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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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The image of art as operational image

Matthijs Kouw from the Virtual Knowledge Studio (Amsterdam/Maastricht) invited me to give a talk as a part of the workshop: The digital making of art and science at the Maastricht university.

The main thread of my talk was:
The transformation of images turning into network protocols and into units of production and how it inspires me to reinvent existing institutional approaches, such as that of museums, to images. The process of restoration in museums can turn into an inhouse copy culture if only one would focus on the concept of metadata for example...

Matthijs writes in his report on the event:
"Kim de Groot presented her work on the networked image, and presented various configurations and reconfigurations of 'the image' as facilitated and enabled by digital technologies."

Sarah de Rijcke blogs about my work and that of Coralie Vogelaar:
"It is very interesting how their work really embodies the idea that images are not merely tools, but are themselves sites of knowledge production and dissemination."

Other speakers at this event were: Sarah de Rijcke of the Virtual Knowledge Studio in Amsterdam, Peter Peters (Maastricht University, Hogeschool Zuyd) and Ruth Benschop (Hogeschool Zuyd) on Artistic Research, Stijn Verhoeff (Jan van Eyck academie), Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Virtueel Platform), Angelo Vermeulen (Artist) and Caroline Nevejan.


Slices of networked production

Last week all the researchers, staff, advising researchers celebrated the opening of 2010 with a great and interesting opening week at the Jan van Eyck. New advising researchers Mladen Dolar and John Palmesino introduced themselves and the whole week kicked off with Martha Rosler, Armin Linke and Anton Vidokle talking about the 'new'.

Here's a summary of my lecture.

What else can an image be? Slices of networked production

Central to my research is the expansion of the concept and visuality of the image with the invisibility of its networked infrastructure, production and distribution which in general i will refer to as image management.
What i think is interesting for designers right now is to approach image management as the underlying structure of design that asks for an interesting and challenging aesthetic parallel. To approach management as an aesthetic involves for example the introducing of fiction into standardization processes that networks are based on.
The exchange between visible and invisible is what i think an image is, a slice of networked production. The production and distribution of the image in various networks is no longer a preface to the end result, it is the image. The image performs certain network protocols, linking people, connecting camera's etc.
Image management involves a decision to apply an image and produce a networked cycle of events.
How is management as a structural and abstract process included in the image as an aesthetic as it is part of the creation of an image?

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Imaginary Property INTERVENTIONS

Guest: Sylvère Lotringer

Sylvère Lotringer will be the guest for Intervention #5: Born 1938 in Paris; editor of Semiotext(e), he is professor of French Philosophy at Columbia University in New York and Jean Baudrillard Professor at EGS in Switzerland. He is credited for introducing "French Theory" in America. He has published catalogue essays for the Guggenheim, the Moma, the New Museum, the Musee du Jeu de Paume, Modern Kunst in Vienna, etc. and edited dozens of magazines and books.


Imaginary Property INTERVENTIONS

On Bakhtin: Symposium with Arianna Bove, Maurizio Lazzarato, Angela Melitopoulos

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Intervention #3 will be centered around some of the theories of the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin. The "imaginary property" research group invites to a small symposium on May 16th featuring three guests and a screening: After "Passing Drama" a film by Angela Melitopoulos, Arianna Bove, Maurizio Lazzarato, and Angela Melitopoulos will give presentations that are linked up with Bakhtins radical reconceptualization of the relation between self and other. Bakhtin suggests an event-like relation between “possible worlds”. The other is neither an object nor a subject; it is the expression of possible worlds.


Imaginary Property INTERVENTIONS

Guest: Eyal Sivan on "The common archive"

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Intervention #2 has been delivered by filmmaker Eyal Sivan. He presents "Towards a common archives: Manipulating the enemies images". Eyal Sivan is a London based filmmaker, producer, essayist and research professor in media production at the school of social sciences, media and cultural studies at the University of East London (UEL). Sivan directed more then 10 worldwide awarded feature-length political documentaries and produced many others.


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.


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.


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.

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