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.

urbanhermes fashion display

urbanhermes.jpgan augmented messenger bag that aims to incorporate the expressive signals of electronic display into the material-based environment of physical fashion. the bag is able to change its dynamic display within the context of its social environment, providing versatile means for 'face-to-face signaling'.
the images are designed to be temporary: with each change-of-hands the image quality successively degrades. each image remembers its history, triggering any nearby ones if they share the same source. the goal of this wearable display is to accelerate the physical fashion cycle, facilitating more meaningful representions of self-identity. see also public fashion orchestra & illuminated clothing & wearable data architecture for similar concepts. [mit.edu|via unige.ch]


XPod a human activity

Tim Finin of UMBC points to a paper on XPOD as a prototype portable music player that can sense a user's context -- what she is doing, her level of activity, mood, etc. -- and that to refine its playlist. The device monitors several external variables from a streaming version of the BodyMedia SenseWear to model the user's context and predict the most appropriate music genre via a neural network.

[thank you Tim !!]


Viral Tracking

This is scary and annoying. This company has a service called The Viral Chart where marketing and advertising videos distributed on the internet for "viral marketing" purposes have a little "sprite" embedded in them that "phones home" over the network, even if you're just watching the file locally on your computer, and tells them whenever you play the file. (So they can track how well the campaign is working, see?) Ok, so, from now on whenever you watch something on your computer, ipod, whatever, discconnect it from the internet, or else open up the file with quicktime pro or whatever...


Floating Points 3: Ubiquitous Computing, Spring 2006


Floating Points 3: Ubiquitous Computing February 8 and March 15, 2006 Emerson College and Live Online

Emerson College and New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc./Turbulence.org announce a new speaker series, "Floating Points 3" [FP3] that will address the subject of "Ubiquitous Computing" or "Ubicomp", where computing and wireless capabilities are so integrated into the fabric of everyday life (clothing, cars, homes, and offices) that the technologies recede into the background and become indistinguishable from everyday activities.

[FP3] will consist of two moderated panel discussions, one on February 8 and the other on March 15. The first will focus on artist-thinkers who work collaboratively with research teams--including scientists--to produce environments and systems that respond to the human presence; it will include Mark Goulthorpe, Susan Kozel and Chris Salter. For the second panel, we have invited artist-thinkers who question and confront the ongoing development of technical objects and work creatively to subvert them, for instance, the ever-enlarging practice of surveillance and data mining. Our guests will be Adam Greenfield, Beatriz da Costa and Brooke Singer (Preemptive Media), and Michelle Teran.


Just opened: "Intersections" curated by Myron Turner

Just opened ...

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This exhibition begins with the experience of sitting in front of the monitor and looking out into the vast culture of possibility offered to us by the Internet. On the one hand it is external to us, what's out "there" on the net. On the other hand, it's inside us, the imagined space of the network. It's like being at the center of a cosmic architecture that is at once chaotic and highly organized and which we can know only in fragments. All of the works in this exhibition, which range from the witty to the hypnotic, either communicate or arise from this sense of the Internet.

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