Archive | January 31, 2012

Visiting Artist Lecture Series at Parsons: Occupy Museums – Imani Brown and Noah Fischer: Feb 8

Hey all, Parsons is hosting a talk with Imani Brown and Noah Fischer on Occupy Museums on Feb 8 at 6:15 pm in Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Ave., Lobby. Here is the  full schedule of this spring’s visitors. Each talk is followed by a pretty good Q&A session.   Feb 8 – Occupy Museums: Imani […]

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The Subway Project and some remarks on the Activist Technology Demo Day at Eyebeam

    The Subway Project  developed by Ava Ansari and Andrew Quitmeyer is a “virtual dance protest” in the artists’ own words. For the project, Ava Ansari recorded herself dancing  at a subway stop in NY, where acting weird or dancing and singing  are seen as perfectly normal, if not cool. However, being an Iranian […]

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Bio: Chris Rogy

Chris Rogy is from Bucks, Co. Pennsylvania, he is the current tools and tactics intern at WITNESS, an international human rights organizations that supports video advocacy work worldwide.  He is a last semester graduate student in The New School Media Studies program. In 2009, Chris co-produced Driving the American Dream: Philadelphia Taxi Industry’s Need for Workers’ Comp that […]

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Augmented Reality Activists

The Activist Technology Demo Day was a total geek-fest of new and creative ways to use media and other technologies as a vehicle for social change. I particularly enjoyed the augmented reality iPhone/iPad app. When activated and pointed at an Apple device, the app brought up on the screen an image of the worker who […]

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Tercerunquinto, a Mexico based art collective

From LatinArt.com: “Tercerunquinto carries out projects that show the links between architecture, sculpture, urbanism and public spaces. The collective was formed in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1996. Since 1998 its members consist of Julio Castro (b. Monterrey, 1976), Gabriel Cázares (b. Monterrey, Mexico, 1978), and Rolando Flores (b. Monterrey, 1975). They have produced works that question the […]

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Bio: Francois Vaxelaire

I’m Belgian born, Chinatown based, sociology formed. I see the New School Media Studies program as a way to put into practice all the sociological “knowledge” I have acquired. The “Heavy Loads” project I have been working on last year is I believe a good example of the type of work I’m trying to achieve. It’s a threefold project: […]

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The People’s Mic, People’s Skype….. next comes Contact Skype? (Eyebeam)

At the Eyebeam activist on Saturday I ended up chatting for quite awhile with Jonathan Baldwin, a student over at Parsons A+T and the guy who developed “People’s Skype”. The project was based in calling a phone number, and then sharing your pin with people who you wanted to communicate with. What struck me about this project […]

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The Society of the Spectacle & Activist Demo Day

  Last semester, in my Media Studies: Ideas course, we also read Guy Debord’s “The Society of the Spectacle.” Of all the readings, it was this reading that resonated with me most – it was the determination point at which I finally accepted that I actively engaged in and obliviously and willing partook in a […]

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Field Communications at OWS and Freedom Network at Eyebeam

This past fall I was slightly active – like many of us – at OWS. I frequented OccupyMedia meetings when they were back at Zuccotti, and stayed for a few at 60 Wall Street. Eventually, I found my internship more fulfilling at WITNESS and that I could use those relationships for some optimal outcomes (rather […]

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The Society of the Spectacle with Relation to Public Spaces | 20-22: Society of the Spectacle

I sent out this teaser of 20-22: Society of the Spectacle via Google Groups but was informed that the group was not yet fully activated so here it is on the blog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhaxa03yZbA I came across this new work as I was watching The Society of the Spectacle (1973) as a means to supplement our reading (and […]

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A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design

This isn’t necessarily “in the news”, although I suppose technically it is. in the news. i came across this article by a guy named Bret Victor who used to be a Human- Interface Inventor at Apple. While I can’t say I totally agree with his complete dismissal of the screen touch interface, I found his […]

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spectacular tactics: transborder immigrant tool

“In the spectacle,” writes Anselam Jappe, “a fragmented society is illusorily restored to wholeness.” I was mulling this line over as I reflected on the Activist Technology Demo Day event. Whenever the semblance of an excited community forms, I tend to recede to the periphery – wondering who will be there and what I might […]

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Bio Blog: Lara Heintz

I ended up in Media Studies as parts of a bizarre arrangement of intersections of interests and last minute half circle decisions. I grew up in Ohio to a Colombian mother and American father. I resisted the digital for a very long time, preferring typewriters and film and paper to the internet and digital media. […]

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Bio

  Hi, this is Maria…I’m from Colombia and this is my last semester in the Media Studies program. I have an undergraduate degree in political science, and a graduate degree in cultural studies, both from Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá.  My professional career thus far has been in culture, media and politics.  I lived in Argentina for […]

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Demo Day: The Guardian Project

Of all the projects on show at the Activist Technology Demo Day I found the work of the Guardian Project particularly interesting. They partner with Witness.org to provide tools for citizen journalists, protestors, human rights workers etc. Their aim is to use technology to assist people who are capturing stories in the field to more […]

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Overview of Activist Technology Demo Day

This weekend along with other classmates from Nitin Sawhney’s course Civic Media + Tactical Design in Contested Spaces, I visited Activist Technology Demo Day hosted at Eyebeam in conjunction with The Public School New York. Below you can view a video overview of the projects in Eyebeam. The following order indicates where the projects were […]

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NY Times – Drones for Human Rights

This is a really good article on a topic we might conceive as tactical media.  

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All Our Ideas

I liked the exhibits in general, but I found myself gravitating towards the “All Our Ideas” booth, which offered “a suggestion box for a digital age.” A suggestion box doesn’t quite do the idea justice, however, because it implies a management that stands in authority and decides whether or not to grant requests. All Our […]

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reflection :: activist demo day

Recognizing the diversity of projects that Eyebeam presented on Saturday afternoon I was left with the assurance that as easily as we can implement new media and technology into [even subversive] social practice, just as easily can these tools become constructive for accessible, positive human relations. At the moment I feel this positivity stems largely […]

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Project Example: Ourgoods.org

I saw lots of impressive organizations and exhibits at the Activist Tech Demo Day. I talked to Caroline Woolard at OurGoods.org, and she explained that the purpose of the website was to create a place where artists, designers and producers can barter skills, spaces and objects. It’s a great organization that is built upon some […]

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