Mapping My Mapping (Takes place Online)

The goal of the 3 day meeting is for artists to develop documentation for their own instrument, performance installation and/or another interactive project. The process will be guided by Marije Baalman.

Apr 2020
Apr 2020
11:00 to 18:00

Mapping my mapping


Participants are invited to share their documentation and describe their process during the workshop. That way the participants can build feedback and dialogue techniques that will access more in-depth insights of their work and that of others.

The work session has been developed in parallel with the book “Just a question of mapping - ins and outs of composing with realtime data”.

Target audience


The target audience for the workshop is experienced artists and designers who would like to reflect on their own practice and learn from other’s practices. Participants are asked to have a project that uses interactive technologies. For example:

  • an augmented acoustic instrument using sensors
  • a digital instrument controlled by MIDI, self-built interfaces and/or game controllers
  • an interactive installation that uses sensors and/or cameras for interaction with the public
  • an interactive dance setting where one or more dances wear or are tracked by sensors that control sound, light and/or visuals


  • April 21-23. Each day we will work from 11:00 until 18:00 with a lunch break in the middle. The session will take place at V2_, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam.

Day 1 – morning

Introduction & setup

Participant and coach introductions.
Introduction of each participant’s project. Introduction of Mapping my Mapping methods. Discussion of aims and concepts.
Setting up instruments/installations to demonstrate.

Day 1 – afternoon

Ins and Outs Physical description

Gesture and output – what happens?
Playing the instrument/installation in gestures and words.
How are the different physical elements connected, including cables, communication protocols, etc.
How are the elements used?

Day 2

Computational process

Tracing data/signal from input to output.
What does the output that is controlled/steered/influenced by the data do?

Day 3 – morning

Writing documentation

Clarify and structure the descriptions from previous days. Review, analyze and discuss the documentation.

Day 3 – afternoon


Discuss all participant’s projects with Q&A
Review and discussion of practical and aesthetic issues that have arisen during the 3 days.



There is a budget of ca. 500 euro (excluding VAT) per person for six participants.

To participate, please send the following information to me at mapping@nescivi.nl before March 30th. I will then make a selection of projects, aiming to have a good diversity of projects and artists.

  • Name

  • Website

  • Motivation for participating

  • Which project you would like to document and analyze during the meeting?

    ◦ Please share a brief description and links to any documentation you already have of your instrument, e.g. a video online.

The deadline for applying is March 31st. More information can be found on this website.

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