ryan griffis
Since 2002
Works in United States of America

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BIO
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.

atc @ ucb: bruno latour monday


Ken Goldberg:


The Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium
of UC Berkeley's Center for New Media Presents:

From Object to Things: How to Represent the Parliament of Nature?
Bruno Latour, Professor and Curator, Ecole des Mines, Paris

NOTE Special Room and Time
Monday, October 17th, 101 Morgan Hall
6:30-7:30pm, Screening of Film: "Making Things Public"
7:30-9:00pm, Lecture
* Free and open to the public.

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gnom & ecolanguage update


gnomupdate.jpgtwo interesting data visualization projects that were blogged before have been updated recently: the gnom gene visualization now includes two impressive interactive prototypes that allow users to actively explore & browse through different gene functional relationships & structural descriptions, in 2D as well as in 3D.
similarly, ecolanguage now has been broadened to 7 different animated infographics (or so-called 'symbols-in-motion') that visually explain a wide range of complex subjects, such as macro-economics, elementary nature studies & 'the Bush tax cuts'. [moebio.com & ecolanguage.net]

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Cut-up.media.magazine: special issue on the art and politics of netporn


Marjan van Mourik: In cooperation with the Institute of Network Cultures, Cut-up.media.magazine (http://www.cut-up.com) has produced a special issue on the art and politics of netporn. Although a growing number of theoretical and historical porn studies have appeared over the last decades, few have focused on the analysis of netporn as complex networks and its embedment within digital media environments. By publishing five new articles based on original research online and freely accessible to all, we hope to contribute to a climate of critical research surrounding the topic of netporn.

The five new articles are: - Nishant Shah, "Playblog: Pornography, Performance, and Cyberspace"
- Manuel Bonik and Andreas Schaale, "The Naked Truth: Internet-Eroticism
and The Search"
- Bert de Muynck, "The Art of Adult Architecture or the Politics of
Pornographic Planning"
- Tim Noonan, "Netporn and the Politics of Disability: A Catalyst for
Access, Inclusion and Acceptance"
- Mireille Miller-Young, "'Because I'm Sexy and Smart!': Black Web
Mistresses Hack Cyberporn"

Publication data: "Special Issue: The Art and Politics of Netporn", ed. by Bas van Heur, Cut-up.media.magazine, issue 20 (2005).
Stable URL: http://www.cut-up.com/news/issues.php?issue=20

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"Poor Duke - he can't shoot his way out of this one."


Kevin Hamilton:
Rhizomers-

This morning, as I sat by the open window at my laptop, engrossed in a departmental email, one of my senses - sight, smell, hearing? - pricked, and I looked to the immediate right of my lap to see a large and twittery squirrel, on the sill of our screenless window. I jumped and yelled HEY, causing the contents of my coffee cup to go shooting up and over everything in sight - powerbook, papers, window. During the requisite freakout-session of careful cleaning of my laptop to keep coffee from getting inside the thing, I noticed a nut the squirrel had left behind, on the sill - he was looking for a place to stow it, I suppose.

Of course last weekend's challenging and enlightening New Forms Festival in Vancouver came to mind, where the 2005 theme was "Ecosystems." Biological metaphors are nothing new to this community or to some of the more theoretically(academically?)-minded in new media. But Niranjan Rajah and the other conference organizers put together a collection of presenters and panels that gave the subject a deep, difficult examination, unlike any I have experienced...

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Panorama Film Screening: Africa Wired at Eyebeam October 6th


Eyebeam’s Panorama Screening Series present
AFRICA WIRED:
Youth Culture, Hip Hop & Digital Culture Remixed
curated by Isolde Brielmaier and Tumelo Mosaka
7pm Thursday, October 6, 2005

Eyebeam’s Panorama Screening Series presents AFRICA WIRED: Youth Culture, Hip Hop & Digital Culture Remixed , a screening, performance and exhibition exploring the relationships between youth culture, hip hop and digital culture in Africa. Thursday October 6th at 7pm. AFRICA WIRED will feature a series of short films curated by Isolde Brielmaier and Tumelo Mosaka, with a live performance by artists Mendi and Keith Obadike. The event will conclude with a reception and live DJ. The event takes place at Eyebeam, 540 W 21st Street between 10th & 11th Aves.), and is free with a suggested donation of $5.

