Archive for ‘Events’

February 6, 2012

Realizing Empathy: An Inquiry into the Meaning of Making

by Nick Brewer

This is a pretty unique way to take a look at the process of making. That the process of creation, whatever the medium is the ability to empathize with the materials and people who will be interacting with it.

From the author Slim:

It is a book about how making works (as a process), what it means (to make something), and why it matters (to our lives). One of the central theme is the relationship between the act of empathizing with the act of making.

If you feel like donating to his kickstarter campaign, the address is

January 26, 2012

Art Hack Day

by Nick Brewer

This seems like a really fun event for makers and artists alike in the NYC area. They are also promoting participation by putting the hacks online during the event.

Art Hack Day is an event dedicated to cracking open the process of art-making, with special reverence toward open-source technologies. Between January 26 – January 28, artists and collaborators will inhabit 319 Scholes to create and explore the participatory nature of technology, bringing together hackers whose medium is art and artists whose medium is technology. The event will be streamed to online audiences, who will be encouraged to participate through various platforms to be listed soon on the website. Visitors are invited to engage and interact with the projects online throughout the hack, as well as join the teams on Saturday night for a closing exhibition, live performances, and a massive party.

– Hacking begins Thurs Jan 26, 7pm –
– Live-streaming tour of the event Friday Jan 27 3pm –
– Exhibition open to the public Sat Jan 28 7pm –
– Live performances & party open to the public Sat Jan 28 9pm –
– @319 Scholes St, Brooklyn (3 blocks off Montrose stop on the L) –

January 23, 2012

DIY Days

by Nick Brewer

Saturday, March 03, 2012 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

DIY Days is a traveling incubator of creative entrepreneurs. The daylongevent consists of talks, workshops, intimate chats, and networking focusedon new models of funding, storytelling, distribution, and discovery.DIY Days have been held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, New York,and Philadelphia. In 2011, it went global, with events in Barcelona, London,Singapore, Seoul, and Hong Kong.

For more information visit

November 15, 2011

dinner & a show

by noah

Wednesday night I’m hosting a FMLY dinner & a show in Bushwick and thought it’d be so nice to extend the invitation to this blog and the class. Dinner & a Show is a series my friends and I began in Los Angeles over the summer, and it has since extended into Brooklyn, Eau Claire (Wisconsin), and hopefully beginning real soon in Philly and Boston. The driving theme is to allow aural interaction to merge with the most pleasant of senses, and develop community outside of the codified space of venues whether they be corporate sponsored or an active diy loft space. These dinners are not meant to happen solely for the sake of pleasure, but to provide a means of intimate exchange [and a cushion for gas funds] for our friends that are on tour. Some folks who have joined us along the way have been Foxes in Fiction (Toronto), Candy Claws (Colorado), Yohuna (Wisconsin), Cloud Nothings (Ohio), and so many more buds.

My friends Hear Hums are on tour, coming from Gainesville, Florida, and this seems like the most appropriate way to welcome them back to Brooklyn. Also playing is Emily Reo and the Spookfish who has been traveling through Asia & Europe for the last few years in addition to a stint as Grouper‘s choirboy for a project in Portland. Before all of the music begins I’ll also present my workshop, Writing Home, and collect the first of many rounds of postcards. Needless to say I can not wait. I’ll be cooking all vegetarian and vegan friendly foods, and invite you to bring anything that you would like as well! Here is the facebook event with all of the info you’ll need ❤

And here’s a video that my Florida FMLY put together in promotion of the new Hear Hums album… Mitch and Kenzie are honestly some of the most incredible sound-makers I've ever met and the sweetest friends one could ask for. I really hope that some of you can share this experience, it's going to be a truly unique night.

November 11, 2011

Make Your Own Damn Movie!

by Tom Tenney

Hey everyone,

One of the legends of DIY filmmaking, Lloyd Kaufman, is doing a talk next Tuesday at SVA entitled “Make Your Own Damn Movie!”  For those aren’t familiar with Troma films, Kaufman is the genius behind such masterpieces as The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Sgt. Kabukiman, Terror Firmer and dozens others.  The talk is from 6:30-8:00, so you’ll probably have to leave a few minutes early to get to class in time, but I’m sure it will still be well worth it.  Here’s all the details:

Calling all aspiring filmmakers! We’re looking forward to seeing you at next Tuesday’s seminar with Lloyd Kaufman.  Be sure to RSVP at You can also reach us or 212.686.5005.

