Our Net teaches middle school students a basic understanding of the key components of network infrastructure by enabling students to develop their own private internal networks that are independent of the Internet.


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.

Project Created: 
January 2013
Cover to the 2nd Edition

"As new technologies come into play, people become less and less convinced of the importance of self expression. Teamwork succeeds private effort."

—Marshall McLuhan

Despite these words, the true nature of collaborative culture as a form of creative expression in the context of digital and network technologies has remained elusive, a buzzword often falling prey to corporate and ideological interests. This book was first created by 6 core collaborators, as an experimental five day Book Sprint in January 2010. Developed under the aegis of transmediale.10, this third publication in the festival's parcours series resulted in the initiation of a new vocabulary on the forms, media and goals of collaborative practice.

Project Created: 
September 2010
Projects: Collaborative Futures
People: Adam Hyde, Alan Toner, Astra Taylor, kanarinka, Marta Peirano, Michael Mandiberg, Mike Linksvayer, Mushon Zer-Aviv, Sissu Tarka
Research: Open Culture
Project Type: Activism, Design, Open Source, Web, Writing and Publishing
Tags: book, book sprint, booki, collaboration, creative-commons, flossmanuals, free culture, free software, networks
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Upgrade! NY presents a panel and discussion on “multiple singularity,” or when a group of people makes work or takes action under a singular name. Panelists Marco Deseriis, Leónidas Martín Saura, and Janez Janša will present and discuss radical strategies in the construction of singularity by tracing a genealogy of collective pseudonyms and “multiple-use names” such as Ned Ludd, Alan Smithee, Monty Cantsin, Karen Eliot and Luther Blissett, and connecting it to contemporary experiments such as Yo Mango! and Janez Janš


Upgrade! NY presents:
Collaborative Futures Book Launch & Talk
a book about free collaboration written collaboratively in 5 days



Lemon, 2008
Rubber and pins
Approx. 50 x 50 in / 127 x 127 cm

Lemon is a meticulous construction made from the word lemon in forty languages. Hundreds of words cut from rubber are glued together to form a surface that at once references topographic aerial view and domestic craft, specifically crochet. The work touches on the territorial properties of language. From Japan to Latin America through the Mediterranean, in these forty languages the word ‘lemon’ has a similar pronunciation. The word presents evidence of human activity: Trade, conquer and migration. Lemon includes the first line from the poem "Perfection" by Williams Carlos Williams. Williams’ apple is replaced with lemon: “Oh lovely apple lemon! Beautiful and completely rotten, [...]”

Project Created: 
November 2008
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