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Art and Tech are Old Pals – WordCamp Vancouver, 2010

Photo John Bollwitt

Gist

Some of my pals rallied up WordCamp Vancouver recently and i was among many other pals as a speaker. Like last year’s WordCamp Whistler “Greeks to Geeks – Are you Worthy?” (video), I took the closing slot to tell my artsy/history stories after they all had a hectic day of technical learning.

Audio

Art and Tech are Old Pals – Prezo from WordCamp Vancouver 2010 (.mp3, 1:04:17 , 59MB –Available as VBR MP3 and Ogg Vorbis via Internet Archive)

Blurb

By exploring technological innovations from tubed oil paints and graphite pencils to telegraphs and mountain bikes, Dave will explain how scientific innovation spurs the creative process and how to balance the cranial hemispheres to foster the seemingly opposed disciplines of both building a publishing platform and producing compelling content using WordPress.

Stories and examples will draw from Van Gogh, HD Thoreau, Word Perfect, telegrams, Gnomedex, mountain bikes and the channeled scablands in eastern Washington.

Slideshow

Art and Technology are Old Pals (embed in your blog to share with friends!)

Artifacts

Here’s a round-up archive the artifacts from the “Art and Technology are Old Pals” prezo.

Snaps

by John Biehler
by Rebecca G.

Short Form Commentary

penmachine @uncleweed By all accounts you kicked ass at #wcyvr10 once again. Well done! 9:53 PM Jun 13th

DuaneStorey @penmachine yah @uncleweed hit one over the Green Monster on Saturday… 9:55 PM Jun 13th

arianecdesign @penmachine Indeed he did! @uncleweed, you capped the afternoon with a smile at #wcyvr1010:03 PM Jun 13th

robertdall Breaker Breaker -> DaveO @uncleweed http://flic.kr/p/89QEs3 doing his best Smokey & the Bandit impression. #wcyvr1012:33 AM Jun 13th

robertdall Dave O @uncleweed doing his thing http://flic.kr/p/89MiGx WordScroll #wcyvr1012:30 AM Jun 13th

typefaster @uncleweed loved your talk today, here’s a pic I got of you – http://is.gd/cNjGb – 10-4 good buddy.- 9:16 PM Jun 12th

therealkazia @uncleweed Fantastic and inspiring end to WordPress camp! Thank you! 5:34 PM Jun 12th

mariskar Sunshine and music on Granville Island after @uncleweed‘s great closing talk at Wordcamp! #wcyvr2010http://twitpic.com/1wania5:25 PM Jun 12th

kempedmonds Awesome shot of what missed out today @ #wcyvr as @uncleweed closes the show http://j.mp/9Pw3iA by @JohnBiehler4:44 PM Jun 12th

arianecdesign All @uncleweed was missing were a couple of SyQuest disks and an 8-track tape player! #props #storytelling #wcyvr104:38 PM Jun 12th

johnbiehler Here’s @uncleweed closing out #wcyvr10 http://flic.kr/p/89N9D44:11 PM Jun 12th via Flickr from West End, Vancouver

npdemers Ohmygawd, Dave Olson is hilarious. And hey, I’ve got a couple hours to kill. Let’s visit the museum! #wcyvr103:53 PM Jun 12th

robertdall If Dave Olson was a reglion I would be a believer. 3:33 PM Jun 12th

typefaster oh my… floppy disks. If we start talking about BBS’s, i’ll be in full-on geek flashback mode. @uncleweed ‘s talk at #wcyvr103:21 PM Jun 12th

davemmett “Words aren’t for processing. Words are for changing lives.” – Dave Olsen at #wcyvr103:14 PM Jun 12th via Twitter for iPhone

typefaster loving @uncleweed ‘s props during his talk at #WCYVR10 … we’re so obviously from the same generation. Long live the 70s + 80s :) 3:04 PM Jun 12th

vanessa_chu And the clothes change happening at #wcyvr10 as @uncleweed goes back into the future to the 70’s. 3:03 PM Jun 12th

vanessa_chu Enjoying @uncleweed‘s story telling session to close a full #wcyvr10 day. Art & tech unite! 2:46 PM Jun 12th

airdrie @uncleweed art vs technology. #wcyvr http://moby.to/nnbxn22:45 PM Jun 12th via Twittelator

wordcampyvr Art and technology are old pals #wcycr10 @uncleweed http://twitpic.com/1w9dgb2:42 PM Jun 12th via Twitter for iPhone

Miss604#WCYVR10 winding down. Coffee, muffins, & the storytelling of @uncleweed http://twitpic.com/1w9d5z2:41 PM Jun 12th

msamye .@uncleweed is a great final speaker for #wcyvr10. Stand-up meets tech = ftw. 2:41 PM Jun 12th via TweetDeck

johnbollwitt Final session of the day with none other than @uncleweed #wcyvr10 http://tweetphoto.com/26922162:40 PM Jun 12th

mariska @uncleweed is up! http://twitpic.com/1w9cib #wcyvr102:39 PM Jun 12th

johnbiehler Everyone’s eagerly awaiting @uncleweed‘s closing talk at #wcyvr10 http://flic.kr/p/89Qmw32:38 PM Jun 12th

