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Gandi Is Supporting Us On Our Community Projects

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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 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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Weak Soundsystem: Beijing Design Week 2012

Matt Hope was commissioned to build a custom soundsystem for CCD, The Community, a satellite event to this year’s Beijing Design Week, so he stole a page from his teenage speaker plan book and realized the project in common plasterboard and off-the-shelf speaker drivers.

The Weak Soundsystem fit right in at the CCD Pavilion, nestled in the courtyard of White Space Beijing, and survived a week of exposure to the cultural and climatic elements of Caochangdi.

If you need proof, check out the complete photoset I’ve uploaded to Flickr.

CCD, The Community ran from September 28 to October 6 as part of Beijing Design Week 2012. Fabricatorz built the Caochangdi website, kept the Weak Soundsystem humming, and helped deliver on a successful event.

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CCD Pavilion

CCD Pavilion

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Open Web Book Sprint Needs You! Fabricatorz in Berlin

Building Next Door German Style Method-tical
Amazing German Building is SLOWFI compared to Chinese Building Projects.

Fabricatorz are cranking along with some old and new colleagues in Berlin on the Open Web Book Sprint as part of transmediale 11, #tm11. We have a great crew of people assembled here including Christopher Adams, Michelle Thorne, Bassel Safadi hacking remotely, Barry Threw popping in and out, Alejandra Perez, Mick Fuzz, and of course flossmanuals pal, sprint organizer, Adam Hyde keeping us all in line at the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin in Berlin, across the street from Angela Merkel’s residence, holla! Our challenge is to write a book about the Open Web by 6 PM on Friday, CET.

Transmediale Open Web Book Sprint with Rejeezy
Rejon working well in Christopher’s room with a view.

We’ve held off on inviting you to come to process because the structure and general flow has been in flux. Well, no more! We need your help! Please jump in and help us complete this book on the open web.

Transmediale Open Web Book Sprint Snowing!
Brrrlin snowing outside my room’s window.

And, not to stopping this Friday at 6 PM, Christopher, Barry and myself are in Berlin until February 8, 2.0.11. While we hack on 2.0.11 projects, Fab affiliates Recombinant Media Labs, powered by Fabricator Barry Threw, is putting together a slew of events for Club Transmediale Feb 2-6. Barry posted about RML Cinechamber on his blog:

In just a few short weeks at the Club Transmediale festival in Berlin, we will see the world premiere of the fully armed and operational Recombinant Media Labs’ Cinechamber. In three long years since the closing of the San Francisco incarnation of RML was abruptly slaughtered we have only grown stronger; specifying systems, coding, organizing, and developing new content for our unique surround cinema environment. After our long incubation period at the University of California San Diego, we are finally able to unveil our brand new nomadic immersive media apparatus.

Watch out as well for a Sharism Presents event to be announced soon, as part of Transmediale. Until 6 PM however, please crank with us on the Open Web Book Sprint. We will get you credit for helping out! Cheers!

transmediale.11 RESPONSE:ABILITY from transmediale on Vimeo.


Platform Upgrades: Aiki Framework 0.6 + Open Clip Art Library 2.7

Today has proven to be a monumental day in the Open Source Community, with the Release of Aiki Framework 0.6 alongside it’s featured website: Open Clip Art Library 2.7. The Fabricatorz Team is largely responsible for the development of these latest iterations and we are proudly endorsing their entrance into the public domain!

Fabricatorz Developer (and Lead Aiki Developer), Bassel Safadi, has pushed out a new and improved package for Aiki’s latest instance. A major compatibility hurdle has been tackled with out-of-box Language Support. Now, sites created using the web framework can be efficiently localized all over the world!

If multi-lingual websites aren’t enough to peak interest, another (and even more promising) feature arrives in Aiki Framework 0.6: Revision Control. Adjustments made to sites and widgets are logged and it’s now possible to return to previous incarnations! Bassel says of this latest asset:

Revision Control was a hotly requested feature that I’m very excited to have been able to bring to Aiki Framework. Developers now have even greater control over the progress of their sites. In the future, we will expose this feature more along with other ways of notifying Aiki developers about updates to Aiki Installations.

