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May 31, 2006

Asian Soccer

Flickr photoset via Sex or Not

welcoming the world cup and soccer season....

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Drink Water to Help Others

belu.jpg Drinking bottled water is a controversial topic (see Treehugger) but here is an English company that has developed a biodegradable bottle for its water AND donates its profits to projects with WaterAid in India and Africa. First the bottle: this is the first biodegradable bottle on sale in Britain. It is made of corn and breaks down by commercial composting methods in 12 weeks, and by home composting in about a year. The corn is grown in 100 days and can return to the soil in 100 days. The water is from deep wells in Shropshire and is sold in some major supermarket chains. Belu is a small company founded with a goal to finance clean-water projects around the world. They are part of a growing group of ethical entrepreneurs who are turning their businesses and profits towards having an impact on the world’s problems. Their intention is to generate one million £ profit and spend it on water projects. The first is in India where they are building wells and hand pumps and sanitation facilities. The second is in Mali Africa where they are providing clean water and sanitation to a community of 10,000 people. :: Belu via :: Independent

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May 30, 2006

Play the next war

Venezuelan politicians have complained about a new computer game:Mercenaries 2: World in Flames™ It is an explosive open-world action game set in a massive, highly reactive, war-torn world. A power-hungry tyrant messes with Venezuela's oil supply, sparking an invasion that turns the country into a warzone. Mercenaries 2™ features the latest and most dangerous in civilian and military tech, everything from shiny new sports cars, to the future-tech satellite-guided bunker-busting mini-nuke.
Venezuelan congressman Ismael Garcia has declared: "I think the US government knows how to prepare campaigns of psychological terror so they can make things happen later".

Read the whole article from BBC

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Child sexual freedom and pedophilia

That's the program of a new Dutch political party

Naastenliefde, Vrijheid & Diversiteit (NVD, Dutch for “Neighborly Love, Freedom, and Diversity”) is a new political party in the Netherlands launching on May 31, 2006. The founders are Ad van den Berg, Norbert de Jonge, and Marthijn Uittenbogaard. The party program includes lowering the age of sexual consent to 12 and eventually eliminating it, lowering the voting age to 12, granting many other social rights to children as young as 12, permitting public nudity, legalizing hard drugs for people 16 or older and soft drugs for people 12 and older, and comprehensive animal rights.

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May 29, 2006

Curating Contemporary Art


An exploration of critical and experimental approaches to curating contemporary art.

Referencing Roland Barthes’ text on writing, Le Degré zéro de l'écriture, the title of the project reflects its aim, not to define ‘curating’ but to observe practice in this field at “a sort of zero degree, pregnant with all past and future specifications”.
Curating Degree Zero was launched to research, present and discuss changes in the practice of freelance curators, artist-curators, new-media curators and curatorial collaborations. Beginning in 1998 with a three-day symposium and an ensuing publication, the project now focuses on an expanding archive about these practices, which is touring Europe as an exhibition, accompanied by a programme of live events and discussions.
The web site documents the activities of Curating Degree Zero, provides an overview and full bibliography of the archive, and reports on related exhibitions and events.

The archive is on display at the NABA in Milan from 31st May until 28th June 2006, as part of the Utopian Display Platform

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The Streaming Suitcase is a portable box of tricks for Hyde's streaming workshops on free and open source software. The project's website makes these tools available to the greater public, along with blueprints creating a 'secondary economy' for information. Visitors will find manuals offering plain-language instructions for streaming audio and video over the internet, as well as a glossary of terms and a handy list of links. The suitcase can help one learn the basics of Linux and PureData, and even build their own mini FM transmitter. In the true spirit of open source, Hyde invites viewers to 'have a browse! and take what you want.'

Originally from Rhizome.org

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Techno Tuesday

Due to technical difficulties, here is tomorrow's Techno Tuesday, on a Monday.

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Here’s a great spring project to get you ready for those up-coming summer barbeques: grow your own lawn furniture with the Terra Grass Armchair kit. All you need to do is assemble a cardboard frame, fill it with soil, seed it with grass, then stand back and watch it bloom. In just a couple weeks, a green and grassy armchair will appear in your lawn!

This reminds us a bit of the ReadyMade Make-Your-Own-Lawn-Couch project, and Julian Lwin’s Biodegradable Bench that we covered a few days ago. The Terra Grass Armchair however, seems like the simplest and easiest route to a furnished lawn f you don’t have a lot of time or money on your hands.

$ 100 or £65.00 from ThePresentFinder.co.uk

Via BookofJoe and IfTheBirdsKnew
Thanks Amylou & Joe!

wouldn't it be AWESOME to have these in the Fabrica lawn? *sigh*

Via Inhabitat

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"LifeStraw" Brings Drinkable Water to the Developing World

From the innovations-so-obvious-it's-amazing-no-one-thought-of-them-before department comes the LifeStraw, a plastic tube with an iodine/carbon filter designed to allow people to drink water safely.

Created by a Danish inventor, the LifeStraw can be used in developing countries and disaster zones where potable water is rare. To use, the drinker simply sucks through it; the water passes through the filter, which kills bacteria, and blocks parasites and other contaminants. The list price is around $3.50 (though considering that many in the developing world subsist on less than a dollar a day, the cost would have to be subsidized somehow). Each filter could last from six months to a year.

Many futurists fear that the worldwide lack of fresh water will be one of the great global crises in the coming years. Already, an estimated 6,000 people die of water-borne diseases each day, and many throughout the world travel miles on foot in the search for fresh water.

Source: BBC

Via FutureWire - futurism and emerging technology

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Ethanol Car Beats Fuel Cells to Win European Eco-marathon


From Environmental News Service newswire: -- “NOGARO, France, May 22, 2006 (ENS) - An ethanol powered car engineered by French high school students has achieved the best fuel efficiency at the European Shell Eco-marathon 2006, winning the race at the Nogaro auto racing circuit in southwest France. It also took the Climate Friendly prize for producing the least greenhouse gas emissions in the process”. Energy consumption was equivalent to traveling 2,885 kilometers (1,792 miles) on a single liter of gasoline. This did not best last year’s record, however. TreeHugger recommends reading the full story to take advantage of the photos and especially to read about the Danish engineering team’s invention of a 100% efficient hydrogen propulsion technology.

Entrants’ photo shown is by European Shell Eco-marathon 2006.

go high school students!

Via Treehugger

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CHECK- IN EUROPE Reflecting Identities in Contemporary Art

Art Exhibition until 13th July, Munich, Germany

What does identity mean in the Europe of today? Is there such a thing as a European identity, in an age of economic globalisation and mass migration, mixing cultures and languages? What are the criteria that define the sense of belonging to a particular society or sphere?
This exhibition aims at reflecting on Identity, Globalisation and Integration presenting some selected artists from EU countries.

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Web Biennial



Web Biennial's new gallery exclusive for "hack.art" is online. Please hack this folder to show your works. It is free, open for all, first come first serve, self service. Please keep the title tags of the index page as usual; "Web Biennial -Name of the Artist - Name of the Project".

Web Biennial aims to offer an alternative approach to exhibiting online art and it brings an alternative method for exhibiting art online. It is the first international bi-annual contemporary art exhibition created exclusively for the World Wide Web (W.W.W). It is an open non-curated, non-thematic exhibition and it does not have any sponsors.

Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, iS.CaM; Büyük Hendek Cad. No:37/2, Galata Kuledibi, Beyog˜lu, Istanbul Turkey istanbulmuseum.org | webbiennial.org

more net art...

