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Aug. 31, 2015

And... the book version my new project, "behind the black boxes," is out!

Get your copy today!

Aug. 21, 2015

Pyragraph republished an article I wrote about Getting By In Boston's first year. Thanks for helping spread the word, Pyragraph!

Aug. 10, 2015

Here's a sneak peek at my new project, "behind the black boxes."

The project looks at the heavily-redacted 2012 report on the FBI's involvement in the PRISM surveillance program-- and tries to fill in the black boxes through research and interviews. Interview subjects include an ACLU expert on privacy; an FBI agent protrayed by Heather Kapplow; and a tarot reading by the Center for Cognitive Chaos & Astral Physics Research.

Full project coming soonish...

July 27, 2015  

Here's my new newsletter. Full of info on recent events I helped organize, articles I've written, and other things I've been involved in-- and a teaser about a new project I'm about to release. Enjoy!

July 15, 2015

I got a copy of Nicholas Ganz's new book, "Street Messages," today. The book presents street art that involves text, and includes work by Banksy, Jenny Holzer, Candy Chang, Billboard Liberation Front... and me! Pretty crazy. Get yourself a copy here!

June 9, 2015

Getting By In Boston had it's first birthday last week. GBIB is a loose network of creative people, concerned about how to get by in our expensive city. Here's an article I wrote about it how it started; what issues people have been discussing; what groups have formed out of it; and what the outcomes have been.

June 1, 2015

Here's an article I wrote about our second "how to be an artist and a parent?" discussion event that took place this past Saturday.

May 29, 2015

Our second "how to be an artist and a parent?" discussion event tomorrow. It will be at the Somerville Public Library at 79 Highland Ave in Somerville MA, and will run from 2pm to 4pm.

Three creative parents (Jef Czekaj, Jennifer Johnson and Trudi Cohen) will share how they balance their lives, and then we'll discuss it all as a group. And hopefully find some solutions. This event is free and open to the public. We hope you'll join us.

RSVP here (if you're into this Facebook thing). And here's a little pamphlet I made up for the event, which includes a list of helpful website and readings, and some discussion questions.

May 22, 2015

Here's an article Greg Cook wrote about our first "how to be an artist and a parent?" discussion event.

May 11, 2015

Tomorrow night is our first "how to be an artist and a parent?" discussion event. It will be at the Malden Public Library at 36 Salem Street, Malden MA, and will run from 7pm to 8pm.

Three creative parents (Paige Wallis, James Montford and Stacy Thomas-Vickory) will share how they balance their lives, and then we'll discuss it all as a group. And hopefully find some solutions. This event is free and open to the public. We hope you'll join us.

RSVP here (if you're into this Facebook thing). And here's a little pamphlet I made up for the event, which includes a list of helpful website and readings, and some discussion questions. Enjoy?

April 23, 2015  

On Saturday, April 25, I'll be talking on a panel about reimagining the city, as part of the 2015 PirateCon in Boston MA. The PirateCon is organized by the Massachusetts Pirate Party, which supports open government, putting people before corporations, defending privacy, and copyright reform. The panel I'm on will be at 11am, but you should check out the entire event. It looks awesome!

April 19, 2015  

And here's the new issue of my newsletter. Enjoy?

April 15, 2015

Greg Cook and I are putting together a discussion series called "how to be an artist and a parent?" The events are geared towards creative folks (artists/musicians/you-name-it) who have kids, and are trying to figure out how to juggle it all in our crazy expensive town. Details coming soon!

Jan. 3, 2015  

And here's my new newsletter. Art, typewriters, community & economics... all yours for the clicking.

Want a copy of future newsletters to keep your spam folder cozy? Just click here and fill out the form. Thanks!

Oct. 19, 2014

Two of my Mappy Facts posters are going to be part of this show at 13 Forest in Arlington MA. The show opens this Friday. If you're in town, take a look!

Oct. 18, 2014  

Introducing "Let's get zoning," a 15.5-hour musical celebration of the laws that govern how land is used in Somerville Massachusetts. Enjoy!

Sept. 24, 2014  

My Street Surveys were featured in of "Volume One" magazine's new issue on building better neighborhoods. Take a look-see if you like!

Sept. 22, 2014  

I'm going to be speaking as part of a panel discussion on artists and gentrification on Tuesday, 9/23 at 5pm. It'll be held at New England Law Boston, 154 Stuart Street, Boston MA. Here's some more information.

Hope you can make it!

Sept. 17, 2014  

I'm giving a short talk as part of Earthos' discussion series this Thursday, Sept. 18th. The event addresses this question: "What do we as people need to participate in creating and innovating community-to-regional systems that sustain all of us into the future?"

I'll be talking about Space Equals Work, Getting By In Boston, and my crazy notion that you should be able to make your community a better place without running the rise of pricing yourself out, or seeing your friends and neighbors get priced out.

The event starts at 6pm, and will be at the Earthos Lab at 1310 Broadway, Somerville MA. Here's the event page for it.

Sept. 5, 2014  

I've got a new project in a show opening tomorrow at Franklin Street Works. The project is hush hush for now (more on that soon), but it involves recipes, mailing things, and a certain well-known dissident.

