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ADA Book Sprint done!

Busy times in Book Sprint land. We have had three weeks straight of Book Sprints in Tel Aviv, New Zealand, France, and Rwanda with two more weeks coming up (Berlin, and San Francisco). Busy days. In the meantime the ADA Book Sprint in Christchurch NZ is done! It was a great Book Sprint with a hard working crew. We finished at 3am on the last day. The book reflects on artistic and community responses to the earthquake that destroyed Christchurch in 2011. It was a fascinating week and a great privilege to get a glimpse of what has and is happening in Christchurch. It was also the first Book Sprint in New Zealand. The book was launched the day it was finished at a launch party at XCHC cafe. More photos here of the ADA Book Sprint...

ADA Mesh Cities Book Sprint starting now (NZ)

It is busy in Book Sprint world. 2 weeks ago we had the Cost of Freedom Book Sprint in France, last week the 3rd F5 Book Sprint in Tel Aviv, and this week 2 Book Sprints in parallel – ADA (Aotearoa Digital Arts Network) in New Zealand, and UNECA in Rwanda. We are a busy team! In New Zealand Adam Hyde is facilitating a Book Sprint. A rare occasion these days as Adam is focused on the Coko Foundation. However he drove from Waiwera to the Wellington – Picton Ferry and took the ferry to the South Island. It was a glorious Cook Strait sailing. The ADA Book Sprint is now underway in Christchurch, the NZ city that was recently severely damaged by a massive earthquake. We are housed in the upper workspace of the very cool XCHC Cafe. The food is amazing, coffee is great, and wonderful atmosphere. The group are well seasoned New Zealand (and one Australian) artists, curators, academics, and cultural workers. A great group of people. We spent the first day concepting ideas of Space, Memory, and Networks as they relate to Christchurch, the earthquake, and ideas of transition. Space, Network, Memory: Media Art and the Transitional City is an innovative collaborative publication that critically addresses the themes, outcomes, and questions of the ADA Mesh Cities project…Space, Network, Memory: Media Art and the Transitional City will include documentation and discussion of media art practices from around Aotearoa that engage with these interconnected themes (space, network, memory). http://www.ada.net.nz/projects/booksprint-space-network-memory/ The crew left the venue about 6.30pm, had dinner and back at work….rare to see such a committed team working late into the first...

Help Needed

If you speak Russian, Arabic or Farsi then this blog post is directly speaking to you. Last week we helped with the Cost of Freedom Book Sprint to aid the #FreeBassel campaign. Unfortunately news about Bassel Safadi today is not very good. The EFF published a statement saying that there is some chance that Bassel has already been sentenced to death. https://www.eff.org/document/igf-2015-flyer-bassel-khartabil This is of course shocking and distressing. If you are Arabic, Russian or Farsi speaking then Bassel needs your help. You can help by translating some of the news that will be coming through in the next days. Please consider helping with some of your time to keep the attention focused on Bassels situation at this critical time. Please email me at adam@booksprints.net If you do not speak Arabic, Russian or Farsi you can still help tremendously by signing this letter: http://freebassel.org/campaign/letter/ Many thanks for your help. Adam CEO and Founder of Book...