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Dear Urban Interventionists, Tactical Magicians, Liberators of Flora & Fauna, and Rebels without a Cause,

We at the Urban Wilderness Action Center are interested in how you define Urban Wilderness.

The Urban Wilderness Action Center (UWAC) is a guerilla gardening project initiated by Eyebeam alum Jon Cohrs, in collaboration with the Eyebeam Student Residents, and artist Kai-Oi Jay Yung. The actual "Action Center" is a virtual platform for developing and sharing urban wilder


So now that I've gotten that off my chest. I can let all you AMAZING READERS (2 or 3?...Just Kidding...) out there in cyberspace know what I've been up to for the past few Months. I'm going to compress it because it's been a lot and I don't want to write for hours. So, if this feels short, it's at your connivence. 

SO. I've been meeting with Diana every thursday, and we've also been hanging out after hours, wether it's been going to fabric stores and marveling at the zipper section, walking through Macy's criticizing handbags we could never afford, or riding home on the Q, since we live a stop away from each other in Brooklyn. On Thursdays, we've been preparing for our fashion show later this month...I've even learned how to cut out patterns, the right way. It was like the Karate Kid, but with tons of felt and blood....just kidding.

Start Date: 
20 Mar 2010

The Urban Wilderness Action Center (UWAC) is a project initiated by Eyebeam alum Jon Cohrs, in collaboration with the Eyebeam Student Residents, Eyebeam education coordinator Stephanie Pereira, and UK-based artist Kai-Oi Jay Yung. The UWAC project includes a web platform and a day of action where people from NYC, Berlin, Amsterdam and London will design and disseminate projects around the theme of "urban wilderness."

UWAC DAY is Saturday, March 20. Each of four lead cities will host a day of free artist-led interventions that respond to urban wilderness. We will document the day through a live Twitter, Flickr, and video feed streamed through the UWAC website.



Yesterday, we began actualizing our plans for Electrosmog. After a
long, scattered discussion about public intervention and wilderness in
an urban environment, we could finally agree on a couple things...

Our Goal: Destabilize our relationship with the city through the lens
of wilderness.
Our Tagline: Building small public interventions that emphasize urban
agriculture and promoting urban wilderness.

A few questions to get you thinking:
1) What does "green" mean to you?
2) What is the difference between nature and wilderness?
3)How do you define wilderness in an urban environment? How do you
create it?

More news to come!


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So today at the the Drop-In program, Patrick Davison (an Intern at Eyebeam) helped us get our Gimp on. He walked us through some of the basic photo manipulation and color altering techniques that both Gimp and Photoshop have to offer, comparing the two programs along the way. Using these skills we created collages (Shown below and in Zoe's post) from poorly lit or otherwise bad photos we found on facebook.

If you are interested in learning how to become G's like us, then you should come by on Thursdays to Eyebeam between 4:00 and 6:00 pm. The program starts at 4, so show up then.


  Over the past couple days, The Student Residents have been brainstorming ideas for the upcoming Electrosmog International Festival. This festival deals with the issue of global mobility and aims to rethink the developing reliance on 'hyper-mobility'. We have all heard that '"the world is getting smaller" due to advances in train, airplane, and space technologies, and while this may seem fantastic, the world does not have the resources to support the energy needs required for these new technologies. The Electrosmog International Festival is here to save the day (quite literally), and is working to replace this 'hyper-mobility' focus with 'sustainable immobility'. 'Sustainable Immobility' is defined as "a lifestyle less determined by speed and constant mobility.

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