Recently back from a lovely week in Cornwall overlooking Hayle beach and blue seas. While we were there (in addition to glorious walking, swimming, chatting and staring into space) I finished reading Herzog on Herzog- I recommend it to anyone oppressed by life administration tasks, lack of funds or annoying bureaucracy. I also read a good chunk of Ele Carpenter's PhD thesis. Some of my work is featured in it, which is very pleasing.
My perpetual multi-farious-tasking keeps me from blogging. I've been enjoying many unspoken, unwritten, one-sided (yes...imaginary) conversations with Helen and Aileen about their recent posts. When I say recent, I include this post by Aileen, a robust and inspiring statement in support of and by the Freie Szene in Linz dating from early April. Early April! That's another aeon in Internet time.
Marc and I are at the BNMI in Banff in Canada as participants in the Liminal Screen Programme. We are working on a series of collaborative online works and exploring the contexts, highs and lows of working with free and open source software. It is too good to be true in many ways. With all time dedicated to discussion, show and tell, learning new approaches and supported production (though the term production is strange); all in an environment that is so clean and well looked after. Of course we are also frustrated when the technology displays voodoo tendencies.
Shamed into using a desktop client for blogging by a college colleague who forwarded this link to Atlassian which describes how much better wikis, blogs etc support collaborative working than email and Office's 'track changes'.
To follow...a collection of unordered ideas, tools and resources for our new collaboration.
First, some abstract images taken from my mobile phone from a traffic jam south of the Blackwall tunnel on Thursday 13th December. The car was static so all the movement is in my wrist.
The phone is a sony ericsson with a 20 megapixels camera.
Marc and I have just had confirmation of our participation in the Liminal Screens programme at BMNI next March (yay!) where we will be working with collaborative net art platforms. So I would like to reflect on two online performances that I enjoyed during the Intimacyconference/festival, while they are still fresh in my memory. The performances were both very rich and very different from each other.
Belonging by Avatar Body Collision
Firstly, Belonging, a scripted, real-time performance in 11 scenes, by the 4 globally dispersed performers of Avatar Body Collision (ABC), with online audience participants, within the Upstage online performance tool. Upstage borrows tropes of theatre and of stage performance: stage, backdrop, characters/avatars, spoken word (via computer-voice & text in speech bubble) and incidental music.
I don't usually reblog here but this just looks soooo excellent/disturbing. Far too much to see but worth a try.
Across Visceral and Digital Performance
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