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Artists at Laoban Soundsystem 1.0 Beijing

A couple more artists are now a part of the event tomorrow night, Friday, December 12 from 8-12 at CPU798 in Beijing, including Xu Tao and video artist Cai Kai:

We want new people to come out to this event each time we do it and feel free to mix into the media and social situations of Laoban events. The event is not a party nor art show, but more a context for interaction, testing out ideas, and discovery. And remember, art shows (or rather the people that attend them) possibly might hate low-end bass and partygoers into cutting edge music don’t have too much time for treble, discussion, wine and cheese — both love to have a drink, consume, produce media and co-locate together.

Come on out and get out of the cold! We invite you to come mix into the event, learn how to build your own Laoban Soundsystem and meet a lot of HQ people.

Also, a big thanks to those who have given this a good response and Ed from CPU:798 who is hosting the event. Buy art from them!

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Cantocore Import/Export Opens in Guangzhou September 5

Guy Overfelts Untitled (Up in Smoke)

Our sister project, Fabricatorz, is launching Cantocore Import/Export in Guangzhou on September 5th. Here is a re-sample of the press release:

GUANGZHOU, CHINA & SAN FRANCISCO, USA – August 20, 2008

Today the Cantocore Project and Ping Pong Space announced the upcoming contemporary art show, Cantocore: Import/Export in Guangzhou, China during September 2008. This initial show features contemporary artists from San Francisco and Guangzhou producing artwork around the more detailed relationship between import and export of culture and materials between Guangzhou, China and San Francisco. This first part of the Cantocore exhibition, Import, begins with an opening on Friday, September 5 from 8 PM at the brand new Ping Pong Space in Guangzhou, China. The show continues until Tuesday, September 16 with gallery hours of 2:00 PM until 10:00 PM daily. The second part of the show, Export, opens Sunday, September 21 at 8 PM until 10 PM when a special video screening developed by San Francisco’s Mission 17 titled “Stardusted” will be presented at the Ping Pong Bar from 10 PM until 11PM. The second half, Export, continues daily until Saturday, October 4 with daily hours from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

The Cantocore Import/Export exhibition examines, through applied art practice, the relationship between import and export of culture between Guangzhou and San Francisco by asking a simple phrase: Are you Cantocore? Guangzhou, also called Canton, is the third most populous city in China and its province, Guangdong, is a major manufacturer of textiles and electronics for export to the United States. San Francisco has the largest import of Chinese immigrants of any US city, primarily from the Guangdong province. Chinese immigrants also created the largest Chinatown in North America in San Francisco. However, understanding the conceptual framework of Cantocore is not limited to geographic divisions, nor reductive dichotomies driven by post-colonial stereotypes such as East vs. West, nor Olympic nationalism pridefully paramount in China vs. US “non-political” sports matches. Cantocore is the reality of life versus the theory set forth by jurisdictions where people live.

The artists in the Cantocore exhibition were tasked with creating projects which explore import and export, materially and conceptually. Practically, how can one’s artwork be actualized either through fabrication locally in Guangzhou or imported from San Francisco? Guidelines for the creation of the work were left alone since modern strategies for creating artwork such as remaking, remixing, interpreting, pirating, translating, copying, and appropriating content, already espouse the Cantocore style. After the proposals were received from invited artists, curation of works took place based upon the processes, scope, location of artists and available resources to constitute this first Cantocore dialogue.

Curation for this show has been a group effort by Deer Fang, Justin Hoover, and Jon Phillips from the Cantocore Project and Wu Jay from Ping Pong Space (PPS). Layout and Design for the show is done by Pierre Picard (PPS) while wordsmithing has been handled by Nikita Choi (PPS), Jon Phillips and Deer Fang.

Exhibition Venue

#60 Xian Lie Dong Heng Lu Ping Pong Space, Guangzhou

Cantocore Import
September 6th – 26th, 2008
Opening: Friday, September 5th, 8PM – 10 PM.
Drinks after at Ping Pong Bar.

