Author Archives | Steve Brown

Working Title – NY Street Vendors

Overview: There are an estimated 10,000+ licensed street vendors in New York City, selling everything from hot dogs to books to phone chargers. Many of the vendors are recent immigrants or military veterans for whom selling their goods on the public sidewalk represents one of the few opportunities they have to make a living. They […]

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Event: DIY Bio for Artists & Designers

For anyone interested in diy/civic science projects or in exploring issues of biotechnology/synthetic biology, check out this workshop. It’s organized by Genspace, which I just heard about recently and is a community biolab doing interesting citizen science work in Brooklyn. DIY Bio for Artists & Designers Wednesday, March 7 – 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Location: […]

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@aiww

An individual who makes an effort can make an impact (Ai Weiwei giving a TED talk, speaking about the link between his creative work and social activism) Aaron & I worked together on this project. The original inspiration came from thinking about the potential for sound as a medium suited to small acts of protest […]

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Possible sound project – Ai Weiwei

This is just an initial thought – I’ll put it out there to see if anyone is interested in collaborating & developing it further. I started thinking about the recent detention and censorship of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei – as well as the campaign to seek his freedom and some of the creative responses in […]

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Sound as acoustical material – Raw Materials

One of the main themes that emerged for me from the readings (specifically the chapter by Cory) is the possibilities that arise from “manipulating sound as pure acoustical material” once the “traditional literary … had been loosened” (Cory, p.354). This brought to mind a piece by Bruce Nauman called Raw Materials, commissioned & exhibited a […]

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Political theatre: verbatim theatre and Dario Fo

Verbatim theatre fills the hole left by the current inadequacy of TV documentary, perished under the tanktracks of reality TV. David Edgar (playwright) As a piece of political theatre The National Theatre production of The Power of Yes by David Hare is, in terms of it’s form, an example what Boal describes as bourgeois “spectacle […]

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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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Bio: Steve Brown

I’m from London and my undergraduate degree was in Government & History from the London School of Economics. At that time I first got involved in political activism, particularly around the miner’s strike. There is a piece by an artist called Jeremy Deller called the Battle of Orgreave, which has both a strong personal resonance […]

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FBI & social media monitoring

Following on from Peter’s interesting post about DARPA funding research & development of tools for ‘narrative control’, I spotted this story that the FBI has recently invited proposals to build new social media monitoring tools. Here is a summary and here’s the RFI doc. Along similar lines to the DARPA research, this appears to go […]

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