Wrap-up

Miss 604 Rebecca Bollwitt: WordCamp Vancouver 2010 Wind Up

Duane Story: WordCamp Vancouver

Miscellanea

Pod-radio-tech-speaker @todmaffin has some concerns and comments about “geek-Camps

I notice that some of my social media friends in Vancouver have put together an excellent day tomorrow called WordCamp (a day about WordPress). There are sessions on using WordPress as a CMS, being curious for a living, SEO tips, and the inimitable Dave Olsen presenting “Art and Technology Are Old Pals.”1

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Locals still talk about Dave’s über-inspiring “Fuck Stats. Make Art” presentation at Northern Voice a couple of years ago for which he received a lengthy standing ovation. []

Video

Note: Alas, video no longer available, leaving placeholder in case can be re-found

More WordCamp Vancouver videos by Carlson Media

Social Reporting from Vancouver 2010, Open Letter #3 via Vancouver Access 2010

Open Letter #3 – Social Reporting from Vancouver 2010

With the impending Olympics in sight, here’s an update on True North Media House’s ongoing campaign to encourage and inspire social reporting of the arts, civic and sports stories happening in Vancouver in February 2010. This missive also contains a Olympics Media Toolkit to prepare you for creating and publishing your documentation during the forthcoming events.

The True North Media House (TNMH) campaign began in earnest a couple years ago with the intent of starting a conversation about the role of social media at Vancouver/Whistler 2010 and to share experience from covering previous Olympic Games and other significant world events. Further, we aimed to gather info and experience for coverage of future games as well as having some enjoyment building international relationships and audiences. Here’s a recap of progress of the campaign objectives so far.

Spark the conversation

From the first video dispatch outside the Worldwide Press Briefing (and ORN Press Conference), TNMH aimed to introduce “social media/journalism/reporting” as a viable and vital enhancement to the accredited Olympic coverage. By inspiring and educating content creators, we felt unique stories – including often controversial civic and community concerns as well as lesser-known athletes – could find a larger audience.

Indeed, from the remarkable worldwide reaction to the first Open Letter to VANOC, the conversation took off across both “social” and “traditional” media outlets who looked to our experience and research to understand the ‘lay of the land’ for citizen coverage in this age of ubiquitous web publishing tools (much of which was recapped in the Open Letter #2). Since starting the conversation, several co-working spaces have opened their doors to visiting reporters and local-centric media outlets are soliciting documenters with a story to tell to contribute heralding a tremendous opportunity for grassroots journalism.

Within this conversation, we explored conundrums like: “What is media?” “What is allowed?” “What is encouraged?” “What sorts accreditations are available?” and “What are the stories no one else will be covering?”  We also researched IOC’s intellectual property federal legislationVancouver’s host city by-lawsVANOC’s brand protection policies, and what regular folks are able to do in light of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the recent Canadian Supreme Court decision regarding journalism. We then shared our findings with anyone who expressed interest.

Share best practices

Along this campaign, we’ve demonstrated and educated other about the tips and tactics learned by covering the past 3 Olympics on the ground. Along with the web publishing skills, we prepared a dossier of educational resources including original sources of laws and distilled this research to produce a Media Cans and Can’ts by interviewing diverse people with different points of view to define the grey area between IOC’s guidelines and a citizen’s right to self-expression.

The joy of covering world events comes from creating interesting content and publishing it to an enthused audience. My collaborators and I shared this passion and knowledge publicly with other community media organizations including presentations at Fresh Media at W2, Capilano College, Northern Voice, Vancouver Blogathon plus participation in Journalism that Matters, and dozens of other events about the nuts and bolts of publishing content within the new media paradigm. Additionally, my colleagues and I have mentored others about media literacy and creation including W2 Bladerunners program and Purple Thistle’s Youngunz program.

Pass it around

At their recent Copehagen congress, the assembled IOC members heard a lecture called “The Digital Revolution” in which Martin Sorrell explained the landscape of citizen coverageand admonished the IOC to adjust IP regulations to embrace fan-driven media creation, especially from the youth. With this in mind, it will be interesting to see how rights-holding media embrace and deputize the “folks on the ground” to enrich their coverage. As background, the rights-holding media will have exclusive use of the IBC at Canada Place 2and a 2nd tier of accreditation will use the BC IMC at Robson Square.

By pro-actively welcoming and collaborating with social media making visitors to Vancouver, TNMH will spark locals to share their area knowledge beyond the standard tourist circuit to enhance visitor’s experience and share the true spirit of who we are as a community.

Further, by documenting all the operational and academic knowledge we gather, this campaign can pass info along to for evolving coverage in London and Sochi – along with social reporters and documenters at other world events. The same way, concerned citizens in Vancouver (and everywhere else) looked to citizen reporters for unique and forthright coverage of cataclysmic world events like the Iran election and Copenhagen climate summit, this is an opportunity to tell the world about the impact of this global event in the communities we know best.