The 2.7 Edition of The Open Clip Art Library is marked by several adjustments and ever-increasing stats. Most noticeably, a link to a web survey has been placed atop OCAL’s main pages. The Librarians encourage all users of the platform to fill out the short questionnaire, as the results will help Developers push Open Clip Art Library in more effective ways. October saw the upload of over 600 svg files and more than 1,500 new registered users! Along with the more robust collection, a Thanksgiving-themed clip art set is now available. Users can download individual works created by Community Artists or a single download that encapsulates the entire body of work.

For more information on the recent launch, check out the Official Press Release.

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Get Turned On By The Power Tower

Our friends at Fabien Fryns Fine Art have an exciting exhibition currently on display. The title of the show, “One Pinch of Heartache- Two Cups of Pain; One Dash of Sunshine- Two Drops of Rain”, is a bit emo, but the works included by artists Christian Tedeschi and Michael Bizon are far from a sad, lonely walk in the park.  Here’s a few pics of my favorites, which remind me a lot of Matt Hope‘s collosal speaker systems. These guys are taking over where Nam June Paik left off in interesting ways. Also, I have to say: the flyer for this show is one of the coolest I’ve seen in a while.

If you’re in the LA area anytime between now and March 17, be sure to check out the show and tell us what you think.

Christian Tedeschi and Michael Bizon, Power Tower

Christian Tedeschi and Michael Bizon, Man Behind Curtain

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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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Ode To A G4: OG 2 New G

For the last decade I had done most my computing on a PowerBook G4. How is this possible? I really have no idea. But surely it has a lot to do with me being so damned dogged. Since this was the first computer I ever purchased, I assume I was determined to run it into the ground like a first car or girlfriend. ‘I don’t need your pointless updates or hyped gadgetry,’ went my thinking. ‘This hunk of metal will do just fine.’ And it did. It ran an entire ten years without any significant issues aside, of course, from slowing down relative to the rest of the world.

Around year six or so is when the embarrassment subsided and I started bragging about ‘The Little Engine That Could‘. I carried it with me around the globe, working with it in planes, cafes and hostels. (I even met a few die-hard PowerBooker’s along the way.) The G4 did me well. During its last years, when it could barely handle a handful of webpages at a time–lest the infamous rainbow ball started a spinnin’–it taught me a great deal of patience. (No, this isn’t a fable.) When everyone else was going coo-coo for youtube, I was forced to static websites, or, more often than not, reading an actual book.

Now that I’ve finally let her go–she actually went into a coma–I’ve transitioned not to the latest Apple device, but to a ThinkPad w/ Linux. I never thought this would happen, something about those last two pronouns always screamed TECHY/GEEKY in a way that is never SEXY. But this new setup with its minimal forms and simple functions is sexy in the same way that a manual transmission is always sexier than an automatic.

Here’s to another decade of simple, sexy computing.

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Paint It Black: How a few squeegee swipes turns that old T from Whack to Baby Got Back

Confused what to do with all those ill-fitting t-shirts with boring logos you receive en masse at conventions and other schwag-heavy events? Please, send them to us. Since we love recycling so much and hate buying unnecessary materials, we’ll détourn any free thing we can get our hands on, from airline placement mats to t-shirts.

Here’s some images from a recent spate of resuscitating previously unwearable shirts into one-of-a-kind, hand screen-printed, Sharism objets d’art.

Simply blot out the previous, unwanted logo and add your own.

Bam! A new shirt.

What looks like a messy white-out job turns out to be the coolest shirt in your closet.

Seriously, send us your shirts and we’ll send back a few revitalized with the Sharism and Fabricatorz logo as a thank you for giving life to otherwise dead and forgotten cotton.