Cantocore Export
September 22nd – October 2nd, 2008
Opening: Sunday, September 21st, 8PM – 10PM

Video Screening “Stardusted” at Ping Pong Bar

September 21st 2008, 10PM – 11PM

Regular Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Sunday 2 PM – 10 PM
Gallery Closed on Monday

Ping Pong Bar Open Everyday

硬核广州
2008年8月20日于广州和旧金山发布

今天硬核广州项目和乒乓空间宣布当代艺术展 “硬核广州:进口/出口” 将在2008年9月到10月在广州乒乓空间展出。这个展览主要展出来自旧金山和广州两地当代艺术家的作品,这些作品将围绕进出口的文化和物质关系而创作。 整个展览分为两部份:2008年9月5日-9月26日为“进口”部分,开幕式为9月5日晚上8点;2008年9月21日-10月2日为“出口”部分,开幕式为9月21日晚上8点;晚上10点到11点,还将在乒乓酒吧举行由旧金山MISSION17策划的《星尘》录像作品的放映活动。

“硬核广州 进口/出口”展览通过艺术实践检验联系着广州和旧金山的进出口文化, 并提出这样的问题:你是硬核广州人吗? 广州是中国第三大人口城市,其省会广东省是主要出口美国纺织品和电子产品的生产地。同时旧金山是主要“进口”中国移民的美国城市。这些移民也主要来自广东地区。中国移民在旧金山建立了北美最大的唐人街。然而,理解“硬核广州”的概念框架不能仅仅局限于地理上的分界,也不应做简单后殖民的分裂模式:东方和西方,或国家主义至上的奥林匹克中的中国对美国,即所谓“非政治化的比赛”。“硬核广州”是生活的现实与人们生活管辖区内理论的对抗。

“硬核广州”展览中的艺术家创作的作品从观念上和物质上探讨进/出口文化。如何通过广州本地制作,或从旧金山进口来实现艺术计划。当代艺术策略中的重做,重混,演绎,翻版,翻译,复制和挪用也充分体验了“硬核广州”的风格。在收到邀请艺术家的计划书后,我们根据作品的实施过程、规模和资源来构成第一次的“硬核广州”对话。

此展览是方鹿,Justin Hoover, Jon Phillips和乒乓空间吴捷的集体协作的成果。展览和出版由Pierre Picard (乒乓空间)设计,文字由蔡影茜(乒乓空间),Jon Phillips和方鹿负责。

展出地点:广州市天河区先烈东横路60号乒乓空间

“硬核广州-进口”

展期: 2008年9月6日-9月26日
开幕:2008年9月5日 (星期五)晚上8点到10点

“硬核广州-出口”
展期:2008年9月22日- 10月2日

开幕: 2008年9月21日(星期天) 晚上8点到10点

《星尘》展映及交流
2008年9月21日(星期天) 晚上10点到11点
地点:乒乓酒吧

乒乓空间开放时间:星期二到星期天,下午2点到晚上10点
乒乓空间逢周一休息,乒乓酒吧全年无休

List of Artists in Cantocore Import
“硬核广州- 进口”艺术家名单

Deer Fang 方鹿
Justin Hoover
Huang Xiaopeng 黄小鹏
Misako Inaoka
Guy Overfelt
Jon Phillips

List of Artists in Cantocore Export
“硬核广州- 出口”艺术家名单

JD. Beltran

Lin Fang Suo 林芳所
Huang Pu Village Video Group 黄埔村项目小组
Kathrine Worel
Zhou Tao 周滔
David Johnson

Links 链结

Cantocore Exhibition and Research Site
硬核广州展览和研究网站
http://cantocore.com

Ping Pong Space
乒乓空间
Ping Pong Space at www.facebook.com

About Cantocore

Garage Biennale and the Fabricatorz bring you Cantocore, a research project investigating contemporary art and culture between Canton (Guangzhou) and cities around the world. The initial project is a contemporary art exhibition with two different versions of the same show initially in Guangzhou, China and then in San Francisco, USA.

