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Art Density: A Survey Of Vienna Austria

I have never visited a metropolitan area more creatively dense than Veinna, the sheer volume of cultural activities in such a small area is profound.

Spring Flowers Near Rathaus - Vienna, Austria

The city is walkable, there’s great public transport, an easy rental bike system, and in spring the flowers and trees are going bonkers, bursting with life…

Parks are filled with folks soaking up the sun and spring energy.

Small Girl With Dog - Vienna, Austria

I visited the Leopold Museum where they exhibited a reconstruction of Gustav Klimt’s studio, a quaintly minimalist space influenced by Japanese culture surrounded by his art. In addition, the curators had placed 400 postcards written to Klimt’s fashion designer and friend Emilie Flogue in glass cases that snaked through the series of galleries. The cards read like a Twitter feed in 1900’s…I remember seeing as many as 3 a day.

 Egon Schiele, Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait) © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 465
Egon Schiele, Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait) © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 465

At the end, I was absolutely emotionally blown to bits by Egon Schiele’s Self Portriat which is on the first floor on display in the permanent collection.

Inside Quartier 21 there was a free-entry tribute to John Cage entitled “Wanting to say something about John” sponsored by the TONSPUR_library.

On the back side of Mumok (where I saw the Claes Oldenburg retrospective) there is an artist in residence studio program and a HUGE variety of information on Austrian art and cultural institutions. I’m definitely applying for that opportunity at MuseumsQuartier, as the studios are contemporary spaces with amazing natural light directly in the center of the action.

Erwin Schrodinger Sculpture In University of Vienna Courtyard - Vienna, Austria

Down the street is a bust of one of my favorite scientists in the central plaza of the University of Vienna. Dr. Schrödinger (who I know for his cat thought experiment) is one of my go-to philosophers along with Albert Camus when it comes to absurdity and uncertainty being the right way to look at solving problems…artistically, creatively, or otherwise.

Academic opportunities abound in the arts like the University of Applied Arts Vienna where the assumption is that the students will explore art and research together.

IMG_9170Photo by Máirín

One of my favorite pieces is Stefanie Wuschitz’ “Looped Scroll” which reinterprets Carolee Schneemann’s Interion Scroll from 1975. In addition Stefanie has established Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory Female-centric hacker space also located inside the MuseumsQuartier.

Nagy  Anna & Vasja  Watzing, Schleifmühlgasse 12-14 - Vienna, Austria

I visited Schleifmühlgasse 12-14 what drew me in was Ping Pong by Nagy Anna
and Vasja Watzing. In addition Breakable Structure followed the second day.

I’ve already begun a list of places to go next time: I want to visit MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. and the Vienna Secession.

So if you’re looking for a massive infusion of art and culture make sure to visit Vienna the next time you’re in Europe. I highly recommend a week or more in this fine city.

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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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Come Draw With Us: Open Clip Art Library 3.1 Released

Greetings, friendz,

Thank you for all the great art and thumbs up to everyone contributing to the Open Clip Art Library! The community is blossoming.

We’re very happy to report that over the last few weeks we’ve had a massive jump in users who give us a Facebook like, surpassing the 3,000 mark. We’d also really appreciate a follow on Twitter @openclipart or Google+.

Stylised Lighthouse Scenery

Regardless of what platform you choose you’ll be able to follow current news and uploads to the ever-expanding database of YOUR art how YOU want it. We can always use your help growing our library, and thank you again in advance for telling your peers! Let’s all keep the practice of sharing in the forefront of our minds.

Abstract Landscape
Abstract Landscape by Viscious-Speed (/user-detail/Viscious-Speed)

What’s particularly great about this Open Clip Art Library 3.1 release:

  • Our new favoriting system
  • A better landing page including more main page features and the most popular clipart.
    Collections have been improved
  • Our server has been moved to a big linode box, thanks to for supporting our development
  • We added imagebot image editing to each clipart page simpy click the “Edit Image” button on a Clip Art detail page.
  • Now you can set the resolution of the raster art you desire to download by entering a number into the white box on a Clip Art detail page and by pressing the orange [PNG] button. You can copy the link in that box and use it as HTML anywhere on the web.

