The Civic Media Project is an online repository of civic media case studies, divided into four sections: Play + Creativity, Systems + Design, Learning + Engagement, Community + Action. I wrote one about the Farset Labs makerspace in Belfast: DIY Citizenship in the “New Northern Ireland”: the Case of a Belfast Makerspace
There is so much that is good about this project. Prepare to be blown away (the following blurb is from the F.A.T. Lab website):
"F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab are pleased to present the Free Universal Construction Kit: a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten* popular children’s construction toys. By allowing any piece to join to any other, the Kit encourages totally new forms of intercourse between otherwise closed systems—enabling radically hybrid constructive play, the creation of previously impossible designs, and ultimately, more creative opportunities for kids. As with other grassroots interoperability remedies, the Free Universal Construction Kit implements proprietary protocols in order to provide a public service unmet—or unmeetable—by corporate interests. The Free Universal Construction Kit offers adapters between Lego, Duplo, Fischertechnik, Gears! Gears! Gears!, K’Nex, Krinkles (Bristle Blocks), Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Zome, and Zoob. Our adapters can be downloaded from Thingiverse.com and other sharing sites as a set of 3D models in .STL format, suitable for reproduction by personal manufacturing devices like the Makerbot (an inexpensive, open-source 3D printer)."
There's much food for thought in this post from Mike Wesch about how affordable 3D printing might influence the way we construct our identities. The video "Why I Love My 3D printer" is also pure gold.
Evidence of my first academic journal article. Surreal. The piece was co-authored by Chris Wilson and Jonathon Hutchinson, fellow PhD students from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. Yay us!
The Village Telco project has developed a mesh networking device, the Mesh Potato, that combines a WiFi router with an analogue telephony adaptor. These devices can be used to create grassroots telephone networks. This video goes some way in explaing why the Mesh Potato is an interesting example of generative innovation. http://www.villagetelco.org/
Excellent doco on London's pirate radio scene and how the internet is changing the pirate media landscape.
Stickybits is an iPhone app that talks to barcode stickers, allowing you to program messages and stick them to physical objects. You can buy a pack of 20 for around 10USD, but you can also download and print your own barcodes for free. "Each barcode is programmable by the first person who scans it and and leaves a photo, video, audio, or text message. The next time somebody scans that barcode, the previous message will appear on their phone. Anyone can add a new message to the same code, resulting in a stream of messages connected to whatever object or place the barcode is stuck on. Each scan, and related message, is geo-tagged so you can see as an object moves around how its story evolves."