Archive for October 3rd, 2011

October 3, 2011

RE/Mixed Media Festival Needs Volunteers!

by Tom Tenney

Hey everyone – just wanted to give you a heads up that the second annual RE/MIxed Media Festival is right around the corner (October 22nd) and we really need volunteers!  We’re generally asking people to do 3 or 4 hour shifts, and then you have the rest of the day to enjoy the festival for free!  The full schedule will be announced this week, but check out the artist bio page on the site, if you want to get an idea of the kinds of things that will be going on.

Jobs that we’re looking for people to cover range from very general to very specific, from skilled to unskilled, so there’s really something for everyone.  To give you an idea of the kinds of things you might be doing, here’s a sampling of the volunteer job list:

  • Manning registration table
  • Bar tending
  • Managing the installation and performance spaces
  • Collecting email addresses
  • Managing communication between the two spaces and between me and the festival coordinator
  • Wrangling talent and getting them to the right place.
  • Manning the streaming video cams
You get the idea.  If any of you have the bandwidth to help out, please email Krystal Bowden, our volunteer coordinator, at krystal@remixedmedia.org.  Definitely let her know you’re a classmate of mine, as well as how much time you can donate, and any preferences of duties.   If you have any questions, go ahead and post them in comments, or just ask me in class 🙂   Thanks!
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October 3, 2011

Art Activism in Jersey City’s Powerhouse Arts District

by Edmund Kasubinski

Downtown Jersey City’s “powerhouse arts district” is a section of town that used to be filled with active warehouses and industries and is now becoming a gentrified residential neighborhood.  The original intention of this particular section was affordable studio spaces for artists, as the name suggests.  Inevitably, the neighborhood, which is getting more and more recognition, is becoming the destination for high rise condominiums and storefronts.  Right now there’s pretty much just a cafe and a dog grooming parlor among the artist studios and apartments.  The area still looks like a ghost industry town, except with cars parked on every street.

There is a neighborhood group called the PADNA (Powerhouse Arts District Neighborhood Association) that meets to help keep the neighborhood in control of its inhabitants.

Also there are local artists, who are against the commercial influence coming into the district.  Last weekend, I saw a sort of DIY activist art project at a site that is planned to have a high rise building built.  From what I understand it was originally intended to be a park.  Here’s some photos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 3, 2011

Freecycle

by rygielia

The readings this past week reminded me of a wonderful service called Freecycle. I never cease to be amazed by the things you can find posted and for no cost at all. Each local group is run by volunteers who are passionate about seeing everyday objects reused instead of cluttering up our landfills. Register today to find a group near you.

Freecycle.org

October 3, 2011

Guerilla Crochet

by stephaniecorleto

Last night, Artist Olek covered the Alamo sculpture with her signature crochet. She even posted a video of the late night escapade.

October 3, 2011

Ignite NYC

by Nick Brewer

5 minutes and 20 slides rotating automatically in front of NYC’s brightest geeks, what would you say? For nearly two years Ignite NYC has cultivated a vibrant community of artists, technologists, thinkers, tinkerers, and personalities to connect, develop new relationships and projects, and answer this challenge. Enlighten us, but make it quick!

Ignite NYC 13 @ Web 2.0 Expo New York
Monday, Oct 10th,2011 – 7:00PM
The Metropolitan Ballroom, Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
811 7th Avenue 53rd Street, NY

October 3, 2011

say something nice

by noah

For an alternative peek at the possibilities of public theatre I enjoy keeping tabs on New York’s own Improv Everywhere, a diy prank collective which gathers support for their events via online newsblasts and facebook events. To date, they have caused over one-hundred scenes and enriched the lives of thousands. Above is a brief video documenting their project “Say Something Nice” in which they attached a megaphone to a podium fixing the instructional sign [look]. The piece was moved throughout Manhattan, but this video of Union Square so quickly re-purposes a place of transit towards a place of appreciation. Certainly some of the most beautiful moments I could hope to witness in this city. Enjoy!