This two-day workshop will introduce you to the basic philosophy behind transparency activism and how to accomplish it through the use of smart hacks over web platforms. Ownership, privacy and geopolitical use of data will be introduced through case histories of ethical and legal issues as well as an introduction of the main organizations and resources about Open Data.
You will learn the methodologies and mechanisms for exploring creative and unconventional uses of political data over the web. In addition, the workshop will introduce some practical tools, including simple software, coding, and other techniques and tricks to extract data from web servers.
Software that will be explored during the workshop: iMacro, Fake, Scraperwiki, Beautiful Soup, Scrapy, etc.
This weekend I have been participating at the Sensor Journalism Workshop at the Tow Center, a research initiative headed by Emily Bell at Columbia’s School of Journalism.
The discussion has been spirited and wide ranging, but personal questions I’ve come away with include: What are the politics of sampling? When does the ethical interpretation of data require an expert (or when shouldn’t it?), How is data a manifestation of values? What distinguishes participatory sensing from surveillance? How does publication change data? What would an air-to-air DIY citizen resistance drone look like?
Here is a link to the documentation of our Max/MSP Jitter Workshop in multi-channel audiovisuals.
The installation is by Crystal Butler, Todd Bryant, Kathleen Judge, Quin Kennedy, Sofia van Leeuwen, James Proctor, Yo Park, Matth Torti and Daniel Wilson.
The work is an algorithmically edited piece composed of sound and video captured from various New York City elevators. Eight channels of rhythmic audio play while four projectors cast synced video onto a 10 ft. high cube.
The Jell-O Mold Competition partnered with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center to take Jell-O on a whirlwind tour through New York City with a Jell-O Mold Workshop for high school students interested in food, design, and technology!
Student teams work with designers to develop and create molds using traditional techniques and 3-D printing technology to enter into the third annual Jell-O Mold Competition scheduled for June 25, 2011. Workshop sessions are hosted at Cooper-Hewitt, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, and Smart Design. 3D printing materials at Eyebeam were generously provided by Stratasys.
An Invitation to Debian Novice Night - December 1, 2010
It may be short notice, but if you are new to Linux, interested in Debian and live or work in the New York metro-area, check out Novice Night. It's coming up this Wednesday. Info below is from Debian-NYC.
I agreed to teach a 3 hour workshop at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program “Summer Camp for Grown Ups.” My workshop is on June 3rd and called:
Don’t be a Jerk, Share Your Code.
An introduction to the philosophy of free and open-source software development and hands on skills in how to collaborate on code using the version control software, GIT.
NYC public school students between the ages of 13–18 are invited to spend their Thursday afternoons, from 3–6PM, at Eyebeam. Each month will feature a series of free hands-on workshops, starting at 4PM, where students will have the opportunity to work with different open-source software programs as used by artists and technologists.
Thursdays in May: Electronic Music Production with Eyebeam Resident Jace Clayton Musician and writer Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) will introduce students to electronic music production and sound design using a variety of open source and inexpensive audio software. Students will learn the basics of sampling, synthesis, beat programming, and FX processing as they develop a composition of their own.
Josh took us on a whirlwind tour through the history of illegal street markings (Street Art 101), with a focus on the history of the street stencil.
Evan and James talked about how the Graffiti Research Lab was formed. They demo’d the tools they’ve developed and gave out materials to make LED Throwies. Some of Evan’s students presented their projects and/or concepts based on the work of James and Evan. We concluded with a little Throwies experiment/happening.