July 10, 2007
 1001 nights cast news
Have your Say, Workshop and more
1001 NIGHTS CAST News: THE THREE-QUARTER MARK; YOUR SAY; MOVING TIMEZONES; LONDON WORKSHOP.
THE THREE-QUARTER MARK: Sometime between tonight's performance (#750) and tomorrow's I will pass the three-quarter mark of the project. Since the two-third mark back in April, I'm very honoured to have performed stories by these new contributors to the project: Jordan Peimer (LA), Peter S. Petralia (London), Catherine Lord (LA), Adrian Heathfield (London), Sara Jane Bailes (Bristol), Karen Christopher (Chicago), Rinne Groff (NYC), Rebecca Schneider (NYC), Tony White (London), Geoffrey Batchen (NYC), Trevor Smith (NYC), Kate McIntosh (Brussels), Michael Grosberg (NYC), Hannah Chiswell (UK), Angela Piccini (Bristol), Lina Saneh (Beirut), Thalia Field (Paris), Alisa Lebow (London), Jane Gleeson-White (Sydney), Robin Bale (London), Branislava Kuburovic (Prague), Lara Pawson (London), Matias Viegener (LA), Kathryn Ryan (Sydney), James Tierney (Portland), Linda Dement (Sydney), Agnes Kocsis (London) and Nicholas Royle (London).
YOUR SAY: There is a new feedback section on the site. It's called Your Say. If you want to make a comment about a story, a performance or the project in general, please Have Your Say. You can choose to have it published on the site or to keep it private. If you want to see the published comments, hit the What You Said button.
MOVING TIMEZONES: The project moves to London on Tuesday July 17. That night, performance # 757 will be webcast at 9.10pm. That is: 10.10pm in Paris, Madrid and Prague 11.10pm in Jerusalem, Beirut and Istanbul 4.10am, July 18 in Perth, Hong Kong and Manila 6.10am, July 18 in Sydney 7.10am, July 18 in Auckland 4.10pm in New York, Toronto and Bogota 1.10pm in Los Angeles
LONDON WORKSHOP: Ten writers from the UK will join Barbara Campbell in London on July 20, 21 and 22 to write a three part story for the project. The writing workshop is part of DIY 4. DIY 4 is a collaboration between the Live Art Development Agency, Artsadmin, and New Work Network, and is being developed with Nuffield Theatre/LANWest, New Work Yorkshire, Fierce Festival, Colchester Arts Centre, The Basement Arts Production South East, and Dance4. DIY 4 is part of Joining the Dots, a Live Art Development Agency initiative supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
May 19, 2007
m-cult news 05/07
Urban TV, Participatory Politics +
M2HZ tests underway: M2HZ, the Helsinki-based urban television project is performing tests in May 14-20, 2007. The test broadcast aims to demonstrate a new type of open television in Finland, where local and public access tv is close to nonexistent. The M2HZ model is based on distributed production for a multi-channel transmission platform.
M2HZ is a collaboration between dozens of media, arts and civil organisations, who wish to affect the media landscape and find new audiences. Over 300 people have contributed their voices, insights and work to the development which kicked off in late 2005.
The test week's days are themed around debates on television and media criticism, local and global issues, live and media art, and the public domain. Throughout the week we follow the Sound & Fury of young bands, the events in the Kallio Kukkii neighbourhood festival, exercises by the Hunger theatre, and short films by media artists and students.
The programme is mostly in Finnish but also includes the first international exchanges: the new film Faceless by Manu Luksch and a retrospective of work by the Swedish Rafilm collective.
The test uses the digital tv and streaming platform of DINA tv, a cable channel of media schools. First tests for digital antenna (DVB-T) and mobile (DVB-H) distribution are performed with the VTT Technical Research Centre and the FinPilot2 project. Other key partners are the Youth Centre of Helsinki, Stadia polytechnic, and Otaniemi Underground Broadcasting System OUBS, the live-in television station of engineering students. M2HZ is coordinated by m-cult and supported by the Uusimaa Regional Council.
Participatory politics: m-cult and the Democracy Unit of the Ministry of Justice realize a workshop on participatory politics and foresight on June 8, 2007. The workshop gathers researchers, decision-makers and NGO representatives to discuss experiences of participatory forums and web tools to support deliberative democracy. Visiting experts are Lars Klüver (Danish Board of Technology) and Richard Rogers (University of Amsterdam / govcom.org).
The aim of the workshop is to find new methods, processes and tools for democracy. A special challenge is to bring citizen's views to affect the early phases of government and technology programmes.
m-cult at Pocketfilms: The Forum des Images has invited m-cult to present work on mobile and urban media at the Pocketfilms festival, Paris June 8-10, 2007. At the Pompidou centre, m-cult presentation includes Heidi Tikka's project Situations, the Mobicast project by Adam Hyde and the mobile production experiments realized within M2HZ.
