Lancering Vondel Lekt app!
Vandaag in de uitzending van Opium op 4, AT5 en Cultura vertel ik over het audioproject in het Vondelpark.
Op deze website zal ik updates plaatsen over de lancering van dit project. Deze is vooralsnog gepland op 1 november, deze datum wordt binnenkort bevestigd!
Ondertussen zijn er wel andere audio projecten te downloaden en te beleven, een overzicht.
In de Torenkamer heb ik samen met Merel Willemsen gewerkt aan de beelden in het Vondelpark een ‘stem’ geven door ze verhalen te laten vertellen gebaseerd op hun eigen historie. Tijdens mijn verblijf in de torenkamer heb ik stemmen opgenomen met stemacteurs en deze vervolgens ga ik deze door middel van mobiele technologie ontsluiten voor de Vondelpark bezoekers. Niet alleen de beelden zelf, maar ook de toeristen, hardlopers, jongeren, etc. in het park hebben veel te vertellen, zonder dat ze zich er zelf van bewust zijn zal de telefoon die ze bij zich dragen veranderen in een nietsvermoedende verhalendrager die jouw pad kan kruisen.
Lees mijn blog over de vijf dagen in de Torenkamer bij Opium op 4.
Een preview van het fragment bij het beeld van Joost van den Vondel:
This week I’m the artist in residence at the VondelCS in the Vondelpark, hosted by Avrotros (Opium op 4) and AT5 (Dutch radio and tv).
I will use this week to record sounds with voice actors for a project I’m working on at Vondelpark. For this project I’ll give the statues in the park a voice. I asked Merel Willemsen (art historian and writer) to help me researching the history of the statues and the stories behind them, and to write stories for them. Mark Meeuwenoord is helping out with the recording the sounds and audio advice.
I will use the HearUsHere platform to create location specific sounds, but for this project I want to integrate the park atmosphere and liveliness. For this I’m working together with James Bryan Graves to create a new piece of experience on our platform. We will use the signals visitors in the park are sending. If another visitor in the park is running the same app of sending out a Bluetooth signal in another way, that person will become part of the story. So not only GPS locations, but also people are telling a story, when they won’t even notice it themselves. The day of the launch we will carry around some iBeacons with some actors in the park who will walk their dog, go for a run or just hang around in the park.
I am super happy with all the voice actors or musicians who are volunteering in this project!
Thanks Tina de Bruin, Roel van den Ende, Irheen de Vries, Mark Meeuwenoord, Saskia Beer, Gwyneth Wentink, Tabitha Kane, John Cees Smit, Emmanuelle en Adam Ornon, Zoë Uyens, Ceciel van Groenestijn, Irene den Hartoog, Flora van Gaalen, Erik Van ‘t Goede Leven, Derk Jolink, Roeland P. Landegent, Heleen van Lier!
Expected launch date: November 1st.
Soon to be confirmed!
Different magazines and blogs interviewed my brother and me about our Google Glass experiments on a dairy farm. Dairy Global, De Boerderij krant, De Boerderij magazine, Rabobank magazine.
Together with Lieke Wouter, curator at Extrapool, I initiated the project Extrapool Augmented Sounds. Extrapool is a space and production house in Nijmegen in the field of sound, art and print.
We created the first app of Extrapool. With this app you hear location specific sounds in the centre of Nijmegen. When you download the app and put on your headphones, you can create your own composition, by changing your route.
Together with Ralf Gerritse, Dotlightsand Strapatsen, who are part of ‘Nieuwe Electronische Waar' (N.E.W.), we designed location specific sounds. These sounds are there to create your very own soundtrack of the city.
More information about the creation process on the Extrapool blog.
Dairy farmers can use Google Glass to receive updates about the status of their cows while they continue manual labour and work with both hands. Every cow that passes by during milking is recognised by Google Glass, either by QR codes on their collars, or via voice recognition when the farmer speaks the cow’s unique number: “Ok glass, check cow status, 256”.
Information about a specific cow is then projected onto the glass, for example the amount of milk the cow produced that day, the fertility status or the amount of food the cow has eaten. The cows are wearing sensors, which provide the farmer with real-time updates about when a cow is suspiciously overactive, has a change of body temperature or a break in her eating pattern.
Farmer Teunis van de Zandschulp testing Google Glass on his dairy farm
Google Glass projects
I am one of the few lucky ones to be able to try this in the Google Glass Explorers program.
I have worked the last year on the first virtual festival Zo niet, dan toch. Besides this festival I have worked on design projects at Lava and other new projects like Duo Disco and Joseph’s Ghost. Coming soon…
AugmentNL (a collaboration of Sander Veenhof, Luciano Pinna and me) worked on a project for the Liberation festival on the 5th of May on ‘De Dam’.
The project was based on a story of the resistance group ‘De Vonk’. In 1942, when the Jews were forced to wear the Jewish star badges, De Vonk printed pamphlets with this star and the text “Jew and non Jew, we are one in this battle”. They threw them of the roof of the Bijenkorf, just in front of the buildings of the SS and other German offices.
We created a virtual act of resistance by throwing virtual pamphlets from the building of the Bijenkorf using mobile Augmented Reality. My part of the project was to design the experience and interactions, design of the pamphlet and sound design.
On the 5th of May the project was opened during the opening speech of the Liberation festival and was called an important new monument on Dam square.
The project became really interesting. It was another confirmation on how powerful a story can become when you tell this on the location where the story is about. But also a virtual layer on top of the real world makes an interesting connection between history, physical and virtual world. I discovered a new enthusiastic audience not used to mobile AR, mostly elderly people, who acted amazed by experiencing the virtual act of resistance themselves.
‘Zo niet, dan toch' was asked to do a presentation at the monthly Hackers & Founders Meetup. The main question was to tell a bit about the Google Glass, our experience at The Next Web Conference with the real and fake glasses and our view on it.
Sander and I created a presentation of our experience with the fake and real Glass, how we can experience AR through an AR glass in the future and how we are all becoming cyborgs.
I’ll soon add a link to SlideShare!
Zo niet, dan toch is a project of Sander Veenhof and me. It contains a mobile hackathon (June 29th) and a virtual festival (September 7th).
Zo niet, dan toch festival is an one day festival in Amsterdam Noord. The festival will show new ways of experiencing existing art forms in the virtual space. The festival will take place in virtual space, a space without limitations and with new oppurtunities.
Zo niet, dan toch shows you this virtual space by presenting it as a new (art)platform in Amsterdam. The festival stimulates the exchange of knowledge between designers, artists and developers by getting them together to work on new projects in a hackathon. The virtual content of the festival will be accessible only by your phone.
Are you an:
Apply now for the hackathon! Your project can become part of the festival. www.zonietdanto.ch