Describing the city through repeated everyday actions

In his novel L’Innommable Beckett describes a strange world made up from a complex system of repetitive cyclical events. What is described as social architecture – the spatial / temporal organisation of everyday life- is often very similar to this: people do the same things at the same time. They follow the same routes in regular periods. Sometimes when riding the tram, visiting a cafe or going to the supermarket I recognize strangers who seem to live in the same “loops” like I do. The Project is a subjective description of the city as a set of repeating actions and events on different scales. A space composed of closed loops, intersecting each other. each loop is a thematic entity, a story: a stroll through the shelves of a local supermarket. Looking for a free place in a parking lot. A tourists guide round through a district. A hotel maid’s morning round.

link to the project , developed in the course of a Japan Foundation Fellowship

The Language of Networks – Symposium

The Language of Networks – Symposium

The Language of Networks is a symposium / exhibition I co-curated for Ars Electronica 2004. The lineup was  interdisciplinary, including visualization developers, media artists, mathematicians and social scientists.

The festival website is offline, since ars electronica restructured their archive, but the pdf program can still be downloaded here.

A nice blogpost about the symposium can be found here.


Panel I – Information Visualization

Ulrik Brandes (DE) – Network Visualization and Graph Drawing
Lothar Krempel (DE) – Communicating Empirical Information with Color
Anne Nigten (NL) – Mental Maps
W. Bradford Paley (USA) – Information Visualization: Meaning, Evolution, and
Design; How to Engage Cognition Using Early Vision
René Weiskircher (AT) – Network Visualization and Graph Drawing

Panel II – Mapping Research and Innovation

Jürgen Güdler (DE) – 2003 DFG Funding Ranking: Methods, Findings and
Nikolaos Kastrinos (EL) – Mapping the Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe:
Needs, Challenges and Prospects
Wolfgang Neurath (AT) – Social Network Analysis (SNA): A New Method
for Exploring Patterns of Innovation
Stefan Thurner (AT) – Complex Systems Theory, Evolution and Innovation

Panel III – Networks and Art

Gerhard Dirmoser (AT) – Depictions of Networks in the Field of Art –
A Contribution to Diagrammatics
Urs Hirschberg (CH) – Networks of Collective Authorship
Astrit Schmidt-Burghardt (DE) – Art‘s Family Trees.
On the Genealogical Transformation of Information

Panel IV – Networks and Power

Brian Holmes (FR/USA) – Control Networks, Productive Diagrams: The Limits of
Harald Katzmair (AT) – The Structure of Rugged Power Landscapes – Complexity
Theory, Social Network Analysis and the Mathematics of Power
Wouter de Nooy (NL) – Who Shall Survive in the Literary Field?
Josh On (USA) – Network vs. Class

Panel V – Sociometry

Anton-Rupert Laireiter (AT) – Psychological Network Research
Brigitte Marschall (AT) – Encounter as Life: Socio-theatrical Forms of Action in
the Improvisational Theater of J. L. Moreno
Michael Schenk (DE) – Network Analysis of Social Structures

Panel VI – Networks and Business

Harald Katzmair (AT) – A New Science Goes Business: Key-Account Management,
Sales and Marketing by Means of Social Network Analysis
Don Steiny (USA) – Networks and Meaning
Gerhard Wührer (AT) – Marketing, Communication, and Project Networks in
Technology Clusters – the Example of Upper Austria
Michael Stampfer (AT) – Funding (the) Sources in Innovation Systems