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As an artist, I locate my art practice in building communities and connecting disparate relationships in virtual and physical
spaces, on-line and off-line. In the past I attempted to create individual artworks and apply contemporary art-making practices
and failed. While the Software Art and Net.Art movements encompassed some interesting content like Rhizome.org, Carnivore,
and the various Jodi.org projects, these movements are largely unknown outside of their immediate communities and rely
primarily on the previous tradition of "sole authorship" that Howard Becker and Ed Hutchins disrupted in the 80s and 90s.
Thus, I seek another model, FreelLibre and Open Source Software (FLOSS), a model that counters the current proprietary
ideological software creation and distribution model where one has to purchase software upon each revision, to see how this
approach, which works so well for distributed software ("source") development, could be applied to content development.
The goal of the Event Map project is to create an interactive map for people to find various
events based upon specific search criteria such as time, location, and the type of event. Initially,
this will be a simple web-based system for geographically locating events around the world and
will evolve to include more intelligent systems for plotting "event patterns" to help coordinate
and catalyze different interactions between people and events. For example, one could visit a
brand new city such as Amsterdam, and use a web browser to access the Event Map to enter in
one's present local address, current interests like food, new media and network, and time
available from 7 - 10 PM. Then, one is presented with a visual map depicting the various
events that fit this description within a default 10 square Kilometer radius. The final stage of
this project will be to add a deeper peer review system so that individuals may help each other
by reviewing specific events.
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