Social Innovation at the Convergence of Art, Ecology and Community Building

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In this presentation Angelo Vermeulen elaborates on his social and biology-inspired art works. He focuses on Biomodd, a worldwide cross-cultural installation project in which ecology, community building, and computer recycling creatively converge. The first version was created at The Aesthetic Technologies Lab in Athens, OH between 2007 and 2008. In October 2009, the project’s second iteration in the Philippines was finalized after an 8-month long collaboration with a team of over 50 Filipino artists, scientists, engineers, gamers, craftsmen, volunteers and students. During the talk, Biomodd is elaborated upon using video excerpts, photos, work sketches and participant testimonies. Vermeulen talks about the different aspects involved in making such a large scale cross-cultural endeavor possible: setting up a funding framework, integrating institutional support and volunteering, co-creation management, tying in contemporary art with local Asian traditions, embedding environmental advocacy, etc. A brief overview is given of the different Philippine spin-offs that were initiated after the project’s completion. This presentation is an extended version of the short TED Talk Vermeulen gave during the TED2010 Preconference in Long Beach, CA.

The videos that were used can be watched here:
Biomodd [ATH1] http://url.ie/5gua
Biomodd [LBA2] http://url.ie/5gub

More info http://url.ie/5grz

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Social Innovation at the Convergence of Art, Ecology and Community Building

  1. 1. ANGELO VERMEULEN Social Innovation at the Convergence of Art, Ecology and Community Building Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore March 18, 2010
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION
  3. 3. We had escaped and it felt good, 1997- (ongoing) Selections/Selektionen, 2001 (with Boudewijn Godeeris)
  4. 4. Biopainting No I, 2002
  5. 5. Biopainting No I, 2002
  6. 6. COLLABORATION
  7. 7. Half-Life, 2002 (with Louis De Cordier)
  8. 8. Half-Life, 2002 (with Louis De Cordier)
  9. 9. Blue Shift [LOG. 1], 2005 (with Luc De Meester)
  10. 10. Blue Shift [LOG. 1], 2005 (with Luc De Meester)
  11. 11. Baudelaire in Cyberspace, 2005-2008 (with Antoon Van den Braembussche)
  12. 12. Baudelaire in Cyberspace, 2005-2008 (with Antoon Van den Braembussche)
  13. 13. Darwinia (Introversion Software, 2005), Tunnel Racer (Ghost, 2005) Flow (Hoogerbrugge & Wiggle, 2004), Tetka (Pekka Sandborg, 2005)
  14. 14. Drumlander DJ set, GOGBOT, Enschede, 2007 (with Louis Blackburn)
  15. 15. BIOMODD CONCEPT
  16. 16. COMPUTER SYSTEM INTERNAL ECOSYSTEM
  17. 17. COMPUTER SYSTEM INTERNAL ECOSYSTEM GAME TERMINALS
  18. 18. MIXED REALITY WATERING LIGHTING NUTRIENTS ROBOTICS SENSORS COMMANDS MEASUREMENTS
  19. 19. Biomodd [ATH1], 2007-2008
  20. 20. Biomodd [ATH1], 2007-2008
  21. 21. Biomodd [ATH1], 2007-2008
  22. 22. Biomodd [ATH1], 2007-2008
  23. 23. Biomodd [ATH1], 2007-2008
  24. 24. Biomodd [ATH1], 2007-2008
  25. 25. Proudly made in the USA Spiral with algae and underground LSS Watou, Belgium, 2003 Ghent, Belgium, 2004 … Biomodd [ATH1] RMX2 Athens, Ohio, US, 2007-2008 Brussels, Belgium, 2004
  26. 26. ATHENS OHIO, US Biomodd locations (ongoing)
  27. 27. ATHENS OHIO, US LOS BAÑOS PHILIPPINES Biomodd locations (ongoing)
  28. 28. PHILIPPINE HYBRIDITY SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNITY BUILDING FUNDRAISING AND OUTREACH BIOMODD [LBA2] NETWORK CROSSBREEDING ART AND SCIENCE ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY DIGITAL ADVOCACY CONTEMPORARY ART AND LOCAL TRADITIONS RESULT
  29. 29. PHILIPPINE HYBRIDITY
  30. 30. SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNITY BUILDING
  31. 31. GOOGLE SITES GOOGLE GROUPS GOOGLE CALENDAR GOOGLE DOCS GOOGLE PICASA
  32. 32. FUNDRAISING AND OUTREACH
  33. 33. Biomodd [LBA2], 2009 Biomodd [LBA2], 2009
  34. 34. 27.91 17.44 UPOU Living Room 6.98 Fundraising FlemGov production 8.72 FlemGov transport 38.95
  35. 35. BIOMODD [LBA 2] NETWORK
  36. 36. Biomodd [LBA2], 2009
  37. 37. BIOMODD [LBA2] NETWORK ● CORE TEAM 2 → 12 ● TEAM 50+ ● MAILING LIST 200+ ● SUPPORT & DONORS ● INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK Biomodd [LBA2], 2009
  38. 38. BAYANIHAN
  39. 39. PHILIPPINE HYBRIDITY SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNITY BUILDING FUNDRAISING AND OUTREACH BIOMODD [LBA2] NETWORK CROSSBREEDING ART AND SCIENCE ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY DIGITAL ADVOCACY CONTEMPORARY ART AND LOCAL TRADITIONS RESULT
  40. 40. CROSSBREEDING ART AND SCIENCE
  41. 41. “The [Philippine] government cut programs in the arts in elementary schools and increased funding and attention on science and math. This seems misguided and myopic. What the Philippines probably needs more than ever is a deeply nuanced public school curriculum that emphasizes creative thinking, aesthetics, and technology, and which centers on themes of traditional/indigenous knowledge, cultural diversity, history, globalization, and hybridity.” ― Diego Maranan, Project Co-lead
  42. 42. ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY
  43. 43. HAZARDOUS WASTE
  44. 44. DIGITAL ADVOCACY
  45. 45. Biomodd [LBA2], 2009
  46. 46. PAKIKIPAGKAPWA
  47. 47. CONTEMPORARY ART AND LOCAL TRADITIONS
  48. 48. Biomodd [LBA2], 2009
  49. 49. Biomodd [LBA2], 2009
  50. 50. Biomodd [LBA2], 2009
  51. 51. Biomodd [LBA2], 2009 Woodcarving design by Justin Cagayat and Biomodd team
  52. 52. RESULT
  53. 53. Biomodd [LBA2], Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, 2009
  54. 54. Biomodd [LBA2], Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, 2009
  55. 55. Biomodd [LBA2], 2009
  56. 56. (working title) delphia, 2009 Biomodd [LBA2], Mini Biomodd @ Y4IT, UP Diliman, 2009
  57. 57. Biomodd [LBA2], Commemorative Biomodd @ UPOU Center for Digital Learning, 2010
  58. 58. OHIO PHILIPPINES SINGAPORE
  59. 59. BELGIUM SLOVENIA OHIO NEW YORK CALIFORNIA PORTUGAL PHILIPPINES SINGAPORE BRAZIL NEW ZEALAND Biomodd Biomodd Workshop
  60. 60. ESA, collaboration with MELiSSA rsearch unit, 2009- (ongoing)
  61. 61. 3 INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING OR COLLABORATING? angelovermeulen@inbox.com http://www.biomodd.net

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