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Practicing Everyday Life

By Rhizome


This week, the Glowlab Collective's third annual Conflux festival hits the streets of Brooklyn, offering four full days of psychogeographic celebration. The participants in the Conflux explore contemporary urban life through exhibits, screenings, performances, talks, workshops, and happenings. Don't miss Adam Greenfield's talk about how information technologies are transforming our relationships to place, and the first performance of a new project by Mark Tribe wherein he remakes historic protest speeches from 1960s and early 70s. If you feel the urge to engage in a little psychogeographic drifting through the city, keep your eyes open for Michele Gambetta's RIDER project, a mobile art gallery in the back of a rented Ryder truck, and the graffiti walking tour and street party that will be thrown by Graffiti Research Lab and Jake Dobkin of Streetsy.com. If you're ready to take guerilla gardening to the next level, participate in Mark Shepard's Tactical Sound Garden workshop, where you'll learn how to use Wi-Fi access points to plant a publicly available soundscape of your own design. Bring all of your nerd gear to ShiftSpace.org's laptop party, where Mushon Zer-Aviv and Dan Phiffer will be on hand to solicit your contribution to the construction of an online public space. Over seventy-five creative minds from around the world will be presenting their transformations of the urban environment, so drift on over to Conflux and have your curiosity piqued and imagination engaged. - Michelle Kasprzak

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