Sep 162011

A bunch of anarchist hackers, the Graffiti Research Lab, and an entrepreneur named Mick Ebeling hack together an eye-tracking device that enables a paralyzed former graffiti artist to draw on the parking lot outside his hospital window.

The nerve disease ALS left graffiti artist TEMPT paralyzed from head to toe, forced to communicate blink by blink. In a remarkable talk at TEDActive, entrepreneur Mick Ebeling shares how he and a team of collaborators built an open-source invention that gave the artist — and gives others in his circumstance — the means to make art again.

Aug 072011

Graffiti just got more compact, thanks to Processing, QR codes, and media artist Golan Levin and his pals.

For the uninitiated, QR codes are those pixelated-looking little squares you sometimes see on business cards and posters. Scan ‘em with a smartphone and they reveal a message or send you to a Web site or map. Thanks to QR Stenciler, you may be seeing more of them in unlikely places.

(Via Bruce Sterling)

QR_STENCILER Version: 01 August, 2011 By Golan Levin and Asa Foster III for FFFFF.AT

Developed with Processing v.0198, a free, cross- platform Java programming toolkit for the arts.

ABOUT This free program loads a user-specified QR code image, from which it generates a topologically correct stencil PDF, suitable for laser-cutting.

INSTRUCTIONS >> QR_STENCILER has been tested in MacOSX 10.6.8. 1. Make a QR code image which embeds a short text. Try, Kaywa, or the Google Chart API. 2. Download and install ‘Processing’ from We used v.0198 but v.1.5.1 seems OK too. 3. Unzip ‘’ to a folder. 4. Put your QR code image in ‘QR_STENCILER/data/’ 5. Launch Processing and open ‘QR_STENCILER.pde’ 6. Press ‘Run’ (Command-R) to start the stenciler. 7. You will be prompted to Open your QR code image. A default will be opened if none is provided. 8. After doing so, the program will generate a stencil PDF in the ‘data’ folder. 9. That PDF can now be opened in your favorite CAD software, for laser-cutting cardboard, etc. 10.After marking your stencil, test it with a QR reader, such as TapMedia’s free iPhone app.


QR_STENCILER shall be used for Good, not Evil….

May 292011

Street art just got more homespun, thanks to “Hardcore Chicks With Sharp Sticks.” You go, grandma!

Graffiti’s Cozy, Feminine Side NYT > Home Page

“Yarn bombing” seems to be having its moment in pop culture….

Yarn bombing takes that most matronly craft (knitting) and that most maternal of gestures (wrapping something cold in a warm blanket) and transfers it to the concrete and steel wilds of the urban streetscape. Hydrants, lampposts, mailboxes, bicycles, cars — even objects as big as buses and bridges — have all been bombed in recent years, ever so softly and usually at night.

It is a global phenomenon, with yarn bombers taking their brightly colored fuzzy work to Europe, Asia and beyond. In Paris, a yarn culprit has filled sidewalk cracks with colorful knots of yarn. In Denver, a group called Ladies Fancywork Society has crocheted tree trunks, park benches and public telephones. Seattle has the YarnCore collective (“Hardcore Chicks With Sharp Sticks”) and Stockholm has the knit crew Masquerade. In London, Knit the City has “yarnstormed” fountains and fences. And in Melbourne, Australia, a woman known as Bali conjures up cozies for bike racks and bus stops.