ACM's Interactions magazine

I'm surprised I didn't know this one already: http://interactions.acm.org/

Interactions is a bimonthly publication of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and is distributed to all members of SIGCHI. Lots of interesting things in here and broader than I expected, e.g.:

Passion Project Outline: Nature Happens

The thesis of this project begins with what it means to be a human living amongst other humans in the natural world and what it will take to continue doing so.

In Person at OCAD: Dr. Katherine Hayles

Bob Logan and I met Katherine Hayles in Mexico City at the MEA conference. We proposed to bring her to Toronto in a speaking event as a first step in establishing a relationship between Dr. Hayles and the Beal Institute. Please don't miss this chance to hear an unparalleled scholar of humanism and science, speaking about the future of dataspace. --Greg

Katherine Hayles presents "RFID: Human Agency and Meaning in Information-Intensive Environments"

6:30pm, Wednesday October 3, 2007
OCAD Auditorium


Fast food of music

Since the launch of the Apple iPod there has been an undoubtable revolutionary effect on our daily culture and the entire entertainment market. Even without knowing financial statistics or number of units sold, the effect can been seen in our everyday lives as it is literally impossible to be out in public for a day and not see someone with an IPOD related product. But now what??

On the Crisis of Art: MAK’s Agenda Art 2010

At the request of of Vienna-based contemporary art museum the MAK, I sent this text contribution for their their annual report, Agenda Art 2010, which deals with the subject of "the crisis of art." The museum described it as "perfect for the agenda":

For solutions to the current crisis of art we must first
realize the underlying causes. It is a matter of perspective and

Art presents itself as a critical commentary on social and
productive relations, from a perspective of exteriority. And so, when
it is increasingly impossible to say there is an inside and an outside,
then what?

As an activity within a complex economic and semiotic ecosystem, art
proudly occupies an idiosyncratic niche. What then, when all
perspectives and positions increasingly resemble niches?

Art's stance is predicated on independence and an aversion to
reciprocal complicity. And when we realize that emergence within a
field of reciprocal complicity is the source of all consciousness, all
sociality, all economics, of life itself -- then what?

It may be necessary for art to die and be reborn for it to discard
its inherited identity. It may be that a new art, in its interiority,
its pervasiveness, its complicity, is unrecognizable. It may be.

Report from Massive Change Global Visionaries Symposium

Just returned from the Massive Change Global Visionaries Symposium in Chicago. The idea was to learn about the event and explore ideas relevant to some our own public event plans. I'm writing as I travel to and through O'Hare and will post this as soon as I can get online.

The Symposium was a eye opening in many ways.

Stewart Brand, futurist and author of the Whole Earth Catalog, The Clock of the Long Now, and How Buildings Learn; Gunter Pauli, founder and director of Zero Emissions Research Initiative of the United Nations University in Tokyo (Zeri.org), and Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia and Mary Czerwinski, cognitive psychologist and principal researcher at Microsoft. Of these, Brand and Pauli were the most dynamic.

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