ryan griffis
Since 2002
Works in United States of America

Ryan Griffis currently teaches new media art at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He often works under the name Temporary Travel Office and collaborates with many other writers, artists, activists and interesting people in the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor.
The Temporary Travel Office produces a variety of services relating to tourism and technology aimed at exploring the non-rational connections existing between public and private spaces. The Travel Office has operated in a variety of locations, including Missouri, Chicago, Southern California and Norway.

Reflection and Anticipation

The end of the year is a time for reflection and anticipation. So, each day this week, a different member of the Creative Commons team will spend a few moments thinking about what was great in 2005 and what's great to come in 2006.

One of my favorite things about 2005 has been watching artists use the Creative Commons model -- as well as a generally open approach to creating -- to land themselves some really cool gigs. I've also loved hearing all of the incredible work going on at ccMixter and watching how CC's remix contests have inspired people to create, collaborate and recreate.

We've got lots of plans for 2006. I'm most excited to help teach kids about making, remixing, sharing and managing their creative work. We've got a load of CC-hosted presentations, performances, contests, workshops and products in the pipeline; I especially can't wait for the release of the new CC compilation album and the launch of a regular CC community salon. And of course, it'll be a thrill to meet new artists and explain to them how Creative Commons can help people collaborate and interact in new, exciting ways.

In short, 2006 is gonna rock. Happy new year!


Mural or incidious advertisement?


Two days ago San Francisco I noticed these graffiti of the PlayStation Portable on a garage on Valencia and, I believe, 20th street. Sony pays the owner of the garage one thousand dollars a month with no mentioning of the company on the graffiti at all. The artist came by several times already to fix up the art, the tenant of the garage reported. Today the Philapdelphia Inquirer ran a story about tensions that arose from similar graffiti in Philadelphia and other cities.


Beyond Locative Media

Marc Tuters and I recently completed a draft of an essay for Leonardo and thought we should share it with you. In true netPublics fashion, we wrote the essay collaboratively on Writely.


Locative Media has been attacked for being too eager to appeal to commercial interests as well as for its reliance on the Cartesian mapping systems and the United States military-controlled Global Positioning System. If these critiques are well-founded, they also nostalgic, invoking a notion of art as autonomous from the circuits of mass communication technologies. This essay begins with a survey of the development of Locative Media and its distancing from Net Art, looks at some of the critiques launched against Locative Media, discusses how Locative Media may address these critiques, and explores possible futures for how the field might develop.

Read more at the netpublics site.


Knit graffiti

knitta: bombing the neighborhood with fresh, aerosol-free knit graff!

A Houston press article on Montrose's craftiest taggers is getting a lot of play online as it interviews two members of the knitta crew:

"We're taking graffiti and making it warm, fuzzy and more acceptable," says AKrylik.

"It's considerate to the victim," says Poly. "If they don't like it, they can just unbutton it."

"It's not vandalism," adds AKrylik. "I almost wish there was a little more permanency to it, that it was a little harder to remove."


Artcontext Calendar 2006 - Panel Junction

Lauren Cornell


Andy Deck has just finished a calendar that complements his Panel Junction project (http://artcontext.org/act/05/panel/). Could be a nice gift for the holidays for those who prefer to receive net art over, say, a new pair of socks :)


All best,