关于硬核广州

一个探讨广州和世界其它城市在当代艺术和文化联系的研究项目,由Garage双年展和制作者工作组共同发起。第一个项目是分别在广州和旧金山举行的同一主题不同版本的两个展览。

http://cantocore.com
http://garagebiennale.com

http://fabricatorz.com

About Ping Pong Space

What is Ping Pong? 乒乓是什么?

一个面向公众,致力艺术与创意文化推广和中西交流的综合艺术空间,充当城市文化的核心推动力和交流平台,探索全球化和本土城市文化蓬勃发展的背景之下,创作者和城市文化消费者、文化艺术活动和观众的全新关系。

A public oriented multifunction space, which aims at promoting art and creative culture while strengthen cultural exchange. It functions as a communication and dynamic platform for urban culture movement, and will explore a new relationship between creators and consumers, artistic events and audiences in the context of globalization and rapid local culture development.

Ping Pong Strategy 乒乓的策略

乒乓的策略是通过从物质到观念的各种创造性形式,以开放性态度容纳并探讨艺术与创意文化的多样类别。(这些跨领域的活动在媒介上体现为:影像、装置、架上、表演艺术、设计、雕塑和出版)。

From material to conception all these creative forms, we accept a wide range categories in art and creative culture with openness. (These events encompass the full spectrum of contemporary media: video and image, installation, contemporary paintings, stage and performance, sculpture and publishing.)

Press Contacts

Guangzhou
Nikita Choi
Ping Pong Space
+86 20 2829 6300
nikitachoi@126.com

San Francisco
Justin Hoover
+1 (415) 425-1647
info@cantocore.com

Press Kit

http://cantocore.com/press

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Cantocore Guangzhou Press as PDF file

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Bassel Hits #19 on Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers List!

Foreign Policy just announced Bassel Khartabil (Bassel Safadi) for the #19 slot, alongside Rima Dali,  in its list of 2012’s top 100 global thinkers for “insisting, against all odds, on a peaceful Syrian revolution.” This is very exciting news! It also looks like FP nabbed one of Christopher‘s shots of Bassel for the article. Doubly cool.

Not all those who have publicly defied Assad have been so fortunate. Bassel Khartabil is, or was, a young computer engineer living in Damascus whose innovative programming skills helped integrate Syria into the online community — laying much of the groundwork for the revolution to come. He became a well-known citizen journalist when the improbable uprising broke out, tweeting and blogging about the spreading crackdown under the moniker Bassel Safadi. He was hauled off by Assad’s security forces in March, and despite a “#FREEBASSEL” campaign launched by his friends, he has not been heard from since. “The people who are in real danger never leave their countries,” he tweeted weeks before his arrest. “They are in danger for a reason and for that they don’t leave.”

Be sure to sign the Support Letter at http://freebassel.org/ and follow @freebassel if you have yet to do so. We need to see Bassel free!

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Video Games as Art? A Response to Roger Ebert

Legendary and often divisive Chicago-based film critic, Roger Ebert, has recently re-ignited the fury of the gaming community with a recent blog post. In said post, he reacts to a recent TED speech, given by Kellee Santiago. Through this tirade, the readers are gifted with gems like:

Let me just say that no video gamer now living will survive long enough to experience the medium as an art form.

Among the many retorts to this initial critique, Fabricatorz developer, Brad Phillips, has crafted a reaction of his own.

A key oversight in Ebert’s assessment of the medium is his lack of actual experience or connection to anyone with that experience. He boils each game cited in Santiago’s speech down to a few video clips streamed via YouTube. Below you can view the original talk that spurred this renewed debate. Head over to Brad’s blog post, and let us know what you think!

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Fabricatorz: This week (August 8 – 14)

The Fabricatorz team has been all over the map (literally) these last few weeks, and it’s time for a status report!

Kicking things off, Founding Member and Developer extraordinaire, Jon Phillips, was a key speaker at this years FISL Conference, in Brazil. This gathering of free software developers and enthusiasts is ever-growing and one of the largest sources of such a community in the world. Jon’s presentation involved an increasingly vital topic in today’s “webscape”: an Autonomous Federated Social Web. The conference was a huge success and it’s current initiative involves creating that social web network.

