GRL: The Complete First Season will make its NYC premiere as part of PopRally at the Museum of Modern Art on May 4th @ 8PM + PARTY after the flick with Javelin and special, special guests.
Tickets are almost sold out so if you want to come get them here fast.
If you are in NYC make sure to check out the city section of the New York Times this Sunday… (or just click here to read the story).
Personal Kyoto, the latest project from Ben via the Eyebeam OpenLab is now ready for use.
“Track your residential or commercial electric usage automatically and achieve your own Personal Kyoto. Personal Kyoto provides New Yorkers the means to measure, track and share their progress towards meaningful electric use reduction.”
If you live in NYC just enter your ConEd info and you are off and running. Peep my downward slope!
Check out the Graffiti Research Lab in today’s (Sunday) Arts section of the New York Times. You can read the article on NYT site here, or if you don’t have a login Wooster has the entire text here. Also check out the Rethinking Graffiti video on the NYT site.
I’ll write more after I sleep off my Tokyo jet lag, but big thanks to Geeta for writing the article, and James for making all the footage in the video section happen.
P.S. FREE AVONE
How you know you are not in Belgium anymore….
If you are in NYC this weekend and are interested in creating stencils on a laser cutter, please come to the Holiday Hackshop. The event is run by Eyebeam, and I will be assisting with the Laser Cut Stencils workshop hosted by Robot Clothes. Info is as follows:
Design and laser cut your own stencils for holiday turf tagging and t-shirts.
Come work with Robot Clothes to create tools for street art and activism. Bring concepts and images, design vector graphics and laser cut them into acetate to create your own stencils. Share techniques and practice using your new stencils on t-shirts and walls with fabric paint, chalk spray paint and clay pens.
Session 1: 12-1:30
Session 2: 2-3:30
Session 3: 4-5:30
1.5 hour workshop, 10 participants per session – $15
Saturday, December 3, 2005
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
540 W. 21st St.
Darius Jones presentation
Speech and slideshow on graffiti and streetart
Friday the 11th at 8pm
Hewitt Building-Hewitt Auditorium
41 Third Ave.
Between 6th and 7th streets
Friday, November, 11th
8PM – Free
see you there.
It seems the Citywide Vandals Task Force has updated their web site since I last checked in on it. I’m not sure how long this reward system has been in place, but it is highly disturbing.
“The NYPD has reinvigorated its reward program funded by the Police Foundation. Rewards of up to $500 will be given out to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of graffiti vandals. Calls can be made to 911 for acts of graffiti vandalism that are in progress, or 311 in all other instances.”
Elsewhere on the NYPD site they explain that “information leading to the arrest and indictment of a perpetrator of a violent felony crime is eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000”. So from this I deduce that Graffiti is exactly half as bad as murder and rape.
I pasted some other choice quotes from the site below:
“Apparently there are some who look on graffiti as a type of avant-garde art, which has a place as an expression of social worth. But that view is not only puerile, it is misguided as well.”
“Because graffiti and vandalism extend the appearance of disorder, it invites other criminal activity by sending the message that a neighborhood is beyond the control of the law.”
“Graffiti-adorned trains and tunnels, buildings, blocks and cars, communicated a message of chaos to New Yorkers and tourists alike. Whether or not the statistics supported these assumptions was irrelevant, because the mere impression of disorder was enough.”
““Vandals are not interested in artistic expression, or social commentary, all they care about is getting their “ups” all over the city,” continued Lt. Mona.”
“Further, with men such as De La Vega (a well know graffiti vandal) publicly decrying the crackdown on graffiti, and anti-establishment fad folk touting graffiti as an art form, it has become a cause celeb.”