Workshop on RFID and other kind of spimes

Kitchen Budapest, July 7-9, 2010

RFID is part of the ecology of IPV6, barcodes and all kinds of identification which enable the linking up of people, things and the environment.

If we look at it from our analogue point of view and in our current economic and democratic systems of fear, crisis and control it does not show great promise for more balance, more joy or more happiness. However, if we are able to look beyond ourselves, the real profit may lie in getting to know ourselves, our friends and our enemies better and being able to fully live up to our potential by making everything a bit more transparent.

Rob van Kranenburg and Pawel Pokutycki, the top chefs of the workshop kitchen, will cook a delicious radioactive soup tastefully tagged with the sweet flavour of do-it-yourself electronics and spime spices. Fresh food for thought, unforgettable recipes and the best ingredients served straight onto the plates of hungry creatives.

Rob van Kranenburg (NL/BE) is an innovation and media theorist involved with negotiation strategies for new technologies and artistic practice, predominantly ubiquitous computing and RFID, the relationship between the formal and informal in cultural and economic policy, and the requirements for a sustainable cultural economy. He wrote ‘The Internet of Things’ and co-organized the DIFR network in the Netherlands. He founded Council, a thinktank for the Internet of Things. He works one day a week for the Ambient Intelligence & Design research domain (led by Professor Ben Schouten) at Fontys Applied Sciences in Eindhoven, as projectmanager of SHAREIT and member of the knowledge network.

Pawel Pokutycki (PL) is an interaction designer, thinker and lecturer at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague, The Netherlands. In 2005, he initiated early activities with the AR+RFID Lab, later called the AR Lab, an experimental interdisciplinary platform doing research in the application of the emerging technologies of Augmented Reality (AR) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in the field of art and design. His main interests as a scholar and designer are in the methodologies of creative, surprising, unexpected, critical and artistic concept development for new media and interactive technology, in both hardware and software design. His recent educational project Design Spam explores the possibilities of innovation in online communication emerging from noise, failure and nonsense, rather than predictable, debugged, well-thought-out processes of information exchange. See also the weblog of the students and teachers of the Interactive/Media/Design programme.

The workshop is co-organized by KIBU (Kitchen Budapest) and the MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design).