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Mit Media Lab 30th Anniversary

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Just came back from the MIT Media Lab 30th Anniversary celebration. It was a great excuse to spend a few days in Cambridge with the family and reconnect with old friends while catching up with a place where Science Fiction is everyday life.

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Casey Reas Linear Perspective

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Casey Reas just opened a show at the Charlie James Gallery in Chinatown LA last night. It is interesting to see how his generative work has recently shifted from the purely algorithmic —using rules and numbers as a base to create form from scratch— to a deconstructive commentary on media that utilizes content units —like digital photographs and video streams— as a source of [not quite] raw data that generates his quasi abstract forms over an extended period of time. One of his pieces, the one I photographed for this article, retrieves the main photograph from the cover page of the New York Times every day, and uses it as is as a topological stripe that stretches across the digital frame over and over again, weaving a familiar, yet unrecognizable tapestry across the big television screen that Casey chose as his canvas. Well done.

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New Context Conference – From Cinema to Virtual Reality

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The New Context Conference, an annual conference hosted by Digital Garage and Joi Ito, co-founder of Digital Garage and current director of the MIT Media Lab, took place this year at Toranomon Hills in Tokyo, and focused on The Future of Digital Currency and Virtual Reality.

I was invited by Digital Garage to represent Wevr and talk about our virtual reality cinematic work. I also participated in a panel moderated by Joi with Daito Manabe and Rei Inamoto. I was proud to be part of such an impressive line-up.

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Celebrating Muntadas

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

I just came back from MIT after an amazing weekend participating in the public space? lost & found — symposium and exhibition to celebrate the twenty five years of Muntadas at MIT. Muntadas was my teacher and mentor during my Media Lab years, and has remained a great friend after that, and I was honored to be part of this exhibition with my work on surveillance in the Red line of the MBTA subway system called The Red Line Tour.

It curiously snowed upon my arrival, even though it is almost May, and the city of Boston was in a state of disarray due to the preparations for the 2014 edition of their famous Marathon, but the weather cleared up beautifully and my constant delays didn’t stop me from having a fantastic time hanging out with old friends and making new ones, both in the categories of human friends and place [or location] friends.

I stole the following images from the symposium blog. The picture with the circles shows where I was and where my artwork is. If you are in Cambridge Massachusetts before October 30th this year, please don’t hesitate to visit this exhibition in the MIT Media Lab. The featured Public Art projects are all extremely interesting, and the Media Lab itself is a mind-blowing experience anyway, so just do it, ok?

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Transmedia Generation Poster featuring Henry Jenkins

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

A few weeks ago I was commissioned by Jaroslav Švelch to create a poster featuring Henry Jenkins for the Transmedia Generation conference in the Czech Republic. Per Jaroslav’s suggestion, the poster features the Žižkov Television Tower as a very appropriate background. In case you’re interested, I found a video of Henry talking on Czech TV.

I recently acquired Manga Studio, and tried to make this my first illustration drawn with it, but I was not getting the degree of control I wanted, and I didn’t have time to practice much, so I rolled back to my traditional combination of Illustrator and Photoshop. Don’t get me wrong, I believe Manga Studio is actually a very powerful tool, and I am looking forward to become functional with it. I even used a fairly detailed sketch made with it as the starting point to the finished piece. Feel free to download the full resolution file I have in my flickr account, in case you’d like to make yourself a nice big badass print ^_^

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Photo courtesy of Jaroslav Švelch

Boxing versus Judo

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Max and I recently finished this video for the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. The video illustrates Chris Caplice’s talk on Scenario Planning, a brainstorming technique that helps prepare for abrupt changes in the future.

We use Boxing and Judo to compare between different planning techniques. Boxing represents the traditional approach, based on precise predictions of specific events, and Judo represents Scenario Planning, where it is more important to outline a number of potential futures and prepare for them. This way, specific events become less relevant as the effects they might produce. It makes sense, because lots of different events may cause the same effect over a given system. Preparing for this effect is a lot better strategy than the nearly impossible task of trying to predict each one of these events.

Futures of Entertainment 5

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Back in 2009, Ana Domb and I designed the website for the 4th edition of the Futures of Entertainment conference at MIT. Two years later, I joined the conference’s 5th edition as an attendee. This new edition of the conference delivered a densely packed learning experience, saturated with interesting discussions, content, information and fun. Here is a small list of recommendations: