Saturday, August 09, 2008

Online Media Recomended for the Week (Its the Bomb)

Report from ANACON: The Anti-Conference for Anarchists (Its the Bomb!) Anarchists should not be too serious.

Saturday and looking out the window it looks like the flood has finally arrived. Last week in the south of Sweden ridiculous amounts of rain fell in short time spans so now its our turn. Rain rain on a Saturday. So I have a few peices of media that I stumbled upon this week in between the writing of the So lets take a look:

Peter Greenaway & Tom Phillips - A TV Dante (1983)
This ambitious program, produced by the award-winning film director Peter Greenaway and internationally-known artist Tom Phillips, brings to life the first eight cantos of Dante's Inferno. Featuring a cast that includes Sir John Gielgud as Virgil, the cantos are not conventionally dramatized. Instead, the feeling of Dante's poem is conveyed through juxtaposed imagery that conjures up a contemporary vision of hell, and its meaning is deciphered by eminent scholars in visual sidebars who interpret Dante's metaphors and symbolism. This program makes Dante accessible to the MTV generation. Caution to viewers: program contains nudity. (8 segments, 11 minutes each).

Berkeley Big Bang 08
New Media Symposium and Art Festival
(Streams and Downloads)
Berkeley Big Bang 08 was three days of new media and art hosted by BAM/PFA and the Berkeley Center for New Media, timed to link with 01SJ: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge, a new media art biennial taking place June 4–8, 2008 in San Jose. Occurring together for the first time, these two events combined to create one of the nation’s largest gatherings of new media art, a virtual “big bang” of innovation and creativity.
The Berkeley Big Bang program included a two-day symposium on new media, art, science, and the body in partnership with Berkeley Center for New Media and Leonardo: The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology; a campus media lab demonstration and open house; and an alternate reality game. Berkeley Big Bang was presented in tandem with BAM/PFA exhibitions of work by media artists Trevor Paglen, Jim Campbell, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Scott Snibbe.

Del Close and John Brent: How To Speak Hip.
Released in 1959, this album captures the underground comedians at their early best and manages to both lampoon and accurately encapsulate the difference between hip and square society at the time. Unlike other mean-spirited comedy takes on the beatnik craze (Allan Sherman's "The Rebel" springs to mind), Close and Brent's satire was close to the truth because they truly were bohemian spirits. John Brent wrote poetry and honed his "Geets Romo" character (also known as "Huey the Hipster") while acting in a Jules Feiffer play. Del Close was an actor and poetry director at the Gaslight. And they both became well-known as being early members of Chicago's Second City.
Even though Del Close plays the square reporter on How To Speak Hip, he went on to live one of the most exciting (and hyperbolic) lives in comedy history. He befriended, worked with, and quite often did copious amounts of drugs with the likes of Lenny Bruce, Wavy Gravy, Frank Zappa, Tiny Tim, the Grateful Dead, and the Merry Pranksters. Then he cleaned up his nasty heroin habit in the 70s, and Del's stint as director of Second City made him even more legendary as he went on to train and inspire many of the country's greatest comedic talents (

Open Source: 4 Part History of Cuba (Podcasts)
(I) What's Coming in Cuba?: A Conversation with Patrick Symmes
(II) Cuba for the Long Run: Adrian Lopez Denis
(III) Cuba on our Minds: David Kaiser’s JFK
(IV) Cuba in Our Ears: Ned Sublette

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