This semester students in my Emerging Media Studio I grad class collaborated with students in Professor Starnaman’s Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts and Humanities: “Fantastic Bodies,” and Professor Hanlon’s Modern Dance II to create a multimedia performance of (Parts 1 and V of) Walt Whitman’s A Song for Occupations.
This is a first attempt at assembling a group chant from single media submissions I have received in an on-going call on the Mturk.com website for “Om Chants.” Yes, it’s sort of a weird job to ask the Turkers (as the workers call themselves) to complete. One worker labeled his file, “A Chant for all Turkmanity.” Indeed.
For a project that I’m producing right now I’m collecting Om chants from Mechanical Turk workers. I can’t believe I didn’t predict this—naturally, downloading and watching these videos has transformed my usual computing mode into one that is slightly less stressful.
Forget the ice bucket, pour nothing over your head, especially on Saturdays. Join me in a promise not to shower each Saturday as we conserve water during the draught. #showerlessSaturdays
This week I am in Helsinki, Finland for the Designs on E-Learning/Future Learning Spaces conference at Aalto University. Penn State and University of the Arts, London are co-sponsors of this intimate gathering of artists, educators, and scholars. Tomorrow I will be presenting the Let’s Go Crazy project of student/viral videos for Stephanie Lenz’s YouTube phenomena. The presentation is streaming live if you can figure out what time it is in your location at 2:30pm in Helsinki.
Voting begins next month at the Mechanical Games website. Part of the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival, this version of the Games is produced by myself with a lot of help from Cornerhouse. New to the Games: a real, live award ceremony, to take place on October 3rd from noon – 2 at Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK. Even if you can’t make it to the awards ceremony, you can vote on the gold medalists from September 1 – 30th.
To celebrate Abandon Normal Devices festival in Manchester (1–7 Oct 2010), Cornerhouse are pleased to present this interactive project by media artist xtine burrough that will set up camp in Cornerhouse galleries on Saturday 24 July. The project created as an alternative performance and gaming event, seeks to inspire and re-ignite our imagination and interest in sport through filmmaking, as well as creating an online and crowd sourced version of the major public sporting events that some of us only see televised. View the Mechanical Games Press Release.
Kristina Newhouse arranged a conversation at PØST on Tuesday between Doris Berger, myself, Kristina Newhouse, Danial Nord, and Curtis Stage about curating video online, the museum as fast-culture franchise, corporate sponsorship in the age of fiscal terror, and the “democratization” of the art experience. It may sound conceptually heavy, but I promise there will be room for laughter. Join us at this free event:
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 7-9 PM
1904 East 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021