Deckspace.TV is an SPC collaboration with Post Media Lab and presents an audiovisual management and publishing system re-presenting collective processes and media production of SPC subscribers in Deckspace media lab from the last decade.

reView : reConstitute : reGurgitate : reSync

It functions as an open, collaborative system that facilitates artists, film-makers, researchers and participants of the workshops to store, share, edit and redistribute media

The open and collaborative nature of the Deckspace.TV project demonstrates a form of shared media practice in two ways: audiences become producers by managing their material, and the system enables the contributors to organise their productions and interact with each other.

This research operates in the context of a European political discourse, where the main concern is counter-cultural approaches to non-mandatory collaboration and contractual agreements.

Deckspace.TV productions are made available with an open content license such as the Free Art License, the Creative Commons SA-BY License, and the GNU General Public License.


Use QRcode & NFC, syncronise public network media resources using your smart phone, tablet or PC with Android, iOS, Linux and Surface apps. We are currently shaping up

OWN – The open wireless network where you live and work can be utilised to enrich cultural currency of network exchange and facilitate open sharing of information. Signalling the status of OWN succeeds by word of mouth, access point splash screen, conventional print media, flyers, posters and popular press. Each of which can improve prospects for public infrastructure building and success of the network for all.

Tools to craft the qualities of interaction and interplay in promotion of media are widely  available.

btsync-150x150BtSync is an inspirational extension of bit torrent which advances the scope for p2p syncronisation of smartphones and PC’s. Its fee to install and operate on all the major mobile OS as well as for PC’s. it incorporates the use of QRcodes and passkeys to signal and effect access control between peers. Some controversy over its proprietary encryption persists despite the impressive capability.

owncloudOwnCloud offers a broader range of peer sharing facilities that includes sync options and is also available for free on most operating systems. Its a client server setup where registered users can author shared directories and build group collaborations.

resynced1000QRcodes are the low resolution high contrast printed patterns in use for inventory tracking as well as a growing field of creative and pragmatic purposes. Many websites exist to offer on the fly authoring for a wide range of application.

nfctag NFC is an increasingly popular RFID system utilising low cost, close contact and customisable encoded ‘tags’ (stickers and smartcards) which respond to a burst of radio signal with the information held on embedded memory chips. They are easily read and writeable with free mobile OS apps.

We like for its versatility and power to drive systems in imaginative and extraordinary ways and aim to offer an equivalent for the management of syncronisation options, perhaps it offers a clue as to how further NFC/qrcode meddling can evolve..

The syncronisation of media between network users has long been popular with RSS and torrent methods proving most successful of all so far. BTsync offers some of the best of both examples by allowing for local media and publicly hosted resources to be reSynced.

Taking care of things

thanksforthingsFrom the 15th till the 18th of January we participated in the Taking Care of Things Meeting at the Stadtarchiv Lüneburg Germany. This was also the closing event for the Post Media Lab Incubator project at Leuphana University and our research fellowship with them.tasty8mmtelecini

The visit began with a tour of the city archive during which we heard about the main activities of the institution not least the film, map and image collections. They wish to extend access to these via street access sync points in the near future.

robertshowsinterlaceWe convened one of seven care groups Mesh Media! to look at open, collaborative systems that facilitate collective abilities to store, curate, share, edit, redistribute and re-purpose media while at the same time creating new frames of reference and practice in public. We were pleased to have presentations by Eric Kluitenberg of Tactical Media Files, Volker Grassmuck and Jan Torge of ‘InternetTV for the newMedia Generation’ Grundversorgung, open wireless network advocates Freifunk Lueneburg and Robert Ochshorn with Interlace. (See last section for more details..)

haukeatponsbarMedia was selected from the respective archives and uploaded to publicly presented syncronisation points adjacent to each Freifunk node in Lueneburg city centre.

lunenodemapWe produced a map to illustrate the locations of syncronisation points as a  data trail which was toured by a small group of Lueneburg locals. They were encouraged to scan the QRcode posters and NFC tags they found on the street first connecting to Freifunk wireless then activating the BTsync to distribute the images and films.

Please try these BTsyncs yourself 1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12 – or get the set! confused ? see the howTo..

thingsqrcodeThe post-medial is not tied to any particular modality of media, neither to “new” or “old”, “digital” or “analog”, nor to “connected” or “offline”. Nevertheless it relies on new medial affordances (what? affordances! :-)) and possibilities, allowing for new kinds of collective repositories and living archives. How can these new collecitve, transitory and ad-hoc repositories of ‘many media’ look like? What are their (possible) protocols of turning consumers into makers, individuals into groups, and media into structured, living and meaningful (micro-)social memory? What are possible assemblages that withstand idiosyncrasy and expert-ism, but are ‘avant-garde’ and progressive in form and function nevertheless?

