The E-CULTURE FAIR 2010 will be showcasing innovative projects in the fields of creative industry, research, education and media art at the Dortmunder U. It is the first step of an envisaged long-term cooperation between three partners: Virtueel Platform (NL), BAM (BE), and medienwerk.nrw (DE).



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23. Aug.
11:00 - 11:30
Opening Session

presenting the E-Culture Fair 2010 & the Live Programme
Speakers: Dr. Inke Arns (HMKV / medienwerk.nrw) - Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Virtueel Platform) - Dr. Andreas Broeckmann (ISEA2010 RUHR / Dortmunder U)

11:30 - 12:00
Out of Curiosity

An exploration of the educational e-culture field in Flanders, the Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia.

12:00 - 12:30
Crossover Lab Lowlands: Where traditional meets innovative

by Nathalie Goethals

13:30 - 15:30
Discussion: Crossing Over - Interdisciplinary Practices

In this session we look at meetings between art and scientific research,  gaming and professional training, digital design and bio-design and more. We'll discuss questions like:  Under what conditions do these meetings of discpilines become interesting and exciting ?   What are the challenges ? What new disciplinary crossbreeds have a promising future? Projects/Presenters: Cultuurlab - Wii Medic - Angelo Vermeulen - Botanoatopt - City in a Bottle.

Moderation: Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Virtueel Platform)

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15:15 - 15:45

Presentation by Noisetube, followed by the booklaunch: "We can change the weather: 100 cases in changeability", VUBpress

15:45 - 17:00
Baltan Laboratories / Lablife 1: Ecological and substainable designs

Introduction: BALTAN Laboratories
Projects/Presenters: OKNO - FoAM - Prototypen//
Moderation: Angela Plohman (BALTAN Laboratories)

Book launch BALTAN Laboratories

Booklaunch: "The Future of the Lab"

24. Aug.
10:30 - 12:30
Discussion: Urban Regeneration and Media Technology

Artist and designers have show an increasing interest in the urban regeneration process. Their work ranges from small interventions in the public space to long term bottom-up participatory design process. In this session we’ll have presentations and a discussion on the roles of the creative and artistic uses of media technology in urban regeneration processes.

Hosted by Patching Zone. Moderation: Anne Nigten. She will present several case studies on the urban regeneration topic from the Patching Zone’s practice in the Netherlands, followed by presentations by XML architects (David Mulder & Max Cohen de Lara), MediaLAB HvA - Gijs Gootjes, Dropstuff - Rene van Engelenburg and UPLabs - Pol Eggermont, Liesbeth Jansen. Respondent: Giles Lane, Proboscis, UK

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13:30 - 15:00
Baltan Laboratories / Lablife 2: Urban interventions

Projects/Presenters: Recycle X / Patching Zone - 7scenes / Waag Society - Timelab
Moderation: Angela Plohman (BALTAN Laboratories)

15:15 - 17:00

In this presentation slot the projects are clustered that have developed more subjective, personal and critical e-cultural perspectives and the artefacts that support those perspectives.
Projects/Presenters: CubeBrowser - De Werktank - Crew - BigBrotherAwards
Moderation: Sebastian Dresel

25. Aug.
10:30 - 12:30
Discussion: Participatory Culture

These presentations and discussion deals with the topic of participatory culture. Participatory culture is characterised by an active relation, wherein people interpret, configure, and construct media. The cases presented here explore the question how participation can be triggered by different disciplines and end-users/publics. Do specific methods, tools, principles or aesthetics lead to more participation? Does participation make the process and the outcomes “better”? What practices “work” and how can processes and outcomes fail in stimulating participation?

