collaboration

Is a book “content” or “conversation”? With the notion of challenging the power of monolithic institutions, are we creating one in the form of a book? Should we focus on the motivation, or the invitation? Do “in-dividuals” even exist?


ambiguous thoughts on sticky notes

A lot of work has been done, a lot of challenges in weaving our diverging views into the book in a way that would create that multiplicity that we want but still maintain the reading flow and would make for a good read.

 
Projects: ShiftSpace, The Upgrade!, youarenothere, Collaborative Futures
People: Mushon Zer-Aviv
Research: Middle East, Open Culture
Tags: in English, book sprint, collaboration, collaborative futures, conversation, honorary resident

A new team of authors/editors with a fresh set of eyes, critically dissected our initial conventions about collaboration. The main surgical intervention will happen now, by Friday night we should stitch it all together.


Second Collaborative Futures team starting the book sprint with a Skype session with more of the original authors

It’s scary to see your labor of love on the surgeon’s table. That’s a bit of how it feels now after the first day of the June 2010 Collaborative Futures book sprint.

 
Projects: ShiftSpace, The Upgrade!, youarenothere, Collaborative Futures
People: Mushon Zer-Aviv
Research: Middle East, Open Culture
Tags: in English, book sprint, collaboration, collaborative futures, honorary resident

Starting tomorrow morning and for the next 3 days we will work on a new edition of the Collaborative Futures book.

As I’ve done before I will keep updating with posts here every evening. In the meanwhile I will leave you with the spiel:

In January 2010 six authors and one programmer were locked in a room in Berlin and were assigned by the Transmediale festival to collaboratively write a book titled “Collaborative Futures”.

5 days and 33,000 words later the first incarnation of Collaborative Futures was finished online, and sent off to be printed. 5 months later the original authors together with three new people and will be locked in Berlin and New York to produce the second edition of the same book.

 
Projects: ShiftSpace, The Upgrade!, youarenothere, Collaborative Futures
People: Mushon Zer-Aviv
Research: Middle East, Open Culture
Tags: in English, collaboration, collaborative futures, eyebeam, flossmanuals, Re:Group, transmediale, honorary resident

The brouchure cover by Ange Tang

 

INTRO TO TWO STATEMENTS:

Re:Group: Beyond Models of Consensus proposes that with participation now a dominant paradigm, structuring social interaction, art, activism, the architecture of the city, the internet, and the economy, we are all integrated into participatory structures whether we want to be or not. The exhibition showcases work that subverts existing systems or envisions new alternatives to the ways in which individuals can take part, or choose not to take part, in social and cultural life.

 

The Internets is all buzzing with chatter against Facebook’s latest privacy breaches. Into this happy mix a bunch of NYU students have been cast as the Davids against the social networking Goliath. Is that really a good thing? Can we help?


Friends are there... or are they?

Diaspora is a new initiative by 4 NYU students to create a “privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all distributed open source social network” by the end of the summer. A worthy mission indeed with quite an ambitious time line.

 

Top Secret Greenpeace Project Video Part 1

It’s a long story, but I had to take these off line for a couple days. (It’s that “Top Secret”) Please check back.

On YouTube.

Top Secret Greenpeace Project Video Part 2

In March of 2010 I caught wind of a project at Greenpeace that sounded incredible. Victoria Estok and I headed down a couple weeks later with a camera and a mic to talk to people about it. We then went to a farm, graciously made available by a Greenpeace supporter, to see more.

The Greenpeace “equipment” (no spoilers!) goes public, May 17, 2010, but in the meantime you can learn about it here. This is a 2 part series.

 

For Flying Lotus's new album, Cosmogramma, the Los Angeles-based hip hop experimentalist worked with developer Aaron Meyers and musician Rebekah Raff to create a free "augmented reality application."

What the hell is that?

 
Start Date: 
15 Apr 2005
Hours: 
7:00 pm
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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Eyebeam is pleased to present global pong, a live performance and "networked babelogue" organized by Caspar Stracke in collaboration with Kurt Ralske as part of the exhibition Remapped Realities. This event will take place at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues, and is free to the public with a suggested donation.

 
Start Date: 
23 Feb 2006
Hours: 
7:00pm
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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Upgrade! NY
February 2006

Cynthia and Paul conversed about the joys and pains of collaboration between a visual artist and a composer in a work that required a complex meshing of skills and concepts.

Cynthia Beth Rubin and Bob Gluck discussed their conception and construction of Layered Histories. They also described their respective previous works incorporating themes of Jewish cultural heritage, and explored how their ideas about the underpinnings of culture informed this collaboration, as well as the 1998 animation Inherited Memories, by Rubin, with music by Gluck (to be shown at the upcoming LA Jewish Film Festival).

 
People: Cynthia Beth Rubin, Bob Gluck
Tags: Upgrade!, sound art, interactive, cultural heritage, collaboration, animation
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