activism

Start Date: 
5 Apr 2014
Hours: 
10:00AM-5:00PM
Cost: 
$25
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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In this workshop, Eyebeam will turn into an "Internet Blackout" or "Practocalypse" (Practice Apocalypse), where there is no Internet, just mobile phones and mesh routers.  The Guardian Project and Commotion will show participants how to use mesh networking in combination with various mobile and desktop apps to operate in an environment in which, for some reason, intended or unintended, Internet is not available.  By playing an interactive role game we will get people thinking and talking about the need to create decentralized Internet networks and Internet ownership, and the practical steps that people can take as individuals in order to improve the situation.

 
People: Commotion, Erica Kermani, Hans Christoph-Steiner, Ryan Gerety, The Guardian Project
Research: Education
Tags: activism, Apps, internet blackout, mesh routers, Tahir Square
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This artwork questions the use of Video Visitation technology introduced in US prisons over the past several years. The term "White Torture" originally comes from Iran, where intellectuals, activists and detainees themselves use it to refer to the use of incommunicado solitary confinement. In the installation a reproduction of the Video Visitation device is installed inside a small, uncomfortable white booth. One by one, audience members come inside the booth to watch the videos and pick up the phone receiver to try to communicate through the device. The videos played on the screen are clips recorded from the previous person in the booth. These recordings are extremely overexposed, with the white color and white noise in the speakers, making the images opaque and the sounds very hard to understand. The device plays in the previously recorded short video for each subsequent visitor.

Project Created: 
June 2013
 
Hours: 
6:30pm - 10:30pm
Cost: 
$100; $75 for Students
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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This two-day workshop will introduce you to the basic philosophy behind transparency activism and how to accomplish it through the use of smart hacks over web platforms. Ownership, privacy and geopolitical use of data will be introduced through case histories of ethical and legal issues as well as an introduction of the main organizations and resources about Open Data.

You will learn the methodologies and mechanisms for exploring creative and unconventional uses of political data over the web. In addition, the workshop will introduce some practical tools, including simple software, coding, and other techniques and tricks to extract data from web servers.

Software that will be explored during the workshop:
iMacro, Fake, Scraperwiki, Beautiful Soup, Scrapy, etc.

Code that will be explored:
PHP, Phynton, Sql, JavaScript, DHTML, etc.

 
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"Dark Side of the Prism" is a Firefox Add-on that provides a soundtrack for our surveilled internet meanderings.

The public recently learned that the US National Security Agency's on-going internet surveillance program, Prism, collects data from users of major websites. Many of us already know that any data we might share-- not just Facebook posts, but our search and click pathways and histories-- could be compromised, but we do so anyway. We have normalized this ubiquitous surveillance.

"Dark Side of the Prism" uses Pink Floyd's aural prism (Dark Side of the Moon) as a playlist to the NSA's tracking efforts, serving as an auditory reminder of how our online activities are surveilled. What hypochondriac questions do you Google in the middle of the night; who do you cyberstalk? Consider those missives the lyrical component to our soundtrack. 

Project Created: 
July 2013
 
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Drowning NYC is a transmedia storytelling; an experimental pilot of a story that is told by actors and narrative devices staged over the Internet and in public spaces of a few selected New York City neighborhoods. The story informs the audiences about rising sea levels due to global warming and how urban populations will cope with it. The genre is theorized by the artist as Recombinant Fiction, a political and pervasive form of transmedia fiction.
This project proposes new pedagogical instruments, innovative activist strategies, elaborate media experiments, cutting-edge forms of theatre and cinema, questions about reality perception/construction.

Project Created: 
September 2012
 
Projects: Drowning NYC, Recombinant Ficiton
People: Paolo Cirio
Research: Education
Project Type: Activism
Tags: activism, Net-Art, storytelling, Tactical Culture, tactical media, Transmedia
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Plastic P2P Gift Credit Card

This project proposes an alternative financial model based on Peer-to-Peer architecture for a more equal sharing of wealth in society. It offers an innovative participative system using counterfeited virtual money. By issuing a visionary counterfeited type of VISA credit card, the project introduces the Gift Finance system based on People-to-People free credit shared across digital networks. The Gift Finance is a democratic creation of money directly regulated by ordinary people in order to redistribute wealth in society. The website P2PGiftCredit.com allows people to generate unique virtual card numbers to send to others via digital devices and platforms.

Project Created: 
December 2010
 
Projects: Gift Finance., P2P Gift Credit Card
People: Paolo Cirio
Research: Open Culture
Project Type: Activism
Tags: activism, Economy, Gift Economy, hacking, tactical media

"Money is one of the most intimate things there is. I might give you the contents of my wallet, but I won't give you access to my bank account."

Meet Fran Ilich, a media artist and activist who started his own investment bank six years ago with nothing more than server space. On the eve of Bank Transfer Day, he sits with me in the dimly lit kitchen of Eyebeam Art and Technology Center where he is a fellow, to discuss the Spacebank and how he ended up at Occupy Wall Street.
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"Money is one of the most intimate things there is. I might give you the contents of my wallet, but I won't give you access to my bank account."

Meet Fran Ilich, a media artist and activist who started his own investment bank six years ago with nothing more than server space. On the eve of Bank Transfer Day, he sits with me in the dimly lit kitchen of Eyebeam Art and Technology Center where he is a fellow, to discuss the Spacebank and how he ended up at Occupy Wall Street.

 

I am feeling a great amount of social responsibility while doing simple tasks like buying urls and testing regulators. Think it's time for a walk by the river.

http://www.signalstrengthproject.com

 

 
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Signal Strength is a project to advance mobile democracy. It consists of modules for ad-hoc social networking that let people in an urban area interact offline, leveraging their mobile phones for untraceable communications.

Project Created: 
June 2011
 
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