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October 1st, 2008

I will be speaking at dorkbot at 7pm on Wednesday october 1st. More details here

September 25th 2008 - untethered - Eyebeam - NY

A reinterpretation of a traditional chandelier in which the crystals and lights form the underlying rigid structure for transient, flowing arms.

September 13th, 2008 - Conflux - NY

This is a proposal to develop a Culture and Technology Center in Old Nazareth that will be a place to research, collaborate and create using media and technology. With a strong commitment to education, the programs will further media literacy and technological proficiency, while engaging progressive social and environmental issues. The center will serve the region, welcome local initiatives and connect to the global discourse. This proposal describes three potential programs:

  1. Coworking space: Shared office space for creative people
  2. An international media artists residency program
  3. Upgrade! Monthly public gatherings and lecture series

Coworking is a movement to create cafe-like office spaces for artists, designers, writers, programmers, organizers, theorists, activists, bloggers, etc. Coworking spaces offer full office amenities. Thus, instead of talking to walls in their home office, creative consultants can do their work alongside other like-minded people in an atmosphere of collaboration and knowledge exchange. Coworking spaces opened all around the world in many variations from converted storefronts to high-end, smart office facilities.

International media artists residency programs exist all over the world. They offer a quiet environment for artists to make their work. Usually, artists are invited to spend a finite period of time, most commonly 3-6 weeks. Artists are offered a studio and accommodations. Other amenities change from one residency to another. The Center for Culture and Technology in the Galilee will accept proposals from media artists and culture makers working with technology: Internet, electronics, video, sciences, digital practices, programming, etc. Most media artists in this field have graduate degrees and teach at the university level. Each artist will be expected to hold a workshop for youth or adults as part of their residency, thus both the community and artists benefit from the exchange. The residencies will culminate in a public presentation and open studios. The center will collaborate with local industry, other cultural organizations, schools and art networks in Israel and the world.

Upgrade! is a series of monthly gatherings to share ideas and knowledge. Topics range from arts to environmental issues, from media and communication to sciences and more. These meetings can be lectures, workshops, dinner parties, etc. and can take place in different locations. Upgrade! meetings take place in 26 cities around the world. In Israel the meetings are organized by Sala Manca and alternate between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

During the talk we will review the three programs mentioned above and how they run in other locations in world. We will showcase a few artists’ practices and the workshops that they offer. Yael will talk about her work with culture and technology as an artist and educator, as well as her role as founder of the Upgrade! International network. Dr. Wisam Gibran will talk about the possibility of integrating such programs into the The House of Culture & Art in Nazareth.

The evening will conclude with a Q&A. The purpose of the evening is to open a discussion and explore the possibilities of integrating such programs with local culture. We hope to learn whether the neighborhood will welcome such an initiative and communities in the area would benefit from it.

We’re holding a talk about these programs on Monday, June 30 at 19:00 at The House of Culture & Art in Old Nazareth (formerly Bayt Al-Kateb). The talk will be open to the public. If you have questions please email to Dr. Wisam Gibran wisam_gibran at yahoo dot com or Yael Kanarek yael at treasurecrumbs dot com

Here’s a little project i made on a residency in Connecticut.

Only available in small quantities, Dutch firm has created a new form of milk which includes
“the protein which is naturally present in human tears, lung secretions, milk and other bodily fluids—fights against the bacteria that causes eye and lung infections, plays a key role in the immune system of infants and adults and improves intestinal microbial balance, promoting the health of the gastro-intestinal tract.”
It’s better then taking bills everyday or eating cows, I think.

In Benoit, Mississipi when your home gets destroyed buy a plane! This 2k plane modified and turned into a home by Joanne Ussery is 12 year old news but still news when you’ve never seen it before. Apparently, others have begun to follow in her tracks on slightly larger budgets of $200,000. But thats if you want it with wheels too. No bad home either especially with the landing lights lighting up a half mile ahead of your yard.

Apparently, it’s a viable growing population of plane inhabitants.


The launch of Interactivos?: Better Than the Real Thing.

R&D OpenLab fellow Zach Lieberman set the scene with a presentation about Interactivos? and its beginnings at Medialab-Prado. Discussions of the real, the fake, and spoofing will ensue, with a presentation by The Yes Men. Informal discussion and a reception will follow. Eyebeam projects on display, that evening, included BoozBot by Eyebeam senior fellow Jeff Crouse and Eyebeam Production Lab fellow David Jimison.

It’s about time more moss grows in brooklyn. Edina Tokodi has been creating moss figures on building sites, and other abondoned walls. I’m guessing it’s a mixture of found moss, some biodegrable glue. Hopefully they will stay, expand and grow beyond the boundaries of her figures.