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#LowTechLabLondon2016 is a project developed by Raúl Marroquín and coordinated by Daniela Medina Poch for the Educational Program of the Saatchi Gallery that will take place on January 15th, 16th and 17th of 2016.

“‘LowTech means technology that is cheap or free.”
James Wallback, LowTech Manifest for The Next 5 Minutes conference in Amsterdam, March 1999.

This experiment is inspired in the role artists have had in the development of technologies and innovation from very early stages. To mention a few, alchemy in the Middle Ages, multidisciplinary advancements throughout the Renaissance and more recently during the second half of the XXth Century and the first decade of this millennium: Video of the 1960’s and 1970’s, cable television of the 1980’s and 1990’s (USA & Canada and later in the Netherlands and Continental Europe) digital communications of the first decade of the 2000’s up to the present with user information and communication platforms, internet, streaming mobile, social media, augmented reality, etc.

As Klaus Fruchtnis mentions: “LowTech applied to communications has given the possibility of having a more exhaustive control in the management of information.”

Today artists continue to play a crucial role in the development of hardware, software and applications. The last four decades are full of examples; to mention a few: “Music Video” is based in the progress and achievements of video artists in the 1960 – 1980’s, video and media art have also influenced audio visuals in education, news gathering and journalism, activism and, last but not least, the advertisement industry.

#LowTechLabLondon2016 is a three day lab that makes use of LowTech, user and discarded technologies coupled with the repurposing of existing hardware and other facilities. It involves those present at the Educational Space of the Saatchi Gallery taking part from tabletop stations devised to interact in one-to-one and one-to-few engagements, as well as remote contributors from abroad, via social media: WhatsApp, Illustrated Twitter, SnapChat, video conferencing and live streams.

The aim of #LowTechLabLondon2016 is to generate a brief, concise and powerful event, that will include artists, students (PCA, Paris and Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, and others) musicians, writers, stage actors and directors, academics, researchers, journalists, politicians and designers realising artworks, workshops, tutorials, experiments: successes and failures, processes, interviews and discussions, presentations, discussions, performances and recitals, as well as urban bootcamps, klutges, scale models and prototypes either live or transmitted from other locations in London, the continent and the Americas.

One of the goals of the lab is to monitor the developments of LowTech throughout the last 50 years and how it has been redefined through the beginning of the second half of the XXth century. From low quality and low resolution, evolving into current user technologies were, for instance, average phone cameras are better than a betacam of 30 years ago, the LowTech have expanded and transformed into user technology.

Additional to the activities taking place at the Educational Space and taking into account the historical past of the area: Kings Road, the Punk Movement, etc, the lab includes works realised outdoors on locations such as streets, parks, shops, bars and terraces near the location of the gallery.

Social Media plays an important role in the daily coverage of the experiment: Everything will be streamed via Periscope, LiveStream, YouTube Live and ephemeral platforms like SnapChat.
A final publication will round up the event.

This event is produced in collaboration with PCA Master’s students in Transdisicplinary New Media.



The #LowTech Blog:
Facebook Event: LowTechLab London2016
LinkedIn:  hoeksteencornerstone
Recordings in YouTube:  StudioMarroquin
Instagram:  StudioRaulMarroquin
Google+:  StudioMarroquin.
Participants LowTech Lab London2016 Saatchi
  • Muu Blanco
  • Operating in Miami
  • C C Brown
  • Operating in New York
  • Nicolás Canal
  • Operating in Ubaté, Colombia
  • Elena Corchero
  • Operating in London
  • Catalina Correa
  • Operating in Chile
  • Melissa Cruz
  • Operating in The Hague
  • Yolanda Duarte
  • Operating in Bogotá
  • Alejo Duque
  • Operating in London
  • Jackie Fei Yongqing
  • Operating in London
  • Max Franklin
  • Operating in London
  • Klaus Fruchtnis
  • Operating in London
  • Cheryl Gallaway
  • David García
  • Operating in London
  • Jakobson Helga
  • Operating in London
  • Johanna Ibañéz y David Motos
  • Operating in Bogotá
  • Claire Leggett
  • Operating in London
  • Carlos Llávata
  • Operating in Valencia
  • Filippo Lorenzin
  • Operating in Düsseldorf
  • Raúl Marroquín
  • Operating in London
  • MauzZ
  • Operating in Amsterdam
  • Svetlana Mircheva
  • Operating in Sophia
  • Michael O’Connell
  • Operating in London
  • Catalina Rodriguez
  • Operating in Bogotá
  • Basma Seif
  • Operating in London
  • Sanet Stegmann
  • Operating in London
  • Iván Tovar
  • Operating in London
  • Alberto Vejarano
  • Operating in Paris
  • Andrew Voxakis
  • Operating in London
  • Carlos Zatizabal
  • Operating in Bogotá


