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    a programm for KIT intermedia by Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas
slow tv in Rotterdam January 30th, 2006

we are back from Rotterdam since last night and fingers burning to unfold all exciting encounters and links with practices building the public space access through the hybrid TV modes.

Rotterdam met us in a great embrace of a cold weather and a nasty wind. Right after the arrivals we all met at the opening of the exhibition SATELITE OF LOVE, at the Witte de With Contemporary art center. It was a perfect time and place to warm up, meet nice people and start with the first SLOW TV manifestation as well as setting the interviews.

The SLOW TV team Jason, Morten, Hans, Erik, Cath and Linda together with Nomeda and Gediminas starting from scratch:
Jason is installing the SLOW TV stand-large format antique camera that captures the geography of TV trends in a still image turning them literary upside down. We think that for the first edition (launch) of SLOW TV, these stills are great to have along with audio stream on a web. Morten is adjusting sound levels and getting ready with video captures through the on a larger glass charted in a grids on a back of the antique camera. Linda makes sure there is enough light falling by mowing a reflector. Cath is working with making off and plans for one minute short ideas for the festival in Trondheim or/and Vilnius. Hans is taking stills, uploads the web. Erik improvises with moving camera, as well plays a great role to interview the artists together with Jason. Nomeda is documenting behind the scenes and Gediminas gets ready with the questions. There are no fixed roles, we all mix and discuss things, getting time to look at the material after installing temporary SLOW TV studio.

just to give you a short glimpse on the active agenda of SLOW TV during the busy week in Rotterdam:

Friday, 27 Jan 2006

an interview with TV-TV, from Copenhagen:

an interview with Liesbeth and Jos, artists from Rotterdam:

festival screening of Sarah Morris short films.

DIY_tv: talk & workshop on the growing phenomenon of independent microTV broadcasters.
You can watch the stream here:

interview with Ambient TV:
and Heath Bunting, artist and activist from Bristol:

Saturday, 28 Jan 2006

interview with  Algis Stravinskas, a pioneer of break dance in USSR.

interview with CAC TV

visiting NAI, Netherlands Architecture Institute

Silent TV workshop: a tele-matic workshop on how to build your own TV. conducted by Tetsuo Kogawa (Tokyo Keizai University). you can watch the stream here:

HOT SPOTS program at the IFFR, Off_Corso, Rotterdam
Morten joins the program with sound performance.

Sunday, 29 Jan 2006

visiting Netherlands Foto Museum

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Gated_tv talk: on copy right issues vs open archives,
open source, open archives.

interview with Rachel Baker, artist and co-organizer of
ambientTV.NET and officer for media arts at the Arts Council of England)

Monday, 30 Jan 2006

interview with Juha Huuskonen organizer of PixelAche festival in Helsinki.

Truth_tv: talk by several artists to discuss the work exploring the nature of truth as represented by television.

interview with The Yes Men (cultural jammers)

we are not even mentioning exhibitions and film screenings at the IFFR. It is not possible to put into these humble lines all extraordinary experiences and inspiring clues we got during those days for the TV project  we try to setup at the school. Better we all do it in February /March when we get ready with the website. Maybe by that time we have hand made TV projector that we could plug with the self made TV
transmitters? YES! Three TV transmitter were build during the workshop in Rotterdam, and are back to Trondheim.

Now its many hours of material to be transcribed and edited into the interviews as a text files, and edited again in a shorter version for audio streams. Large format photos to be developed, scaled down and put on the web together with text and audio stream. Short samples of video (3 min.) would be also uploaded.


slow tv interviews The Yes Men, Rotterdam January 30th, 2006

slow tv meets The Yes Man, Rotterdam 2006   slow tv meets The Yes Man, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv meets The Yes Man, Rotterdam 2006   slow tv meets The Yes Man, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv meets The Yes Men, Rotterdam January 30th, 2006

The Yes Men (cultural jammers) [ ]

slow tv meets The Yes Man, Rotterdam 2006

looking for DE PLAYER January 28th, 2006

a: delistraat 42
post: delistraat 32-d, 3072 zl, rotterdam
t: 06.14577119

looking for DE-PLAYER PLAYER.jpg PLAYER.jpg

slow tv at Silent TV workshop, Rotterdam January 28th, 2006

slow tv took part at the Silent TV workshop, a tele-matic workshop on how to build your own TV, conducted by Tetsuo Kogawa and Adam Hyde.

