What Gaza teaches us of networked solidarity The web is celebrated as this new radical space that re-challenges our old definitions of identity and solidarity, beyond prejudice, beyond borders, beyond nationality. However, the war in Gaza and the mediation around it tells a slightly different story. I would like to focus a couple of blog … Continue reading Gaza and the media parasite/host reversal
Four years ago I gave this presentation about the amazing experience I had in Ars Electronica 2001 when I was invited by the guys at Team Chman (the ones behind Banja) and by the illustrator Barbara Lippe to create a Flash arcade anti-game with them called Knut. I just accidentally found this at Google Video: Continue reading Knut presentation (2003)
A draft for a column on Israeli design for ‘Computer Arts’ magazine. Continue reading “A Short Pick at the Israeli Graphic Design Scene”
Thoughts about opt-in surveillance technologies
I just lately came across this cool website called Riya. Riya is an image search engine that doesn’t only search the data associated with the image, but actually searches the image content itself. Riya recognizes text in the images and through it’s OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and human faces through it’s impressive face recognition technology. You can train Riya to know that a specific face belongs to a specific name. While image storage and managing services such as Flickr require the user to tag the images with metadata, Riya is smart, it can learn, and it can put a name to a face.
About two months ago, Galia and I were walking down 116th Street in Harlem. Being terribly late for our meeting with Dan and Ellie, we tried to walk as fast as we could. As we were walking by a little neighborhood Basketball court, something there made us stop. In the middle of the court the Basketball hoop was lying, it’s base torn off and it’s board flat facing the ground. Something about this image was so disturbing for us that we couldn’t just walk by and ignore it.