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Design/make/craft one or more objects, spaces (or both) that address changes in physical and/or social behaviour in public and private space due to digital devices. The final design must be based on findings from your initial research and should relate to a clearly articulated perspective. Examples of possible perspectives are: critical, speculative, practical, visionary or other.

You will be working in duos. Each duo must post their research on the wiki.

Medium, technology and material choices are open. However you must be able to make clear how the choices made are relevant to your aims and outcome.

Topics digital influence

  • Sifi, voice recognition
  • QR code
  • Social Media
  • Payments without code
  • Virtual Life
  • Games and rewarding
  • reading news
  • vinger print
  • google glass
  • Pokemon Go
  • Posture and body movement change
  • The Phone/internet as a space vs the physical world
  • Looking down, save with phone


I started my research in the Markethal, not only because it was raining but because since the time that it exist (October 2015) I was impressed by how proud Rotterdam was and that it actually became an attraction for tourism. Personally I’m not the proud Rotterdammer that looks up to the wall print and gets filled with glory but apart from that I think it is interesting how we act around the place. In my exploration I found out that a lot of people want their own photo of the place. I sat down on a higher point and looked at my surrounding.

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EVERY TIME THERE’S a sunset worth seeing in New York City, my Instagram feed is awash in shades of orange, pink, and purple. I’m not complaining—not really. Sunsets are pretty! And I, too, am guilty of a sunsetgram or two. Or 10. But after seeing the 15th photo of downtown Manhattan backlit by a glowing sky, it starts to get a little … I don’t know. Tired.

Those of us guilty of this invariably apologize by writing self-deprecating captions and funny hashtags. But someone, or something, really ought to keep us from taking such clichéd pics to begin with. That’s the idea behind Philipp Schmitt’s Camera Restrica.

The German designer has developed a camera that allows the user to take only original photos. Want to snap a pic of the Eiffel Tower? Good luck, because it’s not gonna happen. But that gas station next to the Dairy Queen in Grand Island, Nebraska, is fair game.

Schmitt’s camera (it’s a prototype at the moment and doesn’t take actual photos just yet—he’s working on integrating sensors and optics), houses a smartphone that uses GPS metadata from Flickr and Panoramio to determine how popular a location is. If it identifies more than 35 photos taken in a given location—about 115 feet in any direction from where you’re standing—the camera’s shutter retracts and blocks the viewfinder so you can’t take a photo. A display on the camera indicates how many photos have been taken in that location, and an audible cue reminds you to move along.

Camera Restricta from Philipp Schmitt on Vimeo.

That a piece of technology can judge creativity on something as quantitative as geo-tags is both fascinating and discomforting. “A lot of people are really offended by the idea,” Schmidt says. There are some inherent flaws in the logic, which he readily cops to. A single GPS point doesn’t take into account that the ugliest bench known to man may be located just across the street from the Eiffel Tower, and may not recognize that is what you’re trying to photograph.

Still, it’s interesting to consider how something like Camera Restrica could be integrated into existing technology. There are valid worries of censorship—that a government might be able to dictate what you can and can’t photograph. But mostly, I find the concept funny. I’d like to see it taken even further, so that a camera’s viewfinder uses image recognition software to determine if what you’re looking at, not just where you are, is a worthwhile photo. It could take into account different parameters—time of day, season, how many people have take similar photos on Instagram—and then tell you that maybe that photo of your feet in the sand on a beach isn’t such a good idea after all.

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11 April 2012 Has Instagram made everyone's photos look the same? A mobile phone screen displaying Instagram photos Instagram, the photo app, has been sold to Facebook for $1bn. But has it sparked a wave of generic retro-looking snaps, asks photographer Stephen Dowling. Instagram - and its bedfellows such as Hipstamatic, Camerabag and Picplz - have brought to digital photography a fever for a certain style of imagery. Smartphone photos are given saturated colours and Polaroid-style borders, dark vignettes, light leaks and lens flare like those that plagued the Kodak moments of previous generations. It may be 2012, but popular photography hasn't looked like this since the early 1970s. The trend began a few years ago with Hipstamatic, an app which apes the look of lo-fi toy cameras. Now Instagram allows a pic to be taken on your smartphone, a digital "filter" to be applied, and the resulting pic made viewable to the site's ever-increasing community. Chances are that that artfully retro pic of a display of cupcakes your friend showed you at the weekend was an Instagram pic. Before and after...

