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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

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Opening week lecture at Jan van Eyck

Slide Presentation In this post you can read the introduction of my lecture for the january 2009 opening week at the JvE:

The digital networked image and its modes of existence as a technical and political object.

Imaginary Property starts from the idea that the notion of the real is changing.  A change that has a lot to do with the current status of the image. Thousands of images are created everyday to capture different accounts of reality. The image is constantly being copied and manipulated. We live images, to control our reality. Imagination is crucial in this process.


Liminal Zones Cyprus

Liminal Zones ProgramLiminal Zones Program

A seminar organized by Angela Melitopoulos (Goldsmiths London) and Socrates Stratis (UCY, Cyprus)in Nicosia Cyprus. Florian Schneider and thus, Imaginary Property will be one of the speakers there. I've designed the invitation, program and website for it.

[click on read more for the backside of the program]


Now is the time! on Media

On October 3 the University of Amsterdam organized the first two lectures as a part of Now is the time! a lecture series on art and theory in the 21st century. The topic of this evening was the relation between new media and art.
What is the status of the medium in art production and the discourse in art, in this situation referred to by Rosalind Krauss as the ‘postmedium condition’? How can an artist act critically in this complex cultural field now dominated by multimedia and mass media?

Kaja Silverman discussed the role of the digital image in the work of James Coleman, an intervention in Leonardo da Vinci,  for the Louvre in 2003. Her lecture was followed by Laura Marks who held a very interesting talk about the relation between new media and Islamic art. Both lectures presented intriguing insights on the current state of the (digital) image.



From wednesday to friday I will join Picnic, a new media festival in Amsterdam, as an artist and share my report with you here on my blog and on friday at Picnic between 15:00 - 17:00 at the Flexbar.

One of the reasons I like to attend Picnic is to find out how research is combined with design and artistic practice. Another reason is that many of the events seem to allow for visual answers, proposals or scenarios.

Of course my picnic report will be related to my work for Imaginary Property. I will be experimenting with what the digital networked image could look like and through this interface, show its workings.
It is the current transformation of digital (networked) images that intrigue me, turning into owned objects, containers of data while at the same time, identifiers of (property) relations within a network.

What is Picnic's property model?
What properties do Picnic images contain?


Imaginary Property

jvejveFrom september 2008 until august 2009 I will be working on a project called Imaginary Property at the Jan van Eyck academy Maastricht, initiated by Florian Schneider.

For me, as a new media researcher and designer, Imaginary Property incites to reconsider intellectual property, ownership and the status of the digital networked image as concepts of web culture(s). It is a challenge to act upon those concepts by deconstructing them and materialize their virtual values. Think about interfacing the property relations or knowledge a digital networked image contains. Is it a transparent image or a module of a map?

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