having successfully solved our problems with too many connections to the audio-visual streams (by switching to a provider that specialises in streaming), and dealt with the difficulties of streaming audio from two locations to a single interface (good lapel mics plus careful use of the mute button), i was still prepared for the inevitable unexpected tech problem in the week before our premiere performance of make-shift.
I'm only one person and I'm working as hard as I can. So what am I doing wrong, or what did I miss? When the Austrian government – like the governments of so many other formerly enlightened social welfare states – recently announced a staggeringly long list of radical budget cuts, one of the "responsible" politicians superciliously remarked that we have all just been "spoiled" by the social welfare state for too long and will have to get used to standing on our own feet now.
i am working on a new networked performance, make-shift, in collaboration with paula crutchlow; we will be in 2 different locations, connected by UpStage and by live audio-visual streams from both locations. all of this is accessible to online audiences as well as an audience in each of the 2 locations.
The P2P foundation have recently been discussing alternative, cooperative models for food production and distribution and one of their contributors highlighted Kate Rich's Feral Trade project. Furtherfield hosted the first exhibition of Feral Trade as a working cafe, at HTTP Gallery in North London in 2009. (This page gives links to photos and a short video about the show. Watch out for the charismatic suppliers of locally made cake; )
some months ago, after a short&sweet donation appeal, UpStage got a shiny new server; this was very cool & exciting, & the transfer seemed to go completely smoothly. that was until i tried to ftp web cam images to the server for my live feed web cam avatar. it didn't work. douglas assured me that nothing had been changed in the way of settings, passwords, etc & that it *should* work (should being one of doug's favourite words ;)
this morning the heat has broken with a bit of a thunder storm - cooling welcome rain, but it hasn't lasted long & i suspect the afternoon will be hot again. it's the last day of the sprint. for some reason i woke up at 7.30am, ridiculously early as we didn't go to bed until nearly 2am, but i was wide awake so enjoyed a couple of hours of quiet before everyone else awoke, drinking coffee & answering emails. yesterday agnez & i got up early & did yoga on the terrace, but the rain prevented that today.
it's wednesday afternoon & the heat is pretty oppressive - i've put a little rack under my laptop because she's so hot, & my hands are too sweaty to use the trackpad. it's not just madrid's weather that is making me sweat - we've all been working hard on the new /etc site since our late start this morning (we had a late night, ok?).
i am in madrid; it's hot - pero tengo cervesa. i am here for the /etc web site workweek - the collective effort of 5 women to spend a week together rebuilding the group's web site. this is sprint methodology - a concept that i first met in agile software development, but one that is being increasingly applied as a successful creative collaboration methodology.
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