"Diasporadic" encounters

Not only Zach was at SXSW after Ars Electronica, Teddy Ruge was also around, from Dallas. What a nice coincidence, an opportunity to deepen previous conversations on mobile applications in Africa, the Project Diaspora, and to get to know the co-founder, Tracy Pell – who's also in my heart now :). It was interesting to realize that the three of us have the same communication design backgound... :)))
I was sorry that I couldn't attend to his panel on Africa 3.0 (Sunday 9:30 am?!), so for now I stick to this comprehensive Diaspora blog post "Africa 3.0: Mobile connectivity in the (global) village" and, luckily, I'll be able to access it online at the SXSW YouTube channel later on :)

I just met Stacey Monk too, she's the founder of Epic Change, and I really appreciate that positive change through social media approach in Tanzania that I could get a glimpse on The Twitter Kids of Tanzania workshop.

Sporadically or not, we will all meet again, for sure!



: the always surprising mouth opening desired effect with OpenFrameworks:

Zachary Lieberman and Todd Vanderlin were at SXSW to present the open source c++ library in a Design & Development panel: OpenFrameworks - A Powerful Creative Coding Library for Artists.
We could meet and talk about Porto's encounter during Olhares de Outono 2007 and Ars Electronica 2008, and about using OF for the RTiVISS real-time video to be processed in real-time with the ofxVideoStream addon that Pedro Ângelo is now working on. Zach is reminded of Pedro, especially for his active participation in the forum and contribution to the wiki, and is also looking forward to get to know about the addon developments.

To my PhD colleagues, I recommend a good look at this diagram, for it will be very useful as we get to this subject on Media Lab classes soon:


An Evening at Tom and Karen's

"SXSW is here, and many of our Portuguese colleagues are in town! Please come by Karen and Tom's Sunday to enjoy a beautiful spring evening and welcome our guests.
Spouses and partners are welcome, and food and drinks will be provided."

Dear Karen and Tom,
thank you so much for your party last night, everything was fantastic – the friendliness, the dynamics, food and drinks, the place – and the hosts, including Noah :-)))
I'll be posting some photos on the blog as soon as I can :)

Looking back in time through the photos, I now realize that one of the nicest things was to meet so many known faces, and the new ones too, in the same place and time! Not easy for the organizers, but truly worthwhile for everyone : }


The Future Places showcase

The AMODA Digital Showcase at SXSW presented a series of events featuring live electronic music and visual art, including the Portuguese participation with the futureplaces showcase + Crónica! Heitor Alvelos, Anselmo Canha and João Cruz presented a live remix of audio and video from the Future Places festival at Club de Ville.
It was nice to meet the UT Austin-Portugal program people in the audience: Karen and Homer, Chris McConnell, Bruce Pennycock, Fátima São Simão... and also Ana Boaventura, who was in the Program in its first year :)
View photo and comments by Heitor Alvelos >>


"Viral" refs meeting Nancy Schiesari @SXSW

Nice encounter with Nancy Schiesari, as we managed to meet at the SXSW How to Create a Viral Video panel, that ended up with a surprising "surprise"…

Me, Paulo, Luís and Ana attended the Intro to Digital Documentary Production Workshop at FCSH in the scope of the Summer Institute 2009 – it was an extremely constructive experience, and it would be great to have the opportunity to continue into a post-introduction workshop some day :) Editing and directing are also areas to explore, and warmup exercises like cutting a trailer would be very interesting, too.
We also had the privilege to see her most recent documentary, Tatooed under Fire – beautiful and impressive, it's awesome!

For the RTiVISS interactive installations proposals, Nancy suggested the project "Burning Man" – the movie, by Gone Off Deep, a documentary production company in Austin, is a striking reference to retain! The filmaker Robert Rodriguez, a UT Austin recent graduate ;), is also a reference to get back to – here's his Spring Commencement speech.
Now fingers crossed for the UTA/FCT call proposal for Playing with Fire approval – I'll be looking forward to get in touch with her friend and son, who are fire dancers, in case the project is up and running!


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