It's part of a show called "It Narratives: The Movement of Objects as Information," which is put together by the very excellent Brian Droitcour and Zanna Gilbert. Work in the show includes pieces that "engage the postal system and its intersections with digital communications media." It runs til mid November.

Aug. 30, 2014

I came across an article in Chinese about my Somerville Stock Exchange project today. It was published in an economics journal called Jing ji xue jia cha zuo : jing hua ben (which translates to "Teahouse for economists," which I think is a great name).

The article was also run by the Chinese Economic Network. Here's an automated translation of the article by Bing.

Aug. 1, 2014  

Ok friends, here's my new newsletter, hot off the presses. News about some art shows, some talks, an update on the Getting by in Boston conversation, and a nice little civics lesson on the power of zoning and local politics. Enjoy?

July 10, 2014

Here's an open letter the Somerville Arts Council advisory board (which I'm the chair of) wrote about zoning.

We called for more creative space in the proposed redevelopment area around Union Square, as well as for more incentives to landlords and developers to let artists use their space. In addition to sending it directly to the mayor, aldermen, and planners, we got it printed in two local newspapers (the Somerville Times, and the Somerville Journal), and got it included in two community-oriented website (Somerville Voices, and Ward 5 Online). Superthanks to everyone for helping us spread the word!

June 30, 2014

I wrote a piece for the Massachusetts Cultural Council about the "how we get by" event, the growing "Getting by in Boston" discussion, and surviving as an artist in our increasingly-expensive city.

Here's the link to the article, and here's the "Getting by in Boston" discussion group.

June 19, 2014

Edmond Caldwell wrote a thoughtful article about "how we get by" for Big Red and Shiny. Here's a great quote: "In this post-Occupy era, we have a unique opportunity to start thinking about changing the field of play even as we work to improve our lives in the here and now. More and more artists are starting to question the conditions of their labor in fundamental ways and organize to make changes."

He was also nice enough to plug the next meeting, which is planned for June 25. Hope you can make it!

May 14, 2014

On June 4th, 2014, will be "how we get by," and event I'm putting together with Jason Pramas and Matt Kaliner. It will be a group exploration of how artists earn their money for living and creative expenses. While making money from creative work is the ideal, the fact is that most of us earn most of our money in other ways. The fact that we live in a very expensive city only makes things trickier.

A dozen invited artists will share information on their income sources, living costs, and how this affects their creative work. Representatives of artist coops and art organizations will also be on hand to put their two cents in. Members of the audience will be welcome to share their experiences as well, and add to the discussion on how we can all learn to get by better.

It will be held at Lesley in Cambridge. See the website or the Facebook event page for details. If you're around, I hope you can make it!

April 24, 2014  

Emily Luce interviewed me for the University of Lethbridge's Complex Social Change program, which was an awesome honor. Here's the interview.

April 14, 2014  

I sent out the Spring 2014 edition of my New Fancy Email announcement email. You can take a look at it here, and sign up for it here.

April 2, 2014  

Tomorrow, I'll be giving a talk about my zines, books and posters at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Which I'm superexcited about.

March 31, 2014  

I started the Spring Hill Tool/Stuff Share System in my neighborhood in Somerville MA recently. The idea is for people to share and borrow low-use, durable items (like saws, drills, and folding chairs) with their neighbors. It's designed to cut down on expenses, while fostering community at the same time.

So far, we've gotten a good group going-- and a great list of borrowable items. And it was very easy to set up. If you're interested in being part of my group-- or in starting your own-- just get in touch!

Feb. 7, 2014  

I've got a few pieces in a show at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. The show is called "Fluxjob: purging the world of bourgeoisie sickness since 1963," which is an awesome title. It runs from Feb. 7 to July 6th, and was put together by the very excellent Keith Buchholz.

If you're in town, check it out. I wish I could make it out there to see it-- it sounds amazing...

Jan. 16, 2014

And My "Email flyer project" will be in a group show in Brussels tomorrow. The show is called "The artist's PC," and is put together by Viaindustriae. It's part of the European Union's Valorization of Innovative Technologies for Ageing in Europe conference--which is pretty crazy.

Other folks in the show include Paolo Cirio, Alessandro Ludovic, MTAA, jodi, Chang Heavy Industries, and Radical Software Group--among many others. I'm pretty excited about this!

Dec. 23, 2013

During Occupy Boston, I made a guide to the security cameras around Dewey Square-- where they were, how they worked, who owned them, and who was on the other side of the camera. And how people could access the footage being taken.

I wanted folks to think about the cameras. I also wanted to try to address the power imbalance that security cameras create.

Here's a little page I just put up about the guide. It has info on the guide itself, and also a link to the PDF. Enjoy!

Dec. 14, 2013  

And here's my first fancy formatted newsletter. It covers all of the creative and community work I've done in 2013. You can sign up for it here.

Dec. 4, 2013  

And so it's come to this... Here's an email announcement list I set up, with the goal of Spreading Information about my creative and community work. Sign up if you like... After the first of the new year, I won't be sending out standard email announcements anymore.

