anyMeta 4.16.53 - Atom module 0.3.2 2017-01-18T06:55:05+01:00 Editorial 2010-12-23T11:03:23+01:00 Mediamatic Travel contact list <p>A quick overview of our active Guides' contacts.</p> <table> <tr> <td></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <th><em>NAME</em></th> <th><em>E-MAIL</em></th> <th><em>CITY</em></th> </tr> <tr> <td>Abir Boukhari</td> <td></td> <td>Damascus</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Aicha El Beloui</td> <td></td> <td>Casablanca</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Alana Kakoyiannis</td> <td></td> <td>Nicosia</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Alexandra Stock</td> <td></td> <td>Cairo</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Amber A.A. Verstegen</td> <td></td> <td>Amsterdam Noord</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Amir Tamal</td> <td></td> <td>Bologna</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Anna Wachtmeister</td> <td></td> <td>Erbil</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Anoli Perera</td> <td></td> <td>Colombo</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Arezoo</td> <td></td> <td>Shanghai</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Armin Kane</td> <td></td> <td>Dakar</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Caroline Woolard</td> <td></td> <td>New York</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Daniele Marx</td> <td></td> <td>Porto Alegre</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Diana Marrone</td> <td></td> <td>Naples</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Eliana Otta</td> <td></td> <td>Lima</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Emilia Bergmans</td> <td></td> <td>Shanghai</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Erik Pold</td> <td></td> <td>Copenhagen</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Evelyne Leveke</td> <td></td> <td>Berlin</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Femke Dekker</td> <td></td> <td>Amsterdam</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Greetje Kamps</td> <td></td> <td>Amsterdam</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Guilherme Fonseca</td> <td></td> <td>Sao Paulo</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Hama Goro</td> <td></td> <td>Mali</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Hans Kuiper</td> <td></td> <td>Berlin</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Hedwig Heinsman</td> <td></td> <td>Amsterdam</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Helen Grogan</td> <td></td> <td>Melbourne</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Hugo Herrera Tobón</td> <td></td> <td>Bogotá</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Inge van Schooneveld</td> <td></td> <td>Amsterdam</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Isidora Krstic</td> <td></td> <td>Belgrade</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jan Hoek</td> <td></td> <td>Amsterdam</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jeff Jahn</td> <td></td> <td>Portland</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jimmy Ogonga</td> <td></td> <td>Nairobi</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Joe Franceschi</td> <td></td> <td>Roma</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jon Wakeman</td> <td></td> <td>Leeds</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kardelen Fincanci</td> <td></td> <td>Istanbul</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kaspar Wimberley</td> <td></td> <td>Stuttgart</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Katja Novitskova</td> <td></td> <td>Tallinn</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kirsten van der Voort</td> <td></td> <td>The Hague</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Mark Kamau</td> <td></td> <td>Nairobi</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Markus Abts</td> <td></td> <td>Cologne</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Masa Hilcisin</td> <td></td> <td>Prague</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Meltem Halaceli</td> <td></td> <td>Amsterdam</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Mohamed Al-Daradji</td> <td></td> <td>Baghdad</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Noopur Desai</td> <td></td> <td>Mumbai</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Nutsa Nadareishvili</td> <td></td> <td>Tbilisi</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Patricia Tordoir</td> <td></td> <td>La Paz</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Paul Lefevre-Venet</td> <td></td> <td>Kobe</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Paula Falasca</td> <td></td> <td>Buenos Aires</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Pedro Meyer Barreto</td> <td></td> <td>Rio de Janeiro</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Rafael Freyre</td> <td></td> <td>Lima</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Rani Al Rajji</td> <td></td> <td>Beirut</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Raquel Schwartz</td> <td></td> <td>La