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I just recently had the pleasure of meeting Nancy Nisbet (and her 2 person and 1 dog crew) as she passed through Champaign-Urbana as part of the journey with her "Exchange Project." They were hosted by the Open Source art space. The project is a kind of personal barter system operating in the context of NAFTA, RFID tech and global transport. I thought it would be useful to post this here, as the iDC list has been seeing a somewhat heated discussion over the merits and critiques of social software and the hype of "Web 2.0." The use of RFID technology by artists has been another topic that generates a fair amount of arguments. The major points of the project as outlined by the artist are:

Politics: Exchange engages in cross border, person-to person, trade negotiations. It offers artistic resistance to international economic agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Surveillance: Exchange critiques and exposes Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Fears of terrorism, national security, and identity authentication have bolstered the demand for RFID.

Identity: Exchange questions and disrupts correlations between corporate consumer data and personal identity through the dispersal and exchange of personal belongings (corporate data elements).

I'm interested in the differences, not in a polemic sense, but in a qualitative sense, between projects like the Exchange Project and another recent project that Natalie Jeremijenko (among others) is working on called "How Stuff is Made." Both have a didactic and experiential component at their core, but stake out different positions for the role of the artist. Both engage in the currency of "Thing Theory" to a degree, but I think from a critical perspective rather than from a utopian one. Not that there isn't some utopianism there...


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RFID technology brings revolution not only in functionality of tracking systems but in healthcare, libraries and field of manufacturing etc. also.

Posted by: RFID Technology | Aug 2, 2006 9:31:09 AM


Maybe You might be interested in a small publication of the Workshop "How I learned to love RFID" which took place last year at Hartware MedienKunstVerein in Dortmund. http://www.hmkv.de/dyn/e_program_events/detail.php?nr=1239

and the PDF

Posted by: Francis | Apr 15, 2007 5:49:06 PM

Want to start your private office arms race?

I just got my own USB rocket launcher :-) Awsome thing.

Plug into your computer and you got a remote controlled office missile launcher with 360 degrees horizontal and 45 degree vertival rotation with a range of more than 6 meters - which gives you a coverage of 113 square meters round your workplace.
You can get the gadget here: http://tinyurl.com/2qul3c

Check out the video they have on the page.


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Posted by: jacobroder | Sep 25, 2007 8:41:44 PM

Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!

Posted by: Dissertation Layout | Nov 21, 2009 12:45:11 AM

Yeah I really like Nancy...she's a good gal. Had the chance to meet her a few months ago and she's quite clever

Posted by: John Carter | Nov 17, 2010 4:11:25 AM

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