Friday, January 18, 2008

Friday Downstreams (Packed with Woodness)

Been a busy week with teaching, essay supervising, writing and family but a few pieces of online media have passed by me that are worthy of the weekly Friday recommended. Here in the far north the snow has melted and birds are not so much as singing as sitting in the bare trees wondering why it is so warm but there is no sunshine. I lot of writings this week and art. We beginning with the "world's largest canvas" (Banksy) or if you are in the Isreali army, the "separation (hafrada) fence":

Banksy on the West Bank.

Love–and art–Conquers (W)all

Justice Fabric mix
Justice is a couple of French youngsters who make grinding trance rhythms with mad samples from raw electricity. It seems to be what the young are doing today, and if I was young Id be doing it to. This is a mix from Justice that was rejected by their label ("mainly weird disco tracks and French novelty acts,").

01 Sparks: "Tryouts for the Human Race"02 Rondo Veneziano: "La Serenissima"03 Goblin: "Tenebrae"04 Daft Punk: "Ouverture"05 Surkin: "Next of Kin"06 Symbolone: "Love Juice"07 Korgis: "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes"08 Midnight Juggernauts: "Ending of an Era"09 The Paradise: "In Love With You [ft. Romauld]"10 Justice: "TTHHEE PPAARRTTYY (Acapella)"11 Chic: "Everybody Dance"12 Frankie Valli: "Who Loves You"13 Das Pop: "Underground"14 Julien Clerc: "Quand Je Joue"15 Daniel Balavoine: "Vivre Ou Survivre"16 Richard Sanderson: "Reality"17 Zoot Woman: "Grey Day"18 Fucking Champs: "Thor Is Like Immortal"19 The Rave: "Mother"20 Fancy: "You Never Know"21 Frank Stallone: "Far From Over"22 Sheila: "Misery"23 Todd Rundgren: "International Feel".

The Improvisor (Articles and Essays)
The Improvisor is a resource for musicians & composers of free improvisation, to share music, ideas, articles, reviews, scores, and links to interesting sites...your gig dates... information... travel journals, poetry, inspirations and more...

Evolution Control Committee
The Evolution Control Committee (The ECC) is an experimental music band from Columbus, Ohio founded by Mark Gunderson (a.k.a. TradeMark G.) in 1987. It typically uses uncleared and illegal samples from various sources as a form of protest against copyright law. The ECC also produces numerous audio experiments, such as the disfiguring of compact discs, and has produced a few video works as well, ranging from re-edited 50's corporate shorts to a Teddy Ruxpin reciting the works of William S. Burroughs. Other activities include culture jamming. The ECC website contains a lot of things you need.

Two Activist Online Games

Harpooned: Japanese Cetacean Research Simulator
At the moment in the Pacific a Japanese so-called whaling research fleet is hunting whales. Australian anti-whaling activists are hunting the Japanese fleet and the Australian navy and coast guard are watching the whole thing. And someone has made a computer game.

Fatworld is a video game about the politics of nutrition. It explores the relationships between obesity, nutrition, and socioeconomics in the contemporary U.S. The game's goal is not to tell people what to eat or how to exercise, but to demonstrate the complex, interwoven relationships between nutrition and factors like budgets, the physical world, subsidies, and regulations. Existing approaches to nutrition advocacy fail to communicate the aggregate effect of everyday health practices. It's one thing to explain that daily exercise and nutrition are important, but people, young and old, have a very hard time wrapping their heads around outcomes five, 10, 50 years away.

The Fatworld Crew:

Persuasive Games
Game Design - Dr. Ian Bogost
Production - Gerard LaFond
Programming - Alejandro Quarto
Art Direction - Nicolas Massi
Research - Amanda Day

ITVS Interactive
Senior Producer - Cathy R. Fischer
Producer - Jen Kaczor
Marketing Coordinator - Imad Salloum
Resources - Elizabeth Meyer
Publicity - Voleine Amilcar

Lynn Hershman-Leeson - Strange Culture (2007)
The surreal nightmare of internationally-acclaimed artist and professor Steve Kurtz began when his wife Hope died in her sleep of heart failure. Police who responded to Kurtz’s 911 call deemed Kurtz’s art suspicious and called the FBI. Within hours the artist was detained as a suspected "bioterrorist" as dozens of federal agents in Hazmat suits sifted through his work and impounded his computers, manuscripts, books, his cat, and even his wife’s body. Today Kurtz and his long-time collaborator Dr. Robert Ferrell, Professor of Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, await a trial date.

