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According to Xinhua News Agency in China, Ai Weiwei has been released on bail due to “good attitude in confessing his crimes as well as a chronic disease he suffers from.”

Although this does not mean he is completely free, it is a good step forward in this fiasco. Of course, him and many others artists are still at risk of being arrested for expressing their opinions and beliefs inside China.

In the event Ai or others do get arrested, the China Blocker will be reactivated to support whomever is arrested.

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Posted on June 22, 2011


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Internet pieces only!! Ongoing series, recent and new works!

7:00 – 22:00 PM, June 23rd, 2011
at Internet@Treffpunkt
Adalbertstr. / Naunynstr. (map)
10997 Berlin


curated by Aram Bartholl

All upcoming shows and archive on

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Posted on June 16, 2011


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Muharrem Yildirim has developed the first major contender towards solving the GML Field Recorder Challenge, which is a 1200 euro prize to produce an easily reproducible DIY device that can unobtrusively record graffiti motion data during a graffiti writer’s normal practice in the city. The GML Recording Machine uses a hacked mechanical mouse in combination with an Arduino to measure the length of two strings attached to the graffiti writer’s feet. The motion captured data is stored in an on board SD card and, with a simple script, is later converted to Graffiti Markup Language (.gml) format. An instruction guide for how to build the device from low cost materials will be on Muharrem’s blog shortly.

The GML Recording Machine is an exciting step forward in the development of technologies for real (as opposed to simulated) graffiti.

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Posted on June 13, 2011


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We present the design of an adjustable lasercut stencil pattern for pie-chart graffiti.

An Adjustable Pie Chart Stencil

The pattern includes a complete set of re-arrangeable letters and numbers.
Changing the stencil’s message and pie-chart percentage is straightforward.

Demonstration of the Adjustable Pie Chart Stencil

The stencil has a few noteworthy design features:

  • The letters are designed to be held in place with adhesive tape.
  • The pie chart pointer is held in place by an adjustable-tension bolt and wing-nut.
  • A small cutout arrow indicates which portion of the pie chart is described by your text.
  • The perimeter of the pie chart is etched with 100 tick-marks, making it easy to adjust.
  • The letters (a new stencilized version of Trade Gothic) preserve correct character widths and are provided in proportion to letter frequency (e.g. ETAOIN SHRDLU).

Here are the stencil designs (Illustrator CS4 .PDF format):

Complete fabrication info (including high-res photos) is available here. If you’d like to make one for yourself, you’ll need:

  • 1/8″ (3mm) thick sheet material, suitable for lasercutting. I used MDF, but acrylic is fine.
  • A one-inch 1/4″-20 bolt, wing-nut and suitable pair of washers.
  • Scotch tape or masking tape (to hold the letter in the stencil)
  • 1 quart-capacity Ziploc bag (for storing the letters)
  • Spray paint
  • A laser cutter!

This four-hour Speed Project was developed by Golan Levin with support from the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. Thanks to Asa Foster III for production assistance.

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