Make Your Own Damn Movie!

Just because you own a Flip and Final Cut Pro doesn’t mean you can make a movie anybody wants to see. To learn how it’s done, don’t miss the opportunity to hear from low-budget movie king Lloyd Kaufman, who runs Troma Entertainment, the longest-running independent film studio in the U.S.  Mr. Kaufman has produced and directed over 25 movies, including the popular hits:Tromeo and Juliet and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. Directors Quentin Tarantino and Peter Jackson cite Kaufman’s cult fave The Toxic Avenger as a major influence on their work.

Lloyd Kaufman, President and Co-Founder, Troma Entertainment

Presented with the Film, Video and Animation Department at SVA. 

Book signing of Sell Your Own Damn Movie! and Make Your Own Damn Movie! follows the discussion. 

WHEN: Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

WHERE: School of Visual Arts Theater, 333 West 23rd Street (8th and 9th Aves.)

October 26, 2011

‘Elf Girl’ Book Release Party Tonight!

by Tom Tenney

Of all the people I know, I think Rev Jen Miller best personifies the DIY ethic, aesthetic and lifestyle.  Performer, prophet, painter, preacher poet – The Village Voice voted her the Best DIY Go-Girl Over 21 in 2002, and I know some of you caught her reading at the RE/Mixed Media Festival kickoff party last Friday.  Tonight she is celebrating the release of her 3rd published book, Elf Girl (Simon & Schuster) at 10 pm at Bowery Poetry Club.   I can’t recommend this event highly enough, as there will be performances by some of the best DIY (and some not so DIY) downtown artists like Hi Christina, Jonathan Ames, Sean T. Hanratty and several others.   I will be there dressed as the door to room 6 of the Midway Motel in Pennsylvania – a reference to one of her stories in the book – and other costumes and weirdness will, I’m sure, abound.  It’s free and my guess is it will be fairly packed, so get there early.  Hope some of you can make it!

October 26, 2011

Open City Dialogue @ Pete’s Candy Store

by Nick Brewer

Open City Dialogue  (OCD) is a bi-monthly lecture series unraveling on alternating Mondays in the backroom of Pete’s.  Short (35-40 minute) lectures are woven together from the common thread of people’s obsessions, with guests coming from all over Greater New York.  Whether academic or crackpot; celebrated or unsung, our lecturers all have something to tell you…
Lectures are on Mondays at 7:30pm

The one coming up that I expect to be packed but looks really interesting is Posterboy on December 12th.

NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND: Re- purposing NYCʼs adscape w/ Posterboy#

Street artist Posterboy covertly reconfigures NYC subway ads into eye-popping collages that poke fun at Big Brother and consumptive celebrity culture. Posterboy will be on hand to discuss his work, process and how making subversive art can land you in Rikers.

October 25, 2011

Design with the Other 90% Exhibit

by Lily Antflick

Design with the Other 90%: CITIES presented by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is currently on view at the United Nations.

I highly recommend checking it out as the exhibit presents innovative social and environmental design solutions to severe problems facing many poor and marginalized communities around the world. The exhibit displays the recent trend in the field of Design toward identifying urban global issues and alleviating them with the limited resources available.

A couple of case studies stood out pertaining to DIY practices, specifically, COOPA-ROCA which is an initiative in Rochina, Brazil, focused on activities with groups of women, generating a small production force aimed at developing decorative craftwork products by reviving traditional Brazilian craft techniques such as drawstring appliqué, crochet, knot work and patchwork. The Favela Painting project in Rio is also a unique DIY art project in which a Dutch Design Firm decided to brighten up a local slum by having community members paint it. The Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn started developing the idea of creating community-driven art interventions in Brazil in 2006. Their efforts yielded two murals which were painted in Rio’s most notorious slum, in collaboration with local youth. The artworks received widespread coverage and have become points of pride and gratification both in the community and throughout Rio.

Check out the entire exhibit on view at the UN until January 9, 2012 (it’s free!)