In Affiliated news, StatusNet has garnered additional funding from FirstMark Capital. With this latest addition, StatusNet has brought in a total of $2.3 million in investment dollars!

A key Community-driven project, The Open Clip Art Library updated to Version 2.4 last week, spearheaded by Fabricatorz Developers Bassel Safadi and Brad Phillips. Brad initiated the call for and Release of the Sports 2010 Clip Art Package that coincided with the OCAL update. This week, Brad took giant leaps toward more active Community participation with the building and launching of an ‘Activities’ box that now sits on the Library’s Home Page. From this starting point, any user visiting the site will have direct access to the most recent goings on and incentives that The Open Clip Art Library has to offer, beginning with next month’s Fall 2010 Clip Art Collection.

Bassel continues his forward momentum in the Fabricatorz work-flow by updating his Aiki Framework to Version 0.35! In this new Release, many “under the hood” tweaks have taken place to ensure a more speedy and reliable user experience, through the platform. Sites featuring Aiki Framework 0.35, along with OCAL, include Open Colour and Sharism.org.

Speaking of Sharism, Christopher Adams recently completed work on the logo design for the site (above), which aims to promote the open sharing of resources, with the idea of “getting what you give”.

Meanwhile, developer Barry Threw continues advocating advances in technology, as it applies to music, with his resent presentation of the K-Bow, a device that puts digital control in the hands of stringed instrumentalists in an intuitive and seamless fashion. Also check out some of Barry’s latest collaborative work below, a video walk-through of the Global Lives 2010 installation at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in San Francisco.

Stay close to Fabricatorz.com to keep up-to-date on the latest work being rolled out by the Team!

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FREEBASSEL SUNLIGHT: Celebrate Bassel’s Birthday

Bassel Khartabil photocopy style freebassel

Our brother Bassel is still not out of Syrian Jail Hell. He is not yet a FREEBASSEL. Our campaign has worked to bring him media attention and some form of increased safety. What has not worked is that journalists are not writing about Bassel because we don’t have novel information and/or journalists are not finding his story exciting enough without some new original sources of information.

Also, today is Bassel’s 32nd birthday. He was born a Gemini on May 22, 1981. This is the second birthday that he has spent in Syrian jail hell. Have you ever spent your birthday in jail, and then for a second time? This is horrible.

FREEBASSEL SUNLIGHT

Rather than add more words, retweets or spamism to the topic of our dear friend, we ask only one thing today. Please help shine some sunlight on Bassel by doing some novel research on his situation, where he is located, and help connect the dots of his situation and life. If you are not in a situation where you have the resources to help with this, then please create some art, design or action about Bassel. Some people are sending happy birthday wishes on twitter. Our friends at Index on Censorship made a blog post to their readership with quotes from Index CEO Kirsty Hughes, Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig and more sending their wishes to Bassel on his birthday.

A great FREEBASSEL SUNLIGHT project Niki Korth’s group The Conversation Space just launched today with an open discussion about Bassel by Creative Commons CEO, Cathy Casserly, and staff. Thanks to you all for doing this!

Part 2

Creative Commons reflects on Bassel pt. 2 from The Big Conversation Space on Vimeo.

Elliot Harmon of Creative Commons theorizes about why Bassel's detainment has received scant coverage by major media.

Sound "Thriller-Dramatic" by Toam on Freesound.org

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Fabricatorz Week in Review: July 11 – 18

This week’s Fabricatorz update is chalk-full of interviews, project iterations and conferences!

Getting things rolling, Christopher Adams will be speaking at the joint conference COSCUP/GNOME.Asia 2010, which takes place August 14-15. His topic will be “Elements of Typographic Freedom.”

Another Fabricatorz developer, Barry Threw, recently released StringPort, a one-of-a-kind computer interface for stringed instruments! StringPort arrived in response to the limitations many stringed performers find in MIDI programming and capturing compelling recordings.

