Art & politics

Tree in front of billboard

Tree in front of Billboard backspace got it from: Hotlust which seems interesting. The artists is: Helmut Smits

War Game

Pandemic Studios make hate games. The BBC reported about a forthcoming of their game Mercenaries (build your own private military forces)which is based on a very possible US attack on Venezuela.

Invisible 5

Listen to the Invisible 5 Environmental Justice Audio Tour as you travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles or vice versa. Hear the stories of people who live near the I5 and deal with environmental racism - battling toxic waste dumps, incinerators and smog. You can download the mp3s and listen on your mp3 player - or save it for the trip.

Surplus Reality

Jacob Moreno had a concept called "surplus reality", which was a space where people could live out alternative realities on stage and try out different ways of behaving in a safe space and get feedback from others. I was listening to This American Life this weekend and they had a story (Mind Games) on an Improv Group in New York who perform "missions" of constructed reality. Sometimes constructing reality can cause pain.

Net Art Blog

Putting lipstick on a pig

"Well-known UK graffiti artist Banksy hacks the Wall"
by Nigel Parry, The Electronic Intifada, 2 September 2005

Disappeared in America

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Iraq War Fatalities

Iraq War Fatalities is a graphic portrayal of the deaths of the invading and occupying forces in Iraq. It draws data from It is nicely done, lots of additional features leap out as possibilities for extension, such as a timeline scrollbar maybe with a sparkline type barchart across the bottom.

Horde of Directors

Horde of Directors is an innovative use of the They Rule data by Ian Bogost and T. Michael Keesey. It's a game! Here is the decription from the website: Horde of Directors puts the player in the role of an activist trying to advance a social agenda in the complex world of interrelated corporate and government interests. By creating simplified experience of corporate interconnectedness, the game embodies the challenges of overcoming corporate and government nepotism in the name of social causes.

Thanks Ian and Michael!

The Most Important Election of our Lifetime

The Most Important Election of our Lifetime ~ Spot the Difference Quiz Game! ~

It is common knowledge that this is 'the most important election ever' - but can you tell the
difference between the two main candidates?

This quiz is intended to question just how significant the difference between Bush and Kerry really is. I hope that people find it provocative as well as thoughtful. Please follow the link at the end

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