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.

The Doorway Google Earth

Eric Dymond:

The doorway earthwork can be seen via Google Earth
The Doorway
The physical location of the web art work, the doorway.
longitude: -80.00870504870713
latitude: 43.79352147953756
range: 630.3109979082278
tilt: 1.98429132367055e-010
heading: -0.006022417027049802
coordinates: -80.00882280146587,43.79348746953154,0
you can download the kmz file from: http://www.edymond.com/The_Doorway.kmz
(requires the Google Earth plugin)
The earthwork is zoomable and still intact.
Eric Dymond
Dec 13, 2005




Art donated by Cory Arcangel, Kate Armstrong, Andy Deck, Jason Freeman, Mariam Ghani, Peter Horvath, Yael Kanarek, Michael Takeo Magruder, Michael Mandiberg, MTAA, Yoshi Sodeoka, Helen ThoringtonRicardo Miranda Zuñiga.

Dear Friends,

New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA) will be 25 years old in 2006; Turbulence will be 10 years old. Despite the expansion of our projects, the acceleration of our support for net artists, and the valuable resources we provide in our networked_performance blog and New American Radio archive, NRPA has seen a decline in its operating support.

We need your support. Please help us preserve our archives and support emerging artists and technologies.

With Gratitude,

Helen Thorington and Jo-Anne Green


Ringtones, or the auditory logic of globalization

This incredibly thorough essay by Sumantha Gopinath - Assistant Professor of Music Theory in the University of Minnesota School of Music - published on First Monday attempts to provide a description of the global ringtone industry, to determine and assess the numerous cultural consequences of the ringtone’s appearance and development, and to situate the ringtone within the context of contemporary capitalism.

The essay also covers the history of the ringtone, how it's evolving, world sales, what it's like to be a ringtone composer and who's entitled to copyright revenue...


Soldier Stencils in Iraq


Originally uploaded by Luodanli.

Ruby tips me to a set of stencils on Flickr that appear to be taken by a US solider deployed in Taji, Iraq. Ya’ll should check out the Iraq or Soldier tag on flickr…lots of AMAZING pictures. Thanks for sharing with us Luodanli, come back safe!

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Design engaged

What do we want? Radical living.  Taken by Adam Greenfield
"What do we want? Radical living."
Photo by Adam Greenfield.

Back from London and Berlin, and re-ensconced in my daily routines, I wanted to resurface long enough to post a few reflections on my experience at Design Engaged and an annotated version of the presentation slides for my talk on Design in the Parliament of Things (pdf).