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Fabricatorz Launch Yumumu Fashion Website


Fabricatorz Brad Phillips and Bassel Safadi worked with Singaporean boutique fashion designer Yilin Lu to relaunch her site, Yumumu. While it has the same look and feel, Brad and Bassel built the site on web standards using our open source free network service building software, Aiki Framework.

Brad and Bassel removed the dependence upon the deprecated Flash, which essentially kept the website invisible to search engines and locked to hiring someone to update the site and rebuild it each time, prior to deploying a new version of the site. Now, with Aiki Framework, the site is dynamic, visible to search engines, and now Yilin and her team can update the website without depending upon us.

Please visit Yumumu website, and if you are in Singapore or visit a Stockist, Yilin’s designs are excellent. Pick up some dresses.

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Making Dirt with Inkscape and Open Clip Art Library

dirt film simplifed

Its Friday and I want to make a fun post! Last night while working on a project with Christopher, I mentioned that we should add more dirt to some of our designz. He asked me how, so I made a quick HOWTO make dirt using our beloved Inkscape drawing software and then uploading the results, as scalable vector files to our project, Open Clip Art Library.

dirt bubbles on film

Check it out! If you like this post, please try to make your own dirt and upload to the Open Clip Art Library:

  1. Download image of dirt from a source like Google Image Search or Flickr.
  2. Download and use Inkscape, the free drawing tool!
  3. Import image in inkscape (I usually embed the image for now)
  4. Select Path > Trace Bitmap…
  5. Play with options (prefer simple black and white)
  6. Convert image to paths by clicking “OK”
  7. NOTE: At this point you will have some dirt. You may want to delete the image source material you imported now, or later.
  8. To create dirty type or make some shape dirrrty, then…
  9. Overlay shape or type on the dirt path.
  10. Then, play with path operations in the Inkscape Path menu like intersection, exclusion until you get a desirable result
  11. Have fun! Undo and Redo menu operations are your friend
  12. Upload your saved SVG (without the image in the file) to the Open Clip Art Library.

dirt bubbles detailed

Check out my growing collection in my Dirt Gallery (some of you who have known me for some time will get that KC comment ;).

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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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De Fabricatorz in Nederland

Last week, the Fabricatorz dispatched me on a three-city tour of the Netherlands to play some gigs and tour art spaces in Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Rotterdam. I kicked things off with Sharism Presents Amsterdam hosted by our great friends at Kennisland on November 1st. In attendance we had Paul Keller, Nikki Timmermans, Maarten Zeinstra and Thijs van Exel (Kennisland), Alper Çuğun and Lex Slaghuis (Hack de Overheid), Jaak Vlasveld (Consortium Green IT), and Natalia Sanchez (Unfold Amsterdam); plus John Haltiwanger (dripping digital) in absentia. Maarten and Jaak deserve props for learning the Flickernoise scripting language for the Milkymist One by writing (and then performing) their first patch in under 20 minutes!

I followed that up with an appearance at the IMPAKT Festival in Utrecht (now in it’s 22nd year), where I gave a talk during the Getting Rough with Media: The ‘Right to Know’ Summit, and showcased the MilkyMist video synthesizer in a live collaborative performance with Chilean noise artist elpueblodechina. I spoke alongside Sunil Abraham (Centre for Internet and Society), Tatiana Bazzichelli (Networkingart), Rui Guerra (INTK), Alejandra Perez Nuñez AKA HIMW a.k.a. elpueblodechina, Ghalia Elsrakbi and Lauren Alexander (FOUNDLAND), and Alejandro Duque. Ghalia and Lauren deserve a special shout-out for their art project on Syria, Watching revolution through a hole in the wall. Also, at the same time as the summit our friend Bjorn Wijers (Burobjorn) was participating in the A Hack a Day at IMPAKT.

The ‘Right to Know’ Summit was curated by Fabricatorz friend and collaborator Stephen Kovats. Stephen served until recently as artistic director of transmediale, where in his final year he helped sponsor the book sprint for An Open Web. Before that Stephen was chief program curator at V2_, and is now the Project Director of McLuhan in Europe 2011. I’m looking forward to what Stephen has in store for 2012!

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StatusNet launches StatusNet Enterprise Network!

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StatusNet did a launch today of StatusNet Enterprise Network, their support program specifically tailored for corporate clients.

Enterprise Network members participate in StatusNet’s exclusive on-line enterprise community, where they can get advice from other enterprise users and interact directly with StatusNet architects and engineers.

For details on SEN plans, see network.

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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.


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

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Open Clip Art Library’s Push for 30,000!

On March 8, The Open Clip Art Library set the scalable vector graphics community ablaze with the announcement of version 2.0. Among the key features implemented in this upgrade: interface aesthetic (new theme, logo redesign) and usability (thumbnail previews, aiki framework) provided the benchmarks for the bulk of the librarian’s work, behind the scenes.

As this new release made it’s way around the internet, page visits shot through the roof and users, new and old, have supercharged the Open Clip Art Library with new content! In 22 days, 574 new clip art submissions equal a whopping 300% increase over last month’s total of 191!

Feedback from the community has proven vital, as Open Clip Art Library has begun settling into it’s new skin. Bug reporting has helped direct the development of OCAL and is still being actively promoted. The librarians, including members of Fabricatorz, have been working hard to add key features, as they are needed. Since the 2.0 release, users are now able to remove files they’ve uploaded. Also, users who have lost their password now have a recovery option. Other important changes, like ‘previous’ and ‘next’ browsing links, are gradually making their way into The Open Clip Art Library’s web experience.

As OCAL closes in on 27,000 total vector graphics, the librarians are aiming to push their artistic community to release even more original and remixed images. Work on Open Clip Art Library 2.1 is hard underway, and it’s architects have set a goal of 30,000 images uploaded by it’s scheduled April 1st release.

Those new to The Open Clip Art Library are encouraged to register and participate in this growing community. If you’d like access to the entire library of clip art on your local PC, download one of the 2.0 packages. Users will have an array of formats to choose from, including: tarball, zip, as well as an NSIS-based Windows Installer. The Librarians at The Open Clip Art Library extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in the continuing success of OCAL!

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Interview with new Fabricatorz member: Jennifer Yip


Spencer: Is it Jen or Jennifer?

Jennifer: I answer to both names :) Most people call me Jen though.

S: I’m going to call you Jennifer because it rhymes with my name. So Jennifer, can you give us a little introduction about yourself?

J: I love being a transplant to the Bay Area: I get to experience the west coast fun, beauty, innovation, and liberal attitude while still feeling my strong Midwestern roots. After almost 10 years in San Francisco, I still enjoy listening to classic rock, shooting guns, and riding on boats. I’ve made a career out of helping groups become more organized and efficient. I’m inspired by various forms of music, dance, and other artistic expression.

S: I first met you in Warsaw at the Creative Commons Global Summit last year. What were you doing with CC? And what’s been shaking since I last saw you?

J: At CC, I was responsible for overseeing all HR functions, financial support, and general corporate operations. I liked the fact that my work reached every staff member on the team in some way. I took advantage of opportunities to make and improve upon employee policies, benefits, as well as office culture. I took my role as the Operations Director and Treasurer quite seriously.

After the summit in Poland, my world made a 180 turn. CC’s organizational structure was changing enough so that it made sense for me to move on. I had logged over 6 enrichingly chaotic years with CC. My grandparents’ lives were also coming to an end, during my transition out of CC. So in the spring of this year, I found myself with the chance to take a huge break from work and the time to deal with the loss in my family. The timing of everything was impeccable. I’m now finally ready to work again and make my way toward a new professional path.

S: What lead you (or how did you get swindled) into working with this crazed bunch?

J: Jon Phillips and I worked well together while he was at CC. I seem to prefer interacting with unconventional thinkers. Jon and I kept in touch after he left CC to start-up Fabricatorz. We always talked about working with each other in the future. We’re familiar with each of our working styles and skills. It seemed like he knew he’d eventually need help with the operational aspects of running a company, and we kept each other in mind over the past few years. Again the timing worked out, so that I could jump in to try to expand his capacity. I like the get-it-done mentality with smart, laid-back, conscientious team members.

S: :D. Anything exciting planned for 2013?

J: All that’s planned so far is to celebrate my mother’s 60th birthday in Michigan this summer. 2013 is the continuation of the time for possibilities. I’m looking forward to seeing what new opportunities will come my way over the next few months.

S: Well, welcome to the team.

J: Thank you.

