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At the Free University, Education Á La Carte

Yesterday at the Free University Jimena, Marija and I were able to demo our game, Á La Carte, for the second time. We were all quite surprised by how well it went, especially considering the playing conditions were less than ideal. Yet despite the dampness and the lack of a flat surface, we were able […]

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Revised Proposal – Á La Carte

Aaron Dahlstrom María González Jimena Zuluaga After reviewing the feedback from last Tuesday’s class, María, Jimena and I have made several changes to our game design. Instead of the goal being to create a meal, now the goal is to stock your refrigerator. We feel that this change removes some of the stigma around what […]

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what does a map say?

Denis Wood’s Rethinking the Power of Maps got me thinking about what a map could say that wasn’t directly plotted along an x or y axis. The idea that a map could be transformed into a protest map simply by renaming was especially powerful. By undertaking such a simple act, however, it is possible to […]

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MoMA and Paper Tiger

On Feb. 11 several of us from this class participated in the Paper Tiger workshop for designing a new type of “radical” media. We were split up into groups and given four hours to come up with an idea and make a presentation. Three groups would be selected to present their work at the MoMA […]

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Sum of Days and the Surrealists

Several of the readings this week addressed the use of noise as art, so I thought I would share an exhibit that was on display at the MoMA last fall. Sum of Days by Carlito Carvalhosa was a interactive art instillation that captured the sounds of museum goers as they traveled through a narrow pathway […]

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Activist Tech Day Video

Hey everyone — I had some extra time on my hands (probably won’t be able to say that much longer) and I thought I would make a short video of the stuff I shot at the Activist Technology Demo Day. It’s basically just a highlight reel, but if some folks didn’t have a chance to […]

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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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DIY Days March 3

Just came across this event the New School is sponsoring – DIY Days. Looks to be a great day of workshops and talks for folks who work in creative industries (that’s us). It’s not until March 3, but registration is on Jan. 30. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up. –Aaron

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Bio: Aaron Dahlstrom

I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2009 with a degree in mass communication. Although I mainly concentrated on journalism in my academics, I had quite varied interests that led me to explore graphic design, web development, animation and filmmaking. These interests continued to add up, and eventually I decided to […]

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