In StatusNet land, Derek Derouin has been hard at work on the company’s own weekly StatusReport. Fabricatorz founder, Jon Phillips will be speaking, on behalf of StatusNet and free software, at FISL11 (Fórum Internacional Software Livre), which will be taking place this month (July 21-24) in Brazil.

This Sunday (July 18th) marks the Federated Social Web Summit, and Fabricatorz Florica and Jon have been working, in Portland, on representing new standards and agreed upon best-practices in web development.

Meanwhile, The Open Clip Art Library continues it’s evolution, following the recent release of Version 2.3. The FCRC Logo Design Contest deadline was pushed back an extra week (from July 9 to July 16) in order to accommodate for all of the incredible entries. Contest participants can expect an announcement of the winning design this Monday (July 19)! OCAL has also recently received recommendations from Luther College: Library and Information Services and @BobChao.

Jon has been all over the map this week, and is also featured in a Q & A at the Libre Graphics Meeting, defining the gathering and it’s personal relevance. Another interview, curtesy of the Meeting, is documented on a recent rejon.org post.

Solid work across the board from the Fabricatorz team. We’ll continue bringing updates on these and future projects as the weekly reports continue!

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Gandi Is Supporting Us On Our Community Projects

logo Gandi
Wow Gandi.
Gandi no bullshit
What a great hosting company.

Fabricatorz has sure leveled up and we are confident that more people will benefit from Gandi’s services. What really makes Gandi unique is its position of openness.

It is refreshing to be a customer since so many companies seem to wall us off from any kind of visibility into what the company is and does.

At Fabricatorz we appreciate transparency and honesty. Check Gandi’s company statement out:

Gandi is a premier, affordable, and ethical domain name registrar and innovative cloud hosting company that respects customer privacy and provides transparency in all its operations.

Offering a world-class alternative to purely commercial registrars, and a low-cost, innovative, cloud hosting platform, Gandi supports a community of people working on technology that enables the Internet for business, but also for the free and unrestricted sharing of information, and for promoting the respect of individual and human rights.

So far Gandi has helped us migrate Open Clip Art Library and is also working with our friendz over at Identi.ca and many others including innovative projects such as Gnome, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Debian.

Gandi’s service is impeccable, communication is prompt, and professionalism is consistent, we’re very happy to be supported by such a great host. Gandi truly lives up to their slogan, “No Bullshit”.

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Fabricatorz Weekly Update (07/07/10)

It’s been another busy week at Fabricatorz and here are just some of the latest goings-on:

LGM follow-up and updates

  • Fabricatorz donated the rest to push the Libre Graphics Meeting pledge drive over the top (by $1!)
  • As noted in many places, our great friend Kaveh has uploaded all the videos from LGM2010 Conference – you can find them all online here.
  • Nicu, the original designer of the rejon avatar, wrote a nice post about LGM2010, you can read here.
  • Inkscape is about to release 0.48! Please help out by testing it!
  • The Open Font Library submitted an app for the Creative Commons Catalyst grant! Go Dave and crew!

Open Clip Art Library updates

Qi Hardware updates

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Post Laoban Soundsystem 1.0 Event Notes

The first Laoban Soundsystem event at CPU:798 in Beijing went quite well for the a frist event thanks to Ed having a great space, lots of current and new friends coming out and of course, because some really great artists came out to mix in. After getting our contractor friends to drop off the soundsystem, some installers mounting a projector, and then us taping up the Laoban posters, we started the night off with getting five crates of beer and some street meat sellers and progressed to having a rotating set of people from all over Beijing stopping in. From Yang Tao’s blip hop, Long2’s brilliant visuals and symphonic set all the way to good friends like Ya Zhu, Jenny and our friend Phil bringing out the cool contingent from Ai Wei Wei’s fake studio, the event jumpstarted the creation of the Laoban soundsystem. Thanks to Ed, here’s a quick video sampling of some of the sets:

