I’ve started up a new project, with the first event happening today and subsequent runs happening every two weeks.
City Lenses is a group that reads books about the city and then runs through it. The vision of the city while running is unique: closer and more intimate than via vehicle, your perspectives altered by endorphins and focus-driven seclusion. Our goal is to use this particular lens as a starting point for the critical exploration of our urban environment.
Links to the fb event and info will be on CityLens.es, and if things pan out, I hope to take what I’ve learned from this summer and write up a framework/course list for others to apply.
Hope to see you on the run!
I’m giving a short lil’ talk this Wednesday about rapid prototyping as an Interaction Designer, and what I’ve learned in the past year and a half since graduating with a Political Science specialist degree from the University of Toronto.
It’s exciting to be able to share what I’ve been learning with others entering or about to enter similar fields, and to learn from those more established (I’m by farrrrr the most junior person there). Should be a fun event, and many thanks to Margaret for inviting me to speak!
Now… to finish slides.
I was fortunate enough to attend the Adam Greenfield lecture on Elements of Networked Urbanism. Broadly speaking, he considered the city and policy from an informational standpoint. Through sensors, cameras, and APIs we’re seeing the city become porous: information flooding in and out, and a wealth of different analytical and perceptual views opened in consequence.
Greenfield spoke predominantly about the policy challenges that this kind of situation yields, and lay down key structural changes that our system of knowledge is coming up against. I have about eight pages of notes which I need to transcribe, but that’ll be another post.
The lecture included a walkshop where we wandered about a bit of downtown and gave a good hard look at the inputs, outputs, and interactions of networked urbanity.
Here is a set of photos from that trip:
Poster courtesy of Rosie Chapman-Smith at rororo.ca
We’re hosting a two day DIY music festival next weekend at Interacces Electronic Media Arts Gallery, come out and join!
Friday Sept 24th will be part of the Monome tour, featuring monome artists from Canada and the US.
Saturday Sept 25th will feature local DIY artists showing off some of their creations, talking about their work, and making you dance like nothing else.
You should come join!
Friday 24th (monome tour)9:30 Das Bass
11 Dark Seeker
11:45 The Cigarette Operahouse
1:15 - ? No Luck Club DJ Set ( No luck Dj’ing Between Set’s As Well)
Saturday 25th (Handmade/DIY night)
915 Island Dweller (Sliced Sample Classy man) http://soundcloud.com/island-dweller/
10 Sara Simms (Miss Monome DJ) http://www.sarasimms.com/
1045 Mandelbrut (Handmade Noise maestro) http://www.mandelbrut.com/
1130 Rocky G (Glitch Audio/Visual Heart throb) http://www.foolskool.com/
1215 Little Oak Animal (Ambiant Audio/Visual bliss) http://www.littleoakanimal.com/
1 Adam Ribdou (Blinky light dance off) http://www.makingthenoise.com
I had an interactive installation at the White House gallery this weekend, Saturday March 27th. Was my first piece at a gallery. Very interesting experience. Also learned an incredible amount in terms of planning, set up, and testing; ESPECIALLY for the interactive elements. The gallery was so busy earlier in the night, the these aspects became overwhelemed and I had to modify the code on the fly. Thank God you can do that to a certain extent in max/msp/jitter.
Sorry for the delay in updates (though I don’t think anyone follows this blog, since I haven’t really advertised it). Stephen McCleod, Alex Snukel, and I organized an event at Interaccess called Handmade Music Toronto.
More info will be coming as we get the website and documentaiton together; more events to come too!
Here’s a brief clip of my set with Steve.