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Upcoming Talks | Ignite NYC and Arts, Culture, & Tech Meetup

This week, I’ll be speaking at two very exciting events. Details follow below:


Ignite NYC III

Rocketboom will kickoff the night with “Know Your Meme: The Game Show! Pwn, Win, or Fail!” Hosted by the cast of Know Your Meme: Jamiedubs, Elspethjane, and Yatta. Contestants: Rex Sorgatz (Fimoculous), Gavin Purcell (Attack of the Show / Jimmy Fallon Show), Peter Rojas (Engadget / RCRD LBL), Nate Westheimer (Innonate), and Kelly Reeves (URLesque) vs Michelle DeForest (Next New Networks), Bre Pettis (NYC Resistor), Caroline McCarthy (CNET), Irene Polnyi (Internetfamo.us), and Tim Shey (Next New Networks). The game show that tests your knowledge of all things Internet in just twenty questions and a lightning round.
Speakers for the Ignite Talks include:
Jen Bekman– “Overcrowded”
Alex Bisceglie– “DataVisualization: Muppet Fur Coats”
Dennis Crowley– “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Family Feud in Under 5 Minutes”
Cory Forsyth– “How to Piss Off the FCC”
Michael Galpert– “Images On the Internets Seem Realer Than They Are”
Andrew Hoppin
Jonathan Kahan– “Cutting Edge Technology: The Samurai Sword”
Jaki Levy– “How to Screw up Your Reputation Or the Reputation of Your Company Online”
Jooyoung Oh– “Unemployment 101″
David Overholt– “Fail Often”
Ed Purver– “A Show of Hands”
Scott Rafer– “An Overnight Success in Just 15 Years”
Britta Riley– “R&D-I-Y”
Karen Sandler– “Unchain My Heart”
Naveen Selvadurai– “In Case of FIre, Break Glass”
Rob Seward– “The Collective Unconscious of 1980s Florida”
Noah B. Zark– “Near Future Augmented Reality Systems”

Here’s how the night will run:
6:30PM- Doors
6:30-7:30PM- Happy Hour: $2 Buds and $5 mixed drink
7:30-8PM- Know Your Meme: The Game Show! Pwn, Win, or Fail! with Rocketboom
8:30-Ignite Talks begin
10pm- Ignite talks end
12am- Event ends

You can start following the event on @ignitenyc on Twitter and subscribing to the RSS feed on http://ignite.oreilly.com/new-york-city/

On Tuesday, I will speaking at Ars Nova


Christina Ray of Glowlab Gallery
Manish Vora of Artlog
Barry Hoggard of ArtCal, ArtCat and Culture Pundits
Victor Samra of MoMA
Amanda McCormick of The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Jaki Levy of Arrow Root Media
Luke Crawford of Muxtape
David Garrison of Indaba Music
Michael Sabat of Mobile Commons

(speaker bios and links can be found here: www.juliaxgulia.com)

Presentations will begin promptly at 7:15pm, lasting 5 min each, and will be followed by an opportunity to mix and mingle.

Call for Proposals | Twitterate

New modes of communication create new meanings, and new narratives. With the rise of the twitterverse, new vocabulary has given way to new modes of dialogue.

a canary torsi is currently commissioning the creation of a new work using Twitter + Twitter’s API. Participants will be asked to take 2 existing twitter feeds of 2 fictional characters and develop a new art work in the form of:

1. an installation
2. website, micro-site, or web app
3. data visualization
4. or any other suitable medium

The (fictional) Twitter feeds (@Doghebitedme and @Darkbloom8) are connected to a live dance performance that takes place in public bathrooms. They are the two characters in the piece. The dance is set to premiere in New York at the Gershwin Hotel in June 2009. If selected, your piece will be shown in conjunction with the June performance and will be promoted with the staged show.

We want to see projects addressing these questions + themes:
How are asynchronous conversations taking place online?
What is public and private information?

The winning proposal will receive $1000 to create their work.

How to Submit:
1. Download the applications here: http://arrowrootmedia.com/twitterate.doc
2. Email your completed proposals to [email protected]

Proposals are due by March 16, 2009.
Notifications will go out April 1, 2009.
The project will be expected to launch by May 30, 2009.


