September 13, 2012: Lecture/Presentation The SandBox Project

Lecture/Presentation: The Sandbox Project

7PM | Thursday, September 13, 2012


Creators: Roberta Buiani and Alessandra Renzi, and Curator: Arlan Londoño of E-fagia (

The Sandbox Project explores how new notions and practices of collaboration can emerge from the interplay between art, activism and technology. The Sandbox lab enables activists, artists and hackers to experiment, and to transcend the boundaries of how we work together. It makes us reflect on how we think about alliances among practitioners and how we can foreground diversity, while sharing and emboldening our search for social justice.

Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Free, photo ID required

Each lab invites participants to filter their experiences through concepts borrowed from the arts and the sciences, philosophy and from Free and Open Source Software, while collectively developing meaningful interventions with the community.

Alessandra Renzi likes to use DIY media to bring together disparate groups and communities, experimenting with collective forms of inquiry and narration. She is involved in various projects, like the pirate television collective insu^tv in Naples, Italy, the Alt Media Centre and Institute for Community Inquiry in Toronto, Canada. Alessandra is also a post-doctoral fellow at Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media, Ryerson University where she conducts research on the criminalization of dissent, and on the design and use of FOSS platforms for collaborative media-making.

Roberta Buiani is a cultural theorist and a media-activist working at the intersection between science, technology and the arts, challenging their traditional uses and looking for threads that facilitate cross-communication between disciplines, individuals and creativity. This investigation has brought her to Cambridge, London, Turin and Montreal. For the last few years, she has been grappling with the role of the “viral” as concept and creative practice that carries potentials to transform and reconfigure social customs and communication. Her (always satirical) viral interventions (”The Viral-Knitting Project,” “Megaphone Choir,” “YorkisUs”) are the result of collective inspirations and collaborations.