_object/ive (for ‘Parliament of Things’)…?!
16th January morning: Introduction
  • 10:30 – 12:30: Introduction of people and workshops + overall choreography *For  this we ask you to bring and present an object (any kind of object)  that you relate to, care about and are willing to donate to the  archive.*
16th January afternoon: Freifunk & Grundversorgnung present their projects & Freifunk nodes flashing
  • 12:30 – 14:00: Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00: Grundversorgung (, online video interview tool,, OPD, Poparchiv) & WikiVision
  • 15:00 – 16:00: Freifunk presentation
  • 16:00 – 18:00: Flashing Freifunk Node & installing them in Lueneburg (10 nodes have been ordered & arrived @ Grundversorgung) // Uploading of materials to an Interlace instance (preparation for Friday afternoon) -> create map of all the freifunk nodes in lueneburg one could walk (for Saturday)
17th January, morning: Interlace & Tactical Media Files presentation
  • 10:00 – 11:00: Tactical  Media Files: Presentation about archiving as part of a ‘living’  cultural process, which means that it happens also very much outside of  the digital, in embodied encounters and ‘lived practices’ (activism,  artistic production, and more).
  • 11:00 – 12:00: Interlace:
17th January, afternoon:
  • 12:00 – 14:00: All   together Now! – reviving the legendary ‘Brown Bag’ Session a  collective  Power-Thought-Exchange-Lunchy-Thing Groups share and receive  food and  feedback.
  • 14:0014:30: Break
  • 14:30 – 18:00: Media Mesh: Collaborative editing on Interlace with ‘Tactical Medie Files’ & ‘Lueneburg City Archive’ materials (needs preparation & uploading of materials)
  • 21:00 PUBLIC*: Zum Kollektiv, Scharffsches Haus, Heiligengeiststr. 38, 21335 Lüneburg *Screening  Things* – an open, partly curated public screening including footage  from the Stadtarchiv and works by ‘Taking Care of Things!’ participants
18t January, morning: Start the derive of Lueneburg @ Freiraum
  • 11:00 – 12:00: Meeting @ Freiraum, presenation Freiraum & Freifunk
  • get bittorrent sync to work on mobile phones
18th January, afternoon: Finish the walk @ city archive, meet up & exchange experiences
  • 12:00 – 14:00: walk through Lueneburg, download media from freifunk nodes over bittorrent sync
  • 14:00 – 17:00: Meeting @ City Archive */Stadtarchiv/  *Parliament of Things * a public fair and exhibition displaying the  results of the two-day workshop intermixed with city archive material—an  opportunity for the local public to engage with ‘Taking Care of  Things!’ and the Stadtarchiv in a variety of activities igniting &  deepening conversations around archives, life-cycles and care.
Hauke Winkler: Freifunk Lueneburg //
James Stevens & Adnan Hadzi: DeckspaceTV //
Eric Kluitenberg: Tactical Media Files /
Volker Grassmuck and others from Grundversorgung 2.0 (Jan Torge, Kilian, …) ( WikiVision //
  • is a media sociologist, free-lance author and activist, has conducted research on the knowledge order of digital media, on copyright and the knowledge commons at Free University Berlin, Tokyo University, Humboldt University Berlin and University of São Paulo and is currently directing the project “Public Service Media 2.0″ at the Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC) of Leuphana University Lueneburg. He was project lead of the conference series and of the copyright information portal, co-founded, and and blogs at
Many Media, kollektive Interface | collective interfaces, Wilde Netzwerke | Wilderness Networks, lokale Übertragung+Speicher | local Transmission+Storage
Possible ideas:
– Work with Interlace on the city archives [with Freifunk ( for local media-pickups]
– Work with Freifunk to display site specific (deep-linked) Interlace sections
– Work with Bittorrent Sync ( and/or OwnCloud ( to offer the deep-linked media locally
– If we use a NAS @ Deckspace we could use the http://Deckspace.TV container on which Interlace is already running (robert what do you think?)
– we make timecapsules with the archive material -> embedded / injecting meta data into the objects -> share these objects as secrets during the workshop?
– Do a walk/derive on Saturday through Lueneburg, starting from Freiraum (, exploring the Freifunk nodes, which are deep-linking into the city archives
Possible actions:
– Install a Freifunk node in the UK @
– Attach a NAS to the Freifunk node UK
– Thus creating a network between Germany, Sweden, UK (concerning media law & ‘public spheres’ one would have to consider a pan-european publishing network)
– maybe also install a Freifunk node in Switzerland (so to take the network out of the EU juristiction, plus Switzerland has ‘Freedom of Art’ as a constitutional right, see:
– Order 10 Freifunk Nodes – done (Volker)
– Rent small Freiraum room for Saturday morning (two hours) -> budget?
– Flash around 10 nodes during the workshop & install them in Lueneburg (see instructions here: )
_Freifunk places that are linked:
– Freiraum / Salon Hansen
– Post Media Lab / CDC / Grundversorgung
_Freifunk places to link:
– Stadtarchive
– Anna & Arthur
– Pons bar
– Hausbar
– Apothekenstr
– Cinema Scala
– Jekyl & Hide
– Cafe fleur
– Zum Kollektiv
– Nina home
 (see the map above for final list)
_some more links/stuff
– the silent university
– videovortex interlace
_Official Schedule
PROGRAM_January 15-18__Taking Care of Things!_
organized by Post-Media Lab, Habits of Living; in cooperation with Stadtarchiv
_Wednesday, Jan 15 PUBLIC_
Oliver Lerone Schultz: ‘Intersecting Cycles – A Welcome to a kind of Goodbye’
Nishant Shah: ‘Laying the Grounds – Archives, Life-Cycles, Care’
Kelly Dobson: ‘Why It Matters The Way Things Break’
– introduced by WendyChun
‘Published Things’ – a temporarily installed Public Library offering the first
charge of Post-Media Lab publications. Bring your own devices to download them live!
– Hosted by Clemens Apprich and Marcell Mars
_Thursday, Jan 16 INTERNAL_
*10:00 – 10:30*
‘Opening Up the Archive’: Stadtarchiv Lüneburg – A guided Tour by Danny Kolbe
*10:30 – 12:30*
Introduction of people and workshops + overall choreography*For this we ask you to bring and present an object (any kind of object) that
you relate to, care about and are willing to donate to the archive.*
*12:30 – 14:00*
*14:00 – 18:00*
6 Care Groups (workshop time)
Group Dinner at a local brewerie (Mälzer)
_Friday, Jan 17 INTERNAL_
*09:30 – 12:00*
6 Care Groups (workshop time)
*12:00 – 14:00*
All together Now! – reviving the legendary ‘Brown Bag’ Session
a collective Power-Thought-Exchange-Lunchy-Thing
Groups share and receive food and feedback.
*14:00 – 14:30 Fresh air & coffee*
*14:30 – till Brooklyn!*
6 Care Groups (workshop time)
*21:00 PUBLIC*
Zum Kollektiv, Scharffsches Haus, Heiligengeiststr. 38, 21335 Lüneburg*Screening Things*
an open, partly curated public screening including footage from the Stadtarchiv
and works by ‘Taking Care of Things!’ participants
_Saturday, Jan 18 INTERNAL_
*until 13:00*
Set-up ‘Parliament of Things’
*13:00 – 17:00 */Stadtarchiv/
*Parliament of Things *
a public fair and exhibition displaying the results of the two-day workshop
intermixed with city archive material—an opportunity for the local public to
engage with ‘Taking Care of Things!’ and the Stadtarchiv in a variety of
activities igniting & deepening conversations around archives, life-cycles and care.
_Sunday, Jan 19_
Breakfast for those still in town.

