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Butt-crack mural: Rethinking self-judgement

June 2, 2012

This post was an exercising in suspending self-judgement: in this case, the judgement that a giant mural stitching together butt-crack photos is an unshareably bad idea.

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Taking a Pinterest in Emily Carr University, in & out of the bathroom

February 15, 2012

Emily Carr University has birthed a couple of major obsessions for me over the past year. Online, I have explored ways to use Pinterest, an image curating site, thanks to Emily Carr student (now alum!) Samantha Lefort. Offline, I have delighted in our bathroom graffiti, which is The Best Bathroom Graffiti Ever. Yesterday it finally occurred [...]

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Social media gives information workers the experience of materiality

January 5, 2012

Today’s practice:  If you haven’t created something lately, try creating something online. At our all-university kick-off meeting for Emily Carr‘s spring semester, President Ron Burnett talked about the university’s work in terms of materiality; in terms of the work, thinking and process that goes into bringing actual artifacts into being. In an art and design university, many [...]

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Making art from a lifetime of data

May 30, 2011

This weekend Little Sweetie asked whether she can have my computer when I die. I had to explain that she is unlikely to want it: by the time I die, my current computer will be useless. “But how about this,” I suggested instead. “When I die, you can have whatever computer I have at the [...]

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Crowdsourcing my identity: an art experiment

November 18, 2010

The phenomenon of Pecha Kucha — presentations in which a speaker addresses 20 slides for 20 seconds each — has overtaken unconferences and WhateverCamps as the hottest format for professional gatherings. So I was interested to see a Pecha Kucha veteran tackle the format in an entirely novel way during Emily Carr’s recent MAA student [...]

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13 tips for using Facebook events instead of pages, groups or apps

October 7, 2010

If you’re creating a participatory project on Facebook, consider creating an event rather than a Facebook page. An event can provide an easy way of inviting people into your Facebook conversation, and you can use these 13 tips to make the most of it.

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Show + Tech: What I did on my summer vacation

September 30, 2010

Stinky socks. Talking dogs. Dancing jelly beans. We got to see all of the above — and more! — at the SIM Centre‘s inaugural show + tech. Show + tech is a chance for members of Vancouver’s business, art and technology communities to connect with the faculty, students and staff at Emily Carr, and to [...]

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Bathroom graffiti, meet social media

September 8, 2010

The back-to-school rhythm of September has stayed with me in the years since I graduated myself, but it has fresh resonance this September as I’m back in an academic environment. Here at Emily Carr the pace has quickened, the cafeteria is jammed and the anxious faces of first-year students instantly transport me back to my [...]

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Making time for creative expression online

April 8, 2010
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Pur time online doesn’t have to pull us away from what really matters. The pursuit of creative self-expression is one that the web makes vastly more accessible.

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Kill your tech truths

March 25, 2010
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We’re taught to think of technologies as constants…and so we fall into thinking of tech in absolutes, and getting attached to truths that hold us back more than they help us. Here are 10 tech truths you would do well to question.

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How to think like a social media artist

March 9, 2010
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If you want to sharpen or deepen your use of social media, try going to art school. That’s the big takeaway from my first months here at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. I can’t say I’m “going to” art school — my role heading up the new Social + Interactive Media Centre has [...]

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