About the Author: The twitter feeds are written by Rozalia Jovanovic, a writer in Columbia University’s MFA program who was a recent fellow at The MacDowell Colony. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, Elimae and Esquire.com, and is forthcoming in The Believer.

About a canary torsi:
a canary torsi is a new structure under which Yanira Castro makes work alone and with others. It is a repository, a card catalogue, a way of inciting others, housing the things we make and making them available to you. It is a way of presenting.

Yanira Castro is a director/choreographer living in Brooklyn. She has made dance installations for theaters, warehouses, bathrooms, a cellar, a former bathhouse. She is interested in constructing scenarios for people that engage different ways of experiencing live performance: you are separated from your companions upon arrival; you are given your own headphones to overhear a surgery; you watch a live performance from a TV in your hotel room; you are shut inside a bathroom with two people having an emotional exchange. She forces a personal encounter with the work. Yanira is the instigator of a canary torsi and is currently engaged in the creation of interactive cyber-environments that act as stand-alone works and are connected to a live performance.

Social Media Week NYC | Arts + Technology

Join us this Monday, 12-2pm, for a panel about Art and Social Media during Social Media Week.

Brand Experience Lab
520 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10012 (map)

If you can’t make it on Monday, you can follow along on twitter.

Social Media week aims to create an open and inclusive environment offering a series of free events, including workshops and panel discussions, and a platform for individuals, group and companies to organize their own activities. The week’s activities have been designed to bring together the NYC community and draw attention to the incredible talent, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that continues to grow in this city.
Social Media Week aims to:

  1. Be open and inclusive
  2. Drive growth and innovation
  3. Be Entertaining and inspiring
  4. Focus on those who ‘do’ rather than those who say they ‘do’
  5. Be a platform for real world connections

RSVP for the panel on Monday here: http://event.pingg.com/ArtSocialMedia

About Monday’s Panel | Art & Social Media: Beautiful/Critical Comings-Together

Description: Artists, art administrators and social media pros gather to hash out some of the key opportunities and challenges of mixing art, art institutions, and social media. The panel with present projects that use social media tools and concepts to make and distribute art; to critique and engage the market; and to shift how art is presented to and consumed by the public. We will facilitate a participant driven debate about the possibilities, partnerships, and tensions that exists between art and social media.


Will Cary – Will is the Membership Manager at the Brooklyn Museum. In addition to making sure all Brooklyn Museum Members get the most out of their Membership, he also developed the new 1stfans Membership program in order to grow the Museum’s community of supporters. Before joining the Brooklyn Museum in January 2008, Will worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Will graduated from Williams College with a degree in Art History and Economics.

Jeff Crouse – Jeff is an artist and current fellow at Eyebeam. Jeff creates software and installations that are equal parts humor, absurdity and technology. Jeff’s previous work includes YouThreebe, a YouTube triptych creator; Invisible Threads, a virtual jeans factory in Second Life; and James Chimpton, a robotic monkey that interviewed the artists of the 2008 Whitney Biennial. He is currently developing BoozBot, a bar tending robot/puppet; and DeleteCity, a WordPress plug-in that finds and republishes content that has been taken down from sites such as Flickr and YouTube. His work has been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, the Futuresonic festival in Manchester, UK, the DC FilmFest, and the Come Out and Play Festival in Amsterdam.

Jaki Levy – Jaki is the Founder of Arrow Root Media. He has worked with multiple non-profits, including: The Field, Martha Graham Dance, Dance/USA, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Queens Council on the Arts, and Soundstreams. Jaki’s initiatives and work with Misnomer Dance Theater helped the company secure over $1.5 million in grants from the Doris Duke Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation to help develop new initiatives for the developing online audiences. He was also the recipient of Cisco’s $25,000 Digital Incubator grant.

Erik Fabian (moderator) – Erik provides consulting services for two constituencies: 1) he helps creative, mission-based ventures create a sustainable business foundation for their visions, and 2) he helps brands and marketing companies apply contemporary creative processes to design remarkable experiences for their consumers. Erik is starting a new venture that will bring creative and conscious capitalists together to create new businesses and IP. Erik is also an artist working in performance, installation and conceptual art. His ongoing project, the Silver Ticket Project, explores the value of art during inflationary economic periods. Erik graduated with a Masters of Fine
Art degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.