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.

Is MySpace a Place?

Networked Performance pointed me toward an interview (download in PDF)with Networked Publics speaker Henry Jenkins and Networked Publics friend danah boyd about Myspace. The site, popular with teenagers, has become increasingly controversial as parents and the press raise concerns about the openness of information on the site and the vulnerability this supposedly poses to predators (Henry points out that only .1% of abductions are by strangers) and the behavior of teens towards each other (certainly nothing new, only now in persistent form). In another essay on Identity Production in Networked Culture, danah suggests that Myspace is popular not only because the technology makes new forms of interaction possible, but because older hang-outs such as the mall and the convenience store are prohibiting teens from congregating and roller rinks and burger joints are disappearing.

This begs the question, is Myspace media or is it space? Architecture theorists have long had this thorn in their side. "This will kill that," wrote Victor Hugo with respect to the book and the building. In the early 1990s, concern about a dwindling public culture and the character of late twentieth century urban space led us to investigate Jürgen Habermas's idea of the public sphere. But the public sphere, for Habermas is a forum, something that, for the most part, emerges in media and in the institutions of the state:

The bourgeois public sphere may be conceived above all as the sphere of private people come together as a public; they soon claimed the public sphere regulated from above against the public authorities themselves, to engage them in a debate over the general rules governing relations in the basically privatized but publicly relevant sphere of commodity exchange and social labor. The medium of this political confrontation was peculiar and without historical precedent: people's ...


SWITCH: Issue 22

Carlos Castellanos:

HI everyone. Just wanted to announce the new issue of SWITCH:

SWITCH : The online New Media Art Journal of the CADRE Laboratory for
New Media at San Jose State University

http://switch.sjsu.edu switch@cadre.sjsu.edu

SWITCH Journal is proud to announce the launch of Issue 22: A Special
Preview Edition to ISEA 2006/ ZeroOne San Jose.

As San Jose State University and the CADRE Laboratory are serving as
the academic host for the ZeroOne San Jose /ISEA 2006 Symposium,
SWITCH has dedicated itself to serving as an official media
correspondent of the Festival and Symposium. SWITCH has focused the
past three issues of publication prior to ZeroOne San Jose/ISEA2006
on publishing content reflecting on the themes of the symposium. Our
editorial staff has interviewed and reported on artists, theorists,
and practitioners interested in the intersections of Art & Technology
as related to the themes of ZeroOne San Jose/ ISEA 2006. While some
of those featured in SWITCH are part of the festival and symposium,
others provide a complimentary perspective.

Issue 22 focuses on the intersections of CADRE and ZeroOne San Jose/
ISEA 2006. Over the past year, students at the CADRE Laboratory for
New Media have been working intensely with artists on two different
residency projects for the festival – “Social Networking” with Antoni
Muntadas and the City as Interface Residency, “Karaoke Ice” with
Nancy Nowacek, Marina Zurkow & Katie Salen. Carlos Castellanos,
James Morgan, Aaron Siegel, all give us a sneak preview of their
projects which will be featured at the ISEA 2006 exhibition. Alumni
Sheila Malone introduces ex_XX:: post position, an exhibition
celebrating the 20th anniversary of the CADRE Institute that will run
as a parallel exhibition to ZeroOne San Jose/ ISEA 2006. LeE
Montgomery provides a preview of NPR (Neighborhood Public Radio)
presence at ...


Art & Mapping

The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) has released a special issue of their journal, Cartographic Perspectives:
Art and Mapping Issue 53, Winter 2006 Edited by Denis Wood and and John Krygier Price: $25
The issue includes articles by kanarinka, Denis Wood, Dalia Varanka and John Krygier, and an extensive catalogue of map artists compiled by Denis Wood.


[-empyre-] Liquid Narrative for June 2006

Christina McPhee:

hi all, I am not sure we got this message out to Rhizome!

Please join our guests this month, Dene Grigar (US), Jim Barrett
(AU/SE), Lucio Santaella (BR), and Sergio Basbaum (BR) , with
moderator Marcus Bastos (BR), for a spirited discussion of "Liquid
Narratives" ----- digital media story telling with a dash, perhaps,
of 'aura' .

Here's the intro from Marcus:

The topic of June at the - empyre - mailing list will be Liquid Narratives. The concept of 'liquid narrative' is interesting in that it allows to think about the unfoldings of contemporary languages beyond tech achievements, by relating user controlled applications with formats such as the essay (as described by Adorno in "Der Essay als Form", The essay as a form) and procedures related to the figure of the narrator (as described by Benjamin in his writings about Nikolai Leskov). Both authors are accute critics of modern culture, but a lot of his ideas can be expanded towards contemporary culture. As a matter of fact, one of the main concerns in Benjamin's essay is a description of how the rise of modernism happens on account of an increasing nprivilege of information over knowledge, which is even more intense nowadays. To understand this proposal, it is important to remember how Benjamin distinguishes between an oral oriented knowledge, that results from 'an experience that goes from person to person' and is sometimes anonymous, from the information and authoritative oriented print culture. One of the aspects of this discussion is how contemporary networked culture rescues this 'person to person' dimension, given the distributed and non-authoritative procedures that technologies such as the GPS, mobile phones and others stimulate.


state of the planet infographics

a small collection of beautiful information graphics documenting the current state of the planet.
see also gapminder & 3d data globe.


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Fwd: Call for posters from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics

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Call for posters from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics

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Extended deadline February 2, 2007
March 19


Fwd: Call for Submissions: Writing and Art: "Fear of the Green Menace"

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live chat with Jennifer WIllet: Jan 17, 2007 (Leonard Electronic Almanac Discussion)]

<apologies for cross-posting / please pass on>

_Leonardo Electronic Almanac Discussion (LEAD): Vol 14 No 8_
Wild Nature and the Digital Life Special Issue, guest edited by Dene
Grigar and Sue Thomas

:: Live chat with artist Jennifer Willet, of Concordia University
(Montreal) and the collaborative project (with Shawn Bailey) BIOTEKNICA.

:: Chat date: Wednesday, January 17.
:: 2 pm West Coast US / 5 pm East Coast USA / 10pm UK

:: LEAD is an open forum around the Wild Nature and the Digital Life
special issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac http://leoalmanac.org/

Chat instructions are below. The LEA website includes instructions
and a complete list of upcoming chats:

:: Author Biography
Jennifer Willet is an artist, a faculty member in Studio Arts and a
Ph.D student in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program at Concordia
University (Montreal, Canada). Her work explores notions of self and
subjectivity in relation to biomedical, bioinformatics, and digital
technologies with an emphasis on social and political criticism. She
has exhibited and presented her research extensively across Canada
and internationally.

Since 2002, Willet and Shawn Bailey have collaborated on an
innovative computational, biological, artistic, project called
BIOTEKNICA. BIOTEKNICA has been exhibited in various forms at the
Break 2.3 Festival, Slovenia (2005), Biennial Electronic Arts Perth,
Australia (2004), The European Media Arts Festival, Germany (2003),
La Societe des arts et technologiques (SAT) Montreal, Canada (2005),
and The Forest City Gallery London, Canada (2004), amongst others. In
addition, BIOTEKNICA has been presented in interviews and conferences
at multiple venues across Canada and in France, Australia, Scotland,
Germany, and Spain. BIOTEKNICA research has been conducted during
residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Canada (2002)
and SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
(2004, 2006).


:: How to participate in the live chat?
Live chats will use the Writing and the Digital Life Discussion Room:
* To acess the WDL discussion room, it is necessary to subscribe to
the list, by chosing "Join WRITING-AND-THE-DIGITAL-LIFE" from:
Use your subscriber email and JISCMAIL password to log into the
discussion room (using the first link above).
If the online interface does not start, it is necessary to download
and install the most recent Java version (http://www.java.com)

Ryan Griffis

LEA Journal: http://leoalmanac.org/index.asp
LEA Gallery: http://leoalmanac.org/gallery/index.asp
Wild Nature and Digital Life Forum Info: http://leoalmanac.org/


Clarification! live chat with Dene Grigar + Tara Rogers: Jan 10, 2007 (Leonard Electronic Almanac Discussion)]

The Chat date is Jan 10, as stated in the subject line, not the 3rd
as written in the body of the announcement.
Sorry for the confusion!

Ryan Griffis

LEA Journal: http://leoalmanac.org/index.asp
LEA Gallery: http://leoalmanac.org/gallery/index.asp
Wild Nature and Digital Life Forum Info: http://leoalmanac.org/