Brett Stalbaum
Since the beginning
Works in La Jolla, California United States of America

Brett Stalbaum, Lecturer, LSOE
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM)

Department of Visual Arts
9500 GILMAN DR. # 0084
La Jolla CA 92093-0084

C5 research theorist ( 1997-2007
Graduate (MFA) of the CADRE Digital Media Laboratory at San Jose State
Professional affiliations:
Electronic Disturbance Theater

Latest: The Silver Island Bunker Trail, possibly the first time humans have walked like a game bot. The trail is open to the public for outdoor recreation and enjoyment.
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Continued investigation of Ricardo Dominguez - please help

Latest News:

Transborder Immigrant Tool investigation ends,
but Dominguez is still being investigated for March 4th ECD

More info: UCSD soft quashing the report, fails to deliver it to the investigated

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Thanks to all the communities who have already supported the legal support
fund in spirit and funds!


The Criminalization of Mobile Research?

Sat Mar 27, 2010 00:00 - Sun Mar 28, 2010

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The recent threats from Oklahoma’s Senator James Inhofe to bring criminal charges against climate researchers is just another sign that academic freedom is increasingly viewed as threat to the right wing agenda. Our experience with the Transborder Immigrant Tool research project is demonstrating more of the same.

The TBTool project is designed to produce a functioning “last mile” public safety platform that is informed by the tragic consequences of a United States Immigration policy designed to allow millions of low cost laborers to enter the US while simultaneously appeasing Minutemen/Tea Party types with thousands of deportations and hundreds of terrible deaths due to dehydration and exposure to the elements. Operating in the fuzzy boundaries between art and technology practice, the project seeks to repurpose inexpensive mobile phones for short distance, emergency navigation. Pertinently and readily apparent to anyone who has ever used an outdoor GPS device, the TBTool is not for long distance overland navigation. Yet opposition to this public safety art research is coming from those who simultaneously refuse to address the true nature of the research, presumably to preserve a status quo that ensures hundreds of sacrificial deaths on an imaginary alter of national security that serves the emotional needs of right wing political constituencies.

This is certainly confirmed by Congressman Duncan Hunter’s recent response to me, wherein he steered away from my direct questions about his use of apparently feared nationalities in the context of his willful mischaracterization of the Transborder Immigrant Tool. In spite of his appreciation of "the technology’s humanitarian element", he insists "the technology would ultimately serve as a tool to help individuals illegally cross." As I pointed out in my original email to his office, as a US Marine, the Congressman should know the difference between a Garmin GPS available at Best Buy in Tijuana and our short distance emergency navigation project. Apparently, facts shall not stand in the way of politically useful fear tactics. (My mind wanders, but there are also clear relationships between the latter and the conditions of violent rhetoric leveraged by the Congressman’s own party in the recent debate over national health care, which can be compared to the recently posted flames page on the Transborder Immigrant Tool website.)

The emotional needs of Congressman Hunter’s constituency should not be allowed to bring a stop to software research that is, after all, a mere bandage for the real human suffering and damage to our international reputation that our current Kabuki theater of an immigration policy has wrought. Congressman Hunter, respectfully, we remain undeterred.


Walkingtools (HiperGps) workshop @ FILE 2009

Thu Jul 23, 2009 00:00 - Mon Jul 13, 2009


Walkingtools (HiperGps) workshop @ FILE 2009

The WalkingTools project will be part of the FILE 2009 with a workshop about Locative Media: theory and practice. The goal of the workshop is to provide new tools for the creative use of GPS geoannotation for artists and designers through the use of the HiperGps Grafic User Interface (GUI) developed by Brett Stalbaum and Cicero Silva.
Where: FILE 2009, Avenida Paulista, 1313
When: 07/28 to 07/29 from 9am to 1pm
Submissions here:


WalkingToolsGpx Version 0.0.4 with HiperGps released

Sat Aug 08, 2009 00:00 - Mon Jul 13, 2009


walkingtoolsgpx Version 0.0.4 with HiperGps released

WalkingToolsGpx 0.0.4 implements the HiperGps Gui (in Java 2 SE) which allows the association images (png) and audio (8-bit, 8khz, PCM wav files) with latitude, longitude, and a “trigger radius” around the geographic point. HiperGps produces a JavaME .jad and .jar, thus it is essentially a mini-ide or project management tool for producing this kind of content, all without any need for Java or programming knowledge. The image and the audio are triggered and play on a J2ME MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1 enabled mobile handset when the running HiperGps JavaME app senses that it is close to the specified coordinates, thus enabling institutions and creative individuals to develop their own GPS guided interpretive, conceptual or poetic locative media tours.
HiperGps Project Manager Gui

We have been testing on a variety of iDen handsets in the US (ones that allow uploading of the .jad and .jar file via a USB cable and Motorola’s iDEN JAL utility) and on Nokia N95s in Brazil, New Zealand and the US. Sorry, we don’t have a full list of compatible GPS phones. Please, if you are interested in creating projects with this software and would like to consult, we are happy to email with you. We plan to produce quickstart, FAQ and video tutorials as soon as we are done doing workshops at the 41st Festival de Inverno da UFMG in Diamantina and the FILE festival in São Paulo, so hang tight.


Lançado projeto HiperGps (gerenciador) e walkingtools 0.0.4

Você quer criar os seus próprios programas para utilizar o GPS do seu celular sem que seja preciso perder horas com programação, testes e implementação e sem a necessidade de saber programar? Você quer tornar algum ponto geográfico da sua cidade localizável por sistemas de GPS e mostrar vídeos, imagens e sons quando algum usuário cruzar por esses pontos?
O projeto WalkingToolsGpx 0.0.4 acaba de implementar a interface gráfica (GUI) HiperGps (em Java2 SE) que permite associar imagens (png) e arquivos de áudio (8-bit, 8khz, PCM wav) com a latitude, a longitude e criar um “espaço de ativação” em torno dos pontos geográficos selecionados. O Gerenciador HiperGps cria um arquivo JavaME em formato .jad e .jar. O programa é essencialmente uma mini-IDE ou uma ferramenta de gerenciamento para a produção de conteúdos geolocalizáveis, tudo sem você precisar saber programar em Java ou em qualquer outra linguagem. As imagens e os áudios são atividados e executados em um J2ME MIDP 2.0 (programa em Java instalado no seu celular), com ativação CLDC 1.1. Quando a aplicação em JavaME criada pelo sistema HiperGps percebe que está próxima de uma coordenada especificada no sistema, ela ativa as ações pré-ordenadas através do Gerenciador. O projeto HiperGps permite que instituições e indivíduos criativos possam desenvolver seus próprios tours interpretativos, conceituais ou poéticos através do GPS.

O projeto tem sido testado em uma grande variedade de sistemas iDen nos Estados Unidos (nos que permitem fazer o upload de arquivos .jad e .jar através de um cabo USB e em Motorolas IDEN JAL) além de celulares Nokia N95, N96, entre outros, no Brasil e na Nova Zelândia. Infelizmente não temos uma lista de telefones com GPS compatíveis com o projeto. Se você estiver interessado em criar projetos com o sistema HiperGps e precisa de alguma ajuda, por favor envie suas questões através de e-mail que ficaremos felizes em ajudá-lo. Planejamos produzir um FAQ e vídeos, além de um manual rápido sobre o sistema assim que terminarmos os workshops planejados para o 41o Festival de Inverno da UFMG em Diamantina e para o FILE festival em São Paulo.