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March 5, 2010, 6:30PM
Anarchy in the Kitchen
Umami Food & Art Festival
February 24 – March 14, 2010

Tickets: $15
Available through: umamifestival2010.com or smarttix.com. Tel: 212-868-4444

Umami Food & Art festival is proud to bring together masters of cooking with technology, chefs Nils Noren and David Arnold from the French Culinary Institute with the cutting-edge art and technology organization Eyebeam. Chefs Arnold and Noren will prepare and serve cocktails and tastes with the aid of new technology—stretching the notion of the “art of cooking.” The demonstration will be accompanied by a screening of short performances, punctuated by videos, culinary remixes and sonic projects designed to refresh the audiences’ palate. The performance brings together a diverse group of artists exploring the intersection of edibility and aesthetics, technology and cuisine, and prose and produce. Over the course of the evening, edible books will be read and consumed, kitchen aids will be used to generate a musical score, newspaper will be transformed into soup, and lemons will be used as a battery source to whip meringue.

“By bringing these artists together with culinary professionals through performances, discussions and workshops, we wish to expose them to new audiences while stirring a debate around the role of food and food professionals in our society. Our intention is to use art to increase awareness of the power food has to influence and shape both diners and cooks,” said festival director Yael Raviv.

Anarchy In The Kitchen will be hosted at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, 540 W. 21st St., NYC, March 5, 2010 at 6:30PM. Participating artists in the performance series screening include:
Graham Coreil-Allen, Steve Bradley, Bradley Chriss, Adam Good, Carolina Mayorga, Lisa Moran, Rebecca Nagle, Tim Nohe, Natalia Panfile, Casey Smith, and Shannon Young.
Curated by Laura McGough.
The performance is filmed and screened out of University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

6:30PM: Cocktails
7:00PM: Screening
8:30PM: Feasting

Tickets are $15, and available through umamifestival2010.com or smarttix.com. Tel: 212-868-4444.

Full program of Umami Food & Art Festival 2010: umamifestival2010.com
Press page: http://tinyurl.com/y87e6p8
Press images: http://tinyurl.com/yfve9vx

Photos from the evening.

From October 2008… this post was caught in WordPress limbo. I publish it now, well after this NYC microtrend has gone national, if not global. The questions remain the same, the scope has just increased…

Head Scarf

I’ve noticed a new NYC microtrend of people wearing billowy checkered cotton scarfs around their necks. They remind me distinctly of Yasser Arafat’s Keffiyeh. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keffiyeh). Fashion can be pretty fascinating in its ability to absorb and appropriate otherness. So while we are at war with much of the Arab world, and Arab-Americans are feeling threatened and misunderstood enough that they have had to launch an advertising campaign in the subway, NYC consumerist fashionistas have appropriated the Keffiyeh. I wonder whether the wearers know what they are wearing, and whether they see it is some kind of statement, or just “cool.”

HOWTO Negotiate a Creative Commons License: Ten StepsMore DIY How To Projects

After a recent conversation with an author that signed a contract and then realized she should have negotiated a Creative Commons license for it, I realized I should revive the HOWTO CC post as an instructable. Same content, new form. New community.

Original all-text-no-pictures version here

Shared by eyebeam

We are looking at geometric fashion for inspiration for deployable structure designs we will have in our Fairytale Fashion Show.

Thanks to Jon Cohrs for reblogging for us from chilly Berlin! And now a big welcome to Diana Eng, a resident artist at Eyebeam who is currently getting ready for the Fairytale Fashion Runway show and is reblogging inspiration.

My first ham radio press interview on page 18 in World Radio Magazine. I always feel extra proud of my ham radio achievements because I work twice as hard to get them since I only have a fashion design background.

screenshot courtesy of makezine.com

88 de KC2UHB

Transmediale FLOSSmanuals booksprint

I’m on the airplane back from the Transmediale FLOSSmanuals booksprint in Berlin. In five days, six core authors, one programmer, and a handful of additional local and remote contributors collaboratively wrote, edited, and published Collaborative Futures, a book on collaboration. We started Monday morning with only two words: the title of the book. As we raised a toast to our success with the festival director Stephen Kovats at 10PM Friday, we sent the book to the printer. It is due back on Wednesday.

