August 7, 2010

ReMixology — Thirst-Quenching Fresh Media Innovation! - Comments (1)

We’re starting a monthly series of Fresh Media socials starting August 18th. These events will be an exciting gathering point for Vancouver’s leading media innovators. We’re limiting our first event to 50 people (300+ attended our fall festival). Register here:

Who? Featuring Kris Krug, acclaimed photographer – TEDxOilSpill and National Geographic

July 13, 2010

Top 20 Vancouver Twitter Peeps Based on Klout Score - Comments (26)

BarCamp Vancouver - Wall-O-Love

Someone turned me onto a new tool called Klout that more or less manages your reach and influence on Twitter. They’ve got a fancy methodology for doing so… it’s very detailed. I only understand the basics and realize that these kinda things can be hard to measure and that a tool that ranked people based on their kindness or touchiness or hawt sexy awesomeness would be a lot more interesting… nonetheless I’ve tinkered with the Klout tool a bit and generated this list of Top 20 Vancouver Twitter Peeps Based on Their Klout Score.

June 13, 2010

TED x Oil Spill EXPEDITION: Headed to New Orleans & The Gulf of Mexico - Comments (7)

With a broken heart and fists clenched in anger I prepare to head on down to the Gulf of Mexico to document the US worst ever environmental tragedy. One that is getting worse and worse each day. Copied from my photography blog, here’s some of the details about the trip.

First MateCurrently the entire world has their eyes and ears glued to the media that is coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, depicting the travesty and devastation around the BP Oil Spill. This man-made natural disaster is slowly destroying the natural landscape and wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico as an underwater oil rig leaks thousands of crude oil into the open water.

March 18, 2010

What do you do when someone lets you evaluate a product, & wants you to write about, & the product sucks, & the person is your friend? - Comments (4)

Having a blast here at SXSW with the awesome kids from Social Media Club. We’re staying at a palatial mansion on Lake Austin lovingly known as the Social Media Clubhouse. Lots of friends have been by and we’ve been having a blast both layin low out here by the lake and takin the Social Media Clubhouse bus into town for the myriad concerts and parties takin place all over Austin.


January 25, 2010

Deadline Quickly Approaching Have Photographs Included in Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Comments Off

Camp Gastown
The deadline is quickly approaching for the end of submissions to the Canada CODE website as part of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Canada CODE is part of the digital edition, CODE, of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. CODE is made up of four parts: CODE Live, an 18 music and digital media festival, CODE Screens 2010, an interactive journey that brings the art to your home computer, CODE Motion Pictures, which is a film line-up of commissioned short films from Canadian filmmakers and Canada CODE, a user-generated photo, text and remix experience. The coolest thing is that all of the content that is uploaded to the Canada CODE website, including remixes, will be put into a pool of potential material that could appear on the giant projection screens during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Gastown Nighttime Lomography

January 20, 2010

Tons Of Rad Music Coming to Vancouver As Part of the 2010 Olympics - Comments (2)

With the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games right around the corner, the city is in a buzz with all the arts and culture programming that is scheduled for the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. For the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, the Cultural Olympiad has a digital edition, otherwise known as CODE, that is split into four separate areas, all with different arts programming during the month of February. The four areas of CODE are CanadaCODE, a photography website that encourages submissions and remixes, CODE Screen 2010, an interactive experience that brings the arts to your home computer, CODE Motion Pictures, a curated film schedule from Canadian filmmakers, and CODE live, an 18 day festival of music and digital media installations.

January 14, 2010

Best Media Art Installations Coming to Vancouver 2010 CODE Live Festival - Comments (7)


The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games are right around the corner and the town is buzzing. Every set of Olympic Games has a separate cultural line-up that showcases the country’s communities in the arts, theatre and music. This line-up is curated by the Cultural Olympiad by every host city and runs parallel to the official sporting events through out the host city. Vancouver is putting its name on the historical map by adding an additional component to its Cultural Olympiad 2010 called the Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition, or CODE for short.

