for download

You can now have a peek at the publication of this year's "Interface Politics Conference" that was in direction of our partner HANGAR and at which all of us from IMAGIT participated.

Interface Politics is a publication which includes all presentations and keynotes held during the First International Conference Interface Politics that took place in BAU and HANGAR on 27, 28 and 29 of April 2016. The conference was organized by GREDITS, HANGAR, MEDIACCIONS (Research Group in Culture and Digital Communication UOC) in collaboration with Arts Santa Mònica and IMAGIT and with partial funding from Creative Europe Program of the European Union. The Conference aimed to reflect on the role and effects of interfaces in current communicative and productive systems to produce alternative narratives against the apparent naturalness projected by the instruments.

You can download the PDF below.

Attachment: Publicacions_Gredits_04_V1_3.pdf

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19. 09. 2016 | IMAGIT

Annual Exhibition 2016: Review and Photos

Within the yearly, well frequented exhibition of student works at HfG, students and their supervisors presented the current status of the IMAGIT development-process in form of an interactive video-installation.

The content showed how a further development of the narrative in messenger-apps can offer more possibilities for communication, e. g. in form of animations and sounds. Further, how the basic structure of the communication-visualisation could be opened up to a topic related structure instead of a timely-linear one via setting up hyperlinks. Visitors have been invited to experience these functions by a pre-setup tablet.

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14. 07. 2016 | IMAGIT

Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design: Annual Exhibition 2016

IMAGIT is participating with presenting conceptual ideas to an extension on narratives in mobile messenger applications.

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13. 06. 2016 | IMAGIT

Student Exchange and Public Presentation by HUFA & HfG

Between May 24th and June 5th 2016 six students from HUFA Budapest visited HfG Karlsruhe to exchange and work on together on different aspects of the IMAGIT project.

A greater focus has been placed on the visualisation and playfulness of the IMAGIT app-concept. Among a diversity of activities, the exchange was highlighted by presenting these ideas publicly within the frame of the GPN 2016 and at a much visited closing event.

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06. 06. 2016 | IMAGIT

Public Workshop with brainz at GPN 2016

The GPN (Goulash Programmers Night) is one of the biggest events for programmers among Europe.

Within the frame, on May 29th members of the IMAGIT-team presented conceptual ideas at a well frequented workshop including a livid discussion with experts about goals and challenges of realisation.

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01. 05. 2016 | Pavel Sedlak

IMAGIT in Barcelona

Interim meeting and public presentation

On April 26th and 27th the first interim meeting with all the partners was held in Barcelona at Hangar to activate a sustainable workflow. All previous activities were analyzed and discussed as well as their outcomes compared. The integration of diverse experts and interested parties sharpened the discussion, especially in regards to the further steps. Therefore, a consolidation of international agents in the cultural and artistic sector was encouraged. Following the interim meeting, a presentation of Digital Symbolism and the working version of the IMAGIT application concept were introduced to the public in the framework of Interface Politics conference.

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20. 04. 2016 | Pavel Sedlak

On the move… from Budapest to Barcelona

What is the consortium working on these recent weeks? While extensive conceptual and technological research has been conducted in Prague and Karlsruhe, new series of public presentation events got scheduled in Hungary and Spain.

On the last day of March, the IMAGIT project was introduced at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in a guest lecture of Stepan Klenik and Pavel Sedlak (BRAINZ, Prague). It was moderated by the head of the Intermedia Department Miklos Peternak and received an attention of the students, some of which will participate in a student-exchange program of the IMAGIT project.

During the last days of April, key concepts of IMAGIT will be presented during the international conference Interface Politics. As part of Poetic Deconstruction panel chaired by Tere Badia, researchers, designers and artists will feature Digital Symbolism as a way how to frame development of user-original interfaces, including bigger-data-based mobile applications. The working title of the presentation is “Share More, Know More!”. The participation of IMAGIT crew at the conference is co-ordinated by HANGAR - production and research centre for visual arts in Barcelona.

We invite you to read also a related Interface Manifesto.

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15. 02. 2016 | Pavel Sedlak

Digital Symbolism

We are presently researching theory and practice of this emerging creative field. Do you want to learn more about some of its historical background…?

The word symbol goes back to the ancient Greek term „σύμβολον“ (sýmbolon). The term itself is a composition of the words „συν“- (syn-), meaning „together“ and „βολή“ (bolē), meaning “throw”. That makes a symbol basically a coincidence. 
As always with the ancient Greek there is a good story behind for a creation like that. Folks or families used to break objects like pots, rings or medallions into half. One half for themselves and the other one for a friend or ally. If meeting ever again these two groups were able to recognize and identify each other as friends by putting together the two halves.

The symbolists of the 19th century picked up that idea in the meaning of creating something new and beautiful out of pieces of the too realistic day-to-day world. For the ancient Greeks as well as for the artists of the Symbolism the figurative manner was the key issue: „The fundamental characteristic of Symbolist Art is to never fix an idea conceptually or speak directly”, as Jean Moréas wrote in his famous manifesto Le symbolisme.

To sound the bells for the next step we are creating a mobile application serving global needs for creative communication, non-verbal expression and throwing together of what we know about this world. Let’s share our data, find matching pieces and create new beautiful coincidences that can look differently every day. Join us in this adventure! Feel free to share your ideas and opinions – welcome to the ages of Digital Symbolism. 

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14. 02. 2016 | Pavel Sedlak

How do you like our visual identity…?

We have created this visual identity in Prague with global appearance in mind...

Variability and openness. These are leading principles of our visual communication. Logo can appear in multiple forms, shapes and colors - but always invites imagination. What if…? Have I seen this before…? What did I have in mind…? Try to imagine it! See some more photos here.

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14. 02. 2016 | Pavel Sedlak

Students are involved in IMAGIT!

In December 2015 a group of students started working on various interpretations of what digital symbolism can be, what it can mean and do…

This is a summary of topics discussed by students at the seminar in Karlsruhe…

Attachment: Seminar_Summary.pdf

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01. 02. 2016 | Pavel Sedlak


How did IMAGIT start and where are we heading to…? It is always a challenge to bring together creative minds. Moreover, once this is happening at international level.

IMAGIT consortium involves Barcelona, Budapest, Karlsruhe, and Prague. This geographical scope gives us multiple opportunities to reflect on modes of creative communication from different cultural perspectives. What we share is the passion for digital expression, testing limits of digital verbalism while prospecting future forms of digital symbolism.

Since October 2015 till January 2016 we have organized together several brainstorming sessions, meetings, workshops, and student seminars aimed at initial mapping of the field where social networking trends and tools for digital expression are at a core intersection.

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