Putting participation in ethnographic film

Putting participation in ethnographic film
I’ve been watching a lot of recently produced ethnographic films, either shot in the Asia-Pacific, or produced by its citizens, in the context of the forthcoming Aperture Film Festival. It has been interesting to note how conservative most of the films are – a very old-fashioned relationship between the ethnographer/filmmaker/anthropologist is acted out with the ...

Everything old….

Check this music video by Cyriak Harris for Bonobo – the aesthetics and ethics of repurposing old stuff seems to have got a shot in the arm in our sustainability-conscious era, but this takes recycling to a whole new level. What can we say it means, except that humans are repetitive creatures, and somewhat like ...

Taken for a ride, 2

Got home last night, pretty beat after two days’s intensive teaching, so I dialled up Apple TV, which has a very limited selection of movies to choose from, mainly B grade (but much better for TV). Anyway, I chose, to my regret, Taken 2 (Dir. Luc Besson, starring Liam Neeson). Pretty sure Neeson knows how ...

the object of desire is always in the distance

the object of desire is always in the distance
Marcel Proust, as pointed out by de Botton, Alain (1997). How Proust can change your life. Picador, p. 183. The most hopeless of emotions, for it can never can be satisfied ? Or a drive that makes us try to be better ? Or both at once, the paradox of desire: without it, we’d be ...

death of a starlet

death of a starlet
Having just watched enough of Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Bablyon to get the gist, I thought the least I could do was digitally memorialise Virginia Rappe, the starlet murdered by silent-screen comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle with his weight while savagely raping her. Year: 1921. Place: San Francisco. Virginia, you were a beautiful girl. I don’t really ...

supermax

supermax
Prison valley, an interactive documentary about the America prison system focusses on the supermax prison in the Colorado desert. It is a surprisingly narrative driven work, given it functions in an interactive environments, its structure seems somewhat inspired by gameplay. You are caught up with the highly professionally produced story-telling and the characters of the ...

One Millionth Tower – review

One Millionth Tower - review
According to Angela Watercutter on Wired, One Millionth Tower by Katerina Cizek, Mike Robbins + friends: …was carefully crafted to be watched on the internet. It uses interactive tools to illustrate the Toronto residents’ ideas about how to improve the decaying high-rise in which they live. Powered entirely by HTML5, WebGL, and other open source ...

how to distribute online comics

how to distribute online comics
According to Sean Edgar & Hillary Brown, The biggest challenge for webcomics authors isn’t just providing captivating content, but letting the public know it exists. Every binary nook and cranny hides an amazing amount of talent that could very well be published by any major comic hub, which unsurprisingly, has been happening quite a bit ...

Constantinople is collapsing

Constantinople is collapsing
PressPausePlay (free bittorrent download) is a documentary about freedom and digital creativity. Most of the examples are from the music ‘industry’. Rahrahs from the likes of Seth Godin are balanced by the dour warnings of Andrew Keen. This doco contains the bones of the controversy over UGC, whose major critic is Andrew Keen: When you ...

operating in the dark

operating in the dark
PressPausePlay (free legal bittorrent download) is an uplifting and informative documentary about freedom and digital creativity. Most of the examples are from the music ‘industry’. Rahrahs from the likes of Seth Godin are balanced by the dour tones of Andrew Keen. Is the status of creativity and creatives changing? In this wide-ranging documentary, we are ...

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