Monthly Archives: February 2012

Twitter, NPR’s Morning Edition, and Dreams of Flatland

In a bit of ragged analysis of the social geography of Twitter this morning, NPR’s Morning Edition demonstrated the survival of hidebound, “a-and-then-the-ring-around-it“-era prejudices about the nature of social media and the Web. Host Steve Inskeep interviewed Shankar Vedantam, who was reporting on a study he attributed to Barry Wellman at the University of Toronto […]

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The Cryoscope: using networking materiality to tactilize the weather

I love the possibilities suggested by the “Cryoscope,” a project cooked up by R.I.T. industrial-design student Rob Godshaw: Godshaw’s gadget picks up the temperature forecast by zip code and reproduces it within a gorgeous aluminum block; you touch it to feel tomorrow temperature. It’s a lovely piece of networked materiality, and it promises much more […]

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Visualizing global art

MetaLAB cofounder Robert Gerard Pietrusko has collaborated with Stewart Smith and Bernd Lintermann in a piece called trans_actions: The Accelerated Art World 1989–2011, which explores the impact of the worldwide explosion of art biennials through immersive, panoramic visualizations of data on the global art market and the migration of art, artists, and their audiences. The […]

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In with the new

A nice feature story on metaLAB has appeared in the Harvard GSAS News by staff reporter Bari Walsh. Entitled In with the new, it describes the lab’s foundation, the core founders group, and some of our ongoing research and teaching concerns. That’s Jesse on the left with James and Joseph on the right playing with […]

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Cooking up some dishes in the Library Test Kitchen

Bibliotheca II, alias “son of Bibliotheca” (last semester’s seminar/studio jointly run by Jeffrey Schnapp and John Palfrey), has now been launched with the help of Ann Whiteside (chief librarian at the Loeb Design Library), Jeff Goldenson (Law Library Innovation Lab), and Ben Brady (GSD). Otherwise known as The Library Test Kitchen or the “library rapid […]

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