Eco-scope is a communication tool that provides a context for discussing environmental affairs, acknowledging "by its structure the importance of participation in any meaningful solutions that can be imagined".
today i joined a march against the violence in gaza; now i'm listening to the radio and the news is full of the continuing israeli ground offensive: more devastation, more civilian deaths including a family of seven in a refugee camp, killed by an israeli missile. the people of gaza are trapped with no electricity, no water, and no way to get out of the line of fire.
In the Furtherfield Neighbourhood for the last year or so we have been discussing the connections between media art and ecology. We are thinking of ways in which we might contribute to a more balanced ecology of human civilization and the natural environment. Instinctively, it feels like a no-brainer, but we needed some time to work out what action might be required. As one of our number recently said, Media Art IS Ecology by which I took her to mean that media art practice is necessarily one of relationship and connection-making.
This is a response to Amy Wilson's recent discussion of the collision of cultures in virtual worlds in Second Life, "The Raw and the Cooked", http://amyfreelunch.wordpress.com/2008/12/21/the-raw-and-the-cooked/
In it, Amy considers the non-academic online artist as analogous to that of the "Outsider" which I challenge to place into a broader context. I reply:
there must be a name for the phenomenon of coming across a new word (or object or idea or anything) and then suddenly seeing it everywhere. coincidence, synchronicity, whatever; about a month ago i mentioned in my post on the NZ elections the use of the word "tranche" in the national party's manifesto.
strange things are going on in my orbit in and around net world.
parts of my past, directly experienced remembered/misremembered, are appearing online in front of me.
either I am searching in new ways, have started to live in the past(my own past) or simply more of "from then" is now "around".
Its not just sounds, images, connections........its people, cultural memories, stuff I have retained in memory and experience....its now out there, its back.
I will put up some urls soon and see if they fade from my memory as they become digital and ....absorbed
It’s not exactly "background noise", although in some ways it is like a small trickling stream somewhere nearby that occasionally burbles or splashes a little. Then some cute little icon changes color, sends up a balloon, does a little dance, makes a little "knock-knock" sound. Sometimes it catches my attention – for instance as when a "tweet" from Jon Cates in Chicago exactly matched the sound from my living room in Austria yesterday evening – sometimes I pay little or no attention to the burbles. Who is communicating with whom in this stream?
you may not have noticed, but new zealand got a new government at the weekend. as in the USA, the people voted for a change - but here the change is a swing to the right. the national party, in opposition for nine years, has swept to power on the promise of a "more ambitious" new zealand, which involves not just tax cuts but "regular tax reductions" - as well as more spending to cushion the expected blow of the recession.
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