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I just realized that I am going to be spending roughly 40 of the next 60 days on the road.  If you are in any of these places, please get in touch!

  1. March 20th-23rd Washington DC - visit the ‘rents
  2. March 29th - April 4th Chicago - Chiacgo Roadshow
  3. April 8th - 14th Liverpool - FACT Climate for Change
    1. Denmark - quick trip while in Liverpool for EnterAction conference
  4. April 23rd-26th Austin - visit my brother
  5. April 29 - May 1st New Mexico - visiting the IFDM program at UNM
  6. July 10-22 (ish) Gijón, Spain - Invisible Threads will be a part of the upcoming exhibition called FEEDFORWARD - The Angel of History curated by Steve Dietz, Christiane Paul. The show will run from July 17th through January 11th, 2010 at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain with an opening reception and symposium during the opening weekend.

Chicago Roadshow Poster

Michael Mandiberg on the Staten Island Ferry Michael Mandiberg on the Staten Island Ferry

(Ferry photos by Cynthia Chris)

Michael Mandiberg on the Staten Island Ferry

I’m not sure whether to be honored or totally embarrassed, but the College of Staten Island marketing department decided I was photogenic enough to put my picture on an ad that is on the Staten Island Ferry

The Postmasters Show on


Bright Bike on:

Trends Update
Core 77

Dooby Brain

Digital Foundations on:

The Current Buzz

I FFFound out that one of the cover designs ended up on FFFound

Can we get any more degrading

We have to dump all of our water, in some cases women are being forced to remove their undergarments, and of course we all have to take off our shoes, now we are forced to look at ads in the process. Not that the security check point was a particularly sacred or peaceful place anyway, but man, seeing those really bright ads at that moment is not the kind of branding they want. I’m thinking: “damnit, I hate shoes right now.” And then I have to stare into a box that is telling me “you love shoes. you need shoes. buy more shoes.”

art slant

Yaelle Amir writes about “the future is not what it used to be” on ArtSlant:

Several of the artists have elected to shed light on the internet’s negative affects by way of nostalgia, as they highlight what it has ultimately replaced. This approach is most clearly exemplified by Kristin Lucas’ colorful wax sculptures of obsolete technologies, as well as Michael Mandiberg’s laser-cut paper dictionary and daily newspapers, which have been rendered unreadable as a metaphor for their online alternatives.

I’ll be at this for the first week for the first week of the exhibition.

Climate for Change

13 March - 31 May

In 2009, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is exploring how humans can be invested in the change needed to sustain civilization and examining the multiple crises affecting the world: ecological, financial, food, housing. Is society itself becoming unsustainable?

The 21st century has finally hit and there is an energy in the air - how do you respond? Forget the eco-art and bring on local, national and international debates, actions, contexts, struggles and solutions.

With residents from Eyebeam’s Sustainability Research Group, Stefan Szczelkun, Melanie Gilligan and more, Climate for Change is an experiment in local activism and engagement.

FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L14DQ


Winter Camp is an event, organized by the Institute of Network Cultures and takes place 3-7 March ‘09 in Amsterdam. Network Cultures Winter Camp is a mix of presentations and work spaces with an emphasis on getting things done.

It is a four-day program of work spaces and plenary presentations, in which a dozen networks work on their specific current topics.

Blender, Bricolabs, Creative Labour,, Edufactory, Floss Manuals, freeDimensional, Genderchangers, GOTO10, Microvolunteerism, MyCreativity, Upgrade!

Opening Night, Thursday March 5th , 6-8pm

On view at RISD|Public Engagement, 2nd Floor, CIT Buildling, 169 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI from March 5 thru April 3, 2009.

RISD|Public Engagement is pleased to sponsor the upcoming exhibit Tricks of the Eye: History and Memory in a Shifting Social Landscape. The exhibition highlights the ways that local and national artists respond to the shifting landscapes that backdrop and underline our society’s actions and intentions. Viewed together, the documentation of these at projects foster a vibrant learning environment for the RISD and Providence communities to develop an expanded horizon of what it means to make socially- and publicly-engaged artwork.

Tricks of the Eye incorporates documentation of past and current projects that invite multiple methods of engagement from the viewer.  Documentation strategies include web presentations, printed material, models, as well as ephemera from the original artwork.

Artists and projects in the exhibition include:

  • 220 Glimpses of Utopia (John Malpede and the Los Angeles Poverty Department, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Arctic Listening Post (Jane D. Marsching, Boston, MA)
  • Armadillo FEMA Trailer Project (Jae Rhim Lee, MIT, Cambridge, MA)
  • Blue Hammer and ReMEMBERING WILDE(Leon Johnson, Portland, ME)
  • Celebrate Peoples’ History Poster Project (Josh MacPhee, New York City, NY)
  • Just Fish (Pam Hall, St. John’s, Newfoundland)
  • Navigating the Space between Home & Exile (Sheryl Mendez, New York City, NY and Iraq)
  • The NY Times Special Edition (Steve Lambert, Andy Bichlbaum, Because We Want It, and hundreds of volunteers, New York City, NY)
  • Meyers Bitter Survey (The National Bitter Melon Council, Boston, MA)
  • Voices and Visions (Holly Ewald, Warwick, RI)

Complementing the exhibition, RISD | Public Engagement has programmed a series of discussions throughout the month of March around emergent and interconnected themes, featuring presentations by exhibition artists, informal panels, and class visits.  For updates on the schedule of events, artists’ bios and project descriptions, please visit:

This exhibition is co-sponsored by RISD | Public Engagement and the Nelson Mandela: Honoring His Legacy initiative.

Nelson Mandela: Honoring his Legacy is Rhode Island School of Design’s year-long acknowledgement of the Life and Spirit of Nelson Mandela who, at age 90, is truly one of the world’s living treasures.   This initiative is a joint effort produced by the Offices of International Programs, Multicultural Affairs, and Public Engagement.

The RISD Office of Public Engagement was established in 2006 with the intention of deepening RISD’s commitment to public service, community-engaged practices in the arts, and collaborative partnerships.
RISD|Public Engagement is supported by the Rhode Island Foundation, AmeriCorps VISTA Campus Compact, AmeriCorps Learn and Serve