As we look to the future, Open Clip Art Library is absolutely commited make it easier to upload, download, and share. Please participate in the development of the project today.

Please enjoy the Open Clip Art Library 3.1, and keep on sharing. Also, please consider donating to support the infrastructure which keeps our community running! We need your help to make the Open Clip Art Library the best public collection of Clip Art that “anyone may use for any purpose” in the world!

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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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Art Basel – Miami Beach

A few of us made it to Miami Beach this year for the hoopla that is Art Basel. It’s always nice to drop in occasionally to see what the art world is up to, and glean what it deems hot or not. Not surprisingly, vulgarity still reigns large. But as I’ve noted elsewhere, hyper-superficiality can provide a breath of fresh air: making snap judgments based on whether or not something simply looks good is comforting in the same way that spending a December weekend in 80 degree weather is comforting.

Art Basel is definitely the most glamourous of all the art fairs that set up tent in Miami Beach, but several others created a strong buzz. Nada Art Fair, the free fair that focuses on smaller, independently-run galleries, is the younger, hipper and more tech-savvy alternative to Art Basel. The art at Nada wasn’t exactly impressive, but their events were far more eventful and exciting than those being hosted at Art Basel. I was able meet the people who run Bad At Sports, a dynamic group of people who do podcasts on contemporary art and had built a makeshift hut inside the lobby of the hotel where Nada was staged.

Almost as entertaining as crashing private cocktail parties that weekend was watching Miami Beach return to normal after everyone packed up and returned to their own private corners of the globe. Minus the influx of well-heeled visitors and sensational party buzz, Miami Beach felt almost as drab as the mannequin pictured above—blank and confused after being disrobed of all the designer garb.

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Getting Things LonDone: #MozFest + MozCamp KL + Inventing Marking Post-Graffiti

Markings Fabricatorz Four Projects

There is a slow churn that happens in the background. From Fabricatorz build-up to the Sharism Makerlab in Poland, the goal of Fabricatorz is to be the kings and queens of creativity. We are the CIA of creation. We like to be airlifted to most any place in the world, and accel(erate) on-demand. We are people too. We need to have fun, and make some cool projects in the midst of the grind doing humachine work for clients and ourselves.

As planned, I dropped myself into LONDON to support Fab affiliate Michelle Thorne, who runs global events for Mozilla, and who put on the Mozilla Festival. Fabricatorz works with Mozilla regulary, in China particularly, but I particularly wanted to see how Mozilla Foundation (MoFo) is doing growing the open web. I’m very appreciative to the large turn-out and to see so many great journalists there like our friend Bilal from Al Jazeera, and Brian Behlendorf from MoFo board in attendance.

I spent my time with new friend Andy Ellis who is a pro UX designer and VJ, and with our friend Ian Forrester from BBC, who wrote up a nice post about working on the Future Everything conference looking at he future of clubbing, dj’ing and vj’ing. Naturally, I showed off the Milkymist One and we talked a lot about how we can hack on things together.

I do think though that the format for nearly any hackfest is way too short to actually write code. However, this type of MozFest Hackfest is well suited to doing some creative exercises, but it reminds me that the most important part of events (well life in general), is to make better relationships with people. It is very easy to be a uber-nerd technological determinist or become the dad in the garage working on Open Hardware (the project with a broken gear as a logo) where the motto might be “hacking is jacking,” rather than “Hi, my name is Jon. I would like to be your friend.” The hardest part to events, is to focus on meeting people and just shutting the laptop. For me, I have to always work on listening rather than just always being @rejon. From these realizations I have decided that I will no longer give slide show presentations unless its the only option for very high impact events, and I will not bring my laptop to events because its a blocker to meeting people!

