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Wed, 7pm: Crowdsourcing Labor – Distributed Democracy or Centralized Sweatshop?

November 11, 2009; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
The Change You Want To See – 84 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn

Stephanie Rothenberg & Jeff Crouse - Invisible Threads

Stephanie Rothenberg & Jeff Crouse - Invisible Threads

Upgrade! NY continues its series on open source as it relates to activism and creative practice.

Within activist and creative practice there is a range of models for mobilizing the labor and creativity of the crowd (aka “crowdsourcing”). Both practices experiment with a spectrum of autonomy and control within those models. From distributed design to distributed fundraising, MoveOn to Mechanical Turk, a crowdsourcer issues a call and creates structure for participation.

What role do individual motivations and collective goals play within these structures? What are the ethical, social and political implications of distributed labor?

Panelists include xtine, artist, educator and creator of the Mechanical Olympics; Jeff Crouse, Eyebeam senior fellow, artist, technologist and co-creator (with Stephanie Rothenberg) of the Invisible Threads virtual jeans factory; and Beka Economopoulos, online organizer, consultant and curator at The Change You Want To See Gallery.

This event will take place at The Change You Want to See, 84 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn.

Upgrade! NY is co-produced by Eyebeam and Not An Alternative.

This is a prelude event to the conference, The Internet as Playground and Factory: a conference on digital labor at the Eugene Lang College, The New School, New York, NY, November 12-14.

Event: A Moral Aquarium on 37th Street

Came across this event that kind of connects with this week’s theme of the networked city – especially the walking as conversation with the city concept:

A Moral Aquarium on 37th Street is a storefront diorama by Dillon de Give where real life dramas proposed by regular everyday people will be used to create a presentation of NYC pedestrian life transposed onto a cast of undersea characters.

The project unfolds in two phases. In the construction performance, worker polyp and zooplankton volunteers help build the coral reef, assemble undersea costumes, and collect street stories from passersby. As the reef nears completion and stories are compiled, a program of presentations will begin. The schedule of narratives, scenes, dances etc. will be posted in the window each day.

The Moral Aquarium will keep regular hours with a morality tale highlight each evening. The space will also serve as a venue for aquarium themed performances by guest artists.

Nov 4-10 — 8am-2pm
Nov 11-17 — 1-8pm
chashama 266 Window Space, 266 West 37th Street b/w 7th and 8th Ave.
FREE and open to the public
Opening party Friday Nov 6. 6-9pm

Supported by: chashama
Facebook event page


Today: BurdaStyle.com – The road to collaborative fashion design

BurdaStyle event poster by Mirna Raduka (AAS Graphic Design student)

BurdaStyle event poster by Mirna Raduka (AAS Graphic Design student)

November 4, 6:30PM
Parsons School of Design, Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Avenue, Room 101, NYC
Web Streaming available during the time of the event

A talk by Nora Abousteit and Benedikta Karaisl

Nora Abousteit and Benedikta Karaisl, founders of Burdastyle.com will share their experience of the past three years–building an active creative community based on open source sewing. The BurdaStyle community consisting of over 260,000 registered members that uploaded almost 25,000 designs.

BurdaStyle is a collaborative DIY fashion platform inspired by the open source philosophy: the sharing of intellectual property and allowing the public to adapt it to their specific needs. BurdaStyle encourages its members to remove copyright restrictions from their designs. These open source sewing patterns are free to be used as the basis for a new design that can later be sewed and even sold by other community members. Nora and Benedikta will share their attempts to balance between open collaboration and authorship – maintaining the relations and connections of each work and its modifications to the members who created it. They will share thier stories, successes and failures attempting to enable a true networked design process by building a platform for sharing instructions and techniques for a creative community. Read More »

Thursday: Free as in What?

October 29, 2009; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Eyebeam – 540 W21st Street, New York

What do we mean by ‘freedom’? Should Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) necessarily be powered by radical politics of ownership and collaboration? Or is the latching of “Free Software” ideological baggage limiting the full transformative power of “Open Source”. How are these questions informed by licenses? Are some licenses more open than others? More ethical than others? This emotional debate has been in the heart of FLOSS from its early days and has created camps and animosities within the community.

Upgrade! NY continues its program series on open source as it relates to activism and creative practice. Join us for a discussion and debate on what constitutes freedom within the Open Source and Free Culture movements. We will examine the strong ideological differences through a provocative panel discussion with Gabriella Coleman and Zachary Lieberman.

Live streaming and live chat will be available during the panel discussion.

Gabriella Coleman

Gabriella Coleman is an anthropologist who examines ethics and online collaboration as well as the role of the law and new media technologies in extending and critiquing liberal values and sustaining new forms of political activism. Between 2001-2003 she conducted ethnographic research on computer hackers primarily in San Francisco, the Netherlands, as well as those hackers who work on the largest free software project, Debian. She is completing a book manuscript “Coding Freedom: Hacker Pleasure and the Ethics of Free and Open Source Software” (under contract with Princeton University Press) and is starting a new project on peer to peer patient activism on the Internet. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including ones from the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.

Zach Lieberman
Zach Lieberman

Zachary Lieberman’s work uses technology in a playful way to explore the nature of communication and the delicate boundary between the visible and the invisible. He creates performances, installations and on-line works that investigate gestural input, augmentation of the body and kinetic response. Recently, he helped create visuals for the facade of the new Ars Electronica Museum, wrote software for an augmented reality card trick, and helped develop an open source eye tracker to help a paralyzed graffiti artist draw again. In addition to making artistic work, Lieberman is a co-creator of openframeworks, a toolkit for creative coding and teaches at Parsons School of Design.

Upgrade! NY is co-produced by Eyebeam and Not An Alternative.

Talk by our own Prof. Biella Colman this Thursday

Seminars in the Humanities: Digital Media Studies: Old and New Net Wars over Free Speech, Freedom and Secrecy

Gabriella Coleman is Assistant Professor of Media Culture, and Communication at New York University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, Coleman’s work examines ethics and online collaboration as well as the role of the law and new media technologies in extending and critiquing liberal values and sustaining new forms of political activism. Her book, Coding Freedom: Hacker Pleasure and the Ethics of Free and Open Source Software, is forthcoming from Princeton University Press.

Date: October 8, 2009

Time: 6:30 PM

College: Graduate Center

Address: 365 Fifth Avenue Manhattan

Room: Martin E. Segal Theatre

Phone: 212-817-2005

Admission: Free