Dec. 2, 2013

One of the things I do as part of Somerville Arts Council is help run the Artist of the Month program, which Jenn Harrington and I launched in January. Each month, we've been featuring interviews with a different creative Somervillen-- painters, poets, palindromists, you name it. The series has been going well, and has been featured in a number of articles.

Last night, we had our first annual (hopefully) Artist of the Month celebration at the Armory. There was food and drinks, and each artist was awarded with adulation and a very special hand-made cape (courtesy of Bettina from 13mL Productions). Here are photos from the night. And here's a front-page advance article about the event in the Somerville Times, featuring some truly quotable quotes from yours truly.

Nov. 29, 2013

Do you like short PDF books? Then you're going to love this one about People's Tours's "Social history of the South End" walking tour.

People's Tours was the very excellent group I was part of, along with David Taber, Neil Horsky, Heather McCann, and Kristin Parker. The idea behind People's Tours was to give walking tours in the Boston area. Standard enough. But instead of the usual history, we would talk about social justice, contested spaces, important protests, and shady corporations...

The text originally appeared on MIT's Colab Radio blog.

Nov. 28, 2013

Speaking of Street Surveys, I made a new one today. It asks "Do you feel you have a say in local politics?", and is now on a lot of light and telephone poles around town. Mostly, around city hall.

If you want to download a copy to put up around your neighborhood, click here!

Nov. 21, 2013  

Chiara Camponeschi came out with volume 2 of her Enabling City today, which is a book celebrating and summarizing different creative community and DIY tactical urbanism projects. She included a couple photos of my street surveys-- and thanked me in the introduction! I'm super excited. Anyway, check both volumes out-- they're amazing works.

Nov. 12, 2013  

I've been involved in a group called Space Equals Work lately. We're a group of artists and small business people concerned about development in Somerville, and preserving workspace. We successfully fought a plan that would have rezoned a stand of buildings that are home to a number of creative spaces and small businesses, and paved the way for condos.

I was on Somerville's local access station, SCAT, tonight, along with Alderman Tony LaFuente. We talked about the rezoning, Space Equals Work, and why preserving creative space and small businesses is important.

Here's the video, if you fancy a nice 29-minute talk show about zoning.

Nov. 8, 2013  

Thomas Canavan interviewed me about libraries for Museum Force's blog. We talked about how libraries function, and what they have in common with museums-- and what museums and libraries can learn from each other.

Here's the interview.

Sept. 26, 2013  

My lovely wife gave birth to a bouncing baby boy today. I think that pretty much blows the rest of the things on this website out of the water.

Aug. 7, 2013 A copy of one of my "i left this here for you to read" zines is part of the Reed Altemus Collection in the Ohio State University's rare books and manuscripts archive. The Collection covers mail art and Fluxus works from the 1980s to 2010. Really incredible stuff!
July 24, 2013  

I just found out that Alessandro Ludovico wrote about a few of my projects in his book "Post-digital print: the mutation of publishing since 1894."

The book examines the role of the printed word in contemporary culture. It questions whether print really is dead like everyone says it is-- and includes a number of awesome projects to prove otherwise. Including some of mine, for some reason. Ludovico is the editor of the very excellent Neural magazine. Thanks Alessandro!

July 8, 2013

Here's another piece I wrote for MIT's Community Innovators Lab (I wrote another one last year about my "History of Somerville 2010-2100" project).

This one's about People's Tours-- the very excellent group I was part of, along with David Taber, Neil Horsky, Heather McCann, and Kristin Parker. The idea behind People's Tours was to give walking tours in the Boston area. Standard enough. But instead of the usual history, we would talk about social justice, contested spaces, important protests, and shady corporations...

June 28, 2013

"In public space we trust" is opening this weekend in far-off Sicily, and runs til March. It's a festival / exhibition in Favara, and is put together by a Milan-based urbanist/art group called Esterni. It's designed to enliven Favara's public space, and get residents thinking about their community.

Some of my Street Surveys are in the art show part, which is in a castle! I wish I could go-- it sounds awesome...

June 27, 2013  

The very excelled Felicity Fenton wrote a really nice piece on her blog about me. Thanks Felicity!

June 26, 2013

I put my MEWS-PARI project back up on the web. It's a collection of people's stories about meaningful encounters they've had with strangers.

It also includes maps of where the stories took place; data on how old the story teller was, the theme of the stories, etc... and dramatizations so you can reenact them. Project was live from about 2007 to 2010.

Anyway, enjoy!

June 19, 2013

On Monday, 6/10/13, I put up about a 20 street survey signs around Bartlett Yards in Roxbury. I went back on Wednesday, 6/19/13 to photograph the results.

It was pretty interesting-- seeing the variety of responses on adjacent streets. Here's a little photo essay I put together about it.

For those who aren't familiar, Bartlett Yards is about a 1/2 mile from Dudley Square in Roxbury. It's "home of a variety of art, retail, and special events hosted by Alliger Arts, Nuestra Communidad, Windale Development Corporation, and a variety of community non-profit partners" from 2013 to 2014, when the space will be redeveloped...

