Author Archives | nathanaelbassett

Final update on Remember Me (Updated)

Hey everybody; What a great semester! I really enjoyed being in class with you all and the great things we saw and were a part of, from the Paper Tigers conference to the in-class discussions and guests. My computer is in the shop so I’m posting this from my mobile, but I wanted to give […]

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Remember Me: Municipal Memorials update

Hey everybody, sorry I missed last week, but I’ve made a lot of progress on my project and hope to install our pilot later this week. Last Wednesday, I met with several students at Youth Rights Media who were especially interested in this project – we workshopped and talked about some of the issues involved […]

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Sustainable Architecture as Tactical Design

Hey everybody – I heard this piece on the podcast 99% Invisible a few months ago and it stuck in my head. As I’m working with something subverting municipal design, I thought I’d share it: “Sustainable Design is a design philosophy that seeks to maximize the quality of the built environment, while minimizing or eliminating the […]

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Project Update: Remembrance

Hey everybody, just wanted to give a quick update on my project and where we stand. I’ve gone over it with several of the students from Youth Rights Media, they’re all really positive and encouraged by this idea, and  have a few leads to pursue to get the stories we need. We discussed a title, […]

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Historical Markers for New Civic Narratives

After my presentation last week, I was at something of a loss for where to go next. Reviewing the notes that were left in the collaborative Google doc, I saw RepoHistory’s Lower Manhattan Sign Project. This and the Queer Spaces signage they created reminded me of faux-historical markers I had seen online some time ago […]

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OralLore

Hey everybody, this is basically the post I put on my blog about my project – I should have posted it here earlier, apologies. Fostering New Civic Narratives Through Intervention in New Haven This project is designed to address and confront dominant narratives which construct the public consciousness of the city of New Haven, Connecticut. […]

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Tracking The Vision In Our Mind

Cross-posted with some revisions at mrliterati.com I remember when I was a kid how I would flip through the first few pages of the books in the library, in search of a map. There’s something special when children’s literature uses maps to tell you where the story happens, whether it’s a fantasy, or in some real place. […]

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Proslambanomenos

This project is cross-posted at MrLiterati.com I’ve named my project after an archaic term for low notes, the lowest note in the Greek musical scale. The sounds are taken from NOAA’s Vents Program index of unidentified sounds, very low frequency recordings captured by autonomous hydrophone arrays throughout the Pacific Ocean, including SOSUS (which was designed to detect Soviet submarines during the cold war). Although a researcher speculates some […]

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Q: Where are Krzysztof Wodiczko’s homelessness vehicles? A:

On the first day of class, I was excited to see we’d be talking about Wodiczko. Looking over the readings, I remembered a blog post I’d written over a year ago about him (and what at the time I called to as “Guerilla media warfare”). I was trying to find out why his homeless vehicles weren’t […]

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Noise

“The best thing about radio is that people were born without earlids. You can’t close your ears to it.” – Tony Schwartz, Sound Archivist/Designer There were several things that came to mind going over the readings and brainstorming for the sound construction we’ll each soon be building. First, there was the notion of sound as […]

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The Radical Theatre: How to Turn an Audience Against Itself

This post is cross-posted at MrLiterati (with minor revisions) When we think about civic media as a means to appeal to others through a medium, we may forget that we’re really exploring different types of mediation and not technology. The theatre is not something that immediately comes to mind (at least for me), but like any means of […]

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Freeing Ourselves Through Network Ownership

This post is cross-posted at MrLiterati Saturday afternoon I attended the Activist Demo Day at Eyebeam, along with other students in my Civic Media and Tactical Design class. A good number of people crammed into half of a gallery to talk about how technology can aid the goals of community organizers and activists in many ways. Some of what […]

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Bio: Nathanael Bassett

Last year I graduated from Missouri State University with a BA in Mass Media and a minor in Political Science. I had a difficult time choosing between the two, until a friend put it to me in an extremely simple way: “There’s not really that much difference, is there?” In the terms of my interests, […]

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