John Ewing

by John Ewing

We’re just winding down my Knight News Challenge project, Virtual Street Corners, and haven’t had time to sort through all the recorded materials and debrief the participants, but I wanted to share some initial thoughts and reactions. The most encouraging takeaway from the project was the enthusiastic response it received. It seems to have struck [...] more »

by John Ewing

We are just two weeks out from the install date of Virtual Street Corners and our publicity campaign is gaining momentum. The project will connect two neighborhoods in Boston via live video connection in public places. We’ve been picked up a lot on the blogosphere, on CBC radio in Canada, and The Atlantic magazine came [...] more »

by John Ewing

Things have started to kick into gear for Virtual Street Corners, my project that will connect the Boston towns of Brookline and Roxbury by live 24-hour video connection. At this point the most time-consuming task is community organizing as we create excitement for the project and identify groups who will use the installation to generate [...] more »

by John Ewing

Below is a guest post from George Fifield, director and founder of Boston Cyberarts Inc., an organization that is a fiscal sponsor of Virtual Street Corners. He and I are working closely together on the project, and here he helps contextualize Virtual Street Corners from a curator’s perspective. Fifield is a distinguished curator in new [...] more »

by John Ewing

Comparisons are rarely drawn between the fields of art and journalism. But most of last month’s work on my Knight Challenge project, Virtual Street Corners, was spent networking and conducting research into these areas. Since I will be hiring several citizen journalists, I’ve been reading up on that topic, and thinking about the similarities with [...] more »

by John Ewing

One of the primary challenges of any community art project is how to engage the audience. If no one is lured to participate, the dynamism of the piece is lost. Virtual Street Corners, my Knight-funded community art project, benefits from the fact that there is an element of symbolism due to the respective histories of [...] more »

by John Ewing

Virtual Street Corners, our Knight-funded project, is scheduled to be installed in Boston between June 8th and June 30th of this year. We have formed an exciting collaboration with the Boston Cyberarts festival, which will be our fiscal sponsor. I thought I would use my first post on Idea Lab to describe the project and [...] more »