June 8, 2013

The folks at Mobius put together a video event that paired 46 one-minute compositions with some images from different artists. The event was at their space near Central Square, and included some of my Street Survey photos.

May 23, 2013  

Here's an oldie that I just added to the website.

Now, if you're like me, you have a little trouble getting through "Finnegans Wake." Well friend, you're in luck! Here's a free PDF of Volume 2 of the Google-Image-Search-Illustrated "Finnegans Wake"! Enjoy!

May 22, 2013

One of the things I do as part of Somerville Arts Council is put together talks. One is tonight. It's about citizen journalism, and features Eileen Feldman and Barry Rafkind of Somerville Voices, and Jason Pramas of Open Media Boston.

It's tonight at the Armory at 730pm. Hope you can make it.

April 21, 2013

I put up some new street surveys. These new ones ask "do you wish you knew your neighbors better?" They have "yes" and "no" tabs at the bottom that people can tear off, so other folks nearby can see what their neighbors are thinking.

Here's the PDF, if you want to print some out and put them up around where you live...

April 17, 2013

This past Monday, I was on WGBH radio (Boston's NPR!), talking about the Somerville Stock Exchange . Here's the audio. My part starts around the 1 hour, 22 minute mark.

April 2, 2013

My year-long community project, the Somerville Stock Exchange, closed its doors on March 31st. Take a look at the website to see all of the amazing community projects and actions that I collected as part of the it. You can also download this free, 183-page PDF about the project here.

I was lucky enough to get a bit of press about it. Here's a profile in the Somerville Beat; here's one that the Somerville Patch wrote. The Boston Globe ran a brief blurb about it here, and the Somerville News included a description here.

A huge thanks to everyone who helped make this project so successful!!

March 3, 2013

On Saturday, March 2, 2013, Heather McCann and I had a workshop at my house about DIY home cleaners-- nontoxic, cheap, and environmentally-friendly cleaners you can make yourself.

Heather and I did research, and presented a number of recipes that were alternatives to the products you can buy in the store.

We also led discussions on why it can be better for your health, and the health of the environment, to make your own.

Here's a page I made about the event. It include some photos, as well as the recipes we demo'd.

March 1, 2013

Back in October, I was part of a day-long performance art festival at the Anthony Greaney Gallery in Boston. The event is called "Time Body Space Objects," and it was put together by Alice Vogler and Vela Phelan. Here's the webpage I made about my piece.

It turns out that Boston's art news source, Big Red & Shiny, wrote a nice review of it back in October. Here it is.

Feb. 14, 2013  

I've been thinking a lot about trash lately, so I did some research into Massachusetts' trash system. I found that we produce about 10,000,0000,000 pounds of trash each year. Since there's about 6.6 million of us, that means each of us makes about 1,500 pounds annually.

I looked into how we dispose of it-- incinerators, landfills-- and made a Google map about it. It shows where all the facilities are; what they process; and how much they handle per day and per year.

You can see it here.

Jan. 13, 2013

I put up some new street surveys. These new ones read "i live nearby & i'm concerned about...", with lots of blank space for folks to share what they think.

Here's the PDF, if you want to print some out and put them up around where you live...

Jan. 12, 2013

I was on Unreglar Radio's "Two hotheads: where activism happens" show today, talking about the Somerville Stock Exchange . It was a great program-- James and Laura from the Mass Pirate Party talked about online privacy, keeping the internet open, and creative commons. An activist named Garrett talked about fighting the TSA's policy of random searches on the subway; and the hosts talked about drug reform.

Once they send me the link to the archived audio, I'll post it here.

Nov. 19, 2012

I wrote a piece for MIT's Community Community Innovators Lab (CoLab). It's about what worked and didn't work with "History of Somerville, 2010-2100" community art project.

CoLab has an amazing website, full of really fascinating projects and articles-- and I'm honored to have been able to contribute something to it.

Nov. 14, 2012

In June, People's Tours led a walking tour of the South End. We discussed community movements, affordable housing, food riots, and gentrification.

Here are some photos of the tour, and a description of what we covered.

Nov. 5, 2012

For almost two years, I've been volunteering as a board member for the Somerville Arts Council. It's been very rewarding and enjoyable. For some reason, I'm now the chair of the board. At least, according to this webpage.

Nov. 4, 2012

I wrote a description of the piece I did for the "Time Body Space Objects" festival, and included some photos. You can read the description here.

The festival was held at the Anthony Greaney Gallery in Boston on October 20th, and was put together by Alice Vogler and Vela Phelan.

Oct. 20, 2012

I'm part of a day-long performance art festival at the Anthony Greaney Gallery in Boston. The event is called "Time Body Space Objects," and is put together by Alice Vogler and Vela Phelan. It runs from 10am-10pm. I go on at 9pm-- but check the whole thing out, since there's a ton of amazing people involved.

Oct. 19, 2012

J. Marechal wrote a really nice story about the Somerville Stock Exchange for Spare Change News. The article is online, but be sure to buy a copy-- the organization benefits homeless folks.

