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James David Morgan

Boston, MA, United States

Designer (Web Design)

Member since October 26, 2007


  • Groundswell Talks with Billboard Liberation Front

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    The Groundswell Collective recently conducted an interview with the infamous culture jammers known as the Billboard Liberation front. You can read the article here:

    Groundswell Talks: Billboard Liberation Front

    Enjoy!

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    The Groundswell Blog is pleased to announce a new series of interviews with artists called "Groundswell Talks." With this semi-regular spot, we aim to give audience to the best voices in art and activism. Check in regularly for talks with artists from around the globe.

    Critical Art Ensemble, a self-described "freelance cultural research wing for the anti-authoritarian left," has found new ways to resist the current political climate, and pursue civil disobedience through tactical media, bio-tech demonstrations, and DIY publications. They redefine the old ways of trespass and blockage, reminding us that the best ways of subversion are decentralized, and nomadic, transient and terminal.

    Their philosophy and strategy is obviously unfriendly to authority, and CAE founder Steve Kurtz has been dealt an unreasonable and unfair blow as a result. He faces federal charges for supposedly illegally obtaining bacteria samples, which he was using for a CAE project. A fund has been established to aid his defense.

    We discussed their general approach and the response to the Kurtz trial in a short interview with CAE via e-mail.

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    The Groundswell Blog is pleased to announce a new series of interviews with artists called "Groundswell Talks." With this semi-regular spot, we aim to give audience to the best voices in art and activism. Check in regularly for talks with artists from around the globe.

    Critical Art Ensemble, a self-described "freelance cultural research wing for the anti-authoritarian left," has found new ways to resist the current political climate, and pursue civil disobedience through tactical media, bio-tech demonstrations, and DIY publications. They redefine the old ways of trespass and blockage, reminding us that the best ways of subversion are decentralized, and nomadic, transient and terminal.

    Their philosophy and strategy is obviously unfriendly to authority, and CAE founder Steve Kurtz has been dealt an unreasonable and unfair blow as a result. He faces federal charges for supposedly illegally obtaining bacteria samples, which he was using for a CAE project. A fund has been established to aid his defense.

    We discussed their general approach and the response to the Kurtz trial in a short interview with CAE via e-mail.

    ...
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    One of our favorite pieces is a remake of a poster for the 1986 Australian Anarchist Centenary Celebrations, which we are making available as a desktop background for our readers. The Celebrations were organized by the Melbourne Anarchist Club, the country’s first, and included the likes of the renown John William “Chummy” Fleming. First offered as an offset lithographic print (measuring 41.9 cm by 29.2 cm) the poster commemorates the 100th anniversary of organized anarchist activity in Australia.

    Central to the poster is the symbol of the encircled A, the most common and recognizable representaion of Proudhon’s maxim, “Anarchy is Order.” We’ve chosen to keep as much of the original intact here.

    Grab the 800 x 600 and the 1024 x 768 versions here.

  • Does Art Open Minds?

    Arts & Culture

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    John Robertson’s work helps him clarify his thinking about political issues; he’s not out to change your mind. Informed by Susan Sontag’s Regarding the Pain of Others, he finds that images might move one to sympathy, but are impotent in moving one to action. It’s a question fundamental to how we proceed with our work, and one we’ve briefly addressed before. Now, though, we’d like to hear from you.

    In discussion with John, I asked whether he’d be willing to have us do a feature on his piece, that asks whether art opens minds.

    For the next week, the floor is yours. We’ll post a summary of your thoughts on Friday, February 29, and will be back to regular postings in March.

    So, what do you think - does art open minds?

  • Groundswell Weekly Review: Jan. 26 - Feb. 02, 2008

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    This has been a very busy and exciting week for us. Thanks to our friends who weighed in on Designing the Revolution, and our article on Disaboom. Here's your regular weekly roundup:

  • Designing the Revolution

    Community, Audio/Visual Design

    Originally published here by the Groundswell Collective.

