It is really great to have a discussion that is so much up to date!
Very interesting initiatives have been mentioned.
Molly , hello, great that you are writing feedback from this festival.
Citycentered seems to have had a programme of very interesting projects
And also very encouraging to learn that the local community
embraced the activities.
What would you say the key elements were that helped into this?
A project that i believe is worth discussing as an example in this context
as it constitutes a case of social engagement & care is the
transborder immigrant tool
When you have some time, could you write a few lines
about how it was received?
I would be very curious to know more about this or other work you would like
to refer to as examples from the fest.
Thanks so much in advance
On 19 July 2010 22:29, molly Hankwitz <email@example.com> wrote:
> Dear list,
> A colleague introduced me to this list and I am delighted that it
> is starting up! Glad to meet everyone and be part of the discussion.I am a
> writer with educational background in architecture, film, art and
> philosophy. I founded the Wireless Art Group in San Francisco in Novermber
> 2009, to bring together many minds and practitioners over
> the prospective changes that wireless can bring to urban culture. My
> recently completed PhD dissertation, which I began in Australia and
> in California, on place and identity making practices in mobile culture
> urban space, is now complete.
> In that research, I study and discuss numerous projects: the public
> authoring work of Proboscis, Urban Tapestries: MobileActive.org, to name a
> few - but moreover, the cell phone as a source of 'co presence' for
> subcultures and underserved communities functioning in their own language,
> arguing, rightly or wrongly, their potentials for cities, civic engagment,
> artmaking and so forth.
> Here is a recent festival -- first of its kind for San Francisco --which I
> have collaborated on as a curator --and which took place in San Francisco,
> June 11-13th, 19th, 2010. http://www.citycentered.org.
> The event's "location" from inception to completion, was the controversial
> site of the Tenderloin, both a harbor for transience, crime, homelessness
> and social services, for those of you unfamiliar, as well as site of many
> nationally famous charitable organizations - the Y and Glide church. It's
> border along Market Street is slated for extensive redevelopment to create
> an arts and cultural center between Civic Center and Market.
> The festival took place at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, in
> on Market and in the TL, at Tenderloin Tech Lab, and the Luggage Store
> street front space. A symposium was held at KQED on Data Visualization art
> I invite you to look at the festival website for information. It was a
> success. We had dozens of people visiting the 10 projects dispersed
> throughout the Tenderloin, and while I am generally a politicized skeptic
> gentrification resulting from 'art' projects in areas where many poor
> live and struggle - I was relieved to learn of the many substantial
> community organizations thriving in the TL and their interest in art, so
> personally, it was both rewarding and enlightening to me as we had paired
> artists with desiring community groups to collaborate or projects and do
> We had many interesting urban planners, architects, artists and community
> organizers involved in data visualization - Stamen Design, for example,
> and there linger for me, numerous questions and issues around mapping, data
> data visualization, and citizen media.
> We hope to conduct another City Centered project next year.
> I also add, at end, a link to the recent Towards a Just Metropolis
> conference at UC Berkeley Department of Regional and Urban Planning, where
> technological apparatus was hardly a focus, but GIS, GPS, etc are just
> beginning, I would say, to influence these
> unique designers. I was impressed, frankly, by the number of activists,
> involved in the conference, and the level of political interest in city
> planning. MITs Senseable Medialab which had been featured at GAFFTA during
> City Centered, conducted a workshop hands on, and I was part of a panel on
> Blogging the Virtual City - the effects of which, I am still, humbly
> I look forward to reading more posts and content.
> Molly Hankwitz
> Contributing Editor, NewmediaFIX,
> http://CityCentered.org <http://citycentered.org/>
> **mobile research - architecture**
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