January 9, 2010

Jeremy Crowle’s new show ‘tHere in Spirit’ showing at W2-Perel Gallery in DTES Comments Off

W2 Woodward's - Perel Gallery - Vancouver, BC
We are very lucky in Vancouver to have such a rich and diverse art community that has really supportive galleries and spaces for a wide variety of shows. W2 Woodwards just recently opened their art space in the Perel Gallery in the DTES, which serves a multi-purpose art space for shows, performances and workshops. Their most recent artist in resident is Jeremy Crowle, a Vancouver-Galiano Island painter, who’s new show will open next Thursday January 14th at 8 pm. His curated show titled ‘tHere in Spirit‘ is a collection of large-scale paintings that will be shown through the duration of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

January 8, 2010

Doin’ It For The Love – Reflections On The Future At ‘Journalism That Matters’ Conference - Comments (4)

Solidarity - United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark
This weekend I’m in Seattle for the Journalism that Matters conference taking place at the University of Washington in Seattle. Journalists, photographers, media-makers and documentarians will gather for this three day event, to discuss issues that are effecting the world today. This conference is set-up as an open space, “un-conference” where the participants determine the actual content of the conference days, and the schedule, though structured, is flexible in attendance and movement.
Within the last few years, a visible divide has emerged between all media with this idea of new media versus traditional media. It doesn’t really make much sense to divide media into two sparring factions when in fact they can be working and collaborating together. I often find myself in the citizen journalist role, not so much by my strive for journalistic photo features but more by my own personal documentation that I funnel to the internet. I have been known to say that “if you didn’t stick it on the internet, it didn’t happen.” This often arises fits of laughter, but most people find this statement very true. This extends past your twitter and facebook, but into hyper-local citizen journalism as well.

December 18, 2009

Vancouver Represents At UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen Comments Off


United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference , the Fresh Air Center has acted as basecamp for many media people and NGOs, accredited and unaccredited alike. Situated near the Bella Center in Copenhagen, the Fresh Air Center is a part of TckTckTck , a global campaign platform designed to bring climate justice organizations together in solidarity. This center acts as the main news hub so that the rest of the world can be connected and informed of the negiotions in real time.

United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark

December 17, 2009

The Yes Men vs. Canada at The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark Comments Off


Yes Men Punk Canada

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark has been a flurry of activity, in the Bella Center with the negiotions, in the Fresh Air Center with the media and NGOs and in the streets with the marchs and protests. Each country brings to the table its own sets of concerns, contributitions and baggage revolving around carbon emissions and climate control. Canada has been no exception this rule, yet has been thrown into the not so positive spotlight by the culture jamming activist duo called the Yes Men .

United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark

December 14, 2009

PHOTO ESSAY: Streets of Copenhagen – COP15 United Nations Climate Change Summit - Comments (2)


There’s a ton of interesting stuff going on inside the negotiations at the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen but there is also a ton taking place on the streets. Those of us working here are a lil worried that the stories you may be seeing on TV aren’t an accurate portrayal of what’s actually taking place over here.

United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark

Yeah, the police cracked down on protestors with unwarranted brute force… and I was caught in the middle of it… but there are other stories too. For instance the 100,000 protestors on braved the streets for a peaceful candellight vigil despite freezing temperatures and an over-eager, riot-ready, police force. Follow allong my realtime updates from Copenhagen at @kkon Twitter and check out all my photos in the COP15 UN Climate Change Summit photoset over on Flickr. Here’s an photographic recap of what I’ve seen on the streets of Copenhagen.

United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark
The streets are old school, beautiful, and shockingly car-free! People walk, bike, and take buses and trains everywhere. It’s very effecient. People walk in the streets, I’ve never seen traffic congestion, and its just generally one of the most human friendly places Ive ever been!

PHOTO ESSAY – Inside The Negotiations – COP15 United Nations Climate Change Summit - Comments (1)


The UN Climate Change Summit is in full swing in here in Copenhagen. The first week is over, most of the delegates are here and working hard, and many of the world leaders arrive this week. Main negotiations are taking place at a large convention centre called the Bella Centre. I’ve got media accredidation and have been taking photos inside the Bella Centre. For real-time updates follow @kkon Twitter or check out the Copenhagen UN Climate Change Summit photoset I’ve created on Flickr. Here’s a recap of the first few days in images…

United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Youth activists from all over the world are in attendance. It’s important to have them their as they have the must at stake in the fight against global climate change. Many of the worst predictions are likely to happen in these guys lifetimes!

