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Current Reblogger: Chloë Bass

Chloë Bass is an artist, curator and community organizer based in Brooklyn. She is the co-lead organizer for Arts in Bushwick (artsinbushwick.org), which produces the ever-sprawling Bushwick Open Studios, BETA Spaces, and performance festival SITE Fest, which she founded. Recent artistic work has been seen at SCOPE Art Fair, CultureFix, the Bushwick Starr Theater, Figment, and The Last Supper Art Festival, as well as in and around the public spaces of New York City. She has guest lectured at Parsons, the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, and Brooklyn College. Other moments have found her co-cheffing Umami: People + Food, a 90 person private supper club; growing plants with Boswyck Farms (boswyckfarms.org); and curating with architecture gallery SUPERFRONT (superfront.org). Chloë holds a BA in Theater Studies from Yale University, and an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) from Brooklyn College.

http://chloebass.wordpress.com


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Steve Dietz tells me there are many "new mobilities" projects in the Green Prix of the upcoming 01SJ Biennial in San Jose.

http://zero1.org/01sj/greenprix

Green Prix

Brooklyn Aeolian Ride photo by Sarah Clark

The Green Prix is series of imaginative activities that provide an opportunity for artists and the public alike to produce, participate in, and cheer on innovative projects related to eco-themed transportation. The Green Prix activities are part of the Build Your Own World theme for the 01SJ Biennial, but at its core, the Green Prix is about creative and innovative strategies for sustainable, ecological friendly, and fun modes of transportation—artful “eco-motion.” It is an opportunity for the banana-bikes, self-propelled jet packs, soapboxes, and solar cars to come out and strut their stuff in front of a cheering audience and an irreverent panel of judges who will reward the humorously wacky and seriously innovative alike. Combining the ingenuity of the Kinetic Sculpture Race with the quirkiness of the and ludicrousness of the Idiotarod and the inspirational single-mindedness of Red Bull Flugtag participants, the Green Prix will be an stimulating experience where people can re-think the means of their voyages and redefine the sustainable transportation of the future.

 
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Moveable houses.

We propose to put our future American dwellings on wheels. These retrofitted houses will flock towards downtown city cores and back. We intended to reinforce our existing highways between cities with an intelligent renewable infrastructure. Therefore our homes will be enabled to flow continuously from urban core to core.

 
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Transport is not an obvious choice for a festival theme. And transport is not easy to hack, as transport infrastructure is such large scale and can take decades to build. This makes it more of a challenge, and in a way more interesting, to run a living art lab on new mobilities.

In 2009, I did a day long workshop with the UK Government's Department of Transport and friends at the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University, where I spoke on using art-design interventions to create new perspectives on transport, as a part of a Digital Economies workshop.

 
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Of course probably the best known transport data visualisation is Flight Patterns by Aaron Koblin.

The paths of air traffic over North America visualized in color and form.

 
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The Bogotá Car Free Day has been a massive inspiration to people around the world, taking cars off the street and freeing up the city.

Currently Bogotá holds the world's largest car-free weekday event covering the entire city. The first car-free day was held in February 2000 and became institutionalised through a public referendum

 
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The Centre for Mobilties Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster University is developing with us the New Mobilities theme for FutureEverything 2011. CeMoRe studies and researches the newly emerging interdisciplinary field of 'mobilities': the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world.

 
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Toby Barnes at Mudlark has developed Chromaroma, an online multiplayer game played out as you travel the London Underground.

Chromaroma is a game that shows you your movements and location as you swipe your Oyster Card in and out of the Tube.

It connects communities of people who cross paths and routes on a regular basis, and encourages people to make new journeys and use public transport in a different way by exploring new areas and potentially using different modes of public transport.

 
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In our impact trial of OurTravel at FutureEverything 2011, we want to look at how people who take regular journeys together can create ‘social travel communities’. This has similarities to the Familiar Stranger project by Eric Paulos and Elizabeth Goodman, which was interested in how we can connect with mobile media with individuals that we regularly observe but do not interact with, on public transport or in other public places.

 
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Details on the New Mobilities theme at FutureEverything 2011 will be announced here soon.

 
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Just opened in NYC at the Center for Architecture, Our Cities Ourselves is an international traveling exhibition on the future of transport in ten major cities. It challenges 10 leading architects to envision 10 cities in 2030 centred around safe and enjoyable walking cycling and public transit.

 
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