Public Domain Movie Torrents
Download Movies - Classic Movies and B-Movies For FREE.

Tellus #9 - Music with Memory
Nicolas Collins - Devil Music (13:33)
John Driscoll - Stall (16:15)
Brenda Hutchinson - Interlude from Voices of Reason (8:12)
Ron Kuivila - Parodicals (7:05)
Ron Kuivila - Cannon Y for C.N. (3:51)
Paul De Marinis - Eenie Meenie Chillie Beenie (4:21)
Paul De Marinis - Yellow Yankee (6:08)

My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World by Julian Dibbell
Online book (1673 KB). Part memoir and part ethnography, My Tiny Life is about the social life of the online, text-based virtual world LambdaMOO and my own brief encounter with it in the early '90s. Andrew Leonard, in Salon, called it “the best book yet on the meaning of online life.”

The Future of Ideas: The Fate of Commons in a Connected World (PDF Book 368 pages 1.24 MB)
In The Future of Ideas, Lawrence Lessig explains how the Internet revolution has produced a counterrevolution of devastating power and effect. The explosion of innovation we have seen in the environment of the Internet was not conjured from some new, previously unimagined technological magic; instead, it came from an ideal as old as the nation. Creativity flourished there because the Internet protected an innovation commons. The Internet’s very design built a neutral platform upon which the widest range of creators could experiment. The legal architecture surrounding it protected this free space so that culture and information–the ideas of our era–could flow freely and inspire an unprecedented breadth of expression. But this structural design is changing–both legally and technically.
This shift will destroy the opportunities for creativity and innovation that the Internet originally engendered. The cultural dinosaurs of our recent past are moving to quickly remake cyberspace so that they can better protect their interests against the future. Powerful conglomerates are swiftly using both law and technology to "tame" the Internet, transforming it from an open forum for ideas into nothing more than cable television on speed. Innovation, once again, will be directed from the top down, increasingly controlled by owners of the networks, holders of the largest patent portfolios, and, most invidiously, hoarders of copyrights.

The UChannel (also known as the University Channel) makes videos of academic lectures and events from all over the world available to the public. It is a place where academics can air their ideas and present research in a full-length, uncut format. Contributors with greater video production capabilities can submit original productions.
The UChannel presents ideas in a way commercial news or public affairs programming cannot. Because it is neither constrained by time nor dependent upon commercial feedback, the UChannel's video content can be broad and flexible enough to cover the full gamut of academic investigation.
While it has unlimited potential, the UChannel begins with a focus on public and international affairs, because this is an area which lends itself most naturally to a many-sided discussion. Perhaps of greatest advantage to universities who seek to expand their dialog with overseas institutions and international affairs, the UChannel can "go global" and become a truly international forum.

Gene Youngblood "Expanded Cinema" (1970) [PDF, 4.6 mb].
From the original back jacket copy:

"Today when one speaks of cinema, one implies a metamorphosis in human perception," writes the author of this extraordinary book. "Just s the term 'man' is coming to mean man / plant / machine, so the definition of cinema must be expanded to include videotronics, computer science, and atomic light."

In a brilliant and far-ranging study, Gene Youngblood traces the evolution of cinematic language to the end of fiction, drama, and realism. New technological extensions of the medium have become necessary. Thus he concentrates on the advanced image-making technologies of computer films, television experiments, laser movies, and multiple-projection environments, laser movies, and multiple-projection environments. Outstanding works in each field are analyzed in detail. Methods of production are meticulously described, including interviews with artists and technologists. Expanded Cinema is filled with provocative post-McLuhan philosophical probes into :"the Paleocybernetic Age," "the videosphere," and "the new nostalgia," all in the context of what the author calls "the global intermedia network." In "Image-Exchange and the Post-Mass Audience Age," Mr. Youngblood discusses the revolutionary implications of videotape cassettes and cable television as educational tools. His observations are placed in a comprehensive perspective by an inspiring introduction written by R. Buckmister Fuller. Vast in scope, both philosophical and technical, Expanded Cinema will be invaluable to all who are concerned with the audio-visual extensions of man, the technologies that are reshaping the nature of human communication.

Thank you and goodnight...sweet dreams.

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