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September 21, 2007

Graffiti Research Lab talk

Filed under: Non-YLEM — Torrey Nommesen @ 6:30 pm

Graffiti Research Lab Logo

A talk with James Powderly and Evan Roth of the Graffiti Research Lab

Wednesday, October 3rd at 7pm

San Jose City Hall, Council Chambers

The G.R.L. has embarked on a mission: to revolutionize tools and languages of urban artists with cheap technology and open knowledge. The lab is dedicated to outfitting graffiti writers, artists and protesters with open source tools for urban communication. The goal of the G.R.L. is to technologically empower individuals to creatively alter and reclaim their surroundings from commercial and corporate culture. G.R.L. agents are currently working in the lab and in the field to develop and test a range of experimental technologies for the state-of-the-art graffiti writer. Their website documents those efforts with video documentation and DIY instructions for each project.

James Powderly is a maverick hobbyist dabbling at the fringes of robotics, chemistry, writing, pyrotechnics, graffiti and art. As a Fellow in the Eyebeam R&D OpenLab for the last year James has developed experimental creative technologies and media for the public domain. Powderly was an engineer and the Director of Technology Development at Honeybee Robotics, and a Manhattan-based NASA contractor. He worked on developing the Mars Exploration Rover’s Rock Abrasion Tool and built a wall drilling robot for Diller + Scofidio’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Powderly has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships and awards, including an Award of Distinction in 2006 from Ars Electronica for his work with the Graffiti Research Lab. His work can be found on the surface of Mars and other people’s walls throughout the U.S. and Europe. In the Spring, he will begin teaching a class at Parsons Communication Design and Technology program called, “Disruptive Home Economics”.

Evan Roth is a recent MFA graduate from the Design Technology department at Parsons where he was his class valedictorian. He is the creator of Graffitti Analysis video, a project that uses motion tracking, computer vision technology, and a custom C++ application to record and analyze a graffiti writer’s pen movement over time. Evan’s media experiments also include Explicit Content Only, Postal Lables Against Bush video, and Graffiti Taxonomy.

If you can’t make it physically, you can catch the G.R.L. in Second Life, the talk will be streamed live to Ars Virtua in Second Life via this slurl link.

This is a part of FUSE: conversation, a research residency initiative hosted by San Jose State University’s CADRE Laboratory for New Media and the prestigious Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga California.

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