Our dear friend, Arlan Londoño, is no longer with us

Arlan Londoño has suddenly left us.

arlan

Photo courtesy of Eugenio Salas

We are losing a sharp intellectual, a very generous individual, and a respected member of the artist and activist communities.  Arlan was an artist and curator who always brought his politics –his passion for social justice and decolonization– into his work. He was the co-founder of e-fagia and organized and curated “Digital Event” as an annual web and new media art exhibition presented in Toronto and broadcasted online to a number of active new media hubs internationally. He was also one of the brains behind Dystorpia, a project and a communication platform that used everyday technologies to explore different forms of integration within the Americas.

We have known Arlan for years, first as part of our audience; then as a comrade, on the streets and at activist events; as a collaborator, when he curated us into his projects in Toronto, New York and Sao Paolo; and finally, as a dear friend, sharing passions, doubts and hopes, drinks, food, dances and laughs, which he always led with his roaring, warming voice. These experiences will always stay with us, printed in our memory.

We will always remember those moments with you, dear Arlan!

For those in Toronto, his funeral will be held tomorrow, Monday, June 3 at
St. James’ Cemetery Chapel
635 Parliament Street, Toronto
From 2:00 – 4:00 pm

There will be also a memorial next Friday evening (6 pm) at
Unpack Gallery
11 Willison Square
Toronto

If you would like to contribute to the funeral costs, there is a paypal account set up at

www.e-fagia.org, or use this link:

Fund for Arlan

Your Words My Mouth

We are currently collaborating with Trevor Schwellnus and other participants in the lab of Sao Paulo.
In Your Words My Mouth we are exploring issues of translation and language barriers using an ipad as  interface
schwellnus

Trevor Schwellnus  is a Toronto-based scenographer and Artistic Producer of Aluna Theatre

reSource for Transmedial Culture

The reSource for transmedial culture is a new framework for transmediale festival related projects that happen throughout the year in the city of Berlin. It is an initiative that extends into ongoing activities with decisive touchdowns at each festival. The objective of the reSource for transmedial culture is to act as a link between the cultural production of art festivals and collaborative networks in the field of art and technology, hacktivism and politics. The reSource works in partnership with CTM/DISK, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien and the Post-Media Lab of the Leuphana University Lüneburg.

Tatiana Bazzichelli invited us to be part of reSource during Transmediale 2012.
see our report on the Berlin lab and the recording of our participation in the panel Zombie Play in the Ludic Salon: reSourcing an Exquisite Media Corpse reSource

MediaLab Prado Madrid

We had the pleasure to have Florencio Cabello, a member of the MediaLab, participate in our Sandbox at RPI

See Florencio’s presentation on Free and Social Web Platforms  and his paper (in Spanish) on the Lorea.org case “Towards a Free and Federated Social Web”

…and his suggested list of online platforms for activists

  • Lorea – a project to create secure social cybernetic systems, in which a network of humans will become simultaneously represented on a virtual shared world
  • Diaspora Project
  • Crabgrass
  • Pinax
  • Elgg

Links and platforms explorations

Many of the participants in our labs had a shared interest in creating and improving sustainable interfaces and platforms of collaborations for activist and artivists. Most of them are active promoters and contributors to these platforms

– Rica Amaral –

– Tatiana Bazzichelli –

  • reSource for Transmedial Culture acts as a link between the cultural production of art festivals and collaborative networks in the field of art and technology, hacktivism and politics 

– Florencio Cabello *

  • Lorea – a project to create secure social cybernetic systems, in which a network of humans will become simultaneously represented on a virtual shared world
  • Diaspora Project
  • Crabgrass
  • Pinax
  • Elgg

* see Florencio’s presentation on Free and Social Web Platforms  and his paper (in Spanish) on the Lorea.org case “Towards a Free and Federated Social Web”

Post-Sao Paulo…

Sao Paulo Sandbox tumblr

Encuentro 2013 has been an amazing experience. We would like to thank the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and all the volunteers for organizing this event.

“The Politics of Passion in the Americas” was the title of this biennial event and the Sandbox Lab we ran at Encuentro explored it through a special focus: the idea of blocks and blockages. This focus was inspired by our previous lab at the Immigrant Movement International and Queens Museum of Art in Queens, NY. This lab attempted to take this often negative emergence as a starting point for a positive and constructive exploration. We asked our participants:

“A block refers to many things: a barrier or an obstacle (a physical or psychological block); a solid self-contained object, such as a brick; a group or batch, a building or a complex, and so on. Now we are proposing it to you: what does block mean to you? How does it relate to your work? How can we deal with, play with, avoid it, embrace it….?”

The material and documentation developed during the  Sao Paulo lab has filled a new tumblr site , as part of the Virtual Sandbox. The material ranges from video of performances to recordings of the lab; it is meant as a document of the process we seek to foster, rather than to showcase a self-contained final project.

We would like to thank everyone and acknowledge that the Sao Paulo lab would have not been a special one, were it not for the enthusiasm, energy and creativity of our participants:

Eugenio Salas

Thais Oliveira

Victor Monteiro

Vanessa Benites

Laura Soro

Ana Tamihori

Thomas Fessel

Trevor Schwellnus

Thank you for your generosity!

This performance was part of a series of interventions developed during a lab from Activism beyond the Interface: the Sandbox Project.