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Call for Participation:


Summer of MySpace

Call for Participation: The Summer of MySpace - an online exhibition; Curated by Patrick Lichty - The Curator of MySpace; myspace[at]voyd.com; Friend Request Dates - 5/21/06 - 8/31/06.

MySpace is a cultural phenomenon. Millions of people have poured their lives into this online community, making it the most successful to date, surpassing Friendster, Xuqa, and Facebook. Millions of hours of creative time by its users, aspiring bands, models, and magazines have been placed into this online agora. But is MySpace a creative space? "Summer of MySpace" asks a number of questions about this burgeoning hang-out haven:

Has MySpace become a new art medium or New Media/Net artform, or can it be used as one? Can the selection of 'friends' and their spaces be called a form of curation? In making profiles, do we make ourselves into art objects? What does it mean to ask to be a 'friend'? Is a form of curation?

Is MySpace merely a space for the colonization of youth culture by corporations and consumer culture? Is MySpace's success representative of a truly new form of community? What other questions about relationships, society, art, and culture does MySpace present? Is MySpace limited by the way it's made, or can we subvert the profile for our own desires?

"Summer of MySpace" fires a probe into this unknown territory, asking all these questions, and setting up a stage for the Internet Summer of Love of the 00's.

Come, be my friend. Let me show you as a shiny new piece of art. Let us curate and be curated, befriend and be befriended in this brave new land of joy and irony.

Let's see what happens. Get on the magic bus.

Submission Procedure:

All you need to do is to set up a profile, make it into an 'artwork', make yourself into an 'artwork', make a place for your 'artwork', and ask me to be your friend. That's what curation is all about, isn't it? The rest is up to us!

Peace, all!
-Patrick Lichty
(The Curator of MySpace)

net art, i guess?

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Ecard Design World Championship 2006


Call for Entries!
Calling all creatives, designers, artists, media makers, movie and flash gurus, students, hobbyists and spectators!

Ecard Design World Championship 2006 is curated by maxtango.com, a service and platofrm for creatives from all over the world to send and share their Ecards with everybody.

From Designaside

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May 26, 2006

Useful dictionary

On line there's a dictionary with all the meaning of Japanese manga sound effects.
Check it out, you might find it useful for your next readings...


(originally from www.boingboing.net)

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May 25, 2006

Bucharest Biennale 2


Chaos: The age confusion

Artists: Erik Binder/Eduard Constantin/Janos Fodor/El Perro/Rainer Ganahl/Katia Lombardi/Agent Mc/Sebastian Moldovan/Pedro Motta/Ioana Nemes/Ilona Ne'meth/Tatsumi Orimoto/Dan Perjovschi/Catalin Rulea/Janek Simon/Attila Stark/Aya Tzukioka/Wang Qingsong

Opening: May 25, 2006, 19.00 hours, Skateboard Park Herastrau. Agent MC performance and launch of a limited edition of skateboard plates draw by Dan Perjovschi.

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ICFF 2006 - The Inhabitat Editors’ Choice Awards

See coverage of the ICFF in NYC by Inhabitat blog here...

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Today is Towel Day!!!


"You are invited to join your fellow hitchhikers in mourning the loss of the late great one. Join in on towel day to show your appreciation for the humor and insight that Douglas Adams brought to all our lives."


(via Boing Boing)

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MUJI Award


Entry period: 15 May - 31 August 2006


There's a pretty good prize money for the award, your design might also get made into a MUJI product....

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"Ultra Peau", un voyage sensoriel

Until 21st June 2006

An exploration of the tactile substance that envelops us.
The Ultra Peau exhibition is a chance to find out all about the skin that envelops and surrounds us. We are wrapped up in it all our lives, yet still we know very little about it. Ultra Peau centres on this sensory, sensual and mysterious surface. At every point that human beings come into contact with the world, they encounter their own skin. The exhibition brings together a number of different genres to explore this ultratactile substance

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Interactive Nobel Field

Four large interactive installations for the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, honoring each Laureate, is an illuminated garden of LCD displays, LED grass, and sound that responds to your movements through the space.
By David Small and his Small Design Firm

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PacMan - the Movie the trailer is out!

From Newstoday

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May 24, 2006

Graphic designers Wanted

Wikipedia is looking for graphic designers and visual thinkers to submit proposals for an overhaul of Wikipedia's "corporate identity"!!!

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Vasco: India's Plastic-Free Town


In an attempt to avoid the above scenes, a town in India has gone plastic-free. Vasco (shortened from Vasco de Gama), a city in Goa state on the west coast of India, has been the first council to implement the "Zero Garbage Town Scheme" following a high court judgment in late 2003. The scheme was launched on January 26 of this year; in anticipation of the difficulty that the ban would bring, many incentives have been built in to the system. Jute and paper bags have been distributed free of charge, citizens are awarded one liter of milk for free for every 100 empty milk packets returned, and 20 women living below the poverty line have been employed to help collect plastics. The ban on plastics has been strictly enforced; 20 businesses have been fined for violating the new edict. It seems most citizens in Vasco support the idea, though difficulty arises in finding suitable alternatives for things like large volume garbage bags and other supplies that have traditionally been plastic. Still, with both the government and the majority of citizens behind the idea, it seems they're off to a great start. ::DaijiWorld via ::Hugg (site in Beta)

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100x100 is a photography project from Michael Wolf, 100 photos of residence in the oldest housing estate in Hong Kong. In this photo set, all of these people live in indentical 100 sq. feet space (10' x 10'). The slide show is mezmerising.

Check it out

also see Architecture of Density by the same artist.

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COMPENDIUM: designer ' s style book

The second edition of the Compendium has started this week!

The following text is a sample email sent to a list of designers:

Hello, my name is pixel, from onthecamper.com We are group of friendsactive in graphics, arts and design based in Switzerland. We are looking for people who want to join our idea: to create and publisha small pocket book ("compendium"). Each page contains the contribute of an artist or designer.There are no limits regarding neither theme, topic nor technique! But the space is limited (82x115 mm), and you can add a short text (max 300 letters). Along with your contribute and short text, obviously also your email will be published!
You can send your contribute to this address: pixel@onthecamper.com, please send high resolution jpeg files (300 dpi [969x1358 pixel])

For more information, please download a detailed pdf file!
Remember this url! http://www.onthecamper.com/compendium
These are some detailed pdf and html files:
PDF in italiano ///// versione HTML
PDF in english ///// HTML version
PDF in japanese ///// HTML version

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A new piece by Jin-Yo Mok, SoniColumn, is currently exhibiting at Bitforms Korea. The installation is very impressive, and if you, like me, won't be able to see it in person in Seoul, then visit the website and watch the videos. I am one of those lucky souls to have seen Jin-Yo's earlier work and his process (we went to school together), and I can tell you that he does his art with love, care, and utmost focus. It's truely inspirational.

Description: SoniColumn is an interactive sound installation that can be played by a person’s touch. The installation takes the form of a column-like cylinder, of a height that does not quite reach the ceiling but just high enough for one’s reach. Grids of LEDs installed inside the column light themselves on by the users’ touch and emit unique sounds. When a user cranks the handle, the column slowly rotates itself and plays the light patterns of the user’s touch.

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Ten Ways to interact

Getty Images invited: Tomato, Less Rain, Sumona, Great Works and The Barbarian Group to create interactive applications based on different topics, that all relates to photography.

See the result here:
Ten Ways

From Design is kinky

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May 23, 2006

Italy mulls immigrant amnesty

The new minister in charge of immigration in Italy plans to overhaul tough policies and relax the criteria required for being a legal immigrant.