Oct. 10, 2012

I put together another talk for the Somerville Arts Council. This one is about flash mobs and guerrilla art events, and is called "Public space! and public fun!"

It's tonight at the Armory at 730pm. Hope you can make it.

Oct. 9, 2012

I wrote a short piece about the Somerville Stock Exchange for Shareable (which is an amazing website about alternative economies and sharing). Here's the link.

Oct. 1, 2012

As part of my Somerville Stock Exchange project, I've been creating "Quarterly Reports" every 3 months. They's chock full of graphs and charts, and list all of the information I've gathered about what people are doing to make Somerville a better place.

Here's the PDF of the newest one.

July 20, 2012  

I've got some books in a show up in Portland Maine, at the Space Gallery. The show is called Rum Riot Press, and was organized by the Printeresting people. It's up from July 20 to August 23, and has a whole long list of amazing people in it-- from A5 to Temporary Services. And me, for some reason.

If you're in Portland, check it out!

June 27, 2012

For the past year or so, I've been on the board of the Somerville Arts Council.

One of the things I've been doing is helping organize a series of lectures. Last year, I put together one by kanarinka and Dirk Adams about art interventions. Tonight is one I organized about zines, featuring local zinesters Marissa Falco and Alana Kumbier. It's at 730pm at the Armory. Hope you can make it!

June 13, 2012  

I made another short pamphlet about security cameras. This one is just images, no text. It's called "Security cameras are the new gargoyles...and vice versa." Here's the PDF.

I also have some print copies--get in touch if you'd like one.

June 9, 2012

My new group, People's Tours, will have two related events on Sunday, June 17th. At 1:45pm, we'll be giving a walking tour of the South End, as part of the Common Boston festival. We'll talk about the neighborhood's history of community activism, and how that's affected both the built environment and the make-up of the neighborhood today.

We'll leave from the plaza across from Back Bay Station. The tour will last about 60 minutes. You'll need to RSVP here if you want to join us.

At 3pm, we'll lead a discussion about research for artists and activists. The discussion is organized by Artists in Context, and will meet at the corner of Yarmouth and Carleton.

Hope to see you at these events!

May 31, 2012

Susan Johnston wrote a very very nice article about my Somerville Stock Exchange project for the Boston Globe today. Thanks Susan!

Also, if you're around on Sunday, stop by the SomerStreets festival in East Somerville. I'll have a table set up for this project. Hope to see you there!

May 15, 2012 I wrote my second blog post ("Somerville Stock report") for Patch about my Somerville Stock Exchange project. It explains all the reasons that stock "values" changed. Take a look!

Also: Aaron Dentel-Post wrote a really really nice article about the Exchange for the Somerville Scout today. Thanks Aaron!

May 3, 2012

Somerville Patch wrote a really nice article about The Somerville Stock Exchange today. They're also letting me blog about the project as it develops. I'll be writing a post for them twice a month-- about what shares are now worth, and the reasons why their values have changed. Here's the first post.

Apr. 22, 2012 Between 2008 to 2011, I interviewed people about their daily routines, and made them a present based on what they'd told me. I just wrote a little essay about it here.
Apr. 15, 2012

I updated the stock values for the first time, for my Somerville Stock Exchange project-- and added information to the forum pages. The forum pages show information about what different community are doing to make Somerville a better place-- as well as some news stories and current events that have impacted life in Somerville.

This is something I'll do twice every month. Check back for updates-- or follow the project on Facebook or join our email list by emailing me at . Thanks!

Apr. 12, 2012   I'm going to be at a zine fair this Sunday. I'll be sharing a table with the very excellent Alana Kumbier and Dave Taber. The event will be held at the Washington Street Art Center. Hope you can make it!
Mar. 31, 2012

My new project, The Somerville Stock Exchange (SSE), opened its doors today. You can participate by:

1. letting me know about things you've done to help Somerville's community, creative life, or environment; I'll then add these to the project's forum, for other people to read. OR

2. by making a donation to one of the project's nonprofit partners (Somerville Homeless Coalition; Somerville Arts Council; Somerville Climate Action), and then letting me know about it.

Both options will earn you "Somerville Stock". Hope to hear from you! Email:

