Today my Loveland deed came in the mail. I’m the proud owner of 25 inches of Detroit. I’ve written about Loveland the social ownership meets collaborative art meets urban revitalization project a number of times.
Jerry Paffendorf (founder of Loveland) joined us back in Nov for DIY DAYS LA. Here’s his presentation.
Just returned from a 24 hour trip to LA. Long commute for what turned out to be an amazing set of meetings – more on that another time. But upon returning tonight I was greeted by a package from Hong Kong. A few weeks back I ordered Evan Roth’s book “Available Online for Free – selected works by Evan Roth: 2003-2008.” I’ve been a fan of Evan’s stuff especially the Graffiti Research Lab. Love how his work embraces open source philosophies.
Worth a bookmark: Opening titles have been elevated to their own art form. The Art of the Title Sequence is a wonderful collection of opening and closing credits. You can browse the stills or watch the actual sequences in SD or HD versions. Just seeing a series of still images from a title sequence gives you a new appreciation for it.
Over the course of 9 days Marc Horowitz and Peter Baldes travel across America via google maps and pick up 150 virtual hitchhikers along the way. Meet Google Maps Road Trip. In this episode of RADAR Marc and Peter share their journey and take some lucky folks on a virtual ride through NYC.
“We Feel Fine” an expansive project that has mined the web since 2005 for the phrase “I Feel” has expanded to include a beautiful book that captures the project.
I’ve been following the “We Feel Fine” project and a number of collaborations between Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar that harness data in interesting and artistic ways.
Here’s how Sep Kamvar describes the project on his site.
“Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world’s newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.).
Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.”
The EyeWriter project is an ongoing collaborative research effort to empower people who are suffering from ALS with creative technologies. It is a low-cost eye-tracking apparatus & custom software that allows graffiti writers and artists with paralysis resulting from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to draw using only their eyes. For more info visit www.eyewriter.org