Paolo Ferrero says he intends to normalise the position of immigrants already in Italy, if they have jobs. Italy has a growing number of illegal immigrant workers arriving in the south of the country from Africa.

Mr Ferrero was appointed by Romano Prodi, whose centre-left coalition came to power after winning April elections.

Italy has had several amnesties for illegal immigrants and on each occasion, the number of residency permits available has been far exceeded by the number of people applying.

Two months ago, more than 500,000 people queued for just 180,000 permits. The numbers applying show there are far more illegal immigrants living in Italy than official statistics suggest.

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Papercraft pinhole camera

David Pescovitz:  Contents Media Resize-Of-Linatree-Dirkon-1 Here's a sharp looking papercraft pinhole camera you can download, cut, and build. It's a design that was published in a 1979 issue of "ABC mladých techniků a přírodovědců" ("An ABC of Young Technicians and Natural Scientists") and translated for digital download by the Linatree photo printer and virtual gallery.
Link (Thanks, Peder Burgaard!)

Via Boing Boing

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PC case modded to look like a movie bad-guy bomb

Cory Doctorow: The WMD is a custom-built PC whose case resembles a shiny, hollywoodized terrorist bomb, straight out of a Bond flick. Bit-Tech has the incredibly detailed, lavish write-up of the build. The attention to detail is really remarkable. Link (via Digg)

...just don\'t try going through the airport security with this one...

Via Boing Boing

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digital pyrotechnic infernoptix

a truly amazing 96-inch 'screen' that uses computer-controlled bursts of fire to create scrolling text, simple animations & freehand sketching in a 12 x 7 pixel array. as an example of "high-impact visual & audio entertainment", one should imagine "a 6 inch fireball for each of those demure little pixels of a conventional display, & the image jumps from the screen in licks & bursts of flame".
see also information percolator for a conceptually opposite screen installation.

this is crazy and great at the same time. it reminds me of Yves Klein\'s huge panel of gas torch installation...

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Troy, alternate reality game


From Neural.it
One of the shared characteristics of all the types of game is to be closed systems, limited in time and space, as a sort of 'magic circles' where the player voluntarily decides to enter. Troy is a small but brilliant example of an 'alternate reality game', or a game that uses different media and disregards any formalized rule deliberately trying to wandering off the ludic universe. The game has been created on the occasion of the Experimental Gameplay Competition, themed on 'violation', and it has suddenly threw the publishing portal into turmoil.

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An anti-war event

Critical Art Ensemble present tomorrow (May 24, 2006) at Eyebeam gallery their latest book, Marching Plague: Germ Warfare and Global Public Health published by Autonomedia and appearing in conjunction with their piece “Marching Plague” in the 2006 Whitney Biennial

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Techno Tuesday


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May 22, 2006

Fine Art Adoption Network


"Promotional Copy" artist: Robin Kahn
an anti_copyright public art anthology I edited where I offered free advertising space to artists, anarchists and self promoters. More than 100 artists participated. Anyone may recieve a free copy for an exchange of work, art, advice, songs or ideas.

Certain invigorating ideas about creativity as an inherently selfless, gift-giving practice seem to inhabit the Zeitgeist lately (If you're stumped, see Lewis Hyde's The Gift, or Marcel Mauss's seminal and hard to find essay of the same title, ca.1924). In any case, if you're of a mind to investigate alternatives to the market-driven art ethos of the day, check out artist Adam Simon's amazing ongoing project, Fine Art Adoption Network , commissioned by Art in General which launched in early April '06.

From NEWSgrist- where spin is art

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Martin Creed's playful world

Until June 18th, 2006 the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi presents a new project by British artist Martin Creed commissioned for the spaces of the Arengario in Piazza del Duomo in Milan.
Martin Creed’s objects, words and sounds come from everyday life. Searching for the zero degree of sculpture, the British artist uses the simplest materials to create a world in which obsessions and fantasies radically alter reality. Drawing attention to even the smallest forgotten detail of our daily lives, Martin Creed’s installations, drawings and sculptures invite the audience to look at the universe from a different point of view.

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May 20, 2006

The Finger

I have no idea what this is all about, but it's kind of cute...

(from Grisha!)

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QUANTOproject graphics competition

QUANTOproject is a "graphics" international competition attempting to explore the meaning of the word "prostitution" both from a moral and a sexual standpoint. Such graphics will interpret the above subject utilizing visual means, thus allowing for new starting points of reflection.

DEADLINE MOVED TO 00.00 15/06/06
Digital format 50x70cm 70x50cm


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Artist in Residence Program in Sapporo

The Program 2006 is consist of two parts. The first, From August to October. We invite a domestic Japanese artist and an international artist or creator. Invited artist will ask to have a small exhibition as a result of stay. This year also asked to exhibit with local designers, as a part of the Designers Week.

And second, from January to February in 2007. We invite two international artists or creators who can do something with snow.

The application form is available for the first period. We invite one internatinal artist or creator who can stay from August to October in 2006.

Applicant must be specialized in Fine Arts, performing arts, Film, Multimedia Arts, Design, Contemporary - Experimental Music or Motion Graphics. Also Cross Media specialties.


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May 19, 2006

Tina b --> This Is Not Another Biennale

18TH MAY 2006- 27 JUNE 2006
Tina b.: This Is Not Another Biennale is a curious name for a Contemporary Art Festival! It will run through June 27 2006, and presents a series of international exhibitions, performances, film series and installations throughout the city, as well as educational activities and other special events. Organized by a team of local and international curators, Tina b. will bring the creative energy of Prague's contemporary cultural scene and neighboring Eastern European countries together with emerging talents and trends from around the world.

More information

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May 17, 2006

Juan has left the building!!! Oh No!

Juanito Carlo Ospina Gonzales the artist who brought you Flipbook!, Colombian War Games, and produced many other online games, just left the Fabrica building! On top of busy making online flash games, he also maintained Flipbook! of the Week section of this blog and was the one responsible for creating Fabrica Flickr Pool. Juan left the building yesterday after spending almost 2 full years at Fabrica, but because he's such a vital member of our online life, rumour has it that he might be coming back in the near near future....

Two Years of Mensa
Juan Carlos Ospina Gonzales, Interactive Department 2004-2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
Studied graphic design, worked for an ad agency, played in a band, organized punk rock venues, ran an online community site, had on and off girlfriends, partied...

What's the plan now?
Go home. Hug Mom. Pet my dog. I'll pick it up from there.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here
Meeting genius artists/ wonderful beautiful people almost everyday, randomly meeting my girlfriend at an Italian lesson, traveling to places i never thought i would ever even see, like the south of Italy, Holland, Belgium, Turkey even Japan (a schoolboy dream of mine), making a project that actually works, rolling down a hill and having fun doing it...i could go on.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso
Cheap wine and amazing food. Rich families that hire northern opairs.

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso
The rudeness, ignorance and general unfriendliness of most Trevigians, the horrible treatment to foreigners inside and outside the questura, the insane shop hours (how do these people make a living?), the total lack of customer service, way too many fur coats, way to many white pants and pink shirts, no internet in my flat, messy dirty roommates, movies dubbed to Italian, firewalls and closed ports, the fact that everything is late or broken down... i could go on.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Excessive gossiping is bad for you and those around you.


We'll miss you, puppydog!!! Come back soon!

Continue reading "Juan has left the building!!! Oh No!"

