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‘Do No Evil’ Doesn’t Cut It Anymore

‘Be Excellent’ is more like it.  Or so says the loose collective of San Francisco-based hackers who run Noisebridge – a co-working space like no other.

Noisebridge is an art & technology membership organisation run on a pay-what-you-can-but-if-you-can’t-pay-that’s-okay-too business model. Anyone who buzzes in is allowed in. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

The unassuming basement, located in the Mission District in San Francisco has a solder station, 3D printer and lazer engraver. There’s plenty of space to build, prototype, or hack whatever your heart desires. With free flowing WiFi, shared desk space and a full functioning kitchen, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would leave.

At Noisebridge, all decisions are made through consensus, based on the principles of ‘do-ocracy’.  Yup, it’s exactly what you think it is:  If you want something done, do it.  Let me paint you a picture of how this translates. I interviewed a number of “members” of this space, whom I will keep anonymous for the sake of their reputation – a currency equivalent to the Kuwaiti Dinar.

Because Noisebridge is a space for everyone, almost everyone drops by. The most recent incident worth gossiping about, is that there have been a number of homeless people dropping in and have started using the space to sleep, eat and store food.  Some members complained of security issues.  Others complained about a disturbance of the creative hacker energy of the space. Other members argue that these people should be welcome to stay on the basis that there’s a hacker in all of us.

One member had his own opinion. He practiced the principle of do-ocracy and ripped off the buzzer from the front door.   This, of course, sparked a saga of a discussion on their online wiki.  Philosophical arguments and bantering currently fill the forum on who should be allowed in and howThe most viable solution so far is to hack up a mobile app which can unlock the door using a daily pin code. Not a bad solution for a collective, especially because they can likely develop it overnight.

Why is this relevant to New Media? 

Noisebridge is a living example of a culture primed for innovation.

It takes a certain level of risk tolerance to be able to deal with the unknown.  Working on things that have never been done before is messy.  Working with people that you’ve never worked with before is messy. Very messy. Building a culture of radical creativity and innovation requires a certain level of confidence and trust in the community that builds it.  The limit at which we can push the boundaries of technology and creativity is bound by the constraints that we place on ourselves: the way we organise our ideas, how we make decisions, how we execute.  A community of innovators will only thrive when we start to become aware of these shared assumptions and how they shape our creative spaces.

‘Being excellent’ as a guiding principle seems to be a pretty good start.  Kudos to Noisebridge for taking the leap.

Tina Santiago is a researcher, interactive producer and UX Designer.   In the last 9 years, she’s worked in Toronto, Geneva, and London in interactive media, design and sustainable business.  She hold a BSc in Cognitive Psychology from McMaster University and an MBA in International Organizations from the University of Geneva.  She is currently living in San Francisco, California.  @tinasantiago | www.tinasantiago.com 

 

You Have to See it: Seed at the McMichael Gallery!

Beginning January 28, take part in an ongoing interactive, cell phone-driven initiative that lets you plant a SEED and grow a virtual tree! Come see what it’s all about!

SEED was developed in 2005 as a project by Toronto-based artist Napoleon Brousseau and his two technologist friends, Gabe Sawhney and Galen Scorer, and co-produced by the Canadian Film Centre. It has been presented at several venues around the world and the McMichael is SEED’s very first public art gallery appearance.

Seed explores the convergence of rich media and wireless technology in the creation of a collaborative and evolving work of art. Through sound and imagery, users create and populate a forest together. By dialing a particular number on the screen, each participant receives a “seed” on the public screen. By using the keypad on the cell phone audiences have the ability to grow their seeds, choose the type of trees they want to plant, and change their texture and color.

This winter and spring, the McMichael celebrates the artistic, cultural, and natural aspects of the tree with two breathtaking exhibitions, special installations, and variety of Tree-related activities for all ages, every weekend! It’s all part of The McMichael Tree Project.

Details:
When: January 28th, 2012 – April 22, 2012
Where: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario
(Islington Avenue north of Major Mackenzie Drive on the east side)

Common Pulse – Art and Media Festival!

Citizens of the Digital Age, join the beat of Common Pulse, an art and media festival celebrating and exploring new ideas in media, technology and society.