May 04, 2007
DANUBE TELELECTURE #3
Myths of Immateriality
DANUBE TELELECTURE # 3 from the MUMOK, Vienna : Myths of Immateriality: Curating, Collecting and Archiving Media Art :: Christiane Paul and Paul Sermon :: The Department for Image Science at Danube-University Krems created a new format of international lecture and debates on key questions of Image Science and Media Art with high-calibre experts - the DANUBE TELELECTURES. The discussion will be recorded by several cameras and transmitted live over the www. Online viewers can participate live in the discussion via email.
During the last decades media art has grown to be the art of our time, though it has hardly arrived in our cultural institutions. The mainstream of art history has neglected developing adequate research tools for these contemporary art works, they are exhibited infrequently in museums, and there are few collectors. Media art is hardly being archived and systematically preserved like ancient and traditional forms of art. This loss of data our society is facing because of the change in storage media and operational systems threatens to result in a total loss of our contemporary digital art. Which practices and strategies in the curating and documenting of media art do experts in the field suggest?
CHRISTIANE PAUL, curator for New Media, Whitney Museum, NY, author of "Digital Art" (Thames & Hudson 2003)
PAUL SERMON, media artist and scientist at the University of Salford, UK.
*(Introduction: Oliver Grau, Univ.-Prof. and Head of the Department for Image Science, Danube University Krems).
Danube TeleLecture # 3 at the MUMOK, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna
Time: May 27, 2007, 17.00h CET (Start of Streaming).
You can attend the event in MUMOK or in realtime over the www.
After 20 minute long lectures the audience will have the possibility to ask the speakers questions. Internet users may join the discussion via e-mail.
Contact: Mag. Jeanna Nikolov-Rammrez Gaviria
Tel: +43 (0)2732 893-2570
May 03, 2007
Digital Culture(s) - Ine Poppe
Live Online Today
Digital Culture(s) - Ine Poppe :: Ine Poppe will discuss digital culture, technology and art :: May 3, 2007, 1pm - 3:00pm :: webcast courtesy of Calit2 [Real player and broadband connection required] :; Atkinson Hall Auditorium.
Ine Poppe will present some of her latest research in digital culture which includes working on a novel about three women sharing a humanoid (about robotics, artificial intelligence, sex and 'wet art').
She will discuss her involvement with the hacker community in Amsterdam, and screen part of her film 'Hippies from Hell', which documents the history of Hackers. Poppe lectures on the arts and multimedia and is Professor at Willem de Kooning Art Academy in Rotterdam. Her documentary 'Hippies from Hell' was shown at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2002 and went on to venues in Europe and South America. She has written for several computer games, and also produced 'Necrocam' - an online piece depicting a webcam inside a coffin.
Last summer she took a camera crew to visit robotic Artist Norman White in Canada. She is also working on a novel about life with a humanoid.
Ine Poppe (1960, NL) works in Amsterdam as an artist, writer, director. She writes about digital culture, technology and art, the recent years mainly for the national newspaper NRC-Handelsblad. She has researched and directed television documentaries for National Television; wrote a journalistic book about Dutch Squatters in the eighties, and published essays about art and science. Her art-projects 'Mothermilk cheese' (1984), 'Women with Beards'
(1997) were shown worldwide.
This presentation has been made possible by support from CRCA, Calit2 and the Waag society in Amsterdam.
May 02, 2007
h2.0: New Minds, New Bodies, New Identities
Ushering in a New Era for Human Capability: The story of civilization is the story of humans and their tools. Use of tools has changed the human mind, altered the human body, and fundamentally reshaped human identity. Now at the dawn of the 21st century, a new category of tools and machines is poised to radically change humanity at a velocity well beyond the pace of Darwinian evolution.
A science is emerging that combines a new understanding of how humans work to usher in a new generation of machines that mimic or aid human physical and mental capabilities. Some 150 million of us are over the age of 80, while 200 million of us suffer from severe cognitive, emotional, sensory, or physical disabilities. Giving all or even most of this population a quality of life beyond mere survival is both the scientific challenge of the epoch and the basis for a coming revolution over what it means to be human. To unleash this next stage in human development, our bodies will change, our minds will change, and our identities will change. The age of Human 2.0 is here.
Hosts: JOHN HOCKENBERRY, award-winning journalist; distinguished Media Lab fellow and HUGH HERR, NEC Career Development Professor, MIT Media Lab :: Keynote: OLIVER SACKS :: Special Guests: MICHAEL GRAVES, MICHAEL CHOROST, JOHN DONOGHUE, AIMEE MULLINS and DOUGLAS H. SMITH.
The Media Lab at the Center
In a dramatic and crucially important new initiative, h2.0, the MIT Media Lab seeks to advance on all fronts to define and focus this scientific realignment. The Lab will leverage a new understanding of human cognition, emotion, perception, and movement to produce machines that better serve humanity.
Positioning itself at the center of a confluence of new science is a familiar place for the Media Lab. Understanding the adaptive impulse of humans and harnessing it for the pursuit of a new generation of machines is an endeavor as world shattering as anything the Media Lab has ever undertaken. The goal? New Minds, New Bodies, New Identities.