Upgrade! New York Anniversary Brunch w/Graffiti Research Lab and Josh MacPhee

Dear all,

Join us for Upgrade! New York's Anniversary Brunch on Saturday, April 29. We're entering the seventh year graffiti style, with the Evan Roth and James Powderly of the Graffiti Research Lab (http://graffitiresearchlab.com), and Josh MacPhee (http://www.justseeds.org/).

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1 PM: Bagels, trimmings and the likes.

1:30 PM: Josh will take us on a whirlwind tour through the history of illegal street markings (Street Art 101), with a focus on the history of the street stencil.

2: 00 PM: Evan and James will talk about the current state of graffiti, and how the Graffiti Research Lab was formed. They will demo the tools they've developed, give out materials to make Throwies. Some of Evan's students will present their projects and/or concepts based on the work of James and Evan. We'll conclude with a little LED Throwies experiment/happening.

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James Powderly has a masters degree from NYU's ITP program and comes to Eyebeam from Honeybee Robotics, where he has worked as a director of technology development, applications engineer, and lab foreman since 2002. At Honeybee, James developed technology for NASA's mars rover that is currently on the surface of the red planet and engineered an installation for the Architects Diller + Scofidio that was shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art. James has previously worked at Eyebeam as an artist in residence, he is a partner in RobotClothes, and the co-founder of the Robotics Society of America New York City Chapter.

Evan Roth is a recent MFA graduate from the Design Technology department at Parsons where he was his class valedictorian. He is the creator of Graffiti Analysis (video), a project that uses motion tracking, computer vision technology, and a custom C++ application to record and analyze a graffiti writer's pen movement over time. Evan's media experiments also include Explicit Content Only, Postal Labels Against Bush, and Graffiti Taxonomy.

Josh MacPhee is an artist, curator and activist currently living in Troy, NY. His work often revolves around themes of radical politics, privatization and public space. He published his first book, Stencil Pirates: A Global Survey of Street Stenciling, in July 2004 on Soft Skull Press. He also organizes the Celebrate People's History Poster Series and runs a small political art distribution website at www.justseeds.org. In addition, he regularly works with larger groups of artists to create giant collective interventionist art events such as the Department of Space and Land Reclamation and the Autonomous Territories of Chicago. He is currently working on editing two new books, one is a collection of open source radical political graphics and the other is about the intersection of art and anarchism.

Yael Kanarek

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