We worked in a large hotel room in a arts compound in Berlin that was a former factory. The first day we just talked about our personal backgrounds, and the ideas and experiences we thought were relevant to the topic. We each knew the organizer, Adam Hyde of FLOSSmanuals, and I knew Mushon Zer-Aviv who is one of my colleages from Eyebeam, but I had never met the remaining participants, Aleksandar Erkalovic, Mike Linksvayer, Alan Toner, and Marta Peirano. We didn’t even know who the other participants were until a few days began the sprint. As we introduced ourselves, our job was to write down all of the topics that came to mind, or were embedded inside of each presentation. We wrote these on post-it notes and put them up on the wall. By the time we broke for dinner there was a rainbow of 100 post it notes arrayed on the wall. We went out for dinner, and returned to arrange the notes on the wall in groupings. By the end of the night we agreed on a very very rough and rather generic outline: Introduction, Definitions, Process, Futures, Epilogue.

As we drank to our success, Stophen asked us if we ever doubted whether we would accomplish our crazy goal. I said that I never doubted, but Adam said that he was really worried when he returned the second morning to 100+ seemingly random notes on the wall, and a truly vague outline. But we started writing, each taking on a topic we were personally invested in. We wrote from 10am to midnight, with a break for dinner. We did this the remaining four days. One day we left to go to the open air Turkish markets near by to get more food for dinner. The Berliners left for the evenings, but the rest of us slept in the compound. Other than that I only left once to see a friend for a drink. We worked hard.

At the outset, Adam stated that he hoped we would write aout 17,000 words, which comes out to about 100 pages. A respectable, but thin volume. The main goal was to finish *something* and that hopefully that something would be cohesive. We ended up writing 33,000 words. We restructured the book several times, moving chapters in and out of sections, renaming, adding, and removing whole sections. We discovered topics that we realized needed to be covered, and we ended up not writing about many of the things we initially thought to be important. I can’t say for sure, as I am still way too close to the initial writing (we only finished 36 hours ago), but I really do think it is cohesive. Despite only working with each other for a total of 5 days, we quickly developed a common language, a strong working methodology that was a version of disciplined anarchy mixed with an immediate trust in each other to peer review and rewrite anything we had written ad hoc.

The book was written by artists who work with technology, and writers who write about technology, so it does take technology as a presumption. The book is very much about Free Software, and Free Culture. But what surprised all of us is that we never really talked about either of these specifically. For example, we almost never talked about licenses. What we did talk a lot about were principles and themes that related to any collaboration regardless of technological involvement or topical focus. We spent most of our time talking about about trust, openness, fairness, attribution, respect, organization, and goals. This was a collaboration that had all of these principles, plus it had great collaborators. It was an incredible success.

I found out this past Thursday that I’m one of 11 finalists short listed for the residency program at Eyebeam! Tomorrow I go to a group interview with 3 other applicants to do a recap of my proposal, and answer any questions from the staff and senior fellows. The residency program runs from March 1st through July 31st, and will give me a chance to use Eyebeam’s resources (3D printer, laser cutter, open studio) to help make project kits to complement the book I’m writing: Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists. They plan to make a decision by the end of next week, and will accept about 5 of the 11 short-listed applicants. I’m honored to have made it this far in the process out of an estimated 200 applicants, and will hopefully have more good news to report at the end of the week!

Flo McGarrell was a friend of mine who died in the earthquake in Haiti. A fellow alum of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he was the director of Fosaj (Fondation Sant D’A Jakmel), an art school in Haiti where he passionately worked to build a community engaged with a contemporary art practice. Much more than I could do justice, this NPR story describes the school and his amazing contributions to the people around him.