Common Pulse: A weekend long media art extravaganza in rural Durham (June 10-12, 2011)

Immerse yourself in cutting edge performances by world music ensemble, Eccodek, Montreal’s freestyling sonic chameleon Alexis O’Hara and our own musical comedy duo Parsons & Morel (aka The Funny Ones). Engage with media art exhibitions that interact in unexpected ways, featuring CFC Media Lab alumna, Isabella Stefanescu and Steve Daniels, as well as our five artists-in-residence Ken Gregory, Laura Kikauka, Karo Szmit, Jessica Field and Andrew McPherson. (The five will be here creating new work from May 19 to June 10.  They’ll be giving talks and hosting hands-on workshops during that time.)

Participate in an ongoing, three-day dialogue with over a dozen other artists and researchers from across Canada and beyond. In the Common Pulse Symposium we’ll be looking at how media is reshaping our culture and ourselves: how consumers are being transformed into producers, how private citizens are adopting public personas, and how ideas evolve in an era of file-sharing, sampling and open source

COMMON PULSE will present a forum for presentations and discussion during a two-day symposium. Eight artists and curators including David Clark, alumnus of the CFC Media Lab, Martha Ladly, faculty at CFC Media Lab, and Michelle Kasprzak, former Research and Technology Manager at the CFC Media Lab will be invited to present their experience creating work in the context of university research.  For more details please visit their site: http://www.commonpulse.ca/symposium.php

Common Pulse is set in and around the Durham Art Gallery, only two hours from Toronto. The festival is a collaboration between the Gallery, the GIN Mill Collective and OCAD University.

Get tickets and updated info at www.commonpulse.ca

For more information: info@commonpulse.ca

The Artist Project Features Art by Alumni: Ron Wild!

Come and see alumni, Ron Wild, and his art showcased in the Artist Project!  He will be at booth #210.

From March 3-6th, The Artist Project will showcase original art from over 200 carefully juried contemporary artists. First time buyers and seasoned collectors will find this four day art fair a rare opportunity to meet, learn and purchase directly from independent artists. Discover all mediums, including installations and video art. Experience special features, art chats & docent led tours.

Details…

Thursday March 3, 2011       7:00pm – 10:00pm (Opening Night Preview Party)
Friday March 4, 2011           12:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday March 5, 2011       11:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday March 6, 2011          11:00am – 6:00pm

QUEEN ELIZABETH BUILDING, EXHIBITION PLACE (180 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto, ON)

You’d be perfect for this! (Two Hot Designer Job Posts)

SR. DESIGNER / ART DIRECTOR



Salary Range
: 70-90K

Job Description:

Openings for seriously talented and experienced designers who love doing what they do. The ideal candidates are able to turn strategic goals into coherent design direction and oversee projects from kick-off to launch. Here’s what we’re looking for in a bit more detail.

Qualifications: A Bitchin’ digital portfolio.

We want to see:

  • Strong concept development and graphic design ability
  • Ridiculous attention to detail
  • Excellent understanding of composition, color, imagery, typography
  • Ability to explain and defend your design decisions

You should have:

  • Experience presenting your work to others, including clients
  • 5+ years experience in the digital channel
  • Strong working experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Experience creating and working with copywriters, designers, architects and developers
  • Excellent understanding of user experience issues
  • Experience providing art direction to others
  • Ability to self-manage multiple projects and work within deadlines
  • Team oriented, self-motivated

Bonus if you have:

  • Familiarity with CSS and HTML – no need to execute, but knowing how to implement design in real code is a bonus
  • Experience designing outside of the browser


3D WEB DESIGNER

(Toronto)

Salary Range: 55 – 65K

Our client, an award winning Toronto Agency is seeking a highly talented and creative mind to join their already successful team.

The Ideal Candidate would posses:

  • A deep understanding of Brand importance
  • Appreciates that storyboards are gospel
  • Values being courageous and cutting edge in design and communication
  • Thrives in an atmosphere that is built on collaborative team-work
  • Experience with 3D Modeling/Design
  • Motion Design specialized in After Effects
  • Solid experience in branding and identity
  • Must have experience in the interactive space (ex: Online & Mobile)
If interested in either of these righteous positions, please contact:

Jason Goodman | Account Manager, Hireglyphics

(P) 416 583 2030 ext. 2009 | (C) 416-230-2150 | (F) 416 583 2031

219 Dufferin Street, 307B Toronto, Ontario M6K 1Y9

www.hireglyphics.com | jgoodman@hireglyphics.com


…Bon chance!

