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Missed the last round of OccupyData and interested in researching the Occupy movement? Join the group of great designers, researchers, and developers for a sub-session of OccupyData NYC this Friday or Saturday from 12pm to 6pm at CUNY Graduate Center. Details as follows:

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You are cordially invited to occupyPOPS on Monday at 11am

This Monday at 11am please join me and the occupyPOPS bot for a short, 30 minute walk of privately-owned public spaces. The variety will amaze you. The diversity will astound you. Some may even bring you to tears. Starting point: Dumont’s Plaza at 150 East 34th Street. Nearest subway is the 33rd Street Station on the […]

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let’s go camping in the Mondrians

“I can’t change anything,” Santiago Sierra says quoted in Claire Bishop’s “Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics” (October, 2006). “There is no possibility that we can change anything with our artistic work. We do our work because we are making art, and because we believe art should do something, something that follows reality. But I don’t believe […]

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occupyPOPS: process update – use analytics / data usage / real events

A few slides from the update I would have made in class. Feedback and ideas on the tweets the bot would generate would be appreciated. use analytics In linking the city’s POPS dataset to Foursquare, I’ve noticed that usage reported by the location-based social network is very low to these urban plazas. Compared to parks, […]

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occupyPOPS: pre-beta process update

Development of the project is moving along on occupyPOPS. In this post I will note some of the critical transformations that have been made, note resources that I’m drawing upon, and identify some of the challenges that is still ahead. Process + Critical Transformations The City’s dataset on privately-owned public spaces (POPS) were transformed from […]

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crowd-sourced and swarm-based: how is privacy possible with cameras everywhere?

The need, or perception of the need, to protect identities of individuals captured in video footage is leading up to the production of near realtime video editing platforms such as Witness and The Guardian Project’s ObscuraCam. Yet, in what ways have photos and videos been used to pursue state action against individuals? What kind of challenge […]

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event: days of the commune

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 1:30pm, a contemporary interpretation of Bertolt Brecht’s Days of the Commune is performed at an Occupy Wall Street location in New York. Let’s make it a field trip! I plan on attending one of the showings this weekend and would like to go with my fellow Civic Media class […]

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Brecht in Zuccotti Park

A media studies instructor at Queens College along with a troupe of performers from the Occupy Wall Street performance committee are occupying Zuccotti Park for a few mornings with a staging of Brecht’s Days of the Commune. Details on wsj.com The small crowd of about a dozen men and women — plus one accordionist — […]

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john hulsey’s 72 hours

mentioned in Chris’s presentation

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#occupyPOPS – twitter bot coordinated public space occupy events

Robots have been firm supporters of the Occupy movement, taking up protest signs where human arms grew weary. Mechanical automation does not need to be the exclusive domain of the physical. Indeed, drawing attention to those public spaces that activist automatons occupied last year is really a job for online automation. Introducing @OccupyPOPS, a Twitter […]

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Event: OccupyData Hackathon

Unprecedented amounts of media and data were generated during the Occupy Wall Street protests last fall and continue to emerge through the ongoing movement. Join us for a 2-day collaborative Hackathon to explore, visualize and learn from such this living data archive. During the 2-day event, we will be connecting and collaborating with other such […]

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three ideas: noise mapping / conflict awareness / cross nearest boundary

Three ideas (rather quickly and messily described below): 1) I’m still interested in noise. Official noise complaints mark the contested spaces within the city. I did this map of sound complaints for the Noise Radio project. It shows all the locations of noise complaints throughout the city. Drawn in Processing, this map takes the City’s […]

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Tonight : DIY Pamphleteering at Studio-X

Night School: Pamphleteering with Luke Bulman Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 6:30-8:30pm Studio-X NYC, 180 Varick St., Suite 1610 (map) Free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Studio-X NYC welcomes designer Luke Bulman, co-founder and director of the Baltimore- and Brooklyn-based Thumb Projects, designers of books and exhibitions for Princeton Architectural Press, Rice University School of Architecture, Archinect/Actar, […]

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DEPT OF ENVIRO PROTECTION: SOUND ADVISORY

Important Bulletin: You’re advised to bring your earphones and your fully charged cellphones to today’s class. Thank you for your cooperation, C de Klerk Minister of Sound END

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hierspiel: audio drama in a contested space

This is a call for collaborators for our first assignment. After reading Mark Cory’s Soundplay piece yesterday an idea to produce a short “radio drama” has inspired me for the current assignment. I’m thinking it would be a short audio drama (10-15 minutes) that takes either an old audio drama, portions of that Seneca sound […]

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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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hello, this is christo

Most recent projects include the mapping of graffiti removal in New York City and a study of the haunted spaces motif in locative media design research. I’m interested in the controversy over the smart city and the networked city, i.e. the centrally monitored and professionally managed city as compared to a distributed and participatory polis. […]

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