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ACI Surfing with... Prof. Dr. Tilman Baumgärtel 11.06.2021, 6pm (Livestream)




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Link to common garden project




Once upon a time... the internet

"The internet does not forget" has become a commonplace - that could not be more wrong.
In this talk, media critic Tilman Baumgärtel will alert the audience to the imminent decay of much of the net culture that we take for granted today.
As a result of his decade-long involvement with internet art and net culture, Baumgärtel is acutely aware of this danger.

In the talk he will point out some poignant examples of the fragile nature of net artefacts as well as attempts to archive and maintain this legacy, including information on his own attempts to preserve early networked art. In addition, except some observations and insights into recent pandemie-compatible internet exhibitions, the diverse practise of net archiving, emulation, NFTs and internet memoirs...

Prof. Dr. Tilman Baumgärtel is a writer. He lives in Berlin and teaches media studies at Hochschule Mainz. Previously he was a professor at the University of the Philippines in Manila (2005 - 2009) und at the Department of Media and Communication at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (2009 - 2012). He has written or edited more than a dozen books on various aspect of media culture, including internet art, computer games, the aesthetics of loops, GIF animation and the film maker Harun Farocki.



Van Gogh TV project site

Zen for NFTs

Ether Kurs

Muntadas: The File Room

Mark Napier: The Shredder


Berliner Weblog


Jodi: Digital Rain


Internet Yellow Pages

internet memoirs

The Virtual Community



Tumbler Porn

meine Netzkunst-Bücher








ACI-Surfing with ... Saskia Wilson-Brown

24.03.2021 6pm (CET) 10am (PST)

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Saskia Wilson-Brown

French and American by upbringing, Cuban and English by blood, Saskia received her BA (fine art) from UC Berkeley and her MA (fine art) from Central Saint Martins.

A producer and curator for visual art and film, Saskia co-directed the seminal Silver Lake Film Festival, ran international outreach and development for Al Gore’s Current TV, and has consulted on a number of arts, film and transmedia projects, including the P2P distribution platform VODO, DIY Days, TEDActive and Slamdance Film Festival. In 2012, her interest in unorthodox practices led her to create The Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO), a non-profit arts organization devoted to experimentation, access, and education in perfumery. Through the IAO, she has launched partnerships with institutions such as Goethe Institut, Hammer Museum, Getty Institute, Danish Film Institute and National Media Museum UK (with Tammy Burnstock), Standard Hotel, Atlas Obscura, Huntington Library, Wallace Collection, Silent Green Kulturquartier, Watts Gallery, LACMA, and many more. In 2013, she launched the Art and Olfaction Awards, an awards mechanism for independent, artisan and experimental perfumers, which she has produced in Los Angeles, Berlin, London and Amsterdam. In addition to countless art installations and events, she has also produced large public-facing experimental programs relating to olfaction including the Biennial Scent Fair LA (with Darin Klein) and the annual Experimental Scent Summit (with Klara Ravat). Recent projects include a multi-year exploration of open source strategies in scent-making called Open Sourcing Smell Culture, building and maintaining a perfume garden servicing the Bell Homeless Shelter in Los Angeles in partnership with GrowGood.

In 2019 and 2020, Saskia was a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art in London, teaching about scent-making as a creative practice in the MA Fashion program. In March of 2020, when Covid-19 made travel and in-person events impossible, she spearheaded a quick launch of an online division of the Institute for Art and Olfaction. Through, the Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO) team and collaborating teachers served just over 600 people from diverse locations around the world, within the first 30 days. This allowed the IAO to continue its mission to facilitate access to the tools and information of perfumery, while reaching an even wider audience through increasingly affordable, well-researched and authentic online education.


Current projects include producing a semi-monthly radio show called Perfume on the Radio and finishing a documentary about ownership and historic reconstruction in the field of perfumery while pursuing a PhD about the relationship between perfume, access and power.






ACI-Surfing with... Aseel AlYaqoub  -  24.02.2021 6pm (CET) / 8 pm (AST)


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This time we will have an insight into Kuwaiti society from the perspective of a Kuwaiti artist. A very exciting topic, considering the special role Kuwait plays in the Gulf region, due to its turbulent history triggered by decolonization and the invasion of Iraqi troops and the resulting second Gulf War.