Projects/Presenters: Instructables Restaurant - Where is Gary? - Folkwang Museum Essen - Social Spaces - DarkMatr - SK Stiftung Kultur: Lab for Media Art Production- (Q&A)

Moderated by Liesbeth Huybrechts

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13:30 - 15:30
Baltan Laboratories / Lablife 3: Wearable Technologies

Projects/Presenters: Constant - V2_Institute for the Unstable Media
Moderation: Anne Nigten (Patching Zone)

15:00 - 17:00

In this cluster of presentations the projects are collected that focus on digital tools that allow makers to design, produce and share, and some creative uses they may be put to.
Projects/PResenters: Fritzing - Fundels - Musescore - CityShapes - Nodebox - Netzspannung.org&Medienfluss - ARCHIE - mobile interactive museum guide
Moderation: Nele Samyn (BAM Arts) en Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Virtueel Platform)

Closing Remarks & Outlook

Speakers: Dr. Inke Arns (HMKV / medienwerk.nrw) - Prof. Dieter Gorny (RUHR.2010 / ecce) - Dr. Ingrid Stoppa-Sehlbach (State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia) - Floor van Spaendonck (Virtueel Platform) - Dirk De Wit (BAM) - Dr. Andreas Broeckmann (ISEA2010 RUHR / Dortmunder U)

21:00 - 02:00
Interactive Facade Projections

The closing party of the E-CULTURE FAIR 2010 on 25th August, starting at 21:00 h, opens with large interactive video projections on the facade of the office building adjacent to the Dortmunder U. The projections can be played by the audience from small stages in front of the facade. The project is developed by MediaLAB (Hogeschool van Amsterdam).

23:00 - 06:00
Electronic Beats

From 23:00 h the vaulted cellar under the Dortmunder U opens and provides an opportunity to get to know each other enjoying electronic music. The final party is jointly organized with ISEA2010 RUHR.

AR CityShapes
Sander Veenhof / TAB Worldmedia
AR CityShapes

Sander Veenhof constructs a set of virtual 3D buidling blocks in Layar (an AR browser for public space, a free application that runs on iPhones and Android phones). Anyone with that app on his/ her phone can stack virtual blocks at a designated spot in the city. The idea is that collaboratively people build a huge virtual structure at the square in front of the Dortmunder U - a structure that is visible through a mobile phone with Layar, and that is visually placed in between the real buildings and trees that are already there.
AR CityShapes has been created in cooperation with TAB Worldmedia

The Future of the Lab
Photo: Boudewijn Bollmann www.twistedstreets.nl

BALTAN LABORATORIES (Eindhoven) organises and hosts a presentation of Dutch, Belgian and German media art laboratories, brought together around three shared themes. This is an international presentation of the Baltan Lab program 'The Future of the Lab'.
On Monday, August 23rd, OKNO (BE), FoAM (BE) and Labsa (DE) will present work with a focus on ecology and art.
On Tuesday, August 24th, Patching Zone (NL), timelab (BE) and 7Scenes/Waag Society (NL) will explore artistic urban interventions.
And on Wednesday, August 25th, V2_Lab and Constant (BE) will present some of their work in the field of e-textiles and wearable technologies. Additionally, SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne will preview a new lab in development.

FoeBuD e.V.

Seit dem Jahr 2000 vergibt der Bielefelder Verein FoeBuD e.V. über eine partizipative Internetplattform den Negativ-Preis „Big Brother Award“, nennt Personen und Institutionen, die für Datenschutzvergehen, für Überwachungstechnologie und uferlose Datensammlungen stehen. 

Angelo Vermeulen

Biomodd is a collaborative art installation in which a living ecosystem coexists with a networked computer system. The challenge is to bring biological life physically as close to the electronics as possible and create functional hybridity. It is crucial that the electronics and ecosystem are 'communicating' with each other and have some form of symbiotic relationship.

431art, Münster/ Cologne

Botanoadopt is an interdisciplinary and participatory art project in which users can adopt a plant that is shown like a person with an own history and background via the Internet. Botanadopt works with means of humor and transference of contexts.

City in a Bottle
City in a Bottle

City In A Bottle is developed by a small interdisciplinary team of artists, musicians and computer scientists. Our aim is to create a computer game that is a showcase for evolution by natural selection. All of the software (game engine & algorithms), audio and artwork will be released as open source material. The project is a collaboration with the Champ d'Action ensemble for contemporary music.

