E-Flux : Projects - East.Art.Map online
E-flux is presenting East.Art.Map online, an online mapping project of Eastern Europe's art history. In response to how Western art and artists, such as Joseph Beuys, are easily woven into networks of other art and artists, the East.Art.Map attempts to create a similar network for Eastern artists. Eastern art has been largely "transparent" to the point that it "simply does not exist". Through interaction and personal recognition, referential mapping of the Eastern art history can be established by any one (after a review by panelists).
Big Wi-Fi Project for Philadelphia
An article in the New York Times reports a Big Wi-Fi Project for Philadelphia within the next two years. Sections of New York are this way, but having an entire city is the next step. Critics of the plan say that there is not enough demand for wireless in Philly. I say, built it and they will come.
[update: we're now mirroring the DissensionConvention here.]
[on his blog, see also this unrelated, but intriguing post about the "killer phone number" urban legend in Nigeria...]
Christian Nold Interaction Design RCA
Christian Nold Interaction Design RCA allows the late nights of derive-hungry psychogeographers the opportunity to create their own virtual adventures. This quick download reveals the potential for a viewer to dictate the potential happenings in spaces, but also to see the variety of gatherings for a single place.
The programming might be of interest for the technology gurus reading this, simply because the program is quasi-tracking/voyerism/technology driven. What can you see and predict for a place in a digitally rendered world? How much detail do you want to know, or how fast do you want the new scenarios to take place? Could new scenarios be made with GPS/Bluetooth phones or GPS JPEG images? Each of the aspects are pieces to a whole program that delivers predictable results, but in being a compilation the results keep the viewer/participant engaged.
For the not-so-technology driven readers (my group), this simple program allows an interaction with a space that has obvious limits due to it's digital nature, yet it retains enough allure to keep us clicking away. I do not really know what all the possibilities are for this program, but if I feel the need to people watch at 3am, Christian Nold Interaction Design RCA allows me to dictate the crowds.
David Crawford / SMS - Tokyo
David Crawford's SMS - Tokyo considers the subway "as a stage upon which social dynamics and individual behavior are increasingly mediated by digital technology."