    Alix Rule recently penned an article titled The Revolution Will Not Be Designed for In These Times. The article centers around a criticism of Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design for their consideration that design - or more precisely, design thinking - is a "powerful corrective force" in addressing social problems. I invest considerable time, effort, and money in designing for social change, so when I first stumbled upon the article I was outraged. After a closer look, though, and after mulling over Alix's arguments, I began to see that she may be right on some accounts.

    Social justice inherently seeks systemic change to redress oppression. Rule's objection to design thinking is that it serves as a"post-ideology" ideology, one which is stripped of considerations for "the long process by which consensus is built—a.k.a. politics." Her case is that:

    In particular, design metaphors obscure the ideological—and political—decisions involved in tackling societal issues. Depending on your perspective, “drunk driving” can be a symptom of some broader systemic failure (from un-walkable suburbs to deficient public education), a lapse of individual responsibility, or a right to be defended. The solution to the problem is inseparable from its conception. Conceiving of global ills as design challenges may sometimes be in order, but only when a consensus exists on goals, budgets and rel...

  • Groundswell Seeks Blogging Volunteers

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

    About the Organization: The Groundswell Collective is a design studio dedicated to art and social justice. We've been working with activists and artists on web and graphic design since 2006. We're comprised of two freelance designers, and maintain a blog on art and activism. At the Groundswell Blog, we report daily on unique ways of communicating ideas about social justice, particularly through art and design. You will find varied messages and art forms showcased in our pages, as we try to keep our finger on the pulse of the political art community. With an annual readership of 7,500, we are growing rapidly and are in need of interns.

    Description: This energetic, web-savvy intern would be responsible for giving voice to the best thinking on activist art. From conversations with artists and activists, s/he would research and pen articles on artists and designers, their work and exhibits, and trends within the community.

    S/he would also work in conjunction with the co-founders to develop a growth strategy for the blog, including resource gathering and identifying academics, artists, and activists for guest blogging spots. Assisting with press calls, arranging interviews and making pitches to journalists may also be required as needed.

    Additional Qualifications:

    • Excellent written communication skills, proficient computer skills including knowledge of the WordPress platform.
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Interest in political art and art as a tool for social change
    • B...
  • The Groundswell Weekly Review January 12 - 18, 2007

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    The Groundswell Blog is dedicated to clever and innovative trends of art and design in activism. We seek out artists from around the globe who are using their talents for progressive change.

    Here's our weekly roundup. New things coming up this week include a talk with Favianna Rodriguez, stay tuned!

  • Groundswell Weekly Review: December 22 - January 12

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    It's a bit more than a week in review, but that means more to share. I have no idea why Design21 uses this terrible method of posting links, which apparently refuses to work here. Sorry for the mess that follows!

    [Artevist](http://blog.groundswellcollective.com/2008/01/02/artevist/)
    [SuiCycle](http://blog.groundswellcollective.com/2008/01/03/suicycle/)
    [Taxi to the Darkside](http://blog.groundswellcollective.com/2008/01/04/taxi-to-the-darkside/)
    [MPAA Bans Taxi to the Darkside Poster](http://blog.groundswellcollective.com/2008/01/04/mpaa-bans-taxi-to-the-darkside-poster/)
    [A Dose of Inspiration from Displace Me](http://blog.groundswellcollective.com/2008/01/05/a-dose-of-inspiration-from-displace-me/)
    [AAC Films](http://blog.groundswellcollective.com/2008/01/07/aac-films/)
    [Designism 2.0 Recap](http://blog.groundswellcollective.com/2008/01/08/designism-20-recap/)
    [überculture Collective](http://blog.groundswellcollective.com/2008/01/09/uberculture-collective/)
    [Nonprofit Quarterly Redesign Launches](http://blog.groundswellcollective.com/2008/01/09/nonprofit-quarterly-redesign-launches/)
    [Favianna Rodriguez](http://blog.groundswellcollective.com/2008/01/10/favianna-rodriguez/)
    [We’re Going Ad-Free!](http://blog.groundswellcollective.com/2008/01/11/were-going-ad-free/)
    [New Bush Coins](http://blog.groundswellcollective.com/2008/01/11/new-bush-coins/)
    

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design