Media art Lab: Constant (Bel)

Constant is a non-profit association, an interdisciplinary arts-lab based and active in Brussels since 1997. Constant member Wendy Van Wynsberghe will present a chapter of her Softwearables Trajectory during Gosie Vervloessem’s Domestic Science Club.
This presentation is part of the BALTAN Laboratories lab programme at the E-culture Fair

Cool Mediators Foundation
Cool Mediators / interactive discussions

Cool Mediators is an opensource crossmedia platform that offers tools and methods to organise an open interactive debate online, loosely modelled after a talkshow. By using the web interfaces of the CMHT, audiences can program the content of the shows and participate in them directly.



CUBEBROWSER – A situationistic voyage through online images and collaborative associations
Ludwig Zeller, Cologne
CUBEBROWSER – A situationistic voyage through online  images and collaborative a

CubeBrowser is a six display cube with digital screens that connects to online databases like Flickr.com. The visitor is able to move through thousands of image-sets by turning and shaking the small cube in space. The pictures, which are streamed onto the cube from the internet, are grouped by tags.

Folkwang Museum, Essen

Presentation by Heike Kropff (curator for cultural education) and Hendrik von Boxberg (public relations) of Folkwang Museum Essen on new possibilities for engaging with art in web 2.0 and digital archives.

Gert Nulens, Stijn Bannier, IBBT/SMIT VUB

In the research centre IBBT-SMIT at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels several researchers are joining in the research cel 'Cultuurlab'. Research within this cel is situated at the intersection of culture and new media, or so called e-culture. More particularly the evolutions regarding virtual cultural participation, digital cultural content and e-culture policy are being measured, evaluated and contextualised.

Tom Heene

DarkMatr is developed by an interdisciplinary team of artists and scientists. The project investigates the way data from the web and our physical world can be merged and presented in a total user experience. The installation will use representations that are recognizable for humans and which humans can empathize with. We are interested in how to visualize complex patterns generated from the combination of physical and virtual data.

Dropstuff at Venice Biennale

Dropstuff is an interactive narrow casting channel that transmits both art works from professional artists and creative contributions from the audicence at www.dropstuff.nl. The flagship of the project is the DS_pavillion, a 60m2 mobile led screen that travels from square to square in the Netherlands and abroad. All screens are equipped with a range of interactive technologies like a touchscreen, cameras and bluetooth that allow for live responses.

Media Art Lab: FoAM (Bel)

FoAM is a transdisciplinary laboratory and a research group committed to developing a holistic culture, by actively propagating resilient cultural forms. FoAM's members include artists, gardeners, cooks, technologists, designers, writers and scientists from all walks of life. FoAM is dedicated to developing and supporting a community of generalists, people who live and work in the interstitial spaces between professional & cultural boundaries, operating under the motto “grow your own worlds”.
This presentation is part of the BALTAN Laboratories lab programme at the E-culture Fair

Dirk van Oosterbosch

Fritzing is an open-source initiative to support designers, artists, researchers and hobbyists to work creatively with interactive electronics. Fritzing allows users to document their prototypes, share them with others and to create a pcb layout for professional manufacturing.

At the E-Culture Fair there will be two workshops on Fritzing, one on monday 14.00 hrs, one on tuesday, also at 14.0 hrs. The workshop length is two hours and we will be able to host a maximum of 6 people (3 pairs of two people). The title of the workshops is "Introduction to sketching in electronics with Arduino and Fritzing".
It will be a basic introduction to Fritzing and to sketching with electronics in general. We will do a little show and tell, explaining Fritzing and the field of electronic sketching (tinkering / hardware hacking). We'll show how to use Fritzing to convert your breadboard sketch into a more durable and professional DIY or factory produced printed circuit board. Then we will allow participants to start sketching themselves with the electronics from the Fritzing kit, including an Arduino and some sensors and actuators. Please register at the Fritzing stand!


