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I’m speaking at Transmediale without going. The session is called Critical Consumer Practice

I’m doing this because of a combination of reasons: carbon footprint, doctors orders, and the still persistent utopian desire for the network to actually connect us.

Transmediale has live streams, which are documented here. It will be going on starting at 7AM in New York, and is a salon, not a panel. It will last three hours, and I will be somewhere in there for 30 minutes.

As the website says:

We’re meeting here both as artists and as consumers. Our diverse methodologies link us in explorations that critically reflect upon us, exposing the ecological consequences of our own actions. Individual consumer freedom is a myth, just as much as the seemingly pragmatic but not at all sustainable prescriptions for crawling out of the global financial crisis. We will look at the concepts behind our practice and propose tools for sustainability.

Hosted by:
Brian Holmes, with Jan Engelmann in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation

This will be the first attempt on my part to present remotely. This is something I have been very interested in doing, and I am excited to see how it plays out. I’m sure there will be technical problems. But there will be great successes too.

[ January 31, 2009; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Eyebeam will be hosting a public critique for the Eco-Vis Challenge submissions this Thursday, as part of this month’s Upgrade! series of public programming.אייבים תקיים מפגש ביקורת פתוח עבור מתמודדי תחרות האקו-ויזואליזציה ביום חמישי הקרוב כחלק מסדרת מפגשי האפגרייד ניו יורק.

White House goes CC. From the white house site (right next to George Washington’s face):

Pursuant to federal law, government-produced materials appearing on this site are not copyright protected. The United States Government may receive and hold copyrights transferred to it by assignment, bequest, or otherwise.

Except where otherwise noted, third-party content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Visitors to this website agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions to under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City included Add-Art is her Best of the Web 2008!

Thankfully Steve Lambert’s Add Art shows look a lot better than some red square with the words “Art” on it. Every two weeks Lambert invites a curator to select art his firefox extension will use to replace website ads. I’m probably biased about this project — I curated a show — but I really like seeing weird shit replace the ads on the front page of the New York Times every two weeks. Add Art insures I see something I couldn’t have possibly imagined appearing on that website (and others) on a regular basis.

In a profile about Add-Art and the Anti-Advertising Agency, journalist Andrew Adam Newman writes:

Steve Lambert’s new project is Add-Art (, a free application for Firefox browsers that replaces Web ads with contemporary art. Steve Lambert, a conceptual artist and co-founder of the Anti-Advertising Agency, is, depending on your perspective, a wry cultural critic or a loose cannon who must be stopped.

Read the full profile here.

A few days ago I posted 10 things I learned in the process of successfully negotiating a CC license with a book publisher. This contract was for xtine burrough and my co-authored Digital Foundations, which takes the Bauhaus exercises and translates them into software based exercises. Yesterday Bob Chao posted it on CNET Taiwan fully translated. And then Po-chiang Chao put it up on the Taiwanese CC site.

This got me really excited about a HOWTO CC Translation Project. I have contacted CC’s Fred Benenson who is excited about it too. So, here’s the procedure:

  1. Read the original post
  2. Translate that post into one of the many many CC jurisdictional languages
  3. Post that translation to your blog; if you don’t have a blog, you can email it to me (michael - mandiberg - com)
  4. I will forward those links to Fred at CC, who will make sure they get to the person in charge of that language
  5. I will post links to translations on my blog as they come in
  6. We will make it easier to negotiate for Free Culture

(Thanks Bob Chao and Po-chiang Chao; quite possibly you are the same person? I would thank you privately, but I couldn’t find an email or a contact form, and don’t read Chinese! So your thanks comes publicly.)

I Love CC

My HOWTO negotiate a CC license contract with a publisher was translated into Chinese. I love CC.

UPDATE: The translation is now on the CC Taiwan site. Awesome.

Mantis: Profits and Prophets

Mantis: Profits and Prophets

Mantis, from Wooster Collective (thanks Marisa)

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