Paz</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Regis Lemberthe</td> <td></td> <td>Berlin</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Riekje Louise</td> <td></td> <td>Amsterdam</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Roham Maghsoudlou</td> <td></td> <td>Tehran</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Rosalind Clark</td> <td></td> <td>Wellington</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sabine Delafon</td> <td></td> <td>Milano</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sara Berckenkamp</td> <td></td> <td>Amsterdam</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Seoungeun Jung</td> <td></td> <td>Seoul</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Shahla Haddad</td> <td></td> <td>Tehran</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Smilja Ignatovic</td> <td></td> <td>Belgrade</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Tony Evanko</td> <td></td> <td>Colombia</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Vasilka Dimitrovska</td> <td></td> <td>Skopje</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Verity Oberg</td> <td></td> <td>Berlin</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Vladimir Abramov</td> <td></td> <td>Kiev</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Xoan Garcia Huguet</td> <td></td> <td>Asuncion</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Yelena Myshko</td> <td></td> <td>Utrecht</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Youmna Habbouche</td> <td></td> <td>Beirut</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Zaina Adhami</td> <td></td> <td>Dubai</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Zuzana Ducho</td> <td></td> <td>Bratislava</td> </tr> </table> - 4.89207 52.3631 8 ARTICLE 1 2013-11-08T17:48:17+01:00 Mediamatic Travel in the Press. <p>Mediamatic Travel has caught press attention since the launch in 2009. Here's a short overview of coverage on Mediamatic Travel in the Dutch press.</p> <p>By developing an online do-it-yourself travel agency, Mediamatic has added a new chapter to the blessings of internet, writes Marina de Vries in the Dutch newspaper <em>De Volkskrant</em>. Read her review of the Amsterdam Biennale (in Dutch) on <a href="">the Volkskrant website</a>.</p> <p>The TV news station NOS <em>Journaal op 3</em> reported on Mediamatic Travel and the Amsterdam Biennale 2009. Willem Velthoven and the travel guide Kai-Ting Lin explained the project. It is a 1,5 minute item and was broadcasted on 15 December 2009, a still from the item is displayed above. <br/> (Hama Goro from Mali and Abir Boukhari were also interviewed but their quotes didn't survive the editing proces.... ).</p> <p><em>NRC Next</em> loves how travelers are not dependent on travel guidebooks anymore, by websites such as Mediamatic Travel. Unique travel experiences are at grabs online for everyone and not just the 'Lucky Few'. Click on the article to enlarge and zoom.</p> Meral van Leeuwen ARTICLE text 1 2010-11-09T11:12:06+01:00 What is happening at Mediamatic Travel <p>With all those editorials written the last couple of weeks we decided to simply make a totally new section in which we could publish our thoughts and ideas without cluttering the <a href="">stories section</a> and making the real travel experiences invisible. Our next challenge is to keep the editorial up to date. So here goes a little update on what is happening at Mediamatic Travel.</p> <p>We are working on making Mediamatic Travel more visible and our efforts have a varied range of success. To start with Meral and me thought we could improve and extend through the participation in message boards and fora. Thing is: they don't look kindly on people advertising on their websites. So after being called a troll, a spammer and over 10 deleted forum-accounts, we figured that that was not the way to improve our network.</p> <p>Furthermore <a href="!/pages/Mediamatic-Travel/110885202307889">there is this Facebook-page</a>. This is going well although it's painful to see that some of our articles did not get the response we were hoping for. If you take in account the time spent on writing articles, the number of viewers for an article (<a href="">for instance this one</a>) is to put it mildly a waste of time. Maybe even a little naive of me to put a lot of thought into it. Still the Facebook-page is growing and we are extending our network slowly but steadily. At the moment about 10% of our traffic comes through our Facebook-page. (compare this to the 7% that comes from the <a href="">Mediamatic site</a> If this continues we will be more then happy keeping it up to date.</p> <p>The next step might be a Twitter page. I don't know but it seems a logical use of the potential that new media offer us. Personally I am not a big fan of twitter, but if it increases our traffic who am I to argue? I mean it is a way of advertising and if you use it wisely it could help you get traffic from all kinds of areas not reachable by other media or web 2.0 applications.</p> <p>So what is happening offline your wondering? Well first off we have 2000 glossies left. This means we can distribute these through out the country (the Netherlands, as it is only printed in Dutch) to maybe reach Dutch markets full of travelers that are unaware of us. Think of museums, academies of the Arts and the such. </p> <p>Furthermore we are trying to work out ways to integrate ourselves in systems. This is all on a very conceptual level still. We would like to finds ways to be a part of international exchange projects, artist in residency programs and the such. But before anything happens we have to find the right modes of communication. Like I said this is still on the sketching board internally at Mediamatic and we hope to make progress with this soon.</p> <p>Lastly we are looking for new partners that could help us broaden our usergroup. Think of international cultural foundations or as simple as small art collectives with a knack of getting their message out there. Anyway like the proposal I wrote before this, this is still in a conceptual phase and we are just looking around for now. I hope to get more out of this in the near future. And if I do, I'll get back to you.</p> Caspar Menkman ARTICLE text 1 2010-10-25T12:52:53+02:00 On Facebook <p>As you might have noticed we have created a Facebook page for our website. Making a page on this network has been a topic of discussion at Mediamatic for some time. In this article I will try and make you understand what our considerations were to participate in the massive network that is Facebook.</p> <p>The Mediamatic Travel project was launched at the end of 2009. A DIY-Travel Agency that presented itself through three different channels: a global online network, a glossy travel catalogue and an exhibition at the Mediamatic Bank in Amsterdam. It was meant to utilize embedded tourism to achieve a global sensory network for creative innovation. This translates to connecting cultural enthusiasts and professionals and promote collaboration between them. </p> <p>In a perfect world Mediamatic Travel would be a self sustaining network by now. The editors functions would be limited to revising new content, helping users with difficulties and the such. Sadly this is not the case: we are still fighting for a healthy influx of interested visitors every day. And as we feel that Mediamatic Travel has a huge untapped potential, we have to resort to more drastic actions: in comes Facebook.</p> <p>We need people who have strong feelings about the project and reflect that through communicating their positive experiences to the outside world. By word of mouth this could attract others who could be essential additions to our network. Someones network value does not end with her immediate acquaintances. Those acquaintances in turn influence other people, and so on recursively until potentially the entire network is reached. In Facebook this happens very literally. When someone clicks the like button this action is visible in the news feed of all his or her friends. Which could lead them to check out our page and also like it. Potentially this could go on and on.</p> <p>We are well aware that having 10.000 Facebook likes does not mean our site succeeding. There is of course a very big difference between networking and networking. Having a friend click on the like-button just out of sheer politeness will not help our success in the long term. We do however hope to create a broader awareness of our site through the networks of people who are close to us. Facebook offers us an easy way of getting our message out there and possibly getting into contact with future members of our network</p> <p>Sounds good right. Well like always there is a counter argument that is equally strong.The matter of quality control. There is a certain highbrow appeal that the Mediamatic Travel site needs to uphold. Our target group are people interested and professionally active in the Arts who want to meet people with similar interests. We are a platform that can be used as a means to meet people and possibly start new collaborations. Using Facebook as an extension to our network means including people that are not as culturally adept and might not fit in. This could result in disappointing encounters and a decreasing motivation to put yourself out there by the members who are so crucial to us. Opening up our network could mean to a reapplication of our network to suit a new goal.</p> <p>But as you might have noticed the Facebook page has been online for over a week now. We decided that the future rewards will outweigh the potential changes. This is based on the conception that broadening our user base is essential if we want to move forward. We as the editorial team will be in charge of balancing the changes that will or will not be made against the original goals of our website.</p> <p><a href="!/pages/Mediamatic-Travel/110885202307889">Click here to visit our Facebook page.