Archive for February, 2008

Art for the People / Art on Wheels

by Justin Heideman at 12:31 pm 2008-02-25
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At last week’s UnConvention planning meeting, we heard from Ali Momeni, a professor at the University of Minnesota. Ali’s class, “Art for the People / Art on Wheels”, is in the process of building three mobile projection units, seen below. In brief, the units consist of a three-wheeled work bike, a 5000 lumen projector, camera, electric generator, and speakers. The design is inspired by some of the work done by the Graffiti Research Lab’s Laser Tag.

Ali’s class has been documenting their process on their class blog.One of the very interesting things they have up there is a panel discussion with some artists, lawyers, and police officers to discuss the legalities of outdoor projection: what buildings can be projected on, what are liabilities for traffic, etc. Very interesting to anyone that’s ever done or contemplated doing outdoor projection.

Also noted from the class blog is the course schedule:

1/3 :: Build three mobile broadcast units
2/3 :: Prepare visual and sonic content for projection and broadcast
3/3 :: Make outings, spread beauty, collaborate with The Unconvention 

I think it is safe to say we’ll be seeing more from Ali and his class.

It should also be noted that the GRL is going to be at the Spark Festival, going on this week. Their lecture is happening Wednesday the 27th at 12:30 in the Regis Center. If you’re a fan of the GRL, this is a great opportunity.

Super Tuesday and mapping online participation

Scott Sayre of Sandbox Studios and a founding member of the UnConvention pointed to these online “unconventions.” Look for variations for the UnConvention in the coming weeks and months.

Super Tuesday, Google maps, and Twitter

Super Tuesday and YouTube, mapped

Otto Neurath and participatory forms of democratic exchange

by mediachef at 2:35 pm 2008-02-09
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This exhibition After Neurath: The Global Polis caught my eye:

“Otto Neurath (1882-1945) is a long-neglected giant in the history of the Information Age. He was a philosopher who despised academic philosophy, a museum director who hated conventional museums and a city planner who was critical of the city. He was especially eager to promote participatory forms of democratic exchange [emphasis added] (he wanted to create a ‘global polis’). The exhibition ‘After Neurath: The Global Polis’ looks at how he attempted to do so in disciplines as varied as architecture, urbanism, graphic design and planning.:

Stroom den Haag via e-flux