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Translating the Digital into the Physical World

BY JEFF DONALDSON
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 14, 2015

Jeff Donaldson takes us into his obsession with the glitch world - creating knits and woven fabrics generated by game consoles, websites, data backups, and viruses to create physical, and wearable items!

Jeff  is an artist and designer based in Maryland. In 2001 Donaldson began preparing video hardware to intentionally short-circuit. This practice is the foundation for his textile and surface design practice.

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Free Your Fitness, Free Yourself

BY TEGA BRAIN
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Does your lifestyle prevent you from qualifying for insurance discounts? Do you lack sufficient time for exercise or have limited access to sports facilities? Maybe you just want to keep your personal data private without having to pay higher insurance premiums for the privilege?

Unfit Bits provides solutions. At Unfit Bits, we are investigating DIY fitness spoofing techniques to allow you to create walking datasets without actually having to share your personal data. These techniques help produce personal data to qualify you for insurance rewards even if you can't afford a high exercise lifestyle. 

Our team of experts are undertaking an in-depth Fitbit Audit to better understand how the Fitbit and other trackers interpret data. With these simple techniques using everyday devices from your home, we show you how to spoof your walking data so that you too can qualify for the best discounts. Our new range of desktop fitness devices are also available on this site. 

Free your fitness. Free yourself. Earn Rewards.

 

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Tega Brain is an artist and engineer. She makes eccentric engineering, reimagining everyday technologies to address their politics and envision alternatives. She is currently a resident at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Brooklyn, has both studied and taught at the School for Poetic Computation, and is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase. 

Surya Mattu is an artist and engineer based in Brooklyn. He is currently a fellow at Data&Society where he is investigating infrastructure with a focus on wireless as a way to better understand bias in technology. He is also a contributing researcher at ProPublica. Previously he has worked as an engineer at Bell Labs and is a graduate from the New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. He has a degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

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False Positive

BY MARK SHEPARD
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 04, 2016

"Let's get personal."

In False Positive from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 15, artist, architect and educator Mark Shepard reminds us that it is not just the trust we place in network infrastructure but also our willingness to trade bits of personal data for access to online services that renders us vulnerable. Caught between the ruse and exploit, we find ourselves subject to ever more sophisticated forms of profiling, both online and off. Yet if algorithmically generated data-bodies are our future, they are also prone to error. Sherpard's project FALSE POSITIVE deploys text messaging, stealth infrastructure, street intervention, and data visualization to enact a surveillance conspiracy engaging the public in an intimate, techno-political conversation with the mobile technologies on which they depend.

 

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Safecast: Real-time Hyper-local Information

BY PIETER FRANKEN
IN TOKYO

"It's a little bit like Google Street View, it's the same idea ...with radiation."


From PKN Tokyo’s recent "Powered by PechaKucha: Tohoku 2020: Building a sustainable Post-3/11 Future" Pieter Franken Presents Safecast: Real-time Hyper-local Information. In our technologically saturated age, it is hypothetically easy to share data instantaneously with others. After the Tohoku Earthquake, Pieter and what would eventually become the Safecast Team realized that information about the radiation levels couldn’t be spread as it didin’t exist. After connecting to minds, companies, and volunteers – both in Japan and abroad– an open-source system was developed that could quickly collect, record, and share radiation level information.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, March 11, 2016. 

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An insight in to big data at Cambridgeshire County Council

BY MICHAEL SOPER
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 29, 2016

Head of Cambridgeshire County Council's Research team Michael Soper tells us about big data and what they do with it.

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Full Ashtrays & Bananas

BY ALESSIO DE VECCHI
@ VOL 142 ON DEC 14, 2016

"I always have the need to explore isolated spaces, deserted landscapes, and inject some surrealism"

In Full Ashtrays & Bananas at PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 142,  CG artist and director Alessio De Vecchi explores the late night creation process of personal content during the downtime between commissioned projects. His work explores the intersection of physicality and the ethereal using textures, the human form, and puffs of otherworldly smoke throughout. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, January 27th, 2017. 

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What Europe could learn from nerds

BY VALENTIN CALOMME
@ VOL 32 ON FEB 06, 2017

The European Union is facing a crisis. A large part of the population either does not understand it, finds it intrusive, or even thinks that it is simply not needed, sometimes all of the above. Thankfully, nerds are here to help, says Valentin Calomme. Not with a magical app or piece of software, but with the wisdom of mathematics.

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A Printmaking Dreamatorium

BY MARY MILLER
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

Mary Allice Miller is an editor, writer, and story-telling enthusiast! As a kid, she spent most of her time at her family’s letterpress shop—an ancient dusty dreamatorium where an imagination can wild. She is currently on the editorial staff of Vanity Fair magazine and is hard at word on a short film.

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Designing Bicycle Share Programming

BY KRIS MOREAU
@ NEW YORK BUILD ON MAR 16, 2017

Kris Moreau is a Brooklyn-based designer, maker, and writer. She wants to help catalyze more ecologically resilient urban systems through architecture and inclusive civic design. Listen to her PechaKucha presentation about how bicycle share programs are being designed in Portland and New Orleans.

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Maps as a Tool for Perception

BY GABRIEL GIANORDOLI
@ VOL 18 ON MAY 18, 2017

Gabriel Gianordoli discusses humanizing data through mapping - and how maps can be used as a tool to reflect data in different perspectives in this PechaKucha presentation for NYCxDesign.

Gabriel is a designer and developer from Brazil, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He has worked with both print and digital media, with experiences ranging from editorial to UX design. His work is focused on information design and interaction. He is currently a Creative Researcher at The Office for Creative Research, a hybrid research group working at the intersection of technology, culture, and education.

