Spectropolis: Mobile Media, Art, and the City (fwd)

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Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 19:43:20 -0400
From: Wayne Ashley <washley@lmcc.net>
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Subject: Spectropolis: Mobile Media, Art, and the City

Spectropolis: Mobile Media, Art, and the City
October 1 - 3 from 12 - 4 PM, City Hall Park

Spectropolis is a three-day event (October 1-3, 2004) in Lower Manhattan
that highlights the diverse ways artists, technical innovators and
activists are using communication technologies to generate urban
experiences and public voice. The increasing presence of mobile
communication technologies is transforming the ways we live, construct
and move through our built environment. The participants of Spectropolis
make obvious or play with this shift, creating new urban perceptions and
social interactions with cell phones, laptops, wireless internet,
satellite navigation technology, PDAs and radio. Don't forget to bring
your Wi-Fi enabled laptop, radio, headphones, or PDA for an added

Spectropolis Artists: Julian Bleecker, Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Katherine
Moriwaki,The DSP Music Syndicate (Ethan Bordeaux, Ben Recht, Noah
Vawter, and Brian Whitman),Elizabeth Goodman and Eric Paulos, Carlos J.
Gomez de Llarena, Joshua Kinberg, Jeff Knowlton and Naomi Spellman,
Karen Lee, Akitsugu Maebayashi, free103point9 transmission artists
(Damian Catera, Matt Mikas, Michelle Nagai, and Tom Roe), and Trebor
Spectropolis is curated by Wayne Ashley, LMCC's curator of New Media and
public programs, and artists Yury Gitman and Brooke Singer. Spectropolis
is produced by Dana Spiegel, Director of NYCwireless, Jordan Silbert,
and Jordan Schuster; and co-sponsored by the Downtown Alliance,
NYCwireless, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Spectropolis is organized in collaboration with NYCwireless, the
Alliance for Downtown New York, Pace University, and the Vera List
Center for Art and Politics at the New School University.


Spectropolis Panels:

"Hot Enough? Art, Activism and Wireless Technology During the Republican
National Convention"
Monday, September 27, 7:00 PM. The New School's Lang Center, 55 West
13th Street; Admission: $8.
Webcast and online discussion: www.dialnsa.edu

The Republican National Convention (RNC) in late August gave rise to a
wave of artistic projects employing wireless technology to make specific
political statements. Unexpectedly, the RNC thus provided a common focus
and purpose to diverse and divergent initiatives and, in hindsight,
enables us to assess the efficiency of the new technology. This panel
examines how artists employ wireless technology to reach unprecedented
masses, to recast the concept of "collaboration," to redefine and
politicize the urban environment, and to achieve unparalleled levels of

Organized by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New
School, on occasion of Spectropolis. Co-sponsored by the Design and
Technology Department, Parsons School of Design, and the Department of
Communication, The New School.

Participants: Yury Gitman (MagicBike); Natalie Jeremijenko (Clear Skies;
Bitradio; Antiterror Line); Joshua Kinberg (Bikes Against Bush);
neuroTransmitter (Re-Inventing Radio); and Tad Hirsch (Institute for
Applied Autonomy).

Moderator: Jonah Peretti, Director of Research and Design, Eyebeam.

"The Victory of the Commons: The Case for a Public Airwaves Movement"
Wednesday, September 29, 7:00 PM. Multipurpose Room at Pace University,
3 Spruce Street. Admission is $5; free for Pace Students. To order
tickets in advance, call 212-346-1715.

Participants evaluate the case for a widespread social movement
advocating open spectrum policies led by community wireless groups.
Panelists will present the successes and failures of earlier media and
technology movements including media reform, low-power FM, public access
television, and open source software.
Participants: Chris Anderson (Indymedia New York) Dharma Dailey
(Prometheus Radio) Anthony Townsend (NYCwireless) and others, Moderated
by Laura Forlano, Columbia University.
Organized by NYCwireless.

"Downtown Dialogue with Spectropolis Artists"
Monday, October 4, 7:00 PM. The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at
Pace University, 3 Spruce Street. Admission is $5; free for Pace
students. To order tickets in advance, call 212-346-1715.

How do new media and information technologies continue to influence the
form, processes, experience and ideas of urban life? Mobile phones, the
internet, Personal Digital Assistants, Geographical Information Systems,
Global Positioning Systems, and Virtual Reality are only some of the
technologies that continue to effect the ways we navigate through,
understand, and act upon the city. In combination with existing media,
these tools are giving rise to new forms of electronic culture within
the urban landscape. In this panel, Spectropolis artists discuss these
trends through a discussion of their individual projects
Participants: Julian Bleecker, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Katherine Moriwaki
and Trebor Scholz
Moderator: Anthony Townsend, Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU

Spectropolis Workshops:

Spectropolis workshops offer hands-on wireless communication play and
participation. The workshops aim to educate a non-technical public and
demystify a range of technologies through engaging presentations.

GPS Drawings with Jeremy Wood
Saturday, October 2 and Sunday October 3; 12 pm and 2 pm
Begin at City Hall Park

Building a Community Hotspot with John Geraci and Dana Spiegel
Saturday, October 2 and Sunday October 3; 2 pm
The Computer Lab-Rm 206 at Pace University, enter at One Pace Plaza

Zapped! with Beatriz da Costa, Jamie Schulte and Brooke Singer
Saturday October 3; 3 pm
The Multipurpose Room at Pace University, enter at One Pace Plaza

The Brooklyn Museum, Pace University and the New School University are
generously hosting Spectropolis events.

Spectropolis thanks these organization for their help: Bway.net,
Wiselephant, Justin T. Molloy and jtmdsgn, B Squared Design, Starworks,
and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

Spectropolis is presented as a program of Downtown Digital Futures, a
multi-year initiative presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council,
and made possible with support from Pace University; the May and Samuel
Rudin Family Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts
Electronic Media and Film Program, a state agency; the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs; City Council Speaker Gifford Miller; the
Asian Cultural Council; Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute; the Experimental
Television Center's Media Arts Technical Assistance Program, and the
Cowles Charitable Trust. The Alliance for Downtown New York is our
marketing partner. Special thanks to Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.