Overall, the MozFest was a great success because I became closer friends with four people in particular: Andy Ellis who is a VJ expert, Renata Avila from CC Guatemala and Global Voices who I have always wanted to get to know better, Agata from CC Poland who helped us put on the Sharism Makerlab in Poland, and the always cool Hyojung Sun who, like me is a digital anarchist, now doing her PhD at Edinburgh, where she is the resident skeptic about copyright. I’m super happy I focused and talked more with these friends and talked shop. More coming soon! I was also lucky enough to stay with my old friend Jeff Kuntz, now a journalist in London living with his cool wife Dorrie. And, I last minute lucked out to go to a science startup meetup powered by the excellent Kaitlin Thaney.


Now, onto the meat of this post. I spend a lot of time in Beijing now. While walking through a local market, I found a shop that sells black markers; I’m talking the graffiti kind! I bought a box of 10 for 10 RMB on the spot, and my life has changed.

Marking Begins

I started by marking out unnecessary text, but have progressed to blocking out all text.


A bought some jeans at Muji, so had to take out the tag.

I even took this further to realize how much paper is wasted in publicity, so I’ve decided to take it back, and re-use it, make it personal, and then redistribute. Check out these Milkymist fliers I made.


The real Milkymist please stand up. These are Chinese fliers for massage and special services you get on your doorstep everyday, now converted to a better use.


This is just a straight up marker flier on the back of a Qatar Air placemat. It’s kind of cheating.


On the back of a bi-folded business card from some cafe.


All you need to do to be a post-graffiti artist to do marking, is to buy some markets and take control of the propaganda around you by changing it. Join me in the Marking movement! Its REAL metadata.

Tomorrow in Beijing, come to the monthly Sharism Presents Beijing where I will share my new marking project. And, if you are attending the MozCamp in Kuala Lumpur this weekend, I’ll see you there with my markers, sans-laptop.


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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Fabricatorz and Friendz In The Newz: Fine Art to Milkymist One MIDI Control (video)

Our friend Robin Peckham announces the launch of Saamlung, a new gallery and project office for Hong Kong. The forthcoming exhibitions will represent a survey of Post-Internet art as well as curatorial exhibitions alternating between project-based solo presentations and thematic group shows.

Nadim Abbas, I Would Prefer Not To, 2009, Digital photograph (C-print), 42 x 64 cm

The Saamlung model is research-driven and focuses on placing work within the exciting collections currently restructuring global visual culture to tell the story of a cosmopolitan present.

Get to Saamlung in person for the grand opening in February 2012.


Robin Peckham announces the launch of Saamlung, a new gallery and project office for Hong Kong.
26/F Two Chinachem Plaza
68 Connaught Rd. C.
(135-137 Des Voeux Rd. C.)
Central, Hong Kong

Pre-opening projects include:

João Vasco Paiva, “Palimpseptic,” 18 November – 5 December
Opening Friday 18 November, 19:00-21:00

Charles LaBelle, “Guilty,” 9 December – 7 January
Opening Friday 9 December, 19:00-21:00

For more information on the projects, please visit their website:

Our Friend Werner Almesberger states “You haven’t really seen what the Milkymist One (M1) really can do if you haven’t used it with some MIDI controls.”

Here’s Werner’s step-by-step instructions on how to make the Qi Hardware video synthesizer Milkymist One really pop. Get your very own Milkymist One here!

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Milkymist One video synthesizer shown at 6th Libre Graphics Meeting in Montreal

Montreal, May 13, 2011- More than 200 active developers, artists, and attendees of the 6th Libre Graphics Meeting 2011 in Montreal were able to see the Milkymist One video synthesizer ( live for the first time, to entertain and surprise them between talks and during breaks. Real-time video synthesis with audio and video input had been available before in proprietary packages combining multiple devices and costing several thousand USD. Milkymist One combines this into a small form factor, and uses only free software and free hardware acceleration.

