For the next two weeks, I am artist in residence at the Wave Farm in upstate NY, a center for, as they put it, transmission arts, and home of the community radio station WGXC. I’ll be conducting rhythmanalysis exercises and working on a piece for broadcast.
From where I’m sitting right now, I can see both a deer and a rabbit.
Update: Check out the documentation for Change Ringing (FM).
I’m in Sydney this week for ISEA, first time for both. My paper:
OpenPaths: a new approach to aggregating personal geographic data
The collection of personal geographic data from mobile devices is a ubiquitous practice of service providers and application developers. These data are being stored, analyzed, and monetized primarily by corporate interests; there is limited agency for individuals over their own data. Awareness among the public regarding the value of their personal data is nascent. OpenPaths, created by the Research and Development Lab at the New York Times Company, is a platform and a model and a platform that demonstrates the collective value of personal data sovereignty.
Just wrapped up my third Eyeo Festival, fully inspirational. The vibe at Eyeo is such practitioners talk about the process behind the curtain, to their peers, which makes the hallway debates and beerside confessions all the more compelling. Coming this year as someone newly dedicated to pedagogy, chats with individuals engaging critically in that space that I’d yet to connect with such as Amit Pitaru (pictured) and Ali Momeni at the Code+Ed workshop were a hilight for me, as well as killer presentations by Daito Manabe and Rafael Lorenzo-Hammer. Also, James Patterson’s work was some of the first shit I saw on the web, and to have an unprintable conversation with him was rad.
This weekend I have been participating at the Sensor Journalism Workshop at the Tow Center, a research initiative headed by Emily Bell at Columbia’s School of Journalism.
The discussion has been spirited and wide ranging, but personal questions I’ve come away with include: What are the politics of sampling? When does the ethical interpretation of data require an expert (or when shouldn’t it?), How is data a manifestation of values? What distinguishes participatory sensing from surveillance? How does publication change data? What would an air-to-air DIY citizen resistance drone look like?