Art Claims Impulse invites you to a personal informal evening. Get to know people from art, philosophy, urbanism and other inspiring fields. Spend an evening with the invited people, during which you are taken along on a surfing trip and introduced to aspects of their internet world. Which trends, ideas or projects caught their attention lately? What do they find interesting to share with other people?

Come along on a 2h trip, both inspiring and entertaining.

Aseel AlYaqoub (b. 1986, Kuwait) is an artist who works across the disciplines of history, architecture and cultural identity theory. Her practice is concerned with themes of nationhood, state apparatuses and collective nostalgia to discern why some historical elements fit well within the national narrative whilst others are deliberately forgotten. Using an ever-growing collection of found objects, documents and media, her work explores the construct of new nations such as Kuwait. Through video, drawing, installation and printmaking, she documents the nation’s processes of self-identification and state-making – that happened within pressure-cooker conditions – post-imperial dissolution and re-attachment.


Language, Search Engines and the Limitations of Digital Archives:






Arabic Keyboard:


Yamli Keyboard:


ACI Surfing (bad spelling):

يا بلادي نحن في الحرب سيفا وقنا


(Work) Mother Tongue, 2013:


Search queries: Lost in Translation:


Search queries: Lost without Verification:


Search queries in Arabic vs English: Saddam Hussein ‘The Arab’s Sword’:


Digital Archive: Jameel Library:


Digital Archive: Books 4 Arabs:


Digital Archive: Jstor collection of Kuwait history:


Digital Visual Archive - Institutional: Arab Image Foundation:


Digital Visual Archive - Middle East Archive (Darah Ghanem):


Digital Visual Archive - Eduqate:


Acquiring an archive:


Self-Archiving: AlKuwait Magazine: (desktop)



Histography as Process:


The World Today: Imagined Communities (3:08 – 5:31) (20:06 – 25:30):


Walid Raad’s Spectral Archive, Part I: Histography as Process:


History of the Middle East:


Wael Shawky: Cabaret Crusades PS1 MoMa:


Tribal Roots Map:


Taleb AlNaqeeb (Khaldoun AlNaqeeb Archives):


Edward Said on Orientalism (32:43 – 35:23):


Kuwait’s first delegation trip to London (1919):


Kuwait border history:


Qatar Digital Library - Kuwait Affairs 1920:



(Work) Frenemies 2017:




The Making of a National Pedigree:


Kuwait by John Feeney (1974):




(Work) Popular Games, 2015:


Times of Interregnum – Zygmunt Bauman: (desktop)


Kuwait A Dream Suspended – A rare documentary film about Kuwait in the 80s (10:00 - 13:36):



Kuwait’s Military Genealogy:


Edward Said Conversation with Bill Moyers (4:40 – 6:31):


Ala Younis – Tin Soldiers:


Kuwait history of wars:


History of Kuwait’s Military (Arabic):


To Tell the Truth – Commander of the Arab Legion (3:51):


Selected Originals - Jordan's Arab Legion Parade (1954) (4:25):


Glubb Pasha Flies Home (1956):


From “Of mimicry and man: The ambivalence of colonial discourse”:




Kuwait 1961 – Border Build Up:


Konrad Lorenz (Imprinting):


What is the British Military doing in Kuwait? Force TV (0:53-2:16):

Work) Mimic Men 2019:


1970s Kuwait Military Performance:

Snake eating (12:00)

Sky stunts (21:10)


National Guard Kuwait:


(Work) Graduation Ceremony 2020-2021:









ACI-Surfing with... Petja Ivanova

Wed 09.12.2020, 7pm CET

Art Claims Impulse invites you to a personal informal evening. Get to know people from art, philosophy, urbanism and other inspiring fields. Spend an evening with the invited people, during which you are taken along on a surfing trip and introduced to aspects of their internet world. Which trends, ideas or projects caught their attention lately? What do they find interesting to share with other people?

Come along on a 2h trip, both inspiring and entertaining.

Petja Rossenova Ivanovas intersectional feminist and trans-disciplinary practice combines biology, spirituality, computation and the poetic in order to promote the ‘poetic method’ as a counterweight to the socially dominant ‘scientific method’ of capitalist, imperialist, white supremacist patriarchy. The Berlin-based Bulgarian artist graduated from the University of Arts Berlin in the class for Computational Art/Generative Art in 2015. She runs “Studio Poetic Futures” and “Speculative Ecologies (SPF)” out of a little caravan and teaches speculative design at HAW-Hamburg, and at times at Linnaeus University in Växjo, Sweden.


