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  • Varia has been invited to work on the production of the 12th edition of this Peer-reviewed Newspaper, a publication series of research/PhD workshops investigating contemporary digital culture. The newspaper is made within a wiki-to-print environment and will be presented during the Transmediale festival on Thursday 2nd of February.

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    In 2021, Ania Molenda and Andrea Prins contacted us about a project they are doing called Beyond The Essay, where they are researching forms of online reading and writing with a specific focus on the essay in the field of architecture critique. Within the Beyond the Essay meetings, we proposed three scripts to engage with text in collective situations that respond to existing computational artefacts, namely tags (__MAGICWORDS__), indexing formats (x-dexing) and word2vec (word2complex).

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    This radio show presents a collection of audio pieces made by second-year students of the Willem de Kooning Academy Define Art major!

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    In this workshop we will explore ancestral cosmology through the figure of the clone in artificial voice technologies. The workshop will experiment with artistic approaches to future and past-oriented dialogues using voice avatars of ourselves and others, considering the implications of creating a clone that may speak to generations beyond our own lifetime and say things we have never said.

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    During a 3-day hands-on workshop we'll investigate license-free radio as a low-tech and low-power medium for keeping in touch with each other. We want to look at radio as a medium that you can participate in instead of consuming it. We'll explore the aspects of locality and community present in radio.

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    Technology and magic, two words that at first seem to clash with each other. However, they share some common ground. On December 16th at Varia become a technomancer and use your phone as a magic wand to explore our cyborg publication.

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    On April 4, 2022, after 32 years of existence, the Rotterdam Walk of Fame came to an end. The last sixty tiles of this well-known star sidewalk near the Metroplein and Ahoy were dismantled. Since then, Rotterdam has been missing one of its most noticeable landmarks. Fortunately, we managed to retrieve one of these special tiles. On July 8, at the start of the summer holidays, the tile of none other than Shrek will be reinstalled on the corner of Gouwstraat and Wolphaertstraat. Everyone is welcome at the green unveiling at 7 p.m. sharp. There will be snacks, drinks and music.

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