“The Milkymist One is the future of live performance and is the real freedom box, available now. Without a truly open hardware architecture, developers working on free and open software are going to be locked out from the future of development,” said Jon Phillips, Fabricatorz Founder and Qi Hardware Co-founder. “I am extremely proud to use the Milkymist One live at the event, and explain why its so important for the future of Libre Graphics.”

Phillips is giving a final keynote presentation at LGM2011 where he is presenting the future of Libre Graphics, moving from developers on desktop systems they control, to network services outward towards embedded hardware for making graphics.

Later that night, Milkymist One will be featured during the Libre Graphics Meeting 2011 closing ceremony in Montreal at an event called Geepsters.

The Milkymist project is an informal organization of people and companies who develop, manufacture and sell a comprehensive open source solutions ( for the live synthesis of interactive visual effects for video performance artists, clubs and musicians. The project goes great lengths to apply the open source principles at every level possible, and is best known for the Milkymist system-on-chip (SoC) which is among the first commercialized system-on-chip designs with free HDL source code. Several Milkymist technologies have been reused in applications unrelated to video synthesis, such as NASA’s Communication Navigation and Networking Reconfigurable Testbed (CoNNeCT).

Milkymist One is currently available in limited quantities to early adopters, and will be available later this summer for general use, at a target price of 499 USD.

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Open Clip Art Library Unleashes Version 3.0: Collections, Favorites & Batch Management

Montreal, May 12, 2011 – Today at the 6th Libre Graphics Meeting 2011 in Montreal, the Open Clip Art Library along with its commercial stewards, the Fabricatorz, have launched the biggest, most featureful version of everyone’s favorite public domain library of clip art, a collection that is free to use for any reason.

Lead developer of Open Clip Art Library and Fabricatorz Developer, Brad Phillips said, “This is our biggest release ever! We have fixed loads of bugs, and Fabricatorz have been leading an effort to create a traditional favorites system so all clip art may be rated by any artist. We have been actively working to close bugs and implement feature requests.”

Additional features include a new sorting category, displaying on the main page, that takes advantage of the new favorites system by listing clip art according to most popular. There is now enhanced profile management capabilities and also an ability to list links to a user’s different profiles. There are 50+ bug fixes on this 3.0 release that make the entire project work smoothly. And, now its easy to generate bitmap images on-demand, thanks to the contribution from user boobaloo from the project.

A major feature added in this release is the batch management action bar. This tool allows for librarians to add or delete clip art searches and tags. For normal artists (users) it allows for the ability to add to and remove clip art from collections. Collections is a feature from the last release so that themed sets of clip art are combined by someone.

As has come to be expected in recent Releases, a brand new Package of themed clip art is out. Open Clip Art Library 3.0’s theme is ‘Famous People’, and the package contains dozens of newly created graphics for all uses, many of which have been contributed by attendees of workshops at LGM 2011.

For all users and services using the Open Clip Art Library, Fabricatorz is a commercial production company that actively adds features to the Open Clip Art Library. Fabricatorz founder, Jon Phillips states, “The Fabricatorz stand ready to add desired features like a Request System, an Artist Donation System, and a Showcase section on the site. For any businesses, services or benefactors that are interested in these features, we want to work with you to realize new features on the project.”

3.0 Highlights

* Favorites system sprinkled throughout the site
* Most popular category on the main page
* Users can add multiple links to their profiles
* Batch management (collections and clipart management)
* 2 active events, famous people, doudou linux logo
* 50+ bug fixes
* Simpler personal information management
* Embed controls for clip art


We now provide monthly customized packages related to monthly themes. Please follow the url below to download the latest packages.

About Open Clip Art Library

Since 2004, the Open Clip Art Library ( aims to create an archive of user contributed clip art that may be freely used. All graphics submitted to the project are placed into the Public Domain according to the Creative Commons Public Domain Declaration. The site is powered by the Aiki Framework (, a new web framework using the AGPL license. The Open Clip Art Library. Drawing Together.

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.

