Monday, 7 May 2007
Saturday, 28 April 2007
Friday, 27 April 2007
Anti gained renown in 2005 after Microsoft suppressed his blog at the request of the authorities in China. He added that he had recently been to see The Lives of Others, but that life in China is not necessarily the same as life under the Stasi.
"China is just a free country," he said. "You can now set up a company, go abroad and even have sex with girls freely. Only in politics are things not free." Even so he admitted that, "Everyone telephone I regard as monitored by government and every email will be monitored. But I get used to it. Big Brother is watching me, but we get used to it ... Even Confucius told us that we should be careful when we are alone."
Graham Harwood of Mongrel gave a demonstration about video 'sniffing' a project he helped instigate while working in Southend-on-Sea in Essex. Harwood recruited a group of local youth with the initial idea of creating some kind of Free Media. What they ended up with a film made by utilising the very CCTV cameras that had been installed to spy on them. The kids found the 24 hotspots in the town and mapped them out. They then 'sniffed' the video by using an off-the-shelf electronic device from Maplins that bought for less than £30. This enabled them to record the footage from the cameras. The group were able to make a film using on no other cameras apart from the CCTV.
Harwood said that, in Southend at least, that "there is a confusion" about the meaning of free media. Richard Stallman's famous maxim. free as in free speech, not as in free beer was mostly irrelevant, he explained, "as people have no money, both are seen as equally important," what people do instead is "replace money with imagination” Incredibly, the group went to the local Tory council and explained what they were doing. Rather than call the police the Tories were actually supportive and saw sniffing video as "a good way to get young people involved in democracy."
See more here.
Or refereeing :-)
Thursday, 26 April 2007
In a talk entitled Grasping the Smile, Matt Ratto used an extended Alice in Wonderland metaphor to describe the need to focus on creative spaces rather than conventional creative knowledge transfers. In this way, at least, his talk echoes that of both Bob Stein with his notion of ‘frozen’ and ‘unfrozen’ books and professor Heppell's plea for an unfinished architecture. In different ways all three advocate ongoing, open-ended projects rather than, as Ratto put it, an "over emphasis on the end product."
Professor Heppell went on to say that it is not just, “the old industrial model of a curriculum being delivered" that has long gone, but the architecture of the schools designed to deliver such a fixed curriculum should soon follow suit. New school buildings need to be designed to reflect the “democratically flat” methods of teaching that have being ushered in at the start of this new century.
These new schools are already out here, he said, citing a number of cutting edge buildings including the Discovery 1 School in Christchurch, New Zealand; Copenhagen's Hellerup School that features a staircase that doubles as an assembly hall and lecture theatre where pupils sit on the steps ; the extraordinary inflatable pods of Glasgow Caledonian University and even the Cayman Islands, which has recently re-branded the entire nation as a campus (because everyone is learning all the time).
"Enlightened architects listen to the people who are going to inhabit the building, what we need are buildings that can constantly be remade," he added.
James Cridland (Digital Media Virgin Radio) shrugged off the concerns stating that he felt that there exist a set of sufficient rewards for users to continue creating content for big media companies. Mike Taylor (Sky Movies Networked Media) was more candid, citing the sudden whelter of footage Sky News was now buying from members of the public (£250 a pop is the going rate). But, he warned, "people are putting themselves in dangerous situations." During the Buncefield oil depot explosion of 2005, the police told Sky that they had seen people runnig towards the blaze in order to get better pictures. "It will take a major disaster before people really begin to wonder whever this is a good idea."
So how to create a better atmosphere? Well, the first thing Herriot did was to break up the male-dominated environment by inviting a more diverse range of companies to join the centre, especally those from the media and public relations sectors so, as he put it, "we could legitimately get women in the building." This policy lightened the atmosphere of the centre immensely, but still the engineers and programmers were failing to talk to each other. Herriot next tried wine tasting (but everyone got plastered) and football matches (but that made everyone want to fight) and he was wracking his brains to find a solution. And then it came. Cricket. Not violent, not necessarily alcohol inducing and English enough so everyone could join in. But still the different companies were failing to talk. As a, perhaps, last desperate act, Herriot enlisted some specialists: his two kids who were paid a fiver each for each introduction. He hasn't looked back since and St John's has blossomed into the centre of creativity it was originally designed to be.
Dorley-Browne described his work as a kind of "creative estrangement". He also talked about the creative process itself and how that relates to collaboration. He said he collaborates all the time: with the BBC; with his subjects; with his family as he negotiates time to go shooting. But he says that "true collaboration is rare" and that - ultimately - the artistic journey is one of solitude.
We will also be inviting people to come and try out the DIFFUSION Generator to create their own hybrid digital/material
DIFFUSON eBook. Write a polemic, a manifesto, a diary of notes - whatever – and we will publish it here and now as tangible paper publication and shareable digital eBook.
The point here, I suppose, is to help us understand the nature of collaboration. Towards the end of her presentation she said that we need to articulate the things that are important to us and be able to listen back. “Behaving ethically is about using each other in a positive way,” she said, before eloquently describing a positive form of manipulation; not trying to force others into your world view, but rather using their views as a material for you to manipulate, almost like a piece of clay, into your own personal ethical view and vice versa. In doing so, she said, “we can go forward together, but separate.”
