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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.


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Tricksters Tricked

From 16/10/2010 till 30/01/2011 I will take part in the exhibition Tricksters Tricked at the Van Abbe museum. Tricksters Tricked zooms in on the construction of identitity; the ‘designing’ of ourselves, our city, our nation and our museum. I will work on the Museum chapter.

The exhibition will open during the Dutch Design Week 2010, 23 - 31 oktober and is transformed into a live exposure of various initiatives of artists and designers that stimulate the public to actively join the production of (their own) identity..

Tricksters Tricked is a zoom in on cases of identity representation and the dual role of design in shaping contemporary reality. "Designing" ourselves, our city, our nation and our museum.

What do we gain and what do we lose by constructing the identity of our self, our city, our nation and our museum? Tricksters Tricked is a zoom-in on cases of identity representation and the dual role of ‘design’ in shaping our contemporary reality.
When we design an identity for a specific purpose, we simultaneously create and destroy, communicate and manipulate. The choices that we make and apply in the process inevitably result in an artificial product. Designers, the trendsetters in the process, articulate the strengths and ignore weaknesses, just like make-up that can highlight or mask the face. Tricksters Tricked focuses on the tension inherent in the designing of identity on four levels: self, city, nation and the museum, and reviews these levels in the context of a world in constant change.

Contributors: Kim de Groot, Jonas Staal, Jozua Zaagman, Maartje Dros, Jacqueline Schoemaker, BAVO, Xijing Men, Werkplaats Typografie, Philippe Parreno & Pierre Huyghe, Marjetica Potrc, Bureau d'etudes.

Opening: Saturday, 23 October 2010 17:00


Embed, Buzz, Tweet, Retweet, Rank, Comment, Digg, Rate, Sponsor, Spill, Connect, Link, Record, Share, Like the #oilspill


#liketheoilspill is a Twitter topic introduced by Kim de Groot to discuss the livestream as a media form that seems absent of any editorial process. Yet on the other hand shows an overdosis of distributive options such as 'Liking it' through Facebook or 'Sharing it' through Twitter.
The topic is inspired by livestreams of the BP oil spill such as and The exclusive content that contextualizes these streams are Twitter feeds or comment sections; raw data immediately hits metadata.
Join me in turning #liketheoilspill into a trending topic by twittering your thoughts and reactions on the transformation of editorial processes and the role of metadata such as tweets and comments in the news!
Is the livestream a form of news without editorial process? Or has news reporting turned completely political since the broadcaster can turn it's live channel 'on or off' at any time? Has the Tweet, as a kind of headline, replaced the main article, the reporter and thus some kind of middle ground?

The image above is a screenshot of the tool I made for this intervention. The tool shows the livestream of the oilspill and next to it, the twitter channels: #oilspill, #bp, #gulftour and #obama, the topic that are mentioned most in the context of #oilspill.
I was asked by Onomatopee to intervene in the ongoing exhibition, The Form and the Frame in which two editorial boards critiqued the editorial design of media such as the Elsevier, Vrij Nederland, De Groene Amsterdammer and HP de Tijd.

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