tv transmitter workshop, Witte de With, Rotterdam 2006   tv transmitter workshop, Witte de With, Rotterdam 2006

tv transmitter workshop, Witte de With, Rotterdam 2006   tv transmitter workshop, Witte de With, Rotterdam 2006

tv transmitter workshop, Witte de With, Rotterdam 2006   tv transmitter workshop, Witte de With, Rotterdam 2006

Silent TV workshop, Rotterdam January 28th, 2006

slow tv takes part at Silent TV workshop.
You can watch the stream here:

tv transmitter workshop, Witte de With, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv interviews Algirdas Stravinskas, Rotterdam January 28th, 2006

slow tv meets Algirdas Stravinskas, Rotterdam 2006   slow tv meets Algirdas Stravinskas, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv meets Algirdas Stravinskas, Rotterdam 2006   slow tv meets Algirdas Stravinskas, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv meets Algirdas Stravinskas, Rotterdam 2006   slow tv meets Algirdas Stravinskas, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv meets Algirdas Stravinskas, Rotterdam January 28th, 2006

slow tv meets Algis Stravinskas, a pioneer of break dance in USSR, at the railway station in Rotterdam.
slow tv meets Algirdas Stravinskas, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv inetrviews cac tv, Rotterdam January 28th, 2006

slow tv at cac tv, Rotterdam 2006   slow tv at cac tv, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv at cac tv, Rotterdam 2006   slow tv at cac tv, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv meets cac tv, Rotterdam January 28th, 2006

CAC tv [] at HOT SPOTS program, IFFR, Off_Corso, Rotterdam

Fragment from the interview:

JASON: we have a question that has been running through all  the interviews that we have been taken. which is this question, whether a collaboration is actually possible between the different groups of people. Whether its possible to work together or its just a participation. Whether one group always takes presidency over another?

RAIMAY / CAC TV: I think in terms of collaboration, it should always come from some necessity to collaborate. Or this necessity could be based on animosity, like u hate another program, or its like your enemy. I am not using enemy as a productive term, but it could be something like an enemy.

Then I think collaboration could be based on cannibalism, cause in order to produce something good u have to eat another program, that you either hate. So u have to eat each other, then you can enjoy it and then u can produce something together.

slow tv at interview with cac tv, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv meets tv-tv, Rotterdam January 27th, 2006

tv-tv is a network of independent producers from Copenhagen]

slow tv at tv-tv, rotterdam 2006

slow tv interviews tv-tv, Rotterdam January 27th, 2006

slow tv at tv-tv, Rotterdam 2006   slow tv at tv-tv, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv at tv-tv, Rotterdam 2006   slow tv at tv-tv, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv interviews Heath Bunting, Rotterdam January 27th, 2006

slow tv meets Heath Bunting, Rotterdam 2006   slow tv meets Heath Bunting, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv meets Heath Bunting, Rotterdam January 27th, 2006

Heath Bunting is artist and activist from Bristol.

slow tv with Heath Bunting, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv interviews Bik Van der Pol, Rotterdam January 27th, 2006

Bik van der Pol, Rotterdam 2006   Bik van der Pol, Rotterdam 2006

Bik van der Pol, 2006   Bik van der Pol, Rotterdam 2006

slow tv meets Bik Van der Pol, Rotterdam January 27th, 2006

Liesbeth and Jos are artists from Rotterdam. ]

Fragment from an interview:

JASON: We can carry on that. My second question for you, is, I mean Gediminas has told us a little about what you do like you run this round tables discussions about artists publications and you make book fairs of artists publications, which aren’t necessarily books, but could be anything.
I don’t know if this is correct or not?

JOS: Well, more or less.

LIESBETH: it’s very description of what we do, I would say.

ERIK: What do you say? What?

LIESBETH: We are not organizers of round tables and book fairs.

JOS:  Square tables?

JASON: Square tables? OK. Well, I have got it completely wrong, maybe now you can correct me.

LIESBETH:  NO, I am trying to think  what he means with the round tables.

JASON: Round table means, You sit everyone round the table, it doesn’t actually mean that the table is round, its just the discussion about, getting people together to talk about what it is or what you are doing.