Check out today's programme for all the details. We'll be posting here, and on Flickr, YouTube and LibSyn throughout the next four days - look for 'enternet' - and we're happy to be your friend on MySpace too!
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
The CRUMB team are en route to Cambridge to set up their Bliss Out Centre for the delegates of the Enter Festival conference _Unknown Territories. We'll be offering a nice cup of tea and a sit down (with a biscuit - some home-made!) along with other therapeutic activities:
- 20 minute Indian Head Massages
- Open Source Embroidery
- Fortune Teller games to predict the future of new media art
- motivational aides and a self-help reading library
- teatime blogging tips
We'll post updates here as we go!
Friday, 20 April 2007
Julie Myers's walks to other peoples favourite places began in Cambridge today.
Using her mobile phone to document the journeys she traces the texture of the streets, the noise of the traffic and the voices of local people.
From the foyer of The Junction Paul directed her to the "secret cafe" in Saint Edwards passage.
( Here he and his 5 year old daughter like to drink hot chocolate together).
From there Russell and Anna sent her to Clowns Restaurant . . . . . will she get there and where will they send her next ?
An alternative map of the city unfolds.
Thursday, 19 April 2007
Just in the nick of time, the weather prevailed and Simon Keep has managed to take his balloon ride across the city in preparation for Aerial Phonography.
Check out his blog for some great test footage, and of course come along to the domes on Parker's Piece to pick up a handset and experience the final work.
Sunday, 15 April 2007
Welcome to the inaugural Enter_Unknown Territories Conference and Festival!Download the programme from the main website - it's 5Megabytes but worth the electrons!
The Enter_ journey started two years ago. The re-branding of the Digital Arts Network and the start of Enter_Net’s regional activities signalled the culmination of a long-standing Arts Council England commitment towards new technology art in the Eastern region. Enter_ responded to an urge to produce and present innovative art in a prime technology environment, and to celebrate opportunities for collaboration.
Enter_ and explore with us! Beyond the environment of established arts and academic venues, festival activities take place across Cambridge: public art events, workshops and presentations in tents on Parker’s Piece (fly a spy-kite or take part in a giant potluck); get lost in an interactive maze at the Leper Chapel; experience live dance and sonic performances at the Junction, participate in debates and dialogue during the conference at Downing College – whether you are an expert or a newcomer, our activities invite you to explore, learn and share.
You won’t have to read a giant manual to enjoy the activities. Come and explore – the journey has just begun.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007
Thursday, 5 April 2007
Please send in your mouth-watering recipes and ideas by Easter Monday 9 April to our Austrian chefs: firstname.lastname@example.org
A selection of the best recipes will be prepared and served up to you during Local Food®: Potluck & Cables – Reversed Coronation Feast in the afternoon of Sunday 29 April on Parkers Piece.
For further information and to send a recipe please visit: www.local-food.org
Please visit our website for further festival & conference information.
Tuesday, 3 April 2007
Monday, 2 April 2007
Sunday, 1 April 2007
It was bit crowded, but a lot of fun!
We have our own flickr account, enter_festival, where we are posting pictures in the run up to the festival and conference, but any flickr user is welcome to join the enternet group run by blogger Bill Thompson, or simply to tag their photos with enteronline so that they can be found there.
We look forward to seeing your pictures!
Thursday, 29 March 2007
And had a honeycomb hot dog
Tummies full they found Annette
And created their very first blog
Down down down in the basement
Surrounded by computer geeks
They found swivel chairs to amuse them
And went round and round on their seats
Carly finally realised for sure
That Gill had lost the plot
When she wrote this poem, seriously
And went off with a student. NOT
Sunday, 25 March 2007
Saturday, 24 March 2007
Panel sessions include:
Uncommon Ground - Creative Encounters Across Disciplines and Sectors
(chair: David Garcia, Amsterdam)
Adventuring Out the Challenges of Knowledge Exchange (chair: Bronac
Future Space (chair: John Naughton, Cambridge)
Toolshift/Mindshift (chair: Rob van Kranenburg, Ghent)
Open Technology (chair: Sally Jane Norman, Newcastle on Tyne)
Control Technology (chair: Bill Thompson, Cambridge)
There will also be the launch of Uncommon Ground co-commissioned by Virtueel Platform & Utrecht School of Arts with support of Arts Council England's Artists' Insights strand, as well as the Proboscis public authoring zone, Crumb's bliss-out centre, workshops, presentations and public art events.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
We're here because we can be. Because Blogger, like Typepad and Wordpress and other blogging tools, are free, easy, available and powerful. Because you no longer need to spend large amounts of money and lots of technical effort making an online presence - the net today allows anyone with access (and we recognise that this is a small proportion of the world's population) a simple way to speak and reach others.
So we'll be leveraging Blogger and Flickr and YouTube and Jumpcut. We'll be on MySpace and Facebook and bebo and Orkut. ENTER_ will be everywhere - and it will cost very little. The cost, of course, is in time and imagination. Being here is cheap. Being effective here is hard work.