generally, i'm a fan of public transport. i've had mostly good experiences on public transport from buenos aires to barcelona to belgrade. i've zipped across london on tubes & buses, people-watched on the new york subway, commuted effortlessly by train between glasgow and edinburgh, ridden trams in melbourne, trolley-buses in wellington and subway trains on rubber tyres in montreal, and travelled by horse-bus in cuba. i've covered most of india by public bus and train. and i have come to the conclusion that brisbane has the worst public transport system in the world.
As the city of Linz prepares for the European Capital of Culture year Linz09, controversy and dissatisfaction have been increasingly spreading. The following is a statement from the Freie Szene, the independent art scene of Linz, on the current situation.
Maschine brennt / Up in Smoke
Statement on the current culture-political situation in Linz from the Freie Szene, the independent art scene of Linz
What does culture need?
One of my favorite columnists, Annalee Newitz, recently wrote about how the English language is changing through the influence of international communication: "The Queen's English is Dead". As often as I have experienced monolingual English speakers happily, but erroneously thinking that everyone speaks "their" language without realizing how much other people may be struggling to understand them, I appreciate an article like this very much. However, it is only one of many, many sides to a much more complex story.
So here I am, in this magical space know as Furtherfield. I’ve just taken a homemade toasted almond pie crust out of the oven for a little dinner party later tonight, and am now sitting with a cup of tea in the quiet and still HTTP gallery debating how on earth I start this blog. As the first artist in residence here I feel quiet honored to be here. It’s a live/work space where I’m the only one who lives here, but others come to work here. It kinda feels like having your friends over to play every day.
i suppose it is autumn here in indooroopilly - i've put the feather duvet on my bed even tho it's not quite cold enough. we're wearing more clothes and saying things like "isn't it cold" but in truth it's pretty mild. the wildlife has been very unobtrusive - apart from a dragonfly that read the weekend paper with me and a spider who makes a daily journey across the floor, there's not much activity. i am quietly buried in words, doing a fairly convincing impression of someone immersed in their thesis.
New Media was a genre based on a community in the 90's.
In the 2000's, it became a series of practices understood as a group of media arts
It is currently being historicized as a movement.
(However, it is also a meme used within the communications industry, which is a problem. Don't confuse them, or as little as possible.)
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.
A new issue of mark(s) zine went out this morning, the first issue since my house (and workspace) was crushed by a falling tree --
http://www.markszine.com. Excellent poetry, -- thanks to literary editor, Ted Pearson -- Regina Pinto's piece and a fun collaboration with local artist Constance Bruner with her 'Animal Merger Products.'
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