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Laoban Soundsystem Summer Planning Friday Event

Laoban Soundsystem Summer Planning Event Graphic

Come out tomorrow afternoon and evening, Friday, May 1 at CCD300 for a last minute event tomorrow in Cao Chang Di for the Qianti 2009 Performance Art Festival. Matt and I are setting up the upgraded Laoban Soundsystem 1.0 and will use the new Xiaoban Baby Speaker Samples we have in the stack for the event to start at 2 PM on May Day (May 1) and will last for a few hours. If you are hardcore, come out from the start. My guess is the best time to come after the performance art is at 5:30 PM and we will keep the bass and dubstep going for as long as people are on the scene. There is cheap drinks and food all around the space, so all is well on that front.

UPDATE: Ok, confirmed details. There are performances and a couple of bands from 2 – 6. Then after 6 PM, the big party starts and goes until late. There is free bbq and beers the entire day from 2 until whenever…so this is really about who comes out now, and who is mixing.

We will be mixing some drum n bass, dubstep, dirty south beats, and getting some friends to mix as well, all around the theme of planning for summer events like Laoban Tour,, and other projects in anticipation of Laoban Soundsystem 2.0 arriving soon.

DJS: If you are a DJ, please come out and mix some cutting edge music. Its all about the battle of best music on an open soundsystem.

Stay posted to this blog and rejon on twitter for more details about the event. Here are the details on the Qianti 2009 Performance Art Festival:

Qianti 2009 Performance Art Festival

Curator: Wang Jun

Academic Support: Yuan Tingxuan

Visual Organizer/ Curator: Zhao Lejuan

特邀嘉宾:艾未未,何云昌, 王庆松, 余心樵
Special Guests: Ai Weiwei, He Yunchang, Wang Qingsong, Yu Xinqiao

Opening Party: 2pm, 1May, 2009

Exhibition Time: 1-3 May, 2009

地点: 北京草场地CCD300艺术空间
Venue: CCD 300 Space, Caochangdi, Beijing

接待电话: 138 1084 6594
Reception Number: 138-1084-6594

协办单位:CCD300当代艺术空间, 易品名堂高端室内设计机构, 左映像图片工作室, 第八天云南餐厅, 韩摄影工作室
Supporting Group: CCD300


There is loads of artwork and performances at CCD300, a studio in the corner opposite Ai Wei Wei’s big studio. You’ll hear the music since the event is outdoors. If it rains, there is an indoor space, so come anyway! Come on out, lets have some drinks to celebrate May Day, talk about the summer, and figure out ways to plug into the entire Laoban Project. We still need sponsors and are planning for a full summer of events.

Here is a map to the space on Google Maps in China. If you get lost or something, or want to know what is happening, you can text or call me (Jon Phillips) at: 132-6817-8381

Thanks to Venus Lau for translating this quickly :)

UPDATE: Check out the facebook event.

Laoban Summer Planning LOGO as SVG vector file all outlines

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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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Open Hardware Manufacturing (from China)

I recently spoke at TTI Vanguard’s NEXTGEN conference in Miami. Totally great experience to talk to some very high level folks about the work we are doing as Fabricatorz on the Qi Hardware and Milkymist Video Synthesizer project. Here are my slides. The first set I did on my laptop, and the second set I *performed* using the Milkymist! In 2012, I will try to use the Milkymist for any performances (no more presentations!).

I should note that the presentation title reflects popular interest in some of my topics, and not the specific words I would choose to represent what we are working on. In particular, we are staying away from using the words FREE, OPEN, COPYLEFT now in favor of Sharing, hence Sharism. Also, the word Hardware is a bit problematic because of what it conjures up for computer nerds as this an already manufactured piece of hardware, like the 400K iphones foxconn is churning out a day. We take it to mean more like the glass or metal that is part of a final product. To consider the Milkymist or our projects FROM CHINA is not completely accurate. While I spend a lot of time in China, the Milkymist in particular is manufactured mostly in Taiwan.

Oh well, words are words are words! Check out the slides below and please share. They are (shared by) me, aka: Fabricatorz.

Open Hardware Manufacturing (from China)

(Click here for the SVG presentation or the SVG with outlines)

Milkymist One Video Synthesizer

(Click here for the SVG presentation or the SVG with outlines)

Ask me about the event the next time you see me; I have some great stories to tell since this event was supposed to be mostly private during the conference.