Feb. 18, 2012 For some reason, I'm up for a New England Art Award for my BBC broadsides project. Here's the voting form, if you feel like voting for me. My name is half-way down, under "Public exposure (public performance, sculpture, street art, scandalous arrest, etc.)."
Jan. 17, 2012 The website for my new project, The Somerville Stock Exchange (SSE), went live today. Starting March 31, the SSE will let community members acquire shares in the Community; the Environment; and the Arts. People can earn theseshares through individual actions, or purchase them by making donations to nonprofits. Stay tuned!
Nov. 13, 2011 I started putting up a new series of street posters today. These ones are about different protests, strikes, and sit-ins. Here are the PDFs, if you'd like to look at them-- or print them out, and hang them up in your neighborhood!
Nov. 6 , 2011 Some of my broadsides were in the Pop-up Art Show at Occupy Boston today.
Oct. 25 , 2011 I wrote a short pamphlet about security cameras for Occupy Boston. It includes information on how to request footage from cameras; how cameras work; and a map of the cameras that are near the camp. Here's the PDF.
Oct. 21, 2011 Some of my broadsides are in a show in Croatia. The show is called "Sign of the times," and is up through November 3.
Aug. 6, 2011 I made some new Street Surveys for my BBC broadsides project. I posted some photos of the different broadsides on the street here. I also put PDFs of the surveys up, if you'd like to print some out, and stick them up near where you live.
July 16, 2011 I made a pad of broadsides for the Chain Letter show at Samson Projects. Anyone who wanted a poster could tear one off, and put it up where they lived. (The show was amazing, by the way. The idea was that the gallery invited 10 artists, who could then invite 10 artists each, who then could invite 10 artists... Over 1200 artists brought their work. It was mayhem.)
June 27, 2011   Some of my books and zines were part of second event in Prague this past weekend. It was called "Book the Book," and focused on small and noncommercial publishing projects. Here's some information on it.
June 23, 2011 Dave Taber and I wrote a piece for the Massachusetts Cultural Council's blog about the Play-Jurisms conference that we organized in May. You can read the article here.
June 13, 2011 For some reason, I was on the Callie Crossley Show today, talking about community, public art, and my BBC broadsides. It was live on WGBH radio--which is one of Boston's NPR stations. Sheesh. Here's the part of the show that I'm on.
June 1, 2011 I made three more broadsides, this time about Los Angeles. They show income leves; crime rates; and where LA folks get their water from. They'll be up around LA soon-- and are part of Rise Industries' show at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry!
May 20, 2011 Play-Jurisms: A Weekend of Creativity! Copyright! Ethics! Appropriation is this weekend! Free talks by lawyers on how to protect your work! Free talks by copyright and copyright-reform activists! Performances! A film! You should come! It's at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge MA. (Organized by myself, and David Taber.)
May 18, 2011 Whew! A crazy few days! After Sebastian Campion blogged about the broadsides on his wonderful Guerrilla Innovation website, the story was picked up by GOOD and, and a whole bunch of blogs. I'm really amazed by it.
May 14, 2011 I started putting up some new posters for BBC broadsides. They're called Street Surveys, and ask questions about public space and community that people can answer by removing a slip of paper.
May 9, 2011   Some of my little books are in a design show in Prague, which opens today. The show's called "Zavíráme za 21 dní," and runs through the end of the month.
May 6, 2011 I'm now on the board of the Somerville Arts Council, which I'm very excited about.
May 3, 2011   Berlin's Gestalten Press has put out an amazing coffee table book about zines and self-publishing-- and included a short essay and a 2-page spread about some of my projects! The book's called "Behind the Zines: Self-Publishing Culture." Check it out here!
April 22, 2011 I started a new project today, BBC broadsides. Look for small posters around the Boston area, showing everything from statistical maps about the city, to poems by Paul Johns.
March 27, 2011   It's brand new! It's retro! It's my new website! You're looking at it! Hooray!

March 16, 2011

David Taber and I have been busy organizing events for our Play-Jurisms: A Weekend of Creativity! Copyright! Ethics! Appropriation! Check back later for a full list of goings-on-- and if you're in town on May 21 or 22, hope you can come!

March 14, 2011 After 3 years, I finished working on my Everyday Exchange. This project involved interviewing people about their daily routines, and giving them a gift based on what they told me. I mailed the final gift off today.
March 3, 2011 Over the past few weeks, I've been working on a survey about how creative people use and view their time. I wrote up the results as the first issue of Rise Industries's new RIPT paper series.

The paper is here. It has some charts and an essay about the data I received--as well as about 8 pages of anonymous descriptions of how 81 creative people organize their time (their routines; how many hours they spend on creative projects each week, etc.). Take a look if you get the chance!

March 1, 2011 Well, I've stopped working on my "History of Somerville, 2010-2100" community art project. It was two years in the making, and was a fantastic experience. Thanks to everyone who participated, or came to one of the events. Without your enthusiasm and ideas, nothing would've come of the project. Thanks!
Feb. 16, 2011 I'll be giving a talk at the Somerville Public Library this coming Wednesday, at 7pm for the book version of my "History of Somerville" project. It'll be at the Main Branch at 79 Highland. Hope you can make it. (Note: The Weekly Dig lists this as the Daily Dig for Wednesday!)
Feb. 15, 2011 The very excellent, which focuses on community and sharing, asked me to write a story about my "History of Somerville" project! Take a look at the article, and their website if you get the chance.
Feb. 12, 2011 The Somerville News and the Somerville Journal both wrote very nice pieces about my "History of Somerville" art show at the Nave. And the News put their article on the front page!

Here's the Journal's article, and here's the New's article. Thanks guys!

