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Case Study: Intervention

Intervention: aesthetics, collaboration, relational works. Bishop’s question: Where is the meeting ground between practice without aesthetics and the absence of aesthetic rigor in activism? Relevant textual references: “Collaborative practices are automatically perceived to be equally important artistic gestures of resistance: There can be no failed, unsuccessful, unresolved, or boring works of collaborative art because all […]

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Multimedia mapping app: Moveable Feast

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moveable/id434170824?mt=8 This app allows users to create multimedia tours of any place they want. It’s independently owned by a developer based in New York. A producer I know is using the platform for an early release of her project Jurassic Park Slope, premiering at TriBeCa Film Festival’s interactive day, April 23rd. http://www.shootonline.com/go/index.php?name=Release&op=view&id=rs-web4-3511077-1333575799-2 I’ll find out […]

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Rapid Protyping

I’m doing a bunch of research at work on software development models, and I came across this, which resonated on a few levels. “Lean startup” is a term coined and trade marked by Eric Ries. His method advocates the creation of rapid prototypes designed to test market assumptions, and uses customer feedback to evolve them much […]

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Participatory Radio

The podcast 99% Invisible aired this piece about Max Newhouse’s 2 crow sourced soundscapes broadcast on NPR in the 1970s and the 2000s. I thought of our sound week, and wondered what we would have talked about as a class if we looked at using this art practice as a tactical design practice. The podcast […]

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A great website: Rebel Art

Have any of you guys seen this? http://www.rebelart.net It’s a blog that collects examples of site specific art. Caroline’s swing is in there, which is how I found the  site. The blogger’s selections are excellent!

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Rapid Prototyping

For some spring break inspiration… http://www.uxmag.com/articles/how-to-prototype-and-influence-people Your first try will be wrong. Budget and design for it. Aim to finish a usable artifact in a day. This helps you focus and scope. You are making a touchable sketch. Do not fill in all the lines. You are iterating your solution as well as your understanding […]

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“Protests, Petitions and Publishing: Widening Access to Research in 2012.”

This panel discussion happened recently at Columbia. Speakers: * Allan Adler, Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs, Association of American Publishers * Oona Schmid, Director of Publishing, American Anthropological Association * Peter Woit, Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, Columbia University * Gail Drakes, Associate Faculty, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University * […]

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Critical Mass and how bikes changed the way San Francisco thinks of roads

SF is in the process of redefining the success of its road system. Five years ago, the city decided that Auto Level of Service, the means used to define how well streets are being used based on the number of cars the roads can support on a daily basis, was not a reasonable metric of […]

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NYPL Lab: Map Warper

The NYPL Lab is “an experimental unit at the Library developing ideas and tools for digital research. A collaboration among curators, designers and technologists, NYPL Labs is dedicated to rethinking what a public research library can be and do in the new information commons. We develop everything from proof-of-concept pilots to fully realized web applications and digital archives, as […]

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Travel, maps, DIY, mopeds

Mopeds are 50cc motorbikes that have pedals, and are usually about 30 years old. A few friends in Michigan found some and started riding them around, decided they were really fun, and the idea spread. Now the community of moped restoration is nation wide, organized, and highly networked. The online community is called Moped Army, […]

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Sound Mapping Trough Time and Space

The German avant grade radio movement came into being when radio became possible. They considered sound as a medium with unique potential.  “In the beginnings… every broadcast was an experiment, every production was an attempt to improve the quality of the sound, to find ways to balance music, sound effects and voice, to create and […]

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Graphic (Musical) Notation

In the course of my research into sound maps, I saw that scoudscape artist Murray Schafer works in graphic notation, and thought that would be relevant to share here. Graphic notation is the practice of committing score to the page through graphic representation rather than with the traditional musical notes and staff. This initiates a […]

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Sonic Architecture: the Wave Organ

http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/plan_your_visit/wave_organ/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave_Organ “The Wave Organ is located on a jetty that forms the small Boat Harbor in the Marina district of San Francisco, walking distance from the Exploratorium. The jetty itself was constructed with material taken from a demolished cemetery, providing a wonderful assortment of carved granite and marble, which was used in the construction […]

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Scvngr in the context of Debord’s spectacle

I saw the founder of Scvngr speak at SXSW interactive last year, but watching him talk about his work after reading Debord is an entirely different experience.

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Dabord’s Spectacle, and a design idea

I was reading the Imbecile’s Guide when my phone buzzed. It was the game Tiny Tower telling me that it was my turn to play. Tiny Tower is a really popular indi mobile game that falls under the category of business simulation aka tycoon style of gaming. Three people made the game less than a […]

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Project Example: OccupyWithArt.com

When I showed up at Demo Day I ran into a friend from my undergraduate days at UC Berkeley Chris Cobb. We met when he was pursuing his MFA, and I volunteered to help him install this project at a bookstore in San Francisco. Now Chris is one of the five or so people running Occupy […]

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Bio: Katie Edmonds

One version of my bio is available on my WordPress profile. More about me is also available on my new and recently underused website KatieEdmonds.com For purposes of this class I’ll say… Geography: I grew up in California. Seasons and weather are something my parents talked about growing up. Now I live in Brooklyn, about […]

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“Purposeful Games” from MIT CMS

Hi classmates! Here’s a topical podcast produced by the MIT Comparative Media Studies department. Excerpt from the description on the CMS website: “In the last few years a new trend of designing video games intended to fulfill a serious purpose through impacting the players in real life contexts has emerged. These games claim to raise awareness about […]

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