Applying Instagram's X-Pro II filter to the image for a more "vintage" feel Launched in March 2010, Instagram took until the end of that year to notch up its millionth user but from there its ascent was dizzying. Just 15 months later there are more than 30 million account holders and a billion pictures on the site's servers. That's a lot of cupcakes. Instagram's use of filters mimics some of the processes photographers used to push photographic boundaries - such as the super-saturated colours created cross-processing slides in negative chemicals, or using expired film's palette of soft, muted colours, or playing around with camera settings or darkroom equipment to boost contrast. The site's co-founder Kevin Systrom has said : "The idea was to make mobile photography fast, beautiful and fun. We learned from experience that taking photos on the phone didn't lead to the results that we wanted, so we created the filters and tools to achieve a more artistic experience." Systrom and the other suddenly very rich creators of Instagram may have good cause to thank a man called Michail Panfiloff. Panfiloff is not on the board of Facebook. He is not a tech commentator who predicted the site's rise to riches. (Clockwise) Man playing pool, lavender, man in sunglasses, ferris wheel, a ship floating on the sea Image caption These are not Instagram pics. They are film In fact, he was the head of a Cold War-era Soviet optical plant in Leningrad which decided to make a knock-off copy of a humble Japanese point-and-shoot camera in 1982. The resulting camera, the Lomo LC-A, could be considered the godfather of Instagram's 21st Century success, and why digital photography suddenly looks very retro indeed. Film photographers went through this retro-fashioned revolution a decade and a half ago, after some Austrian students found Lomo LC-As lurking in a Prague camera shop and created the "don't think-just-shoot" ideal of Lomography in the mid 90s, often utilising plastic-lensed toy cameras and film that had long passed its sell-by date (it was a lot cheaper). What is Instagram?

Instagram is a photo-sharing smartphone app launched in 2010. The app provides 11 different custom "filters" - such as Lomo-fi and Toaster - to photographs, to alter the colours, border and tonality of chosen photographs. The app has around 30 million iPhone users and had five million downloads in just six days after being launched on Google's Android operating system a week ago. Other popular photo apps include Hipstamatic, Infinicam, Adobe Photoshop and Camera Awesome. The craze helped create an icon of the LC-A to the point where production was restarted. Now Facebook and the Flickr-verse are full of "Lomo" shots but the difference is these are bits and bytes. The ability to turn an everyday pic into something "artistic" at the click of a button is the very embodiment of digital photography's curse of convenience - no long learning curves, or trial and error with expensive rolls of film. But is it creative? Writer and photographer Kate Bevan doesn't think so. "Do I think it's artistically valid? No. I think it kills the creative instinct. However, I do love sharing and I understand the mindset that wants to make his or her pics stand out, even though Instagram does the opposite of that." The first time one sees a picture with an Instagram-type filter applied, it might be impressive. But the thousandth time? "I'm all in favour of people experimenting with pictures, and I'd never be elitist about photography," suggests Bevan. "But I don't think it encourages experimentation - it encourages the use of lazy one-click processing. "Hardly anyone who's whacked a one-click filter on an image is going to have the patience to sit and play with the sliders in Lightroom, or get to grips with Gimp [free photo-editing software]." Untreated and treated images of Santorini Image caption Before and after: Untreated and treated images of Santorini My own Flickr account has a fair few images that look like they could have been created with Instagram's retro-flavoured algorithms. They weren't - they are all film. They are the result of a decade and a half's mistakes and mis-steps. Cross-processed slide film with wild colour shifts. Grainy, muted colours on out-of-date film. Flare and faded colours on lenses made without modern, contrast-boosting coatings. The mistakes, however, made me a better photographer. And the moments when it does somehow come together - like the following shot of a cyclist on London's South Bank on a 60s-era Zenit and expired film - made the perspiration worth it. Shot of a cyclist on London's South Bank Image caption Using vintage cameras - like this image with a Zenit - can help create a lo-fi effect The film is aged and expired, the colours boosted and warped, but the effect is dependent on the characteristics of that single frame and the limitations of the camera it was loaded into. No other picture will look quite like it. Not all of Instagram's filters are so eye-popping and not all of its users travel down the retro path. Some photographers give their shot-on-the-hoof pics a gentle tweak using Instagram. One such convert is Kevin Meredith (aka Lomokev ), an author, photographer and teacher based in Brighton. (left to right) tall building; ice cream; balloons on a beach Image caption Instagram photos taken by Kevin Meredith (Lomokev) "I uploaded my first picture to Instagram on 12 October 2010. It was of some sausages frying in a pan - awe-inspiring stuff," he says. "I do use Instagram differently to how I use film or DSLRs. Instagram images can be all about the immediacy of the moment when I want to let people know what I am up to. I generally send my Instagram pictures to Twitter and Facebook. I keep my Flickr stream for 'real' pictures that I shoot with film and digitally." Meredith also believes Instagram can be a genuinely creative tool as well. "It is creative. After all an Instagram image that someone takes even before a filter is added is unique, no-one has ever taken that picture before even if there have been very similar ones taken before it. "If two people use the same camera, film and lab to develop pictures, their images might visually look the same but that does not stop them putting their own style into the images." An Instagram image of the Lemonheads on stage Image caption An Instagram image of the Lemonheads, taken by Kate Booker Another Instagram fan is music photographer Kate Booker . She's an occasional user of the app alongside shooting on DSLRs and film. For her, Instagram's social aspect is another plus. "I'm intrigued by other people's worlds and Instagram allows you to view the most popular users, follow people and view other people's lives and their perspectives in a really simple way. "Images transcend languages and I just love that Instagram is internationally used and someone in Mexico can upload an image instantly so you can get a view into their world and likewise I can upload something and share so anyone can view my world." Meredith also believes Instagram's embrace of retro aesthetics may have another effect - the rebirth of film. "There will be lots of people out there that will just use smartphone apps to take pictures and then use apps to sex them up. But there are those who want to dip their toes in film. "I am always pleasantly surprised when I teach one-day workshops and colleges and universities to see the amount of students that use film and get it rush developed. I have run the same workshop two years running with Bath Spa University Graphics students. More used film the second time round and they're not even photography students."