Freiraum reSynced

DSCF1745During the final workshop day today we met again with Alexander the CEO of Freiraum who has been our primary contact and host these three days. He presented an account of establishment and development of Parklokal foundation and illustrated the many areas of activity and ongoing engagement with business and community that have come about since.

freiraumresyncedWe heard about their beginnings at Hausbar and progression to music venue Salon Hansen leading to addition of Freiraum itself and introduction to Lunatic Festival. Please view the great presentation for your self.

Max is a student at Leuphana University and the outgoing chair of Lunatic. He talked in animated terms about his experiences working for the festival, detailing the educational aims and commitment of the university to maintain support of this very successful student run event. The recent addition of arts exhibit at the festival has opened up new opportunities for engagement and involvement of the local community of Lueneburg.DSCF1718

We then collated this workshop report and produced a fresh set of qrcodes and nfc stickers set to link back to this page. These were fixed to windows and walls in the district.

Here is the btsync secret AX65KPZECNZC3U37KNEVEHVPSNWVGSWXJ please use it to syncronise.

In attendance ; Alexander, Max, Adnan, Wjana, James and Nina.

Graswurzel reSynced has been active since 2006 when they first got involved in filming political actions and publishing their documentaries. Founders Suze & Marco attended the Saturday workshop at Freiraum Lueneburg to present a potted history of their group activities. They showed us some of the many accounts of actions during a very busy 5 years.

More recently they have been mapping the resistance to open cast mining of lignite in the far east of Germany at the border with Poland where devastating environmental damage across a vast area is ongoing in the quest for cheap energy. Thousands of residents have already been decanted to other areas and mining has lead to the disappearance of entire villages.

We discussed how the evidence of these and other campaigns is often buried in the weight of information accumulating from often lengthy campaigns.

Later in the afternoon we turned to the second task of the day to prepare a live linux 4gb USB key for video editing uses and re purposing a small NAS unit to serve as reSync host for data here at Frieraum once we have departed on Monday.


In attendance ; Suze, Marco, Adnan, Wjana, Jan, James and Adam.

Freifunk reSynced

hausbarstickeringYou may have scanned this QRcode adjacent to a sticker in Lueneburg city centre in range of the open wireless network. Now you have been directed to this page where we are presenting the outcomes from recent reSync workshops in Lueneburg.

Under each Freifunk sticker is a RFID tag you can now scan with your NFC capable smart phone to open the Btsync point which holds the workshop documentation. You will need BTsync installed and internet connection to activate this link.


ponsstickered2Try connecting to Freifunk wireless which offers full fat internet, no blocked ports, access logs or regional paranoia! If you like what you see, find out more by attending one of the monthly meetings (last Wednesday of the month at Pons bar in Lueneburg). They have recently added a dynamic OLSR map.

mainstreetHaukenodeThe workshop featured a great Freifunk presentation by Hauke who lives locally and hosts an access point at his home in the centre of the city. We discussed the many aspects of free network infrastructure and how the local group collaborates to present open access. walkaboutThey run a flavour of Freifunk software that tunnels all the IP traffic crossing the network to a Swedish internet gateway thus navigating the Störerhaftung or ‘Secondary Liability’ otherwise limiting open hearted Germans at home.

partisanWe all considered prospects for future collaborations and infrastructure building with Freifunk,  interlinking Post Media LabFreiraum and Stadtarchiv which could be be attempted in time to coincide with the Taking care of Things conference in January 2014.

The workshop concluded by warwalking about the city on the hunt for Friefunk wireless which we celebrated with the QRcodes, stickers and NFC tags as described above. for more info checkout Howto reSync

Workshop attendees – Adnan, James, Hauke, Jancke, Nora, Alexander and Liene. Thanks everyone !

Futures reSynced

In this final reSync session in the UK we focussed on Futures. It was a very cold day with the wind blowing around the roof perhaps put some people off however It was great to welcome Paolo Cardullo and Atau Tanaka.

20100531222532_jetty07Paulo is a photographer and cultural studies tutor currently working on proposals for a Deptford walking/map project with British Library Archives fund so we were able to confer on techniques for street signage with qrcodes and NFC to promote linking and syncing of pictures and maps available.

Atau is currently Professor of Media Computing at Goldsmiths leading a 5 year research project at the Embodied Audiovisual Interaction group. There are some great opportunities for the use of NFC and QRcodes in music yet to be explored as well as a wealth of new media systems now available to aid experimentation eg eMotive . In 2008 Cardiacs frontman and creative powerhouse Tim Smith suffered a catastrophic stroke which left him with impaired voice and motor function. Atau confirmed his department had research and practice commitments for just this sort of disabled support in terms of music making but which may lead to some well needed support in 2014 for Tim.

gargisenGargi Sen from magic lantern movies arrived later in the afternoon to discuss new approaches to the distribution and presentation of documentary film archives which deserve greater development  and reward. They are in the process of applying for the NESTA R&D fund for the Arts to develop a documentary film distribution platform for cinema audiences. They are seeking a technical partner in the UK in support of the application they are making now which we can contribute to and perhaps collaborate on next year.

assange_parcel_smallAdnan Hadzi wasn’t available to contribute today as he is travelling with Bitnik to attempt a parcel delivery to Nabeel Rajab in Bahrainfutures-resynced-150x150

Screens reSynced

Our efforts to date have allowed us plenty of opportunity to re familiarise ourselves with events and productions at deckspace and we continued digging out materials today.

funkiporciniJames Braddell joined us for the start of the session on his way out to Rome. It was a great opportunity to discuss some assumptions about the value of archive and practical issues of identifying, processing and representing moving image. Much of his work expresses a wry sense of humour and explores the structures of music with texture and imagination. His latest video work ‘CITY‘ concentrates dense HD into immersive environment compositions.

projblackFor more than two decades Exploding Cinema have held open access screenings where thousands of makers make their films public for the love of it. Their zine style show booklets and posters pepper the whole archive. In 2005 the world turned in their home movies, cat fetishes and music videos to Youtube and since then billions pour their daily lives into the stew of social media silos. Finally we have been compromised by universal self and state surveillance.

interlacescreenshotThere has been some breakthrough progress on our efforts to install Interlace as Robert had a bit of time to refine his codebase and get a version working for us for now.

You can now have review some of those SPC DV archives we already spent so many hours digitising but never edited. Interlace opens in a web browser and lays out the film strips end to end down the page.. to activate the viewer click any clip and and presto, like dropping the needle on a record. Each clip is then accessible for metadata tagging, interlinking and dynamic reordering by category and context. See also Video Vortex hyprid-reader.

1_pdfsam_FINAL_irational_exhibition_finalRachel Baker arrived in time to find us winding up the days work and reflecting on these screens, origins and objectives and had a lot to offer from her own experiences as member of but also as early contributor at Backspace. She is currently at booksprint and urges us to produce a printable set of these notes as part of our workshops!

