Freenetproject network visualisation

Lecturer: Mindaugas Gapševičius
Tutors: Hasibullah Sahibzada, Marco Schröder, Azucena Sanchez Credits: 6 ECTS, 4 SWS
Date: Mondays/flexible 17:00 - 20:00
Venue: Marienstraße 7b, Room 204
First meeting: Monday, 11th of April 17:00 - 20:00

Although we all use computers and the Internet on a daily basis, we act in most cases as consumers. This is valid for creative people who work with computers, especially visual artists and designers. With the "(In) visible Networks" we will question other side of the networks: How data is transferred between computers? Why does the Internet require different types of machines? What is the role of servers and personal computers within the networks? What makes our data or our networks insecure? How to structure the website so visitors find the information?

The conceptual goals of this project include the comparison and reflection of different network structures (e.g. hierarchical structures, decentralized structures, oriented to Web 2.0, etc.).

The aim of the course is to redesign and to update the website of the GMUGestaltung medialer Umgebungen. This includes discussion on structuring the content and work on the new content. Students in the course will be introduced to server side systems/applications (Unix, Apache, MySQL), "front end" programming/CMS[[Webapps|Content Management System]] (Typo 3, HTML[[HTML|Hypertext Markup Language]], PHP[[PHP|PHP Hypertext Processor]], Java Script) and content (website structure, writing). The work on content and programming will be supervised by tutors.


  • Hasibullah Sahibzada (server side and back end), hasibullah.sahibzada [ät]
  • Marco Schröder (content), cramo.erst [ät]
  • Azucena Sanchez (web structure, CMS[[Webapps|Content Management System]]), azucena.sanchez [ät]


1 Seminar. Internet. 11.04.2016

  • Computer Networks and Routing Systems (LANLocal Area Network, WAN, P2P; TCP/IP[[TCP/IP UDP]] Internet protocol suite, DNSDomain Name System)
  • CMS[[Webapps|Content Management System]]
  • GMUGestaltung medialer Umgebungen website and wiki
  • Planing work (GMUGestaltung medialer Umgebungen website and wiki)

2 Seminar. Self-organisation. 02.05.2016

  • Vulnerability of Networks
  • Alternative networks P2P (Baobaxia, Freenet, tor, BitTorrent, YaCy)
  • Update on work (GMUGestaltung medialer Umgebungen website and wiki)

3 Seminar. Social networks. 23.05.2016

  • Concepts (Bruno Latour, Graham Harman, Karen Barad)
  • Internet of things
  • Update on work (GMUGestaltung medialer Umgebungen website and wiki)

MediaWiki Server Side

Supervised by Hasibullah Sahibzada

  Progress Status
  • Small tutorials on languages (Done)
  • Web tutorials (Done)
  • Installing new wiki (Done)
  • Upgrading wiki database(Done)
  • Merging database with latest MediaWiki version(Done)
  • Implementing University Namespaces (Done)
  • Implementing new template (In progress)
    • Template decision (in progress)
    • Template customization (in progress)
    • Mobile version adaptivity (in progress)
  • Implementing new plugins (In progress)
    • Installing New advanced Editor (Done)
    • Installing multi-picture drag and drop feature (Done)
    • Integrating Picture licensing mechanisim (in progress)
    • Installing other required old plugins
  • Set other configurations for University mediawiki
  • Showcasing the final version

Introduction to webservers


JavaScript and PHP

PHP & MySQL, MediaWiki


Assignment 1

Assignment 2

Assignment 3

  Project Tasks

client side

Supervised by Azucena Sanchez

  • what is CMS[[Webapps|Content Management System]] / different types
  • general structure of wordpress / basics of html, css, php
  • constructing and usability wordpress
  • constructing and usability typo3/wiki

First tutor Session

  • Intro to HTML[[HTML|Hypertext Markup Language]], CSS[[CSS|Cascading Style Sheets]]

Second Session

  • Intro to CMS[[Webapps|Content Management System]]
  • Setting up server and wordpress

Third and Fourth Sessions

Third and Fourth Sessions

GMUGestaltung medialer Umgebungen Prototypes






Supervised by Marco Schröder

  • general structures of the websites / different websites / artists websites
  • Analysis of public GMUGestaltung medialer Umgebungen and WIKI/GMUGestaltung medialer Umgebungen
  • create a structure for the website
  • content (including BioLab, DBL, who is teaching, concept)