</a></p> Caspar Menkman ARTICLE text 1 2010-11-09T11:11:35+01:00 Travelers Wanted! <p>The concept is so simple. Whenever you are in a city far away from home you feel alien. You are always looking for recognition, discoveries and new encounters. There is no place for relaxation because there is never enough time to dwell on your last findings. If only someone could help you. Help you find the places that would matter to you the most. Someone who could introduce you to the city and the city to you. If that is your question, we have the answer. Mediamatic Travel: An online DIY-Travel Agency.</p> <p>All the people I spoke to agreed with me that this project is a winner. A network that not only connects people in the Arts, but also helps them share their favorite places, their work and friends. I have heard people say: I wish I would have known about this website earlier so I could have used it then and then. Everybody is excited by the project, there is just one minor detail: there are so little people using it.</p> <p>We have 96 guide pages. And let me just put it gently by saying not all of them have had a guide request. We need change and we need it now. And by change I mean we need travelers who are interested in seeing a different side of a city. </p> <p>So this is where you come in dear reader: suit the action to the word and use our network. If you visit Casablanca contact Aicha and have her point you to the most exciting expos in town or visit Daniele &amp;Marcos and experience the both chilled but passionate Latin atmosphere in one of the thousands of small cafes that is situated in Porto Alegre, Brazil.</p> <p>Now why someone would hesitate to ask a local to guide him or her? All of the reasons I can think of stem from social inconveniences. For instance when you travel with a group of people it is harder to get properly introduced to the cultural levels of a given place. The contact one makes with both the guide and the city would be less intimate and the experience of the trip would suffer from a likewise effect. </p> <p>But think of us the next time when you make a city trip. Get acquainted with a city on a different level then most tourists do. Experience the difference between constantly looking for orientation and the interesting possibilities our guides can offer you. The chance to explore a city by the hand of someone who is aware of the adventures can shape your perspective on a place. And this experience is often as fulfilling for the guest as for the guide.</p> <p>Doing this is easier then you would think. Just press that blue button.</p> Caspar Menkman ARTICLE text 1 2013-11-08T17:48:56+01:00 Beirut through a TV-lens. <p>After several happy visitors and a magazine article, Mediamatic Guide Rani al Rajji of Beirut, was now the feature of a Dutch television show.</p> <p>In the spring of 2010, a camera-crew of BNN visited the city of Beirut for their travel show <em>3 Op Reis</em>. And who else could guide them better than our own Rani? He's an expert of Beirut and really knows all the secrets the city holds. </p> <p>His tour begins on the Martyr's Square, after which Rani shows host Dennis Storm the so-called 'Green line', that divided the city during the civil war. Also Rani takes Dennis to an area that is still largely destructed by war, but at the same time is a regular residential area. <br/> To show the other side of Beirut, Rani and Dennis dive into the vibrant nightlife. Expensive and flashy clubs can be found, as well as a dance club that's literally 'underground'; located in an old bomb-shelter.</p> <p>Unfortunately we cannot upload the episode ourselves, but it can be found on the website of <a href="">3 Op Reis</a> or <a href="">Uitzending Gemist</a>.</p> <p>Anyone who wasn't convinced yet of Beirut's appeal, will sure be after this broadcast. Rani still continues his activities as a guide in Beirut, so be sure to contact him <a href="">here</a> if you're flying down to the Sweet Insult.</p> Meral van Leeuwen 35.5112 33.8874 ARTICLE text 1 2013-11-08T17:48:27+01:00 Belgrade's Renaissance <p>Belgrade is one of the best-kept travel hotspots, but we already knew that at Mediamatic Travel. Now the word is getting out! Belgrade-guide Isidora Krstic received journalist Mirco Lomoth this summer and a travel story about their meeting in Belgrade appeared in two German newspapers september 2010.</p> <p>Together they visit the Kulturni Centar, located in an old textile factory and the Faculty of Fine arts. Isidora explains how Belgrade has recovered and changed since the wars of the 1990's. A new generation has arrived, the city is shaking off its past and is more ready than ever to surprise new visitors.</p> <p>Click on the image and 'full resolution' to enlarge and read the whole article. </p> <p>A very special thanks to author <a href="">Mirco Lomoth</a> for mentioning Mediamatic Travel and Isidora in his article and permission to publish the article on our website.</p> Meral van Leeuwen 20.4656 44.8024 4 2010-06-29T01:00:00+02:00 m y ARTICLE story 1 2010-12-09T13:41:43+01:00 Mediamatic Travel by Hivos <p>An article about Mediamatic Travel by partner Hivos. Click on the images to enlarge.</p> <p>This article appeared in Hivos Magazine oktober 2009.