#LowTechLab London2016

#LowTechLab London2016

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The Modern Archer Who Can Fire Three Arrows In 0.6 Seconds

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Lars Andersen is a master of the bow. Besides incredible speed, he can jump, catch an arrow in the air and fire it back before landing. Watch your back, Legolas. (He fires three arrows in 0.6 seconds at 5:15 into the video, but trust us, the rest is worth a watch).

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Yer So Bad – Book Signing by Parra

January 10, 2015, 5:00 – 7:00


Dutch artist Parra will sign copies of his new self-published work Yer So Bad, created on occasion of his upcoming show at Jonathan Levine gallery. The black & white and color publication brings together sketches of larger-scale artworks in their preliminary stages, as well as completed works. Featuring the artist’s distinctive post-Pop imagery in highly saturated colors, the work constructs a world inhabited by hybrid, surreal characters who interact with strange and intimate gestures.

Yer So Bad is printed hardcover, on variable paper stock, in an edition of 500.

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Islamic State: Kurds ‘seize key Kobane district’

6 January 2015 Last updated at 16:55 GMT

_80079477_024981275Much of Kobane lies in ruins after months of fighting

Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) in Kobane, northern Syria, have seized a key district and now control 80% of the town, activists say.

Syrian Kurds backed by Iraqi Peshmerga forces captured the security district including the police HQ, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

IS advanced on the town in September and quickly overran much of it.

Since then, however, Kurdish fighters helped by US-led air strikes have steadily pushed them back.

The Observatory, based in the UK, said Kurdish fighters known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG) had seized the security area after fierce clashes that started on Sunday night.

Kobane official Idriss Nassan confirmed the report and said IS fighters still controlled the eastern districts of Maqtala and Kani Kordan.

“Hopefully within days the (YPG) units will be in control of the whole city,” he said.

“The advance has become faster and the air strikes are more intense.”

US Central Command said eight air strikes had destroyed 13 IS fighting positions and a building in Kobane since Monday, and damaged a second building. They followed eight air strikes on Sunday that destroyed 11 IS fighting positions, CentCom said.

The IS advance into Kobane has sent thousands of refugees fleeing across the nearby Turkish border.

Hundreds of people are believed to have been killed in the battle for the town.

IS controls large swathes of both Syria and neighbouring Iraq.


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Al Qaeda man among militants killed in Karachi: police

Published about 8 hours ago

54af674bc1714Bodies of militants associated with a terrorist organisation killed in an exchange of fire with police are being shifting to a mortuary in Karachi. — PPI /file

KARACHI: At least two gang war members and four suspected militants — including a commander of Al Qaeda South Asia’s Karachi wing — were killed and five policemen wounded during ‘encounters’ with Crime Investigation Department (CID) and police in different areas of the city early on Friday, DawnNews reported.

A police team headed by CID In-charge Raja Umer Khattab, acting on a tip-off, conducted a raid in the Qayyumabad area of Karachi where an alleged encounter took place.

Read: Suspected South Asian Al Qaeda commander arrested from Karachi

At least four suspected militants, including a commander of Al Qaeda South Asia’s Karachi wing, were killed in the encounter, police sources said.

