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  • Amber Case 11:37 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink
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    Meet Mark Colman – CyborgCamp Portland’s Official Photographer 

    mark-colman-cyborgcampThe idea of photography itself is very cybernetic. Cameras help humans to extract moments and memories from one point in time and access them at another. This makes photographs veritable time machines, and photographers relative time stewards.

    A good photographer chooses settings, lighting and moments to capture, and a good camera has certain characteristics and capabilities that allow a photographer to be a better time steward. Beauty results when photographers, setting and camera operate in symbiotic harmony.

    We’re excited to announce that local photographer Mark Colman will be CyborgCamp’s official photographer! Mark is excited to help capture CyborgCamp on film, so that our memories of it will be highlighted by his own flavor of cyborg history. Mark was CyborgCamp’s official photographer in 2008 and took a bunch of really excellent pictures.

    About Mark

    Mark Colman is a professional photographer with over twenty years of experience, working in numerous major markets including Milan, Italy; Madrid, Spain; San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest. Mark works with many top models, and recording artists including The Red Hot Chili Peppers. His dynamic and uniquely creative images have been exhibited worldwide. Mark is available for portraits, advertising and editorial work locally in Portland.

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    Mark Colman is one of the friendliest people you’ll meet. Feel free to say hello to him and nerd out with him about cameras and lenses. He loves that kind of thing. He also has quite the collection of analog cameras. If you’re into photography at all, you’ll love Mark.

    With that said, we’re really excited to have him at CyborgCamp, and hope you all are too! Thanks Mark!

    Contact Mark

    You can find Mark Coleman on Twitter @kram, and more of his professional work at MarkColmanPhoto.com.

     
  • Amber Case 2:53 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: anthropologist, cyborg, phd, , , sally applin,   

    Anthropologist Sally Applin to speak at CyborgCamp on “Cloaked Cyborgisms” 

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    We are excited to announce that Anthropology Ph.D. student Sally Applin will be visiting from San Francisco to speak at CyborgCamp Portland! Sally is also known as @anthropunk on Twitter, and is heavily involved in the study of open source, mobile and steampunk ideologies. She’s also an early adopter of technology, evidenced by the fact that she owns Sally.com.

    About Sally

    Applin is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC). She holds a Masters degree from the graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) within New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a BA in Conceptual Design from San Francisco State University. Sally has had a 20 year career in the science museum design, computer software, telecommunications, and product design/definition industries working as a Senior UX designer and ethnographic researcher.

    At Kent, Sally is advised by Dr. Michael D. Fischer, Professor of Anthropological Sciences, Director of CSAC, and Director of Enterprise. Dr. Fischer is the founder of Anthropunk, a movement that examines how people promote, manage, resist and endure change; hack their lives (and those of others); and create the context of the individuation of their experiences. Sally is a founding member of Anthropunk and is currently researching the impact of technology on culture, and the consequent inverse: specifically the reifications of Virtual Space in Personal Space.

    Cloaked Cyborgism

    Sally will discuss the notion of the “invisible cyborg.” Cyborg modification that is unseen by others by being cloaked or embedded can create the invisible cyborg in humans. For example, one might have an ankle with a titanium implant in it. That cyborg ankle is there, but unseen to others. Dick Chaney’s heart was cyborg and unseen for a long time. Now it is seen because he has to wear an external device mounted on top of his chest. The notion of “Invisible Cyborg” can be also be created as a goverment policy or plan that subsequently impacts large groups in a seemingly “invisible” way. Slavoj Žižek touches on topics tangential to these concepts. For instance, “trillion-dollar organisms” – patented bugs excreting biofuels, generating clean energy or producing tailor-made food. There are ideas of synthesising new viruses or other pathogens. Extreme genetic engineering may create substantially different organisms: we’ll find ourselves in a terrain full of unknowns. In the west, we have debates about whether we should intervene to prevent disease or use stem cells, while the Chinese just do it on a massive scale.

    Applin’s talk will discuss many more concepts in greater detail, and will invite discussion on what the future might hold for humans, machines, and the things that are in-between.

     
  • Amber Case 9:58 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink
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    Keynote: Marshall Kirkpatrick on Information Systems, Humans and Machines 

    marshall-kirkpatrick-cyborgcamp-portland-2010-228x300In my opinion, Marshall Kirkpatrick and his work at Read Write Web represents the future of Journalism. But don’t take my word for it, you’re going to be able to see him speak at CyborgCamp. Marshall will talk about how new kinds of human and machine systems can be combined for fun, profit, competitive advantage, career advancement and to change the world.

    Journalism, Information, and Time and Space Compression

    Marshall is someone who can bend time and space. He can reduce the amount of time required to get information from place to another. He can architect machines that allow information to flow to a single point, or a series of points, where they can be best digested and written about. This is why it is a great honor for me to announce that Marshall Kirkpatrick will be keynoting CyborgCamp Portland 2010.

    I was introduced to Marshall around 2.5 years ago during lunch at a small restaurant in SE Portland. Almost immediately, I felt my brain speeding up just by talking to him. Here was someone, I thought, who really, really understood what was going on right now and in the future. But that’s not why I found him to be so epic. What really made me happy was that he applied it. Every day Marshall pushes the human limits of what’s able to be done with humans, information, and technology. That’s why it is so exciting to have him speak at CyborgCamp this year.

    About Marshall K

    Marshall Kirkpatrick is Co-Editor and Lead Writer of ReadWriteWeb, one of the leading technology blogs on the web and a syndication partner of the New York Times. He specializes in covering magical geeky things on the internet and likes to translate forward-looking technical developments into accessible language so that non-technical power users, early adopters and developers can grasp the excitement of development platforms. He also writes about privacy, user data and how to build a career out of little more than clever ways to poke RSS feeds. You can follow him on Twitter @marshallk.

    About Read Write Web

    ReadWriteWeb provides web technology news, reviews and analysis to an intelligent audience of web enthusiasts, early adopters and innovators.  See it in action at http://www.readwriteweb.com.

    Did you get your tickets yet?

    There are still tickets available, but you should probably get yours soon, as they are evaporating quickly! For $10 you get breakfast, lunch, drinks, a pre-party and an entire day of events.

     
    • Marshall Kirkpatrick 10:05 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink

      Wow, Amber, thanks – I’d better get fired up before arriving in order to live up to such an introduction! Prepare for time and space to get bent! 😉

  • Amber Case 7:35 am on July 28, 2010 Permalink  

    Volunteer at CyborgCamp! 

    CyborgCamp is a volunteer-run conference! Volunteering gets you a free ticket and a great way to meet new people! To volunteer, contact Amber Case caseorganic at gmail dot com.

    Morning Set Up

    When?

    Meet at the event location at 7 am

    What?

    Furniture wrangling

    (3 volunteers needed)

    Set up breakfast and miscellaneous items

    (3 volunteers needed)

    Audio/Visual Setup

    Afternoon Lunch Set Up

    When?

    12:15 pm (while the pre-lunch presenter gets to the end of the presentation and answers people’s questions, so you won’t miss anything)

    Lunch clean up:

    2:15 pm (There are no major conference sessions during this time, so you won’t miss any of the featured speakers).

    Tear Down

    Lots of attendees will help clean up and move furniture away, restoring the location pristinely. In the past, billions of volunteers have arrived to this task, making it a fun and enjoyable experience.

     
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