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COLORS Notebook

COLORS Notebook

A new project from COLORS magazine, COLORS Notebook is a blank copy of COLORS to be filled, illustrated, and edited by you. Get a copy of the Notebook from COLORS office, choose a topic, tell your stories, truths, fears, adventures, ideas, inventions, dreams and experiences. The COLORS Notebooks will become part of an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris at the end of October 2006. Thousands of COLORS Magazines to celebrate freedom of expression.

To request your copy send an email to colors[at]colors.it include your name and postal address by June 15, 2006. Limited in numbers, so get yours and get busy today!


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Custom-art toilet-paper

Cory Doctorow: Liquid Shirts will print rolls of custom-art toilet-paper in quantities of four rolls or more, starting at $12 each. They suggest putting foreign leaders and stock certificates on the paper, but the possibilities are endless -- skull-and-bones, goatse, the ORLY owl... Link (Thanks, Al!)

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Solar Lampion by Damian O'Sullivan


Unlike many solar lamps, this one by Damian O'Sullivan, has the solar panels incorporated into its design.

(This post continues on the site)


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The First Snowjob

During his first press conference as the brand-spanking new White House press secretary, Tony Snow used to the term "tar baby"

from Think Progress:

SNOW: Having said that, I don’t want to hug the tar baby of trying to comment on the program, the alleged program, the existence of which I can neither confirm nor deny.
QUESTION: What are your personal goals? What do you hope to achieve here? Will you continue to televise these briefings? And would you put into English the phrase (OFF-MIKE) the tarbaby?
SNOW: Well, I believe hug the tarbaby, we could trace that back to American lore

Based on the context of the term, we believe you meant tar baby to mean: “a situation almost impossible to get out of; a problem virtually unsolvable.”

But in “American lore,” the expression tar baby is also a racial slur “used occasionally as a derogatory term for black people.” Use of the term has resulted in people being fired.

As Random House notes, “some people suggest avoiding the use of the term in any context.” Now that you are no longer at Fox News, you may want to take them up on their advice.


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May 16, 2006

Roma: five writers for a station

This was Nuovo Salario, Roma, till few days ago. A normal suburb ugly station.
But, thanks to city project, in five days the station became like this:
Some writers were asked to make their own art piece on the old station walls.
Hopefully, and according to what the writers say,this is going to happen again. The experiment was a complete success.
Sometimes something moves in Old Italy.

Read More (only in Italian)
More pictures

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How to Make Fire with a Condom


This is actually extremely useful, if it works. And if it's sunny out. And maybe even if you have nothing better to do than to test it out this weekend.

From Mike Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska:
Clear latex balloons, condoms and gloves are opaque untill they stretch. The focal length on these spheres is short, about one to two inches, depending on the size of the balloon. [via neatorama]


put this down in your notebook!

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matrixx 3d display

the world’s largest 3D-display, measuring 8 metres in width, 4 metres in height & 2 metres in depth, consisting of a matrix of 8.000 LEDs with table tennis balls around them. its dynamic applications include 3D snake, 3D pong, 3D duckhunt & a SMS (text messaging) display.
see also 3d display cube.
[tudelft.nl|also interactivearchitecture.org]


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Soldiers to sport life recorders

David Pescovitz: DARPA is checking out wearable systems to "augment a soldier's recall and reporting capability." As part of the Advanced Soldier Sensor Information System and Technology (ASSIST) project, the National Institute of Standards and Technology are testing wearable cameras, GPS systems, and context-aware software to generate automated "reports" of what the soldier experienced on the battlefield. From the NIST Tech Beat:
 Multimedia Pub Web 853 WebThe sensors are expected to capture, classify and store such data as the sound of acceleration and deceleration of vehicles, images of people (including suspicious movements that might not be seen by the soldiers), speech and specific types of weapon fire.

A capacity to give GPS locations, an ability to translate Arabic signs and text into English, as well as on-command video recording also are being demonstrated in Aberdeen. Sensor system software is expected to extract keywords and create an indexed multimedia representation of information collected by different soldiers. For comparison purposes, the soldiers wearing the sensors will make an after-action report based on memory and then supplement that after-action report with information learned from the sensor data.

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should they just be robot already?

Via Eyebeam reBlog

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Techno Tuesday


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May 15, 2006

Icing or Cake... in NYC this week!


Fabricanti Selwa Sweidan, Bethany Koby, and Eric Faggin are in NYC this week for their installation prepared to coincide with the ICFF New York. Stop by and check them out!

This off-site installation takes place in two storefront windows in Manhattan exploring the stories of objects and the relationships between the design, the designer, the producer, the shopkeeper and the customer. We will physically strip the surface and dissasemble a couch to then create and display objects composed of pieces of a couch.

May 17-19: Chasahama, 112 West 44th Street.
Visitng hours: 12-5pm

May 20-23: The Apartment, 101 Crosby Street.
Visitng hours: 1-7pm


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Games get political

Two interesting video-game-turn-political-statement:

WolfenGitmo is a Guantanamo Bay mod of the classic 3D first-person game Castle Wolfenstein. In WolfenGitmo, your hands are bound and you have no weapons, so you merely run around and get mauled by dogs and beaten up by soldiers.

simple mod combines an old game with recent history. Using a game engine to present historical reenactment is a little different from watching something on the History Channel, as the audience has some degree of agency. I've had some comments about this being in poor taste/political, and I hope that people can see it as an investigation into how games can comment on more serious topics.

(Thanks Andy!)

Dead in Iraq
Began in March 2006, which marked the 3rd anniversary of the Iraq invasion, Dead In Iraq is a sort of memorial/protest in which the artist logs into a US Army online recruiting game and type names of service person who have lost their lives in Iraq.

I enter the game using as my login name, "dead-in-iraq" and proceed to type the names using the game's text messaging system. As is my usual practice when creating such an intervention, I am a neutral visitor as I do not particate in the proscribed mayhem. Rather, I stand in position and type until I am killed. Upon being re-incarnated I continue to type.

To date, I have input just over 250 names. I intend to keep doing so until the end of this war. As of 4/28/06 there have been 2,397 American service persons killed in Iraq.


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Tyger, tyger, burning bright

In Tyger, an animated short by Guilherme Marcondes, a giant jungle cat roams the city and transforms the urban jungle into a actual one, illuminating everything in sight with magic and wonder. Tyger combines puppetry, photography, and animation into the most original animated short I’ve seen in a long time. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go watch it again. (Thanks, Kev!)


Worth the 4.5 minutes of your time to watch. --GH

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watch this, it is amazing...

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High Voltage Tesla Coil

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MAKE Flickr photo pool member Tesla1000 has a ton of photos of experiments with high voltage - I like this photo of one of the experiments in the suburbs. Link.

[Read this article] [Comment on this article]

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Urban Fiction

While traveling around Europe by train in 2003, Xing Danwen realized that globalization had made urban landscapes everywhere similar and blurred the boundaries between them.


The architectural structures that she photographed for Urban Fiction are all corporate maquettes made to promote real-estate developments that are being planned or built in China today. When you face these models showing such a variety of different spaces and think about the life-styles associated with them, you start to wonder: is this the picture of life today? Do we really live in this kind of space and environment?


The maquettes are inhabited by tiny figures which are images of the artist, playing different characters.

Xing Danwen's work is at the Gallery TPW, Toronto, until Jun 10, 2006. Then her photographs will be part of the New Urban Realities group exhibition at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Saturday 10 June through Sunday 13 August 2006.
Via e-flux.

Related: Beijing Boom Tower, Shanghai Living, Chinese industrialization, Pop Urbanism: China Edition, and Michael Wolf's Architecture of Density.

seriously, Toronto again! Hip and happenin!