Bik van der Pol, Rotterdam 2006

note_3 January 18th, 2006

this is a summarize of the last two brainstorms we had on the TV project:

There are several practices of artists and cultural producers engaging with TV practice, broadcast and streaming. On one hand such developments since 5 years became expanding as there is certain convergence going on between Internet, mobile technologies and television, as well as since few year the bandwidth required is provided. On the other hand private enterprise gets a strong grip on these developments as well as on the TV implementing rigid politics of manipulation apparatus. So the past potential idea that TV has a future to constitute a public space is rapidly fading out. What can we do in this transitional situation on behalf of our artistic practices and research, being placed in such in a way privileged place as university for science and technology, which is one of a players in the recent developments of the convergence?

One of the first meetings with an inquiry to the possible dialogue with  NTNU was organized with Jorma from Medgaards media lab, who confirmed NTNU interest in a possible project that would result as “hybrid TV” or “TV in the expanded field”.
As a frame to continue dialogue it was decided to run informal round table discussions once a week (Fridays or Saturdays) at the SKY bar at KIT/NTNU, which partly could be added function of a experimental TV reading room, that would include hand made projector (production under supervision of Hans, Myskja and Morten), black board for instant notes, mapping wall tracing desires and references and library board with  collection of prints, copies, records and signs referring to the ideas investigated in the research. Such 3 dimensional research file (if you like) would be a meeting point and laboratory for brainstorming of the ideas. In parallel to this we should start a web log for such discussion to be continued as well as for the flow of after-thoughts.

Collaboration with Medgaards media lab
During the TV workshop week in March there is idea to invite experts from NTNU to present following ideas:

# streaming technologies and 3G phones: content / interactivity / standards / mobile devices / equipment side / etc.

# Digital rights management: benefits for the artists.

# working with DIGITAL Cinema, new digital film, possibilities for the artists.
possible participation at IMAGE: international workshop dealing with new digital film and digital media at cinema NOVA at the end of March. Possible screenings with 4K projector at NOVA, and possible collaboration in producing artistic content using hi-end facilities at NOVA HDTV and media studio.

Further we could discuss with Medgaards media lab plans of TV project
development in relation to DOKHUSET platform, that is scheduled to open in September 2006 with few back screen projections facing to Solsiden.


Questions and concerns
I will try to provide with those recently recorded lines, that could be formed in a near future as sub-themes of our TV project. Again those could be called as SKINS (embodiments), so TV would introduce different title during each / different launch, i.e. EACH TIME TV as identity would be re-constituted.

3G: Girls, Games, Gambling.
There was certain criticism expressed towards the 3G technologies and whether it makes sense engaging them within this project. Although I could still see the otential to question those famous 3G and look for a ways to subvert it.
In short: what can be made artistically or/and critically in those domains like Games, Gambling and Girls???

There were several concerns noted on one of “G’s”during last meetings:
Pornography. What is to be made in this field? Could we say something creative and unexpected? One thing that seems quite feasible could be interviews / chats / diaries with  sex workers. This would touch upon trafficking problematic and would probably unfold many hidden aspects in Norwegian society.
I do believe there are many foreigners sex workers in Trondheim and they also experience certain tensions (racism?) with local colleagues, with law, culture.

miss Norway’95. Trondheim marriage magazine is published by the beauty
queen of nineties. Isn’t it interesting material? I think maybe we should start from  interviews, and that’s how we get hands on a content. From that we could see how to build something further.

IDOL girl. One who was eliminated from a contest lives in Trondheim.
We were discussing whether it would make sense to re-habilitate her through our project?
Yes, why not to give her a second life?!? Maybe we should re-launch IDOL with  contestant who were dropped?

I mentioned El Gran Trueque / The Great Exchange project from Matthieu
Laurette, That was staged on TV in Spain offering viewers to bid who gives a highest price for thing offered every week, gradually diminishing value from a automobile to the set of pencils.
What games we could initiate or play, that would make sense to interact with  audience.

We were discussing idea of interactive TV. Think how you address that notion. What is interactivity, how does it work, how can we construct that conceptually, technologically.

Look at the commercials, advertisement, commix. How can we address and
employ into our project this aspect. Art without laughing is…sad.
It should be good. It should work like a clown, as clown is most serious
character in a whole history.

