Posts for May 2003

Mars Attacks!

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Ever wanted to walk down the street and blast aliens? Well, that may not be possible outside the gaming context, but Parisian artist Space Invader is at least creating real targets. His site catalogues five years of 'invader' tagging, where he plants colorful mosaics of the original arcade aliens all over buildings, curbs, sidewalks, security cameras, and rooftops of major metropolitan areas. His documentation is extensive, ranging from detailed 'invasion' maps of Paris, Tokyo, and Perth, to shaky video of him hacking the Hollywood sign. This is more than merely a portfolio site, though. Invader's e-store lets visitors purchase their own DIY 'Invasion Kits' to spread the arcade mayhem in their own town. Bleep! Bleep! The Martians are coming! -Jonah Brucker-Cohen

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Lubricating the Network

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The term ?networking? has been almost completely co-opted by computer culture, and when not referencing connected digital devices, it is spoken in slightly negative intonations, defining the ?dishonest? chore of socializing to further a career. Thankfully, interesting people always find a way to make talking about work fun. The folks at UK based Furtherfield.org have put together a ?Networking Party,? inviting people from all disciplines to get together and share information about their creative endeavors. Five speakers will be present to discuss collaborative work. Computers, an Internet connection, data projectors, and a bar will be available to help facilitate conversations. The event takes place on 14 June from 3PM till late at the Deluxe in London. --Ryan Griffis

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