Calls for support have been circulating around various related mailing lists for several weeks now, and I hope that many, many people will sign the online petitions calling for the suspension of §129a proceedings and the release of those imprisoned in Germany: open letter
The charges against Andrej H. are especially outrageous and clearly pose a threat to the freedom of academic research and political engagement, and a wave of protests has responded accordingly. I wholeheartedly support these efforts on the basis of my own political convictions, but also for personal reasons.
Marc and I are here in Banff for Interactive Screen 0.7- User Friendly is Not Enough.
The mountains are huge, and all around us, the food is excellent and the programme is an ambitious exploration and critique of web 2.0 by curators, artists, software-developers, game-developers, entrepreneurs, lawyers. A full programme of talks runs alongside an 'intensive' workshop for 14 scholars developing new projects with the support of their peers.
brisbane's winter is so benign, comparable to a mild dunedin summer; we eat dinner on the deck every night and most days are clear blue skies, t-shirt weather. i wonder why more people don't have solar panels on their rooves, there's so much sunshine. in the mornings and evenings i smell smoke from the controlled burn-offs - attempting to avoid devastating bush-fires that are actually part of the environmental cycle; the seeds of some trees can't germinate without the intense heat of a fire.
Well after my long absence due to the (not uncommon) convergence of biological and digital dysfunction it is good to be back and very heartening to discover that the recent hack is as annoying to everyone else here as it to us. Thanks for your solidarity FFbloggers! Well it's mixed... the usual... of feeling like a simpleton/mug for 'allowing' it to happen and then a dogged drudge approach takes over, resigning oneself to endless conversations with other grafters in our loose team, who heroically maintain a positive mental attitude in the face of trawling for digital needles in code-haystacks. We do like to keep our processes reasonably open so that more of us can experiment with new tech- it's the whole point of things- but then so many people are involved in sorting things out when it goes wrong.
i've been waiting for this blog to get its style formatting back before i post but i realise it's a bit silly to wait. the default blue links, times font and uncomplicated white background are refreshing and slightly nostalgic. remember back in the old days when just about all links where blue and underlined? the content is still the same, without the packaging : )
i'm back in brisbane and have been blissfully horizontal for large amounts of the last week: long sleep-ins, lying on the grass reading, lying on the grass examining the clouds, lying underneath piles of small boys, lying in the spa and sauna at the korean baths ... mmmm. alas, it can't last. before i've had time to get bored, i've got to get vertical again. that's right, i'm enrolled in full-time studies! i remember vaguely, something about cyberformance?
Flickr says Celeste considers me a friend
Twitter says Celeste left her didgeridu in Vienna
Flickr says Celeste likes my picture
irc says the didgeridu was found in Vienna
How many bits and pieces of communication have to be collected, how many moments of a day and stray thoughts need to be exchanged for two people who just met to become friends?
The log files for this blog show that various dubious, non-approved "users" attempt to log in over and over and over again, every day, all day long. If comments were permitted from anyone, with or without an account, approved or not, it is not difficult to imagine how quickly this blog would be overrun with garbage. As it is, the garbage is – just – kept at bay.
Could it have been one of these obnoxious purveyors of garbage that felt pissed off at being kept at bay and decided to cause more serious damage in retaliation? I somehow doubt that the garden variety spammers who show up in the blog log files would bother to make that much effort, but the wanton wastefulness of indiscriminate spamming has often made me angry enough that my imagination quickly spins a lurid tale of gratuitous destruction. The kind of destruction I would like to inflict on disruptive purveyors of garbage.
To ask this question, one is actually asking two simultaneous questions. The first of the two is: "What are the differences between performance art and the performing arts", and the second being "What is the difference between performance art in the physical and in Second Life?" To draw these distictions is to make addressing the issue much more manageable.
QUESTION 1: The Difference between Performance and Performing
UpStage V2 has been launched & so far it's all good, i am feeling pretty tired but satisfied : ) the exhibition looks great & the festival promises to be an amazing day.
You can pop in on the exhibition any time by going to http://upstage.org.nz:8084/stages/babayaga - this stage is live in the gallery during opening hours (NZ time, 9-5 monday to thursday, 9-7 on fridays & 4-7 on saturdays) for the next two weeks.
Over the past month, Melissa Grey's living room has been transformed into a working studio, the new home for further developments on Psychodrama. Unfamiliar with how a composer works, I was surprised but pleased to find out that Grey’s process is akin to the perfectionism for which Alfred Hitchcock became so famous. All the elements that she puts into Psychodrama, even at this early pre-production stage, are carefully considered, right down to her hand-drawn sketches.
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