As part of AFRICA WIRED two new multi-media installations by the Obadikes, Internet Ikeng and The Uli Suite, will be on view in Eyebeam's exhibition space October 4-8, 12-6pm. This exhibition is open to the public free of charge.

540 W. 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
212-937-6581
www.eyebeam.org

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EVENT

GOO GONE: a People and Buildings talk, July 7


Dates:
Tue Jul 07, 2009 00:00 - Tue Jun 30, 2009

1. People and Buildings: GOO GONE

CUP's office is now located in a potential SUPERFUND SITE. Superfund is a federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country. There are over 1,331 final and proposed sites on the National Priorities List (NPL), and thousands more wait for approval. Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed adding the Gowanus Canal to this list.

Please join the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), and Urban Omnibus for a different kind of Superfund discussion. Artist Brooke Singer, advocate Anne Rabe, and historian Sarah Vogel will discuss the history of the Superfund program, the politics of designation, and the changing legal definitions of toxins, risk, and responsibility. Local experts will also give updates on the status of the Gowanus’ designation.

Anne Rabe is the BE SAFE campaign coordinator for the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice. Anne has 25 years of organizing experience on environmental and social justice issues. From 1990 to 2003, she was director and co-founder of Citizens' Environmental Coalition, a statewide grassroots organization in New York State helping communities harmed by toxic pollution and organizing campaigns on State Superfund, radioactive waste disposal, Kodak's dioxin pollution, and other issues. She has received eight state and national awards for her work.

Brooke Singer is a media artist who lives in New York City. Her work blurs the borders between science, technology, politics, and arts practices. She works across media to provide entry into important social issues that are often characterized as specialized or opaque to the general public. She is currently Assistant Professor of New Media at Purchase College, State University of New York, and co-founder of the art, technology, and activist group Preemptive Media. She recently created Superfund365, an online data visualization and communication tool that highlights 365 of the worst toxic sites across the U.S.:
http://www.superfund365.org/

Sarah Vogel is currently the Program Officer for the Environmental Health program at the Johnson Family Foundation. She received her PhD from Columbia University’s Department of Sociomedical Sciences. Her dissertation, The Politics of Plastics: The Molecular Biography of Bisphenol A, tells the history of the science and politics of this chemical, used in plastics production since the 1950s, known to have estrogen-like properties, and now found in the vast majority of American bodies. Her research and writing considers the question of how we all became a little plastic and the changing meaning of chemical risks and safety over time.

GOO GONE
Risk, Responsibility, and Toxins in the Landscape
Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 7-9 pm
The Old American Can Factory (In the courtyard, weather permitting)
232 Third St at Third Ave
Gowanus, Brooklyn
Free and open to the public, RSVP to info@anothercupdevelopment.org
Refreshments provided!

The People and Buildings series is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and by the New York Council on the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


EVENT

What Is the Sound of the War on the Poor, 4th and final installment


Dates:
Tue Jun 30, 2009 00:00 - Tue Jun 30, 2009

Dear Friends,

We have released on Public Record the fourth and final collection of one-minute audio responses to the question: What is the sound of the war on the poor? This instalment in the series features recordings from the below contributors and can be linked to directly at; http://publicrec.org/archive/2-06/2-06-005/2-06-005.html

Pablo Alvarez, Basingstoke, UK
Ava Bromberg, Los Angeles
Sean Burn, Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K.
Cassy, Berlin
William Crisp, The Heygate Estate
Elders of Zion, Milan/Seattle
Ismail Farouk, Johannesburg
GitAr, Santa Rosa, California
Susanne Lang & Franziska Frielinghaus, Berlin
Augusto Palma, Mérida, México
Andrew Poppy, London
Ilich Sabotage, Tijuana
Starry Zafara, Melbourne
T Ernest Wilbey, London
Union de Vecinos, Los Angeles

All sixty contributions are be available for free download at www.publicrec.org and are licensed under Creative Commons.

