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Forest fire open data research for Play with Fire mashup

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At the AZ Labs Creative Politics residency, we worked on the forest fire open data research. Me and Pedro mapped the available data in Portugal and Europe about forest fires. We're still sifting through the available data and waiting for the answer to Filipe's letter about missing data to add this to the Play with Fire forest fire info mashup.

Here are the LCD Guimarães 2012 announcements on the Artropocode 2012 and Creative Politics Residency, the Creative Politics residency wiki, and the and the report on the results.

And here is the Flickr set »



The acronym for this exploratory project and research agenda is ARTiVIS, which stands for Arts, Real-Time Video and Interactivity for Sustainability and connects with the symbolic meaning association of Art and Activism.

Why are publications prior to the 2011 Fall season spelling RTiVISS in the place of the actual ARTiVIS? The project initially started as ARTiVISS, then simplified as RTiVISS – to be read with an english accent. By interviewing the Portuguese population and making them participate in the installations (Hug@ree Summer) we realized the need of a clearer and broader communication, readable by people of every language. By then, people either did not spell it as it was meant, and did not connect the RTiVISS acronym with art or activism. As the research becomes more focused on the use of real-time video for artistic explorations and interactions with the local population, we recognize the relevance to make the name understandable and memorable to all cultures. ARTiVIS is the actual proposal that keeps the essence of art and real time-video for sustainability, and brings more evidence on the connection of arts with an activist approach.

Project website »


A big *thank you hug* to all the "Hug@ree at 10/10/10 Global work party" contributors!

Hug@ree at 10/10/10 was very well succeeded, thanks to all the online participants who joined the cause and sent their photos, and to the ones that who kindly complied to my request, which involved friends + family, too ;)

So far, these resources have been used for testing and the contributors will be the first to populate the world of Hug@ree.

Soon we will publish a brief visual compilation, and we are also editing the video. We will be sharing it with you online at and this blog, and also screening at the Pop Hug City Lisbon 2010 exhibition, where the Hug@ree interactive installation is scheduled to premiere... November 4 – keep the date!


Hug@ree at 10/10/10 Global work party | Call for participation


Participate today » 10/10/10 Global work party » hug a real tree and send the video/photo to Hug@ree »

Simply hug a real tree anywhere in the world, and then send the 5 to 10 seconds video or a photo to !

This action on 10/10/10 will trigger your registration in the Real-Time Interactive Video Systems for Sustainability virtual world and screen you at the interactive installation we will be exhibiting at Popup Lisbon. Hug@ree will be symbolizing the complicity between urban beings and the forest to express cities’ new values regarding sustainability.