Ed also has a good wrap-up keeping critical of the event and holding us to task for what the outcome for Laoban events will be. I definitely agree with him about the format of the event and not having enough women mixing in. We did have some video from Lu which we ran out of time to play and I wanted to get our friend Ya Zhu to plug into the event, but we pushed this event out in a week from lock-in to event, so without really knowing anyone doing this type of work in Beijing really until Friday, I’m still happy with where we arrived. Check out a bit more from Ed on his comments:

Looking ahead, I hope there will more variety in the material in future events, last night was very focused on DJs and VJs. Films and short talks were promised, which would have given more of a conceptual structure to the proceedings and will help prevent it becoming just another club night.

I hope, too, that more women will present their work. Last night the performers were without exception all men – it seemed to be the cliché of boys with their toys (I don’t know maybe this is perhaps a feature of the scene rather than a bug, as they say to excuse some oddity in software). I can’t believe there are no women making material and this would make a valuable contribution to the event.

But this was the first version of the event, and was very much about investigating a format for the future, so I want to see how it develops. The original spec for the night I thought was very exciting and something which had the potential for development into something very strong – and this was one of the reasons why I agreed to go with it. I hope that more of what was originally announced becomes incorporated into future events, as they have the possibility to a) bring together some of the creative communities here in Beijing and China in general which hover round each other but which don’t really get to cross-fertilise so often, and b) make links out from the local to the international creative scenes which all have their representatives here in BJ.

I’m not giving a description of the night adequate love, so I will just say thanks to all the folks who came out to both consume and produce at the first Laoban event. Xu Tao came on last for the night and I look forward to plugging him into a larger event as well. Him and his mate had really great tracks and kicked in some San Francisco House music which was quite cool. I look forward to stretching out a bit more and getting these guys on with some extended sets. I’m even happy that Sandy and his trance mates came out and brought their laser which added to the overall event’s decor and theme of seeing who comes out to this type of mixing event in Beijing.

I’ll post up other photos as they become available. Ed took some great shots of the night up on flickr like:

Long2 Mixing with Laser
Long2 Mixing by Ed

Yang Tao Mixing by Ed
Yang Tao Mixing by Ed

Matt and I talked yesterday and set-up plans for Laoban Soundsystem 2.0 which is going to be made in parts, CNC’d and then put together by us. We will make it all with Chinese wood, hardware, parts and companies. It will have a distinctive look, but be of supreme quality.

The next event we do, I really want to make heavy on the dubstep side. Maybe that means that Matt and I both need to get our DJ’ing chops up and we need to plan ahead a bit more to get folks like DJ Mael and others out from Beijing art and music scenes.

In closing, I will ask what you all out there want to see in these events? Are you interested in mixing in? We are quite hopeful to make these events different each time, make them sustainable, easy to put on, but also as a great venue to get new artists out to mix work, show work, and have things fail or succeed in a live setting. This is another invitation to plug into the Laoban Soundsystem by producing art at the events, consuming art at the events, making your own speakers, and generally connecting up with the soundsystem to help shape what happens. You are the Laoban!

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StatusCampLA Announced and StatusNet at SCALE2010

In addition to doing a StatusCheck at FOSDEM2010 in Brussels this Saturday night, we are announcing StatusCampLA to be held in synchronization with SCALE2010 in Los Angeles, Feb 19-21 in LA, USA. Since this is a big Linux conference, we want to focus this unconference on open standards, free network services and hacking on StatusNet, the AGPL licensed software StatusNet and Identica are built on.

