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random things made: place I Ching

On November 1st, I pulled the above sentence (“Even if you got there, you’d probably find it burned down.”) from poet Vanessa Place’s Twitter feed. I’d followed her account for a while, but something jumped out to me on that day. Maybe the sentence felt prescient. Or, I had the sudden realization that few full sentences appear in her daily stream of tweets. I may have thought that there was some personal meaning in finding just one.

Place’s feed appears to recount the story of Gone With The Wind. Each day, she posts a a piece of the adventure, sentences trailing from one tweet to the next. Though I read her posts for months, I woke up to the possibilities of close investigation of the story somewhere around the burning of Atlanta.

I’m fascinated by the creation of rule-based, word-related scouring rituals; the time-sensitive nature of the Twitter platform plays naturally into that interest. (With immense respect for the ancient artform) I consider the I Ching reference a working title; more importantly, it’s an experiment in the personal, daily, ritualistic reading of a single text.

I don’t know yet what I’ll make with the sentences I collect. I’ve posted them as MTs (Modified Tweets, in Twitterspeak) within my locked account. I now start to collect them publicly, in a very simple form. The ongoing list may be accessed here.

writing: MCN2011 – Public Space Storytelling Through Personal Mobile Devices, slides (take 1)

There will be a “take 2″ to this post, and here’s why:

The presentation documentation is not entirely self-explanatory, and it will take me a bit longer to write a short piece that summarizes the talk. (The presentation contained, almost exclusively, images and quotes; I did not include summary texts within the slides.) However, I wanted to post a reference presentation as soon as possible. I quoted 20 different people through the course of the presentation, some from multiple writing sources, and I presume that part of the audience request for slide access may have been a request for these quote references. So, I decided to post the presentation in stages rather than wait until I finished the summary post.

But, (another however) I allow access to this 5MB low resolution version with a few caveats.

One, most of the images look terrible. I passionately ask you to not reference this iteration of the presentation for image quality. For this version, I also created a sometimes awkward white border along the bottom of all the slides. This allowed me to include reference links for all the images. It was more important to me to credit all sources properly than to maintain perfect reference visuals; in the next iteration, this will appear more visually clean.

Two, some of the reference links – when auto-clicked within the .pdf – do not link to the proper urls. I will fix this within the next iteration. Until then, please copy and paste the link into your browser. I’ve also uploaded all of the personal images I used here.

I hope to have the “take 2″ iteration of this post, including an optimized .pdf of the presentation, finished as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

writing: MCN2011 – Public Space Storytelling Through Personal Mobile Devices, bibliography/references

At the conclusion of my presentation for the 2011 Museum Computer Network annual conference, I agreed to post both the slides and bibliography from my talk. Because the bibliography is extensive, I will post the slides and references within two separate posts. I’ve broken the list into references to books and articles, Implementation related sites, and other project references.

The books and articles group is listed alphabetically by author. The other project references group is listed in the order in which they appeared in the presentation. I’ve included links, when applicable, to the many pieces that can be accessed online:


Bolter, Jay David, and Richard Grusin. Remediation: Understanding New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999.

Chandler, Annmarie, and Norie Neumark, eds. At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.

Drucker, Johanna. “Interactive, Algorithmic, Networked: Aesthetics of New Media Art.” At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet. Ed. Annmarie Chandler and Norie Neumark. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.

Fullerton, Tracy. “Masterful Play.” Kill Screen 1.4 (2011): 36-38.

Gibson, William. Spook Country. New York: Berkley Books, 2008.

Kaprow, Allan. Some Recent Happenings. New York: Something Else Press, 1966. Reprinted by ubuclassics, 2004. 18 Nov. 2011

Kaprow, Allan. How to Make a Happening. 1966. 18 Nov. 2011

Lewitt, Sol. “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art.” Artforum 5.10 (1967): 79-83. 18 Nov. 2011

Ling, Rich. New Tech, New Ties: How Mobile Communication Is Reshaping Social Cohesion. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.

Ling, Rich. “The social juxtaposition of mobile telephone conversations and public spaces.” 2002. 18 Nov. 2011

Manovich, Lev. “Database as Symbolic Form.” 2001. 18 Nov. 2011

Nake, Frieder. “The Semiotic Engine: Notes on the History of Algorithmic Images in Europe.” Art Journal 68.1 (2009): 77-89.

Neuhaus, Max. “Notes on Place and Moment.” Max Neuhaus: Sound Works, vol. I, Inscription. Ostfildern-Stuttgart:Cantz, 1994. 18 Nov. 2011

Ratcliffe, Stephen. “Reading ‘sound’.” Jacket2. 20 Oct. 2011. 18 Nov. 2011

Slayton, Joel. “Foreword.” At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet. Ed. Annmarie Chandler and Norie Neumark. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.

Smithson, Robert. “Provisional Theory of Non-Sites.” Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings. Ed. Jack Flam. Berkeley: University of California Press,1996. 18 Nov. 2011

Tedeschi, Bob. “Seeing the World Around You Through Your Phone.” New York Times. 28 July 2010. 18 Nov. 2011

Wallace-Wells, David. “William Gibson, The Art of Fiction No. 11.” The Paris Review. Summer 2011. 18 Nov. 2011

Whyte, William H. The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. New York: Project for Public Spaces, 2001.

Wodiczko, Krzysztof. Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects, Interviews. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999.


Nick Montfort and Scott Rettberg
Implementation project site
Times Square sticker
Riez France sticker
Mapping in Bergen
Implementation flickr account


Thinc Design, Infinite Variety, Gapminder Game, and National September 11 Memorial Museum references

Bruce Weber, Russell Senate Building exhibit reference

Max Neuhaus, Round: Sound for Concave Surfaces

Area/Code, Sharkrunners and the Big Games Manifesto

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller at Luhring Augustine

Golan Levin, Gregory Shakar, Scott Gibbons, Yasmin Sohrawardy, Joris Gruber, Erich Semlak, Gunther Schmidl, Joerg Lehner, and Jonathan Feinberg, Dialtones (A Telesymphony)

Robert Adrian X, Die Welt in 24 Stunden

Casey Reas and Tal Rosner, Chronograph

Dear Photograph

Moveable Feast


Nick Montfort, Curveship

Photojojo post of Léo Caillard images