This is a repository for artifacts from various technical and cultural projects I’ve worked on.

Baby It’s Cold Inside

February 3rd, 2014 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

It feels as if I’ve lived in a lifetime of cold houses. As a child, the thermostat was a battleground between my parents (a battle that, if the warmth of my parents’ house on my last visit was any indicator, has been won by my mother).  While I’m sure there was some genuine concern for […]

Youth migrate online as they lose IRL social space

January 16th, 2014 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

As I’ve been thinking about ad-hoc basketball hoops in my Chicago neighborhood, one of the frames for these devices is that of the creation and loss of public space for youth.  This year there’s been a ton of media coverage about how youth engage with the Internet and social media, much of it problematizing a […]

Hoops in my childhood neighborhood

December 29th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I went home to visit my family in Central Pennsylvania this week.  Since I’ve been taking photos of improvised basketball hoops around my neighborhood in Chicago, I thought I’d share some photos of hoops around the neighborhood where I grew up.  When I first started noticing improvised hoops in Chicago, I was surprised at the […]

Improvised Christmas Trees

December 29th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Looking for improvised basketball hoops, my attention gets snapped to other ways people improvise things.  The Atlantic posted a number of photos of improvised Christmas Trees in the Philippines.

Onetimers and Ol Scratch

November 20th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Last night Hinged, the band I play in, played a show with two cool bands from Chattanooga as well as a violinist who was the grandson of a notable Chicago magician and drummer/guitarist who immigrated to Chicago from Tanzania.  The show was in a small, homemade theater behind a magic shop, presumably constructed for magicians’ […]

Private publics

November 7th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’ve been looking for ad-hoc basketball hoops in my neighborhood for the past couple of weeks, taking alleys on my bike instead of the streets as I move from place to place as part of my routine.  I’ve run into these homemade hoops pretty much every day.  I shouldn’t be surprised, because, where I grew […]

About Hoops

November 7th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Hoops is a project that I’m undertaking to find and document, homemade basketball hoops in Chicago. I became interested in these structures when I saw a couple of guys playing in an alley near my house in Humboldt Park. Around the same time, a schoolyard basketball court in the neighborhood had been inexplicably removed and […]

Ad-hoc basketball courts

September 1st, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Illinois in the ICE Age

June 3rd, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

  Illinois in the ICE Age is a data visualization project that I made along with Jimmie Glover, Ruth Lopez and @taratc for Chicago MigraHack. The visualization is based on a data set provided by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse that describes the trajectory of 915 migrants detained in Illinois from the time they were […]

I remember this place

May 6th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Where it begins, and where you leave it, that is a question that’s more than coordinate systems can say Oh brittle amalgam, oh unhappy mongrel, how I long to hold you in your contradiction and your size. These are overwhelming times and territories that aren’t on the map Visions of horizon lines get lost in […]