October 21, 2011

Valpo Surf Project Silent Auction Tomorrow

by Edmund Kasubinski

A friend of mine helped start this unique DIY initiative in Chile.  The Valpo Surf Project is a program designed to teach surfing to underprivileged folks in Chile.  Even though a city like Valparaiso is near a beautiful, surfable ocean, the high cost of surfing equipment keeps its citizens from enjoying such a hobby/sport.

From the website:

In Valparaiso, a city comprised of homes built on the hills surrounding an industrial port, there is a disconnect between its youthful inhabitants and the ocean. Although most see the ocean everyday of their lives, many of the city’s youth have never had the opportunity to experience the Pacific Ocean and Chile’s beaches. We wanted to create a way that Valparaiso’s disconnected youth could learn to engage with and protect the local marine environment.

The resulting idea evolved into the Valpo Surf Project, a community organization that engages its young participants with the surrounding marine environment through weekly surf outings and focus on fostering three distinct components: personal character development, environmental consciousness, and English language education.

And every so often the folks at Valpo take their initiative to the Big City to hold a well-organized fundraiser such as this weekend’s silent auction.  Here’s a link to the event:

3rd Annual NYC Silent Auction at Crop to Cup

For 25 bucks you get beer, wine, snacks, and door prizes, plus a chance to bid (silently) on some local art; plus you contribute to a good cause.

I’ll be stopping in tomorrow for a bit, maybe I’ll see you there!

October 18, 2011

autonomous accredition

by noah

Wednesday night I took the opportunity to sit in on an incredibly intimate discussion titled “An Autonomous Alternative Accreditation Agency” led by a young Syracuse professor Thomas Gokey. The general idea of accreditation being restricted to universities is a myth so rarely questioned with such constructive criticism, and the two hours spent on our hands and knees scrubbing towards a collective yellow brick road was oh so satisfying. Before recapping the discussion it should briefly be said that developing an autonomous accreditation system is, simply said, dreaming up how to integrate a formalized education with the practice of everyday life. It is a move towards understanding academics as life and life as academics, making clear that our knowledge is extended into all that we do. Majorly, this move also invalidates the role of high tuition universities and allows for education to reflect classic equality. It is not the hope to see these institutions shut down, but rather become a democratic force than a job coupled with debt machine. Since 1978 tuition in America has raised 900% as universities have adapted into the role of banks, and if we do not collectively conceptualize a new form of education then tomorrow we won’t be able to afford the time we wasted today.

In introducing his own reimagination Thomas shared how Mozilla has embraced a network of merit badges [more info] among software developers. These merit badges can be collected from anywhere on the internet to share a history of what one knows and has achieved, adding a little prestige to one’s digital endeavors depending on the reputations of their parenting firm. Now what if we applied a similar model to our physical communities? In a reputation economy no two badges are created equal, and badges are assessed in a network of trust and reputation. Achieving badges is comparable to building a portfolio, and this portfolio of scholarship will eventually become a degree. For the remainder of the discussion we shared ideas concerning free schools and ivy league community colleges, and we eventually shared #occupytogether stories. The occupation in Los Angeles launched a free school this week, curated by Antioch’s Urban Sustainability Program and faculty of UCLA. When asking students in NYC if they have even been able to visit our #occupywallst there are frequently “no’s” excusing the experience with either school or work to pay for school when this is a moment in history affecting the way the symbolic order of the everyday is acknowledged.

A theme I’ve taken to this is a notion of time and control. What is the necessity for stabilization, homogenization through fundamentals, and the breaking of the individual spirit? Education is a pursuit of knowledge and a self-discovery in comprehensiveness, of practice, and of understanding. Let’s reflect that appropriately.

October 17, 2011

Participatory Learning…Virtually.

by alexandrakellyg

Josephine Dorado is a professor at Parsons and an expert in the field of “creative collaboration and theatrical performance in virtual worlds.”  I attended her demonstration on Participatory Learning Through Performance at MobilityShifts on Saturday afternoon.  Dorado explored, most specifically, improvisational dance in the virtual world of Second Life as a tool for participatory learning.  I must admit…I’ve always been a Second Life skeptic.  This is partially why I chose to attend this demonstration.  How does Second Life work?  What is the appeal of using my computer to transport me away from my immediate environment into an atmosphere of aliases that interact in real time?  What makes this virtual world of improvisational dance more fascinating and effective then my neighborhood contact dance group?