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Seeing Google Images as one image. Intrest of combining different images from a search result.

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Source: Instagram

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Concept Idea


I went doing field research and I found out, same as in Asia that everybody makes pictures in the same places. So i want to the markthal and saw that everybody was making pictures of the building outside, of the food, and the ugly (personal taste) artwork on the sealing (personal taste). So I was thinking. why do people make these pictures. There are already thousand of pictures who are the same or even better. why do people need there own pictures and most of these pictures they just keep in their phones or cameras. Some people were filming while walking. So i was thinking can i reconstruct the markthal with these pictures by overlaying them. So you could see the density of the places people photographed the most. For instants the ugly artwork if i use all the pictures already only under the #markthal you get 27.000 pictures. If i overlay these pictures you can see wich points are more photographed than other places. And I was thinking can i make a user based sort of streetview virtuality with these pictures. So people dont make these pictures for nothing but join forces and reconstruct the physical world in a virtuality

We now allow Google Streetview to put our wold in databanks. We already live our lives more and more in the virtual world. How can these pictures be meaningful again?

I want to create an user based virtual reproduction of the Markthal. With this I want to give meaning again by letting the pictures taking part in making a simulation of the markthal. The project will be focused on the artwork of the Markthal. Trying to ....;......

Questions: - Why do we all want our own picture of the markthal? - What are we doing with the pictures? - Where is the density of pictures the highest?

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MARKTHAL Experiments

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Silkscreen reproduction

Silkscreen experiment to bring back the automated framework to craft. CMYK silkscreening in high contract with the fast way we use our phones to make pictures. In this processes the reproduction method is a example of remix culture. By taking back control the result comes back in my control including the mistakes.

1. CMYK preparations You can divide black over the rest of the colours. Black wont become as strong as it would be by itself but it saves a lot of money and time. You can see here how to divide black.

In the channel settings you can split the colours . What you have to do next is making the rasters. It's important that the rasters are in different angles and halftone. C: 15% angle, M. 75% angle, Y 0% angle.

2. Printing fim

3. Silkscreening

4. Result.

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Collective Memories

We constantly take pictures, capturing our own existence. In my work I wanted to find out what these pictures, bounded by their hashtag, can tell about us.

I was inspired by Photoshop Merge and how this tool creates panoramic images from a selection of photos. By automatic collecting photos from a certain Instagram hashtag I created a framework where in I gave all the control to the machine. The outcome is an visual representation and how we act and capture the places we visit.

With the work I wanted to explore my role within remix-culture in relation to the creation of a machine and the users who uploaded the pictures.

By Arthur Boer In collaboration with @margaritachuprova, @marienoor, @markus0509, @misstessa2204, @modesteee, @seenbybien, @nastya_gunkova, @tomdewitte_landscapes, @markus0509