reSource 002 Workshops: 36 15 Circuit Bending [Minitel Hacking] and Mobile Device Forensics as an Artistic Practice

1) 3615 Circuit Bending [Minitel Hacking] - Workshop by Benjamin Gaulon (fr/ie) and Karl Klomp (nl) for selected participants


Date: 23 Aug 2012

Time: 10:00-16:00

Maximum number of participants: 15

Workshop language: English

Location: Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien

Participation fee: 10€ (cash only)

Conditions: Some basic knowledge on circuit bending or similar (it is not a prerequisite) It is recommended that the participants bring their own music devices to modify.



During this workshop participants become familiar with basic hardware hacking and circuit bending, by hacking very iconic devices: the French Minitels. This summer is the death of the Minitel, a Videotex online service accessible through the telephone lines, as the network as been closed for good. Deconstructing readily available, cheap electronic devices into creative tools is more than a lot of fun; the process offers the same visible, hands-on learning and understanding acquired through dissection. By re-purposing second-hand hardware or cheap toys, a commercial, mass-produced technology is transformed into a unique device, with potential for new and original means of expression or communication.


This project will be part of the ReFunct Media project exhibited at the upcoming transmediale 2013. ReFunct Media experiments and explores unchallenged possibilities of 'obsolete' electronic and digital media and our relationship with technologies and consumption.





2) Mobile Device Forensics as an Artistic Practice - Workshop by Johannes P Osterhoff (de) for selected participants


Date: 24 Aug 2012

Time: 10:00-15:00

Maximum number of participants: 10

Workshop language: English

Location: Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien

Participation fee: Free Entry (subscription is necessary)

Conditions: Basic knowledge of a scripting language (i.e PHP). It is recommended to bring your own jailbroken iPhone with you.



This workshop it is a tool for artists who want to access their data directly, for designers who are interested in information visualization with genuine data sources, for future hackers who seek to go beyond the common usage of this technology and for anyone who is interested in what is happening on mobile phones below its surface. In this seminar participants take a look at our data behind the shiny iOS interface and examine the data structures below. They extract their data and visualize, remix it and publish it in other contexts. They extract screenshots of opened apps and browser windows, contacts and call history data, recent search engine queries, geo coordinates etc.


Berlin-based artist Johannes P Osterhoff publishes everything he does on his iPhone as a live stream of screenshots on the web. The performance is called iPhone live, and was launched on 29 June 2012, the iPhone's 5th anniversary. The artist presents his new project iPhone live and a workshop connected to it. During the event, an ongoing installation of the live performance will be visible for the public.

Read about the full event Out of Place, Out of Time.