Photo credit:  Josephine Dorado

The demonstration displayed Second Life aliases (including Dorado’s alias) dancing to music that was being mixed by a DJ in the physical Orientation Room at Parsons.  The physical audience could sometimes be seen on a big screen within the virtual world.  We could watch ourselves watching the dancers.  The dancers performed many moves which seem physically impossible in real life; such as rapid fire upside down splits.  At one point, colorful ribbons were received by the dancers as props to use in interaction or alone on a corner of the floor.

A photograph I took at the demonstration - Josephine Dorado at center

The element of individual ‘choice’ and experimentation is still very much alive in the virtual world, but it seems less intimidating to choose to approach another dancer on the virtual floor then on the physical floor.  In Augusto Boal’s approach to participatory learning through improvisational performance, he gradually works with people to allow them to slowly start to grow into their own bodies and connect with other bodies onstage; at their own pace.  In Second Life’s dance world, there seems to be a much lower threshold to full body participation and collaboration, right from the beginning.  It is not as intimidating to throw your body onto a virtual dance floor, but in what ways does that test your comfort zone?  What does “embarrassment,” “shyness,” or “tentativeness” feel like online as opposed to on Boal’s stage?  And, what sense of accomplishment does a person feel when they have worked through Boal’s exercises (mistakes and all!) as opposed to ribbon dancing for twenty minutes with a group of anonymous people from around the world?

I left Dorado’s demonstration – my first official viewing of Second Life on a screen – feeling even more curious about this new notion of participatory learning through improvisation.  It tests many of my own definitions (mainly those formed through personal experience) of what performance is and what it does to inspire dialogue and create community.  Boal’s theater inspires community dialogue and individual senses of agency.  What are the post-effects of an online dance collaboration on a virtual community and within the physical lives of the people on their computers?

October 17, 2011

Publishing Disruptions at Mobility Shifts

by Lily Antflick

This past Friday, I was pleased to attend the panel discussion entitled ‘Publishing Disruptions: Extra-Institutional Publishing Tools’ which was conducted as part of the Mobility Shifts Conference. The panel was moderated by Morgan Currie, of the Institute of Network Cultures and included, Sam Gould of Publication Studio, Amanda Hickman of Document Cloud, Michael Mandiberg of Floss Manuals and Simon Worthington from Mute Magazine.

Each member of the panel presented their individual domains and organizations which share similar philosophies in regard to open-access and publishing as a social practice.
The panel introduced multiple newly-invented platforms for authors who are interested in publishing outside of traditional academic infrastructures, demonstrating that the act publishing can also be seen as a critique of existing institutions and copyright licensing.

Michael Mandiberg discussed Floss Manuals, a collection of manuals about free and open source software, encouraging open-source publishing as a technical and social practice.
Mandiberg discusses Collaborative Futures, a book which he worked on that was created during a ‘Booksprint’ (where many contributors come together for a few days and collaborate on a book.) Floss Manuals has a ‘remix’ option where the public can actually change/add to a book once it is formed. Mandiberg sees the hard copy as an artifact of the digital version which is constantly changing. This problematizes the notion of the book as a fixed entity by encouraging constant feedback, editing and alterations. Here, the book can never really be seen as a finished product, but rather, a malleable object which the public can engage with and adapt.

Sam Gould discussed Publication Studio, a Portland-based laboratory for publication which prints and binds books on demand. The most pertinent message of Gould’s address was his explanation of how PS does so much more than merely the production of books, but more importantly is concerned with the creation of a public. Through a consortium of studios, commissions, artists, authors, etc., PS creates a space for public collaboration. Publication Studio thus offers an expanded notion of what publication can mean, book publishing here is a social act which agitates for dialogue and as a result, forms a public around it.

Both of these speakers’ initiatives complicate traditional academic infrastructures by introducing alternative modes of publishing and collaborative pedagogy. This is central to the DIY ethic which proposes the creation of a new discourse, fracturing authority and encouraging openness, public interaction and individual agency.

October 16, 2011

Scrapyard Challenge at MobilityShifts

by Farah

When I signed up for the Scrapyard Challenge workshop at MobilityShifts, I took to heart the organizers’ claim that no electronics experience would be necessary to participate. Although I’m completely clueless in that department, I wanted to give it a go anyway in the DIY spirit of the class. Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Katherine Moriwaki conduct these workshops all over the world where they have participants take old electronics and other “junk” and use the parts to make something new. For this one, we were making simple sound machines.