In a more public showing, Yi from Qi Hardware is presenting about the Milkymist tonite (中文 at Xinchejian, the Shanghai-based hackerspace we held the first Sharism Presents Shanghai.

Don’t forget to Buy a Milkymist One for yourself or your friendz :)

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CCD – The Community | OPEN CALL!


2012 Theme: The Politics of Meeting
CCD – The Community is the newest and most awaited addition to the ever growing, city-wide events of Beijing Intl’ Design Week. Debuting with the 2012 edition set to open on September 28, CCD – The Community is a creative incubator playing host to a research-driven program rethinking synergies across art, design and technology, to shape unprecedented encounters among intersecting communities of local and international players, professional visionaries, innovative makers and thinkers.

Drawn as a thematic ensemble of exhibitions, special installations, live events, educational programs, workshops and seminars, CCD – The Community features projects spanning geographical locations, design strategies, visual languages, theoretical and academic investigations, methodologies of material and intangible production unpacking the cultural and economic predicaments of China’s call for “indigenous innovation”.

A ‘city within the city’ CCD is a space of convergence that has grown organically around the life of its inhabitants: here life goers, migrants workers, farmers, small entrepreneurs and taxi drivers sit with designers, artists, collectors and dealers.

CCD – THE COMMUNITY arises from a wishful, positive proposition of creative communication with its unique social and spatial dimension. It plays out a urban fantasia enlivened by the meeting of participatory, haphazard systems of communal existence and the open-source, self-generated technologies of contemporary creative production. CCD is a grassroots, authentic self-expression of a networked community predicated on sustainable values of collective intelligence.

Log on as an Exhibitor.

Follow the online instructions: tell us who you are, how we can contact you, and provide a brief description of your project (300 words max) including up to 3 images.

You can apply with projects in any design category (product, fashion, interactive, digital, graphic, etc.).

Under Notes please specify what type of event (i.e. an exhibition, installation, indoor or outdoor project, workshop, talk, screening program or performance, etc.).

CCD – The Community does not ask for any participation or rental fee.

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Sharism Makerlab Exhibition Sprint at Creative Commons Global Summit 2011

We are also super excited to formally announce the first Sharism Makerlab at the first Creative Commons Global Summit in several years! Fabricatorz all-starz along with many Creative Commons friendz and local talent will be on hand for two intensive days of sprinting towards hosting an exhibition on the first night of the Creative Commons Global Summit in Warsaw, Poland! If you want to participate in the event, please RSVP on the facebook page and/or also RSVP.

Plac Zamkowy, Warszawa - The Castle Square, Warsaw, Poland

Pre-Creative Commons Global Summit, Sept 15-16, 2011, Warsaw, Poland

The SHARISM MAKERLAB will be held in Warsaw on Thursday, September 15 and Friday, September 16, 2011, right before the Global Creative Commons Summit. Our two-day event joins international makers, progammers, artists, musicians, designers, and thinkers with local collaborators, to work towards the goal to start the day with ideas to share, media to select (Audio, Video, Objects and Web), and an end goal to produce work to be shown the following night a public exhibition. The event starts with an overview, and then participants are to work in teams to make projects during the day. At the end, they come together to share their creations to Warsaw and visiting Creative Commons guests in town. The entire event will be live streamed, photoblogged, and massively tweeted. The event is free and open to the public. Registration prior is encouraged. If you are interested in hosting a Sharism Makerlab, please email the sharism team.

Reasons to Share

  • Learn Open Source Software: Inkscape for Illustrations, Open Font Library for making Fonts, Ardour for Audio, PD for Audio, HTML5 for Programming, KiCAD for Objects
  • Work with Global Makers: Work alongside Michelle Thorne (Mozilla), Christopher Adams (Fabricatorz/Sharism), Jon Phillips (Fabricatorz), Nathan Kinkade (Creative Commons), Mike Linksvayer (Creative Commons), Greg Grossmeier (CC), Jakub Jankiewicz (Open Clip Art Library), Bassel Safadi (Aiki Lab) and more
  • Be Active, Not Passive: Learn by creating real Audio, Video, Image, Text and Objects with the GOOD pressure of Friday night opening exhibition.
  • Release into Public Domain: There is a workshop on the public domain, and all audio, video, image, text and objects will be released into the Public Domain.
  • Get Credit: We don’t do demos, we do realidad. What better way to improve your job prospects and join the Sharism Movement, other than by doing real projets.