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Come one! Come all, to the first StatusCamp unconference in LA. It will be held on Friday, February 19, 2010 at the Linux and Hackers’ conference SCALE conference venue, Westin LAX in Concourse B, from 10 AM until 5 PM. @Brion, @Zach, @Nate, myself (@rejon) and Emma (@emma) will be in attendance. Come on out! Lead a session and join in the fun! Since this is an unconference, please arrive at start-time to help set the schedule for the day. Topics for StatusCampLA will be general from technical discussions to micro-blogging standards to general software development practices in usage of Status.Net. We hope you will come out to the event! Please RSVP to this FREE event by sending your name to http://identi.ca/rejon or email jon@status.net. We want to know how much coffee and snacks to bring. I made up a rap for our event: “StatusCheck on the left, who’s on deck? StatusCheck to the right, hacking day and night!” Ok, apologies for the cheesiness of that rhyme ;)

StatusCheck

Also note, for all those attending, at 5 PM we will move over to the hotel bar in the lobby to have the first big StatusCheck drink meetup in LA. If you can’t make StatusCampLA, surely you can come and relax at do a StatusCheck!

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You want to start a StatusCamp?

This is the first StatusCampLA! Its also the third StatusCamp after our successfulStatusCampMontreal and StatusCampSF. We want to do more StatusCamps globally and encourage anyone interested in hosting their own StatusCamp, to start one! If you are interested, send me a message at @rejon or via email jon@status.net.

We have shirts, stickers and posters now which I can send to you as a schwag bomb to get you started! Free stuff is cool. Hacking is cooler.

What’s your StatusCampLA hashtag?

The hashtag for this event will be #statuscampLA

Venue

Los Angeles Airport Westin
5400 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045
Phone: (310) 216-5858
Fax: (310) 417-4545

Google Map to the Venue

Westin LAX HotelConcourse B

For more information

…and to get some ideas for sessions, please visit: http://statuscamp.org/la

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Open Clip Art Library Preps Sports 2010 Release!

The Open Clip Art Library has spent much of 2010 actively pursuing higher ground and greater methods of user contribution, beginning with the March Release of Version 2.0. Since that landmark release, the OCAL team has been on a regular iteration schedule, geared toward simplifying the user experience and fixing bugs.

More recent openclipart.org releases have begun adding incentives for content creation, in the form of themed package releases. To date, said releases have resulted in a wide array of content that forms a spectrum of seasonal work.

For the next release, scheduled on August 2nd, the Librarians are changing things up a bit, by calling for Sports-themed content from the Community. These new works will be included in the coming release and featured, as the latest downloadable package. Artists wishing to step up to the plate and contribute their original works are encouraged to register (if not already a member) and upload the SVG(s), tagging them with the keyword “sports2010“. Deadline for user submissions is Sunday, August 1st.

Members of the Fabricatorz team are currently hard at work on improving The Open Clip Art Library in many ways, including contributing to this new Sports pack. Join us and help make Open Clip Art Library Version 2.4 a landmark Release!

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The Open Clip Art Library: Version 2.3 Hits the Net!

The Open Clip Art Library enjoys yet another of it’s scheduled monthly updates, with revision 2.3. With over 32,000 vector graphics currently calling it home, OCAL has grown into one of the largest and most prevalent sources for freely available graphics on the web. Version 2.3 aims to begin building on this solid foundation, by increasing user interaction and content submissions.

The Spring 2010 Clip Art Package brought together a diverse group of artists and pointed them in a similar thematic direction. Over 11,900 individual downloads have proven the themed package format an effective way of presenting similarly-grouped work to the Community. As in the June Release, Open Clip Art 2.3 brings along with it, a compact, user-generated, themed package of clipart.

Familiar ground is tread, in the latest Themed Package Release, as Community artists, like laobc, rg1024, and pianoBrad have focused their attentions on the Summer Season. Any wishing to utilize this smoldering collection can do so individually (by searching for the key term or tag “summer2010”) or by downloading the entire package.

Also continuing this month is a logo design contest, initiated by the organizers of the Free Culture Research Conference. Artists still planning on submitting an entry should mark this Friday (July 9th) as the deadline for that submission. Three more judges, Jonathan Zittrain, Leonhard Dobusch, and Michelle Thorne, have been added to the esteemed panel that will judge and announce the winner on July 11.

For more information on all things related to this Summer 2010 Release, have a look at the official press release.

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New Custom Avatars by Fabricatorz!

