What’s the G.I.G. idea? A blended physical-virtual “think studio” for ideas and projects that simply can’t happen within the separate worlds of the arts, technology, public sector, or the marketplace… A way to work, sustain and improve next-generation ideas, tools and practices. And a way to see demonstrations, launches, open brainstorms, exhibitions, performances. A downtown out-front lab/studio/workshop, a meeting place, a party of minds ~ a community for the most creative people in the metropolitan area, located at the intersection of New York City’s artistic, technology, and social sectors.
The G.I.G. will help develop the New Soft CityCreation of knowledge, Potential future ways andservices and things thatcan occur in an urban qualities of life in urban areas likeregion like New York. New York (or possible New New Yorks) – inclusive, dynamic, rich Helping to build a global and robust environments network of innovators. for the long term. Innovation itself: tools, strategies, frameworks, experiments.
TheG.I.G.Team• G.I.G. staff and leaders will convene, host, provoke, enable, and evangelize: we will raise the bar, the ceiling, the roof, and awareness.• G.I.G. will provide support for project planning and team assembly, to help round out and prepare project teams for good chemistry and the necessary third-party engagement for reliable fulfillment of even• the most ambitious proposals.• G.I.G. will get the word out as projects come to fruition.
• Founding Executive Team: Carl Skelton, Brooklyn Experimental Media Center Norman Jacknis, Cisco IBSG Public Sector Vin Cipolla, Municipal Art Society of New York • A core staff of 6-8 • Funding for 6 integrative projects/year • Advisory board to include representativesG.I.G. operations of partner organizations and thought leaders
G.I.G. gets physical: Test Site Phase 1 Short-term lease of storefront “Pop-Up” space Low-cost and flexible rigging with the tools we think we’ll need first Minimal customization of temporary space Flexible and rapid-deployment technology (to support a first round of 4-6 projects) Convene local partners to identify long-term tech needs in the area “Open Kitchen” design process for phase 2 facility
quiet work space, specialized workstations. Phase 2.A The Full Rig: Upstairs
The Full Rig: Street Level storefront flex space ~ multimedia workshop/meeting hall, including an “open wall” full-height HD TelePresence installation, to provide blended-reality work space 24/7. Phase 2.B
The Full rig: DownstairsIT resources and fabrication shop for physical production not otherwiseavailable in the area. Phase 2.C