* Ethnography

Dec 2008

The Playpower Foundation, supported by the Social Movement Laboratory, is using $12 computers as a platform for high-quality 8-bit learning games. These radically affordable computers are being designed to generate large scale change in global education by providing social computing opportunities in the households of the global “Emerging Middle Class.”

Aug 2008

Comparative Graffiti Study, San Jose is an urban architectural intervention that enabled a controlled study of the production of graffiti across four neighborhoods in central San Jose.

Jul 2008

A year long ethnographic study of the world’s largest online social network. Parts of our research and theories of “Attentional Capital” was published as a chapter in the book “Collective Intelligence.”

May 2008

The Mobile Camera Tower is an inexpensive, quickly assembled mechanism for recording aerial footage of public spaces. The 40′ high portable tower assists the documentation and analysis of the structure of movement within architectural spaces. Featured at eTech 2007 and Maker Faire 2007.

Jan 2008

Design for Development: Developing Technologies for Developing Economies was an experimental UCSD course taught remotely from India, via Skype. 20 students from multiple disciplines explored the effects of technology on large-scale social change by generating numerous case studies and several prototypes. Students interacted remotely with guest lecturers from around the world; these included researchers for the World Bank and designers from Microsoft Research, India.

Apr 2007

This is a MAX-MSP video technique for showing a time accelerated view of the recent past, so a participant can see themselves in the context of continually changing social structures. The camera records 10 minutes, then plays the footage back in just 1 minute. Then it continues, rolling forward in time, always showing a crowd’s movements at 10x speed.

Mar 2007

Biomemetics is an interactive animated visualization of the exchange of media and the structure of popularity within the largest online social network, Myspace.com. This interactive visualization supports large-scale social research by enabling online ethnographers to visually identify social structures and observe the distribution of media. Artistically, Biomemetics seeks to represent large-scale online social activity as a biological process, generating an abstracted portrayal of the human social “super-organism”.

Jun 2006

A highly rigorous analysis of the construction of social networks and the patterns of attentional flow within naturalistic party environments.

Apr 2006

Using an 8 foot diameter red weather balloon, crowd structures at San Diego immigration rallies were analyzed and aestheticized.