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.

Playing in Manchester

FutureSonic 2006 || Urban Play
Manchester, UK
20-23 July

"Imagine a world where the city is a digital canvas, the street a gallery, performances happening in a thousand moving places at once. There are art forms out there, struggling into the light, and a new kind of festival.

This is where people take over the city and use the technology that surrounds us for creative, experimental, challenging ends. Some call this media art, others locative media. We call it urban play.

OFF THE MAP Lose yourself in the glitches as you glide over the deserts and canyons of Arizona, collaborate to remix the sounds of your city, get lost in Manchester for the weekend! Includes world premiers and UK-firsts.

INSTRUMENT An exhibition of artist-made instruments, noise generators, image manipulators, head twisters. Featuring sCrAmBlEd?HaCkZ!, Toshio Iwai, Zachery Lieberman, Victor Gama and many others.

SOCIAL TECHNOLOGIES SUMMIT AND MORE Explore the creative, political and social potential of new technologies. Conferences and artist talks include the Social Technologies Summit; PLAN conference ft. Masaki Fujihata, Atau Tanaka and more.

GET INVOLVED Be a part of the festival... join international and local artists, get skilled up in workshops, or get your hands dirty in participatory events."

Thanks Drew!


ascii google map

fully interactive implementation of google maps rendered as black & white ascii signs.


Camping on the parking space

(P) LOT, an ongoing project by Michael Rakowitz (of the notorious paraSITE), questions the occupation of public space and encourages reconsiderations of "legitimate" participation in city life.

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Instead of using municipal parking spaces to store vehicles, P (LOT) proposes to rent them for alternative purposes. The acquisition of municipal permits and simple payment of parking meters could enable citizens to, for example, establish temporary encampments or use the leased ground for different kinds of activities. A first initiative turns ordinary car covers into portable tents, available for loan at the MUMOK, the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna. Interested citizens have the choice to use one of five covers ranging from a common Sedan to a luxurious Porsche or motorcycle.


New Media Survey at the Economist

Last week's Economist magazine carries a Survey of New Media.

The online version has interviews with David Sifry, Chris Anderson, Jerry Michalski, Paul Saffo and Andreas Kluth.

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The Exploding School

Designed to function outside of the traditional classroom space, the exploding school is nomadic. Taking its cue from Colin Ward and Anthony Fyson's book Streetwork it seeks to utilise the city as its classroom. The school attaches itself to educational institutions, piggy-backing established infrastructures and administrative frameworks and organizes tours in and around chosen cities with guest speakers and tour guides.

This expanded notion of the city as classroom is an experiment in inter-disciplinary education. The school is particularly concerned with the production of space, the environment and the city as a multitude of ecologies; touring parks, gardens, collectively produced art spaces, official city recycling and filtration facilities and their self-initiated community based counterparts. The school playfully mixes together the ambience of a school geography field trip, a city tour and a dissociative fugue. The school investigates recent developments in public art strategies, culture and regeneration, gentrification, urbanism, the environment, and projects that privilege social process.