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Aiki Framework 0.9.0 Released with Our New Installer

Along with Open Clip Art Library 3.1, we released Aiki Framework 0.9.0, “Infrastructure for the Future” release. Aiki Framework is a software invented by Bassel Safadi to power the Open Clip Art Library and other database heavy sites, that need collaboration on the web. Fabricatorz and Aiki Lab use this software where possible to solve client problems and to make the platform better so it becomes easier to make sites each time.

In this Aiki 0.9.0 release, we fixed 76 bugs and added 23 new features. The highlights of the release are a new installer, and lots of developer-centric infrastructure for the future: multi-languages, multi-views, multi-sites and more! Get it while it’s hot!

Aiki keeps getting better. Have you tried it? Join us! If you want a fast website that is scalable, hire us.

Check out the new installer below (a big thanks to rg1024 and jcubic for working so hard on this release too):

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Laoban Speaker Workshop part of Vision Forum Melbourne

Over at, made a post about the Laoban Speaker Workshop on Saturday, September 12, 2009 and Overlap Salon Melbourne on Tuesday, September 15, 2009! At both events will be talking about Fabricatorz projects and the Laoban Soundsystem Matt Hope and I have built in Beijing.

Head over and check out the details of the latest Laoban project.

Also, Laoban Soundsystem will be a part of Vision Forum Shenzhen and Vision Beijing in October, so stay tuned!

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New Year – New Gear: Milkymist Video Synthesizer Makes 2012 Awesome

Season’s greetings friendz.

As you know the folks here at Fabricatorz have been collaborating with an international crew to develop and manufacture the Milkymist one. We’ve launching our new Milkymist website complete with a tutorial section. In addition to adding .jpeg support and more documentation, we’ve had users tell us how they used the Milkymist in a professional and educational atmosphere.

Recently architect Naihan Li has used the Milkymist to “perform” a presentation.

Free technology is beautiful. So get your own Milkymist today.

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Hi all, we launched and are ramping up promotion for this show in Guangzhou initially in September 2008. Here is the post re-blogged:

Hi all, welcome to a new project which is a collaboration between Fabricatorz and Garage Biennale. Here are two levels of scale about the project:

“Art show in Guangzhou, China in September 2008 and then in San Francisco November 2008.”

And, a few more sentences…

“Garage Biennale and the Fabricatorz are bringing you Cantocore, a research project investigating contemporary art and culture between Canton (Guangdong) and cities around the world. The initial focus is a contemporary art exhibition with two versions of the same show in San Francisco and Guangzhou, China.”

There is a solid line-up of artists working on projects at present for both shows with the main concept being the ideas of import and export where projects in both locations are the same, but different versions.

Lu re-blogged the Cantocore Home Concert Preview we are doing next WED in SF, and so, I’m pushing out this post about the Cantocore project which is a contemporary art show that Lu, myself and Justin Hoover are pushing out this early September and November. The first instance of Cantocore is to generate some funds to help in production of the artwork. No one is getting paid from the raising of monies to support art production, so we are putting on a concert to preview the artwork for the show.

Lu wrote about here:

What it will take to make an art show. You will need three things: Artists, Space and Money! Sometimes these three things don’t come so easy, don’t they?

These are the things we are pushing right now for Cantocore exhibition, a show in both Guangzhou China and San Francisco this fall. There is a home concert preview party coming Wednesday 7/23 to fund the production of the shows. I am not a very good sales woman, but really want to make this one works!

Visit Cantocore site for information about the show, artists, and detail about the preview concert. Performing musicians for the the preview concert are Ma Jie and Christopher Willits.


And then there is a follow-up post on the Cantocore website:

Cantocore Home Concert Preview is coming up next Wednesday July 23rd, 7-9 PM in San Francisco. Right now our RSVP deadline for this event is extended to Monday, July 21st. And tickets are on sale right now for $50 USD! All money goes to the production of the Cantocore exhibition in Guangzhou and San Francisco. And, all contributions will be rewarded with praise, promotion in printed materials and on this website.