For those of you who receive the music magazine THE WIRE, you probably saw the half-page ad we placed in the June issue to publicize the series. I have attached a GIF version of the advertisement for your archive.

Thanks to everyone for contributing to the series! I welcome feedback from everyone on the overall experience of hearing the pieces and organizing your own sound of the war on the poor.

In solidarity,
Dont Rhine

U L T R A - R E D
PO Box 291578
Los Angeles, CA 90029

www.ultrared.org
www.publicrec.org
info@ultrared.org

Info Secretary Blog: blog.myspace.com/publicrec
MySpace Page: www.myspace.com/publicrec


EVENT

Calls From Home


Dates:
Tue Dec 09, 2008 00:00 - Tue Dec 02, 2008

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Thousand Kites is excited to offer community radio stations and individuals the 9th annual national radio program Calls from Home. The program features phone calls from mothers and children, brothers and grandparents, sharing the intimate power of families speaking directly to their incarcerated loved ones. Calls from Home, produced in the coalfields of central Appalachia, reaches a national network of prisoners, their loved ones and public listeners through community radio in an effort to educate the public about the criminal justice system.

GET INVOLVED with our national radio broadcast for prisoners: CALLS FROM HOME. This year there are 5 ways you can participate!

1) Help spread the word in your community about when and how to call in
2) Contact your local community radio station and ask them to broadcast CALLS FROM HOME
3) Send your shout-out to your friend or family member inside
4) Host a CALLS FROM HOME House Party and listen to the 10-minute Special Broadcast
5) If you're local in Whitesburg, stop by and help us mail postcards!

Check out the CALLS FROM HOME event page to learn more details about these 5 steps!

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Have you wanted to host a film screening of Up the Ridge, or stage a reading of the Thousand Kites play but it just seemed too hard? Well now there's help! Check out our new Facilitation Guide on our website (www.thousandkites.org) to learn the easy steps you can take to launch Thousand Kites in your community!
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How does the criminal justice system affect your community? Maybe you have been incarcerated or have a loved one who has been incarcerated. Maybe you work inside a prison. Maybe you're just concerned about the growing prison population in the United States. What do you want the public to know about your experience? What story do you have to share?

Be part of the dialogue.
Call toll-free 877-518-0606.
Share your story today.


EVENT

Public Phenomena


Dates:
Sun Oct 26, 2008 00:00 - Sun Oct 26, 2008

Dear Friends,

It has been a while since we last wrote you and we have some exciting things to report.

Temporary Services has started our own publishing house and online store: Half Letter Press. With that, we have just released our first self-published book. It is titled Public Phenomena and let us tell ya, it looks beautiful! 152 glossy full color pages. We can't wait for you to see it.

This book is the result of over ten years of photographic documentation and research on the variety of modifications and inventions people make in public. From roadside memorials to makeshift barriers, people consistently alter shared common spaces to suit their needs, or let both man-made and natural aberrations run wild. The result is a new kind of public space - with creative and inspiring moments that push past the original planned design of cities.