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Data By Design Table Talks: Powered by PechaKucha

  For years the term “Big Data” has buzzed on the lips of CEOs and executives and bounced off board room walls. Companies understand the opportunity their data represents to customize products and services to their customers, streamline operational efficiency, and unearth market insights that provide a competitive advantage. But knowing how best to apply data is one thing—telling a story through data in a way that illuminates is an art unto itself. CNN Money recently published an insightful piece on this subject. Author Olof Schybergson says, “It’s about turning information into meaningful insights people can use, giving data a human shape and a connection with the messy real world that we live in… Designers have it ingrained to focus on simplicity and bring a singular focus to delighting the end user—regardless of whether they are a business user or consumer. Designers know how to take complex or disparate information and make it tangible, understandable, and importantly, more human.” We’ll be tackling this with the experts for our May Table Talks: Data by Design. Joining us for lunch on Thursday, May 23 will be Datascope Analytics partner Aaron Wolf, designer Sharlene King, DataMade founder Derek Eder, Chicago Data Visualization Meetup organizer Josh Doyle, and Table XI COO Mark Rickmeier, each of whom will treat us to a PechaKucha-style presentation on the topic.

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Dating by Design

Ayla Newhouse blends humour with practical advice and wisdom in "Dating by Design" today's edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Toronto Vol. 18); she applies the tools, strategies, methods, and ideas of some of history’s greatest designers to the often-challenging realm of human relationships. Dating by Design is her first self-published book that aims to help the reader navigate the complexities of modern love to improve the quality, health, and durability of their relationships. 

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Oceans of Data

  "We want to 'whale-cast', we want to predict where they're at...so we can manage human use of the ocean to minimize impact on endangered species." Ben Best is an analyst for the Ocean Health Index, a research project housed at UCSB's downtown ecology center. For him, the ocean has long been a source of spiritual sustenance, vigorous play, wondrous discovery, and intellectual curiosity. In "Oceans of Data" from PKN Santa Barbara Vol. 10, he discusses using data to map out plans for marine conservation.   

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Data Science for Social Good

How can we make the world a better place using the power of data?  Big Brains, Big Buzzwords, and Big Hearts: in "Data Science for Social Good" from a special Table XI Table Talks event titled Technology for Social Good, Matt Gee tells us the story of how a disgruntled campaign staffer, a disgruntled PhD student, and a disgruntled journalist stumbled upon a way to make a little bit of good in the world with data. 

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The LongStory: an Online Dating Game for Youth

  "There's the question of whether young people want to learn from their teachers ... the answer is probably, 'No.'" Miriam Verburg is the producer of LongStory, one of the first LGBTQ friendly dating games made specifically for young people. In "The LongStory: an Online Dating Game for Youth" from PKN Toronto Vol. 29, she discusses why she decided to devote two years of her life to producing a dating game for kids and shows some of the interesting things she learned along the way about creating games about feelings. 

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Dawn of the Unread

Can zombies get kids to read more? James Walker is hell bent on addressing big issues with modern reading: engaging kids with books and disengaging them from their computers, making libraries a focal point of communities, and reigniting appreciation for physical reading over digital reading. In "Dawn of the Unread" from PKN Nottingham Vol. 2, we see that for James, the answer to these issues was zombies. After numerous collaborations, Dawn of the Unread -- an interactive graphic novel -- was created. Reading in the modern age is no longer a passive act, and James has come up with creative and fun ways to engage all ages of the community through reading.

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What the Dama?!

What is kendama? Web Producer and Cultural Curator Shimpei Kimura introduces us to the oldest hot new trend: kendama. In “What the Dama?” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 117, he shows us how this children’s ball-and-stick toy introduced to Japan in the 1800s is making a comeback in a big way, and how his design studio has re-imagined it for a fascinating exhibition.

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Mata is Meta-Data: Mapping the Anthropolithic Age

"Its an ancient god, being awakened, being uploaded, being digitized...along with all the other worldly mythologies." In Mata is Meta-Data: Mapping the Anthropolithic Age from Honolulu Vol. 23 artist Solomon Enos, known for his "Epic Tales of Hi`iakaikapoliopele" interpreted as large scale murals and installations, passionately shares his most recent project, “Polyfantastica”, where evil corporations are personified as grotesque monsters in tales of battles of good over evil. The work is a continuation of his life-long project called “Mata” in which he hopes may unify all the global mythologies and theologies into the final human narrative, hosted as an international public game for children. This is some next level imagination! 

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Dale's Sketchbook

"I grabbed the book, turned it upside down, and suddenly it had totally different feel. This was my eureka moment." In Dale's Sketchbook from PechaKucha Night Williamsburg Vol 13, Dale Weiss shares how he was inspired by The Sketchbook Project, a creative endeavor started in Brooklyn, NY, that sends sketchbooks to individuals who fill them with their work, send them back, where they are archived in a traveling library of over 30,000 other sketchbooks. Weiss talks about the year-long creative journey of making his first official sketchbook. Here he shows off some selected pages and describes the process that sketchbook took him through.

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DADA

  "The story [we're] telling you tonight is about the first global art movement which started right there, 100 years ago, in the old town of Zurich, in a place called 'The Cabaret Voltaire.'"Just over 100 years ago, the Dadaists used poetry, prose, parody, and provocation to confront and question the WWI society that brought so much destruction. This "nonsensical" art movement was perhaps the most decisive single influence on the development of twentieth-century art, and its innovations are a continuing source of inspiration to artists today -- Hear from Swiss Embassy Public Affairs head Miguel Perez-LaPlante and curator Yukiko Shikata speak on this radical movement in DADA from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol 137.