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<nettime-ann> ShiftSpace Commissions 10 grants of up to $2000, deadline: Feb 25th

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November 5, 2007
Turbulence Commission: "The ShiftSpace Commissions Program" by Dan Phiffer
and Mushon Zer-Aviv

Turbulence has commissioned ShiftSpace and now ShiftSpace commissions you.

Ten development grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to individuals and
collectives using ShiftSpace as a platform to create new Spaces (interfaces
above websites) and Trails (cross-web information maps).

About ShiftSpace (
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 is undergoing a transformation whose promise is
user empowerment -- but who controls the terms of this new read/write web?
The web has followed the physical movement 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 are called
"Shifts". Users can choose between several authoring tools -- called
"Spaces" -- that allow web users to annotate, modify and shift the content
of a page and through ShiftSpace, share that shift with the rest of the web.
"Trails" are maps of shifts (shiftspace content) that create meta-layer
navigation across websites. These trails might be used as a platform for
collaborative research, for curating net art exhibitions, or as a way to
facilitate a context-based public debate.

Go to the commissions site (, watch
the introductory video, apply for a grant and help us spread the word.

"The ShiftSpace Commissions Program" is a 2007 commission of New Radio and
Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was
made possible with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural

§ - an opensource layer above any website

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