Images and text by: Temporary Services, Polonca Lovšin, Joseph Heathcott & Damon Rich, Boštjan Bugaric, Ana Celigoj, Maša Cvetko, Marko Horvat, Meta Kos, Darjan Mihajlović, Danijel Modrej, Maja Modrijan, and Sonja Zlobko

You can purchase the book directly from us for $15.000 using Paypal:
http://www.halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main\_page=product\_info&cPath=3&products\_id=11

Half Letter Press takes its name from the half of a "Letter"-size sheet of paper printing format that we have used for nearly ten years and 80 publications. In addition to publishing books, which will include books by other authors in the future, Half Letter Press was created to better distribute our own work and the work of other creative people whose work we admire. We have created a online store toward this end:
http://www.halfletterpress.com/store/

This endeavor is just getting started. We hope you'll check back regularly. The store is the first step in building long-term independent infrastructure for supporting the work of others. You can read more of our ideas about this here:
http://www.halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main\_page=page&id=3

Half Letter Press offers volume discounts for multiple copies of Public Phenomena. We also offer a variety of alternative payment methods including trading. Please consider telling your book and booklet-loving friends about us! If you make something you feel we should sell, or if you would like to help us distribute our new book Public Phenomena, please get in touch.

Thank you and all the best,

Temporary Services / Half Letter Press
(Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin, Marc Fischer)

Temporary Services
P.O. Box 121012
Chicago, IL 60612 USA
http://www.temporaryservices.org
servers@temporaryservices.org

http://www.halfletterpress.com


DISCUSSION

Street Level Youth Media Burns Down


The project that was initiated by Inigo Manglano-Ovalle during the 1993 seminal Culture in Action program.

Fire displaces youth media makers and residents
West Town's Street Level planning next moves

By MICAH MAIDENBERG
Editor

Web Extra!

http://chicagojournal.com/main.asp?SectionID=25&SubSectionID=55&ArticleID=6156&TM=52279.99
At least four West Town residents and a prominent youth media organization based in the neighborhood have been displaced following a major fire at 1856 W. Chicago early Sunday morning.

No one was hurt in the blaze, which drew at least 100 firefighters and multiple trucks to the block. Firefighters saved one woman from the third floor of the building, said department spokesman Richard Ricardo. He did not immediately know its cause.

The fire has left Street Level Youth Media, based in the building since 1997, with an unexpected challenge. Manwah Lee, executive director of the organization, said the space is unusable. Staffers are currently sifting through the wreckage.

"It's not only a resource for young people, but a resource for the community," Lee said. "It's a great loss for all of us."

She estimated a minimum loss of $150,000 in production equipment, computers, office supplies and furniture.

The group's programming has been affected. An after-school initiative called Neutral Ground-which offered a computer lab, free Internet access and drew an average of 35 students a day to the building's storefront-is shuttered. A lab used for math tutoring and community events is ruined.

Other programs are continuing elsewhere. An audio and radio production course have relocated to a nearby music studio. Programs run at various Chicago Public Schools locations haven't been affected either, Lee said.

Lee said the organization is trying to determine if they'll be able to reopen on in their longtime location on Chicago Avenue or whether the organization will move elsewhere.

"We're optimistic about moving forward and rebuilding," Lee said.

Street Level Youth Media was founded in West Town in 1993 and provides media and technology education for young people from across the city. A fall course schedule posted online shows radio, audio and television production classes, and even a DJ workshop. The group has a bevy of partnerships with various non-profits, public schools, city agencies and arts organizations.

Paul Tereul, a director at Columbia College's Center for Community Arts Partnerships and a co-founder of Street Level, said the group has an important place in the youth media scene in Chicago. The group opened one of Chicago's first free internet cafes back in the 1990s, he said, and teachers from the organization have spun off new groups like Co-op Image and Free Spirit Media.

"It's going to take help and effort of a lot of people out there," he said. "It's more than just material things burned. The youth in hood do not have a center to go."

Lee said after clean-up and salvage, Street Level will approach funders and supporters about grants and next steps. Those wishing to contribute to the organization can mail donations to 1856 W. Chicago or call Lee at 773-862-5331. Their Web site, www.street-level.org, has an online donation option.

"It's definitely one of the biggest challenges," the group has faced, Lee said. "It's hard to compare this to anything else."

Contact: mmaidenberg@chicagojournal.com