With “we” I mean Marc Stumpel, our new team member. Marc has been researching in this field for quite some time, and has actually written his master thesis about the very same topic (MA in New Media at the University of Amsterdam).
We are going to brainstorm and draft concepts around the topic “What if you could change Facebook’s laws?” Here’s the official announcement and link to register – We’re open for 10 participants, and the results will be presented at the Festival on Saturday!
While early www networks like Geocities.com encouraged it’s users to entirely modify their online presence, Myspace.com and Web 2.0 have steered this “user generated content” into a commercially valuable structure. Facebook has finalized this “evolution” by disabling the user to do anything but feeding the system that gives FB it’s estimated value of 50 Billion US$.
Facebook is taking over the social web, and it’s design follows Mark Zuckerberg’s ideals. To quote Lawrence Lessig: “The code is law. The architectures of cyberspace are as important as the law in defining and defeating the liberties of the Net.”*1 What if you could change FB’s laws? You can! Browser extensions (e.g. Firefox Add-ons) enable us to locally modify Facebook.com and distribute it to the masses.*2
Preregistered workshop participants will learn how browser extensions (e.g. Firefox Add-Ons) enable us to locally modify Facebook.com and distribute it to the masses. In the presentation on Saturday Tobias Leingruber presents the experimental and artistic Facebook hack concepts to festival visitors before turning these concepts into a real software that users worldwide can download and share.
- Dislike Button
- Graffiti Wall (based on GML/webmarker.me)
- Auto-comment generator (e.g. LOL or Kanye West speak)
- Custom background images and visual css styling for your visitors
- Themes, e.g. change your FB’s color: pink, yellow…
Hey! We’ve been secretly working on a new + super-fun Add-on. It’s still in early alpha, so we won’t really publicize it or talk about it online yet. Nevertheless our friend and curator Aram Bartholl talked us into sneak-previewing it tonight in his new “Speed Show” format.
It’s quite an awesome concept, he curates cool online-based art work and exhibits it in an “internet café”, which he rents out entirely for the night of the show. Art in an internet café? Maxium culture clash Many more Speed-Shows to come! Tonight’s topic is “TELE INTERNET – Pop.Net.Art” featuring some of TBX’s favourite artists and friends.
So if you like to see what the Artzilla Crew has been secretly working on, and what will be closed-beta in hopefully 3 months, than you should come here tonight:
Friday 11th of June 2010, 21:00 – 00:00 Kottbusser Damm 103, Berlin (G-maps)
Artists and hackers! Last Saturday we launched the new Artzilla website during MAOW Berlin. The website was completly redesigned by UI Boss Greg Leuch. We have many aweseome add-ons and browser scripts waiting to be posted in the next weeks, we will also try to keep you updated on serious cool Browser development, with special focus on creative usage. There’s so much going on in the browser world, it’s quite aweseome. Stay tuned!! PS: We’re still tweaking the website, some small fixes and a submit form are coming soon. TBX
Finally! Between buying christmas gifts and finishing research papers we managed to get a artzill.org ALPHA online! We are still workin on this website, there’s alot content management to do and also the design will be tweaked alot in the next weeks. The beautiful exotic webdesign is from Annemieke van der Hoek. GET OUR RSS FEED and stay updated!!!!!!! in the meantime: Flickr Launch Party Image Set tbx
It’s getting closer and i’m quite excited about the upcoming event!! Artzilla.org will be a collection / blog about fun and experimental Mozilla (Firefox) add-ons, which are not really welcome on the common “serious” hosts (“useless art”).
For the launch we will through a party on the 13.Dec (Saturday) at Worm Rotterdam (Netherlands, http://wormweb.nl). The evening comes with slick tunes, great presentations and the first Firefox add-on exhibition evarrrrr!!
A Firefox add-on that allows you to gain access to social media accounts of people in your wifi network. It comes with a super-easy user interface, and works for every service that’s not using a Read the rest of this entry »
The Black Oil Firefox add-on replaces all mentions of BP and accompanying terms like BP oil, BP gas, BP worldwide, and so on, with blacked out letters and dripping oil drops. (Released through Jess3.com, Coded BY and based on Greg Leuch’s Shaved Bieber Add-on)
Annoyed by 16yr old Singer Justin Bieber beeing all over your internets? We if you dislike something, there’s always one simple solution: Censorship. Install the “Shaved Bieber” add-on to remove Justin from your browser.
“With the HappyTube Firefox plugin, YouTube will become an oase of peace and happiness.” The HappyTube add-on replaces all hate comments on youtube with nicer ones. Check out the project website – This is how we like it
The MAICgregator add-on aggregates information about colleges and universities embedded in the military-academic-industrial complex (MAIC). It searches government funding databases, private news sources, private press releases, and public information about trustees to try and produce a radical cartography of the modern university via the replacement or overlay of this information on academic websites. This is a necessary activity in light of the contemporary financial “crisis”.
With recent mistakes by companies and organizations not knowing how to properly censor online documents, its easy to see why people believe the text they can’t see can’t be read. And with computer illiterate people like Rush Limbaugh, it is not difficult to confuse them with censored alterations to the web pages they commonly visit.
This add-on censors the web by hiding text and images behind blocks. I dig the aesthetics! /tbx
Everytime you press the Stop button in your browser, the STOP! Hammertime! add-on plays the immortal words of MC Hammer – “Stop! Hammertime!”. – Always a good laugh, especially when it comes unexpected /tbx
The Misspelling Generator is intervening within the Google search engine. Whenever the extension is enabled, each query typed in the Google search box will generate misspellings, then query Google for each of these misspellings, and finally rank them by number of returns. This all happens in the background – as a user, you will not notice it.Once the extension has done all deviations of the query (typically after 1 to 4 seconds, depending on the length of the query), it will insert the misspellings above the normal Google results – similar to Google’s “Did you mean:”, but now with “Have you tried:” instead.
The Firefox add-on China Channel offers internet user outside China to surf the web as if they were in China. Take an unforgetable virtual trip to China and experience the technical expertise of the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry (supported by western companies). It’s open source, free and easy.
In itself, the work Razorganizator / Disorganiser has no appearance. Its core consists of a collection of computer-executable instructions that can manipulate images on any given web page. At the same time, the essence of the work lies not in the collection of instructions but in their actualization, with all actualizations being of equal value.
RollTube is a Rick Roll Firefox Extension that switches every YouTube video with the infamous Rick Roll video. The experience has been described as “like the whole internet ganging up and rick rolling you at the same time”. FFFFFat Lab says: great to install across all the machines in your office / lab / classroom. RollTube is cross platform and needs no special admin rights to install!