RSVP’d Makers listed below…

  • Christopher Adams, ,Fabricatorz + Sharism, is a publisher and designer based in Beijing and Taipei. He is a developer at Fabricatorz and works with Neoteny Labs.
  • Greg Grossmeier, Creative Commons, is currently the Education Technology and Policy Coordinator at Creative Commons where he focuses on how Open Education projects can better create, disseminate, and reuse educational materials. He recently moved to San Francisco from Michigan where he worked at the University of Michigan Library as Copyright Specialist and with the Open.Michigan initiative on OER related outreach and policy.
  • Agata Jałosińska, Creative Commons Poland.
  • Jakub Jankiewicz, Aiki Framework + Open Clip Art Library, is a graphic designer and programmer from Poland who primarily creates dynamic, interactive web pages while using SEO effectively.
  • Nathan Kinkade, Creative Commons, has worked and tinkered in the area of computers and technology since around 1997. He has served as an Information Technology Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Belize, and holds a B.A. in history from Emory University.
  • Mike Linksvayer, Creative Commons + gondwanaland, joined Creative Commons as CTO and became Vice President in April 2007. Previously he co-founded Bitzi, an early open content/open data service.
  • Jon Phillips, Fabricatorz + Sharism, is a developer living in San Francisco and Beijing while growing Fabricatorz LLC, Aiki Framework Private Limited, and the Sharism project. His notable involvements include Open Source and Free Culture movements, Inkscape, Open Clip Art Library, Creative Commons, Status.Net, Sharism, and Qi Hardware.
  • Bassel Safadi, Aiki Lab + Aiki Framework + Creative Commons Syria, is a software developer and a 3D technical director with ten years of practical experience. He has extensive experience in open source development including Linux kernel and Apache server. He started web application development in 2000 and 3D visual effects in 2005.
  • Eric Steuer, Creative Commons + MMC + Notthe1s, works with artists, media companies, technology developers, and cultural institutions on the use of Creative Commons licenses and
    CC-licensed content. He is a correspondent for Wired magazine, a member of CASH Music’s board, and a musician with dozens of recordings and remixes in release.
  • Alek Tarkowski, Creative Commons Poland, is a sociologist and director of Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt Polska, a NGO building a digital society in Poland and an affiliate institution of Creative Commons Poland.
  • Michelle Thorne, Mozilla,, works for Mozilla as a global event strategist, aiming to grow communities around open web projects through live events.
  • Spencer Young, Fabricatorz + Sharism, is an arts writer for San Francisco Bay Guardian and Art Practical. He lives in San Francisco.
  • Local Artists and Hackers


A two day workshop and sprint towards hosting an exhibition of projects on the opening night of the Creative Commons Global Summit, in the creative heart of Warsaw, Poland.


Warsaw, Poland, HEDOCO (
Address: Aleja Na Skarpie 15/18 (



  • To bring international makers together.
  • To make projects in realtime, with a specific practical goal.
  • To build on top of current projects, in a public format.
  • To have global makers work with local makers.
  • To progress sharing in Warsaw and amongst participants.


  • Send RSVP if you are interested in the event.
  • Attend the event!
  • Sponsor the event
  • Attend the opening exhibition on Friday, Sept. 15, 2011


The goal is to focus on the Audio, Video, Image, Text, and Object rubric for workshop tracks in order to create an exhibition.

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Electrochemex: Photochemical Records from Hong Kong

On the 16th of May at noon on the dot, the Electrochemical Currency Exchange Company opened its new data processing center at the foot of HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong. Patrons were invited to submit simple mathematical equations (“addition, subtraction, multiplication and division only, please”) which the Exchange would process for free. The calculators were powered by the exchange of ions between Hong Kong cents and Chinese fen after submerging them in Coca Cola.

The Electrochemical Currency Exchange Company is a project by conceptual artist Jonathon Keats and was arranged in Hong Kong by Miching Malicho. The Fabricatorz were on hand to observe and document the event, as were the HSBC security services! The bank was nonplussed by the ostensibly commercial activity taking place right under its nose.

Threatened with eviction, the Exchange was compelled to post notices that this was, indeed, an art performance; but this was a curious admission, considering the fact that the Exchange was generating more electricity than the billions being traded upstairs.

All photographs Christopher Adams

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Laoban Speaker Workshop in Melbourne and Overlap Salon

It went quite well. The F is recharged! Fair enough, as they say in melbourne.

