Bits: 08.14.10

SMSlingshot (above), "a handheld digital slingshot device for spreading information on public screens," is:
equipped with an ultra-high frequency radio, hacked arduino board, laser and batteries. Text messages can be typed on a phone-sized wooden keypad which is integrated in the also wooden slingshot. After the message is finished, the user can aim on a media facade and send/shoot the message straight to the targeted point. It will then appear as a colored splash with the message written within.
Here it is in action.

The Takeaway interviews Roseanne Cash on famous parents, death and why it's hard to make great art when you're happy.

• The New York Times on museum directors pulling in big salaries, getting free housing, and not having to pay taxes on the value of that housing. Via Unbeige.

• Conference: The Creative Time Summit: Revolutions in Public Practice, Oct. 9-10, NYC, with presentations by Futurefarmers' Amy Franceschini, Minneapolis-based FEAST organizer Jeff Hnilicka, experimental geographer Trevor Paglen, curator Nato Thompson, Superflex, Eyal Weizman, and others. Via Greg.org.

• A job for you: The Brooklyn Museum's hiring an associate editor.

• Event: Lewis Hyde, the anthropologist who wrote the excellent books The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property and Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art is coming to the Walker on Sept. 2 to discuss his new book, Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership.

• A statue of Hernan Cortés, the conquistador who conquered the Aztec empire, was splashed with red paint in Medellín, Spain (before, after), and a vandalized Louise Bourgeois sculpture is leaving New Orleans.

• Love it: Gumball machines filled with seed-bombs.

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