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A decade on from DMZ festival at Limehouse Town Hall, SPC roll out the OWN exhibit once again in celebration of London Cryptofestival this coming Saturday 30th November @ Goldsmiths Uni, New Cross.

reSyncOWNThis time it will feature research and archaeological artefacts cored from the SPC servers, Flyer stash and old CDR’s  reSynced in recent months of weekly workshops at Deckspace in Greenwich.

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your electrosmog or theirs ?

At 2pm on Saturday a gathering of infrastructure self providers will meet up at the Cryptoparty for a fireside chat to exchange stories and acknowledge the phases of fruitfulness experienced by all involved in an ongoing effort to “take care of things”.

thanks to ; Mark Garret of Furtherfield.org, Peda and Ushi of Servus.at, An Martens of Constantvzw.org, Jaya Papaya of MayDayRooms.org and Rachel Baker of irational.org for their contributions.

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reSync

In October and November 2013 Deckspace.tv will host a series of reSync workshops as part of a research project with Post Media Lab in Luneburg Germany.

During this period will meet originators of the numerous projects that SPC subscribers have made in Deckspace over a decade of operation.

At each themed workshop you will review the projects and materials then package a report containing text, sound and image to be reSynced.

Each reSync will be encoded to qrcode / NFC tags and added to posters and flyers for distribution.

reSync – Wilderness | Transmissions | Rights | Objectives | Origins | Screens | Futures

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Post Media Sync

Adnan Hadzi will travel to Berlin with James Stevens in September to meet with fellows of Post Media Lab to exchange current ideas and prepare the research programme.

IMG_0451SPC are setting out to revisit subscriber materials including image bank of still and moving image recordings on media and servers in Deckspace with a view to re-presentation on a new blog for deckspace.tv . Surprisingly little formal documentary material exists to account for the reeling years at SPC, such that we have is on video tape or in html and email. A selection of video archive has been processed through Interlace.

IMG_0450In October and November will offer Friday workshops at Deckspace for groups to review some of their preferred moments and bring them into focus again utilising some contemporary publishing and distribution methods. With the public appetite for news and media concentrators migrating to touch screen readers and smart phones we will formulate our workshop output to offer secure syncronisation options as well as more traditional web publishing and RSS.

In December we will travel to Germany again this time to Luneburg to host similar workshops with local groups there.

Expect BitMessageBit torrent Sync and Stream and NFC/RFID interactions.

nothing is normal everything must go identify the thing

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Poster Boy

Something going on in Deptford?

Certainly from Patricio’s point of view.. he just completed refurbishing his infamous mural at the heart of Deptford High Street and coaxed TB up the scaffolding to leave him stranded there for an interview for “My Deptford” up at the Southbank Friday 26 July 2013 – Sunday 28 July 2013.

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Oh Ma !

These images were shot today from the roof of arts studios ‘Mother’ in Queens Yard off Whitepost Lane in Hackney Wick.. Not only are they incredible views of this fast changing environment but reveal scope of reach should plans proceed to plumb in a high speed fibre connection and share it out! IMG_0205-PANO

Can see your place from any of these views? If you you live or work in the area and have an interest in transformative speed of uncontended internet access then you are in luck.

How much ?

Yes, fibre installations are costly and expensive to maintain so in order for this to workout in the very near future those interested need get in touch now for the early bird prices.IMG_0194-PANO

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Scaling Heights

Never shy of an opportunity to take in rooftop view and shoot a fresh panorama TB visited several buildings in the last couple of weeks in the process of preparing for further wireless interlinking and collaborative interference.

trianglepanno4000Here first at Spacestudios base Triangle on Mare Street from where we hope to link up other studios in the Hackney area over the next few months.

warmington12013-4000Then up at Goldsmiths campus during setup for iVSA conference installation when we had an invite to return to the top of Warmington Tower where OWN/Redraw has an aging 2.4ghz infrastructure array.

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A lastly a reminder of the top drawer fun we all had visiting Stubnitz whilst it was moored at various east end dockland locations 2012/13 and this view of George V dock from the top of the A mast.. some view!

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Safestore

On 11th July Maydayrooms held  the first workshop primer at it’s splendid base in newly appointed 88 Fleet Street building. Culmination of 5 years careful preparation and a generous leg-up from Glass House Trust they have been able to secure a 10 year lease on the 4 floors above ground plus roof terrace with views over their immediate neighbours and stunning sights of the City.

maydayroomsroofpano4000‘A site for gathering, holding, and animating documents and idioms of dissent which continue to offer a critically productive and emancipatory relation to the turbulent present.’

With so much before them and yet more to comment on their current energies focus on the very pragmatic day to day operational issues not least setting up of the eight very differently oriented spaces therein. Identifying with the expectations and diverse interests of it’s dozen or so seed aficionados was Paula Graham of Flossie Collective.MaydayRooms Kitchen 2013Several hours of congenial post-it note collages and snack munching later had channeled the waterfall of preconceptions and witty interjections onto floor by floor notebooks with a resolve to reconvene in the next week or so to act on the insights gathered.