Irational will also organise a workshop in Lueneburg, the week before we run the Deckspace.TV workshop, on “Archaeology and Futurology of an Artserver An exhibition and event series by art collective irational “.

This ‘Screens’ workshop marked the 10th anniversary of the ‘DMZ‘ festival…

Origins reSynced

This week we set out to explore the material archive we have at Deckspace for the print, image and online records relating to SPC origins. Backspace was open and operational throughout 1996-2000 a period which primed us for so much we have experienced in the years that followed. Independent media production and political action gained new strengths from Internet based communication and we all had an experience of dynamism in the rush of attention on some of the work we produced and the reality of re-generation in the inner cities that eventually closed the space. Before that moment passed so much flowed through, around and over us on its way to the future it was hard to capture.

javier-400Javier arrived bang on time for the start of the session at 11am so we had plenty of opportunity to discuss current work and indulge in a little nostalgia for 1999-2003 during the early days of indimedia London and our adoption of Linux. He is currently campaigner at Open-Rights group as well as helping establish a bi-lingual freeschool in Brighton demonstrating an enduring enthusiasm and commitment to a wide scope of civic and political action. The following data dump of what’s new, related and essential in the field of archivism, rights and digital activism took place in a stream of consciousness hard to account for now. (ta for the list Javi !) We certainly talked a while about DIY book and newsprint scanners and the Free Births Deaths and Marriage register projects.

The Collection Trust | Europeana | MailPile | Hub of All Things | British Newspapers | Leap


One aspect of the workshops is to dig through the accumulated archives (boxes) containing not least, posters, flyers and stickers for the J18 Carnival Against Capitalism. This crowned an golden period in Backspace when it was used as the first ever Indimedia Centre to help articulate the event and from where a coordination of videos arriving by cycle courier from the City of London actions were streamed to the worlds public via SPC servers.

afn2Giovanni d’Angelo was one of the key backspacers and also joined us again for further excavations as we distilled the stored materials into specially cleared shelves in preparation for closer examination and processing. Before long tables already loaded with lunch debris are joined by contents of the cd racks and VHS silos. The Art for Networks boxes brought up from bitspace  featured OWN (in it’s earlier form as POD toolbox), Blink (our iteration of Frequency Clock) and Consume the Net were all featured in the exhibition alongside that of the many contributions curated by Simon Pope in 2002. lateralani

alexeibroom-300x169Adnan brought along newly acquired NFC/RFID tag writer  for misc cards and stickers we have yet to activate but which form the publication and promotion component of our research program. Alexei Blinov, long term collaborator at SPC and instrumental to so much technical practice and support to so many arrived reminding us of his Broom project which utilised similar RFID readers and to help us round off the days work with beer before joining us at Exploding Cinema show in Brixton.

We discussed the GCHQ/NSA big data gathering concerning the change within legislation. The Criminal Justice Act, which was introduced 10 years ago by the British government in order to prevent free parties and festival initiated a mass movement of resistance (up to j18). Mark Harrision stated in an interview by Neil Transpontine (in the last edition of datacide), that “the Criminal Justice Bill was rushed in – and this drove much of the dance music scene back into the hand of The Industry”. Might Eben Moglen’s Freedom Box be a way out?

Objectives reSynced

Due to the circumstances quickly changing this week’s workshop turned into a radical real time performance. The object in question was a parcel send to Mr. Rajab, see (&

This radical real time performance  nicely fitted  the theme of the fellowship Life vs. Object, with the  fourth research cycle “Life versus Object. Comrade Things and Alien Life” focusing  on the flattening out of ontological hierarchies between humans, animals, machines and objects and new parametric realities brought about by networked media environments.

The parcel left the Ecuadorian Embassy on Monday the 28th of October with the Twitter status: “Sending Nabeel Rajab a parcel containing a camera. Camera documents its journey through postal system in realtime. …

We only received a few images, then the camera went blank, and only black images were transmitted (we speculated that the camera might have been put into a bag). Furthermore we seemed not to move at all, and were stuck in the Parcelforce Depot for over a day.

BXz8YbpCIAAHlDv.png_largeOn Tuesday things moved, and finally the parcel was transported to Stansted Airport, but with not the hoped outcome of being transported out of the country, on the contrary, after another day of waiting the parcel was brought back to the Parcelforce distribution center in Camden.

After still being there for another day !Mediengruppe Bitnik started to inquire into the whereabouts of the parcel and received conflicting status messages from Parcelforce and Fedex.  Bitnik tweeted: “Fedex says parcel it’s at Parcelforce – they say it’s at Fedex. Our GPS says:“.

BYDk4pDCAAAbXo6.png_largeAfter this tweet, things suddenly seemed to be moving (if it was because of this tweet or not we shall never know). Wikileaks’ response to this was: “One can imagine the politics as the political hot-potato parcel is thrown between Royal Mail, Parcel Force, Fedex and UK Customs. No one wants to be left holding the parcel if a story breaks about refusing to let it through to Bahrain’s top political prisoner.”