This event is a preview of the coming exhibitions, and also a home concert featuring Chinese traditional instrument musician Ma Jie and electronic musician Christopher Willits.

To reserve your tickets please do one of the following:

Call Justin at 415-425-1647
Or use Paypal option

We are eager to raise some funds from those interested in the ideas which will gain both a plug on the website and then in our printed material. Feel free to ask questions here on this blog post publicly, or send us email about this.

Please participate in this project and if in SF, RSVP by next MONDAY, July 21 to come to the Cantocore Home Concert Preview.

Mean Chan will get on here shortly and write something better and in Chinese for all you reading this in China.

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The 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. logo by mray

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

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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.


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 or email 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 ;)


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!


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

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


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:

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Fabricatorz and Aiki Lab to Facilitate Open Source Developers Workshop in Collaboration With ictQATAR and Creative Commons Qatar

Register at

Join ictQATAR and Creative Commons Qatar for a workshop on Open Source Development, Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25 at the W Doha. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days. Workshop participants will receive a general overview of how open source works in development, including case studies of innovations in the field, then will engage in hands-on coding and development sessions that will result in a collaborative open source project.

This workshop is geared towards individuals with development experience, and is open to all web and software developers in Qatar, including those working in the IT industry, government, the public sector and students. It will focus on:
• Helping developers use the latest Open Source Software
• Working with developers to create sustainable software and business models
• Allowing for networking between local developers on their projects/business and global software development
• Working with startup founders who are also developers, attack their targets
• Showing and exploring new technologies

The Open Source Developers Workshop will be facilitated by Aiki Lab, a Singaporean company created to work globally to create technology which makes the quality of life better for people. It is co-founded by Bassel Safadi and Jon Phillips in order to build upon the software, Aiki Framework ( The company has created numerous open source projects such as Creative Commons Asia, Creative Commons Arab World, Joi Ito’s People Project, helped to launch the startup Creation Mix, and continues to be the steward for its rapidly evolving software.

The workshop is free, but advance registration is required and space is limited. Register at

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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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StatusNet 0.9.0 and OStatus – Try it out!

OStatus Logo designed by REJON + AndyFitz

StatusNet 0.9.0 is released and is available for immediate download from the site.
This release includes the following new features and we invite the developer community to please try it and report back :

  • Support for the new distributed status update standard OStatus, based on PubSubHubbub, Salmon, Webfinger, and Activity Streams.
  • Support for location using the Geolocation API. Notices are (optionally) marked with lat-long information with geo microformats, and can be shown on a map.
  • No fixed content size. Notice size is configurable, from 1 to unlimited number of characters. Default is still 140!
  • An authorization framework, allowing different levels of users.
  • A Web-based administration panel.
  • A moderation system that lets site moderators sandbox, silence, or delete uncooperative users.
  • A flag system that lets users flag profiles for moderator review.
  • Support for OAuth authentication in the Twitter API.
  • User roles system that lets the owner of the site to assign administrator and moderator roles to other users.
  • A pluggable authentication system.

see the full list of features here:
A full changelog is available at StatusNet 0.9.0/Changelog.

Also, the OStatus process is underway!

OStatus lets people on different social networks follow each other. It’s transparent to your friends, colleagues and family which software or service you use. They can get your status updates on their own sites and reply, like, or re-post your updates.

OStatus isn’t a new protocol; it applies some great protocols in a natural and reasonable way to make distributed social networking possible.

The OStatus spec is a first step in this direction. We’re eager to work with other implementers to make it better, to smooth the rough edges, and to improve the overall experience.

Everyone interested is invited to join the ostatus-discuss mailing list to get this discussion moving.

Thanks to everyone who’s made these protocols work so well together. We hope that OStatus can bring these efforts one more step forward.

