PowerUp: The Linemen’s Dance

Alison Orr’s Fork Lift Danceworks previously collaborated with firefighters and sanitation workers. In September, the company produced PowerUp, a choreographed performance by more than 50 of Austin Energy’s linemen, technicians, and other personnel. The 90 minute dance included bucket trucks, cranes, manholes, and 20 utility poles.

KLRU’s Arts in Context documented the event:

War of Currents Playing Cards

Just a quick note (because it’s Friday afternoon and there’s only 3 days left to contribute), there’s a War of Currents playing card set up on Kickstarter. If you’re not familiar with it, Kickstarter is a platform for crowdfunding creative projects. For this project, a contribution of $10 or more will also get you the deck of cards.

The War of Currents playing cards will portray Nikola Tesla as the King for Clubs and Spades, and Thomas Edison as King for Hearts and Diamonds. Two information cards with the deck will provide a brief history of the war of currents.

Cybersecurity and the Aftermath of the 2003 Blackout: An Alternate History

Do you think of NERC as big brother and the reliability standards as micromanaging your business. Imagine, if you will, something really sinister. Imagine a response to the blackout that included the takeover and centralized control of all transmission and distribution networks, as well as other infrastructure systems.

That is what Ubisoft has imagined in the company’s upcoming video game, Watch Dogs. Check it out:

Find Your Energy Avatar

At Mediamatic in Amsterdam, a new exhibit allows visitors to meet their animal energy avatars. Part of the New Order series exploring energy consumption in a world fully supplied by renewable resources, the installation displays animal forms representing the actual energy consumption of human participants.

The exhibitors explain that once-upon-a-time human energy consumption was directly related to metabolic rate.* For example, asleep, humans require 90 watts. Hunter gatherers in the Amazon require 250 watts. With modern technology, though, middle-class humans in the developed world consume around 11,000 watts—more than a blue whale.

* Plus shelter and heat requirements, I think. But we get the idea.