For More Information


Press Contact
Jon Phillips
+1.415.830.3884 San Francisco + China


Open Clip Art Library DouDou Linux Competition and Famous People Collection

Doudou Linux Submission by Chrisdesign

Over at Open Clip Art Library, there is a steady march of development by Fabricatorz Brad and Jon, Boobaloo is helping move things forward, and the chat channel is springing forward. Also, looking at the numbers there now 83,113 artists on Open Clip Art Library, and 1,186 added this month so far! Please join us upload clip art and let’s grow this number!


We need you! Helping with the project is a great way to learn about open source software development. At the upcoming Libre Graphics Meeting 2011 in Montreal May 10-13, 2011, we will be launching Open Clip Art Library 3.0. Join us and be part of the announcement!

Doudou Linux Logo Competition

Head librarian Boobaloo worked with the Doudou Linux project to launch a logo competition to come up with the project’s new identity. There are already several submissions. Its a great way to be discovered.

Boobaloo states:

DoudouLinux (DDL) is a Linux distro for kids from 2 to 12 yrs old. It is specially designed to make computing easy for children (and their parents too!). Could run without installation from USB or LiveCD. So, if you have kidz – DoudouLinux made specially for them!

The competition goal is to attract more designers to the project and up the style. Its a good way to get your feet wet with libre graphics and to gain some reputation :)

Speaking of which, I noticed that the Freedombox project’s logo came completely from remixing artwork on the Open Clip Art Library. I like the Freedombox logo, but we think this GNU dressed as Che might be more interesting.

GNU dressed like Che

Famous People Collection

Brad has been adding features and fixing bugs left and right. The collection functionality he added is getting a good work out now. Its getting more attention with this month’s main activity. Please submit your images and help collect images of Famous People.

Richard Stallman as Vector

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Open Clip Art Library Version 2.9 Hits the Web

In mid-December, the Librarians at The Open Clip Art Library issued a final site upgrade for the year. Among many notable upgrades, a shift to a new Public Domain Dedication: CC Zero, a new Collections Feature, more streamlined and user account management, along with a Winter Holiday 2010 themed package were highlights.

gathering clip art

Today, the Open Clip Art Librarians are Officially Releasing the Latest Version of their website: Open Clip Art Library 2.9. This newest iteration, the first of the new year, again focuses on the end-user experience, along with filling out the ever-expanding body of art the site contains.

Kicking things off, a long-standing bug has been fixed in a major way. One of OCAL’s leading contributors, johnny_automatic, has gone through a gigantic list of clip art that had been previously not been connected to the site in transition from Open Clip Art lIbrary’s upgrade to 2.0, last spring and brought all of it back to life. As a result, OCAL’s collection has been fully restored to it’s original glory and the current Clip Art Tally stands at nearly 40,000 images!

Longtime visitors will also notice a major menu-item change. A new section, Collections, has replaced Packages. Users will still find information and links to download their favorite packages in this new section, but the change reflects a long-gestating idea that will shift the direction of content from managers of the site to it’s users. With Collections, any user is able to save a Clip Art that they love to a group that they themselves have created. Found a really useful set of icons? Create a Collection & share them with the Community, as a set! The latest Collections are displayed in this new section. As Collections grow and more data is gathered, this section will become vital to the new direction that The Open Clip Art Library will be shifting towards in future Releases.

anime hacker

Another key librarian turned developer, Chovynz, has made great strides in several key bugs, including a few related to Clip Art Comments. Registered users can now log into OCAL, select their ‘My Cliparts’ section, scroll to the bottom of the page and see a list of the most recent comments made on their uploaded works!

Shanghai City Skyline

New work continues to drive Open Clip Art Library’s progress. A new package has been made available with this release. Chinese New Year 2011 contains work related to the yearly shift, created by the Artists of OCAL’s expanding Community. Users wishing to contribute to the next Release’s package, Presidents, can do so by tagging any related work with the key term “presidents”.

