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A Chance Encounter

Early September in New York is full of more art openings any one person can keep track of, let alone attend. I spent last night popping between a handful of carefully chosen ones, pedaling along, courtesy of my finally working CitiBike card. As I was walking from the last opening to grab a slice I walked by a show and noticed a name I recognized out of its usual context. The opening was clearly about to end, but I popped in.

Mark Strand studied painting at Yale with Josef Albers, but I was unaware that he was still making visual work. I checked the press release: yep, the same Mark Strand. I wandered through, wondering which of the many white haired men he was.

I found him, but not because I recognized him. A woman recognized me from a show I was at earlier in the evening. She chatted me up, and in the process pointed him out to me. He was a tall thin white haired white man, wearing a rumpled white linen coat. I approached him while he held hands with his wife. I told him the story:

I asked him if he remembered visiting a small high school in Portland, Oregon in the mid 90′s. He said yes he did, and asked if I was there at the time? Yes, I told him, after his reading he came to my English class. I was a junior. We had just finished 25 page research papers on American poets. He asked us to go around the room and tell him who we had written on.

When it was my turn I told him I had written on Walt Whitman. “Whitman’s not much of a poet!” he retorted, pausing, looking at me, inviting me in to spar. I defended Whitman to the best of my abilities. I don’t really remember exactly what I said, as my memory has encoded and re-encoded the exchange. What matters is that in the version I am left with, I held my own against the former poet laureate. Last night I told him I argued for the importance of plain verse, and that Whitman’s catalogs were as great and various as America itself.

He was smiling. A kind of taught mouthed smile. I couldn’t tell if he remembered or not, and frankly why should he, but he clearly recognized himself in the story.

After I finished, he leaned in a little bit and said: “You know, you were right about Whitman. I’ve come around on him.” He smiled, showing his teeth. And his wife sweetly lead him away to the post-opening reception for which they were late.

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October Lectures

Net Works, ed. xtine burrough

Net Works panel and book launch

Eyebeam, Thursday October 14th, 6-8pm

Eyebeam presents a panel discussion among authors in the edited volume, Net Works (Routledge), followed by a reception and book signing and launch party. Net Works offers an inside look into the process of successfully developing thoughtful, innovative digital media art. Panel participants include xtine burrough (editor of Net Works), Michael Mandiberg, Ethan Ham, and Robert Nideffer.

Publishing Disruptions at Mobility Shifts

New School, Friday October 14th, 1:30-3:30 pm

I will be talking about my work with FlossManuals.net booksprints in the context of new platforms and tools for publishing outside of traditional infrastructures and open formats and licenses. Participants are: Morgan Currie, Sam Gould, Amanda Hickman, Michael Mandiberg, and Simon Worthington. Full info here.

Learning in Public and the Knowledge Commons at Mobility Shifts

New School, Friday October 14th, 6:30-8:30 pm

I will be talking about the benefits and difficulties of teaching by writing Wikipedia, in the context of a panel on the opportunities and challenges of learning in the digital commons, where learners study open materials and contribute original work back as part of their learning experience. Participants are:
Matthew X. Curinga, Michael Mandiberg, Roddy Schrock, Ian Sullivan. Full info here.

CUNY Open Access panel

CUNY Graduate Center room 9204, Friday October 28th, 5-7pm

As a culmination of CUNY Open Access Week 2011, and in conjunction with the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, this panel will unravel issues surrounding creative commons practices and open access publishing. Our panelists will share their inspiration for becoming open access advocates. The panel will include: the Radical Teacher editorial collective, Matthew K. Gold, Michael Mandiberg, and Trebor Scholz. More info here.


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Community of Scholars Spring Lecture at CCNY

OMG - LOL Studio Visit Install

On Thursday, March 17th I will be giving a lecture in the the City College of New York Art Department’s inaugural Community of Scholars Spring Lecture Series. The six-part series brings leading contemporary artists to City College to speak about their work within various interdisciplinary frameworks. Its goal is to introduce the college community and the public to the wide range of current artistic practices. Other speakers in the series include Abelardo Morell, a Cuban-born photographer, scholar and Guggenheim fellow and community artist Pepon Osorio.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, February 17 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 252, Compton-Goethals Hall, on the CCNY campus, 160 Convent Avenue, New York.

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Under the Floorboards

Under The Floorboards from Michael Mandiberg on Vimeo.

Shot in Brooklyn in Fall of 2009 and Winter of 2010 in the midst of The Great Recession

Under The Floorboards
Video Art Works
Shot in Brooklyn in Fall of 2009 and Winter of 2010 in the midst of The Great Recession
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Digital University conference at CUNY Grad Center

I am part of a group of CUNY faculty members, researchers and doctoral students affiliated with the CUNY Graduate Center’s Digital Media Studies Group, that has organized The Digital University, an all-day conference on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan.

Bringing together an invited group of media practitioners, academic publishers, digital content developers and academics, the conference is designed to assess the impact of digital media on academic work and academic policy and authority.

The schedule is here

Participants include:

Cheryl Ball – Illinois State University
Brett Bobley – NEH Office of Digital Humanities
Steve Duncombe – New York University
Kathleen Fitzpatrick – Pomona College
Eileen Gardiner – ACLS Humanities E-Book
Josh Greenberg – New York Public Library
David Greetham – CUNY Graduate Center
Ann Kirschner – Macaulay Honors College, CUNY
Clifford Lynch – Coalition for Networked Information
Ronald G. Musto – ACLS Humanities E-Book
Phil Pochoda – University of Michigan Press
Tom Scheinfeldt – George Mason/CHNM
Trebor Scholz – The New School
Bob Stein – The Institute for the Future of the Book
Siva Vaidyanathan – University of Virginia
John Willinsky – Stanford/Open Journal System

Conference Description

The conference is built around a series of workshops, roundtable discussions and panels, spread across the day, at which conference participants will discuss and debate a broad range of issues related to the main conference themes, including: the impact of digital technology on academic instruction and research; the transformative impact of digital media on traditional forms of publishing, including academic monographs, textbooks, and academic journals; tenure and promotion in an era of digital scholarship; and collaborative research relationships within and across academic institutions and national boundaries. Demonstrations of diverse digital media projects, developed by faculty and doctoral students, will be offered throughout the day.

The conference will culminate in the evening with a public keynote address by cultural historian and media scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia. Prof. Vaidhyanathan is the author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (2001) and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System (2004). We anticipate streaming the conference panels and keynote, both to preserve a record of the proceedings and also to make them accessible to those who are unable to attend in person.

The conference is designed to launch a dialogue about the radical changes made possible by digital media as they fundamentally reshape academic practice at all levels. We hope to explore multiple approaches to these major issues, mixing together academic skeptics and enthusiasts, media visionaries and naysayers, scholars from the global North and the global South, as well as digital and traditional publishers and content developers and providers.

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Collaborative Futures book launch March 4th

Collaborative Futures Cover

March 4th @ 730PM, at EYEBEAM, 540 W 21st St, NYC

Upgrade! NY presents the Collaborative Futures book Launch and talk. Collaborative Futures is a book about free collaboration written collaboratively over five days during the 2010 Transmediale Festival. TM10 locked six writers and one programmer in a Berlin hotel room (pix) to collaboratively write a book about the future of free collaboration; the authors started with only the title, and ended the week with a book. Transmediale artistic director Stephen Kovats will be on hand to join Eybeam senior fellow Michael Mandiberg and Eyebeam honorary resident Mushon Zer-Aviv will discuss the process of writing this book and some of their discoveries throughout the collaborative process. Stephen Kovatz will also talk about the “Futurity Now” concept of Transmediale10 in general and particularly in the context of the Collaborative Futures book sprint.

This event will be your first chance to get your hands on a dead-tree version of Collaborative Futures. Books will be for sale for $15 at the event, but you can pre-order now for $12.

