TODAY – spurse @ RoCo


Yep, today is the day! Join spurse and I at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) for a day of foraging and conversation! For more information, check out the FB event page and/or the project website.

10AM – 4PM Eating Place: An urban foraging workshop
Join us for a gleaning walk to share knowledge and sense a world of pleasures under our feet. Is it possible to map new habits and ways of being in the city? How can sensing our environment activate non-consumer patterns? We will collect edibles from parks, dumpsters, restaurants, markets and create a “freegan” picnic. Dress code: be ready for a little dirt and adventure. Meet us at RoCo at 10am. 137 East Ave.

7PM – 10PM: The Civil Appetites
Taste the local with food gleaned from the streets of Rochester. Come celebrate the launch of spurse’s experimental cookbook Eat Your Sidewalk and join in the discussion!

Also, I am thrilled to report that my Indiegogo campaign was successfully funded on Tuesday! THANK YOU to everyone who donated and helped spread the word! I really appreciate it.

photo courtesy of spurse


Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content

Princeton Architectural Press sent me a copy of Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content by Helen Armstrong and Zvezdana Stojmirovic to review and I couldn’t wait to crack it open! One of my favorite features of the book is fittingly the participatory element, the book exercises.

This book, for me, was a great overview of participatory culture. We cannot deny that the public longs to connect and to contribute. How many hours a week (a day!) do we spend on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, etc…? All of these are internet sites that allow folks to participate, and behind every one of these sites are designers that make it happen – that create the platform to allow the input of user-generated content.

The book is separated into four sections: Community, Modularity, Flexibility, and Technology. Each section then gives 4-5 examples of participatory projects which utilize user-generated content, not all of which are internet-based. There are some great analog examples such as the Art House Co-op’s Sketchbook Project and the fill-in-the-blank greeting cards of Ellen Culpepper.

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in design and participatory culture. It was a great read. Now, I’m off to work on some of those book exercises!

Purchase your own copy of the book over at Princeton Architectural Press ($24.95)

SUBMIT to 6x6x2012

It’s that time of year again! Rochester Contemporary Art Center‘s (RoCo), international small art phenomenon returns with thousands of original artworks, made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, college students, youths, and YOU!

>Each artwork must be 6×6 square inches (or mounted to a 6×6 board) and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously.

>All entries will be accepted, exhibited and will be for sale to the public for $20 each (in the gallery and online for global purchasing) to benefit RoCo.

>Artist names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks remain on display through July 15, 2012. Sold Out artists’ names will be revealed next to their work online on July 6, 2012.

>Anyone may enter up to 10 artworks of any medium and there is no fee to enter. You! Yes, you!

New this year is the RPO Bravo Award! Six artworks will be selected for 6 covers of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s Bravo Program Book. All entries are eligible.

ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE: May 6, 2012 (Postmarked by May 5) – get your work in early! If you’re a slacker (let’s face it, we all have our moments!) I will remind you again, and again, and again…

Ready to submit? Let’s do this! Here is the Entry Form – PDF and check out the 6×6 website for FAQs.

I cannot emphasize enough how FUN this exhibition is to participate in and it gets even better every year! 6x6x2012 – you’re already looking good!

Photo above is from 6x6x2011: Global. All five of the prints I donated sold during the first hour opening night!

I love 6×6 season! Last year I assisted RoCo Staff in photographing 4,407 works of art (donated from all 50 states and 34 countries!) for the 6x6x2011: Global on-line gallery. I assisted RoCo Staff in photographing 5,004 works of art for the 6x6x2010: You Asked For It on-line gallery, I personally photographed 3,077 works of art for the 6x6x2009 – Second and Final Year! on-line gallery, and I assisted in the design and coordination of 6x6x2008 – the FIRST 6×6 exhibition! Love 6×6. Love.

Predicting the Future

Speaking of The New York Times, have you seen the current Interactive Feature: Predicting the Future of Computing on

Readers can post their predictions in categories of Computation, Artificial Intelligence, Transportation & Lifestyle, and Communication. You can then vote on the likeliness of the predictions coming true and change the predicted date if you see fit.

So, will there be a telepathic society by 2280? I think not. WiFi to the brain, Robot Wars, cash is outlawed, curing cancer, flying cars, A.I. government…yikes! What do you think? Do you have your own predictions?