Reading Urban Cracks: new book & website
New publication, as the result of a practice-based research project in Ghent:
Riet Steel, Elly Van Eeghem, Griet Verschelden & Carlos Dekeyrel, Reading Urban Cracks: Practices of artists and community workers, a publication of Hogeschool Gent & MER. Paper Kunsthalle, 2012.
On 19, 20 & 21 Nov. 2010, City Mine(d) organizes an Urban Platform in Brussels, gathering about 30 initiatives from 13 European cities, to exchange and show their relation to the big challenges cities are faced with, present their approach and inspire people to action.
From their website: “For 5 years, City Mine(d) has been connecting urban gardeners to cyclists, DIY-ers to urban planners, and kitchen chefs to IT-ers through projects in public space. What these people have in common is their use of their creativity to make daily life in cities more enjoyable.”
More info on: http://urbanplatform.citymined.org/
A Fablab-website “where the future is being made today!”
I recently discovered a website “where the future is being made today!” On www.fablab.nl, a Dutch website, you can find about anything on Fablabs (short for Fabrication or Fabulous Laboratory): it features interesting articles, shows Fablab initiatives in the Netherlands and beyond, offers an overview of machines you should definitely put in your own Fablab and directs you towards numerous audio- and videoclips. You can even e-mail the developers of the website if you need andy help, advise or support with setting up your own Fablab!
While you’re visiting this website, you should definetely check out the audioclip “The Making of a Personal Lab”: in the clip, dating from 2005, Neil Gershenfeld of MIT (the ‘founder’ of the Fablab) talks about a manufacturing-revolution in which “existing technologies and tools bring capabilities once held by huge facturies dowon to the personal level”. You can check the clip here.
After some years of absence Platform Beeldende Kunsten Limburg relaunched its website. It is set up as a platform where professional and amateur writers, photographers, cartoonists,… and/or video makers can report about their impressions of the contemporary art scene in the region. The community site certainly started with a richly filled database of news, amongst others a video report of ‘Nepotists, opportunists, freaks, friends and strangers instersecting in the grey zone’, a temporary zone of media art experiments, interventions, performances, hack labs, … by bolwerK.
If you want to contribute, you can always contact the organizers and propose something.