Fundels brings alive existing physical picture books and books for children aged between three and eight. We create a digital world around the book constantly referring to the book and its characters (drawing, games,…). The innovative startup, i.e. the combination of an rfid-chip in the existing picture book and a reader, makes Fundels child- and user friendly. Children can discover a book in a new innovative way. Fundels combines the pleasure of reading and viewing and stimulates language, cognitive and motorical skills.

Tom Desmedt, EMG/Sint Lucas Antwerpen, Tom Heene
Generative art with nodebox

NodeBox is an ongoing effort to create novel graphics software that allows more people to express themselves creatively. Their newest development is “NodeBox 2”, an open source application that generates visual output based on programming code, a node-based interface or natural language (i.e. English).

iDiscover - mobile interactive museum guide
Expertise Centre for DIgital Media (Hasselt University)

iDiscover aims to achieve a better visitor experience in museums and heritage sites using mobile ICT: a surprising, fun and social learning experience, tailored to both audience and environment. Although ICT is frequently used to enhance the visitor experience, few ICT applications fully exploit the medium and go beyond the mirroring of traditional media. Mobile ICT offers the possibility to create a social and highly interactive visitor experience, incorporating the messages and goals of the heritage institution.
iDiscover is part of the RITCHIE project by Hasselt University (research institute Expertise Centre for Digital Media) and the Gallo-Roman Museum from Tongeren, Belgium. RITCHIE is supported by the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRO), The Flemish Government and the Province of Limburg, Belgium.

Arne Hendriks & Bas van Abel

Instructables Restaurant is the first open source restaurant in the world. The idea is to create a physical place in between the endless amount of information online and the physical reality. A place that connects this reality with the online world, and communicates with it. 

Lab for Media Arts Production
SK Stiftung Kultur
Lab for Media Arts Production

The Labor für Medienkunstproduktion (Laboratory for Media Arts Production) / LABnrw has existed since early 2010 as a concept and desire for the location Cologne. It should fulfill an existing blatant vacancy in NRW. LABnrw’s task and purport is to create a practicing network for media art, offering exchange and production, as well as a presentation platform. The LABnrw will operate locally and internationally likewise.
Work is presently in progress to set up a separate legal entity for the media laboratory LABnrw. The desired goal is the establishment and final realization of the LABnrw with its own permanent exhibition venue, a large studio and an affiliated production office in the planned "Zentrum für neue Musik Köln" (Center for New Music in Cologne) (ZNMK).
It was developed by a working group consisting of media artists and curators mainly from NRW, such as Kathrin Becker, Natalie Bewernitz, Martin Brand, Daniel Burkhardt, Kerstin Ergenzinger, Barbara Foerster, Marek Goldowski, Birgit Hauska, and Mischa Kuball among others.
Natalie Bewernitz and Marek Goldowski will be publically introducing the concept LABnrw for the first time at the E-Culture Fair 2010 as part of the ISEA2010 RUHR with examples of artistic positions.

Thomas Bonte

After being fixed to paper for the past 500 years, sheet music finally becomes social!
MuseScore is open source notation software used by musicians to create any type of sheet music, from tabs to full orchestral scores. It can be freely downloaded from http://musescore.org It is available for Windows, Mac & Linux and is translated in more than 30 languages. This makes it the perfect notation software for music education world wide. On http://musescore.com , you can store and share your sheet music made with MuseScore.

Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss, Fraunhofer IAIS

Netzspannung.org (since 1998) is a media art archive in the Internet that illustrates the process of archiving through visual database interfaces and eases researching. The metaphor of the flow of thought in picture, sound and movement enhances the archive’s presence. Renowned artists and scientists offer insight into their works. Excellent didactic examples are in a multimedia documented form.
Netzspannung.org’s Medienfluss (mediaflow) browser (2008) is a web interface database horizontally dividing the screen into two sections: the upper part contains four picture series, the text section of the lower part provides three lines to each with titles, people and key words. Image and text lines scroll with slightly varying speeds. Artificial voices pronounce selected names and terms which immediately move to the center of the screen as presented data. The stated title, people or keywords, in conjunction with the selected object, present authors and topics in context.
As an interactive installation, the archive can be experienced sensorially. Like in a staged performance, it is set into scenes and draws in visitors as performers. The archive responds!

