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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US postal rate increases and small publications

remember our roots.

Disseminate Information, Protect Democracy


[from the May 7, 2007 issue]

The following is a shortened version of a letter drafted by Nation
president Teresa Stack and signed by her and her counterparts at more
than a dozen independent journals, including National Review, The
American Spectator and Mother Jones. To learn what you can do to
help, go to

James C. Miller III
Chairman, Postal Board of Governors

We write to you today on a matter of great urgency. The recent
decision of the Postal Service Board of Governors (BOG) to accept the
startling periodical rate recommendations of the Postal Regulatory
Commission (PRC) undermines the historic foundation of our national
mail system. These new rates will have grave consequences for
disseminating the very type of information our Founding Fathers
strove to protect and foster when they established the public postal

As the publishers of small national magazines that focus primarily on
politics and culture, we share a common mission of providing the
information essential to a flourishing democracy. We struggle to
inform the national dialogue in a way the Founders believed essential
to the health of this country. As journals of opinion and ideas, we
do not do it for the money; we do it because, like the Founders, we
believe it to be a public good.

As you know, in May 2006 the United States Postal Service proposed a
rate increase for periodicals of about 11.7 percent, an increase that
would have affected all periodicals more or less equally. Instead, in
February the PRC recommended a version of the rate proposal put
forward by Time Warner, which had previously been rejected by the PRC
and strongly opposed by the USPS. This proposal would have a
disproportionately adverse effect on small national publications
while easing the burden on the largest magazines.

The decision was followed by an industry "comment period" of only
eight working days, an impossibly short time for small publications
to digest changes so complex that to this day there is no definitive
computer model to fully assess them. Nonetheless, the new rates are
scheduled to take effect July 15.

We now know that small titles will be devastated. According to an
analysis by McGraw-Hill (but not, inexplicably, done by the PRC or
BOG), about 5,700 small-circulation publications will incur rate
increases exceeding 20 percent; another 1,260 publications will see
increases above 25 percent; and hundreds more, increases above 30
percent. Some small magazines will no doubt go out of business.
Meanwhile, the largest magazines will enjoy the benefit of much
smaller increases and in some cases, decreases. To make matters even
worse, editorial content charges will now be based on distance. The
system of charging one price however far editorial content travels,
which has existed since our country's founding, seems to have been
summarily dismissed by the PRC, and then by the governors, with
little thought of its future impact.

These increased postal rates will also raise barriers for prospective
new publishers, thus destroying competition in the periodicals market
and locking in the privileged positions of the largest firms. While
it is understandable that Time Warner would relish the idea of making
it more difficult for new competitors, there is no reason to think
that it is in the interest of the American people or the market economy.

Since its inception, the US Postal Service has recognized small
magazines like ours as serving a vital function in the American
political system. And while the realities of the marketplace no doubt
require some adjustments to postal costs, the PRC's new rates turn
the ideals of Jefferson and Madison on their head. These ideals have
been eloquently defended in all previous rate cases. Instead, we will
now have an entirely cost-based system.

Even if the argument can be made that such a system trumps all other
interests, the USPS remains in effect a government monopoly. We are
small businesses, and to raise costs so dramatically without our
input and with no recourse is devastating. Comments were heard only
from companies that could afford to provide them, via expert
testimony and top-notch legal advice. No one considered how a small
business would accommodate a 30 percent increase in one of the most
expensive items in its budget.

The PRC has managed to take a historically preferred class of mail
and turn it into the most complex, cost-based and bureaucratically
burdened of all mail classes in the span of a single rate case.
Periodical rates ought to be the least cost-based, because that class
exists for content.

In accepting the Time Warner rate plan, the PRC and the governors
have allowed the cost-based proposal of one of the country's largest
mailers to prevail over public and small business concerns. Small
magazines that have historically contributed to the diversity of
voices and opinions and have an outsized effect on our public
discourse are now potentially silenced so that the likes of Time
Warner can mail People more cheaply.

We appreciate that costs increase and mail technologies change.
However, the mail system is a public system, and the dissemination of
small magazines remains a public good. Accordingly, any changes
should be implemented gradually and on a cost-averaged basis so as
not to threaten the very existence of small magazines. We ask that:

1. the Board of Governors move quickly to delay the implementation of
these new rates, allowing an additional period of public comment;

2. a full assessment and justification of the new rates and their
impact on the public good be completed, and if the new rates cannot
be adequately assessed and justified, that the decision of the BOG be
revised and the new rates revoked;

3. whether the Postal Service exercises its right to file for another
rate increase under the old postal reform law or moves directly to
the new law's provisions, during the next rate case the Postal
Service will shift some of the added burden away from the small-
circulation publications that have survived until then.


