Archive for October 11th, 2011

October 11, 2011

OWS Images/Inspirations

by StefiaMadelyne

October 11, 2011

Creators Project This Weekend in DUMBO

by Tom Tenney

Yet another amazing looking event, going on all weekend in DUMBO.  You have to RSVP to attend, and oddly you can only register to go Saturday or Sunday, not both days.  I’m going on Saturday and flyering the bejeezus out of the place for my own festival the next weekend.  This isn’t as DIY as something like Maker Faire, but there are some incredible things going on.  Check it out:

From the site:

This year we’re hosting an unforgettable art and technology festival in DUMBO, Brooklyn on October 15 &16th.

All year long we’ve been working with Creators of all kinds on the development of new Studio works and debuting them at our international events, starting with Coachella this April and, most recently, in Seoul and Beijing. Some of the artworks have traveled the globe all summer, like the final adaptation of UVA’s audio-visual sculpture, with a soundtrack by composer Scanner, which will be the largest responsive work ever created by the UK based artists. We’ll also be showing Jonathan Glazer, J. Spaceman, Undisclosable and One of Us’s immersive sound installation, Mick Rock and Barney Clay’s David Bowie transfiguration and Quayola’s latest work, Strata #4. We’ll also be unveiling installations from a few incredible artists discovered via our Gallery and premiering the interactive works from our Art Hack Weekend winners.

On Saturday, there will be dozens of live music performances from bands like Florence + the MachineA$AP Rocky,Atlas SoundCompany FlowFour Tet and John Maus, to name a few. There will also be a slew of DJ sets, including the triumphant return of Justice, who will be playing their first NYC DJ set in two years, Juan MacLean, one of the most notorious artists on the DFA roster, as well as Nic Thorburn from the beloved indie-pop band Islands and the electronic duo The Golden Filter.

To cap it all off, we’ll also be screening films over the weekend including Art of Flight, the latest daredevil snowboarding action sports film from Curt Morgan (Brain Farm) and pro-boarder Travis Rice (produced by Red Bull Media House), Spike Jonze and Arcade Fire‘s Scenes from the Suburbs and Peng Lei’s Follow Follow.

The event will be free and open to the public, though RSVP is mandatory and all venues will be subject to capacity regulations. In addition to the two outdoor stages and an indoor DJ hub, there will be a plethora of food and beverages from the Brooklyn Flea and a host of major art installations and films spread out over 11 different venues in DUMBO. Take the East River Ferry directly to Brooklyn Bridge Park for easy access to the event.

We’ve already told you that we’re debuting Karen O‘s mysterious and seductive psycho-opera Stop the Virgens—an assault on the tragic joys of youth. As our only ticketed performance, tickets are quickly selling out. For ticket information visit St. Ann’s Warehouse.

October 11, 2011

Blogging Dissent

by StefiaMadelyne

Making our Voices Heard:  This is GrassRoots movement and it’s only just beginning!

We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we’re working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.

Brought to you by the people who occupy wall street. Why will YOU occupy?

Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves

October 11, 2011

“Do you really need a power drill, or you just need a hole in the wall?”

by Ariana Stolarz

This year’s PSFK Conference in San Francisco brought together an interesting blend of speakers to discuss issues in innovation, design, creativity and communal participation. In a nutshell, three memes surfaced throughout the day: the ideas of 1) Purpose—as in always design with a purpose, 2) Perspectives—in contrast to mono-cultural views, and 3) Commons—as in disperse but together we can build trust, facilitate sharing, and enable community.

Following up on some of the concepts discussed by Caroline Woolard in class ( and Trade School), Micki Krimmel, founder of NeighborGoods, shook the crowd most eloquently:  “Do you really need a power drill, or you just need a hole in the wall?”—A shocking fact: the average lifetime usage of a household power drill is only twelve minutes. (Check Noah’s post, published on 10/4!).

Joe Gebbia, Co-founder behind Airbnb, also talked about collaborative consumption and the role of the middleman. Most discussions (and Botsman and Rogers’ What’s Mine is Yours) agree that collaborative consumption examples share another common element: direct links between producers and consumers, bypassing the middleman.  However, what if we see these practices as the emergence of a new middleman? Airbnb intermediations present new characteristics, for sure. Yet, these new middlemen are in essence, connectors between a mutuality of wants and lacks.  What’s different this time is not just a matter of scale. The Internet’s architecture is designed to enable collaboration between non-related human beings who don’t even share a common locale. New notions of trustbetween strangers amend old definitions of collaboration, in particular, the idea that rules could mainly be enforced within tight circles of friends, families and acquaintances. As discussed in class, today’s examples of collaborative consumption, where reviews and ratings are published for the rest world to see, represent repeated plays of the prisoner’s dilemma. In other words, the incentives for defectors to pursue their goals are low when compared with the risks associated with being excluded from the game. (Airbnb is now offering professional photography to help make renting out your space even easier, and also as part of the verification of a property. Read more here).

