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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Conducting Mobility

Sat Apr 19, 2008 00:00 - Sat Apr 19, 2008

Ryan Griffis and Claude Willey collide with a carload of cultural projects focusing on the problems of mobility and energy.

Works by: Brian Collier, Free Soil, Amy Balkin/Kim Stringfellow/Tim Halbur/Greenaction/Pond, kanarinka, Michael Mandiberg, Laurie Palmer, Platform, Josephine Starrs/Leon Cmielewski

Our world is continually shaped and reshaped by patterns of mobility. In the United States, motorization and single-use zoning are the principal components of a system that depends upon long distance travel and cheap energy. In the developing world, the wasteful patterns of the West are being repeated in places like China and India where increased automobile and fuel use are quickly becoming the norm. In all parts of the world, city governments struggle to keep pace with the energy and mobility needs of their expanding populations. Tourism, migration, military conflict, and environmental disasters all keep human beings on the move. Many choose their destinations, while others are forced towards them. Our 21st century world may ride the precarious line between the temporary and the permanent, and the ecosystems plundered by our unquenchable energy needs might have the final word. Art, and other forms of cultural reflection, can help to make accessible the structures and systems that propel us. It falls to all of us as global citizens to redirect our governing institutions and cultural perceptions - or we may find ourselves facing the end of the road.


FWD: Wafaa Bilal's Virtual Jihadi Exhibit censored at RPI and now more

Sorry if others on this list have already received this. I didn't see it posted here, so thought it would be of interest. Below is an email from a friend in Troy...

The saga continues!
(for those getting this for the first time, here is the back story and all links: http://rpi.freeculture.org/wiki/Wafaa_Bilal%27s_%22Virtual_Jihadi%22_exhibit_at_RPI)

So now the city has gotten in on this and closed down the independent space that re-opened Wafaa's show after RPI shut it down.

It's one insane thing for a private corporation (RPI) to make decisions based on pressure from funders and then another when the city government shuts down an independent venue it doesn't like (in the name of "code violations" - a classic tactic)

anyway I will keep you posted on the actions we will be taking as this continues....at this point we are encouraging people to email President Jackson at RPI (president@rpi.edu) with your concerns (thats how this all started - her getting pressure from college republicans...) and still figuring out how to deal with the Sanctuary closing as it just happened this morning and most students are away for spring break (including myself)

The Sanctuary http://www.mediasanctuary.org/ is a really important venue for this area, many of you have presented there or been to something there.

thanks for your interest and concern
best, d

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"Art, Freedom, Democracy" Series Closed By City of Troy

An art installation closed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last Thursday (March 5) was shut down by the City of Troy this morning (March 10), a day after it re-opened at The Sanctuary for Independent Media.
Wafaa Bilal's "Virtual Jihadi" piece is the centerpiece of a month-long celebration of art, freedom and democracy at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, which features by Iraqi-born digital media artist Wafaa Bilal, culture jammers The Yes Men, film maker Pam Yates and the Critical Art Ensemble's Professor Steve Kurtz. The City of Troy's order to close The Sanctuary for Independent Media jeopardizes the entire "Art, Freedom, Democracy" series, which focuses on government intimidation and censorship under the guise of counter-terrorism.
The City of Troy cited code violations as the reason for their action, less than 24 hours after an inspection by code enforcement and fire officials cleared the building for use.
More information will be posted here as it develops. Here is the schedule for the "Art, Freedom, Democracy" series:
7 PM Mon 3/10: Wafaa Bilal presented his "Virtual Jihadi" installation, followed by a 6 PM reception. The iece was shut by the City of Troy hours before it was to open to the public the next day.
7 PM Tue 3/18: The Yes Men live, with a sneak preview of scenes from the forthcoming film featuring their exploits in New Orleans as fictitious employees of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, in Canada posing as ExxonMobil and National Petroleum Council representatives, and in other "identity-correction" hijinks around the world.
7 PM Tue 3/25: Director Pam Yates, and a screening of her documentary "State of Fear" about how fear of terrorism was used to undermine democracy in Peru, creating a virtual dictatorship where official corruption replaced the rule of law.
7 PM Fri 4/4: SUNY Buffalo Prof. Steve Kurtz, screening the new movie "Strange Culture" about his arrest and prosecution on "mail fraud" charges after a failed attempt by the Justice Department to frame him as a "bio-terrorist."
Admission to each event is by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low income).