The “Collaborative Futures” book sprint was facilitated by Adam Hyde (FlossManuals.net) and authored by Mike Linksvayer, Michael Mandiberg, Marta Peirano, Alan Toner, Mushon Zer-Aviv and several additional collaborators using the Booki software (booki.cc) by Aleksandar Erkalovic.

RSVP on Facebook

Pre-order here

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The Best Workshop Description EVAR

From Patrick Davison, for a workshop at the Quest To Learn charter school in NYC:

Talking to someone on the internet? Want to seem cool? Want to photoshop their head onto that of a celebrity? Well – the digital savvy know how to do that, but the REALLY digital savvy know that Photoshop’s not the only way. The world of digital image manipulation is too often seen as a one-horse race, but it doesn’t have to be that way. GIMP is the premiere, super-fantastic FREE SOFTWARE tool for photo retouching, digital image creation, and cover-for-the-CD-me-and-my-friends-made-in-my-basement making. Come get an introduction to both at once, learning the strengths and weaknesses of both as you make your Facebook photos look better, and your friends be more jealous of your skillz. With a “z.”

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Bright Bike – STOLEN!

Bright Bike STOLEN!

This bicycle was stolen on January 8th 2010 at 195 Bowery NYC, a block south of the New Museum. I attached it to the standard NYC metal scaffolding supports but the thief either unscrewed the bolt, or broke through the metal, and released the scaffolding bracket! It has a white non-reflective “BRIGHT BIKE” sticker on the downtube. The wheels are a brand new set of Open Pros, laced to White Industries ENO hubs (eccentric). Dura Ace brakes, and Sugino cranks. Went in for a gallery opening, came out, and it was gone. This is an ICONIC bike, (there are no other bikes in NYC with the full retroreflective treatment) so if you see anyone riding it, it is stolen.

The Bright Bike was the first version of a project i am working on (http://BrightThread.com). It is a fully retroreflective vinyl wrapped bicycle. When the bicycle is in the beam of a light (like a car’s headlight, or a camera’s flash,) it reflects back super bright. When it is not in the light, it is just jet black.

$500 reward, no questions asked

If you see it, please contact me: michael @@ mandiberg ddott com

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Burning the New York Times

A short interview video with Michael Mandiberg shot and Edited by Dan Eckstein (daneckstein.com) in March 2009, with Music from Au Revoir Simone at Eyebeam and Postmasters Gallery NYC.

From the dialog:

I’m Michael Mandiberg. I am an artist, designer, and educator, and I am a Senior Fellow at Eyebeam, which is an Art and Technology Center in Chelsea, Manhattan.

As an artist I am pretty omnivorous. I have a background in photography, so it is pretty image based, but I was also a really really good bad high school poet. So I am particularly interested in words and their meaning, and their nuances and their poetic value. So I am always looking at the world around us visually, informationally, and culturally, and politically for inspiration

Some of my more recent work involves the laser cutter, cutting paper and books, making sculptures and drawings. The laser cutter takes the information from the computer file, and it uses a laser to cut that shape out of the material being cut, which in this case is a newspaper.

A few of my recent works are at The Future Is Not What It Used To Be, which is a show at Postmasters Gallery. One is called Old News, which is a stack of New York Times into which I am cutting daily the phrase “Old News” into it. The other is DATA BASE, which is an Oxford English Dictionary with the phrase “DATA BASE” cut into it.

The show itself is about the promise and the failed promise of technology, and its potential to connect people or not connect people.

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I plead innocent

My Bike Ticket

This story is too long to tell, but leave it to suffice I got a ticket for some policeman not looking as he walked into the street. My ticket reads “FAIL TO USE DUE CARE.” The irony is that I was on a Transportation Alternatives sponsored ride as part of the Bike New Amsterdam bike slam think tank.

I have contested it, and look forward to my court date 6 months from now on Staten Island. They probably think that scheduling people on Staten Island is a quick way to get them to give in and pay the fine, but it is half a mile from CSI.  My home turf. I look forward to riding my bike over to see the judge and tell him what really happened.

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