Via we make money not art

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Seen On The Streets of Toronto


Artist: specter (kops crew)

makes you go, hmmmmm? (we're liking Toronto this week!)

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May 12, 2006

"Communication Mods" show opens in Toronto!


A gallery show by our very own Mark Argo opens tonight at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Fabrica is pleased to announce "Communication Mods", the upcoming exhibition of one of our resident artists, Mark Argo. The exhibtion features five works that explore human-to-human communication through the process of modification. Using technologies such as WiFi, Bluetooth and SMS each piece asks the audience to participate by submitting some of their personal media - music, photos and videos - using laptops and cameraphones. The end result is a snapshot of a particular community at a specific time and place though the catalog of collected media.


This show marks the debut of 'WhereTheHeartIs', a cameraphone-based installation created specifically for Toronto. The audience is asked to use their cameraphones to contribute iconic images of Toronto - people, places and things - to a screen in the gallery. The images are then sent to small screen which the artist wears over his heart. During the two-month exhibition, this installation will create a direct link between the artist and his home city, regardless of location. The 'HeartScreen' will be showcased in New York and Italy as parts of other exhibitions.

If you happen to be in Toronto, go check out the show!

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Linus the Lion is leaving the building

We're loosing our soccer team's MVP today as he heads back to his homeland Sweden... say bye in the comment section!

Relax..or posing...  Victory and injury...  IMG_2758

Linus Nilson, Interactive Department, February 2005- May 2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
I studied philosophy/history of ideas and art history before getting a bachelor in interaction design. Then I worked for a while doing tech support but when I heard back from fabrica I quit and came here for

What's the plan now?
I don't know really. First I'm going to relax for a couple of weeks, then there is the world cup. So I got some time to figure things out.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here:
Bringing home the trophy from torino.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso
Coming from cold sweden I like the longer summers and shorter winters obviously. Other than that it's very nice, good food and cheap wine.

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso
Now that I'm leaving I've come to terms with it.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
I had plenty... but they all escaped me.



Hats off to you, Linus! In bocca al lupo!

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MIT students' tricked-out dorm-room automation system

Cory Doctorow:
Some MIT students have transformed their room with a homebrew automation system called MIDAS: Multifunction In-Dorm Automation System. The system is incredibly comprehensive, automating party effects, alarms, music, surveillance cams and much more -- and they've documented it in loving detail on this page. Link (via Digg)

give it up to the nerds...

Via Boing Boing

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New life outside the jungle

In Colombia, the Nukak-Makú who have lived in the wild for generations have emerged from the forest and abandoned their old environment. Having no concept of money, clothes or modern living practises, they are set to remain in the city, rather than returning to the forests. It is a strange phenomenon that communities like this still exist and I wonder how the government and its people will handle the changes as the Nukak-Makú's lifestyles will change drastically from hunting and gathering to working for a living.
Seems like a movie plot, only this time it's real.
Read more.

straight from the jungle book!

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May 11, 2006

New York City jailed student art exhibit

Last week, the entire MFA thesis show of Brooklyn College was shut down by the City of New York due to a few complaints from the audience regarding sexual content in *some* of the art work. Mind you, the Brooklyn College is run by the City of New York.

...The student show, mounted as a graduation requirement for the Master of Fine Arts Degree at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, apparently received complaints for explicit subject matter from one or more visitors to the May 3 opening, and was ordered immediately shut down by the Brooklyn Borough Parks Commissioner, Julius Spiegel. This came as a surprise to the students who have been working under the direction of Brooklyn College faculty in a program administered by the City of New York. The exhibition was even attended by the President and Provost of Brooklyn College, who reported that they enjoyed the show.

Later, they find out that the alleged complaints regarding explicit subject matter came from the park commissioner (art critic by night?), Julius Spiegel himself.

Students who put thousands of hours and all of their energy and creativity into this show, which is a requirement for their graduation, were, and deservingly so, infuriated. They protested, rallied, sent letters of complaints, petitions, etc. Some of the art were site-specific installation created for the gallery and would have to be destroyed to get it out. Someone's pet rat was locked in the exhibit without food for a few days. However, instead of fighting the shut down and standing up for their students, the Brooklyn College decided to just move the show without the artists' permission and without telling the artists. The students are now filing law suits.

For more in-depth coverage and update, http://plancensored.blogspot.com/

Having done a master thesis show myself, I think I would have gone bezerk for something like this to have happened. Imagine after two years of intensive study, thousands of hours and so much money spent on what is to be your proud achievement to show for your educational career gets shut down then dismantled by some park workers without you knowing. The thought alone makes me shiver.

But then again, history usually repeats itself, and what is the most avant-garde art to us now have all stired some type of controversy. Either this class is a bunch of really good artists, or that the parks commissioner is such a tightwad conservative.

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Warner band's site made up of auto-fetched fan pix, video, audio

Cory Doctorow: Warner Music has launched a sweet fan-promo for the band headautomatica -- fans create or find media (text, audio, video) about the band and post and tag it, and the headautomatica site pulls it in, where other fans can vote on it. Fans who tag high-rated material get prizes. The cool thing here is that it's an automated system that automatically pulls in fan stuff from blogs, YouTube, Flickr and so on, letting fans essentially populate the band's site without strong oversight or intervention from the label. Link (via Black Rim Glasses)

here comes the new way of making a website...

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DISSONANZE - Electronic Music and Digital Festival

19th - 20 th May Rome Palazzo dei Congressi
"This is our visual music!
" Dissonanze is the electronic music and digital art festival of Rome.
Since the year 2000, Dissonanze experiments and entertains exploring the relationship between creativity and technology, researching the unusual connections between sight and sound, between lights, rythm, color, noise, silence and the architecture of its magnificent locations...
As well as famous artists and successful art works, the festival presents emerging artists, previews, original collaborations and site specific productions commissioned by Dissonanze Dissonanze for the different and unusual spaces that host the event…

Continue reading "DISSONANZE - Electronic Music and Digital Festival"

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Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes on RU Sirius Show

Mark Frauenfelder: 200605101312 Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes are interviewed about their new film collaboration “Art School Confidential” on this week's RU Sirius Show. Link

reblogging this because i am a big fan of Daniel Clowes' Art School Confidential comic... if you don't know it yet, i recommend the movie and check out Clowes' other comics too. He wrote Ghost World, if that rings a bell...

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Battery Recycling Laws for European Union


A week ago the European Union agreed to make battery recycling compulsory within two years. The new law allows for customers to return dead batteries to retail stores, who forward them back to the manufacturers, who must in turn arrange and pay for their recycling. The proposal will also ban batteries containing more than a trace of cadmium and mercury. Initially the plan sets out to recover 25% of all batteries sold by 2012, with this rate rising to 45% by 2016. This will challenge some EU members like Britain, who currently recycle less than 1% of their battery stock. Whereas countries such as Belgium, who’ve been managing 59% recovery rates recently, will be less pained. It appears that batteries in consumer products must be removable by the user, so they can be returned via retail channels. Will this see a change in the design of electronics, like Apple’s famed iPod, which has a fixed battery? According to the EU, about 800,000 tonnes of automotive batteries, 190,000 tonnes of industrial batteries and 160,000 tonnes of portable (consumer) batteries are placed on the European market annually. And as they rightly observe thousands of tonnes of metals, such as nickel, cobalt and silver, will be recovered when batteries are recycled. ::EU Commissioner for the Environment via The Times and BBC News.

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May 10, 2006


the laboratory of the possible

Stazione Leopolda May 5 - 21

The workplace, the workshop, the studio as preparation and experimentation, the factory of shared research and experimentation, the coming together of talents in a dense, meaningful space: all this is a laboratory of the possible which investigates living procedures and results exhibited;
from florence and tuscany, and together with artists (from 15 european countries, and from egypt, bolivia and africa), a proposal is made to europe and the world to renew confidence in their own instruments, their own science, their own art, and confidence in an audience willing to wonder rather than to consume. a laboratory of ideas and emotions, thoughts and actions, living arts and knowledge, creativity and commitment, opening again this year as every year for artists, spectators, operators and citizens.

Fabbrica Europa '06, the laboratory of the possible, has a double soul innovation and new technologies but also a living reflection on sensorial and intellectual pathways explored through a number of workshops, meetings and seminars by performers, video makers, musicians, dancers and new media artists as well as by scholars and spectators.


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Free Wine Party

Our second video podcast by UFP (unofficial Fabrica Podcast) is brought to you by A.P. Smith.

The Fabrica Free Wine Party took place on March 17, 2006 after Fabricanti successfully collected 150 bottle of wine from our canteen in less than just two weeks.

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love lines visual blog emotions

an alternative visualization of the linguistically dectected moods between 'love' & 'hate' within weblog posts, & the age, gender & geographical location of the person who wrote the post. the visualization is based on the blog post parsing & emotion recognition system of the we feel fine project.
the representation consists of a stark white screen, bounded on the bottom by a slider running from “Love” to “Hate”, with a draggable heart. as the slider is pulled through 'love', 'like', 'want', 'indifference', 'dislike', & 'hate', specific words & pictures appear above to represent the chosen state of desire or despair.
see also moodgrapher & moodstats & moodnews.

Love LInes and We Feel Fine are projects by Jon Harris, ex-fabricante

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Superhero anarchists steal gourmet food for poor

Mark Frauenfelder: From The Scotsman:
A gang of anarchist Robin Hood-style thieves, who dress as superheroes and steal expensive food from exclusive restaurants and delicatessens to give to the poor, are being hunted by police in the German city of Hamburg.

The gang members seemingly take delight in injecting humour into their raids, which rely on sheer numbers and the confusion caused by their presence. After they plundered Kobe beef fillets, champagne and smoked salmon from a gourmet store on the exclusive Elbastrasse, they presented the cashier with a bouquet of flowers before making their getaway.

link Thanks! Bruce!)

I wish there were pictures...

Via Boing Boing

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Soft Electric


At the ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) Spring Show there were plenty of lovely girl-gadgets on display. This capelet, titled Soft Electric by Grace Kim was among them. From Grace's site:

"The capelet was knitted and felted by hand. It is embroidered with conductive thread. The thread carries electric current to LEDs that are beaded into the embroidery, making the electronic current part of the garment's adornment. The LED beads flicker, acting like a sequin in the light."

There are links to video of the garment in action at the project site. I saw the piece on display and can attest to the lovely craft-conscious approach taken by the creator. So don't think blinkie lights, think blendie lights which sparkle prettily like little jewels.

more from ITP!

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Inflatable Breasts Dress

Remember the Bikini lifejackets or the Nipple enhancers Samantha and Miranda were wearing in Sex & the City?

Well, Doria Fan has something better for you (unless you'd rather go for drastic solutions.)


Her Inflatable Breasts Dress allows you pump up your breasts to whatever size you want, and adjust them on the fly. Because of the location of the valves, you can inflate your breasts before you put on the dress, or have someone else blow them up for you while you wear it.

One wearer said the dress was very comfortable and also gave her a different sense of personal space. With large inflated breasts, she felt like she had a protective zone.

More inflatable garments: the Fat Suits, the irresistible Uniblow outfits, inflatable robot suit, Modes for urban moods and inflatable wedding dress (new link), Moreno Ferrari, Wearable crisis management, Aeolian rides.

I proudly announce that this project is from my school! Though that nipple effect is a little weird, and you *blow* into the brests?? Little perv!

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May 09, 2006

Nicole has left the building

As mentioned before, Brett and Nicole left the Fabrica building last week. blog.Fabrica celebrates this occasion of people-moving-on-with-their-lives by dedicating a post for each artist whose time has come to leave Fabrica forever. This is the first full-fledge interview we have for "...has left the building", more will come as each of us are packing our bags one by one...

Nicole Kenney, Visual Communications (Graphic Design) Department 2005-2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
well right before i came to fabrica i was in nyc. working a job i didn't like while waiting and waiting for fabrica to get back to me.

What's the plan now?
i plan to move back to brooklyn, get a cat, drink lots of iced chai lattes, catch up on 14 months of movies i missed, eat sushi, try to ride my bike without getting killed, play lots of pool, see old friends, look for non-real-job work, may go to grad school in art therapy.

What is your most priceless accomplishment from being here?
i guess just bascially that i've grown as an are-teest. i didn't ever think i was good enough to be considered an "illustrator" before.. but i have had nice opportunities to try that role out at fabrica and i am pretty happy with what work came out of it... so i'm glad for that.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso
riding bicycles everywhere. the people you meet at fabrica of course and the times you share with them.

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso
always having to say goodbye to another person you care about and knowing you will live in separate countries after fabrica-time.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
you'll figure it all out :) it's overall a wonderful experience - enjoy.


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694 million internet users worldwide

DMasia reports that "there are an estimated 694 million internet users worldwide,according to a report from Comscore World Metrix.The study reveals that the internet is truly expanding worldwide,with the US representing less than 25 per cent of global internet users as of the end of March.The 'major' Asian countries,China,Japan,Korea and India,currently represent almost 25 per cent of the world's internet population,with 168.1 million users.Combined,these four countries have a larger internet user base than the US,which has 152 million users, the largest of any single country.China comes in second,with 74.7 million users,followed by Japan with 52.1 million.The report also measured the average hours spent online per visitor during the month of March 2006.Somewhat surprisingly,Israel topped the list,with each user average 57.5 online hours per month,compared to the global average of 31.3 hours per month.South Korea and Taiwan came in at three and five,respectively,with 47.2 and 43.2 hours per month.Though internet use is increasing in Asia, the region is not yet producing online content which globally competes with its US and European counterparts.US companies continue to dominate in terms of global page views".

Internet population nears 700m

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Techno Tuesday


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A Force More Powerful

A Force More Powerful is the first and only game to teach the waging of conflict using nonviolent methods. Destined for use by activists and leaders of nonviolent resistance and opposition movements, the game will also educate the media and general public on the potential of nonviolent action and serve as a simulation tool for academic studies of nonviolent resistance.

via Z Partners

Via Future Feeder

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Self-watering Flower Pots


Eva Solo, makers of some very aesthetically beautiful kitchen and home gadgets, have designed a self-watering flower pot for those of us without green thumbs. A wick that hangs down from the ceramic flowerpot into the clear glass container of water that sits below, draws up the water that is necessary to keep the plant hydrated. A full container will water the plant for about 7 days and a quick glance can tell you when the container needs refilling. So even if you are good with plants, as I would like to think I am, it's easy to forget watering when you've got a hectic schedule - I've definintely been too busy to notice that my plants have suddenly wilted! But the best thing about the self-watering pots is that you can leave your plants without worry if you are away from home for a week or less.

Available at Sprout Home.

oh yes... yes yes yes...

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Image of the day


More in Houtlust and on Unicef website.

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Victorian London poverty map - from "semi-criminal" to "wealthy"

Cory Doctorow: Leo sends us this "map of the location of the poor people in London in 1889, along with a contemporary map of poverty in London. The most interesting thing is the defintion of the poor classes. The lowest is called: 'Vicious, semi-criminal'." Link (Thanks, Leo!)

