Researched and written by my awesome Digital Futures students at OCAD University, the Innovator’s Guide is a creative nerd’s handbook to Toronto and New York, researched and written by the Digital Futures students at OCAD University. It’s a kind of Lonely Planet travel guide or a user’s manual for these cities, but for people who like to create and make and experiment with new media. It is meant for hackers, makers, researchers, artists, educators, and startup-ers. For each city, the book will contain around 10-15 longer feature articles and 30-40 shorter profiles of maker spaces, studios, coops, resource centres, and other cool things to do that people like us should know about.
With an expected release in May 2014, the Guide will be a cool pocket-sized book (6″ x 9″), perfect bound with a colour cover, a black and white interior, and a page count of between 70 and 100 pages.
To pre-order a copy and support the development process, check out the Indiegogo campaign. Campaign end February 21st.
I had two recent, lovely encounters with the CBC:
-An interview with former ITP Camper Dan Misener
-an interview with Nora Young at Spark
Some words from CBC:
SPARK | Mar 1, 2013 | 13:12
Google Glass is just the latest example of “wearable computing”, a concept that’s been around for quite a while but hasn’t exactly caught on. With big players like Google and Apple getting in on it now, will wearable computing finally make it to the mainstream? Nora heads to the Social Body Lab at OCAD University in Toronto to speak with artist and technologist Kate Hartman about the future of wearable computing.
Back in December I had the lovely opportunity to sit on a panel with Alex Leitch and Pearl Chen at the TIFF Nexus Women in Film, Games, and New Media Conference. Alex unpacked the wonders of DIY Fabrication while Pearl reminded us that code literacy will be one of the most important issues of this coming decade. You should watch their brilliant talks. Seriously.
And mine can be found here.
Botanicalls makes another appearance in the New York Times!
I love working with emerging technologies.But one of the problems you face in working with a medium that is constantly changing is that sooner than later your work ceases to be. It becomes outdated, falls apart, or the things necessary to maintain it become unavailable. While ideally I’d like to be a proper archivist of my own work, it’s just not something I’ve been able to maintain in the midst of my other activities. This is one reason among many that I am completely thrilled to announce that the Museum of Modern Art’s Architecture & Design Acquisition Committee has approved the addition of Botanicalls to the MoMA permanent collection!
This means that after the Talk to Me exhibition closes, Botanicalls will join the likes of Eames chairs the BIC pen, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Starry Night. It’s a huge honor and we’d like to thank the acquisition committee, as well as the many collaborators who have helped Botanicalls along the way, a few of whom include: Gabe Barcia-Colombo, Andrew Schneider, Limor Fried, Phil Torrone, Nathan Seidle, Jim Lindblom, Tom Igoe, Red Burns, Dan O’Sullivan, Danny Rozin, Clay Shirky, Josh London, Eric Beug, Jimmy Garver, K Otterness, JooYoun Paek, Chris Paretti, John Frazier and many others.
This is a project that has been underway since 2006 with 3 collaborators who have become some of my closest friends. Here’s some memories from along the way:
Last summer (while I was wearing my ITP Camp Director hat) John Dimatos & I were interview by Rick Karr about our beloved ITP/NYU for the new video series “NYC 2.0″.
Episode 3: “The Smartest Place on Earth”
ITP Classic starts at 15:15, ITP Camp at 20:30.
It is my impression that aspiring musicians ravish the opportunity to open for another band that they idolize. I felt similarly when Alicia Gibb called me and asked if I would do a talk directly following the keynote at the Open Hardware Summit by four of the five Arduino dudes. What to fun to share the stage with these Open Hardware celebrities!
My talk was titled “Edges, Openings, and In-Betweens”. While I’ve dabbling in Open Hardware, as is often the case with my work I am just as attracted to the overarching concepts tied to the movement as the details of how it is put into practice. In addition to talking a bit about my own work and my use of open hardware within academia, I also spoke a bit about what it means to be open. Where does the object end and the idea begin? What are the all different levels on which these things are open?
My favorite word of the day was “thingness”, specifically referring to what it means to be a thing and when a thing goes beyond a thing. Arduino is a good example to start with, as the team cites it as being 3 things: hardware, software, and a community. I wonder how our consideration of things and their porosity will develop as the open movement continues…