Fwd: Psychobotany Exhibition

> Psychobotany.com
> proudly supported by:
> Revolutionary Breakthroughs in Human/Plant Communication
> May 12 -
> Psychobotany Exhibition
> June 16
> 1200 D North Alvarado Street
> Los Angeles, CA 9002
> 213-483-8761
> Opening
> Reception:
> 8pm May 12
> Psychobotany: psycho (from the Greek psyche meaning mind or soul);
> botany (the study of plants).
> Psychobotany cultivates a cultural terrain that includes a wide
> array of efforts at human/plant communication. Artists, scientists,
> subcultures, religions, activists, and visionaries all share plots
> in the field of Psychobotany. Combining elements of scientific
> truth, spiritual beliefs, aesthetic savvy, and social expression,
> Psychobotany is a fertile ground where the diverse cultural roots
> of human/plant communication can take hold.
> Psychobotany blazes a meandering trail between the strict
> constraints of objective, peer-reviewed, rationalism and the
> unrestrained embrace of uncritical idealism. Along the way, one can
> expect to find military scientists rubbing shoulders with druids;
> tree-sitters cavorting with tech wizards; and conceptual artists
> conspiring with herbalists.
> Featuring the efforts of:
> Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
> Botanicalls
> Cleve Backster
> Center for Tactical Magic
> Peter Coffin
> Earth Films
> Molly Frances
> Marc Herbst
> Denise King
> John Lifton
> Richard Lowenberg
> Jim Wiseman
> Tom Zahuranec


Fwd: The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest :: Journal Press Launch :: Issue 5 Preview :: Skylight Books May 11

Begin forwarded message:

> The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Presents:
> Lucas Michael Performative Reading: Issue 5, Vol. 2, The Journal of
> Aesthetics & Protest
> Journal Press Book Launch: Failure! Experiments in Aesthetic &
> Social Practices
> Friday, May 11, 2007 7:30-10PM
> Skylight Books
> 1818 N. Vermont Avenue
> Los Angeles, CA 90027
> Tel: (323) 660-1175
> The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest is proud to introduce their
> fifth issue with a reading and performance by Lucas Michael of
> Jonathan Livingston Seagull at Skylight Books on the evening of
> Friday, May 11. In the first act of this celebratory event, authors
> Catherine Hollander and Colin Dickey will read their respective
> contributions to Failure! Experiments in Aesthetic & Social
> Practices--the first book published by the Journal Press. Following
> a brief note of introduction to The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest
> Issue 5, Lucas Michael will perform Mein Buch: A submission. This
> reading will begin at 9pm.
> This performance is part of a sustained project by Lucas Michael
> that includes a series of drawings of title pages drawn from books
> with a bigoted text or subtext. Lucas renders these drawings
> meticulously in graphite, signing them with his own hand and
> signature, reclaiming authorial voice and rendering each text what
> it is


Fwd: Bioneering Symposium

Begin forwarded message:
> Please join us on Friday, April 13th for:
> Visit www.foodbioneers.com for registration, schedule, information
> about presentations and bios.
> //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
> //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
> /
> Bioneering: Hybrid Investigations of Food
> A gathering of artists, scientists, scholars, activists and
> community organizers sharing their work
> concerning food production, consumption & distribution.
> //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
> //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
> /
> Curated by Lisa Tucker
> Symposium: April 13th
> 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. UC, Irvine
> For more information, registration or live webcast and chat go to
> www.foodbioneers.com
> Presenting:
> Deena Capparelli, Pasadena City College
> Beatriz da Costa, UCI
> Melanie DuPuis, UCSC
> Sheila Fennoy, Santa Monica College
> Dan Froot, UCLA
> Fritz Haeg, Architect
> Pearl Ho, UCI
> Roman Jaster, CalArts
> Martha L. Orozco-Cardenas, UCR
> Claire Pentecost, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
> Stephen Vines, San Bernardino Valley Community Development Corporation
> Claude Willey, CSU Northridge
> Screening of "Milk in the Land, Ballad of an American Drink":
> April 13th
> 8:00 p.m. UC, Irvine (SSPA 1100)
> Tour: April 14th
> UC Irvine Arboretum and Plant Sale
> Fritz Haeg's Garden: Tour and Picnic
> UC Riverside Plant Transformation Research Center
> Exhibition: April 26th - May 11th
> Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12-5 p.m.
> Room Gallery, UC, Irvine
> Including work by Deena Capparelli, Fritz Haeg, Pearl Ho, Roman
> Jaster,
> Christine Nguyen, Claire Pentecost, Lisa Tucker and Claude Willey
> Exhibition Opening Reception: April 26
> Room Gallery, UC, Irvine
> 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
> Reading by Lesley Stern, UCSD
> Demonstration by Alyssa Pisano, Master Gardener
> Performance of "Food Diagnostic Activism at Home" by Pearl Ho
> Please contact Lisa Tucker at: tuckerl@uci.edu or go to
> www.foodbioneers.com for more information
> Events generously supported by the Bren Foundation, Claire Trevor
> School of the Arts, UCDarNet, UCHRI and UCIRA
> All events are free and open to the public, though reservations are
> required for the symposium and tour due to limited seating.



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