Recent Projects

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Mandatory Minimum—We Have Moved! is comprised of an urban intervention located adjacent to a Home Depot in Brooklyn and the chain link fence installation at Eyebeam that displays documentation of past Orange Work projects. The Home Depot intervention is comprised of a large printed sign that blandly announces a fictitious increase in the federal minimum wage. The Orange Work method might be summed up as: “Be The State”, by appropriating visual languages to contest issues of spatial dynamics.

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MakerBot is an affordable, open source 3D printer rapid prototyping machine developed by Bre Pettis, Zach Hoeken, and Adam Mayer. Build your own MakerBot and it makes things for you, functioning like a personal factory. Digital designs for the MakerBot can be shared on Thingiverse.com, a web-based community initiated by MakerBot Industries, where users post files, document designs, and collaborate on open source hardware.

 

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Crisis Map of Haiti represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date crisis map available to the humanitarian community. The information here is mapped in near real time and gathered from reports coming from inside Haiti via: SMS, Web, Email, Radio, Phone, Twitter, Facebook, Television, List-serves, Live streams, and Situation Reports

Volunteers at Ushahidi's Situation Room at the Fletcher School, in Washington DC, Geneva, London and Portland are mapping the majority of the reports submitted to Ushahidi in near real-time. The volunteers then identify GPS coordinates for the reports and geo-tag the reports on the Ushahidi map. Each report is first read at least once by Situation Room before being published on the map. This Ushahidi deployment represents a joint initiative with members of the International Network of Crisis Mappers. All this information published under Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike).

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During the 2000 U.S. presidential election, Vote-Auction.net offered U.S. citizens an anonymous and quick way to sell their vote to the highest bidder. Because of the threat to the outcome of the election, several U.S. states issued temporary restraining orders for alleged illegal vote trading and consumer fraud. Over 2,500 news media outlets reported on the project. Collaborators: James Baumgartner, Tilmann Singer, Aaron Kaplan, Silver Server, lo-res.org, Oskar Obereder, Christoph Johannes Mutter, hell.com, Bootlab Berlin, Domenico Quaranta.

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Ghana Think Tank is solving the problems of the Developed World. Local problems collected from communities in the U.S. and UK are sent to think tanks in Ghana, Cuba, Iran, Serbia, Mexico and El Salvador. The think tanks propose solutions, which are enacted back in the problem community, whether the solutions seem brilliant or embarrassing. This project explores the friction caused when solutions are generated in one context and applied elsewhere.

 

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During the UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen in December 2008, a collaboration venue for artists and climate activist groups was constructed to invite individuals to play “GOOD COP”. With access to the conference site growing increasingly restricted, GOOD COP aimed to make individual voices heard during the critical week of negotiations. The public was invited to come voice their own statements on the GOOD COP stage.

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Corporate Commands is an ongoing series of public space performances based on corporate advertisements in the form of the imperative such as "Just Do It", "Turn on the Future", "Think different", etc. The Institute for Infinitely Small Things performs these corporate commands where they occur in the urban landscape, enacting each command as literally as possible. Past performances include: "Rollover", "Say it with Flowers", "Become a Believer", and "Enjoy Life".

 

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Social Telephony Files documents work by Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji in which telephone networks are set up for communities to develop and maintain links to those they trust, and communicate in familiar languages using accessible technology. Social telephony functions in terms of an “aesthetics of connectivity”, building social networks between people that allow them to communicate in unexpected patterns and reveal different kinds of relationships.

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Steve Lambert and Packard Jennings asked Bay Area architects, city planners, and transportation engineers, “What would you do if you didn’t have to worry about budgets, bureaucracy, politics, or physics?” Ideas from these conversations were then merged, developed, and perhaps mildly exaggerated by the artists to create a series of 6 posters for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art on Market Street Program. Supported by the Eyebeam OpenLab.

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Hacking Couture is a platform for launching new fashion creations through an open source approach of reverse engineering fashion brands and making the code available online. Hands on workshops encourage participants to create using the codes regardless of their level of fashion knowledge, and to engage in the larger fashion conversation. By understanding the coding of established fashion, this project provides a platform to empower participants to step up and create.