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Performing Encryption Improvisational Workshop

Top: spline, by wwworks CC:BY; bottom: Mudras, by haynes CC:BY-SA.
Date Thursday June 4 2015 12.00pm – 4:00pm (CEST (UTC+02))
Location Bergsgatan 29, 214 22 Malmö, Sverige
Price Free, but please, sign up!
Official site Invitation: Performing Encryption Improvisational Workshop – June 4


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Sometimes the best way to tackle the big questions is obliquely, and in motion.

The Living Archives project celebrates Nordic Open Data Week by inviting you to generate a digital encryption key using your own gestures and movements. Encryption keys are pieces of code used to protect or access data that are usually produced randomly by computers. However randomness is becoming increasingly more difficult. This workshop will explore whether the body has the potential to activate computational processes that are unique.

Please, sign up!

Why?
If the downside of perpetual archiving is perpetual surveillance, then bodily encryption practices are part of an overarching strategy for controlling and disseminating personal data. Yes, we support Open Data – but when the data come from your body it is sometimes necessary to decide what is open, for whom, and when.

Trace the body in the algorithm, reaffirm physical presence in Big Data, and see if your digital encryption key feels more like yours if it was generated as a duet between your movement improvisation and computational processes.

How?
This is a beta-stage interaction design experiment that inserts movement into the generation of a digital encryption key by replacing the mouse movement of a standard encryption program with motion data captured by a Kinect.

You don’t have to be a dancer: is there a pattern of movements that might be associated with you? Hand, arms, body moving in space, inverted, idiosyncratic … You can perform these in the studio for capture by the Kinect, either with others watching or in private.

What will you get?
You will leave the workshop with your private encryption key. We will also give you an encrypted file of the video of your movement as an archival trace of your improvisation. Your movement will be archived both in the key and in the video. You can use the key to de-crypt the video of your own movement, or you can use it for other data communication.

And the research?
As this is part of research into the performance of memory, the last hour (from 15:00-16:00) of this workshop will be devoted to critical and creative discussion around Encryption, Openness, Bodies and Memory in the performances of data and the performances of daily life.

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Open GIF animation jamming session at SMK

Animated GIF created using elements from artworks in SMK’s Public Domain collection
Animated GIF created using elements from artworks in SMK’s Public Domain collection
Date Friday May 29 2015 2.00pm – 5:00pm
Location The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst), Sølvgade 48-50, DK-1307 København K, Denmark
Price Free, sign up needed Registration – Open GIF animation jamming session at SMK
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Bring SMKs paintings to life in the animated GIF workshop at SMK Fridays ‘Set Art Free!’ at Statens Museum for Kunst 29 May.

Follow the link to read more and sign up – there are limited seats, so hurry up! You don’t need to be an experienced GIF maker. It’s easy to get started, and Sanna, Neea and Kati from Aalto University Media Lab will facilitate the workshop.

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