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Media Pool

F. Audio Streaming/Exchange
G. The People Speak Team - Projects

Thursday, June 10
14.30 - 17.45 h

F. Media Streaming/Exchange: Pierre de Jaeger (Radio SWAP), Guy van Belle (Anatomix, Nl) and Ana Filip (Burundi STUDIO, Sk), Akos Maroy (Tilos, Hu)

Registration:you can register anytime...
For FM@DIA a workshop is organized by Anatomic (Waag Society Amsterdam). We
invite independent audio- and video-artists of any discipline, including
radio makers, cultural activists and educators. Along the theme of FM@dia
FORUM 04 we are working together on some current technologies for
independent streaming of audio and video. This is a hands-on workshop
dealing with darwin (quicktime) streaming servers, oggcast, shoutcast
servers (mpg3 - mpg4 - ogg/vorbis), etc... We are experimenting with
different artsoft like MAX, PD, and Keyworx, to name a few.

Program: Sailing Multiple Streams [sms] : A Media Streaming Exchange
Pierre de Jaeger (RadioSwap, BE)
Guy van der Belle (Anatomic/WaagSociaty, NL)
Ana Filip/RO (Burundi STUDIO, SK)

This ad hoc art and technology group will set up an open media studio,
investigating with the participants the possibilities of streaming media
content via several types of servers. An important idea is the networked
realization of Hans Magnus Enzensberger's dictum "each receiver a
potential transmitter".

In part 1 we will investigate theoretical ideas by forerunners: Brecht,
Schwitters, Khlebnikov, Guattari, Corbett, etc... but we will discuss
certainly the La Radia pamphlet by F. T. Marinetti and Pino Masnata

In part 2 we will investigate artistic ideas by forerunners and
concentrate on the 1951/3 piece "Imaginary Landscape #4" by John Cage, in
which he was using 12 radios as the only instruments.

In part 3 we will set up a performative media studio. We could do an
internet remake of IL#4 using available technologies to create networked
transceivers as described above, for the treatment of material like (for
instance) recordings from the presentations and events.

In part 4 we will discuss possible dissemination methods, based on the
background of the presenters: Radioswap, Anatomic, Burundi. We will set up a
framework for further collaboration with likewise institutions and
individual artists.

Bring your own hardware, software, mediaware.
"For innovations, against renovation!" (B. Brecht, 1932)

Description: Sailing Multiple Streams [sms]
A collaborative workshop on new forms of communication and the
distribution of know-how in media art communities.

The workshop is organized in the framework of Fmedia Forum 04 in Prague and
will be presented during the event as well as during other related events
before and after (Bratislava, Brussels, Amsterdam, ...).

Its aim is to establish new contacts, collaboration and cooperation
between programmers, media artists, students and the network of independent
social and cultural media.

Anatomic (Waag Society Amsterdam) invites independent audio- and
video-artists of any discipline, including radio makers, cultural
activists and educators. Along the theme of FM@dia FORUM 04 we are working
together on current technologies for independent streaming of audio and
video. This is a hands-on workshop dealing with Darwin (quicktime) Streaming
servers, oggcast, shoutcast servers (mpg3 - mpg4 - ogg/vorbis). This
technology can provide a common background to experiment with collaboration
and connectivity between cultural groups at a distance.

The developent of technology is driven not only by market and economical
interests but also by the content and social feedback provided by people who
are using the tools in their daily activities. The scalability of the
network can accomodate diverse and heterogenic groups of people with
different socio-cultural purposes to work together and exchange information.

The crucial point is the fact that we are searching for new ways of
expression that were not possible before without new technology. Not only
the production of multiple forms of media is in question here, but rather
the way we emotionally deal with them in new contexts of use.

Internet technology is breaking open the traditional localisation of the
social groups and the disciplines/genres they represent: commercial
frameworks, museums or galleries, cultural centres, schools and
universities, clubs, theatres and concert halls: and they all seem to
fight for the same activities: art, culture, education, ...

We will try to come up with new ways of managing diverse media in multiple
streams. What does it mean in the context of streaming media, and how does
it affect expressivity: data management, identification, description,
handling, usage, property, protection, communication protocols, codexes,
low- and broadband, wireless systems, ...

Is this the performance art of the future? Is this the radio and tv of the
future? Then, how can we develop it further and save it for such a future?
How mixed are the media with respect to copyright, etc...

Most importantly, the participants can experiment with different
implementations in MAX, PD, and Keyworx, to name a few... And from time to
time, interventions from other connected partners can occur...

G. The People Speak team - projects (see
Saul Albert, Michael Wienkove (UK,, Michal Cudrnak (Burundi, Sk)

Talkaoke (
Traffic-island disks (
Distributed Library Project (

__About The People Speak__

The People Speak is a set of ideas and strategies for stimulating debate,
conversation, and self-expression. 'Democratized media' is a very popular
buzzword in broadcasting and publishing at the moment. Hybrid forms of
electronic communication and publishing that have arisen over the last
decade such as mailing lists, webcasting, and blogging have been taken up by the
large broadcast/publication interests that initially saw them as a threat to their
market share (the BBC, for example). While these communications systems do
offer a wider participation in the creation of 'content', the infrastructures themselves (software, social, political) that underlie them remain
centrally controlled and administered. The People Speak develops experimental
communication forms (such as talkaoke, Traffic Island Disks and the
Distributed Library Project, to allow this infrastructural development to be conceived
and developed locally and participated in in a more open and creative way.

__About talkaoke:__

talkaoke is a mobile chat-show that invites participants to air their views
around the talkaoke table ('the doughnut'). The host sits in the middle on a
swivel chair wielding the microphone and facilitating the flow of discussion
between participants. The talkaoke table's internal PA and video projection
system broadcasts live from the table into whatever environment it is placed
in, and onto the Internet, and remote participants can make their contributions to the debate via email and irc.

The tone and content of conversation shifts unpredictably from raucous and
irreverent to serious and intimate; anything can happen except two things:
no singing and no punch-ups.

Videos, images and further information about talkaoke's history can be found on
the talkaoke website:, and a recommended media
report about it from BBC Radio 4's 'Front Row' programme can be listened to here:

__About Traffic Island Disks:__

Traffic Island Disks is a radio programme about music, people and spaces. We
roam the streets looking for people wearing headphones, stop them, and
interview them while recording whatever they are listening to. The result is a half hour tour of an area of London (so far), heard through people's
personal tastes and rhythms.

You can find out more about the programme and listen to some archived
broadcasts at Traffic Island Disks goes out
irregularly on Resonance FM, ( London's art radio

__About the Distributed Library Project__

How often do you actually use the books on your bookshelf? Maybe 0.1% of the
time? And do you realise that your collection - the interconnections and
paths - through the knowledge contained in the books is a hugely valuable resource
in itself. And do you remember who you lend books to, and don't you wish you
could so they would give them back!

The Distributed Library project sets out to deal with these questions, it is a shared library catalogue where each person can nominate their collection of
books as a library, and themselves as a librarian, sharing the physical paper resources, but also making public their own unique collections and
categorisation systems for their books. It even provides an electronic
library card system so you can keep track of who has your books.

You can use the DLP by finding your local node in this page of worldwide dlp
or download the software and install your own.

people media open_source logbook links fmedia_jingle fmedia_jingle