The Parcel left the country on Thursday night, the 31st of October, on a flight to Paris. It only stayed at the Paris airport for some hours before being loaded onto a flight to Dubai, where it arrived on Friday morning.

Another day passed…

Unfortunately they lost the connection to the parcel on the 2nd of November around 9AM  (GMT) for good. FedEx changed the status of them tracking the parcel to N/A, and !Mediengruppe Bitnik tweeted: “24’010 live images | 23’626 black images | 5594 km | 6 days | 6573 GPS readings | 3 countries | 3 airports | #postdrone” & “#Postdrone from Assange to Nabeel Rajab was stopped at Dubai Airport. But our journey to Bahrain is not over yet. Stay tuned for updates.”

Rights reSynced

IMG_0599This years Mozfest was again held at Ravensbourne College of Art in North Greenwich adjacent to the O2 Dome. Every view from inside through port holes a reminder of the spectacular transformation in the area since the new millennium.

One of the attractions for us this year was the more formal unveiling of the Firefox phone but there it was in little evidence after the opening night ( which I missed) Instead the mantra was of maker badges and the mushrooming interest and utility of Webmaker products.

IMG_0592One of these initiatives set out to specify a Webmaker teaching kit with kids in mind as well as those who are starting out.. by the time I found them much had already been done! All those post-it notes were transcribed and should appear on the mozfest site.. sometime.

IMG_0586Security and safety on the web was of course a theme on everyone’s mind this year the series of crypto workshops were well attended and explored how to use pgp for email, public key encryption tools for messaging and Tor for web browsers. Those of us with phones installed and configured 10490704864_e49ff6a4eb_dChatSecure‘ for Android.


Air | Story | Tracks | Session

Mozfest writeup

Transmissions reSynced

This weeks reSync workshop studies the mechanisms for broadcast we have made use of over the years.. We welcomed Anthony Davies from Maydayrooms and missed out on talking to Bruno Sanhueza DJ contributor to the WirelessFM we host at

When we first opened Deckspace in 2001 several of our longer term collaborators from Backspace were keen to continue with their live audio and streaming projects.

piratem11 PirateTV presented live streaming video and audio from their base at first from Coldcut studio in Clink Street till 1999 and later from Outerbongolia in Herne Hill in South London.

<Blink> was featured in a touring Arts for Networks exhibition and utilised the pioneering FrequencyClock engine designed and built by Adam Hyde. He installed a frequencyclock for <Blink> which we used at Deckspace for many

Jem Finer authored Longplayer in celebration of the millennium in 2000, a thousand year musical composition driven by supercolider scripts and. SPC has hosted the listening station since 2002 and we work with Longplayer Trust to keep the composition publicly available.

Pirate Radio Listening Station was designed and built by Heath Bunting and was moved to Deckspace from ICA in 2008. It lists pirate radio FM broadcasts receivable in the SE London area and remote control of the tuner which in turn re-streams the selected station.

In 2010 Rob Canning installed SourceFabric’s Airtime server but we haven’t turned to it as a tool so far. Its available at

Today we have been talking about which of the newer solutions could be of use to us as we review the SPC repository we are building at We like for its scope to manipulate meta data and will accommodate ‘deep links’ to the timeline. InterLace by Robert M Ochshorn takes these ideas further incorporating slitscreen views of film strips and contextural interlinking in its web based player. Check this link to his presentation.

During the session it became clear our enthusiasm for bit torrent sync would present issues for our project as it is not open source so we looked at alternative methods of p2p transport for our report publishing. Gio turned up as we began this discussion and suggested we look at Retroshare and Adnan already has an install of Owncloud operational so issued us accounts to test out.

Wilderness reSynced

On Friday 11th October we held the first of a series of reSync workshops in Deckspace, ‘Wilderness’ where we reviewed tools for collaborative video production, considered how best to construct reports and investigated the mechanics of Bit Torrent Sync in preparation for inclusion at future workshops.

We began at noon with a run through of the objectives for the workshops and how we might sequence explanation, interaction and expression of the key activities successfully.

Archaeology of SPC resources, review discoveries and publish reports.
it’s the heap : frame : stack motif proposed by Jonathan Kemp.

Some preparation has been done to pull together disparate media files from the many deckspace workstations and external hard disks plus the webservers that host a mass of video, image and audio data. Adnan Hadzi has already engineered a collaborative process for filmmakers at which we can utilise to annotate, store files and author fresh compositions.

There is a growing range of web browser based playback systems available which we will make use of eg. (which has been constructed by Robert  Ochshorn also a research fellow of Lunueburg uni.)

Each report will detail the range of sources, selected files and size of the data sync.

We will author our own btsync install recipies for linux, windows and mac os users as we felt the available guides fall short in some respects.

