I’ve been meaning to post about the work we did with g-speak at RISD last spring. PLW-friend Amber Frid-Jimenez came on board to teach course called Embodied Computation: Design for Fashion, Information, and the Body. As students in the class, we focused on radical ways to use gestural technology like g-speak for collaboration, drawing, textile design, pattern design, and play. Marcos Ojeda took a bunch of great photographs of the course and has placed them on Flickr.
Running from 2005 – 2008, Openstudio was an experiment in creativity, collaboration & virtual economics created by the Physical Language Workshop led by John Maeda at the MIT Media Lab. Participants created and sold artwork in an online marketplace using a virtual currency.
More than a thousand participants created and traded art in Openstudio. This group will function as a space to archive and share the content that former Openstudio users backed up before the site went down.
It’s fun to see that people have saved so many of their illustrations, and the hundreds of profile pages that Kyle has uploaded. I have a small collection of images, and hopefully you do, too! Thanks to Luis for getting this effort started!
Oblong Industries unveiled TAMPER at Sundance Film Fesitval this year as part of the New Frontier exhibition in the heart of snowy Park City. Visitors to the site used their hands and gestured to create whimsical digital video collages (as in the video above). Some of those collages — along with footage of their creation — are up on our YouTube Channel.
It feels good to write some code after a semester of mostly print-based work. I hope I can make some more time for work like this in 2009.