Abraham Lincoln

The Fabricatorz are pushing The Open Clip Art Library to this next plateau with our development the Aiki Framework, the software engine that powers OCAL. We would like to thank everyone else who have helped this project continue to grow and succeed. You can also help find bugs and submit your feature requests, or join us as a librarian today! Please check out Open Clip Art Library to upload your clip art.

UPDATE: Don’t forget to check out all the great contributions towards this 2.9 release.


Libre Graphics Meeting 2011 Ramping Up

Totally inspired from seeing this great little short by Jakub Szypulka about our favorite conference that help put on, Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM), coming May 10-13, 2011 to Montreal.

Reclaim your tools. from Jake on Vimeo.

The Libre Graphics Meeting 2010.

A film by Jakub Szypulka

From the Create Project Mailing List, where LGM project is coordinated like many other plans and specs, Jakub said:

Hey guys,

I just finished editing “Reclaim your tools”, a short film about the
Libre Graphics Meeting 2010 in Brussels.

Here is the link:

All the filming and editing as well as the music was done by myself.
The movie is just some two and a half minutes, but I believe it might
be a useful marketing tool for LGM.

What I’m especially proud of is that everything you can see was done a
HUNDRED PERCENT using opensource software! (minus camera firmware I
suppose, haha)

Feel free to share the movie where ever you want! The only thing I’m
asking for is that you include my name.

As I count film-making to graphics, I feel that open source video
editing software should be a part of the LGM conference. Thus, I’d be
more than happy to have a short talk about the film at the next LGM. I
would present my workflow as well as point out areas where improvement
is possible (and sometimes really necessary) compared to closed
source, commercial software, which I’ve been using for a longer time.
What do you guys think about that?

I really hope you’ll enjoy it just as much as I enjoyed making it!
Can’t wait to hear your comments!

Jakub Szypulka

Totally inspirational Jakub! We at Fabricatorz will be ramping up our involvement towards the conference, especially since we love Montreal, Status.Net, have Fab affiliate CelineCelines there, and want to put on some really great Sharism-based events on this year!

Make sure to put LGM2011 on your calendar and join us at the Create Project to get involved deeper.

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Aiki Framework & The Open Clip Art Library Dominate End-Year Releases!

The Fabricatorz are firing on all cylinders as an eventful year is wrapping up. Today sees the fruition of several projects lead by the Team.

Aiki Framework kicks things off with it’s latest: Version 0.7. A renewed focus on usability and speed highlight much of the development cycle. With some great contributions from Roger Martin, project lead (and Fabricatorz Developer) Bassel Safadi presents back-end systems that have been revamped and polished to deliver content at lightning speed. Pretty URLs, a hotly requested feature, has made it’s way into the new Release, complete with documentation. Developer control continues to drive bug fixes and revisions. Once system-dependent, Aiki Alert messages have been retooled to allow complete handling, via CSS.

Aiki’s leading site, The Open Clip Art Library is showing no signs of slowing down with it’s 2.8 Release. Fabricatorz Developer Brad Phillips brings in a new “Collections” feature, in which registered users can create sets that contain the clip arts of their choosing! The process begins by finding the perfect image and selecting “+Add to Collection” on the right-hand side of the details page. Created Collections are displayed on each user’s profile page. This Release is marked by an update of the site to use Creative Commons latest CC Zero Public Domain Dedication tool. Jon Phillips says of the new Dedication:

“Open Clip Art Library is used all around the world by Wikipedia, teachers, artists, and plain old Mom’s as a key source for graphics. By updating our licensing tool, we are in compliance with the latest Creative Commons recommendation for releasing works into the public domain globally, and leading on the net with trying to increase sharing. This type of sharism is crucial to the open web.”

For more information about the latest Aiki Framework and Open Clip Art Library offerings (including new themed content), check out the Official Press Release. To get involved and help bring these projects to even greater heights in upcoming releases, take a look a look at the Launchpad blueprints for both Aiki Framework and The Open Clip Art Library.