Touring Olympia

Fri Mar 14, 2008 00:00 - Sat Mar 08, 2008

Touring Olympia: Exposition Park, Los Angeles

March 14th - 2:30pm
Pasadena City College

The Temporary Travel Office and artist Sarah Ross will be leading an experiential tour of Exposition Park in South Los Angeles, the site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Summer Games. The tour will look at the site from the vantage point of a post-2020 future, where the Olympic Games no longer exist due to a popular revolt against their waste and inequities. As tourists are transported South from Pasadena to Exposition Park and forward into the future, they will hear a narrated history of Olympism, the international movement responsible for the Games. Once at the Park, an exploratory walk of the grounds, now a memorial to the last Olympic Games, will conclude with a participatory reenactment of the last Olympic torch lighting ceremony.

The audio tour and accompanying guide book will be available for purchase and are currently available as a free downloadable packet.

The tour is conducted in conjunction with the Anytime, Anyplace: Collective Art in the 21st Century program at Pasadena City College's Digital Media Center

The symposium also features the Futurefarmers, Temporary Services and a keynote address by Grant Kester.

More info:


Proposal for a Room in LA

Sat Jan 19, 2008 00:00 - Sat Jan 12, 2008

United States of America

January 6, 2008

727 South Spring Street
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
213 627 9563
se habla poquito español

g727 presents:

7 foreslag til et rum i LA / 7 proposals for a room in LA

An exhibition featuring the students of KRABBESHOLM HØJSKOLE
in collaboration with Hugo Hopping

Exhibition Duration: January 10 - February 10, 2008

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 19, 2008, 6 pm - 10 pm

With the beginning of January 2008 upon us, g727 (formerly Gallery 727)
announces the first phase of its programming dedicated to encounters of
urbanism and contemporary art disciplines. 7 foreslag til et rum i LA / 7
proposals for a room in LA is the result of an invitation to Los Angeles and
Copenhagen-based artist Hugo Hopping to provide designs and concepts for
g727’s planned community space located in its upstairs loft. In the recent
past, Hopping has conceptually contributed to defining the character of
g727, specifically assisting with projects which address issues of urbanism
that have implications to the policy-making arena.

In this exhibition, Hopping presents a book project that serves as a site
for the ideas generated through dialog, instruction, and collaboration with
a group of 30 architecture students from the KRABBESHOLM HØJSKOLE in Skive,
Denmark. The students were asked to consider the nature of g727’s position
as an intermediary between Los Angeles’ artistic and urban landscapes, and
to address its specific plans to launch a public space within its facility
that will promote an interface between artists, urban planners, architects
and city officials. As a primary effort to develop cross-national
contributions to this program, g727 sent critical physical information about
the site solely via the Internet to Denmark. Through various workshops,
exercises and lectures, Hopping contextualized this information for the
students and developed models for the multi-disciplinary approach of g727’s
planned community space. 7 foreslag til et rum i LA / 7 proposals for a room
in LA is part of Hugo Hopping’s ongoing exploration of pedagogical and
collaborative strategies and his attempt to generate an aesthetic through
them. To celebrate this initiative, g727 has produced a limited edition
photograph from the book project and the proposals generated by the
architecture students to accompany this exhibition.

