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:: participation and spectacle ::

Instead of a “utopian” agenda, today’s artists seek only to find provisional solutions in the here and now; instead of trying to change their environment, artists today are simply “learning to inhabit the world in a better way”; instead of looking forward to a future utopia, this art sets up functioning “microtopias” in the present. […]

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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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Ethics and Aesthetics of Community and Art

Making art accessible for the public, and integrating art to everyday life have not been an easy task; even though artists worldwide come up with projects that share these sensibilities, academics like Claire Bishop and Miwon Kwon show the complicated dynamics behind art projects that engage with a community, in terms of ethics and aesthetics. […]

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POTHOLE GARDENS

Hey guys, Take a look at this interesting project! http://minigalleryo.blogspot.com/2012/01/pothole-gardens-of-steven-wheen.html http://thepotholegardener.com/ Enjoy!

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Occupy Joins Forces With Direct Action Badasses, ACT UP

Full article here

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Food Book Fair

FOOD BOOK FAIR If you don’t already know about it, anyone doing a food related project will love this event…

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TNSChangemakers for The Black Dot

  Interested in youth and education issues? Are you a changemaker? Then come to The Black Dot! Tuesday, April 24, 6:00 p.m. The Bark Room, 2 West 13th Street, ground floor Free; open to the New School community; reservations required online Join TNSChangemakers and the Institute for Urban Education for an evening of interactive dialogue […]

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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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The Streets Have Eyes

“The first stage in this undertaking will be to carry over the principle of montage into history. That is, to assemble large-scale constructions out of the smallest and most precisely cut components. Indeed, to discover in the analysis of the small individual moment the crystal of the total event.” [Benjamin quoted in “Mapping the Urban […]

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:: hello neighbor ::

Lucky Dragons – New Homes “If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed.” –Paulo Freire Walking down Manhattan’s 6th Avenue I was turned onto a community chalkboard sprouting into a welcome embrace, this initial inspiration bearing the question “What’s Your Obsession“. Before adding my own input I stood and watched a […]

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CD and ECD During-OWS

I thought today’s readings were especially appropriate considering the recent Sleep On Wall St. actions and arrests. Dominguez writes that “This gap between the shores of CD [Civil Disobedience] and seas of ECD [Electronic Civil Disobedience] has opened a series of re-mappings of the material relations between both event zones, which in the end are […]

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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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Reflecting on Kony 2012: Lessons Learned for Global Activism

Hey Y’all! My boss at WITNESS, Chris Michael, is on a panel to discuss Kony 2012 hosted by Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman. This will take place immediately after our class, Tuesday 6PM at NYU. I encourage all to attend. RSVP required, see info in facebook event page.   https://www.facebook.com/events/341875232527036/   Chris

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The Illuminator Project Update

I’m still bewildered as to what to call this project. Here are some updates. Access to Equipment and Logistics Last week I had an affinity group meeting with The Illuminator at WITNESS’ offices. The meeting informed me about upcoming events the van will be involved with. Now, I’m officially apart of the group and will take […]

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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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The Mens Health Experts needs YOU

The feedback we received in class last week was really helpful.  We decided that we need more time to plan our flash mob, fix the posters, and add stuff to a website. So we changed the date and location of our flash mob from this weekend (April 14th) to April 21st.  We’ve moved the location […]

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developing A Recipe for Community

As I mentioned in a recent Tech Lab, Laila and I have moved away from the app-focused, technology-oriented approach that we first presented. Now we’re looking to more directly engage on the ground. She’s been contacting some Community Supported Kitchens (CSK) to see if we can potentially get involved with their work. Also, researching for […]

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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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Street Vendor Customer Survey

Street Vendor Customer Survey

Hi Guys,

I would be most appreciative if you could take a moment to fill out my street vendor survey.

 

Thanks!

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An Occupy Wall Street Tutorial: “How to Film a Revolution”

Hey Y’all… Just wanted to follow up on Sam’s great presentation last Tuesday with a post of mine that just went up on Global Voices, totally relevant to that conversation and about tactics for citizen journalists at Protests…. Check it out here Chris

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