Fabian Tompsett, Pauline van Mourik Broekman, Howard Slater, Jaya Klara Brekke, Anthony Davies, Gillian Boal, Iain Boal, Grace Harrison, Paula Graham, Kate Lomax, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Caroline Heron, Henry Tillotson.. snapped in the kitchen (4th floor) by James Stevens.

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Nutcracker

One contributor to the background noise up at Deckspace has been running a series of bitcoin mining experiments with GPU and then FPGA mining tools and has grown a modest investment into shape and now considering some broader collaboration options

With rate of difficulty to create each new bitcoin on a bender following deployment of the first ASIC units, a quantum leap is being forced on all those currently involved and wishing to continue the seeding of this revolutionary decentralised digital currency and banking system. With equipment costs also on the rise, individuals will find it increasingly hard to participate so shared mining solutions are emerging fast to accommodate demand. eg. cloudhashing.com

Our proposal is to set up such a mine by purchasing a bleeding edge hardware solution said to become available in September with a 400GH/s spec which will also heat up your palmhouse at 1KW/h. If you were lucky enough to own and run such a unit now it could be earning you 60 bitcoins a day! However they won’t land in the UK till late September early October by which time so much will have changed it will barely be possible to generate coins without such a beast. Therin lies the problem, layout cash now, advance order the hardware then sit back and wait for delivery as the difficulty of the task rises exponentially.

If you have been hankering to get involved and have been cursing yourself since the whole thing kicked off perhaps now is a moment to consider. Get one of 100 shares in our mine for a single bitcoin and join the ride along the next phase of investment. The order for the hardware will be made in the next week along with full non-refundable advance payment of £5k a fee no person need now face alone.

roll em..!

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Wickerman

Its been a decade since we first spoke with Spacestudios regards facilitating artist studios with wireless broadband internet access and at last we are moving ahead with a schedule of installation starting in Fish Island , Hackney Wick area of east London.

whitebuilding01Last week TB cycled up the River Lee to the canal side of the Olympic Park at Old Ford lock where the first two studio infested buildings co-exist on Dace Road. The first, Britannia is three floors and 200m long with 55 studios. The second, Bridget Riley has four floors and 37 studios. Behind each blank door resides a striving artist or innovative group practice where you can get the impression that some just don’t get out enough! All are now keen to remain connected whilst working or at least ready to tap the network resources for supplies, materials and stimulation. Several just couldn’t wait and have gone ahead with their own broadband installation but in the main the new shared resource it is my task to install is just in the nick of time.

To speed things up further we made contact with anyone passing by in the long corridors and quickly tracked willing collaborators with under utilised broadband keen to offload costs and still remain connected. Advance research suggested FTTC Infinity etc would not be available but thankfully it now is and so both building will shortly be up and running with 16 access points between them 50/8 mb/s per building to work with.

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The third building presented a different set of concerns confirmed as still only within range of low grade broadband service 5/0.6mb/s which really doesn’t share out so well amongst the 14 users therein. Cre-8 Life style centre opened this year as part of the London 2012 legacy and is just next door. They also need better broadband for their media training and production broadcast studios.. The more we look around the greater the demand rises.. The White Building completes the triangle of Spacestudios in the area and opened in 2012 in time for the games, also hosts Crate Beer and Pizza bar which draws a regular local crowd for the art eat and social events.

Between the three sites is Central books whom we called in on to make introductions and suggest an arrangement where they could host a high speed fibre connection to server the growing needs of all in the area an idea which they warmed to but we are yet to investigate further.

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Public Image

Paolo Cardullo presents OCTV in collaboration with James Stevens of SPC, an installation at the IVSA 2013 Annual Conference held at Goldsmiths, University of London July 08-10th and hosted by CUCR – Centre for Urban and Community Research.

 
Alongside the panel Exploding Bentham’s scopic regime we invite visitors and panellists to actively engage in an experience of surveillance, curated by James Stevens. Six IP cameras in positions to view the conference delegates will be embedded into the info displays around  Goldsmiths. Viewers switch channel and camera vision so to become controllers over the self surveillance network.
 
In this way, watchers become at the same time the watched ones in a loop of mediatic and maybe ‘real’ encounters. The installation invites participants to reflect on the possibilities offered by open networks and ubiquitous technology in the context of visualising public space with other people (strangers). To what extent would by-standers try to avoid video devices? To what extent are they involved in a performance, returning the gaze to the cameras?

Rob Canning has built a camera controller which transcodes each camera feed ready for embedding in the Goldsmiths information monitors where we will presentat OCTV. Conference delegates will see a poster about the installation featuring a qrcode (URL) to a page offering camera switch and inviting @octvivsa twitter stream comment. The cameras also post reports on motion detected.

 

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