Demonstrate openness

No matter what your personal opinions about the Games are, it is important to understand your rights to share your stories with an audience. This impartial view is very important as the Olympics coming to Vancouver raised a litany of controversies and divided the citizenry in many ways. However, whether you wish to protest or celebrate, the TNMH campaigns feels your story is important to share if you so choose.

While not always easy, the campaign has kept most all communication public, meetings accessible, and outreached to other organizing, security and media entities to plainly state intentions. In fact, the producers of “With Glowing Hearts” – a documentary film project exploring the intersection of social justice, social media and social change in Vancouver – attended many TNMH meetings, events and lectures to create a segment about the campaign which tells more of the backstory of our efforts – foibles and all.

Find the stories

World news stories are regularly broken and enhanced by regular people using new web tools but important to have context with the content. What will be the compelling stories which will live on for decades after the Games? What ground-breaking story will break on Twitter first? How will the protests and celebrations go-exist? Will Vancouver really turn into a “big brother” zone? How will visitors view Vancouver in light of the social issues affecting the DTES?

No matter what the stories are, this will be the first Olympics in which people may collectively have a voice as loud as huge media conglomerates to place these experiences in the proper cultural place.

Further, communities like Squamish are almost ignored as they are not “Official” Olympic cities and/or some visitors may hesitate to trek out to suburban events like the Olympic live sites in Surrey. TNMH will provide a context to organize field trips to meet one another and share skills and find compelling stories beyond the athletic events.

A Moveable Feast

With prevalent wi-fi and data networks, “space” is less important than in years past. Like the stories themselves, social media making is a distributed experience. Rather than one physical location, the TNMH campaign will continue from a variety of locations throughout the Games.

Throughout the Olympic fortnight, TNMH will be a “moveable feast” with photowalks, museums trips, impromptu interviews, and meet-ups at international hospitality houses. Encouraging a smorgasbord of activities will leave room for exploring the issues of concern, developing international friendship,  and fostering spontaneous journalistic and artistic collaboration.

If you have a museum, hospitality house, commercial enterprise, symposium, or event and would like share your message with an audience, consider hosting a TNMH meetup event and inviting a group of blogger, photographers, podcasters, videographers, etc. to spread your news. Fill out the contact form or ping @tnmh on Twitter with details and we’ll add to theTNMH Event Calendar.

It’s all of us

The True North Media House is wherever you are and what you make it. It’s all of us making the people’s history. For me personally, the idea of sharing grassroots coverage of the Olympics began in Nagano pre-Olympics, blossomed in SLC 2002 and grew working on innovative coverage with my collaborators during Torino 06 and Beijing 08 ~ Now, with all the jamboree in our backyard, I can’t wait to see what we produce together in Vancouver/Whistler 2010.

2010 Social Reporter Toolbox

To prepare for documenting your Olympic experience, here’s a reading list and handy resources (Note: This toolbox will become a growing resource page – for additions, please submit info via contact form or ping @tnmh on Twitter):

Reporting resources

The Cans and Can’ts of Media During the Olympics on True North Media House

TNMH resources including IOC, VANOC, City of Vancouver and more

Independent Reporters Guide to 2010 on Rabble.ca

IOC’s Internet Guidelines for Written Press and other Non-Rights Holding Media (.pdf)

2010Vanfan’s Olympic Venue map

Vancouver wi-fi map (thanks Noah)

Vancouver host city “getting around”

Co-working spaces

For media makers needing a desk and/or equipment, physical work space is abundant – here are a few to investigate:

BOB co-working centre – Building Opportunities through Business program has a drop-in co-working space and is hosting some CODE activities

Network Hub – a entreptrenuraial co-working space renting desks by hour or month

W2’s Media Arts Centre (also hosting the Legal Observers program) – call for pricing details

BC International Media Centre – run by the provincial secretariat and hosting some accredited trad. and social media outlets

Beyond these resources are dozens of coffee shops, bars and studios from which to work – see wi-fi map.

Publishing outlets

Several Vancouver-centric media outlets are welcoming writers, photographers to publish content to their communities – inclusion in this list is not necessarily an endorsement, research to find a publishing home which best fits for your interests and work.

Vancouver Observer Olympics – Contribute

Rabble.ca – Interested in covering the 2010 Olympic Games? email: editor [@] rabble.ca

Now Public Olympics channel + photo pool

Orato – hiring online journalists

Media Co-Op /Dominion Olympics

Get your own free WordPress blog

Bonus reading

Bob Mackin’s 2010 Gold Rush – reporter with full access and experience covering Olympic Games

Kris Krug “Doin’ it for the love – Reflection on the future” essay from Journalism that Matters conference

Vancouver blogger Miss 604’s Olympic coverage

@KK Vancouver 2010 Olympics Twitter list

“Social Media and the Olympics” panel video from Northern Voice

Vancouver 2010 Olympics Roundtable video

OlyBlog.com – Maurice Cardinal’s punditry

TNMH social bookmarks on Delicious

Stay in Touch

Social search for “True North Media House” and/or “TNMH”  content (RSS)

Public Mailing list group

TNMH Twitter

TNMH Media contact

Extra Thanks

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