PARTICIPATION SS2010

What happens when we use a brand's code to distribute our own message?

Activist group GAIA will be collaborating with Hacking Couture in this workshop.

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.

Sign-up here.

 

What is it like for another designer to follow the Hacking Couture structure? Come and design with us.

Led by Brooklyn based designer Charlotte Gaspard, Creative Director of C.Spot Designs.

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.

Sign-up here.

 

July 15, 2-6PM

As a group of up to 24 people, we will start a map of amenities for homelessness. The session will start with an introduction to the purpose and history of the Ushahidi platform, an open source tool that allows rapid mobile input into a collaborative map and database. After installing and setting up an instance of the Ushahidi platform, we explore the Eyebeam neighborhood as a group, photographing and geolocating aspects of the city we would notice if we did not have reliable housing. We will use smartphones (provided) to map places to find work, places to relax in safety, places to get food and shelter, places to take a family, social services. Participants will brainstorm ideas for using Ushahidi in diverse contexts.

 

July 14, 7-9PM

Led by Giana Gonzalez, Hacking Couture

What is sustainable fashion? Why are design codes important? How do we decode them? Curator Sarah Scaturro and interaction designer Giana González will use these questions as a starting point to work with participants to explore how the code for the sustainable fashion movement can be decoded and reassembled.

 

Organized by Not An Alternative, moderated by Astra Taylor

Discussants:
Professor/author Jodi Dean; non-profit organization Not An Alternative; artist John Hawke

With participation now a dominant paradigm, structuring social interaction, art, activism, the architecture of the city, and the economy, we are all integrated into participatory structures whether we want to be or not. How are artists and activists navigating the participation paradigm, mapping the limits of collaboration, and modeling participatory forms of critical engagement?

 

Ghana Think Tank invites the general public, and a group of US thinkers and do-ers, to Think Tank the Think Tanks, analyzing the solutions produced by the Think Tank since 2006, brainstorming ways to implement those solutions, and generally examining the Ghana Think Tank process.

 

Christopher Robbins will explore some of the techniques he has encountered creating action- and collaboration- based works over the past ten years. Techniques we will cover include community mapping, transect walks, and other techniques for getting a foothold in new communities.

This workshop will focus on PRA techniques—also known as Participatory Rapid Appraisal / Participatory Learning & Action / Action Research—ways of exploring a community from the varied perspectives of the people in that community, without having to rely on the “Official” perspectives put forth by those who already have a voice.

 
"Mandatory Minimum" coroplast sign intervention by John Hawke

A workshop with John Hawke in conjunction with his work for the Re:Group exhibition, will start at Eyebeam with a presentation and discussion on the growing phenomenon of illegal coroplast advertising and the possibilities that might exist within this trend for art interventions.

While graffitti is a form of urban writing that aims to showcase the individuality and identity of the writer, sign interventions start from an opposite direction-- the milieu of business advertising.  As such, works that adopt this form may insert messages into the urban visual field at a far more subversive level.

This workshop will start at Eyebeam and following discussion and the construction of participants signs, we will go out as a group to wire the signs to high visibility fencing sites.

 
Peformance documentation: Institute for Infinitely Small Things, "Corporate Commands (Say It with Flowers)"

Join The Institute for Infinitely Small Things in a walking expedition and performance lab for Corporate Commands in the Eyebeam neighborhood. As a group, we will collect and discuss corporate commands in public space and choose one for a collaborative performance.

Corporate Commands are instructions from corporations in the imperative - they tell YOU to DO SOMETHING in public space (e.g. "Just Do It", "Have It Your Way").

The Institute for Infinitely Small Things, a performance research troupe, performs corporate commands in public space as literally as possible, carefully logging the results as a research endeavor.

 
Start Date: 
29 Jul 2010
Hours: 
7PM-9PM
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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What happens when we use a brand's code to distribute our own message?

Activist group GAIA will be collaborating with Hacking Couture in this workshop.

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.

Sign-up here.

 

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