54af613dd15daCID Police Incharge, Raja Umar Khattab briefing media persons.— PPI/file

CID official Raja Umer said that militants were planning to attack a vehicle of an intelligence agency.

He added that suicide vests, SMG rifles and other arms and ammunition were also recovered from the militants.

In a separate incident, two gang war members were killed and five policemen injured in an exchange of fire with police in Lyari’s Baghdadi area.

SSP Jawed Jiskani said that those killed in the police encounter were members of the gang war, who were involved in several crimes including the murders of ten people.

Jiskani added that arms and ammunition were also recovered from the criminals.

Lyari is one of the poorest and most violent neighbourhoods of Karachi where clashes between rival gangs linked to political and ethnic groups erupt continuously.

Also read: The year of encounters — police, Rangers killed 925 suspects across Karachi

A joint grand targeted operation was launched in Karachi amidst great fanfare in September 2013 in the hopes of improving the law and order situation in the country’s commercial capital.

Today’s development comes of the first death anniversary of the city’s top cop Mohammed Aslam Khan, better known as Chaudhry Aslam, who was killed in a bomb attack last year hours after his team shot dead three suspected Taliban militants in an alleged encounter in a militancy-infested locality of Karachi’s Manghopir area.

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ArtAsiaPacific Almanac 2015

Volume X

Out now

Although a decade has passed since we published the first edition of the ArtAsiaPacific Almanac, the work continues to present new challenges and pleasures. Over the years, we have tracked all the players in the field: artists, curators, collectors, galleries, art fairs and auction houses. We also mourned the loss of mentors and others who helped shape a cultural landscape that nurtures experimentation and tolerates diversity when it was—and in some cases continues to be—prohibitive to do so. Many of these courageous pioneers encouraged us in our endeavor to create the Almanac, year after year; some through thoughtful contributions, others privately in conversation as we did our homework.

While the editors grumble about the information overflow that threatens to submerge us, piecing together theAlmanac reminds us of just how little factual information is available in many parts of the world, and why theAlmanac remains essential. Sometimes the lack of art-related data is due to fledgling infrastructure. In other places, where free speech is perceived as a societal menace, censors scrub information on certain artworks and artists from the internet. Thus we continue to rely on the goodwill of artists, curators and scholars in such places, who share their knowledge with us in person or via Skype, WeChat, and email. These efforts illustrate the role publications can play in documenting the artistic histories unfolding in far-flung parts of the world today.

In each edition of the Almanac, now in its tenth year, we provide annual reports about the 67 countries in the region—including KazakhstanMongoliaSri LankaSyriaTonga and Vietnam, among others—and track a year’s worth of controversy, scandal, career moves, awards and other major headline news.

We also invite influential art-world figures to reflect on the major cultural events of the past year and the year to come. Ute Meta Bauer, curator and founding director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Singapore, and Aaron Cezar, Director of London’s Delfina Foundation, both show how neighboring, like-minded, yet distinctive art communities can generate momentum through convergence. Elsewhere, art scenes can remain stubbornly segregated and marginalized, often fighting for recognition—a situation that Japanese artist and artistic director of the Yokohama Triennale, Yasumasa Morimura, and Australian artist Tony Albert write about poignantly. In their reflections, arts patron Abdelmonem bin Eisa Alserkal from the United Arab Emirates and Jitish Kallat, Mumbai-based artist and Kochi-Muziris Biennale artistic director, speak from the perspective of homegrown pride, particularly the collective efforts to realize something that appears almost insurmountable.

The “Five Plus One” section, in which our editors select five artists who have made a significant impact in 2014 and one who promises to do so in 2015, features profiles of artists as varied in outlook as Xu Bing, Gülsün Karamustafa, FX Harsono, Sheela Gowda, Simryn Gill and Ei Arakawa. The editors also pick the ten best gallery and museum shows of the year, the exhibitions on our radar in 2015, and 12 of our favorite books.

