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: The New York Bike-Share Project

Begin forwarded message:

> A summer charette produced by
> The Forum For Urban Design and Storefront For Art and Architecture
> Full details at www.nybikeshare.org
> July 7-11: Free bike hire at Storefront
> July 9, 10 and 11: Public presentations of European bike-share
> programs
> Imagine walking to a sidewalk corner and finding a public bicycle.
> With a cellphone call or swipe of a card, you
> unlock it from its bike rack and ride it across town. Once at your
> destination, you steer to the closest bike rack
> and, with one more call or card swipe, return the bike to the
> public network. You pay less than $.50 for the trip, and
> the bike is once again available for the taking.
> Bike-share programs already exists in cities across Europe, with
> Paris alone currently in the process of installing
> over 10,000 bikes at 750 stations. How could such a program work
> in New York?
> The New York Bike-Share Project consists of three parts:
> The Experiment. Twenty bicycles will be available for free 30-
> minute rentals between Storefront and a roving remote location.
> The Exhibition. A review of eight successful bike-share programs in
> European cities will be on view at Storefront
> The Charette. The Forum For Urban Design will facilitate a public
> charette on a future bike-share program in New York,
> with public presentations by design and transportation experts.
> July 7-11, 11am-6pm: Free bike hire at Storefront
> July 9, 6pm: Richard Grasso (Clear Channel Adshel) on Barcelona,
> Stockholm and Oslo
> July 10, 6pm: Josh Squire (JC Decaux) on Paris, Lyon and Vienna and
> Carlos Pujol (Cemusa) on Pamplona
> July 11, 6pm: Presentation of charette results and reception
> All events take place at Storefront For Art and Architecture, 97
> Kenmare Street, New York City.
> Charette results will be published on nybikeshare.org
> Storefront for Art and Architecture
> 97 Kenmare Street
> New York, NY 10012
> +1.212.431.5795
> info@storefrontnews.org


Pathogeographies, a review

This is an unedited draft of a review that will be published in the
next ArtUS.



June 15-July7
Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago

In an overcrowded London neighborhood in 1854, the powerful
combination of cartography and medical knowledge defeated a cholera
outbreak that had killed over 600 residents. Dr. John Snow, credited
as single-handedly halting the spread of the disease, mapped the
proximity of the deaths to water wells and determined that a single
well was the source of infection. Subsequently, he managed to have
the use of that well stopped, despite the reluctance of local
officials, by removing the pump


Fwd: Punk Planet is no more

just got this very sad news from the Chicago-based publication that's
been a great read for 13 years.

Begin forwarded message:
> --
> Dear Friends,
> As much as it breaks our hearts to write these words, the final
> issue of Punk Planet is in the post, possibly heading toward you
> right now. Over the last 80 issues and 13 years, we've covered
> every aspect of the financially independent, emotionally
> autonomous, free culture we refer to as "the underground." In that
> time we've sounded many alarms: about threats of co-optation, big-
> media emulation, and unseen corporate sponsorship. We've also done
> everything in our power to create a support network for independent
> media, experiment with revenue streams, and correct the
> distribution issues that have increasingly plagued independent
> magazines. But now, finally, we've come to the impossible decision
> to stop printing, having sounded all the alarms and reenvisioned
> all the systems we can. Benefit shows are no longer enough to make
> up for bad distribution deals, disappearing advertisers, and a
> decreasing audience of subscribers.
> As to the latter two points, we could blame the Internet. It makes
> content


Temporary Travel Office - Critical Tourism blog and Parking Public DVD

The Temporary Travel Office has a video tour into the politics of
parking, Parking Public, available on DVD and for download archive.org.
The video is also featured in the Center for Land Use
Interpretation's current exhibition called "Pavement Paradise" at
their Los Angeles exhibition facility.
Parking Public is an ongoing investigation into the politics of
parking lots across the United States. The video traces some of the
histories of how the current parking situation developed and how it
fits into larger urban planning policies. The premise is that parking
is not simply the result of poor planning on the part of urban
designers and legislators trying to facilitate the demands of
automobility, but that it has been, and continues to be, a complex
materialization of the utopian desires of capital.


We also have a new blog addressing interests in "critical tourism,"
so please visit if you're interested.


Thanks + happy travels!

Ryan Griffis, Agent

Let us take you somewhere,
visit the Temporary Travel Office online


Fwd: Female Icons: It's Not The Gaze, But The Look...

Begin forwarded message:

> ------------------------------------------------
> As a part of the Living Room Lecture Series, De Geuzen welcomes
> author Alison Norrington.
> The event will be streamed live from Rotterdam at http://
> www.geuzen.org/female\_icons
> FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2007 @ 15:00
> (calculate the time for your own region http://
> www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc)
> For the Female Icons series, Norrington will be lecturing about her
> own experiences in the world of Chick Lit, a rapidly expanding
> genre of women's contemporary fiction. Talking about some of the
> characters in her novels, she will discuss the possibilities and
> restraints of the genre as a whole.
> Norrington's lecture is a part of De Geuzen's Living Room Lectures,
> a series of talks hosted in our respective homes.
> Alison Norrington is the author of Class Act, Look Before You Leap
> and Three of A Kind. She has written articles for The Irish Star,
> Irish Tatler and Evening Herald. She is also a regular contributer
> to Women's Way.
> For more information on Alison Norrington see: