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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.

Imaginary Property INTERVENTIONS


Guest: Ted Byfield

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New York based media theorist Ted Byfield will be the first guest in Interventions, a new series of events hosted by the imaginary property (.imp) research group at Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht. Ted Byfield is a professor at Parsons the New School for Design and visiting fellow at Yale Law School (Information Society project). In his intervention he will be reflecting on methods and practices that make up (im)material architectures.

Ted Byfield worked for over a decade as a freelance book editor, with an emphasis on cultural, intellectual, and technical history, for numerous academic and public-interest publishers including the Dia Center for the Arts, the New Press, and Zone Books. His collaborative artwork (1989-1994) was exhibited in across the U.S. and Europe, including an unprecedented double show at American Fine Arts and the Pat Hearn Gallery in New York City.
However, his attraction to the rarefied atmosphere of the "art system" gave way to a much more vigorous interest in the communicative potential of transnational networks. In that vein, he has served for several years as co-moderator of the well-regarded Nettime mailing list, editing co-edited two of its proceedings (README![Brooklyn: Autonomedia, 1999] and NKPVI [Venice/Ljubljana: MGLC, 2001]), and co-organizing several conferences, among them Tulipomania: A Critique of the New Economy (Amsterdam, 2000),blur_02 (New York, 2002), and the Next 5 Minutes 4 (Amsterdam, 2003).
He has written widely about the politics of internet governance, including serving as a co-editor of ICANN Watch. His writings on a variety of subjects, from space photography to intellectual property, have appeared in publications as diverse as the Cook Report, First Monday, Frieze, Le Monde Diplomatique, Movement Research, Mute, and Stanford Humanities Review; and he has consulted for the BBC, The Kitchen, KPN, Location One, the Open Society Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the "Waag" Society for Old and New Media, among others. Awards and honors he has received include contributing to the winner of the 1997 Rotterdam Design Prize, the 2002 Design Trust for Public Space Fellowship in Journalism, a 2003 grant from the Open Society Institute to develop community networking training programs in Sri Lanka's "post-conflict" environment, and contributor in 2003-2004 to the Social Science Research Council's "Information Technology and International Cooperation" workgroup. His current research interest centers on the problem of developing a coherent curriculum oriented toward analyzing and designing the invisible "spaces," systems, networks, and protocols that increasingly define the fabric of everyday life.

Imaginary Property, a research project of the Jan van Eyck Design department, initiated by Florian Schneider, aspires to explore new potentials for visual art and design practices across various registers. The project is set up as a realm of experimentation at the intersections of design-theory and image-production. It is a laboratory where emerging concepts and terminologies are set to a series of tests. What challenges emerge from the paradoxes that research into ‘imaginary property’ has given rise to? How could these potentially generate new rules of production, bearing in mind that property relations are constantly exchanging meanings?

Friday 27 March 2009
16:00 - 19:00
Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht
Academieplein 1
6211 KM Maastricht
The Netherlands