Here is how the 10 Xiaoban Speaker drivers arrived on Monday:

Melbourne Vision Forum Laoban and Overlap Melbourne Salon

I added a couple to some found IKEA boxes and calculated the volumes, and made some small little truncated cone boxes which had some oomph.

Melbourne Vision Forum Laoban and Overlap Melbourne Salon

Images forthcoming on the Laoban hybrids. In addition to productizing the laoban speakers, I’m most interested in hosting/running Laoban Speaker Workshops wherever to use found objects and xiaoban small drivers to make custom boxes. Its a lot of fun, inexpensive and rewarding. Lets do it again!

Until the images of the Xiaoban IKEA hybrids, take a look at my post at and

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Bassel Needs Us. Join #FREEBASSELDAY on March 15.

Rainbow @freebassel! Good sign!!! Like rainbow after the rain you can see sunshine. Great future!!! Blessing #freebassel

This Friday, please join Fabricatorz, Creative Commons, Mozilla, and so many people and other organizations in hosting the first #FREEBASSELDAY. The plan is simple, visit and add to List your city, you (or your group) as the organizers of an event, a venue name and location, time and the action(s) you or your group will take. Please be as public as you can about your action! Some groups are having dinner like in France, other groups putting up fliers in Amsterdam, and more are getting together for a beer to take photos having a cheerz for Bassel. Help us free one of the original Fabricatorz, and one of our best friends, Bassel.

Here is a sample of the press release at #FREEBASSEL:

Announcing The 1st Annual #FREEBASSELDAY on March 15.

We, the supporters of the #FREEBASSEL project are inviting every person, everywhere to make an event on March 15, 2013 with other people in your city in global solidarity to call for the immediate release of open web advocate Bassel Khartibil. This day is the one year anniversary of the illegal jailing of Bassel Khartibil, well known free internet pioneer, software engineer, teacher, husband, family-man and friend. Bassel is a normal guy, in a bad situation. He is now stuck in a Syrian jail cell where he is not able to directly contribute to his local and global communities. We demand his captors to #FREEBASSEL!

Bassel is ALIVE.

Join us to create an activity, event or even a party to celebrate the great work and ongoing life of Bassel. We challenge other leaders of the free internet and open web to create events to make #FREEBASSEL t-shirts, release #FREEBASSEL software, put up #FREEBASSEL posters in your city, to make food together or even to throw a party at a local bar with #FREEBASSEL images and songs playing. Have a cheers for #FREEBASSEL and tweet the picture of your group publicly in your local language.


By freeing Bassel, you help to free the Internet. Joining the global movement is simple. List your city below, use the #FREEBASSELDAY hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks, set a goal for what you will do on this day and spread the word! For those community leaders out there like Bassel, pick an activity, a location for people in your community to meetup and make known the time for the gathering to your community. Then, let’s all have a global #FREEBASSELDAY.

The 2nd Anniversary of Syrian Uprising and #FREEBASSELDAY

If this event is successful we will #FREEBASSEL. Setup your event with an idea below, and have your community #FREEBASSEL:

✳ Update Bassel’s Wikipedia entry:

✳ Translate Bassel’s Wikipedia entry into your own language

✳ Make our event global:

✳ Make #FREEBASSEL t-shirts from the FREEBASSEL Avatar:

✳ Print out #FREEBASSEL Posters, and put them up all over your city

✳ Take pictures of your meeting raising your cups to #FREEBASSEL

✳ Create #FREEBASSEL artwork

✳ Write a #FREEBASSEL song

✳ Make a video to #FREEBASSEL, post on the web

✳ Write a blog-post or news article about #FREEBASSELDAY

✳ Release software into the public domain dedicated to #FREEBASSELDAY

✳ Release audio, video, image and texts dedicated to #FREEBASSELDAY


#FREEBASSEL is a campaign to bring about the safe and immediate release of Bassel Khartabil from wrongful detainment in Syria since March 2012. He is a well known contributor to global software and culture communities like Creative Commons, Mozilla Firefox, Wikipedia, Open Clip Art Library, Fabricatorz, and Sharism. He is missed by these communities, his family, friends and loved ones. The campaign says, “We will not stop campaigning for him until we see him as a free global citizen once again.”

For more information

Organizing Page:

Official Website:

Press Release:

Press Contact:


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