in Rhodes: Haps & Russian Dancing


Lots of haps in Rhodes. Haps, according to Professor Duerr are our last resort of understanding and living, loving, being aware are the terms of discussion. Not experience.
Now there’s something from a former student of Edward Teller. Seymour Papert who is chairing my session is pushing the MIT 100 dollar laptop scheme. We need to rethink education pronto his says: from learning in classroom to learning in the world. The educational system is to blame for not integrating technology. He calls for action based learning and learning kids as early as possible how to program computers. I proposed the same thing in a note for Mediawisdom, the Dutch initiative from the Board of Culture – learning programming alongside and with maths – so kids should be in charge. Seymour claims that that is how math started out in the first place. Mathematics started as a new way of building, a practical way of thinking about new spaces, maths was extracted, not reverse engineered. Me and Sergei, my new found friend from Moscow, we agree.

The practice of everyday life

How to live?
How to raise kids?
How to live everyday life?

Schools do not learn that.

Among other presentations, Yuri Sudonovs stood out as a brave attempt to rethink the digital commons in terms of everyday life and everyday practices. Did Russians not learn and dialogue and discuss their everyday problems in the cues in the streets, waiting in line for the hops? Now there are no more cues, but has the internet truly taking over this space of public debate?

Eziekel 25; 17
The truth is you are the weak and I’m the tyranny of evil men
But I’m trying Ringo. I’m trying, real hard.

Yes, yesterday Pulp Fiction was on here on tv. I watched it again. I can watch it over and over.

Ok man, it is a miracle. Can we go now?

Pulp Fiction is on. In Rhodes, in a giant hotel, near the sea, near the pool.

There are still miracles in Russia.

Pulp Fiction is basically about religion. Who believes what when where with a gun to his head.

Who believes a man walking?

Russians have a special place in their hearts and minds for walking men, wandering men, wandering monks.

Yesterday evening, in the tv room, I saw a movie about wandering monks, well, one in particular. Wandering monks again meander on Russian soil, peasant soil. We see old ladies and young schoolgirls, sometimes blushing, sometimes crying. The few men are either priests or camera men, photographers. He even looks like Rasputin.

But no tsarina this time.

No balance, only country won’t do it. Rasputin had the ladies of the Moscow higher class.

Maybe they can bring in the Wolf. In Pulp Fiction he straightens every situation out. But , indeed, that is fiction my friends.


Breakdown scenarios: Walk across that burning bridge

Why, I’ve heard you’ve been seen with some other man?
Hey all I want you to do, is tell me that it isn’t true – says Fatal Flowers

Tell me that this isn’t true

The coming decade will see the crumbling of the European nation states as the cognitariat – the digitally literate middle class- will script its own forms of solidarity (with its familiar national and international cognitariat) breaking with the 19th century installed democratic institutions starting with the health, educational and security systems, causing the start of new class wars between the disempowered vast majority of non-cognitariat unemployed and the cognitariat which breaks away from national solidarity.


-extreme regionalization; crumbling of nation states and networked forms of organization led by the recognition of the digitally literate middle class that de facto there are no more individual nation states ( no more currency (euro), no more law ( 70-80% out of Brussels). There is no publicly shared common agenda (multicultural debate/muslim terrorism-racism- 15% rise in emigration in Holland over past four years) and networked forms of organisations will emerge that will stop paying taxes to these perceived empty shells as they can provide health (medication online, operations in Poland, India), security (local emergencies), education ( home schooling/internet) much better on their own then in this now redundant layer of organization. Resulting in: new middle ages.
-breakdown of high end infrastrucure of design for disappearance (Ambient Intelligence) will demand design for visibility: experience the design and ontological principles of ad hoc networks.
– opportunistic networking in messy environments: design for emergence is design for localities and regionalization.

Unless we find new ways of scripting new forms of solidarities with digital technology, it seems like we can envisage two roads that both lead to less dialogue, less communication, less innovation, less business opportunities, less sustainable options. The one focuses on control in a fundamentally flux wireless environment. The other focuses on hiding the technological complexity behind ever more simple user friendly interfaces. In both cases there is no learning by citizens on how to function within such a system, thereby opening up all kinds of breakdown scenarios.

Just tell me that isn’t true
One more time

Me in Beijing ( in october)


France Telecom R&D Beijing is organizing the conference and exhibition on “Art Everywhere – Global and Chinese Perspectives for Innovation” taking place on October 19 &20 at both France Telecom’s Beijing Innovation Gardens and Beijing Dashanzi Art District.

“What can artistic creation bring into the business world? Can we build bridges and work together? Those two worlds often misunderstand each other and they often believe their ways of apprehending the world can not match. However both focus on the characteristics of the society and they both find innovative solutions to handle society’s concerns.

Artistic creation is made of innovations that challenge all kinds of cultural and also artistic standards. For example digital arts tend to be more and more globalized, and they challenge cultural boundaries as well as academic standards. They rely on the capacity of thinking the world differently. That can lead to diverse kinds of innovation beyond the field of arts. To express one’s creativity requires coping with a lot of constraints, and some artists push to technological innovation that reshape the frame of expression, communication, or organization for instance. In doing so, they forecast the great trends of the society.

But artistic creation is also a behavior, a way of thinking against the tide, which can lead to all kinds of innovation. It helps us raise problems differently, and thus find more accurate solutions. How can the artistic world and the business world meet and work together?”

Biometrics in Vigo

Ben S was so kind to invite me as an expert – with five others-to give inspiration material and input for the Future Research Agenda of the FP7 Biosecure EU project. I was really amazed by the openness, clarity of vision and the conceptual grasp of the social and cultural-political implications in the Biovision document that served as background. I was basically relating the adhoc networking that is going on in locative media, the possibility of citizens in scripting their own biometric identification identity management and listening a lot.


And the food in Vigo! I found this place just by nose.
Guess who was there too, Queen Mary 2, Mary Queen of Scots.


So I figured what must I do?
Make a portrait that would gave me away.


Art at sea


Last Sunday we went out to Oostende, out to the sea with Edwin C and his wild bunch of boys, Auguste and Marcel. We all liked the Malstaf image of the projection of the Victorian lady on water. We liked the horsie too. Even more though maybe we liked to feel sand under our feet, the thick creamy lemon icecream, fried fried french fries loaded with majonaise, the train runing back on time taking us to our destination, the name on the ticket. How very efficient and what a luxury indeed, to take a rain out to sea.