</p> Meral van Leeuwen ARTICLE text 1 2010-10-05T15:14:03+02:00 "How much for the guide?" ..yess, we started counting guide-proposals. <p>A famous American writer once wrote it's not worthwhile to travel if you're going to count the cats in Zanzibar (Thoreau, Walden). What he actually means is that the most valuable kind of travel occurs without leaving one’s hometown: yourself.</p> <p>Not a glamorous ride, but a bumpy one. Not a mass tourist tour, but a personal approach. I think most visitors are aware of that since I have been counting quite a lot guide requests during the last couple of months. Let me inform you about the progress that lately has emerged on our network.</p> <p>At least 18 visitors have contacted a guide in the last three months. I say 'at least', because we can only count how many times visitors used the 'be-my-guide' button. It's difficult to know how many visitors have actually contacted their guide if they were using other means of getting in touch with their guide. Some of these visitors also requested two guides during their trip, so I can proudly declare that in just three months 22 guides have been contacted. Some of those visitors already came back from their travel and were really satisfied with their guide and trip. Their stories/comments will follow on the website.</p> <p><span class="inline-image-wrapper"><a href=""> <img src="" height="133" width="400" alt="" title="Top three most viewed guides."/> </a><span class="caption caption-inline"><span class="title"><a title="Click to get a larger image - Top three most viewed guides. - Mediamatic Travel" href="/page/59740/en">Top three most viewed guides.</a></span> <span class="caption-sep">-</span> <span class="caption-body">To see a full list, click <a href="">here</a>.</span></span></span></p> <p>Furthermore it's remarkable to see that the top three most viewed guidepages are about remote areas you wouldn't call your average tourist places. Subsequently they are: Tehran (Iran), Erbil (Kurdistan) and Beirut (Lebanon). You can see a full list of the most viewed guidepages <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>Also the number of visitors of the website has almost doubled in the last three months since the start of this project. We're receiving more or less 5000 visitors per month on our website that are interested in underground culture. 5000 visitors and I'm still counting.</p> Emina Sendijarevic ARTICLE text 1 2011-12-01T00:52:32+01:00 How many Guide proposals? <p>You might have heard of our Mediamatic Travel Project. If that is not the case, take a look <a href="">here</a>. The project in a nutshell: A platform which enables cultural professionals around the world to introduce the underground scene which otherwise would remain invisible or inaccessible. These cultural professionals are called <em>guides</em> that can be contacted by visitors of our website for a real-life guidance in their city. The project has now been in the air for approximately three months and we think it's time to strike a balance: How many guides have actually been contacted by visitors? How many guide-proposals have been made?</p> <p>First some statistically interesting facts: We now have 74 guides and 27 guides-in-making. In total they've added around 1246 contributions to the website, which means, around 1246 secret things, things that you can't even google most of the time, have been made accessible! </p> <p>So how many of these guides have been contacted? Most of the guides did receive some questions online about their city. Practical questions like; 'In which part of town should I look for an apartment', but also more intimate ones like; 'Are you single?'. Furthermore guides are being praised for their extensive work online promoting the cultural underground of the city. Still none of the guides that replied to my question did actually receive visitors. Except for one guy from Beirut: Rani. Rani received five visitors and is still counting.</p> <p>So, I asked myself: How is this possible? Why did Rani receive five visitors, while the rest of the guides is getting none? Last week Rani was in Amsterdam and of course I was eager to have an interview with him to find out more. Rani told me he's not only dependent on the website for promotion. He makes sure everybody interested in Beirut or him, is redirected to his guide-page. In that way people who might know someone, who is the friend of someone who's going to Beirut is being informed about Rani, the guide. Put in less confusing words: He has created a broad reach of his guidepage.</p> <p>The interview was very enlightening for me and made me think about things we need to improve in the Travel project. Guides should be able to broaden their reach, promote themselves. This can be done in different ways, but for now it's up to the guides themselves. I would recommend guides to do the same as Rani: Let people know you're a guide and redirect them to your page, even if they aren't going to your city. Let's hope the next balance will be more in balance.</p> Emina Sendijarevic Emina Sendijarevic ARTICLE text 1