February 23rd – EFF-Austin Hosts an Outing to Co-Lab Projects’ textscape

EFF-Austin is hosting an outing to take in Co-Lab Project’s latest artistic installation, textscape, by Susan Scafati and Sean Ripple, on Thursday, February 23rd, from 7:00pm-9:00pm. We will have the gallery space to ourselves with libations, and the artists will be in attendance to answer questions about their work.

“textscape” is a meditation on constructed worlds, communication and connection through the gesture of text messaging. Combining old and new photographic processes, Scafati creates a multitude of iterations of the ubiquitous smartphone textbox, extensively layering and enlarging its form from its familiar handheld 1-2 inch size to up to 7-feet. This play on scale shifts its physical relationship to the human form and suggests a metaphor for a greater psychological impact on human experience.

Scafati’s artwork takes the form of large-scale archival pigment scrolls comprised of multi-layered cyanotypes and photograms, site-specific acrylic installations, a high-grade mesh banner, jumpsuits, and photocopies. As part of this project, Scafati commissioned the artist Sean Ripple to create his own original interactive, performance-based works that engage some of the exhibition objects — activating their life beyond the gallery space and further drawing metaphors about public and private, presence and absence, and real and virtual.

Contact Sean Ripple at 512-699-8168 to discuss his artworks for the exhibition.

Susan Scafati is an American contemporary artist whose abstract, conceptual artwork of the past decade has been focused on the ways in which individual versus collective identities, personal versus cultural mythologies, are constructed. Subjects that have provided a framework for these interests include personal archives, domestic spaces, bullfights, nuns, robot competitions, football, fishermen, and ant colonies. Across these bodies of work, she contemplates the iconography and materiality that contribute to the way meaning is organized and its impact on human experience. She has created her artwork abroad in Italy, France, China, Japan, and Australia, as well as in the United States.

Sean Ripple is a content provider, exhibitor, and curator based in Austin, TX. He has exhibited in Austin almost exclusively since 2003 and relies heavily on social media and the Internet to create intuitive, highly impulsive, and discursive works which are modest in scale. Ripple seeks to merely suggest what it is that he wants to convey to an audience, similar to how an impressionist might represent a cathedral as a ghostly figment of their own perception. The texts he uses to help identify the conceptual underpinnings of his artworks are often densely awkward and burdensome. He believes his approach to be one in which a deep sense of confusion in an age of rapid, technologically-induced destabilization across all sectors and aspects of culture is given a dedicated voice.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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EFF-Austin Hosts an Outing to Co-Lab Projects’ textscape

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017, 7:00 PM

Co-Lab Projects’ DEMO GALLERY @ The Avenue
721 Congress Ave Austin, TX

18 Activists Went

EFF-Austin is hosting an outing to take in Co-Lab Project’s latest artistic installation, textscape, by Susan Scafati and Sean Ripple, on Thursday, February 23rd, from 7:00pm-9:00pm. We will have the gallery space to ourselves with libations, and the artists will be in attendance to answer questions about their work.”textscape” is a meditation on …

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February 13th Meetup – The Role of Technology in Space and Spy Missions

Daniel G. Benes is the founder, science show presenter, and antique technology curator of Daniel G. Benes Science Shows. He has designed and taught numerous science-based shows, classes, camps, and curriculum for schools, academies, museums, and libraries around the state of Texas in the realm of science and technology, electronics, chemistry, aerospace, photography, audio production, antique science and technology, and outdoor wilderness survival skills. Daniel has worked in aerospace as a flight avionics technician and is a former two-time Austin radio show host and producer, and a People’s Choice Award-winning World/Orchestral music composer, and a former Texas Parks & Wildlife Award-winning published photographer, and is a member of W.A.T.T.; World Association of Technology Teachers. His science-based shows and events have been featured on television and in numerous magazine and newspaper articles, including Texas Monthly and The New York Times.

In honor of EFF’s work as guardians of civil liberties, freedoms, and internet privacy, Daniel will discuss the role of vintage and modern electronics and spy equipment in US space and spy missions and will bring some amazing, fully functional vintage electronics from his private collection to support his PowerPoint; including a working 1936 Siemens Brothers & Co. WWII Bakelite Military Field Telephone, a working 1950’s Tektronix 543A Vacuum Tube Oscilloscope, a pair of extremely rare 1960’s Cubic Corp full-duplex microwave communication and distance measuring transceivers, an incredible 1960’s Russian mainframe computer Ferrite ‘Core Memory’ unit, and a 1950’s analog Decade Resistance Box used in the Manhattan Project during the development of the very first atomic bomb. Daniel will have the units powered-up with the covers removed so people can actually see what’s inside of these beautiful pieces of technological history.”

Find out more about Daniel G. Benes at: http://www.facebook.com/scienceshows.tech

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The Role of Technology in Space and Spy Missions

Monday, Feb 13, 2017, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601 Austin, TX

27 Activists Went

“The Role of Technology in Space and Spy Missions.” Presented by Daniel G. Benes.”Daniel G. Benes is the founder, science show presenter, and antique technology curator of Daniel G. Benes Science Shows. He has designed and taught numerous science-based shows, classes, camps, and curriculum for schools, academies, museums, and libraries around the …

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January 19th – Workshop: Digital Security in the Practice of Law

EFF-Austin is hosting a Security Workshop at UT Law (Townes Hall 2.138) in conjunction with Open Austin. Our speakers will be Alex Shahrestani and Justin Laden. They will be discussing attorney client privilege in regards to digital communications, best actions to prevent and react to privacy breaches, and cloud storage data security.

Alex Shahrestani studied computer science to prepare for a career in the law and technology, and he’s continued his pursuits since arriving at the University of Texas School of Law. He founded the Journal of Law and Technology at Texas, works with EFF Austin, has helped develop automation technology to improve access to expunctions, won an award for entrepreneurship in legal technology, and has invested in big data law with his summer employments. He currently plans to launch his own technology law practice upon graduation in May of 2018. He can be reached at alexanders@utexas.edu.

Justin Laden completed his master’s degree in Computer Science with a specialization in security from Boston University in 2010. In addition, he holds graduate certificates in Information Security and Digital Forensics. Justin is passionate about helping clients understand the ever-increasing risks to their assets. For the past six years, he has helped small and medium sized organizations—as well as individuals and start-ups—secure their data and detect network intrusions. Justin is currently working toward his JD at the University of Texas Law School, and plans to combine his experience in computer security with the practice of law. He can be reached at justinladen@gmail.com.

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EFF-Austin Security Workshop

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017, 5:30 PM

Townes Hall (TNH) 2.138
727 E Dean Keeton St Austin, TX

23 Activists Went

EFF-Austin is hosting a Security Workshop at UT Law in conjunction with Open Austin. Our speakers will be Alex Shahrestani and Justin Laden. They will be discussing attorney client privilege in regards to digital communications, best actions to prevent and react to privacy breaches, and cloud storage data security.Alex Shahrestani studied computer…

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