Matthias Stevens, BrusSense Team, Dept. of Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Noise pollution is a serious problem in many cities. NoiseTube is a research project about a new participative approach for monitoring noise pollution involving the general public. By installing the free application on your GPS equipped phone, you will be able to measure the level of noise in dB(A), and sending this geolocalized information automatically to the NoiseTube server by internet (GPRS).


OKNO is an artist run organisation for art and media technology. The working of OKNO hinges on two driving principles that are interconnected: collaboration and ecology. We use our collective garden OpenGreen, our workspace and our server as catalysts for creating art works such as the Wind Clocks and Connected OpenGreens. This presentation is part of the BALTAN Laboratories lab programme at the E-culture Fair

Out of Curiosity
Social Spaces/Province of Limburg/Art Centre Z33
Out of Curiosity

Out of curiosity is the visual presentation of a road trip by art student Joël Rabijns. During this trip, he explores the educational field of e-culture in Flanders, the Netherlands and Nordrhein-Westfalen. This exploration starts in the Media, Arts and Design Faculty (Genk, Belgium). The other visited institutes are University College Ghent, department Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Ghent, Belgium), Howest, University College West Flanders (Kortrijk, Belgium), Mechelen University College (Mechelen, Belgium), Utrecht School of the Arts, Faculty Art, Media & Technology (Hilversum, the Netherlands), Eindhoven University of Technology (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (Köln, Germany) and Fachhochschule Dortmund, Fachbereich Design (Dortmund, Germany).
Under the guidance of Social Spaces (MAD Faculty) and artist Sandy Claes, Joël meets his colleague-students, collects their e-culture projects digitally and presents them in a curiosity cabinet or Wunderkammer. To create a context around the cabinet at the E-Culture Fair 2010, Anne Nigten (Patching Zone) organises a workshop in which the students from the participating schools get together, discuss and exchange thoughts in a hands-on way.
This project, by research group Social Spaces (MAD Faculty), is supported by Province of Limburg, Art Centre Z33 and BAM - Flemish Institute for visual, audiovisual and media art.


PATCHING ZONE (Rotterdam) presents their forthwithcoming book about the Patching Zone methods and about 'appropriate' media technologies. Patching Zone organises a session that is part the live presentations on urban regeneration. 

Petaflops Antivideo
Peter Schildwächter

Die PETAFLOPS ANTIVIDEO Lichtinstallationen von Peter Schildwächter umfassen bis zu 30 analoge, autonom arbeitende Diaprojektoren, die jeweils unterschiedliche, teils bewegte Bilder neben- und ineinander werfen. Viele Lichtquellen bilden gemeinsame, grosse Projektionsflächen. Inhaltlich verwendet werden kontrastreiche graphische Muster, die speziell für die nur mit Analogprojektionen möglichen optische Effekte entwickelt wurden. So arbeitet PETAFLOPS ANTIVIDEO unter anderem mit motorgetriebenen Kaleidoskop-Prismenlinsen auf automatisch wechselnden Rundmagazin-Projektoren sowie im Raum installierten feststehenden und drehenden Spiegeln.

PICNIC Mini-Salon
Cross Media Week Foundation
PICNIC Mini-Salon

On 25 August, the last day of the E-Culture Fair 2010, delegations from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany will visit the fair for a guided tour. To complement this morning tour with an afternoon program, the organisation of PICNIC was appraoched to discuss the possibility of a PICNIC Mini-Salon Dortmund.
The Idea: The best idea and team goes to PINIC
PICNIC 2010 will emphasize its participatory character, whilst celebrating the creative brainpower of its attendees with the campaign slogan “What do you bring to PICNIC?”. The format and content proposal for the PICNIC Mini-Salon Dortmund as described below, follows from this slogan.
Main target for the PICNIC Mini-Salon Dortmund is to facilitate active networking among the participants from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, and to stimulate active, multi disciplinary exchange of ideas, expertise and knowledge by staging co-creation teams. The best co-creation ideas that originate from the PICNIC Mini-Salon are provided the opportunity to present results during PICNIC Amsterdam, in September 2010.

