Recent Projects

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What if we could receive real-time feedback on our social interactions? I developed a system like this for myself using Amazon Mechanical Turk to explore in the form of a performance. During a month of continuous dates with new people I met on okcupid, I streamed the interaction to the web using an iPhone app. Turk workers were paid to watch the stream, interpret what was happening, and offer feedback as to what I should do or say next. These directions were communicated to me via text message.

I'm now creating a mobile application that will allow anyone to have this experience. The app will make it easy for anyone to stream their interactions to the web for MTurk viewing, and receive frequent directions aiding them in social situations. Rather than limiting it to dating, the app will allow users to specify a range of situations they might find themselves in (business meeting, argument, comforting a friend, party, etc), and describe the emotional tone or background of the situation, resulting in tailored feedback from the MTurk workers that is relevant and useful.

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Exchange Cafe runs on an alternative currency that is validated by the requests of the people who use it.

Open until June 30th at MoMA's Cullman Research Building, Exchange Cafe features dairy from activist organizers Milk Not Jails, tea from anarchist network Feral Trade Courier, and honey from population control researchers at BeeSpace. An archive of artworks based on reciprocity and exchange, from barter to unconventional encounters, makes legible contemporary practices in art and activism. The waitstaff are activists, artists, and educators with direct experience with cooperative, alternative, and non-market economies.

4 West 54th Street NYC

Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays 1-5pm

Fridays 1-8pm

http://makingexchangecafe.wordpress.com/
http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1364

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STEP 1: Borrow a barricade

STEP 2: Tip it over

STEP 3: Attach hardware: 4 pcs 1" black plumbing strap with 3/4" wood spacers bolted to 14" tall wooden 2x6s, plus added safety attachments: 3 tennis balls on the ends, and a 1.25" diam. x 20" dowel for the extra leg)

STEP 4: Add a mattress (long cot mattresses work, as well as prison mattresses, or 29" x 79" foam from Canal Rubber)

STEP 5: Adjust design and email Caroline@ourgoods.org with revisions and modifications.

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Coming soon.

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This project investigates offshore businesses through the idea of having a company "on paper" in countries considered offshore jurisdictions. On Loophole4All.com, the identities of offshore companies are on sale at a low cost to democratize the privileges of offshore businesses.

The project made public the list of firms incorporated at the Cayman Islands for the fist time and it generated international attention from the press, concerned locals, and a new peculiar community of pirates of offshore businesses. 

This artwork utilizes aggressive business strategies for a political work of art and reverses corporate machination for creative subversive agendas.

Further, the artist interviewed major experts and produced a video documentary investigating offshore centers to expose their costs and to envision solutions to global economic injustice.

In the offline art installation, the paper trail of the project is displayed with prints of the documents of the scheme set up for the operation. Among the printed and framed subsidiary certificate, the ID and the bills of the artist, the audience at the exhibition space is able to buy identities of companies from a pile of thousands of counterfeited paper certificates of incorporation. The art installation becomes a low cost identity shop for offshore companies and in doing so, democratizes both offshore business and the selling of conceptual subversive artworks.

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قلب is a programming language exploring the role of human culture in coding. Code is written entirely in Arabic, highlighting cultural biases of computer science and challenging the assumptions we make about programming. It is implemented as a tree-walking language interpreter in JavsScript.

All modern programming tools are based on the ASCII character set, which encodes Latin Characters and was originally based on the English Language. As a result, programming has become tied to a single written culture. It carries with it a cultural bias that favors those who grew up reading and writing in that cultural. قلب explores and challenges that by presenting a language that deviates almost entirely from ASCII.

The Fibonacci Algorithm

In addition to the language and its interpreter, the قلب project includes a calligraphy series. Traditional Computer Science algorithms are implemented in قلب, and the resulting Arabic source code is used as the content of calligraphy pieces, in effect treating the algorithms as high poetry. The traditions of the Arabs merge seamlessly with the traditions of the hackers, bridging millenia of creative practice. The three pieces completed for the 2013 Artist Showcase were Hello World, Fibonacci, and Conway’s Game of Life, and were all done in the Square Kufic style.

 

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The Subnodes project is an open source initiative focused on streamlining the process of setting up a Raspberry Pi as a wireless access point for distributing content, media, and shared digital experiences. The device behaves as a web server, creating its own local area network, and does not connect with the internet. This is key for the sake of offering a space where people can communicate anonymously and freely, as well as maximizing the portability of the network. No dependibility on an internet connection means the device can be taken and remain active anywhere.

Future plans include enabling mesh networking so that devices within proximity to each other becomes a node in a greater local network, extending range and making it possible to exchange information with each other.

In addition to the practical aspirations of the Subnodes project, participatory social applications are also being developed, ranging from practical (a wireless neighborhood bulletin board) to experimental (social experiments connecting people within the immediate vincinity). The first of these is Hot Probs, an open, public chat room that allows for anonymous, untracked conversations.

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I think hackers, artists, activists, and community organizers should work together to make affordable housing in every neighborhood. I want to commit to one neighborhood for life, knowing that my neighbors are allies in a struggle to keep real estate speculation down and increase affordable housing instead. I want to build lasting relationships of trust and share resources: cooking, childcare, knowledge-sharing, and healing practices. What if hackers built software for the building? What if artists made site-specific art, clothing, and furniture for the building? What if community organizers connected people and facilitated conversations across race and class? 

I am working towards a Hacker House, a community land trust (CLT) for hackers, artists, and community organizers. A CLT is a non-profit organization that owns property, traditionally land, and leases it for affordable housing. The deed to the land, the CLT by-laws, and the lease all require that the housing be permanently affordable. The land can never be traded or sold to the highest bidder on the private market.

The $30,000 I received as a Fellowship stipend at Eyebeam is seed funding towards a CLT for rigorous, generous people in New York City. I built out and co-managed an 8,000 square foot studio space for 40 artists from 2008-2013 off the L train, but our 5-year lease is up. I know what I'm getting in to. I still want more collective spaces! I am currently looking for partners, advisors, and supporters. I know who the first round of artists and hackers will be, but I am still seeking appropriate community organizrers (based on the neighborhood that makes sense). Please contact me if you are interested in this idea: caroline@eyebeam.org

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Tanglr is an extension for Google Chrome which, when activated, anonymously links you with another person. When you browse, your partner is taken to the same urls. Likewise, when your partner browses, your browser changes to what they're seeing. The two of you have to work it out together. After data privacy, quantum mechanics, Relation in Time, and Perfect Lovers. 

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One million Americans are sorted by political affiliation and exposed to public persecution in the aftermath of the 2012 presidential election. The data was harvested from Twitter.com and recontextualized on Persecuting.US, which offers a platform where everyone can take part in a participatory model pushed to extremes, engaging people in surveying and persecuting each other in a form of info-civil-war of political polarization.

This project breaks boundaries in art transgression with a Social Sculptural Performance made by a mass of people arranged and involved in an artwork without their permission. The accidental participants become part of a transformative spectacle with an unsettling narrative.

The offline art installation evokes the activity of wiretapping the Internet to identify political activities. Through an audio installation the audience at the exhibition space can listen to an over fifty days-long track of robotic voices reading selected statements of Americans sorted by their political involvement.