The Almanac was initiated at a time when many contemporary art scenes across Asia had first shown their potential growth. Ten years later, it seems that some of these scenes, especially in India, China and Turkey, have achieved mid-career status, while contemporary art in Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand continues to build on more solid foundations, and new prospects are germinating in places such as the Philippines, Oman and Azerbaijan. It is our task to keep up with the emerging developments, with a broad perspective on those who are due for retrospectives. Because of the constant evolution of these various art scenes, our desire to play an active role remains the same as when the Almanac started in 2005.

Select articles now online in Arabic and Chinese.

Subscribe to the print edition, or buy digital copies on iTunesZinio and Magzter

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16 December 2014

showimageLast year’s Transport and Communication category was won by 3P Technologies for its control room for the A22 Motorway, Italy

InAVation Awards Project finalists in six categories have been announced ahead of the 2015 event that will be held in Amsterdam on February 10, 2015.

Four finalists were shortlisted in each of the following categories with the exception of Visitor Attraction, where an overwhelming number of very strong entries forced the judges to nominate six projects.

Winners will be revealed on February 10 when the InAVation Awards is held at the Gashouder at Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam on the first evening of ISE. More than 700 international guests comprising system integrators, consultants, end user management and distributors will attend the fully inclusive event. Book a place now and benefit from early booking rates.

Voting remains open for the Technology categories of the awards so make your choice here. All voters will be put into a prize draw for a chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to the event.

Keep an eye on the InAVate website where the remaining finalists and a new award category will be revealed soon.

Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to all finalists.

Finalists in 2015 InAVation Project Awards

Control Room

  • eyevis UK Ltd – Glasgow Operations Centre, UK
  • JSC CROC incorporated – Situation center creation for OJSC Central Suburban Passenger Transportation Company, Russia
  • Lamasatech – DHL Bahrain Flight Departing Signage Solution, Bahrain
  • Polymedia-Kazakhstan – Kyzylorda akkymat Situation Center, Kazakhstan

Government & Public Sector

  • Feltech – Immersive Learning Facilities for Babcock and the London Fire Brigade, UK
  • Jacot Audiovisueel – Nuclear Security Summit 2014, the Netherlands
  • LLC “Atanor” – Multi-purpose hall of MIA All-Russian Institute of Advanced Studies, Russia
  • RIWA (INTSOUND LLC) – Hall of Plenum and Press Center for the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Russia

Leisure & Entertainment

  • AVITECH CO – The Bela Lugosi Cinema Project, Romania
  • International New Technical Est. (INTE) – Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Theater, State of Palestine
  • Polymedia – Sochi-2014 Olympic Games Main Press Center, Russia
  • Telmaco SA – National Theater of Bahrain, Bahrain

Live Event

  • AV MEDIA – Olympic Park Sochi – Letna 2014, Czech Republic
  • Maxin10sity – iMapp Bucharest 555, Romania
  • POOLgroup – Nu Skin Gala Dinner, UAE
  • Viking – Multimedia art performances of Sergey Kuryokhin award presentations and KURYOKHIN NEXT, Russia

Visitor Attraction

  • Asimetrik Sound Lighting and Visual Systems Company – MOIPARK, Turkey
  • DJ Willrich Ltd – Bletchley Park refurbishment – Project Neptune Cyber Security, UK
  • Electrosonic – The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, UK
  • Simworx – The Lost Temple, Germany
  • Stouenborg ApS – Maritime Museum, Denmark
  • Unita C1 – Cinecittà World, Italy


  • Beaver Group – EAT Digital Menus, UK
  • EDIGMA – Mercedes-Benz Brand Store, Portugal
  • Inition – South Bank Tower, UK
  • MCS – BMW Showroom, UK

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Unprecedented Growth in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Market over the Next Decade

New NSR Report Projects Satellite Communications Market for UAS to Generate $3.1 Billion by 2023

Wilmington, DE – December 18, 2014 – NSR’s newly released Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) via Satellite report projects impressive growth for satellite-based UAS in all regions, with revenues rising from $1.3 billion in 2013 to $3.1 billion in 2023.  This explosive growth is tied to geo-political instabilities in many regions, and demand for UAS Satcom services from governments and international organizations, homeland security, disaster management, and peace-keeping activities.

To date, the UAS industry has primarily been a government & military market with Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) being the biggest application driving satcom demand.  The decision to withdraw U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan greatly affected the market as defense budget cuts were implemented. But UAS procurement and transponder lease revenues are forecast to grow past the end of 2015, as the U.S. Government is expected to require more ISR in various regions of conflict. Civilian UAS applications are set to become a major growth driver starting in late 2016, and early 2017, as airspace regulations are put in place by the Air Transport authorities such as the FAA.

“In these times of network centric warfare, UAS is the item every armed force in the world aims to possess in large numbers to gain access to information in faraway locations with as little collateral damage as possible,” states NSR Analyst and report author, Prateep Basu, “Aside from defense, the civilian UAS applications such as, border and maritime patrol, cargo delivery, and emergency response during disasters, make this market too important and diverse to ignore for long”, adds Mr. Basu.

New evolving payloads on-board UAS have made bandwidth to and from these airborne platforms the greatest constraint for their operations.  NSR therefore expects commercial satellite operators to continue securing a large piece of this market as government-owned capacity struggles to meet demand, and faces infrastructure compatibility issues with existing UAS fleets.

About The Report

NSR’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) via Satellite report paints a detailed picture of the UAS Satcom market, with a solid analysis of trends on demand, revenues, and growth, based on market segmentation along two different UAS platforms – HALE and MALE, for both defense and civilian government applications. This new NSR report examines the data on a frequency-band basis, and includes comprehensive analysis of the industry’s environment, its competitive landscape, and the potential of UAS as a customer of, complement to, or competitor of Satcom services.

For additional information on this report, including a full table of contents, list of exhibits and executive summary, please visit or call NSR at +1-302-295-4981.

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With contributions by Elba Lucia Pacheco in Bogotá & Miryam Muller, concept Raul Marroquín, series producer Ivan Tovar.
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Telefonica chairman in London to push BT-O2 deal


Telefonica’s chairman Cesar Alierta (pictured) has arrived in London in an attempt to persuade BT to choose its O2 business as the favoured acquisition target over rival contender EE, according to a Reuters report.

BT said it was in talks with O2 and EE regarding a potential acquisition of one of the mobile operators three weeks ago.

It was previously suggested that Telefonica was looking to secure a 20 per cent stake in BT as part of a potential deal. It is believed that the Spanish operator group is particularly motivated by the possible cost savings from any merger between O2 and BT.

EE owners Orange and Deutsche Telekom were thought to want a similar stake in BT as Telefonica. But the latest report suggested that the partners could be willing to offer more attractive terms to secure a deal.

Sources said they expect BT to make a decision on which operator to acquire early next week, if not today (Friday). One of the issues to consider is whether it prefers to have Telefonica or Orange and Deutsche Telekom as shareholders.

Reuters pointed out that Telefonica has had a difficult relationship with Telecom Italia, in which it still holds a small stake.

Telefonica is also the more aggressive player in terms of wanting to consolidate in markets in which it operates, meaning the company could potentially consider making a play to take more control of BT.

The Spanish operator group acquired O2 in 2006, five years after it was demerged from BT.

The Telegraph suggested that the O2 option would be cheaper and simpler for BT. However, as the UK’s largest mobile player, EE would bring more subscribers and a greater spectrum holding.

Hutchison Whampoa, which owns 3 UK, is expected to launch a bid for whichever operator is not chosen by BT.

If BT was to secure either of the mobile operators it would become a major force in the quadplay market, as it would have a full mobile offering alongside fixed services, broadband and pay-TV.

Such is the potential impact of a deal that Vodafone has been linked to a move to acquire international cable company Liberty Global, which owns Virgin Media in the UK. Vodafone has, however, distanced itself from such a move.

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