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.

Call for Papers: 'free'


M/C - Media and Culture
is calling for contributors to the 'free' issue of M/C Journal

M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. M/C is a crossover journal between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and peer-reviewed journal.

To see what M/C Journal is all about, check out our Website, which contains all the issues released so far, at http://journal.media-culture.org.au.
To find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit http://journal.media-culture.org.au/journal/submission.php>.

Call for Papers: 'free' Edited by Trebor Scholz and Rachel Cobcroft

Today, freedom is far from free. Network and hardware access bears often ignored costs. 'Free and open' at times means 'closed and expensive'.
Freedom can be conceptualised to fit innumerable agendas. Freedom is the freedom to say no, to withdraw your collaboration, to refuse friendly cooperation. To be free is to live one's contradictions. But whose freedom do we praise? There is no solace in the liberty of being employed but poor, surveilled and uninsured.


Cities in a World of Migration: India and China in Global Perspective: April 28-29, The New School

APRIL 28-29, 2006
The New School

Media Contacts
Caroline Oyama. 212.229.5667 x3547; oyamac@newschool.edu
Daniel Morris. 212.229.5667 x3094; morrD109@newschool.edu

The conference will take place at The New School, April 28��'�"29, at the Teresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th St. (near Sixth Avenue). The keynote address will be April 28 at 6 p.m. in Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th St. (near Sixth Avenue). Admission for the public is $50 for the full conference, $12 for a single session; admission for students with a valid ID is $15 for the full conference and $5 for a single session. A webcast will be available at indiachina.newschool.edu. For reservations and additional information, call The New School Box Office at 212. 229.5488 or email indiachina@newschool.edu. The Box Office at 66 West 12th Street is usually open Monday-Friday, 1-8 p.m. When events are scheduled at other times, it will open half an hour before the event begins.


Geert Lovink on Blogging and Nihilism

This past Friday, Geert Lovink came to the Annenberg Center to present his essay on blogging and nihilism. It isn't fully on line yet, but this taste is. I find a lot to agree with in Geert's reading although unfortunately at the presentation a lot of people seemed to misunderstand nihilism, which is a long philosophical tradition.

You'll have to wait until the essay appears in longer form on the net to appreciate the subtleties, but one observation that I made after reading it is that for those of us somewhere in the matrix between the academy, architecture, and the Internet, there is a fatal trajectory from post-structuralism to identity politics to dot.com Deleuzeanism to blogging.

I'd like to suggest that this isn't merely a conflation of unlike terms but rather that there is a steady evolution here. There is a desire in each of the subsequent movements to affirm the individual (through subject position, through productive agency, and through an active DIY voice), but instead each one actually does a more thorough job of wiping out individual subjectivity than the previous iteration (please slot the blob under dot.com Deleuzeanism... a million 20-40 year old students, all being original, all making nearly identical shapes).

On the whole, the discipline is, as usual, woefully behind. It's about twelve years since I first imagined an architecture blog (but succeed in launching it), ten years after I first suggested that SCI_Arc build an architecture blog to replace its static portal, nine years after the start of archinect, which eventually accomplished that task, and six years since I've been running this blog (with time off from 2003-2005 for my daughter and for AUDC). In the last year or so, however, architecture blogs seem to ...


Land of the Free

untitled (2005, 1.5MB, 1:50 min.)

Nice bit of guerilla art/action/video by Judith Supine and friend.
Took some bottle, I think.


Yochai Benkler's "The Wealth of Networks"

Yesterday evening at Eyebeam Yochai Benkler launched his new book 'The Wealth of Networks : How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom.' Benkler, who is also the author of Coase's Penguin was introduced by Jonah Peretti. He laid out the topics by talking about collaborative news voting sites like Digg, non-competitive games like Second Life, distributed computing projects like NASA's Clickworkers and folksonomy-driven photo-sharing sites such as Flickr.

What follows are a few partial and by all means incomplete notes of Yochai Benkler's lively, high-speed presentation.