Apple Computers: new video for @joncates REMIX-IT-RIGHT @filmcenter

As part of Conversations at the Edge (at the Gene Siskel Film Center) jonCates is organizing a screening of worx from the Phil Morton Memorial Archive along side remix’d worx from the archive by contemporary new media artists (including worx sourced from an open call on the screenings tumblr). This Thursday (March 7, 8 pm) [...]

SampleChest v1.1 [download] #PiraticalPractices

It’s a little overdue, but I just got around to updating SampleChest—a critical artware && creative piracy tool for creating video sample libraries by ripping videos from today’s richest AV cultural repository, YouTube.  It was recently brought to my attention that SampleChest had stopped working… seems YouTube changed some details on their end, so I figured [...]

Art21: guest post#3: Pop Culture Pirate [interview w/Elisa Kreisinger]

My third post for the Art21 blog is up: Pop Culture Pirate [interview w/ Elisa Kreisinger] Elisa Kreisinger is a video remix artist, writer, curator and educator whose work often addresses feminist, queer, and social issues. While there is a long history of appropriation based political critique in the arts, and though many of these [...]

Art21: guest post#2: Work Smarter, Not Harder [an interview w/Evan Roth]

My second post for the Art21 blog is up: Work Smarter, Not Harder [ interview w/ Evan Roth ] Evan Roth is a prolific producer whose activities take on many different forms, including teaching, collaborating, engineering, collecting gifs, analyzing graffiti, enriching the public domain, developing tools of empowerment and raising awareness of issues pertaining to [...]

Firesheep: Hacking Someone’s Facebook Has Never Been Easier.

So if you haven’t heard, there’s a firefox plug-in called “firesheep” which makes the already easy process of “session jacking” or “sidejacking” even easier. I wrote a small bit about it for It’s no secret to some that your personal information is exposed to the entire WiFi network when you log into your Facebook [...]

regarding piracy, industry, and standards of living

Here’s a sketch of a video I’m working on to intro a performance of/about piracy using a drum triggering system I’m developing for realtime audio/video piratical performance. I felt inspired to post this when I came across this article called Houses of Hip Hop Powerhouses. The article feature’s Lil Wayne, who’s in my video above. Check out [...]

Remix Class @SAIC

Next semester (Spring’11) I’ll be teaching an undergraduate seminar at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago entitled: Piratical Practices: Appropriation and Remix Culture in our Technological Times. If you’re an SAIC undergrad looking for English credits you should sign up =D  It will be held on Tuesdays  (6 – 9pm), registration code  is [...]

Yoani Sanchez on Wikileaks

“I remember the first mention of Julian Assange’s site in our official media was accompanied by a certain complicity on the part of the article writers, a hint of laughter anticipating the damage that the publication of these classified documents could cause the U.S. Government. But when the name of Cuba began to appear along [...]

UbuWeb & Intellectual Property

As you may or may not know, UbuWeb was “hacked” a couple weeks ago, if you tried going to the site what you saw was the image above. This sparked a big discussion online. The question, however, was not, “who hacked it and why?” but rather, “is this a good thing or a bad thing?” [...]

A Part of the Change: The role of social media in activism

A little late, but here’s my article for Fnewsmagazine in response to Malcolm Gladwell’s piece in the New Yorker: Malcolm Gladwell, author of the “Tipping Point” and writer for the New Yorker, has caused a bit of an on-line ruckus with his latest New Yorker piece, “Small Change: why the revolution will not be tweeted.” As the [...]