Once we installed the available btsync software on desktop, laptop and portable devices we experimented to discover how best to operate the various options and to improve on communication of the p2p sharing concepts and implementation of btsync to date.
Print media to carry the nfc / qrcode that links to the report and associated media resources

Lets also identify case use for read only vs full access ie. server back up requires read only

scenario #1 mobile user wishing to sync library files
discover the URL to library description or send key to library email install btsync and subscribe to library

scenario #2 laptop user offers sync to local directory
we successfully synchronised mobile user (android)  using backup by sending the library an email with secret in. We also used sync to the library by scanning the qrcode.  both worked with mobile and wlan connection

scenario #3 we offered a read only sync folder on our server and syncronised between two laptops on our LAN and a mobile phone on 3G opterator. We also syncronised between 3 pc’s each able to add and remove files as well as reflecting updates with a full access.

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Scaling Heights

Never shy of an opportunity to take in rooftop view and shoot a fresh panorama TB visited several buildings in the last couple of weeks in the process of preparing for further wireless interlinking and collaborative interference.

trianglepanno4000Here first at Spacestudios base Triangle on Mare Street from where we hope to link up other studios in the Hackney area over the next few months.

warmington12013-4000Then up at Goldsmiths campus during setup for iVSA conference installation when we had an invite to return to the top of Warmington Tower where OWN/Redraw has an aging 2.4ghz infrastructure array.

A lastly a reminder of the top drawer fun we all had visiting Stubnitz whilst it was moored at various east end dockland locations 2012/13 and this view of George V dock from the top of the A mast.. some view!

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On 11th July Maydayrooms held  the first workshop primer at it’s splendid base in newly appointed 88 Fleet Street building. Culmination of 5 years careful preparation and a generous leg-up from Glass House Trust they have been able to secure a 10 year lease on the 4 floors above ground plus roof terrace with views over their immediate neighbours and stunning sights of the City.

maydayroomsroofpano4000‘A site for gathering, holding, and animating documents and idioms of dissent which continue to offer a critically productive and emancipatory relation to the turbulent present.’

With so much before them and yet more to comment on their current energies focus on the very pragmatic day to day operational issues not least setting up of the eight very differently oriented spaces therein. Identifying with the expectations and diverse interests of it’s dozen or so seed aficionados was Paula Graham of Flossie Collective.MaydayRooms Kitchen 2013Several hours of congenial post-it note collages and snack munching later had channeled the waterfall of preconceptions and witty interjections onto floor by floor notebooks with a resolve to reconvene in the next week or so to act on the insights gathered.

Fabian Tompsett, Pauline van Mourik Broekman, Howard Slater, Jaya Klara Brekke, Anthony Davies, Gillian Boal, Iain Boal, Grace Harrison, Paula Graham, Kate Lomax, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Caroline Heron, Henry Tillotson.. snapped in the kitchen (4th floor) by James Stevens.

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One contributor to the background noise up at Deckspace has been running a series of bitcoin mining experiments with GPU and then FPGA mining tools and has grown a modest investment into shape and now considering some broader collaboration options

With rate of difficulty to create each new bitcoin on a bender following deployment of the first ASIC units, a quantum leap is being forced on all those currently involved and wishing to continue the seeding of this revolutionary decentralised digital currency and banking system. With equipment costs also on the rise, individuals will find it increasingly hard to participate so shared mining solutions are emerging fast to accommodate demand. eg.

Our proposal is to set up such a mine by purchasing a bleeding edge hardware solution said to become available in September with a 400GH/s spec which will also heat up your palmhouse at 1KW/h. If you were lucky enough to own and run such a unit now it could be earning you 60 bitcoins a day! However they won’t land in the UK till late September early October by which time so much will have changed it will barely be possible to generate coins without such a beast. Therin lies the problem, layout cash now, advance order the hardware then sit back and wait for delivery as the difficulty of the task rises exponentially.

If you have been hankering to get involved and have been cursing yourself since the whole thing kicked off perhaps now is a moment to consider. Get one of 100 shares in our mine for a single bitcoin and join the ride along the next phase of investment. The order for the hardware will be made in the next week along with full non-refundable advance payment of £5k a fee no person need now face alone.

roll em..!

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Its been a decade since we first spoke with Spacestudios regards facilitating artist studios with wireless broadband internet access and at last we are moving ahead with a schedule of installation starting in Fish Island , Hackney Wick area of east London.

whitebuilding01Last week TB cycled up the River Lee to the canal side of the Olympic Park at Old Ford lock where the first two studio infested buildings co-exist on Dace Road. The first, Britannia is three floors and 200m long with 55 studios. The second, Bridget Riley has four floors and 37 studios. Behind each blank door resides a striving artist or innovative group practice where you can get the impression that some just don’t get out enough! All are now keen to remain connected whilst working or at least ready to tap the network resources for supplies, materials and stimulation. Several just couldn’t wait and have gone ahead with their own broadband installation but in the main the new shared resource it is my task to install is just in the nick of time.

