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A note on Sopa/Pipa

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

We all know most of the decisions made in the U.S. congress have a direct impact on the rest of the world. Even though most of our countries suffer from some degree of internet censorship, and some people might suggest that we should protest our own disastrous legislations first, the state of the internet in the United States is something we all use to our advantage, something worth protecting, and a good-enough example to look after for some. Perhaps it’s time for the world to take a stand and USE THE INTERNET to tell the U.S. congress that people everywhere have something to say about the decisions they make, like for example, that SOPA/PIPA belongs in the toilet.

I am not going to black out my site because, honestly, I don’t think anybody will care, but in case you happen to see this today (or any other day), I leave you here in the hands of Science Fiction superstar Cory Doctorow, delivering a keynote where he paints a pretty good picture about the current state of things. Additionaly, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has more information on this and other issues central to your freedom online.

Update: The same Cory Doctorow just posted another video on boingboing, where the Khan Academy explains the implications for legitimate sites in a world where SOPA/PIPA is law.

Update Two: Clay Shirky’s take on SOPA/PIPA “Get ready because more is coming”:

Gira Telmexhub

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Photo by @carrerajj

Last weekend, @paseusted invited me to take part as a speaker in a new technology event called Gira Telmexhub. The first round of conferences took place in the city of Puebla, where I joined an interesting group of people to exchange ideas about technology, creativity, and all kinds of social issues. A couple of projects that called my attention were presented by @terukugayama, and presented by @321adam.

I used my time on stage to tell the story about my days in the MIT Media Lab, how I got there (thank you G), who I worked with, what I learned and achieved, and how this experience helped me reshape my ideas about art and technology. Some time later, I uploaded a PDF of my slides, following a request to share them I got from a member of the audience on twitter.

Human Interference Project

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

As a continuation of mi recent exploration of Western-European Participatory Rule-based Art Systems, I just contributed with a drawing to the Human Interference Project, a tribute to Jean Tinguely’s Métamatics organized by the Métamatic Research Initiative.

As the project website describes, the drawings should be created based on these rules:

 Use a white A4 sheet and a ballpoint pen.
 Draw a closed shape on the paper.
 Repeat the shape inside the original shape until there is no space left at its centre.
 Repeat the shape outside the original shape until it touches one side of the paper.
 Choose the distance so that you can make at least 50 iterations on the paper.
 Try to repeat each iteration in exactly the same way.
 Sign the drawing in its upper right corner in landscape format.

Note the semantic difference between “based” and “following” when you substitute the former with the latter. It is the difference between suggestion and command, and in this case it gives the participants a lot of room for interpretation. Most participants——myself included——chose to draw around the original shape both inside and outside. But that makes it hard——if not impossible——to keep the further iterations faithful to the original shape. Even though it is easier to draw instances of the same shape if you don’t have to wrap them around the original, only two participants have chosen to do that so far, and it is interesting that both of them used triangles.

I explored a number of options before submitting my choice. I wanted to do something that featured some behavior I believed had some degree of originality, but I also wanted to stay away from formal intricacies or technical conundrums. I decided to look for ambiguity in the idea of “closed shape” not by finding a tricky way to define “closed” but by finding a simple way to make the idea of “interior” relatively unclear. By drawing a line with a few self-intersections I produced enough ambiguity to have a some choices about the interior of the shape. The number eight for example, is it a circle with a twist or is it two circles tangent to each other? From a two dimensional point of view, it can be either one, and the choice you make about which one it is will inform the way you choose to repeat it. I drew the original shape one way, but a minute later I preferred to pretend I drew it differently.

Cuidemos el voto ataca de nuevo

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Cuidemos el voto apoya el esfuerzo cívico para cubrir las próximas elecciones en Guerrero. Aquí está Cuidemos el voto en twitter.

Imagen en alta resolución

Big D

Monday, October 11th, 2010

I’ve recently been given the opportunity to conceptualize and direct a video about the future by Chris Caplice of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. Working with his team has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and I was provided with the means to hire wardrobe, art direction, hair and make up, and a cast of eleven actors, including my good friend, Ph.D. zombie superstar Christopher Robichaud. It definitely felt like I was directing a real production. We shot for two days about a week ago, one day in a green screen studio and another one on location at MIT, where I borrowed facilities from the MIT Engineering Systems Division and the MIT School of Architecture and Planning.

The nature of this project needs to remain confidential until it is released, so I can’t say much more about it yet, except that it has been a lot of adventure and fun, and I am grateful with everyone that has helped me with it.

Photo: T. Whitlow as Helen Palmer.

Shrunken Red Hook on Radar

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

RADAR – Honey, I Shrunk Redhook from Reboot Stories.

Internet Necesario

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 es una plataforma que permite visualizar todos los mensajes en twitter con el hashtag #internetnecesario al cual ha contribuido toda la comunidad tuitera.

El objetivo principal es que cualquier usario de internet pueda seguir la discusión pública que se está dando en redes sociales entorno al impuesto especial del 3% a los servicios ofrecidos por las redes de telecomunicación en México.

La plataforma cuenta con otras dos funciones que permiten que las expresiones sobre el tema no sólo sean gritos al aire sino que se traduzcan en presión a los integrantes del Congreso de la Unión. La primera es que todos los días a las 12 de la noche, se enviarán a todos los correos de las y los Senadores y Diputados un archivo con todos los tuits que digan #internetnecesario. La segunda herramienta es una petición que, hemos retomado de otras páginas de Internet, que puede ser firmada por quienes coincidan con los argumentos de rechazo al impuesto de 3% a telecomunicaciones. Esta petición y las firmas también serán enviadas a los correos electrónicos de los integrantes del Congreso de la Unión.