Never Ready: A Congress on the Visuality of the Internet
The multitude of spaces in the online world have widely been unified in the last few years. Innovation and finding your own unique solutions have been pushed aside, easing us into lazy comfort. Together with designers, writers and artists from all over the world we want to go off grid for a breather and get out of our cozy pillows. Together we want to be nostalgic about a new web that has yet to be conjured by us and share new possibilities and viewpoints for a happier and more diverse time in front of and behind the screen. We envision a digital detox from the online anecdotes and how the internet should look and delve deep into new narrations that break up with our templated reality. To overthrow the golden rules of web design to which we are bound and embrace lost or new ways of how the web works.
DVTK (GB/FR), Kexin Hao (NL), Marco Land (DE), Olia Lialina (DE), Laiqa Mohid (GB), Sebastian Schmieg (DE), Laurel Schwulst (US), Vera van de Seyp (NL), Harald Peter Ström (SE), Yehwan Song (KR), Liebermann, Kiepe, Reddemann (DE)
Team: Moritz Ebeling, Stina Frenz, Wiebke Grieshop, Kim Kleinert, Karla Krey, Tigran Saakyan, Torben Spieker, Stephan Thiel, Leoni Voltz, Yulia Wagner; Klasse Digitale Grafik
Prof. Christoph Knoth, Prof. Konrad Renner
- 2:30 p.m.: Introduction & Performative Opening
- 3 p.m.: 5 Colours for The Eternal Wave by Laurel Schwulst
Laurel Schwulst is an American artist, writer, and professor. Selected works include “How to Build a Bird Kite” (interactive for the New York Times, 2021), Flight Simulator (app for iOS and Android published by Soft, 2019), and Perfume Area (book co-written with Sydney Shen, published by Ambient Works, 2015).
- 4 p.m.: Thoughts from 25 years of web designing (when no one is a web designer ((myself included (((maybe))) by Harald Peter Ström
Peter Ström (1978) is a graphic / web designer and educator based in Stockholm, Sweden. Peter started out exploring and participating in the early web in the mid 1990s, as part of the first generation growing up online. He launched web publications such as Harald.net, Reload.org and (the infamous) Alfabag.com. He later founded web design agency Speedway (later Abel & Baker), spent a few years in Berlin and eventually studied graphic design at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. After graduating in 2006, he relocated to Stockholm and launched graphic design studio Konst & Teknik with Mattias Jakobsson, with the aim to intersect traditional graphic design and digital design into one practice.
Since 2016 he is senior lecturer in Visual Communication and part of the faculty at Beckmans College of Design where he teaches and researches design for screens.
In 1998 he was named Swedens Coolest Webdesigner by industry publication Cap & Design. Exactly 20 years later, in 2018, he was awarded the Berling Price for his work bridging the digital and analogue typography in Sweden.
Currently (2022) Peter works on a few design commussions with Konst & Teknik, researches the preservation of digital design as well as being an active board member at contemporary art gallery Issues. He is also a slow learner and intrigued sceptic on all thing Web3.
- 5:15 p.m.: Four You. History of the WWW in four epochs: Under Construction, Update, Upload, U by Olia Lialina
Olia Lialina (b. Moscow, 1971) is among the best-known participants in the 1990s net.art scene - an early-days, network-based art pioneer. Her early work had a great impact on recognizing the Internet as a medium for artistic expression and storytelling. This century her continuous and close attention to Internet architecture, "net.language" and vernacular web has made her an important voice in contemporary art and new media theory. Lialina is credited with founding one of the earliest web galleries, Art Teleportacia. She is cofounder and keeper of One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age archive and a professor at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany and a GIF model.
- 6 p.m.: Panel: Hypertext as Native Language with Laurel Schwulst and Harald Peter Ström
- 7 p.m.: In & off screen, within & amongst bodies by Kexin Hao
Kexin Hao is a visual artist and designer born in Beijing and based in The Netherlands. Her practice is a marriage of graphic design and performance art. Having initiated and being involved in various creative projects across China and Europe, Kexin challenges not only geometrical borders but also disciplines of design, film, performance, and music, as well as physical boundaries between art and non-art space. Using a daring visual language, the work is a constant swing between intimate close-up on personal stories and zoom-out to collective narratives; between a past of political heaviness and a flashy modernity rendered in humour and sarcasm. In her recent works, Kexin investigates in the themes of body, rituals, health, archive, and collective memory.
- 8 p.m.: Students Meeting, BBQ and Drinks
• 10 a.m.: Body as Interface, Guided Meditation with Kim Boutin
Kim Boutin is a designer, educator, and researcher. She is the co-founder of DVTK, a digital direction studio based between London and Paris. The studio advises and creates virtual worlds for the digital space. Its approach to interactive design is rooted in forward-thinking strategy, in order to create experiences for a diverse range of clients, from fashion (Kenzo, Coperni, Nike) to arts (Serpentine Galleries, Barbican, ZKM) and tech (Apple, Google, Farfetch).
• 11 a.m.: <Dynamic Equilibrium> by Yehwan Song
Yehwan Song is a Korean-born artist and designer.
She designs and develops experimental websites and interactive graphics. Through her projects, she tries to flip the general understanding of web design and subvert common user-experience behaviors, which oversimplify users' behavior. She pursues diversity above consistency and efficiency.
• 12 noon: Original Copy by Marco Land
Marco Land is a designer, programmer and co-founder of ungroup, a digital design studio based in Berlin. The studio works collaboratively across various media for a diverse range of clients from individuals to institutions, focusing on interactive work.
• 2 p.m.: Serendipitous Borders: Interface as a place by Laiqa Mohid
Laiqa Mohid's work deals with interaction and world building as a method to connect people, places and memory. Using data and information as a material, Laiqa Mohid fondly paintd with code in the free time and tries to teach my computer what it means to be human.
• 3 p.m.: Hybrid Playground by Vera van de Seyp
Vera van de Seyp is a designer and creative coder. She has great interest in artificial intelligence, languages and finding systems in chaos. Currently based in Amsterdam, she runs her own practice, teaches at various art institutes and gives workshops and lectures across the world to inspire makers to code and make their own tools.
• 4 p.m.: Virtual Architectures by DVTK: Kim Boutin
• 5:15 p.m.: Panel: Anecdotes about the Interface with Kim Boutin, Marco Land and Yehwan Song
• 7 p.m.: Scroll Bar by Liebermann Kiepe Reddemann
• 8 p.m./9 p.m.: BBQ and Drinks, Never Ready Club
• 10 a.m.: Breakfast
• 11 a.m.: Web3n3rgy by Sebastian Schmieg
Sebastian Schmieg investigates the algorithmic circulation of images, texts, and bodies. He creates playful interventions that penetrate the shiny surfaces of our networked society and explore the realities that lie behind them. In particular Schmieg focuses on labor, algorithmic management, and artificial intelligence. He works in a wide range of media including video, website, installation, artist book, custom software, lecture performance, and delivery service. Schmieg’s work has been exhibited internationally at The Photographers’ Gallery London, MdbK Leipzig, HeK Basel, and Chronus Art Center Shanghai. He is a professor of Interface Design at HTW Dresden and lives and works in Berlin and Dresden.
• 12 noon: Class Rooms without Firewalls with Sebastian Schmieg, Vera van de Seyp and Laiqa Mohid
• 1 p.m.: Open End