The Mediation of Complexity/
Interdisciplinary Collaboration

The CLOUDR system is a discursive Internet platform that has primarily been set up to serve as a tool for research, documentation and mediation for the art project of Europe (to the power of) n

This project has been developed in the field of culture, information architecture and current user interface design to mediate complex associations regarding the content of the associated project. more

The system enables the user to track the shifting of concepts and changing of ideas over time, to find a way to make connections and to bring into view the multiple and heterogeneous positions.
These positions which are not exclusively about Europe, but also about regions outside of or peripheral in Europe, contribute to debate about what Europe is and what it can be from the perspective of contemporary art.

The current project team consists of people from different academic and professional backgrounds, coming from cultural science, media science, computer science, and interaction design. The current participants are:

Tristan Schulze - conception, information architecture, user interface design, development
Vanessa Boni - curator, information architecture
Andreja Hribernik - media theory, curator
Konrad Abicht - development, information architecture
Barbara Steiner - consulting, concept, culture science
Christopher Koehler - culture science, information architecture

Negotiation of Technology, Information Architecture and Concept

Working on a cross-section of cultural sciences, technology and design, it became essential for the project to point out and negotiate several issues that occured during the research process; such as concepts of multiplicity and hybridity as well as discourses about readability of complexity and the negotiation of progressivity vs. conformism.

The development of intuitive and powerful strategies of interaction between human and machine revealed certain potential in addition to issues of machine learning, responsive user interface design and minimalistic information architecture.
The negotiation of these concepts became a central meaning in the project and led to the consideration of the concept of semantic web - as web of information in contrast to the current web of documents - in order to use its potential within the field of culture.

Semantic web enables to create flexible data structures which are not based on hierarchical categories but on networks logics. Despite its capability to show multiple connections semantic web is limited to a single predefined ontology, which is one of its basic shortcomings when considering the use of semantic web in culture. To overcome these shortages the idea of a hybrid system was developed, encompassing logic, data structure and visual language.

The Fusion of Visualizaton, Navigation and Architecture

The potential of merging visualization, navigation and information architecture offers the opportunity to develop an intuitive access on one hand and the methodology for dealing with complexity on the other.

Central for the research is a discourse about strategies of mediation between human and machine. Essential to this approach of fusion are the ideas of transparency, modularity, progression and dynamic reduction.

Common Developments/
Online Resources

CLOUDR 3.0 became a hyprid system. It's purpose is to realise the necessary compromise between a convenient user interface design and a complex information architecture and a well as a progressive approach in visualization and the interaction with information.

The working online prototype runs in association with the current website of the project Europe (to the power of) n.


Detailed information about the project will be available soon.

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Please find information regarding the parent project
Europe (the the power of) n on the project website:

Europe (the the power of) n
CLOUDR is part of the project Europe (the the Power of n), which has been made possible through the Excellence Initiative of the Goethe-Institut

as well as with the support of the following partners: