Japan’s tradition of automata

Posted by Ian on Mar 12, 2012 in blog

Any words I might offer would only diminish how amazing this tradition is… From Matthew Allard: Japan has always been on the forefront of cutting edge robotics. Its roots can be traced back 200-300 years during the Edo period when skilled craftsmen created automata (self-operating machines). Using nothing more than pulleys and weights they were […]

Artist talk by Betsey Biggs on “The Providence Postcard Project”

Posted by Ian on Feb 14, 2012 in blog

Article source: http://urbanheritages.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/artist-talk-by-betsey-biggs-on-the-providence-postcard-project/

Videos from the Winter 2012 Symposium

Posted by Ian on Feb 14, 2012 in blog

From Urban Cultural Heritage & Creative Practice Article source: http://urbanheritages.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/videos-from-the-winter-2012-symposium/

Introduction to the Urban Cultural Heritage & Creative Practice Research Collaborative

Posted by Ian on Feb 13, 2012 in academic, arts, blog, news, publications, video

From the Winter 2012 Symposium held at Brown University. More information here.

“Cities” by Radiolab

Posted by Ian on Dec 4, 2011 in blog

Cross-posted from Urban Cultural Heritages & Creative Practice: The ever inspiring and engaging duo of Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich who compose WNYC’s Radiolab assembled this provocative podcast back in October 2008 exploring the underlying myths, mathematics and magic that may explain the personality of our urban centers. From Radiolab: [Listen here] In this hour […]

American History through Reese’s Pieces

Posted by Ian on Mar 3, 2011 in blog | No Comments

This video in many ways, for me, captures some elements that dominate both the nostalgia and the historical gaze of the America I grew up in and emigrated from in the 1990s.

The Crises of Capitalism: An RSAnimate

Posted by Ian on Jul 5, 2010 in blog | No Comments

In this RSA Animate, radical sociologist David Harvey asks if it is time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane? This is based on a lecture at the RSA (www.theRSA.org). Give into the urge! www.culturge.com

Prosthetics & self-prostheticisation: The march of homo evolutis

Posted by Ian on Jun 29, 2010 in blog | No Comments

Just over  a year ago, we discussed the Juan Enriquez’s argument for the identification of a new species of human – homo evolutis. Continuing our coverage and concern over the prostheticising of humanity,  especially since Roger Clark’s recent re-articulation of ‘Cyborg Rights’, here are two notable new stories of the avant-garde of technological progress in […]

The attack of 8-bit nostalgia

Posted by Ian on May 27, 2010 in blog | No Comments

As we’re well into the first year of the second decade of the 21st century, we’re putting some serious temporal distance between us and the nascent days of graphic user interface (GUI) culture. It’s not surprising then to witness the recursive loop of nostalgic reworking and temporal mashup of bits (all 8 of them) of […]

The ‘racist’ webcam: Anthropometry, design and the myth of objective science

Posted by Ian on Dec 22, 2009 in blog | No Comments

A You Tube video posted by wzamen01 on 10 December 2009 demonstrates how the new face tracking software of HP’s new webcams is unable to track a black man’s face. Admirably, the video post is made in good humour and is a positive example of effective consumer criticism, but what I am most concerned with […]