The Transparency Grenade

A weapon of greater transparency for greater corporate and governmental transparency.

The Transparency Grenade Created by Julian Oliver for the Studio Weise7 exhibition in Berlin, this conceptual gadget for the information revolution is based on a Soviet F1 Hand Grenade.

Presented in the form of a Soviet F1 Hand Grenade, the Transparency Grenade is an iconic cure for these frustrations, making the process of leaking information from closed meetings as easy as pulling a pin.

Equipped with a tiny computer, microphone and powerful wireless antenna, the Transparency Grenade captures network traffic and audio at the site and securely and anonymously streams it to a dedicated server where it is mined for information. Email fragments, HTML pages, images and voice extracted from this data are then presented on an online, public map, shown at the location of the detonation.

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Rabbit Island: Bought on Craigslist, turned into an artist community with Kickstarter

In February of 2010, Rob Gorski (NYC) and Andrew Ranville (UK) purchased a 90 acre island on Craigslist (seriously), 3 miles off the coast of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. They recently ran a Kickstarter which was funded to facilitate their plan to build an Artist Residency on the island. This island is virtually untouched as it stands. Rob and Andrew are breaking ground this summer to build a single small cabin which will house resident visual artists, musicians, and writers. Best Made Co. threw ‘em some gear too.


I fantasise about projects like this.


Datamoshing is a form of glitch art which occurs when ‘the I-frames or key-frames of a temporally compressed video are removed, causing frames from different video sequences to bleed together‘.


They guy behind these videos seems to have popularised the technique with a Chairlift music video for Evident Utensil, but Sony would rather you didn’t see it.

(Shh, it’s on Metacafe.)

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Crapestry / PechaKucha night

I’ve just come back from my second PechaKucha night at Chapter Arts, and as before the lineup was exceptional. For me, the highlight was Theo Humphries’ talking about his Crapestries. I think I may have to give this a go myself!

Richard Weston kicked off with his own hobby, of scanning incredibly detailed close images of natural materials and using them in art, fashion and architecture. Guto Evans‘ gave an excellent primer on what exactly branding is, and why it is important. Finally, Jon Chase brought the house down with an amazing rap: “Life – An autobiography.”

The other talks were equally good, but these struck a particular chord with me.

I’ve pretty much missed the first week of the Cardiff Design Festival, but there’s still plenty more stuff coming up that looks great. In fact, I’m going to have to run around on Saturday to see everything I want to!