Tim Burton at TIFF Bell Lightbox

We had the incredible opportunity of taking our TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Residents to a Master Class by Tim Burton (Director/Producer/Writer/Artist) today at TIFF Bell Lightbox! Tim Burton is in Toronto to launch his major career retrospective at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

“Tim Burton’s visual style is unquestionably unique, loved by millions of fans and has been highly influential in multiple creative spheres. When we first heard of the show, we were convinced it was the perfect marriage of film and the visual arts and the perfect way to bring new audiences into our major exhibitions space.”

- Noah Cowan,
Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox

Tim Burton will open on November 26, 2010 and run until April 17, 2011. Exhibition and film programmes tickets on sale now! Visit tiff.net or call 416-599-TIFF (8433) or 1-888-599-8433 for more information. 

Participate in Tim Burton’s Cadavre Exquis!

Join the collective participating in this storytelling experiment! Shape the story by tweeting the next line of Tim Burton’s Cadavre Exquis (“Exquisite Corpse”) by including the hashtag #BurtonStory. (Read the story so-far: tiff.net/timburton/twitter)

CFC Media Lab Presents CLOSE ENCOUNTERS @ InterAccess Gallery

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS:

On Thursday, September 29, 2010, CFC Media Lab launched the prototypes created by Residents from the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 sessions of the TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program.

On Saturday, October 2, 2010, these prototypes were exhibited for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010 at InterAccess Gallery.

CFC Media Lab Presents: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

A night of "Exploratory Play"...

"Exploratory Play"... IN 3D!

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010 Exhibit: Zone C #19

Neighbourhoodie, Created By: Rose Bianchini, Kathleen Climie, David McCallum

Unit N-O14, Created By: Camille Betts, Justin Ferrato

DruMeBa, Created By: Dee Balkissoon, Cathy Chen, Orla Garriques, Conor Holler

Voicings, Created By: Dawn Buie, Liz Gallo, David Goorevitch

I Should Be Dreaming of Butterflies, Created By: Sharon Switzer, Featured Alumni Artist

A good-lookin' crowd being addressed by our fearless leaders...

Slawko Klymkiw, CFC Executive Director

Ana Serrano, CFC Media Lab Director

Jacqueline Nuwame, CFC Media Lab Senior Training Programs Manager

And what party is a party without decadent food!

A great big THANK YOU to everyone who made the night such a success!

For more photos…

Click here for more photos from the CFC Media Lab VIP Launch at InterAccess Gallery: picasaweb.google.com/113229431714491281154/CFCMediaLabPresentsCLOSEENCOUNTERS#

or check out our Flickr page here: www.flickr.com/photos/cfcmedialab

GREAT THANKS to our fabulous photographer, Trevor Haldenby: www.longexposure.ca

Culture Days is Fast Approaching!

Calling All Digital Creators!

Culture Days is a massive arts and culture party taking place in every province and territory across Canada this September 24 – 26, 2010 (in Alberta, September 17 – 19). The party takes shape in the form of thousands of free interactive activities for the public to enjoy and appreciate the inner world of artists and creators. Everyone connected to the creative process (including you!) is encouraged to join the movement by registering an activity at www.culturedays.ca

Activities can be as simple opening the doors to your studio and sharing your creative process as a designer, architect, artist or writer. Host a demo in person or online via UStream. The only requirements are that registered activities must be free, open to the public and interactive. The interactive component can be sophisticated or quite simple. For example, if you have an exhibit going on, you can add a simple interaction by offering a chance to meet the artists or to talk to the curators about the show, or finding a way to encourage dialogue among the public themselves.

If you can’t organize an activity this year, we hope you will help spread the word about cool Culture Days activities in your area. Every activity has its own page on the website with social media buttons to make it easy for you to share it with friends. Or make your own Top 10 list on Facebook. Show your support for culture!

For more information on Culture Days, please contact helenyung@culturedays.ca or visit www.culturedays.ca where you can search by postal code or keywords or browse by category or using the Google Maps Mashup.

Be a part of making culture free for all!

CFC Media Lab Alumnus Art Show: Neighbourhood Watch

neighbourhoodwatch

WHAT: An art show of magical and interactive miniatures. Peer into the private lives of an eclectic group of people as they dream, watch TV, stare out the window and ponder the lives of their neighbours. Neighbourhood Watch brings to life a cast of whimsical characters who live in ramshackle and darling little homes. It is a show about how where we live and our space defines as much as our work and family.