Update: Andrew sez, "The Economist ran an article on the map Leo sent you this week. Basically, not a lot has changed in the 108 years since it was drawn."

i like maps.

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May 05, 2006

FlipClips Videoblogs?

FlipClips : Turn Your Digital Video Clips into Paper FlipClips!


Via unmediated

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Fast-UK Call for Submissions


Damn that sophomoric fcuk nonsense. Now everytime I see anything UK with an f hanging around it I see profanity. Whatever. This looks cool:

fast-uk and folly announce a call for submissions for the 'perimeters, boundaries and borders' f.city exhibition at CityLab, Lancaster, which will take place at the brand new CityLab in Dalton Square, Lancaster from September 29th to October 21st, 2006.

"This event focuses on the role of digital technologies in the convergence of practice between sculpture, product design and architecture. It is being presented by fast-uk in partnership with folly." Deadline for submissions is 10am May 26th, 2006. All info here.

fast-uk, f.city, in partnership with folly? What the f did they think we'd think?


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Mobile Processing Workshop


Call for Participants

Mobile Processing Workshop: INTERACTIVE APPLICATIONS FOR MOBILE PHONES WITH FRANCIS LI--Lisbon, Portugal, 15 - 19 May 06, Espaço Atmosferas, Rua da Boavista, 67, Lisbon.

The mobile phone has reached a level of adoption that far exceeds that of the personal computer. As a result, they are an emerging platform for new services and applications that have the potential to change the way we live and communicate.

Mobile Processing is an open source project that aims to drive this innovation by increasing the audience of potential designers and developers through a free, open source prototyping tool based on Processing and the open sharing of ideas and information. This workshop will introduce the Mobile Processing project and prototyping tool and provide hands-on instruction and experience with programming custom applications for the mobile phone.

Click the title link for full info page.

Via networked_performance

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Solar Powered Electric Bicycle. Now We're Talking.


For all those nay sayers, who love to point out that electric powered vehicles probably get their juice from coal or nuclear power plants. Not with this curious beastie they don’t. Photovoltaic panels are built in to the wheels, sort of like those aero discs used in racing bikes to reduce wind drag. Anyhow, the press release for the Canadian developed E-V Sunny Bicycle suggests it is the “first all Solar electric bicycle driven completely from power derived from the Sun’s Rays.” For about $1300 CAD you can apparently coerce dear old Sol to drive the bike along at speeds up to 30kph (19 mph) via the 500 watt motor. A kit is available for $800 CAD, which we assume allows for retrofitting of existing bicycles. Sounds almost too good to be true. Can't see the motor in this pic, nor is there any explanation of how the power is extracted from the spinning wheels. We do hope it turns out to be bona fide though, could be an intriguing development in urban transport. ::E-V Sunny Bicycle, via EV World.

but wouldn\'t you just blind everybody? maybe that\'s the gimmick...

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Tim Berners-Lee on the neutrality of the net

Tim Berners-Lee has posted on his blog why we must have the neutrality of the net.From the post."It is of the utmost importance that,if I connect to the Internet,and you connect to the Internet,that we can then run any Internet application we want,without discrimination as to who we are or what we are doing. We pay for connection to the Net as though it were a cloud which magically delivers our packets. We may pay for a higher or a lower quality of service. We may pay for a service which has the characteristics of being good for video,or quality audio.But we each pay to connect to the Net,but no one can pay for exclusive access to me. When I was a child,I was impressed by the fact that the installation fee for a telephone was everywhere the same in the UK,whether you lived in a city or on a mountain,just as the same stamp would get a letter to either place.To actually design legislation which allows creative interconnections between different service providers,but ensures neutrality of the Net as a whole may be a difficult task.It is a very important one.The US should do it now,and,if it turns out to be the only way,be as draconian as to require financial isolation between IP providers and businesses in other layers.The Internet is increasingly becoming the dominant medium binding us.The neutral communications medium is essential to our society.It is the basis of a fair competitive market economy.It is the basis of democracy,by which a community should decide what to do.It is the basis of science,by which humankind should decide what is true.Let us protect the neutrality of the net".

Neutrality of the Net

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Pizza box converts to a coffin "for your remains"

Cory Doctorow: A chain of Kiwi pizza joints, Hell Pizza, delivers its pizzas in a novelty box that can be folded into a coffin "for your remains." Link (Thanks, Dave!)

now, that is nifty...

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May 04, 2006

Future Venice by eboy


Check out this fun pixel illustration site by eboy. They also have full posters of futuristic cities, above picture is taken from the Venice one.

via Kottke.

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A web server on your mobile phone

Blethers.com reports the Nokia Research Center has been working on a project to put a web server on your mobile phone.

"We (Nokia) believe that being able to run a globally accessible personal website on your mobile phone has the potential of changing the Internet landscape. If every mobile phone or even every smartphone initially, is equipped with a webserver then very quickly most websites will reside on mobile phones. That is bound to have some impact not only on how mobile phones are perceived but also on how the web evolves.


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"Breaking Stereotypes" - Poster Competition


The EU information campaign, "For Diversity. Against Discrimination." is inviting art and design students from across the EU to make a creative statement for diversity by entering its "Breaking Stereotypes" Poster Competition.

Join the European Poster Competition with prizes worth EUR 5000 up for grabs. The best entries will be featured in a travelling exhibition across Europe.

For terms and conditions see www.stop-discrimination.info


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In a World of Globalisation, You need a Globe


Global-i is a 3-dimensional interactive globe that displays information about the world in your browser. The Earth can be rotated and inspected and displays can be changed to see information in the most appropriate form.


more thing to spend your time on...

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Opening of the first Museum of Industrial Design in Italy!

When?Today! 4th May 2006
Where? in Florence (Calenzano)/ by "Centro Arte e Design"- the first Italian Museum for design sector which was opened last november
What? A collection of more 100 objects including works made in italy by Ettore Sottsass, Momo Design, Brionvega, Flos, Danese, Olivetti, Enzo Mari and Renzo Piano.

There is not a related website so if you want more info you have to call directly the museum! (Info: 0558877703)

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Japanese "nature video" about American nerds

Cory Doctorow: This Japanese video clip, "Otaku from USA," is a news-program about groups of American tourists who come to Tokyo to indulge their obsession with Japanese nerdly pursuits -- manga, cosplay, etc. There's lots of video about how cool and odd Japanese teenagers are, but it's nice to see the lens reversed here, Japanese media looking at America's fascination with Japanese media. As Gavin puts it, "It's basically a nature video about nerds. Totally awesome." Link (Thanks, Gavin!)

i dedicate this clip to Juan

Via Boing Boing

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Teacher strike threat over boy's cleavage photo

Teachers may go on strike after a pupil who secretly photographed a female member of staff's cleavage was allowed to return to school, reports the UK Telelgraph.

"The boy was caught by another member of staff while adding a lewd caption to the camera phone image. It is believed the picture, which was sent to a friend's phone, was taken as the teacher was bending over in class.

The boy was expelled from St Cuthbert's Catholic High School, in Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, but his parents won an appeal to have him reinstated.

... Teachers in the region had already complained of becoming the victims of "bullying" with pupils using mobile phones to film or photograph them for their friends' amusement."