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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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Fabricatorz: This Week – Conference Recaps & Open Source in the Classroom

Weeks spent hopping the globe and spreading the word on Open Source Tech have brought the Fabricatorz back into a heavy development cycle. As all of these projects and events evolve, Community updates become vital to those keeping track, and the first week of November promises a month packed with new and exciting projects!

Fabricatorz Developer, Christopher Adams, has been busy promoting Sharism on a global scale. Christopher and other Fabricatorz launched The Sharism Forum, at Get It Louder 2010 in Beijing, where the ideology behind new cultures stressing openness and sharing was featured and promoted.

October 23 brought Fabricatorz (Barry, Bassel, Jon and Christopher) to Doha, where they held an Open Source Workshop at the Digitally Open conference hosted by ICTQatar. The Workshop brought in a maximum capacity crowd of students and professionals eager to learn techniques, histories, and best practices of an emerging and Open digital culture.

October 25 saw even more Sharism love at a Creative Commons Salon in Beirut at Karaj, where Christopher again spent time introducing and presenting. Last week was rounded out with a group Developer/Planning Session at Hackerspace Damascus, where progress on new features for Aiki Framework were focal points.

In related Open Source news, The Open Clip Art Library recently received some contributions from a group of first-time users of it’s key development tool: Inkscape. John Haltiwanger led a class where students investigated the possibilities of the tool as an alternative to proprietary systems for creating digital artwork. Some examples from the students are shown above, below and as a part of the heading graphic.

Marije Rooze notes in her blog, after her work in Inkscape:

I like the idea of open source, of community and sharing. In terms of sympathy my head goes to initiatives like Inkscape. But I am also a creature of habit, unwilling to let go of something so good as Illustrator.

Marije’s impressions are indicative of the challenges that the Open Source Community has to address in order to move forward and continue cultivating a healthier and more vibrant digital culture. The Fabricatorz are hard at work making this a reality. Stay tuned for more Fabricatorz Business and Open Source cultural happenings.

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Fabricatorz: This Week – Sharism Forum & Arab World Workshops

The Fabricatorz are once again travel-ready as this week picks up steam. Most immediate on the list of events, Get It Louder 2010 is in final prep stages before lifting off in Shanghai. This year’s exhibition, a popular platform for new and upcoming artists, is themed around Sharism. As such, a Sharism Forum, coordinated and moderated by members of Fabricatorz will kick off the week-long event

A recent StatusNet blog goes into detail about how the event will be paced:

Jon Phillips is a moderator and organizer of the Sharism Conference in Shanghai which is taking place on Friday October 22,2010. He will be talking on Friday from 1:00pm to 1:30pm.

All are invited to this initial Sharism Forum to see the fruits of our labor.

From Get It Louder, the action continues into the Arab World. On October 23, much of the Fabricatorz Team will present at ICTQatar, a workshop based around free software and open source development. Main goals for this event will be to educate those eager to discover methods for open source development, advantages in using them, and why open source techniques are important. Attendees can expect all free culture bases to be covered, including: backgrounds, latest developments, and practical how-to’s.

Rounding out an action-packed next few days, Fabricatorz will be assisting AikiLab in putting together a DJ/VJ Party at the HackerSpace, in Damascus. Partying is free, but the drinks will cost!

Even more news, events and recaps on tap for next week!

UPDATE:Jon Phillips adds a huge thank you to Fabricatorz team members, Christopher Adams and Sophie Chiang for making Sharism Forum real. Without them, the conference would not have happened. Thank you so much. Fabricatorz coordinated the Sharism Forum happening in Shanghai right now with the help of our sponsors, Get It Louder, Google and Mozilla.