Feb. 8, 2011

The show at the Nave Gallery went down swimmingly. Here's some photos. Take a look!
Jan. 23, 2011 This just in! Very glad to announce that futurist Seth Itzkan will give a short talk on Feb. 5th, as part of my "History of Somerville, 2010-2100" show at the Nave Gallery-- and that Adam Schutzman will play the theremin afterwards!
Jan. 21, 2011   Itch Dance journal just put out an issue about competition in the arts. They included a short piece I wrote about all of the competition I've been part or, and seen in the past few months. Get yourself a copy!
Jan. 15, 2011 I finalized the details for the art show and the book reading for my "History of Somerville, 2010-2100" project. I've also printed copies of the book.

Copies of the book are $12 (plus shipping, if you need it shipped) here.

Art show
The art show will be at the Nave Gallery on February 5 from 1-9pm, and February 6 from 1-5pm. Visitors to the show will be able to see all of the predictions I've received so far--and add their own!

There will be an opening reception from 6-9pm on Saturday. At the reception I'll be hosting Future-aoke! Visitors will be able to step up to the mic, and share their thought on the future.

The Nave is located at 155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville. Hope you can make it!

Book reading
On Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7pm, I'll be giving a talk at the Somerville Public Library. The Library is located at 79 Highland Ave. Hope to see you there!

Jan. 14, 2011 Last May, the D21 Gallery in Leipzig put on a large show and symposium about art zines, and included my "i left this here..." zine. They just created a book about the the events, called "Thanks for sharing." You can see it here for free; and you can get yourself a copy here.
Jan. 7, 2011 The future is here again! As part of my "The history of Somerville, 2010-2100" project, I compiled all of the predictions I received between February 2009 and December 2010 into one history of the future. They are on the project's website (in the Timeline & findings section , and in the Participants section)-- and as a free PDF in the Book section.

I'm also working on a print version of the book, which will be available soon.

On February 5-6, I'll be having an art show at the Nave Gallery in Somerville. And on February 23, I'll also be giving a book reading and Future Information Session at the Somerville Public Library.

Check back for more details. Thanks!

Sept. 2, 2010 This summer was a busy time for the future! As part of my "History of Somerville, 2010-2100" project, I had my Future Information table at a few festivals, and interviewed over 20 people about the future. I updated the timeline again to include these newly discovered facts. Take a look!
Aug. 18, 2010 I wrote a short piece for the Rise blog about a group exploration of the sidewalk that runs Logan Airport that I'd given as part of the Common Boston Festival this year. Barbed wire! Discussion of terrorism! Investigations of cul-de-sacs! This tour had it all.
July 5, 2010 MEWS-PARI (the meaningful encounters with strangers preservation and reenactment initiative) has uploaded about 10 new stories that we've gathered recently. Take a look here for the original stories, to read the reenactment scripts, and to see the analytic charts.
June 29, 2010 Marc Levy was nice enough to write a piece for the Cambridge Day about my Everyday Exchange show at MEME. Take a look here.
June 27, 2010 I'll be presenting my Everday Exchange project at MEME for a week, starting today. Visitors will be able to see past examples of presents I've made for participants. I'll also be interviewing visitors about their daily routines, and making presents for them.

Hope to see you there!

Hours: 1-8pm, Sunday 6/27 - Saturday 7/3.
Closing reception: 7-10pm, Saturday 7/3.

MEME: 55 Norfolk St., Cambridge MA
June 8, 2010 As part of the Common Boston festival, I'll be giving a walking tour of the sidewalk connecting the terminals at Logan Airport. We'll check out barbed wire fences and weird traffic circles and sudden flower beds and blast walls--and talk about privacy and public space and public security! Register for free tickets here. Tour date: June 19 (raindate June 26). I hope to see you there!
June 6, 2010 On June 5, MEWS-PARI (the Meaningful Encounters with Strangers Preservation and Reenactment Initiative) was at the Figment Boston festival. We gathered about 12 stories, and got some people to reenact stories with us. We'll put the stories up soon--but in the meantime, take a look at our Documentation page for photos!
May 3, 2010 On May 7, 2010, the D21 Gallery in Leipzig will be presenting a great show on zines, called "Thanks for Sharing". There will be zines, zines and more zines--alongside talks, workshops and other suchlike goodness. My "i left this here..." project will be part of the show. Hooray for Germany!
Feb. 26, 2010 Meghann Ackerman wrote a very nice article about my "History of Somerville, 2010-2100" project for The Somerville Journal. Thanks Meghann!
Feb. 16, 2010 Welcome to the future!

I put together the first version of the website and book for my "The history of Somerville, 2010-2100" project.

Both the book and the website present what I've found by talking to Somerville community members about the future. In the book and website, you'll also find official government plans, think tank vision statements, and various ideas and concerns about the future from various other sources.

The Timeline section presents this material as a single timeline. In the Predictions Archive section, you'll find the actual predictions that community members made.

To download a free PDF of this book, click here. To view the project's website: click here.

Nov. 11, 2009 "i left this here..." will be part of the Something New Festival in Chicago today. Throughout the day, Eli Skipp, Elisha Marshall, Libby Taggart, Nick van der Kolk, and a number of anonymous volunteers will be leaving copies of the magazine around Chicago. Thanks for the help everybody! See the project's page on the festival's website for more details.
Oct. 20, 2009   My art group, Rise Industries, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. As part of the Celebrations, Jeremy went and designed us a whole new website, which he and Michele have been filling with wonderful art reviews. We also have two new members: Mike Feldman, and John Kim.