PROTOTYPEN:// – Multimedia Festival without Electricity
Labor für sensorische Annehmlichkeiten e.V., Dortmund
PROTOTYPEN – Multimedia Festival without Electricity

For one day and one night a green lawn in the City of Dortmund turns into a laboratory for future research in which electricity is produced only by the movements of the visitors. In a wide spectrum of multimedia art there will be performances by international and local media artists, musicians and scientists. The scenario: Huge activity on the festival site, moving objects, interactive installations and discussion panels.

Achim Mohné & Uta Kopp

REMOTEWORDS (Achim Mohné / Uta Kopp) is a long-term artistic project that disseminates communications installed on roofs worldwide through by virtual globes such as Google Earth. The messages are permanently applied to the roofs in the form of capital letters. The location and the message conceptually represent a semantic unit.
So far, 14 stations have been labeled, including the Akademie der Künste, Berlin (Academy of the Arts, Berlin), The Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), the Neue Aachener Kunstverein (New Arts Association of the City of Aachen), the Edith Russ Haus (Edith Russ Site for Media Art) in Oldenburg, the Escola de Comunicações e Artes (School of Communication and Arts) of the University of Sao Paolo, or Arts on Main in Johannesburg.
For the E-Culture Fair 2010, the concept of REMOTEWORDS is being expanded as a virtual game: A large-scale, accessible satellite picture of the surrounds of the exhibition space (Dortmunder U) invites each visitor to cover one roof with a message. On the spot, the statements are directly applied to the satellite picture. By means of REMOTEWORDS’ blog (http://www.remotewords.net/forum/1.html) virtual visitors from around the world can contribute statements on issues such as urbanity, navigation, digitality, virtual simulation and city (urban space).

Media & Design Academy, (KHLim,) Research Group Social Spaces, Art centre Z33 and EDM, UHasselt

Social Spaces is a cross-disciplinary research group at the Media, Arts and Design (MAD) Faculty (department of the Catholic University College of Limburg and the PHL University College). It brings together developers, artists, engineers and scientists, who all collaborate in hybrid teams on various research projects.
Creating Spaces, funded by the European Foundation for Regional Development, explores the possibilities of multitouch technology for communicating past, present and upcoming events in the framework of art in public space. The multitouch interface will act as a permanent hub/link/archive in art centre Z33 and explores the projects that are planned and produced outside its walls, in public space.
MAP-it, funded by the Institute for Research in the Arts (IVOK), is a mapping toolkit and method that can be used to facilitate participatory creation processes. It is a low-tech mapping system, an open and extendible set of icons (people, tools, activities and a series of strange and playful objects) that allows participants to make their thoughts explicit in a visual way.

THE MOON GOOSE EXPERIMENT – A Bio-Poetic Investigation
Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Cologne
THE MOON GOOSE EXPERIMENT – A Bio-Poetic Investigation

The Moon Goose Experiment (MGE) is based on an excerpt from the book The Man in the Moone, written by the english bishop Francis Godwin in 1603. Godwin was the first person ever to describe weightlessness – long before Newton’s theory of gravity. The protagonist in the book flies to the moon in a chariot towed by gansas birds, more commonly known as geese. These special moon geese migrate every year from the earth to the Moon. The artist equips the space expedition on a sand island in the Siberian river Ob and observes the effect of the total eclipse of the Sun on the behaviour of the moon geese. The Moon Goose Experiment is a part of Curated Expedition by Capsula.
[...] I found then by this Experience that which no Philosopher ever dreamed of, to wit, that those things which wee call heavie, do not sinke toward the Center of the Earth, [...]
Francis Godwin (1603), The Man in the Moone

