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Thursday, April 11 2002

7:00pm - 9:00pm Open Play
Projects and Prototypes
     
Friday, April 12 2002

10:30am - 11:30am Framing
Think Tank
     
11:45am - 12:45pm Code and Culture
Think Tank
     
2:30pm - 3:45pm IP
Think Tank
     
04:00pm - 05:15pm "Truisms and Consequence"
Think Tank
     
7:00pm - 9:00pm The Network Moment
Projects and Prototypes (pnp)
     
Saturday, April 13 2002

3:30pm - 5:30pm Scenario Planning:
Think Tank
Work group presentations/final wrap up
     
Thursday, April 11 2002

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Projects and Prototypes (PnP): Open Play
Free and open to the public
Location: Tishman Auditorium, 66 W. 12th Street

BLUR 02 will launch with an opening PnP session entitled "Open Play" featuring discussion and demonstration of entertainment genres such as computer games, electronic music and animation with: Josephine Starrs, VNS Matrix/Sydney College of Art; Eric Zimmerman, gameLab; Richie Hawtin, Plastikman; and Marina Zurkow's Braingirl.


   
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Friday, April 12 2002

10:30am - 11:30am
Framing: Think Tank

The opening session is designed to establish a critical framework for the seminar activities. Lev Manovich, Clay Shirky and Carol Stakenas orient the group's awareness toward the diversity of practitioners present and articulate the pressing and compelling issues facing those involved with new and emerging technologies.

Organized by Timothy Quigley and Rachel Stevens



   
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11:45am - 12:45pm
Code and Culture: Think Tank

This session examines practices that are characterized by a community of users that find themselves dynamically positioned at the edges of proprietary code and a culture of sharing. Michael Century will host a conversation with Meg Hourihan and David Ziccarelli about two vibrant software/platforms -- Blogger, a tool for instant web logging and Max, a graphical programming environment for music and media applications. They explore the relationship between proprietary and shared culture in creative production, including issues of closed vs. open platforms, developing user/developer communities, and more.

Organized by Robert Chang and Carol Stakenas



   
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2:30pm - 3:45pm
IP: Think Tank

Any exclusive claim to "all now-known or hereafter existing rights...of every kind and nature throughout the universe" is outlandish enough to make the most ambitious conquistador cringe. Is intellectual property the economy of the future; or is it the strip-mining of history? Does it guarantee the viability of creativity; or is it a tidal wave of authoritarian exploitation? And worst of all, does the subject really have to be so droll and technocratic? Panelists, Alan Toner, Jamie Love and Greg Pomerantz, will address the ways in which the future of innovation is at risk due to the closure of the public commons through both legal and technological activity and the recent countervailing interest in legal reform that shifts away from protecting corporate rights toward reclaiming the public domain.

Organized by Ted Byfield



   
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4:00pm - 5:15pm
"Truisms and Consequences": Think Tank

Truisms are slippery things that are presented with the moral absolutism associated with truth, but are sometimes pure poppycock. What is utopian? Delusory? Obstructive? What socio-political myths do we subscribe to that end up determining our practices? Too often, unchallenged axioms become hindrances to actual truths-- be those economic, artistic, or social. This session will be an opportunity for all Blur 02 participants to contest, debunk, reinforce or create new maxims that will become the fodder for Saturday's workgroups.

Session Leaders: Katie Salen, Sara Diamond

Organized by Marina Zurkow



   
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7:00pm - 9:00pm
Projects and Prototypes (PnP): The Network Moment
Free and open to the public
Location: Tishman Auditorium, 66 W. 12th Street

Discussion and demonstration of playful tactical media responses to mainstream media culture that embrace emergent forms of public space with Chris Csikszentmih·lyi, MIT Media Lab; Matt Locke, BBC Imagineering; Lebbeus Woods, Research Institute for Experimental Architecture; and the Institute for Applied Autonomy.


   
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Saturday, April 13 2002

3:30pm - 5:30pm
Scenario Planning: Think Tank
Work group presentations/final wrap up (web cast)

Saturday's activities will enable participants to address related issues present in their daily practices and other topics raised in Friday's discussions, particularly "Truth + Truisms." Blur 02 participants refine approximately ten questions to be addressed by smaller work groups of seven to eight participants. Each group is provided with a series of "frames" -- economic, educational, cultural, technological, etc -- to tackle their question of choice. The latter portion of the afternoon session will be dedicated to brief presentations and focused discussions about each group's work.

Designed by Eric Zimmerman



   
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