A primary component of g727’s planned community space is a resource library
where materials spanning concerns relative to contemporary art, urban space,
and civic engagement are assembled. As a reflection of the public nature of
the space, g727 launches a book donor program, effective immediately, where
individuals are encouraged to contribute materials relative to these topics.
For more information please visit: http://www.g727.org/bookdonor.html

g727 seeks to generate dialogues on artistic representations and
interpretations of the urban landscape. The building blocks of a city
comprise more than simply buildings, streets, and sidewalks. They equally
encompass personal experience, collective memory and narratives. These are
the less tangible, but no less integral elements that transform mere
infrastructure into place. Through photography, painting, writing and video
installations, artists open our eyes to these elements and heighten our
awareness of what makes a place a place. g727 welcomes these artists to its
space to help us all better understand the complex nature of cities and the
urban condition.

g727’s planned community space is organized by York Chang, Pilar Tompkins
and Adrian Rivas. Included in the program is Urban Planner James Rojas,
founder of the Latino Urban Forum (LUF), who has been co-opting g727’s site
for the last five years.

Adrian Rivas
g727 Director and Co-founder
213 627 9563


Public Collectors

Tue Dec 04, 2007 00:00 - Tue Dec 04, 2007

The most recent announcement from Marc Fischer regarding his Public Collectors series... Thought some folks here might be interested - everything from records to syllabi.

Hello friends, home library reference desk sitters, connoisseurs of crap and hopeless pack rats

Welcome to the December update of recent additions to the ever-expanding network of resources, materials and people that is Public Collectors. Here's what's up:


Documentation of Electronic Flyers by Espacio La Culpable, 2006 & 2007
Espacio La Culpable is an artist-run space and artist collective based in Lima, Perú. They commonly design electronic flyers that they attach to email announcements for their exhibitions, projects and events. These pages show a large selection of these announcements from 2006 and 2007. Thirty flyers online so far!


Artist's Books & Ephemera: Collection of Philip von Zweck, Chicago, IL, USA
Well over 200 artist's books and pieces of ephemera from the collection of Philip von Zweck have now been inventoried and are currently available for your in-person viewing pleasure. There's a lot of great and obscure stuff here. Of particular note (in my opinion!) is Philip's large collection of hard to see materials by Bern Porter and a number of other artists and experimental writers associated with Something Else press.


7" Records : Collection of Philip von Zweck, Chicago, IL, USA
Also new to Public Collectors is Philip's collection of over 200 7" records. Here you'll find a lot of obscure noise records by bands like The Gerogererigegege and Strangulated Beatoffs but you can also delight in four different Star Trek records or "The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes". Check out the list, make an appointment and you can listen to Philip's records while you read his books.


Documentation of Syllabi - Collected by Philip von Zweck
"Every syllabus I have written is based in some part on someone else’s syllabus, either from a class I have taken, given to me by the institution, or sent to me by someone who had previously made one. I have found it very useful to have access to other people’s syllabi in making my own and on occasion I have shared syllabi with others for their use. I am asking that if you have made syllabi that you are willing to share, please send them to me to be posted online. I think it would be best if they were an attachment in a Word or rtf format - some form which is easy for people to modify. Syllabi may be posted anonymously. If you’re willing to be involved please send me syllabi that you’re comfortable sharing. And please forward this to others who might be willing to take part."

Syllabi can be sent to: pvonzweck [at] yahoo [dot] com


Records: Collection of Marc Fischer, Chicago, IL, USA - UPDATED!
Damn have I been accumulating too many records lately. Sold a few things here and there but that naturally meant that I just accumulated other stuff with the trade value or went off elsewhere to do some deep digging. Since the Public Collectors site launched a few months ago, about 40 records have been added to this inventory and you can hear any of them if you email me and set up a time. Free hot tea provided if desired.


Documentation of Anti-Car Barriers in Chicago - UPDATED!
I've started to photograph these again and there are 16 new photos in this Digital Collection for your anti-car barrier viewing pleasure.


Old but never past its expiration date:

Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks individuals that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials to help reverse this lack by making their collections public.

The purpose of this project is for large collections of materials to become accessible so that knowledge, ideas and expertise can be freely shared and exchanged. If you'd like to participate in some way, please get in touch!

Marc Fischer