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Kim de Groot is a design researcher with an MA in new media. She is part of the lectoraat Communication in a digital age and teaches new media at the Willem de Kooning academy Kim's research deals with the inverted relation between image and reality. Moving from representation to the performative, from the visual to the infrastructural, images are no longer created to represent a reality but to manage it. Kim examines images as informational objects and traces the relations between image, event and media.

Workshop at Montevideo


Territorial In/-/formation

This saturday, March 18, I will join a workshop by Linda Hilfling at Montevideo, Amsterdam.

This workshop examines the performative gaps in between laws and their structure of participation in offline as well as online territories. A number of casestudies and artistic projects will serve as the starting point for a discussion of the different, yet interacting materialities of territorial information.
Physical spaces as well as information architectures are being explored: From the art of misspelling as an intervention into the corrective info regimes of search engines, to a house on wheels as a circumvention of building regulations or the extra-territorial paradox of virtual embassies. Following these examples, the participants are encouraged to work individually or in groups developing their own interventions or strategies for mapping out territorial in/-/formation.

My current research is based on various case studies, two of them would fit well with the workshop theme.
First, the Image Map as an image that interfaces its constantly changing internal architecture according to different annotation procedures such as tagging and commenting. Second, the Indexing image, a case study about the continuous act of imaging. Google Earth and Google Maps are good examples of the indexing image. It illustrates the madness of imaging every bit of reality. There, a subtle reappropriation of territorialization as a political concept is happening while imaging. What about satellite corporations and Google who are imaging land to own its image? Accordingly, new borders arrive: borders between images. What Google Earth shows is that the political concept of territorialization continues, expands and takes on a different meaning in the digital imaging process.

In the workshop I would like to work on the connection between territory and image/imaging. Also the concept of territorial information or informational territory is interesting for image analysis. In case of the Image Map i'm curious to find out what kind of social territories are present in social media and how they are constructed through/with images. Where and how do new kinds of organisations of 'the social' develop in web platforms or communities other then the preprogrammed social setups? And how to experiment with it?
In relation to the Indexing Image I would like to develop a kind of critical cartography on territorial information and information structures in relation to topics such as: the imaging of land or territory, appropriation and ownership.