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Surfing with... Anna Anders, Video + Links

July, 2020

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Anna Anders


Veiling and Disappearing

lecture performance at Gallery Art Claims Impuls Berlin, July 04, 2020


Anna Anders, Under Cover – In A Small Bed, 2018


Anna Anders, Under Cover, 2011


Anna Anders, Under Cover – Pillow, 2014


Anna Anders, Mondkalb (Mooncalf), 2012


Alexandra Ranner


Ryan Gander


Erwin Wurm


Miranda July, Shirt Dance, 2011


Thorsten Brinkmann


Daniel Arshan


Simone Häckel „Gespenster“ (Ghosts), 2006


David F. Sanberg, Lotta Losten, Attic Panic, 2015, short horror movie


Shirin Neshat, Rapture, 1999


Patricija Gilyté, Dèmesys 360, 2005


Simone Häckel, Verschwinden (Disappearance), 2014


Ori Levin, Nothing to Write Home About, 2012, installation


Michiel Voet


Chantal Michel


Anna Anders, Hinterm Vorhang (Behind the Curtain), 2011


Anna Anders, Hauptwäsche (Main Cycle), 2000


Anna Anders, Intruders, 2016


Anna Anders, Aus dem Off (From the Off), 2014


Anna Anders, Protection I, 2019

Protection II, 2020


Invisibility Cloak Technologies


Ghillie Suit


Bushman Prank


Floris Morlok, USUX@HIDING, 2020


Bjørn Melhus, I Do Not Belong In This House, 2011


Camouflage in VW Allstar, promotional clip, 2015


Camouflage in DPD, promotional clip, Du bestellst. Du bestimmst, 2014


Monty Python, How Not To Be Seen Monty Python's Flying Circus, 1970


Battlefield 3 (The Sir.Community), How Not To Be Seen, 2011


World of Tanks, How Not To Be Seen in World of Tanks, 2012


Halo 4, How Not To Be Seen, 2013


Hito Steyerl, How Not To Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational, 2013

Lesson IV: bei 7:15 min – 10:30 min


Indra L. Frings, Sick (of) Me, 2020


Darie Sisov und Hasret Uca, Hidies, 2025


Götz Füsser


Anna Anders, Trugbilder (Mirages), 2017


Anna Anders, Sous-marins, 2014


Maria Vedder, Surfing, 2014


Thomas Kutschker, Me, Myself and I in the Age of Download, 2010

PW: Me





Verhüllung als Kunst im 20. Jahrhundert. Dissertation von Britta Szidzig, Göttingen 2010



Surfing with... Dani Ploeger, Video + Links

November, 2019

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1. Prologue

JCVD – The Epic Split


  1. The Dutch delta: nuclear power / warfare / bible belt


Borssele Nuclear Power Plant


RTV Vlissingen – “Schepen op de Westerschelde”




Allied Invasion 1944


Meerman Family (ca. 1925)


Jacoba Meerman gravestone


Landfront Vlissingen


Tietenbunker (‘tit bunker’)


Paul Virilio – Bunker Archeaology


Dani Ploeger – Look Inside (Regelbau 625B)


Nuclear power plant


“Clear as a Crystal Ball”


Jean-Pierre Dupuy – Catastrophisme Éclairé


William Verstraeten – Metamorfose 2003-2103


William Verstraeten – bunny ears


William Verstraeten – Twin Towers Igirama


New York Times, 2001


Sinclair ZX 81


CS GO Player profile


Retro user group


RTV Vlissingen – “Schepen op de Westerschelde”


Tamara Dees


Dutch Bible belt


Liesbeth Labeur


Giel Louws

(from page 8)


  1. Representations of violence: music / art / terror


Deso Dogg 2006


Carmina Burana, BPhil 2004




Abu Talha Al Almani




Dani Ploeger – Teaching Performance Art in Violent Times


terreur/revolutie in AD newspaper


Halle terror attack – Twitch stream


Hans Overvliet – Syrian Skies (1000 days)


Aernout Mik – Raw Footage


Ernst Jünger – In Stahlgewittern


Jerusalem jail raid (capture of Ahmad Sa’adat)


Live map


Ukraine Live Map


Gun trip


Quora – How does it feel to get shot in the head?


