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March 09, 2007



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Please join us for the livestream event of the "Lost Highway Expedition" in Rotterdam: TANGENT_BROTHERHOOD Friday March 09, 2007 (20.00 - 23.00 CET, 2 pm EST) at V2 Institute for Unstable Media, Rotterdam. As most of you will not be able to make it to Rotterdam you can follow the event over livestream (REAL MEDIA) and also join moderated IRC chat (server: irc.v2.nl / channel#:tangent).

TANGENT_BROTHERHOOD presents the Lost Highway Expedition as a model of open source and do-it-yourself collaboration in the form of a mobile, cultural and artistically charged, and collectively authored project.

Featuring (in order of appearance): Ana Dzokic and Marc Neelen (Rotterdam / Belgrade), Alenka Gregoric (Ljubljana, video stream), Yane Calovski (Skopje), Kristian Lukic (Novi Sad). In the space some of the Lost Highway Expedition works by Rotterdam and Amsterdam based participants will be on show: Arnoud Schuurman, Hugo Lammernik, Auke Towuslager, Artgineering, Stealth.unlimited.

Auke Touwslager made a map of the Lost Highway Extended Event Network that will be on show at the V2 event.

Who was there? Who should have been there? This map shows the extended network of organizations around the Lost Highway expeditioners by pulling out their URL co-links. By clicking on a node you can see to/from how many sites are they connected and also visit the corresponding URLs.

The software used is the Issue Crawler and locates and visualizes networks on the Web. It is used by NGOs and other researchers to answer questions about specific networks and effective networking more generally.

The map is now available at: http://www.informationlab.org/lhe/ - follow the instructions on the site.

the first source book works session
17-19 March 2007 in Rotterdam

After the Lost Highway Expedition (LHE) in August 2006, the next phase of the project called ‘Building Lost Highway’ is to start in March 2007. It is envisioned as a process that would last about half a year, with an idea to interlink and build upon expedition generated projects, art works, networks, architecture and politics based on the found knowledge.

A series of three work sessions is to spark this process towards a ‘source book’ from which a variety of interpretations and representations can be drawn for different occasions (a book, a symposium, an exhibition...) by those interested in the issues incited by LHE - not necessarily only by the participants of the process. The source book will be Internet based, collectively authored and later made into a printed draft.

The initial idea is that the source book is built around three lines of thought: Expedition as an experimental Society, Lexicon of the future (extracting concepts and notions that relate to the future or European territory that come from a positive interpretation of the notion Balkanisation) and individual Projects. It is likely that these three strands will start to intertwine along the process and that actual result would be a kind of combination of a lexicon and atlas. The idea for a source book resulted from discussions among expedition participants that took place in Tirana, Podgorica and Sarajevo.

In September 2006 - right after the expedition - Ana Dzokic, Marc Neelen and Kyong Park applied on behalf of Centrala Foundation at the European Cultural Foundation for funding to get the source book process running and make a draft print out of the product. We are glad to say that our proposal will be granted with 25.000 euro. This will be seed money to let some of the participants of the Expedition meet again at different locations - not only in the Western Balkans.

It is obvious that not all of the LHE participating organisations and individuals can participate in all of the meetings but the idea is to open the process to those interested to join in and contribute with content. Therefore the work sessions will be taking place in three different cities to allow for those local or near by interested to take part.

The first source book session will take place in Rotterdam from 17-19 March. This session is to set a direction towards the final result and also think how to (technically / online) involve a large LHE community. The idea is that the second and third session would take place in the region. Initial contacts have been made with Kuda.org (Novi Sad) and Press to Exit project space (Skopje).

The first session will be joined by Azra Aksamija (Boston/Sarajevo), Ivan Kucina (Belgrade), Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss (Basel/New York), Katherine Carl (Basel/New York), Ana Dzokic (Rotterdam/Belgrade) and Marc Neelen (Rotterdam) from the initial group, Yane Calovski (Skopje), Barbara Galassi (Belgrade/Rome), Vahida Ramujkic (Barcelona/Belgrade), Jaume Nualart (Barcelona/Vienna), and a group of LHE participants residing in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Arnoud Schuurman, Hugo Lammernik, Wietske Maas, Auke Touwslager, Ursula Lavrencic and Emiliano Gandolfi, curator at The Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam. The session will take place in the Harbour #1350, Maashaven in Rotterdam, studio space of Stealth.unlimited.

After the first session is over we will inform you of the next steps and we hope to start building the content collectively and that some of you will be able to join at the next source book sessions.

More about Building Lost Highway initial idea from the time of the application to European Cultural Foundation is to find at: http://europelostandfound.net/node/890. Some things have changed, like the dates but the general idea is there.


After the Lost Highway presentation in New York in October Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss came up with an idea to make a LHE Photo book that would feature images by the participants. And we started looking for possibilities to make it happen. The Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to support the project (thanks Helena!) and Marjetica Potrc contacted Revolver publishers who are interested to be publisher and distributor. During the workshop in Rotterdam the group present will discuss the content of the Photo book after which we can start creating it (based on a Creative Commons license). Ajdin Basic, who designed the LHE reader, will design this book as well. The aim is to have the book ready for the opening of the LHE exhibition at Skuc in Ljubljana this September.


Alenka Gregoric, artistic director of SKUC gallery in Ljubljana is starting to work on the exhibition (containing works coming from the Lost Highway Expedition) which will take place in September. More on the draft idea will be posted soon.

Posted by jo at March 9, 2007 11:50 AM