One of the most distinctive photos from the Camp was the one of the red aerial photography kite taken from a boat on Lake Orta. Hagit Keysar, who brought the kite to the Camp, has had a big year: only four other Campers have starred in a documentary film! Hagit was one of the information-activists profiled in our film From My Point of View in the Exposing the Invisible series, in which she shares her journey of using visual methods to document and expose housing demolitions in Palestine.
More recently, Hagit has been working on opening up architecture. Her work at Public Lab open sources the architectural model as a way of encouraging communities’ participation in urban issues. This practice of ‘civil architecture’..
“is a developing field which brings forth an alternative to top-down mechanisms of urban planning which are led by the capitalist logic of economic growth, professional knowledge and structural power relations. Rather than accepting the need for hierarchical structures in knowledge and space formation, the ideas of civil architecture open up possibilities to develop dynamic and collaborative processes based on networks of knowledge and action.”
Read more about civil architecture and Hagit’s new work on the Public Lab website.
A year after the Camp, Chris Michael will be criss-crossing the United States on his motorcycle on an important storytelling project: his own. When Chris was three years old he lost his father to suicide and says that it has been a ‘unique, tough world’ to inherit. To explore and aggregate the shame, questions and sadness of other men who have experienced the same thing, Chris is starting a collaborative storytelling project that will involve travel, video and storytelling. Support him and this unique project by learning more about the project and donating to his Kickstarter appeal.
Angela Morelli, an interaction designer who was on the Camp facilitation team, is dedicated to how scientific information is communicated so as to increase awareness and engagement. She has spent a good part of the last year working on a new graphic story called ‘Food is for eating‘. Based on data from the Food & Agricultural Organisation, FAO, Angela’s new infographic informs the reader about food wastage and how it can be saved.
She says of the project: “The project is the result of a belief that communicating science with clarity and beauty can spark understanding and engagement. It is the result of eleven months’ work spent studying, discussing and researching, in order to imagine and design a good story through the right balance of words and images. The project has been almost a zero-budget project, I was blessed having the support of an incredible design advisor, Tom Halsør, how lucky!
A year ago she published a project called The Water We Eat based on research by Prof Allan, water scientist and inventor of the Virtual Water concept. See more of her work here.
The first episode in Tactical Tech’s new film series, Exposing the Invisible, featured Paul Radu, an investigative journalist whose ‘follow the money’ techniques are helping journalists uncover crime and corruption. Paul was one of the lead facilitators at the Info-Activism Camp running the Investigation Track.
In the second episode out in November, we profile three participants from the Camp – Brown Moses, Rajwa Tohme & Hagit Keysar. This film presents intimate portraits of these three Campers and their DIY investigations of the ‘Youtube conflict’ in Syria, land-grabbing in Lebanon and the demolition of homes in Palestine.
This could have been entitled ‘Max and Murray’s Big Adventure Involving Data Dragons’ … except that this particular adventure included many more people than just Max and Murray.
Extracts taken from the School of Data blog describes what a School of Data expedition is and who the camps’ data dragon was! Continue reading “Camp Collaboration: Investigating South Africa’s Secret Sites” »