Mushon Zer-Aviv and Dan Phiffer

Dan Phiffer and Mushon Zer-Aviv have created ShiftSpace, an open source layer that may be added to any existing website. Dan Phiffer, a new media hacker from California, is interested in exploring inexpensive communications networks, while providing creative opportunities through intuitive user interfaces. Mushon Zer-Aviv is a designer and media activist from Tel Aviv, staying active in the Israeli & international new media scenes. He is interested in challenging the perception of borders and the way they are shaped through politics, culture, globalization and the Internet.

> Online Exhibition
Try out their application from 1pm to 7pm, Thursday to Saturday @ National Monument café.

> Open Source Networking Demonstration
Friday 19 October 2pm @ National Monument Café.

Shiftspace; MetaWeb Hands-On
> Workshop*
Date and time: Saturday, 10am to 12pm
Venue: OBORO 4001 Berri, #200, Montreal
Objective: ShiftSpace invites participants from all technical backgrounds to remap and challenge the segregation and privatization of information on the World Wide Web. The workshop will introduce the use of alternative approaches to information mobility.
Cost: $10
Up to 20 participants.
*You must bring a laptop to participate in the workshop.

ShiftSpace is an open source layer that can be added above any website. It seeks
to expand the creative possibilities currently provided through the web. ShiftSpace
provides tools for artists, designers, architects, activists, developers, students,
researchers, and hobbyists to create online contexts built in and on top of websites.
While the Internet’s design is widely understood to be open and distributed, control
over how users interact online has given us largely centralized and closed systems.
The web has followed the physical transformation of the city’s social center from the
(public) town square to the (private) mall. ShiftSpace attempts to subvert this trend
by providing a new public space on the web.

By pressing the [shift] + [space] keys, a ShiftSpace user can invoke a new meta
layer above any web page to browse and create additional interpretations,
contextualizations and interventions – which we call Shifts. Users can choose
between several authoring tools we’re working on developing – which we call Spaces.
Some are utilitarian (like Notes and Highlights) and some are more interventionist
(like ImageSwap and SourceShift). Users are invited to map these shifts into Trails.
These trails can be used for collaborative research, curating net art exhibitions or
as platforms for context-based public debates.

Co-Presented with Festival Partners OBORO and Artivistic.