WHERE AND WHEN: AWOL art gallery, May 27 – June 6, 2010

RECEPTION: Friday, May 28 from 7pm


MEET THE ARTISTS:

Rose Bianchini is a writer, producer and visual artist who has worked in television, radio and new media. Currently, she is writing and illustrating a graphic novel for young adults. Rose has art directed for film and theatre. She is a recent grad from the Media Lab at the Canadian Film Center where her and her team designed an interactive hoodie and game platform. For more information visit: www.rosebianchini.com

Jason van Horne is a visual artist, illustrator and sculptor who has exhibited at the Katharine Mulherin gallery. He also has created artwork for film, theatre and video games. Jason has a keen interest in architecture and the accessibility of cities, and has co-founded community art projects and public interventionist groups that include The City Beautification Ensemble and The Soft City.

To view information about Rose and Jason’s collective community art project of a plush miniature city visit: www.thesoftcity.com

luminato is seeking submissions to the creative city video contest

Two of CFC’s awesome alumni, Sharon Switzer and Maggie Greyson,  are involved in bringing this project  to the fair city of Toronto:

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You Have to See it: Seed at the McMichael Gallery!

Beginning January 28, take part in an ongoing interactive, cell phone-driven initiative that lets you plant a SEED and grow a virtual tree! Come see what it’s all about! SEED was developed in 2005 as a project by Toronto-based artist Napoleon Brousseau and his two technologist friends, Gabe Sawhney and Galen Scorer, and co-produced by […]

Common Pulse – Art and Media Festival!

Citizens of the Digital Age, join the beat of Common Pulse, an art and media festival celebrating and exploring new ideas in media, technology and society. Common Pulse: A weekend long media art extravaganza in rural Durham (June 10-12, 2011) Immerse yourself in cutting edge performances by world music ensemble, Eccodek, Montreal’s freestyling sonic chameleon […]

The Artist Project Features Art by Alumni: Ron Wild!

Come and see alumni, Ron Wild, and his art showcased in the Artist Project!  He will be at booth #210. From March 3-6th, The Artist Project will showcase original art from over 200 carefully juried contemporary artists. First time buyers and seasoned collectors will find this four day art fair a rare opportunity to meet, learn […]

You’d be perfect for this! (Two Hot Designer Job Posts)

SR. DESIGNER / ART DIRECTOR Salary Range: 70-90K Job Description: Openings for seriously talented and experienced designers who love doing what they do. The ideal candidates are able to turn strategic goals into coherent design direction and oversee projects from kick-off to launch. Here’s what we’re looking for in a bit more detail. Qualifications: A […]

Tim Burton at TIFF Bell Lightbox

We had the incredible opportunity of taking our TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Residents to a Master Class by Tim Burton (Director/Producer/Writer/Artist) today at TIFF Bell Lightbox! Tim Burton is in Toronto to launch his major career retrospective at TIFF Bell Lightbox. “Tim Burton’s visual style is unquestionably unique, loved by millions of fans and […]

CFC Media Lab Presents CLOSE ENCOUNTERS @ InterAccess Gallery

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: On Thursday, September 29, 2010, CFC Media Lab launched the prototypes created by Residents from the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 sessions of the TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program. On Saturday, October 2, 2010, these prototypes were exhibited for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010 at InterAccess Gallery. A great big THANK YOU to […]

Culture Days is Fast Approaching!

Calling All Digital Creators! Culture Days is a massive arts and culture party taking place in every province and territory across Canada this September 24 – 26, 2010 (in Alberta, September 17 – 19). The party takes shape in the form of thousands of free interactive activities for the public to enjoy and appreciate the […]

CFC Media Lab Alumnus Art Show: Neighbourhood Watch

WHAT: An art show of magical and interactive miniatures. Peer into the private lives of an eclectic group of people as they dream, watch TV, stare out the window and ponder the lives of their neighbours. Neighbourhood Watch brings to life a cast of whimsical characters who live in ramshackle and darling little homes. It […]

luminato is seeking submissions to the creative city video contest

Two of CFC’s awesome alumni, Sharon Switzer and Maggie Greyson,  are involved in bringing this project  to the fair city of Toronto:

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