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Graffiti Research Lab

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GRL

Graffiti Research Lab (GRL), founded by Evan Roth and James Powderly during their fellowships at the Eyebeam OpenLab, is an art group dedicated to outfitting graffiti writers, artists and protesters with open source technologies for urban communication. The members of the group experiment in a lab and in the field to develop and test a range of experimental technologies.

According to Wired:

The Graffiti Research Lab upgrades street art with a jolt of electricity. Drawing on their backgrounds in tech, artists Evan Roth and James Powderly experiment with magnets, LEDs, and conductive and magnetic paints. "Street artists are naturally hackers and inventors. They mod markers, make their own ink, and defeat sophisticated security systems," Powderly says. "The GRL is just an extension of that tradition." After it develops a technique, the group posts how-to instructions on its site. The open source projects have sparked a handful of mods, including wiki creator Ward Cunningham's tweak that makes the lab's LED Throwie blink in Morse code.

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