I had expected the workshop to be more instructional, but its loose structure actually works in its favor. Rather than a complete step by step tutorial, we were given a brief lesson on how electronic switches work and how we could make our own; then, the workshop leaders essentially let us have at the table of junk. I wrote in my reading reflection paper about Vygotsky’s ideas on the importance of play for the development of children and mentioned that I thought workshops like the Scrapyard Challenge sounded like a good example of that for adults. Sure, you can probably teach people (or teach yourself) how to hack electronics through classroom style lessons. It’s more fun to learn by playing, which for me ended up being trying and failing and trying again.

A friend had given me an old boombox to work with, and a trash artist named Todd helped me in disassembling it and figuring out what we could do with it. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a power supply that worked with the interior motors, so we decided to try something else. I ended up making a switch by soldering some wire to a metal Slurpee tin, which we had tested to see if it was conductive. I attached the wires to the organizers’ Arduino board and made some sounds by opening and closing the tin. Admittedly, it was quite lo-fi compared to some things others were making.

Just as Vygotsky says that children have differing levels of proximal development, I think that adults do too depending on the field. However, seeing what others do and being guided by someone with more knowledge helps bridge that gap. The ultimate success of these workshops is that through play, they enable newcomers to learn basic principles of electronics and gain confidence that they can DIY. No, I’m not an expert after a couple hours of tinkering, but I’m a lot less wary of trying something more complex another time.

Below are a few of pictures I took. You can see more here:

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And here’s a video from the workshop:

October 15, 2011

Luis Camnitzer’s The Assignment Book

by stephaniecorleto

At the end of his talk with Christiane, Luis Camnitzer said something that truly encompassed the purpose of collaborative learning and those who question the current structure of education;  “A good teacher and a good artist should aim at becoming unnecessary.”

Driven by profit, the commodification of education benefits from being necessary with a top-down flow knowledge and maintenance of a stratified class structure.  For Luis, both the artist and the educator are (should be) intermediaries of knowledge, and in his words “art is a tool for thinking.”  In The Assignment Book he poses questions, the pieces of art are his responses. Unlike a traditional art object, they are touched and changed by the visitors participating by posting their response cards. The hierarchy of artist/viewer, teacher/student,  art object/everyday object is removed with the goal of deinsitutionalizing learning and challenging these traditions.

Like Theater of the Oppressed and the photography anecdote in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, the disruption of traditional notions of learning jars the mind. No longer required to conform to established order, education revolutionary possibilities. Really, any piece of art can  be seen as something that disrupts our thoughts. Even if one doesn’t know the context of a piece, if it makes you stop and step out of everyday monotonous thought then it has succeeded.

Below are a few pictures I snapped on my phone in the gallery, ignore my reflection in the metal plates!

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October 12, 2011

Great Small Works Spaghetti Dinner & Performances

by Ariana Stolarz

John Bell’s closing remarks… (Sept. 23, 2011)

…and a few pictures illustrating the performances, and the “Spaghetti” dinner (which was great, but were actually Rigatoni!)…


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

“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 9, 2011

WFMU Radiovision Festival Oct 28-30

by Tom Tenney

This event looks fantastic and is coming up right around the corner from our classroom in 3 weeks.  From their website:

WFMU presents a festival celebrating radio’s future as it takes on new forms in the digital age for the medium’s fans, tinkerers and future thinkers. A special opening night performance with Radio Legend Joe Frank, a day of talks, panel discussions and performances, and a hack day for programmers and digital media makers.

The third day of the festival is a “Hack Day” in which “WFMU and the Free Music Archive invite hackers, musicians, digital storytellers and DIY media-makers to devote a day to reinvent radio using images, social media, and open archive materials.”

Very sadly, the Joe Frank event on Friday is sold out, but I may try to see if I can get tickets somehow the night of the show.  Joe Frank is an all-time hero of mine and he won’t be doing these live performances for very much longer as he’s almost 80 years old.   Everyone they have lined up for the Saturday symposium looks amazing including Ira Glass, Kenyatta Cheese (he was in the RE/Mixed Media Festival last year and was great), Marc Maron, and many others.   The Sunday “Hack Day” is right up our alley and is only $7.

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  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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