The Blue Front
Using archives to dig-up locations of air attacks on the North Sea from World War II

Data visualisation that shows the impact of the British air attacks between September 1939 and May 1945 above the Dutch part of the North Sea.

The basis for the Saricon North Sea Database is about 15,000 pages of archival material from The National Archives in London. In addition to air raids by the RAF, the archival material that is included contains information about many other interesting events, such as plane crashes and jettisons (bombs or torpedoes in a non-attack situation). These are also included in the database. In addition to the Coastal Command data, operational data from RAF Bomber Command is also included in the database. This part of the RAF took over part of Coastal Command operations over the North Sea in 1941. Bomber Command flew almost every night across the North Sea to attack German targets on the continent.

A position of eighty percent of the records in the database is known. The dataset also allows to test narrative history. To illustrate, various archive documents from the war state that the deployment of 60 lb. rockets was not effective against ship targets, and that preference was given to missiles of 25 lb. According to the database, more than 3,000 missiles were fired at targets in the North Sea, and in more than eighty percent of cases it was indeed a missile of 25 lb. Via this type of factual observation, the database offers broader insight into the conventional explosives (CE) problem in the North Sea.

Saricon is an engineering firm specialising in detection of unexploded ordinance from the Second World War and works with a team of in-house historians.

Date
2019
Location
North Sea
Commissioned by
Source
Saricon North Sea Database
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Studio

RNDR is a design studio for interactive media that develops ‘tools’ that are only finished by how they are used.

To achieve this, we develop processes, create structures, design visualisations, code programs, and create interactions. The end result can manifest itself across different media, ranging from interactive installations, data visualisations, generative identities, prints and everything in between – often real-time. We are triggered by how information and technology transforms networks, cultures, societies, relationships, behaviours, and interactions between people. Our work explores and engages with hybrid space as it embraces both digital and physical realms.

RNDR was founded in 2017 in The Hague, (NL). Its main members have years of experience as partners, computer scientists, designers, art directors and developers at LUST and LUSTlab.

One of our core projects, and basis for most of our projects, is OPENRNDR, an open source framework for creative coding –written in Kotlin for the JVM– with over nine years of development, that simplifies writing real-time audio-visual interactive software. OPENRNDR is fundamental for the capacity of RNDR as a studio, as it allows us to realize complex interactive works. OPENRNDR was awarded the Dutch Design Award 2019

Fields of work
Interactive design (ui/ux), data visualisation, information systems, software tools, interactive installations, media architecture, immersive experiences, interface design, visual identities, generative video, creative coding, exhibition design, graphic design systems, hybrid spaces and platforms, machine learning and artificial intelligence (ai), code and design workshops.

People
Jeroen Barendse (NL), partner. Design and art direction. Former partner of LUST and LUSTlab. Awarded BNO Piet Zwart Oeuvre Prize 2017
Edwin Jakobs (NL), partner. Computer scientist, creative coder and visual artist. Creator of OPENRNDR
Boyd Rotgans (NL), partner. Creative coder & interaction designer
Viola Bernacchi (IT). Design & data visualisation
Els van Dijk (NL), Office manager
Derrek Chow (CA), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, intern, 2021
Rein van der Woerd (NL), Data Art Technology Arnhem, Artez, intern, 2021
Previously at RNDR
Marco Dell'Abate (IT), Royal Academy for the Arts, The Hague, intern, 2021
Jon Packles (USA), intern Parsons School of Design | The New School, and freelance, 2021
Jasper Kamphuis (NL), Intern, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, 2020
Ferdinand Sorg (DE), Intern, Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd , 2020
Jaekook Han (KR), Intern, Graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYC, 2019
Gábor Kerekes (HU), Developer, 2017-2019
Amir Houieh (IR), Developer, 2017-2018
Łukasz Gula (PL), Intern, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, 2018
Noemi Biro (RO), Intern, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, 2018
Selection of exhibitions
Perpetual Beta; Encounters in open space, The Grey Space, The Hague, 2021
Open Highway, Raum, Utrecht, 2018
Typojanchi Typography Biennale Seoul, main exhibitor (as LUST), 2017
Cartographies of Rest, interactive installation at Mile End Art Pavilion in London (as LUST), 2016
Hyperlocator, What’s next, Future Tomorrow, 38CC Delft (as LUST), 2016
Type/Dynamics exhibition, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (as LUST), 2014
Selection of lectures
Lecture Information Design masters. Design Academy Eindhoven, 2021
Talk for Graphic Days Turin, Eyes on the Netherlands (IT), 2021
Lecture for TAAALKS conference, Munich, 2020
Presentation at GitHub Satellite, 2020
Lecture at Britisch Library for Central Saint Martins' Form, Reform, Perform: futures of writing, 2019
MiXit conference, Lyon, 2019
Google Span conference, presentation and demo, Helsinki, 2018
JFuture conference, Minsk, 2018
Creative Coding Utrecht, Launch of OPENRNDR, 2018
Selection of workshops
Workshop OPENRNDR for Graphic Days, Turin (IT), 2021
OPENRDNR workshop for Digital Society School, Amsterdam, 2020
Weeklong workshop OPENRNDR @Politecnico di Milano, 2020
OPENRNDR x Machine Learning workshop @ KABK during Tech Week, 2020
Two week OPENRNDR workshop at Tumo, Armenia, 2019
Workshop OPENRNDR at Artez Interaction Design, Arnhem, 2019
Processing Community Day 2019, CCU and Sensorlab, Utrecht, 2019
Royal Academy of Art (KABK), Techweek, The Hague, 2019
Utrecht School for the Arts (HKU), OPENRNDR workshop, 2018
La Scuola Open Source, 1-week workshop, Bari, Italy, 2018
Two-week workshop at TUMO foundation, Yerevan, Armenia, 2019

Contact

RNDR

Paviljoensgracht 20
2512 BP, The Hague
+31 (0)70.3635776

info@rndr.studio


INTERNSHIPS

We are mostly looking for interns that have a background in interactive design. Some experience in coding is preferred. 

interns@rndr.studio

OPENRNDR
Open source framework for creative coding that simplifies writing real-time interactive software

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