We also also now have a Facebook group page, which, for some reason, current has 368 members. Hooray for Rise!

Sept. 25, 2009 "i left this here..." will be part of the Dumbo Art Center's 13th annual Art Under the Bridge Festival. During the festival, Amanda B. Friedman will leave copies of the magazine in the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Thanks Amanda!
Aug. 27, 2009 "i left this here..." will be part of a group show documenting interventionist projects in Dublin, at the National College of Art and Design. The show is called "Space is the place," and also features work by the Institute for Applied Autonomy, and the Surveillance Camera Players, among others. It's part of this year's ISEA conference.
Aug. 14, 2009 As part of my "History of Somerville" project, I'll be giving a powerpoint lecture about some of my findings. It will be part of the SAC's shorts event in Union Square at 8pm. Stop on by! Here's the poster, designed by Jef Czekaj.
July 22, 2009 Auditi Guha talked about my "History of Somerville" project in an article about Artbeat in the Somerville Journal. Here's the article.
July 18, 2009 I'll presenting my "The history of Somerville, 2010-2100" project today. At noon, I'll be giving a powerpoint lecture at the Somerville Theatre; and after 130pm, I'll be outside, manning my Future Information table-- where I'll be handing out free copies of a timeline I've created, and talking about the future to anyone who stops by. I'm doing this as part of the Somerville Arts Council's Artbeat Festival. Hope to see you there!
July 13, 2009 Julia Fairclough mentioned my "History of Somerville" project again, in an article about Artbeat. Here's the article.
July 12, 2009   The wonderful folks at Itch Journal included some graphs I created comparing my creative output with other aspects of my life (as I remembered them last winter) in their Issue 9. The graphs are called "Creativity graphs: comparing my creative output with other aspects of my life (as I remember things right now): January 2005 to present."
July 1, 2009   Keith Buchholz's Flux Kits (which include some of my pieces) were in turn included in the Fluxhibition 3 show at the University of Texas at Arlington. Also in the show: Yoko Ono, and Stewart Home. Sheesh.
June 9, 2009

Julia Fairclough was nice enough to have me on Somerville Cable Access's "Somerville Art Matters" talk show, to talk about my "The history of Somerville" project. The show was about chronology in art, and also features Nancy Anderson and Dana Mueller. The show will air twice a week through the month.

Here's the show.

May 25, 2009 I'm starting to close the doors for my "i left this here for you to read" project. I'm no longer accepting new material... (but, of course, if I've asked you to submit something, or you're working on something I know about, I'll be glad to include it in a future issue)

Thanks everyone!

May 16, 2009 Julia Fairclough was nice enough to write an article for the Somerville News about my "History of Somerville, 2010-2100" project. here's the article.
April 22, 2009 Nora Young interviewed me about my "I left this here..." project for CBC's Spark show. (CBC being Canada's national public radio. Sheesh.) Here's the show's blog post about the project, and here's the episode itself.
April 18, 2009 The Somerville News wrote a couple paragraphs about my "History of Somerville, 2010-2100" project in an article about the SAC today. Here's the article
April 5, 2009   Doug Holder printed the tv interview he did of me in the Somerville News. Here is the article.
April 3, 2009   Neural, the Italian new media art magazine, has included Vito Campanelli's piece on my "i left this here for you to read" project in Issue 32, which came out this week. Here is the original web article by Campanelli.

The Rhode Island Historical Society was also nice enough to ask me to donate a copy of my "the last time i saw..." book. It is now a permanent part of their archives.

March 29, 2009 The Boston Globe mentioned my "History of Somerville" project on page 7, in the news in brief column of the City Section.
March 28, 2009   Frank Mills included a short essay I wrote about art in his Urban Paradoxes electronic journal. The essay is called "Leaving little mysteries in the street"; here is the link.
March 27, 2009

Keith Buchholz included part of my MEWS-PARI project in the 5th issue of his Flux Kits.

He's accepting material for future kits, I believe.

March 10, 2009   Doug Holder was nice enought to have me on his Somerville MA talk show, "Poet to Poet, Writer to Writer." Here is a partial transcript of the interview.
Feb. 27, 2009 I launched a new project today, "The history of Somerville, 2010-2100." I hope you'll decide to participate!
Feb. 10, 2009 Vito Campanelli wrote a really nice piece about my "i left this here for you to read" project for Neural. Here's the article.
Jan. 17, 2009 Dutch Cowgirls, a Dutch news website, covered my "i left this here..." project. Here is the article.
Jan. 9, 2009 Dale Roberts was nice enough to include Issue #12 of my "i left this here for you to read" project in the "Mailmania 3" show he curated at Victoria, British Columbia's Vancouver Island School of Art. The show opened today.
Jan. 8, 2009 Jackie Wong was nice enough to write a piece on my "i left this here..." magazine in Vancouver's WestEnder. Here is the article.