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Wearable Technology Detects Abuse

November 10, 2008

Discovery Channel News covered the research work of Adam Whiton and Yolita Nugent into sensing and categorizing violent forces in a wearable system. Excerpt:
“Computers are becoming more wearable. We carry them around in specially sized pockets, stay attached to them via wired or wireless headsets. We even monitor our body with watches or t-shirts designed to measure heart rate, temperature, and perspiration level.
It’s inevitable that as computers become more ubiquitous on the body, they will be enlisted to address social issues, among them abuse.”

Tech as in Freedom

November 7, 2008

The Director will be offering a 3 day workshop, 21/11 – 23/11, at Gallery Sangsangmadang in Seoul, Korea.

Call for Action: IAP class

November 7, 2008

Call for Action! Mobile technologies for activism.
Christopher P. Csikszentmihalyi, Nadav Ahrony
Tue Jan 20 thru Fri Jan 23, 10am-06:00pm, e15-020
Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 15-Dec-2008 Limited to 30 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series) Prereq: None

Call for Action (CfA) is a 4 day intensive seminar on mobile phones and activism. How can mobile networked devices be used for social change, politics, and expression? Can phones help to organize people, gather information, and enable collective action to stop global warming? organize labor? end a war?
Each day we’ll review existing tools for social change, cover techniques for mobile hacking, and piece together new experiments. International speakers ranging from community activists to UNICEF will discuss the problems with existing ICTs, and suggest parameters for new systems. We’ll review protocols like VOIP, SMS, and Asterisk to look at how they may be reused or reconfigured.
Contact: Csikszentmihalyi, e15-020a, csik ahht
Sponsor: Media Arts & Sciences


October 8, 2008


The Director apologizes to the good people at Wits that he was denied entry to South Africa!

The Director will be speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa this Friday. Map here.

Knee High and Risin’

September 19, 2008

A collaboration between Noah Vawter and Jim Toia based on circumstance and Noah’s Ambient Addition work.
Opening November 20th at Williams Center, Lafayette College.

Gas Zappers at Aidekman Arts Center

September 19, 2008

“Gas Zappers”, Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA
Reception September 20th, 2008
Featuring soundtrack by Noah Vawter

Gas Zappers at Berkeley Art Museum, California

September 9, 2008

“Gas Zappers”, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley CA
October 30, 2008 – February 2009
Featuring soundtrack by Noah Vawter