BTW just recalling Roy Andersson and his film: Songs from the second floor.

Look at his humor and…speed. His time is so extended, so slow…

Raimundas Malasauskas would be coming in March and working with us with workshow concept, which is merging workshop and talk show and introducing idea of one ingredient party.
For this we should prepare some archive footage, that shows ways of Nordic (Norwegian, Sami or Swedish ?) cooking and eating tradition.
Maybe it would make sense asking STATOIL people from Trondheim
headquarters to cook their recipes?
Maybe from this we could find a way working with STATOIL?

Statoil deserves I think separate section, as oil is reason of a national pride. Lets look at the canteen in Stavanger. Morten mentioned about their chef?

What TV would survive without advertisement? Maybe we should introduce a call for best commercials for other artists? This could be worldwide competition?

Stig Tommy has told that Japanese emperor fell in love with Trondheim and
wrote a poem that was broadcasted in Japan nationally. We should not skip the fact with  pilgrims or St.Olavs well. What’s about a black market for a holy water?

What is our role as commentators? Is the interview a feasible genre?
MC_Jason: master of ceremonies. What’s about the talk show format?


As a starting point to facilitate this interest into TV it was decided to go on a research trip to Rotterdam to kind of map recent practices, as part of IFFR  and Satellite of Love exhibition at WDW SATELITE OF LOVE

You will find more on  a research  trip in the second letter

W H A T  I S  T O  B E  D O N E :

Hans has mentioned open source forum?..
What are the options? We need a server space as well. Midgaards media lab is still repairing their server?

SKY bar space:

production of the hand made projector under supervision of Hans, Myska and Morten,
black board / mapping wall tracing desires and references in a form of instant notes;
library board for copies, books, magazines.
curtains: Ivar is planning to buy a curtains…

P R A C T I C A L  F O R  R O T T E R D A M :

As I understood the research group traveling to Rotterdam consist:
If there are any updates or changes please let me know,
as it is essential in many respects.

Waiting for the answer from  our friends in Rotterdam, although it would make sense if you book some decent place just in case.

Try to take ALL you might need for making recordings of still and moving
images and sounds: cameras, mics, cables. Take also computers, as we might be streaming or/and performing as DJ or/and VJ. Prepare so you are fully equipped during the trip.

Take some cables or wires with locks (if you have such to secure most valuable equipment: laptops and camcorders.

We will meet at the entrance of Witte de With, just before the opening of
Each day we meet for a working session to discuss current matters.
It is hard to say when (10.00 maybe), as we need to get there and see
all the program and how its organized and placed. So it will be much
improvisation, but what is certain, that we have from 15.00 each day talks and workshops that directly relate to the subject of TV. We ALL are already confirmed  at the SILENT TV workshop on Saturday 28th starting at 15.00.
We will be working in pairs, as they lack parts for all of us. Its free – coffee, biscuits, and transmitter parts supplied…They wrote: “you might wish to bring a camera for documentation” Do you hear Jason?
In the evenings (27/28/29) we would join with HOT spots program, but also leaving some options open if there valuable things going in other venues.


note_2 January 17th, 2006

Workshop on new ways of artists practice re-approaching TV.
It seems as if there are new developments nearly every day in and
around the medium that a few years ago was known simply as ‘television’.
There are lots of artistic activities an agencies engaging these days into new modes of TV production, that is transcending the TV DIY fashion known from sixties. On the other hand it comes with the development of technologies, as satellites, digital channels, new applications for cable connections, home cinema, reception via computer, mobile phone, PDA – the possibilities seem boundless, and are the cause of a perpetual turbulence in the media landscape.
What is the future of the talking and moving picture, and the way in which it is distributed. Can we reinvent the medium? Can we ourselves make a television?

Focus on TV, could be framed as larger scale workshop, starting with
Raimundas MAlasauskas lecture and presentation on CAC TV and methods of making TV together. From this probably the first episode of KIT TV could be created. Lets see. First we should somehow frame group of participants or so called “correspondents” of possible KIT TV. So this is an open invitation to the intermedia group first, although it is not limited only within the group and could grow larger in the school or outside. But first of all and most importantly it is approachin you.

Some further reading sources:

Peter Watkins: introduction to media Crisis

Copenhagen Free University project TV-TV:
look at the down link “text”