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Launching the Open Font Library and Freeing Fonts

Montreal, May 12, 2011 – At the 6th Libre Graphics Meeting 2011 in Montreal, the Open Font Library, the Open Font Library community and Fabricatorz launch an online library of fonts that all type designers and font enthusiasts may participate in. The goal of the Open Font Library is to offer great fonts, help designers share their work, accelerate the usage of the @font-face tag available in modern web browsers, and to help educate everyone about how to design and use fonts.

The Font Library website is under active development, with the mission to bring online a veritable library of fonts to be made available under free licenses, including the SIL Open Font License, Creative Commons Zero license, and the GPLv3 with font exception license.

Fabricatorz developer Christopher Adams led the development of the site on the company’s Aiki Framework. “Today marks a crucial milestone in the lifetime of the Open Font Library, from its initial conception in 2006 to its finalized public release in 2011,” said Adams. “Our goal for the Font Library is not only to assemble a large collection of fonts, but to highlight quality free fonts and help others get involved in making this the best public library of fonts.”

The Open Font Library received sponsorship and direction from Dave Crossland. Other major contributors to the project include Alexandre Prokoudine, Ben Weiner, Ed Trager, Eric Schrijver, James Weiner, Jon Phillips, Nicolas Spalinger, and Robert Martinez, who developed the Open Font Library logo. Initial patrons to the project include Mozilla Foundation, River Valley Technologies, TeX Users Group and Yes Logic. The Font Library has also benefited tremendously from input by participants at the Libre Graphics Meeting 2011.

The Open Font Librarians and the Fabricatorz, the global open production company, are actively seeking sponsorship and contracts to support the development of the Open Font Library towards a 1.0 release by the end of 2011. With sponsorship, there are active plans to integrate version control support for fonts on the site, allow for direct editing of fonts on the site, identify incomplete font designs and actively provide solutions, and integrate social web features into the project. More advanced features like API support for uploading and downloading fonts become possible for each additional patron who offers their support.

“The Fabricatorz stand ready to help build the world’s largest collection of fonts,” said Fabricatorz and Open Clip Art Library founder, Jon Phillips. With your support, use of the Library’s fonts, and spreading the news of the project, the Open Font LIbrary is certain to reach this goal.”

About Open Font Library

The mission of the Open Font Library ( is to promote your freedom as it relates to fonts. All of the typefaces contained in the library are available under a free license, which gives you the freedom to use, study, remix and share each and every font. The site is powered by the Aiki Framework (, a powerful web framework for building network services using the AGPL license.

About Fabricatorz

The Fabricatorz ( is a “open” production company that makes successful projects from start to finish, including development and community management. We specialize in Free and Open Source Software, Creative Commons technology, growing on-line and off-line communities in San Francisco, China and the Arab World. Our core focus is in developing software using Aiki Framework, hardware using Qi Hardware, and community-building around the philosophies of Sharism.

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Press Contact

Christopher Adams
San Francisco + China



Cantocore Guangzhou on September 5th!

I’ve blogged about Cantocore launching on, and of course, Please help us by spreading the news about the project to all your friends!

Cantocore Graphic

Last week we did a press barrage for the upcoming Cantocore show in Guangzhou, China! I know a lot of you are spread all throughout the globe, but nonetheless, I hope that anyone in the region can make it for the big September 5th Opening! It will be fantastic.

I wrote the exhibition text, have been coordinating fabrication, and somewhere in the midst trying to finish my project for the exhibition. We are up late right now finishing some projects and the publication is coming along nicely for the last minute print deadline for tomorrow :) Here is a sampling of the press text which you can read in full at

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

Also, we just updated some images of works for the show. Here is a sampling of the full post over at

For all you needing images out there, we have just up pushed out images for David Johnson who will be exhibiting a work titled “Made in China” and Guy Overfelt who is getting some magic smoke fabricated.

Guy Overfelts Untitled (Up in Smoke) Sketch

Please check out the press section to help blog and promote this show!

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