To speed things up further we made contact with anyone passing by in the long corridors and quickly tracked willing collaborators with under utilised broadband keen to offload costs and still remain connected. Advance research suggested FTTC Infinity etc would not be available but thankfully it now is and so both building will shortly be up and running with 16 access points between them 50/8 mb/s per building to work with.


The third building presented a different set of concerns confirmed as still only within range of low grade broadband service 5/0.6mb/s which really doesn’t share out so well amongst the 14 users therein. Cre-8 Life style centre opened this year as part of the London 2012 legacy and is just next door. They also need better broadband for their media training and production broadcast studios.. The more we look around the greater the demand rises.. The White Building completes the triangle of Spacestudios in the area and opened in 2012 in time for the games, also hosts Crate Beer and Pizza bar which draws a regular local crowd for the art eat and social events.

Between the three sites is Central books whom we called in on to make introductions and suggest an arrangement where they could host a high speed fibre connection to server the growing needs of all in the area an idea which they warmed to but we are yet to investigate further.

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Public Image

Paolo Cardullo presents OCTV in collaboration with James Stevens of SPC, an installation at the IVSA 2013 Annual Conference held at Goldsmiths, University of London July 08-10th and hosted by CUCR – Centre for Urban and Community Research.

Alongside the panel Exploding Bentham’s scopic regime we invite visitors and panellists to actively engage in an experience of surveillance, curated by James Stevens. Six IP cameras in positions to view the conference delegates will be embedded into the info displays around  Goldsmiths. Viewers switch channel and camera vision so to become controllers over the self surveillance network.
In this way, watchers become at the same time the watched ones in a loop of mediatic and maybe ‘real’ encounters. The installation invites participants to reflect on the possibilities offered by open networks and ubiquitous technology in the context of visualising public space with other people (strangers). To what extent would by-standers try to avoid video devices? To what extent are they involved in a performance, returning the gaze to the cameras?

Rob Canning has built a camera controller which transcodes each camera feed ready for embedding in the Goldsmiths information monitors where we will presentat OCTV. Conference delegates will see a poster about the installation featuring a qrcode (URL) to a page offering camera switch and inviting @octvivsa twitter stream comment. The cameras also post reports on motion detected.


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Nobody’s Baby

We rarely have the opportunity to work with our hosts at Borough Hall, Greenwich Dance so we were pleased to be invited onto a wider collaboration with show producers to provide streaming video relay throughout a 100 hour dance marathon pilot process.


10 dancers with pair up to present 4 days of nonstop dance formulated  by Arthur Pita’s Open Heart Productions and hosted by Greenwich Dance in the Borough Hall from 3rd to 7th June 2013. The event is free and open to the public throughout the 100 hours.

IMAG0164We have utilised Edimax 3100P cctv camera equipment which streams rtsp H264 video through Wowza streaming server. This will enable us to relay these camera views and embed them on the event page.

stats : streammanager : recorder

We call the camera’s built in server [rtsp://] and prepare a /content link rtmp:// which can be embedded using JWplayer html script or as in this case a wordpress plug-in;

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Resolume workout

You are welcome to join us at SDNA studio on weekend of 17/18th May for a couple of days of projected image and experimental interaction with popular software Resolume. We will start at noon with a plate of cake and mugs of tea, ending with beer and a showreel of workout clips. Please call 07973318881 if you wish to attend.

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Ship of Fools and Monsters

The Exploding Cinema show onboard Motor Ship Stubnitz Saturday 20th April was a great success with over 300 hundred shipmates attending for a whale of a show. Special thanks to the crew for making it all possible!

Stubnitz has now sailed on, this time to Dunkirk where they will stay till late summer after which return to London does seem possible if suitable mooring can be found.

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Open Video London

Between April 18-20, Mick Fuzz from Floss Manuals facilitates a workshop / course sprint to document and publish an introductory course for open video  in the areas of end-user technologies (viewing, encoding, editing,  subtitling etc) and developer tools (transcoding, web applications,  developing for mobile devices). See the event schedule here

Open Video London will be held aboard MS Stubnitz which is currently moored at Wood Wharf in London Docklands. Contributions will come from those already swimming in the sea of free software / open source tools, open video frameworks and creating innovative learning.

It’s part of the international Open Video series launched with the Open  Video Forum in 2012. The current version of the course, created at a  Berlin sprint last year, is part of the School of Open, a collaboration  between Creative Commons and P2P University.

Join us in an ongoing effort to bring more people (especially from newer netcultures) into free software / open source debates around visual media via the creation of open educational resources (courses will be translated).

Please get in touch soon if you interested and think you  may be able to attend, we’ll cover accommodation, meals, and can help with travel expenses.

Partners include:
xm:lab, FLOSS Manuals, P2PU,


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