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I had a long discussion with several of the Research Fellows at Eyebeam about the best way to make master design files available for download. Flickr wont take an AI file, PSDs are just too big, and god forbid you try to upload the master files for your 2 minute video anywhere… We ended up bringing Bre Pettis and Zach Hoeken of Thingiverse.com into the discussion. But concluded that Thingiverse was really focused on 3D modeling, laser cutters, and 3D Printing. They welcomed me to put my Illustrator master files up there, but we all kind of agreed that it was the wrong audience.

Fred Benenson suggested LegalTorrents. After procrastinating, I’ve started the experiment with the Hamilton’s Wood Type catalog #14 book I published on Lulu.com last week.

PDF Download available here via LegalTorrents.

And Master InDesign file available here via LegalTorrents.

I also threw up some Quicktime full res versions of my three most recent videos. I need to clean up the FCP project files, and then I’ll try to upload those too.

It is all an experiment. If you download them, let me know how it goes.

I’m calling it a lecture/performance because I don’t know what exactly to call it. I’ll just say I’m taking my talks further into a direction they were already going. Come see at the Figment Festival.  You will learn things and you will be entertained.

I will also be participating in a collaborative project on Saturday near the Ferry Dock.  Keep an eye out.

“Everything You Want, Right Now!” How advertising distorts culture.

Sunday 2:30-3pm – come early, there are some great lectures including fellow Eyebeam Fellow Jeff Crouse at 4pm.
Figment Festival, Pershing Hall, Governor’s Island, NYC

From The Figment Site:

What’s wrong with advertising? Steve Lambert makes the case with a fast moving lecture that’s as funny as it is informative. Steve’s anarchist/sociologist take on how modern, non-stop persuasive messages have distorted and altered our culture will leave you plenty to ponder on the ferry ride home. Steve Lambert recently made international news with the The New York Times “Special Edition,” a replica of the grey lady announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. He is the founder of the Anti-Advertising Agency, lead developer of Add-Art (a Firefox addon that replaces online advertising with art) and has collaborated with numerous artists including the Graffiti Research Lab, and the Yes Men. Lambert has appeared live on NPR, the BBC, and CNN, and been reported on in the New York Times, Harper’s, The Believer, Good, Dwell, and Newsweek. He is a Senior Fellow at the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in New York, and teaches at Parsons and Hunter College.

About Figment

FIGMENT is an annual arts event on Governors Island, with artwork in every medium, from installation to performance to music to games and many things in between. Participation is open to any artist who would like to share their work. It is a free, non-profit endeavor run by volunteers.

FIGMENT’s vision for art looks past the white-walled galleries and into the realm of participation. Art is not just something that you stand still and quietly look at – it is something you participate in. You touch it, smell it, climb it, write on it, talk to it, dance with it, play with it, learn from it… Interactive art creates a dynamic collaboration between the artist, the audience and their environment.

As a free, public, non-profit event, we aim to advance social and personal transformation through creativity. FIGMENT is uninterrupted by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. Selling or advertising goods or services is not permitted. Neither our artists nor our planners and staff are paid – everything that you see at FIGMENT is born from a simple desire to share imagination with each other and the public.

In these challenging economic times, it is important that artists devise new ways to create, share, think, and dream about what is possible. FIGMENT is an alternative to many of the shortcomings of the commercial art world— exclusive, expensive, impersonal, untouchable and often simply boring.

Famous for his role in New York’s artistic heritage and the Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol believed that everyone had it in them to be a star for fifteen minutes. Through his own art, he defined his identity and shaped the world around him. He once commented that he’d like his tombstone to say only one word: “Figment.”

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Hamilton’s Wood Type catalogue #14, from 1899.

Print on Demand version available here

These public domain images come from Unicorn Graphics’ Wood Type Museum and are used here with full gratitude to the archivists who assembled them, and in hope they will provide inspiration to all. I was inspired by Jonathan Hoefler’s blog post on this great archive of type.

I simply assembled them back into a book

1On the 16th and the 20th of June, Aaron Meyers and I will be presenting our new project and sure-to-be-worldwide-sensation: The World Series of ‘Tubing.  The occasion is the 12th annual Eyebeam Benefit, and the Eyebeam Mixer, which are kind of rolled up into one big, but separate, party.

I know I’m an Eyebeam whore.  Don’t worry.  It’s been brought to my attention.

Come for the lulz.  Stay for the $2 beer.

I’ll be speaking at the Figment Lecture Series on Governors Island on the 14th from 4:00 – 4:30, and with Kenseth Armstead and Jon Cohrs at the Open Video Conference at Vanderbilt Hall, NYU, on the 19th.  If you come and yell obscenities at me from the audience, I will buy you a beer afterwords.

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The wonderful Christine Butler took a bunch of photos of my stuff at Open Studios last month.  This event led to some random blog action. CNET. Gizmodo.

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What you can’t see is the crowd of heathens standing and laughing at me as I was knelt down on my kneeler.

Here’s the full set

A series of laser-cut New York Times, cut every day for just over a month during the Postmasters Gallery exhibition “The Future is not What it Used to be.”

Thanks to Raffi Aghapekian for being available for the news crews. Check out Self Control

At makerFaire last week we won editor’s pick. there were over 180 projects in Engineering and we got a blue ribbon!

Nothing quite so (dis)comforting as the blue screen of death in place of the usual taxi ads.

Note that the failed program is “Advertising”

Blue Screen of Taxi Death