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Turkopticon: Watching out for the Crowd in Crowdsourcing

Turkopticon — a Firefox 3.0 extension — adds functionality to Amazon Mechanical Turk as you browse for HITs and review status of work you’ve done. As you browse HITs, Turkopticon places a button next to each requester and highlights requesters for whom there are reviews from other workers. Bad reviews let you avoid shady employers and good reviews help you find fair ones. You can view reports made against requesters with a quick click. As you review HITs you’ve completed, are there HITs you weren’t fairly paid for? Turkopticon adds a button that lets you review requesters from your “Status Detail” page.

Mechanical Turk is a site where requesters can put up tasks with a set price — usually pennies to a dollar — and find workers who will do those tasks. Some do AMT for fun and many enjoy it as work. However, many use it to make ends meet when they have few other choices.


Jun 19, 17:57
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[-empyre-] ‘participatory culture’ and ‘performativity’

Tatiana Mazali wrote: “[…] Here I want to part(i)cipate in the thread opened by Simon Biggs, “Participatory creativity as a prerequisite for community formation” with a reflection concerning the project ZEXE.NET … Let me start with some theoretical key points about ‘participatory culture’ and ‘performativity’ …

INTRODUCTION: Individuals and groups themselves “perform” using social network sites. Their profiles provide these subjects to put their own identity, representations and “friends” to the test. But social network spaces are not simply representational spaces: they are performance spaces. They are constructed social and relational spaces where identity is created, and where, above all, “we act”. With the rapid growth of social spaces on the web (virtual communities, chat, forum, etc.), whose interactivity highlights its key “relational” nature, the web as interactive space has given way to to the web as a relational space. Continue reading


Jun 19, 17:01
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Live Stage: Dorkbot SoCal [us Los Angeles]

Dorkbot SoCal 36: Design Algorithms: Skeuomorphs, Spandrels & Palimpsests :: June 20, 2009; 1:00 pm :: Machine Project, 1200 D North Alvarado, Los Angeles, CA.

Design Algorithms: Skeuomorphs, Spandrels & Palimpsests will explore how cultural objects shift over time, with each presenter exploring a single term related to patterns of cultural change.

Skeuomorphs – Garnet Hertz – UC Irvine: “An ornament or design on an object copied from a form of the object when made from another material or by other techniques.

Garnet Hertz is an interdisciplinary artist, Fulbright Scholar and doctoral candidate in Visual Studies at UC Irvine. Continue reading


Jun 19, 14:14
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An Interview with Eduardo Kac by Simone Osthoff

“[…] Over the course of two decades Eduardo Kac’s hybrid networks connected in real time disparate and distant elements. They have also offered new insights into art while leading the artist in 1999 to the literal creation of new hybrid life forms. By changing habitual ways of seeing and communicating, Kac’s networks and transgenic creations continuously challenge our understanding of the “natural” environment as well as of the environment of art. They explore what the French philosopher Jacques Rancière termed the “distribution of the visible, the sayable, and the possible.”” From Invisible in plain sight, and as alive as you and I: An Interview with Eduardo Kac by Simone Osthoff, Flusser Studies.


Jun 18, 17:08
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e-flux journal – issue #7 Summer 2009

e-flux journal – issue #7 Summer 2009

The processes of the factory have entered the museum in ways that Warhol and Duchamp could never have dreamed: the amount of art production now by far exceeds what can be processed or understood, and this often creates a degree of mistrust and an absence of common points of reference with which to not only discuss, but also to gain anything from the sheer volume of artworks placed on display today. The time to engage and digest work is often replaced by additional work — it just keeps coming down the line.

