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Hansel & Gretel at the Park Ave. Armory

Hansel & Gretel, a meditation on surveillance by Ai Weiwei and Herzog & De Meuron, is running at the Park Ave. Armory through August 6. I hold these artists in high regard, and was eager to see this work. The … Continue reading

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A Public Inconvenience

What do we miss by ignoring the factthat public toilets are also the site for a variety of socialpractices?’A Public Inconvenience’ will explore the experience and affect ofpublic toilets in an urban environment, in this case Amsterdam.Through observation and engagement we will consider how public toiletsare shaped by, and themselves shape, cultural practices, values, andattitudes…. That is, the placesand times that are often on the periphery of everyday life – thejourney to work or the time spent queuing in a shop.To be considered for participation, researchers and practitioners areinvited to send us a compelling public toilet story (see The Storiessection of the website for inspiration), an optional toiletphotograph, a brief biography, and a short rationale outlining yourinterest in the workshop.
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Ruth Ron

Ruth Ron has done a number of interactive installations bridging telecommunications technologies and architecture, many of which are focused on dematerializing architectural structures — walls into windows, windows into views into remote spaces, and more. Continue reading

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Experiments in Art & Technology

This biographical note from the Getty site, which details the project well, explains it in a nutshell:”E.A.T., an organization devoted to promoting the interaction between art and technology, developed from the philosophies of Marshall McLuhan and Buckminster Fuller…. Staff and participants explored or experimented with these and the precursors of many technologies that are now commonplace: chat lines, fax machines, lasers, cable television, and digitized graphics.”By the early 1970s, E.A.T.’s artist and engineer matching service, called the Technical Services Program, boasted 6, 000 members. Continue reading

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Wired/Unwired: The Urban Geography of Digital Networks

Anthony Townsend’s dissertation on urban geography and digital networks.
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Chaos Computer Club of Berlin turned a building into a display surface for Blinkenlights. Viewers can control the display via SMS and the web. Continue reading

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Control of spotlights in a public square, operated over the net. Continue reading

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A few Space Annotation Projects

Run by ITP alum Steve BullTag – Wireless game in Times SquareUrban Tapestries – “Public Authoring in the Wireless City” – space annotation project on a large scale…. but played in the streets, using SMS, webcams, and audio messaging.The Go Game – role playing games meet mobile phones.HipnTasty – Wireless entertainment apoplications aimed primarily at young womenHypertag – Bluetooth/IR tags for short-range transmission to mobile phones, used to annotate spaces.GPS Drawing – large scale drawing using GPS waypoints as dots in the drawing.GeoStickies – a space annotation project on cell phonesAT&T Find Friends – delivers location of friends based on their position in the cellular network.Thanks to Liz Goodman, Andrea Moed, and Aya Karpinska for the links.
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