Architecture and Investigative Journalism workshop – DIY aerial photography

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Het Nieuwe Instituut

25 Museumpark

3015 CB Rotterdam

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A two-day practical workshop on building camera rigs, capturing aerial imagery using kites and balloons, as well as processing those images to create geo-rectified aerial photographs.

The technique for producing DIY aerial photography with balloons or kites was developed by Public Lab (publiclab.org), an open-source community that develops tools and methods for community-based environmental investigations. It is based on a camera rig made from a reused plastic bottle, equipped with a simple digital camera that is pointed vertically to the ground and tethered to the kite/balloon string. This technique takes part in a broader practice and discourse termed “civic science”, “community science” or “collaborative science” that concerns the democratization of technoscientific tools and methods through the development of participatory technologies and collaborative practices between scientists and citizens, and citizens and themselves. Its first use traces back to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, where it was (and still is) used for creating evidence of the environmental hazards caused by extractive petrochemical industries. Since the oil spill, the development of the toolkit revealed a network of online and on-the-ground actions, people, issues and experiments who contributed to its dissemination and application in the US and other places around the world.

In this workshop we will build a camera rig using simple materials, get to know the different variations of the tool, and capture aerial imagery in the area of the New Institute in Rotterdam. Using Public Lab’s open-source software we will stitch the aerial images into a geo-rectified aerial photograph that can be used for research, activism, and other various purposes.

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Hagit Keysar lives and works in Israel/Palestine, her research is practice-based and brings together visual work, activism and critical theory. In her PhD thesis she critically examined the political potential of civic/community science and open-source practices in situations of civic inequalities and human rights violations. She is currently (April 2019) a Postdoc fellow of the Minerva Stiftung in Berlin, exploring the politics of citizen-driven uses of drones by indigenous and grassroots human rights activists. http://cargocollective.com/hagitkeysar





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