In Is a Museum a Factory?, Hito Steyerl describes how the workers who left the factory have returned to the same space — now converted into a museum — as visitors. With the displacement of cinema to the space of the museum, Steyerl discovers the shape of a new form of labor in spectatorship at the social factory of the contemporary museum. Continue reading


Jun 18, 16:05
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Live Stage: Aesthetics of Crossing [us NYC]

Aesthetics of Crossing: Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects + Kadambari Baxi and Irene Cheng :: July 1-31, 2009 :: Opening: July 1; 6:30 – 8:30 pm :: Van Alen Institute, 30 W. 22nd Street, 6th Floor, New York City.

Aesthetics of Crossing pairs two projects that examine border crossing points and the individuals who pass through them. Land Ports of Entry by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects highlights the architecture of surveillance and openness in two recently built US border stations. Citizenship by Design by Kadambari Baxi and Irene Cheng reimagines the design of passports, international regulations, and other artifacts that subliminally shape individuals’ statuses. One project is architectural, concrete, and real; the other is graphic, ephemeral, and narrative. Both provoke viewers to reconsider the aesthetic dimensions of how nation-states regulate individuals’ movements and identities. Continue reading


Jun 18, 15:51
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Live Stage: MobileFest [br São Paulo]

Upgrade! São Paulo: MobileFest – Talk with Curators Paulo Hartmann and Marcelo Godoy :: June 20, 2009; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm :: Ateliê Unicentro Belas Artes de São Paulo, R. Dr. Álvaro Alvim, 76 – Vila Mariana.

Mobilefest, International Festival of Mobile Art and Creativity, is an event that intends to question and discuss the coming of new mobile technologies in their relations with the most varied sectors of society, being the first international festival of its kind. Its main objective is to provide a multifaceted and heterogeneous environment of discussions, actions and creations that through the virtualities of the new mobile technologies, aim intelligent solutions to solve and discuss questions that afflict contemporary society. Continue reading


Jun 17, 17:51
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Is a Tweet the New Size of a Thought?

“[…] What if the reason no one’s figured out why Twitter matters is that it’s bigger, in fact, than anyone’s imagining? … The most important thing about it isn’t the messages themselves — most of them are admittedly banal — but the form of the message: 140 characters or fewer.

If you want to understand how and why that matters, think about another textual medium — the book. For the last 2,000 years of Western culture, the book has been the ideal, default form of the written word — the organizing shape of thought, the fundamental unit of knowledge …(T)he invention of the book was world-changing … allowing us to mass-distribute, study, catalogue, cross-reference, and otherwise get them out of our heads and into the world in powerful ways not previously imaginable…

(C)onsider the emerging Twitter practice NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen calls “mindcasting”…” From The Future of Social Media: Is a Tweet the New Size of a Thought? by Julian Dibbell, Wired.


Jun 17, 17:44
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Universal Code [ca Toronto]

Universal Code :: June 12 – August 30, 2009 :: The Power Plant
, 231 Queens Quay West
, Toronto, Canada.

Universal Code is the latest in a series of summer exhibitions organized by The Power Plant, that bring together international artists from a variety of cultural positions, to reflect on topics driving the development of contemporary culture. Universal Code presents responses from a broad range of contemporary artists to cosmology and ideas of the universal in our current information age, a time of significant scientific and technological development as well as rampant globalization.

Whereas once the sky suggested the limitless, now a network of satellites enmesh the globe in a massive field of signals that unite the world in a “universal” web of telecommunications. Continue reading


Jun 17, 17:41
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Live Stage: Clay Shirky [us Brooklyn]

Upgrade! New York: Clay Shirky: Forking, Failing, and Open Source :: June 18, 2009; 6:30 – 8:00 pm :: The Change You Want To See Gallery, 84 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn or join us via live stream.

Clay Shirky will discuss the concepts of fork and failure in the open source process and will open them to discussion in the context of activism and the creative process.

Clay Shirky is a writer, educator, and consultant on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. He is an adjunct professor at New York University (NYU) in their graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he teaches courses on the interrelationships of social and technological networks, particularly how they shape culture and vice-versa. Continue reading


Jun 17, 17:26
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