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New Releases: Aiki Framework 0.5 + Open Clip Art Library 2.6

Fabricatorz Developer & Creator of Aiki Framework, Bassel Safadi has spearheaded a new Version of his open source website-generating platform. The official press release speaks of some of the upgrades that can be found in Aiki Framework 0.5:

The administration panel has seen the benefit of Event Listeners logging changes made and more intuitive and real-time widget modification. File handling is also becoming friendlier, as ZIP files can now be uploaded to a server, stored, and unzipped, all through Aiki Framework 0.5.

The Librarians at The Open Clip Art Library have also been working hard to bring the Community it’s latest: Version 2.6. Boasting a collection of work that now eclipses 35,000 unique and remixed images, OCAL remains a dominant force in free and transparent digital art and design.

Profile Management, an often requested feature, finally returns in OCAL 2.6, thanks to cgbug. Users now have control of their displayed name, e-mail, and homepage details. Also, avatars are back! New and returning users can now associate their profile with their favorite uploaded graphic.

For more detailed information about the progress of Aiki Framework and Open Clip Art Library, have a look at the official press release

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Get It Louder 2010 Beijing Presents, Laoban Soundsystem Get It Harder Thursday Sept 23 Beijing

laoban soundsystem top cabinet

So you want to make it louder? More hardcore? Come get hard, low and deep with the Laoban Soundsystem crew at Sanlitun SoHo on Thursday, September 23 from 9 PM onward in the basement of the mall behind the Get It Louder Pavilion. Bringing the bass is Aussie Little Wu (Dave Thompson) cutting minimal techo, TommyBoy from UK cranking old school jungle, Rez and Marula tripping the drum and bass switch from the Spanish Corelabs and Get It Louder curator Jiancui mixing it up from an iPad. Also, echoing Mall Rats and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Laoban Soundsystem founders Matt Hope (UK/Beijing) and Jon Phillips (SF/Beijing) will chop n screw up dancehall, drum and bass and dirty southern hip hop through the 6000 watts of pure sound through the aptly titled, Laoban Soundsystem 2.0. Communing at the new Chinese commodified temple where money ain’t a thing, hustling visual imagery without spending a dime, and expanding conversation with a pure sound and video experience that exemplifies the sound clash heard from Kingston, you don’t want to miss this realideal. Invite your friends, spread the news, and let’s get it louder!

If you want to get harder, visit:


Little Wu (Little Five), aka David Thompson

Hailing from the shores of Australia, Little Five has been globetrotting for the last seven years stopping off in Europe, America and now China. Weaving together sounds from all sides of the table, his sets are full of energy and excitement a journey to the dark side.

Expect Techno, Tribal, Tech House.

We are just going to keep tacking on more friends as they come together here!


Fabricatorz: This Week – Laoban Soundsystem at Get It Louder

The Fabricatorz are charging through a week filled with sets of hotly-anticipated projects and collaborative efforts. Just today, Fabricatorz Founding Developer Jon Phillips led the way in the Announcing Laoban Soundsystem 2.0 and it’s associated debut at Get It Louder in Beijing (beginning at 7:00pm, this Sunday, September 19). Christopher Adams, who has been hard at work on Get It Louder organization, will be present at the event, alongside Jon.

Also just Released,, the latest in an exciting lineup of new pages developed under Fabricatorz Developer Bassel Safadi, and his Aiki Framework. Visitors to Laoban Soundsystem’s new homepage will find details of Laoban-powered events, as well as official documentation and steps to take to replicate these 6000-watt beasts.

Speaking of Aiki Framework, Bassel continues behind-the-scenes plowing, as the platform encroaches ever nearer it’s 0.5 Release. Enthusiasts can stay tuned in to Fabricatorz and expect a new iteration in the very near future!

Another Aiki-Powered Project, The Open Clip Art Library, is fast moving up it’s Release Schedule and adding new features, to boot. Fabricatorz Developer Brad Phillips has inserted a new ‘Community Status Updates’ Section, at the base of the home page sidebar, in which the latest updates from the Open Clip Art Library StatusNet Page are featured.

Check this space again soon, for more on Get It Louder, Sharism, and other projects and events in the Fabricatorz Universe!

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