The Grass Smells So Sweet


Roland Bartetzko


Rambo the musical


  1. Technology and intimacy: Dutch public TV / porn / abjection


Prof Paardekut - Tongzoenen


Mevrouw ten Kate –De Ring



Die Antwoord – Umshini Wan 8:10


Pippi Longstocking




Zahra Stardust on XHamster


Australian Sex party campaign


Der Freitag


  1. Everyday technology and materiality: techno-fetish marketing / e-waste


Dani Ploeger – Report from the Heart of Techno–Consumer Culture (Philips)


Jelili Atiku & Dani Ploeger in Lagos


Mary Douglas on ‘Purity and Danger’


Joan Otieno


Greenman Muleh Mbillo


Joost Fontein


Neo Musangi


Remains, Waste & Metonymy


  1. Capitalism as frontier technology: delta technologies / labour / colonized bodies


Cozy Land


Phill Niblock – The Movement of People Working




Dutch East India Company for idiots


Venice garbage boats


    6. Epilogue


The Epic Split






Surfing with... Wolfgang Spahn, Video + Links

February, 2020


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Artist (Installation and Performances)
Art Video Streaming

Developer (electronic circuits, synthesizer, projectors, …)

Open Hard- and Software
Embedded Artist
der Nulleffekt


From Cracker Camera to Crackl Box - An Artistic Approach

Miller Puckette - Design choices for computer instruments and computer compositional tools 18:00

Vilém Flusser - Playing Against the Apparatus

Paolo Gioli - Cracker Camera Stenopeica

Michel Waisvisz – Kraakdoos (Cracklbox), 1975

Analog Audio Synthesizer

Daphne Oram

Peter Vogel



Paper Synthesizer


Paper Bits

Analog Video Synthesizer

The Sandin Analog Image Processor

Experimental TV Center

Paik-Abe Video Synthesizer


Gijs Gieskes


VGA Synthesizer


Discoveries in the Theory of Sound - Ernst Chladni (1756–1827)

Cymatic - Hans Jenny (1904-72)

Maailmankaikkeus - with Dominik Eggermann, Antti Pussinen

Chaos Theory

Self-Similarity, Fractals and Strange Attractors

How Long Is the Coast of Britain? - Benoit Mandelbrot]]

Double Compound Pendulum

Edward Lorenz

Strange Attractors - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore


Mandelbrot Set - Zoom

Koch Snowflake - Wolfram

Self-Similarity in the Nature - Victor Berdonosov


Analog Computer

8Bit Computer


Vannevar Bush's Differential Analyzer

Why Algorithms Suck and Analog Computers are the Future - Bernd Ulmann

The Analog Computer Museum

Confetti - An Analog Computer

Solving the Math

Computing the Lorenz Attractor

Analog computing returns - MIT News

AI and Neural Networks

Geschichte der Computerkunst - Kybernetik

Norbert Wiener - Cybernetics or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine, 1961

Rube Goldberg Machine

The Way Things Go - Fischli and Weiss

Vehicles, Experiments in Synthetic Psychology - Valentino Braitenberg

Biolocical & Artificial Neural Network

Machine Learning - Google (tensorflow),2&seed=0.22942&showTestData=false&discretize=false&percTrainData=50&x=true&y=true&xTimesY=false&xSquared=false&ySquared=false&cosX=false&sinX=false&cosY=false&sinY=false&collectStats=false&problem=classification&initZero=false&hideText=false

The best material model of a cat is another, or preferably the same, cat. Norbert Wiener

Dynamics of pattern formation in lateral-inhibition type neural fields- Shun-ichi Amari

LAB III - netze/networks neural oscillators

Bicore Oscillator

Neurorobotics Research Laboratory (NRL) - Prof. Dr. Manfred Hild

Pop Neuron

Symbolic Grounding by Christian Faubel und Wolfgang Spahn

David Tudor

Confetti Neuron - a neural synthesizer

Handmade Electronic Music, Third Edition - Nicolas Collins

Echo State Network

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