-- Teacher's Suggestive Cell Phone Video Surfaces

-- Teacher's saucy video is a hit

-- Nude teacher mobile snap wows Cyprus

sorry, i think this is kind of funny

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Air Pollution Guerrilla Marketing in Chicago


"The shape and text was created by power-washing filthy sidewalks using a large stencil form. [..] Sidewalks are usually very filthy and just the thought you could make your point by creating a clean spot instead of a dirty one is one to cherish. This is a form of non-destructive guerrilla marketing in it’s purest form." What a good idea! Any readers from Chicago saw them? Via ::Coolz0r, ::Ads of the World


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May 03, 2006

Fabrica WINS!

Over May Day weekend, the Fabrica Soccer team traveled to Torino to play in the Scuola Holden's Holden Caulfiled Soccer Tournament (can you guess they're a writing school?), and our team of international players showed them how it's done! Our soccer heroes came home proud with the champion cup, decorated with faux flame and multi-colored LEDs clusters!!!

Here are your champions and the cheerleaders:

The team roster, from top, left to right: Linus Nilsson (Sweden), Guillermo Rivero (Mexico), Yianni Hill (Australia), Marian Grabmayer (Austria). Second row: Rune Ricciardelli (Italy), Oriol Ferrer Mesi (Spain), and Cosimo Bizzari (Italy). And in front there is Prima Chakrabandhu Na Ayudhya (Thailand).

Missing from the roster above: Annalisa Merelli (Italy) in the grey sweater, Juliana Loh (Singapore) with the camera, the guy in front is from another team and the little girl is fierce a soccer fan at heart.

more photos in the Pool

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When Company Time and Personal Time Collide

If you're reading this at work, you might be putting your job at risk. Or not.

Recently, a New York City administrative law judge declined to support the city's Department of Education to fire an employee for surfing the Web on company time. "It should be observed," Judge John B. Spooner wrote, "that the Internet has become the modern equivalent of a telephone or a daily newspaper, providing a combination of communication and information that most employees use as frequently in their personal lives as for their work."

This case further highlights the growing ambiguity of what constitutes "company time" or a "work day." In today's always-on business world, many knowledge workers work after hours, whether at home or on the road. Employers don't complain about that -- and in some cases it's an expectation -- so why should they quibble if workers use time during the workday for personal tasks? Progressive, enlightened employers don't, recognizing the increased blurring of the work and personal spaces. Adding fuel to the controversy are studies suggesting that employees who work from home spend almost twice as much time using the Internet for work use after hours than using it for personal use during work hours.

Ultimately, we may move toward a work model in which much employee pay is based on output of work, rather than hours spent or the "bucket" in which those hours are contained.

Source: Washington Post

save this!

Via FutureWire - futurism and emerging technology

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Here’s a creative use of technology to make life just a little bit more cheery. Who wants to have to turn on the TV or go to weather.com to find out the latest forecast, when your umbrella could tell you all you need to know?

Design team Materious has designed an interactive umbrella called Forecast which uses Wifi to get up-to-date weather information, and then glows to alert you when its going to rain. If your umbrella isn’t glowing, no need to worry - but if the handle is pulsing blue, its the umbrella’s way of saying “take me with you, it’s going to be a soggy day”

What I particularly love about this design is the way it anthropomorphisizes an everyday household item, and transforms the banal functionalism of the umbrella into something cute and comforting (along the same lines as the endearing Roomba vacuum cleaner). Some might cry “technology for lazy people” - but I say keep it coming! If only more of our everyday objects had this sort of charming interactivity, the world would be a better place.

Materious Design is composed of Chicago design duo Stephanie Munson and Bruce M. Tharp. Their designs will be on display in New York this month, at the eagerly anticipated Haute Green show in Brooklyn, May 20-23rd.


+ Forecast Umbrella
+ Materious Design

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Corrupt, embrace the glitch


More glitch goodness in the form of Corrupt, from Benjamin Gaulon. I’ve reported on Benjamin previously with the excellent Printball & TheRes.

Corrupt™ was first built with Proce55ing. The corruption process start by reading the binary of an image file [JPG or GIF], then some bytes are swaps [the number of replacement is a random value from 1 to 20]. The file is then “saved as” a new document.
Depending on the number replacement and of the original compression, the image will have a completely different and unpredictable aesthetics.
So from a single image the program can generate millions of corrupted versions. And because it is a real corruption system that damages the binaries of a file, some of the results can’t be showed because they are too damaged.

Corrupt your images here.

Related post: Glitch video (old skool way) from Ben Hanbury


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In quotes: Berlusconi in his own words

The outgoing Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is well known for his blunt language - a tendency to make what one of his predecessors, Massimo D'Alema, described as "planetary gaffes".

Here is a selection of Berlusconi clangers:

At a rally during the 2006 election campaign:

"Read The Black Book of Communism and you will discover that in the China of Mao, they did not eat children, but had them boiled to fertilise the fields."

On left-wing voters at a conference of retailers during the 2006 campaign:

"I trust the intelligence of the Italian people too much to think that there are so many pricks around who would vote against their own best interests."

At the launch of the 2006 campaign:

"I am the Jesus Christ of politics. I am a patient victim, I put up with everyone, I sacrifice myself for everyone."

Promising to put family values at the centre of his campaign:

"I will try to meet your expectations, and I promise from now on, two-and-a-half months of absolute sexual abstinence, until [election day on] 9 April."

Read more from BBC NEWS

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May 02, 2006

International Art Writer's Prize

frieze magazine is launching an art writer’s prize to discover and promote new art critics.

Entrants must submit one 700 word review of a recent contemporary art exhibition. Entries must be submitted in English, but it may be a translation (this must be acknowledged). Entrants must be over 18 years old.

The entrant must not previously have had any writing published in any national or regional newspaper or magazine, with the exception of student publications.

The winning entrant will be commissioned to write a review for the October issue of frieze and be awarded £2000 at an event during Frieze Art Fair 2006.

Continue reading "International Art Writer's Prize"

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Stephen Wiltshire -- The "Human Camera" -- draws Rome after flyover

Mark Frauenfelder: 200605011311
From the documentary Beautiful Minds: A Voyage into the Brain, savant Stephen Wiltshire takes a 45-minute helicopter ride over Rome, seeing it for the first time. For the next five days, he draws a remarkably accurate panorama of city on a fifteen-foot long sheet of paper. Link


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Essays and photos: "The Saddest Thing I Own"

Mark Frauenfelder: "The Saddest Thing I Own" is a site where people are invited to submit images of photos, mementos, and other reminders of things that make them sad.
200605010827"The Saddest Thing I Own" invites people everywhere to share the saddest thing they own. What are these sad things? What makes things sad? Do things start off sad? Do some sad things begin as happy things that then become sad? Are some things only sad because for some sad reason we kept them? Are some things just plain sad no matter what? This is what we want to know.

warning: this site is crazy addictive and really depressing, kind of like listening to break up songs, i guess...

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bristol_2.jpg The UK-based low-carbon engineering and consultancy firm, XCO2, has brought visual art to wind-energy generation with a new vertical-axis wind turbine called quietrevolution.

quietrevolution is silent, vibration-free, and well-suited to both dense urban areas and open spaces. With a single moving part and a compact helical S-blade, the turbine makes wind power simple and durable.

It also makes windpower beautiful -- XCO2 has a model which they call "windlights" that contains LEDs embedded in the blades. The spinning, self-generating light creates a colored light show. What better way to get people excited about wind energy and LEDs?

Energy yield and payback projections can be found in this brochure.

via: Transmaterial

(Posted by Sarah Rich in A Newly Electric Green – Sustainable Energy, Resources and Design at 01:13 PM)

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Berlusconi resigns as Italian PM

Silvio Berlusconi formally resigns as Italian prime minister, paving the way for Romano Prodi to take office.

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Techno Tuesday


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