I recently wrapped up a three-city 18-day trip through Russia, during which I learned that most Russians are completely unaware of the In Mother Russia meme. I also conducted workshops and artist presentations surrounding Graffiti Analysis and Urban Hacking. The video below was made using Graffiti Analysis to capture the tags of graffiti writers from Ekaterinburg, Perm, Moscow and St. Petersburg into .gml format (Graffiti Markup Language). All of .gml data I collected in Russia can be viewed (and downloaded) here and here on 000000book.com.
In Ekaterinburg, I ran a two day master class called Urban Hacking, which focused on the idea of exploiting physical systems in the city in the same way that hackers exploit digital systems. Below are some of the projects that were produced at the end of the two days:
The Mute, by Evgeny Nefedov with Evan Roth:
By workshop participants Goruleva Jenia, Vasiliev Denis, Stepa Aifo, Cage and Djambo:
Tear-off Advertisement Design Services, by Evan Roth with Evgeny Nefedov:
The Crime Scene, by workshop participants Alexandr Tokarev, Natasha Pastuhova, Sasha Slepchuk, Sveta Salmina, Vsevolod Kobzev and Stekolshchuk Timofey:
Big thanks to all of the workshop participants and graffiti writers I met, as well as CEC ArtsLink, Art Politika and the Perm Museum of Contemporary Art for making this possible.
Tobi and I will be presenting our work and that of our F.A.T. fffffriends at La Cantine tomorrow night (Fri. Sept. 24). Also presenting will be Stephane Buellet & Patrick Paleta, Lab212 Collective and Olivier Auber. Come join us for a night of free beer, free culture and art that isn’t boring.
More information on the event can be found on the La Cantine website here.
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Graffiti Analysis: POV Can is a low tech DIY spray can modification in which the LED light source doubles as video illumination and motion tracking input. The GML (.gml) data of the graffiti tags featured in the video can be downloaded here, and the Graffiti Analysis software and source code can be downloaded here. GA:POV Can was created in Vienna last week as part of the BLK River Festival.
Over the course of the last year we’ve been developing tools and software in collaboration with an amazing artist, TEMPT1, who suffers from advanced stage ALS. The resulting EyeWriter system is a free and open source DIY project that allows TEMPT1 to make art again by using his eyes for the first time in seven years.
An initial milestone in the project was to see TEMPT1 write his name again. Through Kickstarter we are now trying to help push a second milestone, which is TEMPT1′s return to being able to make a living as an artist. As a part of this initiative he is releasing new archival digital prints, an original type face drawn using the EyeWriter, a screen saver, T-shirts, letter press prints, a special xerox zine about his work and message, and large format robotically drawn eye tags.
$10 pledge – Custom eye-drawn font created by TEMPT1 using the EyeWriter (works on Mac, PC and Linux):
$75 pledge – Limited edition letter press print of original design by TEMPT1 (8″ x 10″, edition of 100). Printed by Paper Jam Press. Includes TEMPT1 Second To None zine.
$500 pledge – A Kanye West edition of the original EyeWriter glasses design made by the EyeWriter development team (edition of 5):
The Eyewriter team is also going to drop a 2.0 version of the device in the very near future that will allow users to do much more than just write graffiti (e.g. type, speak, browse the web) and costs about $100 in parts. This will be a brand new system that will functionally compete with incredibly expensive medical computing devices. Additional proceeds from the Kickstarter campaign will help fund this initiative.
To support TEMPT1, the Eyewriter team and to own some great art, please visit eyewriter.org/kickstarter and spread the word.
The expressions published in this site are all in the public domain. You may enjoy, use, modify, snipe about and republish all F.A.T. media and technologies as you see fit.