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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

Heart Heart Heart Heart on Flickr - Photo Sharing!.

In mid May, I’ll be installing and giving workshops on my Oil Prospecting kit at Futuresonic in Manchester, UK. It will be an interactive installation with live over-hyped twitter feeds of people striking it rich using the oil finder, and google map mash-up of potential money spots. More info on the project here.

The Commons at Studio-X

I’m presenting at this panel at Columbia’s Studio-X (in Tribeca).

Also, I am giving a paper at 3rd Inclusiva-net meeting: NET.ART (SECOND EPOCH), at CCEBA - Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires. I’m presenting on Plug-ins and API art work remotely at 9AM EST- I won’t be there, but my media aura will. My understanding is they will be streaming here.

Thursday, 3/5, 6:30 pm: THE COMMONS

Given the massive bailout of the financial sector by the US government and the demise of laissez-faire capitalism, questions of regulation, shared burden and collective action resonate more strongly than ever with the public. Garrett Hardin’s 1968 essay “The Tragedy of the Commons”illustrates the dilemma in which multiple individuals acting independently in her or his own self-interest can ultimately destroy a shared resource, even when everyone knows that this depletion is in no one’s long-term interest. Hardin, a biologist, was concerned with population growth, and discusses the moral and ethical issues at stake when “no technical solution” to the problem is available. How might we re-evaluate the Commons as both opportunity and dilemma today?

Taking a cue from Rahm Emanuel’s remark that “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” this discussion will question how the current shift in national sentiment toward shared responsibility and collective action might enable us to re-examine the Commons as a social form. How might the structure of the Commons help shape the way we think about shared natural resources such as fresh water or air, or the physical structure of our cities? How might successful initiatives such as Creative Commons provide useful insights into ways of structuring sharing in other areas? How should we take action to protect our common wealth? Featuring:

NORA LIBERTUN DE DUREN, Director of Planning, New York City Parks and Recreation Department
OLYMPIA KAZI, Executive Director, Institute for Urban Design
MICHAEL MANDIBERG, Artist; Senior Fellow, Eyebeam

Moderated by GAVIN BROWNING, Studio-X


180 Varick Street, Suite 1610
New York City

Between King and Charleton Streets
1 train to Houston Street

Sunday March 1st, 2009
City University (CUNY), New York
Will be judging some young savants ‘en herbe’ at the New York Science and Engineering fair as part of SEED Magazine’s team. Nice article here

Friday, February 27, 2:30 PM–5:00 PM
Concourse Meeting Room 402AB, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chair: Michael Mandiberg, College of Staten Island, City University of New York Anti-Social Networking
Angie Waller, Parsons the New School for Design

Mechanical Olympics
xtine burrough, California State University, Fullerton

Beyond Friend Collecting and the Gossip Mill: Social Networking for Change
Brooke Singer, Purchase College, State University of New York Why Reinvent the Wheel When One Gear Can Make the Whole System Run Backward
Steve Lambert, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology