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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postcard from eutopia

postcards.from.eutopia is a simple, bureauratic
interface that will collect information from visitors
and compile that information into the form of a
postcard that can be printed and sent to a
pre-selected entity that is making decisions about our
biological future.
The postcard images are of the transitional spaces of
the international airport. Spaces that are at once
historical and futuristic, but always under
construction. The modern airport, like the internet,
is a space where mobility is the game, and traffic is
considerably monitored, directed, and controlled by
signs. Borders are expanding and contracting in
efforts to increase the movement of capital while
confining most of the world's people - becoming
naturalized, biological limits, as much as geographic,
political delineations. But like the uncontrollability
of genetic material, the mobility of resistance can
find space in unfinished spaces of construction.


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Top Bush Cyber Security Chief Resigns

Top Bush Cyber Security Chief Resigns
1 hour, 26 minutes ago

By TED BRIDIS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Richard A. Clarke, the top cyber-security
adviser to President Bush (news - web sites), is
confirming plans to resign from the White House, and
he raised an ominous warning to colleagues about the
destructive effects of future attacks on the Internet.

Clarke, in an e-mail sent overnight Thursday to
colleagues, cited damage from the weekend's infection
that struck hundreds of thousands of computers
worldwide, slowing e-mail and Web surfing and even
shutting down some banking systems. He called the
attacking software "a dumb worm that was easily and
cheaply made."

"More sophisticated attacks against known
vulnerabilities in cyberspace could be devastating,"
Clarke wrote. "As long as we have vulnerabilities in
cyberspace and as long as America has enemies, we are
at risk of the two coming together to severely damage
our great country."

A spokeswoman confirmed Clarke's e-mail as authentic.
It was forwarded by the FBI (news - web sites)'s
National Infrastructure Protection Center to operators
of Internet early-warning centers.

The Associated Press, citing people familiar with
Clarke's plans, reported his decision to resign on
Jan. 24. Clarke has spent 11 years in the White House
across three administrations, and he was the
president's counterterrorism coordinator at the time
of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Clarke has focused most recently on preventing
disruptions to important computer networks from
Internet attacks, compiling recommendations to improve
security into a "National Strategy to Secure

In a separate e-mailed document, sent to others,
Clarke disclosed that Bush has formally signed the
strategy for approval and that it would be released
publicly "sometime in the next few weeks."

In his e-mail, Clarke urged companies and government
agencies to adopt these recommendations.

He said it was "essential to the health of the
nation's economy and the security of the country."

Clarke indicated he would seek a job in the private
sector, after spending three decades inside the
government. He worked at the Departments of Defense
and State, then was hired at the White House.

"I hope now to learn how to contribute to these issues
as a private citizen," Clarke wrote.

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Re: RHIZOME_RARE: Publishing opportunity - YLEM journal

science-art collaborative's are intersting and many
have done great work through such endeavors, but, more
and more, it starts to sound like art being used as PR
or R+D for tech industry problems. there are of
course, plenty of ways that artists are working with
data sets in a critical relationship to the
science-tec industry, but the framing of the activity
says a lot. just some thoughts...

> Of particular interest are papers relating to
projects that demonstrate the strategies, traditions,
and practices common to or employed within the
practice of art (and art/science collaboration), that
might inform productive and innovative approaches to
"The problem of Large Data"

> We all know Moore's law, the famous and prescient
> prediction that the
> speed of CPUs doubles approximately every 18 months.
> What is less well
> understood is the exponential growth of scientific
> data, and the
> relationship between its collection and our ability
> to process and
> understand it. Genomic data is not the only large
> data set that is
> presenting both processing and conceptual challenges
> to science and
> information technology; we can also point to
> astrophysics, geography,
> geology, fusion energy, climatology, nanotechnology
> and many branches of
> materials science as areas of study that are
> producing quantities of data
> that challenge the technical limits of super
> computers, distributed
> computing, grid computing, and superscalar
> simulation techniques. Even
> given Moore's law, semiconductor advances, fast
> networks, and cheap mass
> storage, "The Problem of Large Data" is nevertheless
> looming larger as our
> ability to collect data begins to outpace our
> ability to process and
> digest it.
> If you are an artist who is working with extremely
> large data sets,
> particularly those relating to scientific endeavor,
> we invite you to
> submit abstracts for papers to be considered for
> publication in an
> upcoming issue of the YLEM journal. Of particular
> interest are papers
> relating to projects that demonstrate the
> strategies, traditions, and
> practices common to or employed within the practice
> of art (and
> art/science collaboration), that might inform
> productive and innovative
> approaches to "The problem of Large Data".

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obsolete computer museum


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high tech trash and "developing nations"

a story from last October by the CBC on the
transplantation of Computer waste to "poor" countries,
and the environmental/human effects.
lots of good info and links.
a video clip:

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