United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Delegates from all over the world assemple and hash out the nitty gritty details of an international climate change treaty that everyone hopes will be signed here in Copenhagen.

October 30, 2009

How To Take Great Portraits Interview w/ Darren Rowse Comments Off

Darren Rowse interviewed me this week about taking photos of people – portrait photography specifically – for a new book he has coming out on the topic. Thanks a lot for including me Darren. You do great work and it’s an honor to be a part of it! :)

3x3 LO

Here’s a rough transcript of the interview:

October 18, 2009

Best LinkedIn Recommendation Evah! - Comments (3)


Thx to friend and collegue Ryan Holmes for wrapping up my tenure as President of Raincity Studios so eloquently. ;)

“Kris is a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. He has been known to remodel train stations on his lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the areas of heat retention. He translates ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, Occasionally, he treads water for three days in a row.

He woos women with his sensuous and god like photography, can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and can cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. He is an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.

October 15, 2009

Social Media Tools & Strategies for Event Planners & Organizers - Comments (3)

I’m giving a talk tonight in Calgary to a group of event planners. They want to know how they can use new tools and strategies to plan and manage their events. I’m gonna start with a lil philosophical talk about citizen journalism & media making as well as particpatory group culture and principles and move on to a bunch of tools and tactics people can start implementing today. Here’s a copy of the slides I’ll use.

Gastown Photowalk Crew

Over the past 5 years I’ve been involved in various event planning and management activities as a part of my community development work. I’m on the organizing committee of Northern Voice & BarCamp Vancouver. I plan regular PhotoWalks and PhotoCamps for photographers in Vancouver and around the world. I helped organize the first BarCamp in China with Robert Scales and others in 2006 and advise and consult to a variety of other events from the Canadian New Media Awards to South By Southwest in Austin, TX.

October 14, 2009

Who’s Gonna Come Geekout in Hawaii With Me? - Comments (1)

(cross-posted from my photography blog.)


My photograph studio Static Photography has had the opportunity to travel to many different conferences for awesome photographic opportunities! Whether it is shooting portraits at Microsoft Tech Days , or giving a photo recap talk at Gnomedex 2009 , or even heading back to Pop!Tech to be their official photographer, Kris Krug is definitely busy at conferences. Come this November Kris will have the awesome opportunity to lead a PhotoCamp at the first annual [Re]Think Hawaii conference .

August 20, 2009

Oh Hai Nerds, Geeks, and Dorks – Gnomedex 9.0 - Comments (3)

Gnomedex Wall of Love

Gnomedex is the geek’s geek conference. This single track conference produced by Chris Pirillo and Lockergnome has always provided the best and brightest in high-tech to technologists and enthusiasts alike. This conference is in its ninth year. The first few Gnomedexs were held in Des Moines, Iowa, with a quick crazy year spent in Lake Tahoe and then finally settling into its Seattle home where it has been for the last few years. This conference has always hosted a prolific line-up of speakers and created an experience that is optimum for attendees.

August 19, 2009

FIELD GUIDE: SXSW Interactive 2010 Panel Picker - Comments (12)

Amber Case Dave Olson Uncleweed - SXSW 2009, Austin TX

Mid-august can be exciting for a few things: summer vacation, hot weather, long days. For the geeks of the digital community, this is always a very exciting time of year. It is this time of year that the panel picker is released for panels submitted to the SXSW festival. This year over 2200 panels have been submitted, all of which 300 are selected for the Interactive portion of the SXSW festival. Of the voting system, 30% of community user votes count towards the final selection. The list is quite impressive but it can be a daunting task to sort through all the awesome submissions. I did a bit of wandering through the list and found a few rad ones.

August 18, 2009

TED Comes to Vancouver : Speaker Nominations for TEDxVan - Comments (10)


TED is a great conference format that is focused on the theme of ‘ideas worth spreading’ in technology, entertainment and design. Showcasing the brightest and coolest minds our times, TED is an all around impressive event that videotapes all their speakers and puts the videos up for free on their TED talks list. They really stand behind their principles of sharing ideas, even if people are unable to attend the highly anticipated TED event.

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