Image taken from timelab pages on Flickr

timelab is a new platform in Ghent, a workplace for art, technology and society. timelab consists of a fabLab, an artists-in-residence programme, social research and get-togethers when artists, experts and other interested parties can meet, exchange ideas and find inspiration. This presentation is part of the BALTAN Laboratories lab programme at the E-culture Fair

XML Architecture Research Urbanism

Eleven students of the architecture department of the TU Delft (Technical University Delft) followed the online lives of the same amount of inhabitants of Amsterdam. Based on the image they developed of their "virtual clients" they designed a house for them. The teachers gave them the following design constraints: The designed living space should be placed in the urban texture, and nothing can be demolished.

U-Turm project, interactive urban projection
MediaLab, HvA (Amsterdam)
MEDIALAB, HvA (Amsterdam)

A team of international MediaLAB students, in collaboration with the artist Matthias Oostrik, have developed an interactive urban projection for the facade of the Dortmunder U. On Wednesday 25 August everybody in Dortmund can dance on the facade of the Dortmunder U, as part of the closing party of the E-Culture Fair 2010.

Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek

Culture park Westergasfabriek is the city park of the 21st century. Since its opening in 2003 the people of the Westerpark have been adressing the question: How can digital technology for sharing culture and knowledge enrich the park for its visitors? This innovation agenda was called: Urban Park Laboratories (UPLabs). The Culture Park is outfitted with 8 urban screens, an augmented reality machine (De Tijdkijker), an oral history installation (De Fluisterbank) and 10 GPS Tours. 

Urban Reality Lab + 7scenes
Urban Reality Lab + 7scenes

The Urban Reality Lab of the Waag Society researches how mobile devices can contribute to new ways in which we move through the city, interact with places and people and are made aware of, can respond to and can participate in big city issues.

7scenes is a mobile storytelling platform used to develop and experience interactive mobile tours and games. It is a full service platform that allows users to create & publish their own mobile projects in for example education, cultural heritage, tourism.
This presentation is part of the BALTAN Laboratories lab programme at the E-culture Fair

V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media
Intimacy by Studio Roosegaarde

V2_Institute for the Unstable Media is an interdisciplinary art institute in Rotterdam doing research at the interface of art, technology and society. V2_ will demonstrate a wearable technology project produced in cooperation with Daan Roosegaarde, Maartje Dijkstra and Anouk Wipprecht and will inform visitors about the V2_ artist-in-residence program, Open Lab-opportunities, the public Test_Lab events and research topics.

This presentation is part of the BALTAN Laboratories lab programme at the E-culture Fair

Eric Joris, Crew
w(double u)

W (Double U) is an interactive installation for 2 persons at a time and for an unlimited number of spectators. In W (Double U) two immersants (users), walking in a public space, are linked to another by ‘swapping their sight’. They discover what it is like to look out into the world out from each other’s heads! 

Kurt d’Haeseleer, Ief Spincemaille

The WERKTANK is a small-scale production house for media art, which focuses on the practical aspects of the artistic work, rather than the theoretical. In its headquarters in a reconverted milk factory in Bierbeek, artists from very different backgrounds investigate how to transform glass into pixels, try to find out if they can turn human heads into photo cameras or develop tools to look behind the horizon.

The WERKTANK presents the outcome of three of these experiments during the E-Culture FAIR 2010: Behind The Horizon and Reversed Blinking by Ief Spincemaille and Static by Wim Janssen.

Peter de Maegd, Potemkino

Gary is a con artist who operates in various European train stations. In Brussels he conned documentary film-maker Jean-Baptiste Dumont for 100 Euros. A big mistake because now Gary is getting into the centre of attention: "Where is Gary?" is an interactive search for this con artists.

Grendel Games

Although this is a medical training tool, the game looks like a game and not like a laparoscopy simulation. The handle of the controller is shaped like the laparoscopy tools and is made from a Wii mote.


A Project by

developed in cooperation with ecce – european centre for creative economy