kanarinka | MIT Center for Civic Media

Recent blog posts by kanarinka

Olafur Eliasson and the Little Sun Project | The Civic Art Initiative

Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist who is receiving the MIT McDermott Award in the Arts for 2014. He recently spoke at the Center for Civic Media as part of the Civic Art Initiative.

DML 2014: Playful Learning and Political Engagement

This short talk panel at DML2014 was organized by Eric Gordon and brings together case studies in game design and political engagement. 
Civic Seed: The Collaborative Challenge of Creating a Video Game for Civic Engagement
Presenter: Mindy Nierenberg


Big Data and the Future of Journalism

Yesterday MassINC, along with a number of partners, hosted the event "Big Data and the Future of Journalism". Here's an excerpt from the event announcement:

The Civic Art Initiative presents Kambui Olujimi

On Thursday, February 6th, the Civic Art Initiative recently partnered with the List Gallery at MIT to host a lunch and participatory art event with artist Kambui Olujimi. Here's a brief excerpt about his project which is installed in the Bakalar Gallery until Feb 23rd:

News as Exploration, Discovery and Serendipity

Last year in Ethan Zuckerman's class Future of News and Participatory Media we read a provocative article by the Swiss novelist Rolf Dobelli entitled News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier. In the article he lays out some fairly compelling reasons for not reading the news: It makes us passive and angry, kills our creativity, moves too quickly to be meaningful, and produces skewed senses of risk and danger. For Dobelli, news stories are "bright-coloured candies for the mind", diversionary at best and toxic at worst. In her response to the article, journalist Madeline Bunting makes a case for the conventional wisdom of the civic function of news, "At its root there is a responsibility to know and understand the world and age you live in. That is at the root of democracy: that we all have a responsibility to make decisions about how our society is ordered. How is democracy possible if people don't want to know?"