Gerald Richard’s talk was unquestionably captivating. Gerald is the founder of 826 National, a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. Its main goal is to foster literacy among kids. In Gerald’s own words, “It’s not home. It’s not school. It’s a place that kids own”.

Gerald shared this video with the audience:

More about 826National…

October 11, 2011

Occupy Wall Street – Photos/Interviews

by Nick Brewer

I took a trip down to Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park yesterday afternoon. Much like Tom did at Maker Faire, I recorded several interviews and took some photographs of the environment. I went into it looking for a DIY angle, but it was immediately clear that EVERYTHING down there is DIY. They have created their own society and rules to help keep the movement growing, they have set up a library, talks are given, an art space has been set up, etc. I kept thinking about the theater of the oppressed as I made my way through the very small area these people are holding as their own for the time being.

Below are some interviews I conducted, along with some photos… I’m not trying to make a statement on the actual event itself, but I know for a fact that sometime soon we’ll see a really good anthropological study done on this group. I’ll also be bringing in 2 copies of the “Occupy Wall Street Journal” during class today. Take a look at them (one in english, the other spanish) either before or after the presentation.

Ed Needham was manning the media/communications table and explained to me the basic philosophy behind the movement, their plans for the future, and the way the park has set up their own community.

Lydia Bell & Drey Demira are two people demonstrating at the park. Drey has been staying on and off for about a week and Lydia had a gigantic American flag that was being sewn back together in the park. (My observation that there was something deeply symbolic of having a group of people quite literally sew the American flag back together was not lost on her)

Here is a short piece featuring several people explaining the jobs they have been doing around the demonstration. It seemed like many just picked up a position where one was needed, but not everybody is chipping in.

October 11, 2011

DIY OMG… Identifying the Motives Behind DIY Practices

by Lily Antflick

While surfing and tumbling the Internet, I came across one of my favorite blogs which featured an ad on the top of the screen with a bunch of DIY tutorials. It included photos explaining how to tie your own tie, knit your own sweater and more. It made me laugh.
I think it’s great that the world is embracing the whole DIY trend within the field of the arts, home repair, publishing, gastronomy etc. but I wonder about the motives which people have when undertaking such DIY activities. Is this just another cultural trend or are people embracing the DIY movement as a source of ecological resourcefulness and self-sufficiency?

In his book, “Click: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why It Matters”, author Bill Tancer reports that “How to” queries represent nearly 3% of all US search queries, making it the most common search question. The DIY movement owes its popularity to the accessibility of the Internet. Websites like Etsy have figured out a way to monetize this trend by encouraging people to make their own products and crafts and providing a platform for sales. The Internet serves as an ideal platform for individuals to learn how to ‘do it themselves’ and for amateur artists and creators to exhibit their work.

The DIY ethic promotes individuals to be self-reliant by completing tasks and creating objects that they would normally rely on others for. Due to the broad nature of the term, which includes everything from home improvement to creative endeavors, it is important to identify why people want to engage in DIY activities in the first place. Central to the DIY ethic is the empowerment of individuals and communities, encouraging the employment of alternative approaches when faced with bureaucratic or societal obstacles. Many of the initiatives which we have explored in class fall under this category and carry some sort of political charge or larger social benefit. However, it is questionable whether the DIY empowerment ethic is present when engaging in any DIY activity (specifically those arts & crafts related activities which I came across online) or whether it is often realized as more of an after-thought.
It seems that the latter is more often the case.

The Internet recently taught me how to knit. After several attempts, once I got the basic knit stitch down, I was rewarded with an article of clothing and a sense of accomplishment. This activity is more of a source of amusement than a political act. I don’t engage in such activities to defy or boycott mainstream clothing manufacturers, rather it is a hobby which intrinsically motivates me. My suspicion is that the majority of DIY activities that are so incredibly hyped-up today share similar intentions.

Whether we like it or not, ‘DIY’ has become a buzz word in contemporary vocabulary and as we so often hear the term repeated, it is important to note the motivations and intentions behind these practices to better understand the differing impetus for ‘doing it yourself’.