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:
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.
Last Sunday the Linz0nein* website launched the Buffet Plunder Blog: the great free-food-for-all action for the European Capital of Culture year Linz09. As with most great ideas, in principle it is quite simple. The more I think about it, though, the more I imagine that this project has the potential to trigger some magnificent disasters.
Street Training is the art of constantly transforming ourselves and our streets both collectively and individually...Street Training takes the form of spontaneous small-scale happenings in public space and shows that we can have an equally powerful effect on our surroundings with our thoughts and behaviour. 'How do we behave to be joyful' and
Day One Sept 4, 2008 – 48 hours after landfall
A quick proviso – I'm starting to write this on the night of my third day in Baton Rouge, and I'm exhausted from working on the house, and we're hemorrhaging money at the moment. We were so lucky, as our home just had huge amounts of debris and only a moderate size bough hitting the roof and a few broken shingles.
we're an hour away from the start of the 080808 UpStage Festival. i've uploaded the last-minute media, done a restart, & checked my email - seems there are no last-minute panics (yet) ... in typical cyberformance fashion we've had numerous interesting technical gremlins in the last days, but everyone has been very patient & persistent, & douglas has worked miracles. i've just about gone insane over the time zones - i'm sure there will be at least one mistake still in the schedule but i've done my best.
A book that has long been on my "wish list" finally arrived recently, and it is every bit as delightful as I had anticipated: She's Such a Geek, edited by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders. Reading this book, though, thoroughly identifying with various aspects of many different stories, enjoying a sense of "belonging", somewhere in the back of my mind, odd questions have been unexpectedly intruding themselves.
in response to Aileen's latest post about Speed and Imaginary Futures Last weekend I found this image in the ladies loos at the Solaris cafe in Linz. We were enjoying an excellent evening of conversation which touched on an observation (apposite to all present), that the media arts world is disproportionately composed of people with Catholic upbringings. It seems doubly worth bringing up here because, a couple of weeks ago, whilst chatting with the author of Imaginary Futures (recently awarded the Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology) I discovered that Marshal McLuhan was also a devout Catholic. During this conversation we touched on how many approaches and practices of net art evoked early Christian Mysticism.
As often as I mentioned things I have been thinking about writing when Ruth was here in Linz this past weekend, perhaps it is time to actually write something again and not just think about it. This afternoon I was surprised by an article that randomly showed up in my feed reader about what Silicon Valley start-up executives are using to be able to work twenty hours. That reminded me of one of the many wonderful conversations I had with Ruth.
at first we thought it was large rats, but happily it turns out to be small possums - a young mum and her baby have taken up residence on top of the laundry cupboard, which backs onto a window into my kitchen. Last night they were frolicking playfully, when i left this morning they were curled up and sleeping peacefully. i just hope the snake doesn't return ...
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