reDesigning Affect Space #1: Like Space, Berlin POSTPONED!

Please note: This workshop is postponed to the Spring (April / May) – new dates will be announced as soon as possible.

A masterclass by Dutch artists Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum in Berlin (February 2 – 4, 2018) marks the start of a new international design theory, practice and research project initiated and coordinated by the Cool Mediators Foundation, titled reDesigning Affect Space. This project follows on from the Technology / Affect / Space public research project conducted by Eric Kluitenberg and Open! – Platform for Art, Culture & the Public Domain, in 2016.

Below is more information on the masterclass and its context.

reDesigning Affect Space #1: Like Space
Masterclass by Esther Polak & Ivar van Bekkum in cooperation with Hybrid Space Lab.
Berlin, February 2 – 4, 2018.

“Like Space” is a research by Hybrid Space Lab on the emotional and affective dimensions of hybrid (combined physical and media) space.

In their work, Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum (PolakVanBekkum) are investigating mobility and the (urban) landscape. In recent years they have explored the possibilities of location-specific binaural sound recordings. To enter a physical identification with mobilities and moving objects, they connected their recording equipment to those objects, instead of the human head. To radicalise this work method in scale, PolakVanBekkum proposes to apply it to a building. As a result, one ear would hear the eastern side of a building, while the other ear would hear the western side.

Workshop: Architecture as Sonic Experience

Your ears are about 20 cm apart. How will you experience the city once you enlarge that distance? Will this make you hear like a giant?

In two afternoons, you will experiment with listening over expanded distances: with your ears one meter apart, 2 meters, 5 meters, 20 meters, as if you enlarge your head. Can you intertwine sounds that enter your ears from a greater distance than you are used to?

We will bring mics and extension cables to connect those distances to headphones. We can use our mobile phones to produce live streams. And don’t hesitate to bring your own equipment to experiment with. Once we decided on a setup, we will go out to the street to ‘become’ different objects: a tree, a bridge, a car, or a bus stop.

We, Ivar and Esther, are curious to radicalise the scale of this work method as far as possible. Can we even identify with a building adding one ear to one side and the other to the opposite side?

At the start of the workshop all participants will be asked to introduce themselves, to see what fields of knowledge, experience, and curiosity each of us brings. During the workshop we will build on this collective expertise. Concluding the workshop, we will define what ‘spatial listening’ brought us.

Can we approach the urban landscape from this position with a different view, or rather a different ear? What sort of bodily information do we get? What is the role of (mobile) tech to this? What is this kind of spatial listening? And how does it affect our sense of city-awareness?

The workshop is open to students and professionals who are interested in and engaged with:
– alternative ways to experience urban space
– binaural sound recording
– field recording
Please send your short (two sentence) motivation to:
Participation is free.

This masterclass is part of ‘reDesigning Affect Space’, an international design- theory, practice, and research project initiated by lead-researcher Eric Kluitenberg, which consists of a series of masterclasses and conferences in Berlin, Madrid, Rotterdam and The Hague. The project aims to develop a more differentiated design agenda for the increasingly dense connections between public space, mobile media, and wireless networks, and the shift to affective relations in public space that results from this densification.

binaural recordings of moving objects:
car recording
vorkheftruck recording
caterpillar recording
trolley recording


Essay reDesigning Affect Space (Open! Platform for Art, Culture & the Public Domain):

Workshop: Friday & Saturday, 12:30 – 17:00, February 2 & 3, 2018
Location: SPEKTRUM
Bürknerstr. 12,
12047  Berlin  >>  U8 Schönleinstrasse

Workshop3 Workshop1 Workshop2

reDesigning Affect Space is generously supported by the Netherlands Creative Industries Fund.

New Design Tactical Media Files + Reports & Documentation Amsterdam and Liverpool events online

We are very happy and proud that the new responsive design of the Tactical Media Files documentation resource is available online now, beautifully designed by Jeroen Joosse (who also delivered the visual design of the original TMF website), and implemented by developer André van Toly.

The main purpose of this redesign was to make the resource better accessible on other media devices and able to scale to virtually any size screen (hence a ‘responsive’ design). If for any reason someone would fee ‘nostalgic’ about the accustomed web-design we left that in place at the following address:

We will fine tune the new design further in the coming months, but meanwhile have been busy and there’s quite some other news as well, so do read on:

Documentation Videos and Reports of Amsterdam and Liverpool events online

Superflux, Drone Aviary (2015)

While our exhibition How much of this is fiction. is still on at FACT in Liverpool, and will open at HeK in Basel on March 22, documentation and reports of public events in Amsterdam and Liverpool are already available online:

• Report of the public debate Vox Populi and the Syrian Archive, at Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam on 21 January 2017:
• Video Vox Populi and the Syrian Archive:

• Report of the conference ‘The Society of Post-Control’, at Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam on 22 January 2017:
• Video of the conference ‘The Society of Post-Control':

• Video: Meme Wars: Internet culture and the ‘alt-right’
Lecture by writer / researcher Florian Cramer at FACT Liverpool, 2 March, 2017:
• Meme Wars: Post-lecture discussion:

We hope you will enjoy the new design and the most recent additions to our ever growing resource.

Eric Kluitenberg
David Garcia

Cool Mediators Foundation is transitioning

The Cool Mediators Foundation was created in 2009 to host public events and develop web based software tools for interactive discussions in the public domain about art, culture, politics and society.

The foundation is currently working on a new series of projects that investigate the relationship between media culture, art & design, and social and political urgencies. Cool Mediators acts as an organisational logistic unit and an editorial catalyst between public interest organisations and engaged citizens.

Our current project (2014-2016) is called Tactical Media Connections, a research trajectory that includes expert meetings, the editorial preparation of an international anthology on Tactical Media to be published by the MIT Press in the first half of 2018, the redesign and further extension of the Tactical Media Files online documentation platform, and a series of public events in the first half of 2017 in The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

For more information on this project series please check the Tactical Media Files blog and this article about the Tactical Media Connections research trajectory, while our website awaits its redesign.


Cool Mediators is an independent not for profit organization registered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and has been supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL, the Democracy and Media Foundation, the Digital Pioneers program, Knowledgeland foundation, and De Balie, centre for culture and politics in Amsterdam.

Cool Mediators Foundation