www.magicbike.net/

Biographies:

Yury Gitman
is a wireless and emerging-media artist. He engages WiFi, readymade objects, and contemporary culture to create expressive pieces and art interventions. He remains one of the first people to ever use the Internet in the New York subway, by employing a network of Magicbikes ("wireless bicycle hotspots"). He has exhibited work at the Biennial of Electronic Art in Perth Australia, Eyebeam, and The New Museum among other US and international galleries. Noderunner, a wireless game he co-created about chasing down open WiFi nodes, was awarded the Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Net Vision in 2003. He heads the Arts group at NYCWireless and recently co-found and co-curated Spectropolis, a wireless art festival in conjunction with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Downtown Alliance. He works as an adjunct professor at the Parsons School of Design’s graduate program in Design Technology. His work has been featured in local, national, and international media including NPR, BBC, NYTimes, Newsweek, ID Magazine, G4TechTV, New York 1 TV, NY Arts, Wireless Review. He holds a Masters degree from New York University's Interactive Telecommunication Program and a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology, and Culture from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Joshua Kinberg is an emerging technology artist and activist. He creates contagious media and politically expressive art pieces engaging a wide array of technologies from web developmentto reverse-engineered consumer electronics. In 2004, Mr. Kinberg committed his talent, education, and energies in working to defeat the reelection of the incumbent Bush/Cheney ticket. Mr. Kinberg's "Sloganator Memorial Slideshow," celebrating the Bush/Cheney campaign's short-lived, ill-fated, online poster creation tool, has been emailed to thousands upon thousands of people, attracting roughly half a million visitors in 8 weeks. Mr. Kinberg created Bluetooth Users Against Bush, a website encouraging anti-Bush participants to create "moments of ad-hoc solidarity" using Bluetooth-enabled devices (mobile phones, PDA's, laptop computers), became an overnight craze. The effort attained so much instant notoriety that it warranted (and soon defeated) cease and desist threats from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. "Bikes Against Bush," which will use wireless bicycles to protest the 2004 Republican National Convention, has already garnered Kinberg national attention with interviews on CNN and MTV. Mr. Kinberg has exhibited artwork in numerous galleries and has received a number of artistic grants and awards. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Art and Art History form the College of William and Mary in Virginia in 2001. He earned his M.F.A. in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design in 2004, and has been an instructor at Parsons School or Design, Eyebeam, and the Queens Museum of Art.

Project Description:

"Magicbike"
is a mobile WiFi (wireless Internet) hotspot that provides
free Internet access wherever it travels. "Bikes Against Bush" prints
spray-chalk text messages from web users to the surfaces of the streets it cruises on. These bikes nurture the overlap of public art with techno-activism by montaging the community wireless movement, bicycle culture, street demonstrations, and contemporary art. The artists propose to build wireless and tactile devices specifically for bicyclists, further interfacing New York City's vibrant bicycling community with digital arts. A gang and/or individual bicyclists will be used in a series of innovative public performances that playfully reconfigure urban fabric and the actual city streets into a canvas for contemporary art.