Streaming from the Gaff!

February 22, 2009

An experiment with streaming audio, projecting video and the interaction between real and virual worlds took place in Dublin’s new social centre

Back in 2005 we made a short 4 minute documentary video after our succesful streaming experiment to connect the Digital Hub with the Dublin social centre, seomra spraoi (room of play in Gaelic / native Irish) as part of the “future of digital media”.  The film is viewable on Archive.org

Although it was a successful stream, it did cause some contreversay within the Indymedia Ireland collective, but we were trying to push the boundaries of communication limits in the Network Age

(very) DIY poster announving the communication action

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Combatting social exclusion through innovative and sustainable policy and practice in the context of urban planning (ASF Mitchell application letter)

November 29, 2006

(Motivation letter sent November 2006 to apply for Mitchell Programme run by ASF Italia (Architects sins frontiers) I was successfull in reaching the last selection stage which involved traveling to Rome for a tri-lingual interview but did not get the grant.)

Combatting social exclusion through innovative and sustainable policy and practice in the context of urban planning (ASF Mitchell application letter)

2 months ago i left my home in Dublin, Ireland. I was not sure exactly to where I was heading or how i was going to get there. It had something to do with confronting the “world of architecture”; challenging their closed system and attempting to pull down the walls they have built around that snug little world. I left to connect, support and learn from others in the world which is growing outside that “world of architecture”, those today who are struggling for and building a better world. This was the natural next step in a journey that began ten years ago on the beaches outside New York while finding out about Gandhi’s views on Ahimsa and direct action. Im not sure when or where this journey will end but its getting more real, profound, beautiful and a pleasure to be on, step by step.

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New AGORA (NETWORK AGE)

August 4, 2003
the AGORA was the space in ancient greece where philosophers, mathmaticians, scientists, artists and anyone who was interested came to COMMUNICATE @ 3000 years ago. there were amazing thinkers such as socrates, pythagores, democritus, hereclitus, aristotle and good old platothey discussed, explored, played with and loved IDEAS.
this is where man developed most of the principles we use today; law, philosoophy, science, religion, reason, logic, mathematics and more.from here western civilisation BLOSSOMED to what we have today.

there have been some earth shattering breakthroughs in science during the 20th century that have resulted in a PARADIGM (something just short of infinite)SHIFT in the scientific worldview. in the 20´s we developed the tools to look into the atom, which we thought was the smallest solid piece of matter. we found that in fact 99.9% of the atom is pure emptiness and that that it is minute particles that zoom around that give the appearance of solidity. so the scientific world found out that existence is nothing more than dynamic everchanging forms of energy……
which is what the EASTERN world has been telling us for thousands of years in its religions.

chaos theory has also profoundly affected our view of things with its FRACTAL thinking and viewing.

so we are remembering again that life is strange.

along with this we have developed amazing communication systems that allow people to be anywhere in the world while being able to communicate with someone else anywhere in the world; phones, internet, webcast, chatrooms…..

so we have the stuff, but where are we talking and what are we talking about?

lovers of life and ideas traveled from everywhere to come to the ancient greek agora in athens, to be part of the dynamic and progressive open system that was the COMMUNICATION SPACE of yesteryear

we are aware that we are going through the next major shift in world history, we are part of the NETWORK AGE. the new agora is an attempt to further explore these ideas.

(This article first appeared on the EASA blog in August 4, 2003)