Fabricatorz Developer, Brad Phillips, has been hard at work on fresh takes of the group’s unique avatar designs. The latest creations, for Bassel Safadi and Helena Wang, have evolved from and expanded on their predecessors. Particularly, in Helena’s case, a realistic vibe is beginning to pervade.

These designs represent the possibilities of a Fabricatorz design contract. If you’d like a sparkling new avatar, we’re excited to work with you!

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The Autonomo.us Project 2011

LGM Nerve Center

Over at my personal site I posted about a project that is a core philosophy of the Fabricatorz team. We build free network services. That doesn’t mean we give away client’s data or property, but we use free and open source software to make successful projects. Its a decision we made, and it sets us apart from other labs and shops that are more like blackwater for development.

autonomo.us logo by mray

Check out the Autonomo.us Project. Fabricatorz friend MRAY designed the super-statue-of-liberty-esque logo.

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Mark-it-ing Makes Front Page News

Mark-it-ting’s power to paradoxically (and effectively) communicate via erasure was popularly demonstrated yesterday by several websites that “blacked out” their content as a means to protest SOPA/PIPA. (If you aren’t already familiar with these bills currently being considered by the U.S. Congress, please familiarize yourself. Or if you’re too lazy, just take our word for it: they suck. If passed, your favorite websites would disappear.)

But despite the negative connotation these sites’ “self-imposed censorship[s]” imply, we’re impressed by the flexibility of Mark-it-ting to work its magic in many contexts, in many ways. We’re also a little flattered given our prescience ;).

Here’s to the power of Mark-it-ting, the most effective way to add via subtraction!

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Fabricatorz Custom Vector Avatars

In our ever-evolving mission to produce sharp and forward-thinking content in a modern web landscape, the Fabricatorz team has begun tweaking it’s online presence.

Inspired by Jon’s smiling avatar and recent Open Clip Art Library submissions, Fabricatorz developer, Brad Phillips, has created custom vector representations of members of the Fabricatorz Team.

These new graphics represent a push for new creative content. As always, it is our goal to produce high quality work, and we hope you’ll be seeing these works and images like them on our marketing materials and web space.

If you’re in need of a custom-designed graphic that will knock your colleague’s socks off, we’d love to work with you!

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Spectrum Divide, in Photos

Setting up a gallery show marks the phase transition between the production and consumption of art.

Jon and I traveled down to Hong Kong in late August to assist Matt Hope in his new show at Saamlung Gallery. I’ve uploaded a set of Spectrum Divide photos that documents our exploits.

Once we turned out the lights at the gallery, Matt’s installation crossed over into the infrared spectrum. Visitors had to brave the dark, with only the glow of a small TV set to guide their steps. The sculpture was only visible through the mediation of an image sensor and electronic visual display. My 35mm film not being sensitive to those wavelengths, the photographs are a closer approximation to what your naked eye would have seen.

Spectrum Divide is up at Saamlung until October 6th, 2012.

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Federated Social Web Summit in Portland (07/18/10)

As announced at the StatusNet blog, on Sunday, July 18th, Status.Net, Google Buzz, Diaspora, GNU Social, DiSo, BuddyPress, Dreamwidth, Onesocialweb, and others will be meeting in Portland Oregon for a Federated Social Web Summit, a one-day summit by those implementors working on building the federated social web. This means building upon open web protocols that allow for various web projects to interoperate. We will be addressing current implementations, successes and incompatibilities between services, as well as the future and how to implement it.

This conference will be around the same time as the Community Leadership Summit in Portland as well as OSCON.

To find out more details see here.

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Cantocore Free On Board Artists Talk in SF!

Come this Saturday, February 28, 4-6pm to Mission17 and join us for drinks and conversation! This program is free and open to the public.

Artists JD Beltran, David Johnson, Guy Overfelt, Jon Phillips, and Kathrine Worel will discuss contemporary art production in the decentralized global economy, with specific emphasis on connections to the conceptual framwork, Cantocore. The discussion will be moderated by curator/artist Justin Hoover.

Please RSVP on the facebook event page.

Reblogged from Cantocore website.

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