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“De onwankelbare”, a report from an opera

“De onwankelbare”, a report from an opera

Today I went and saw a new opera from the hands of Lars Boom (who also writes for Endemol), Marcel Sijm and Caroline Ansink, conducted by Jussi Jaatinen. Now, I don’t consider myself an opera person, but I was...

Barack Obama: social media vs. institutional endorsement

A youtube clip:
On Spheres and Media Theory

On Spheres and Media Theory

In a tutorial by Geert Lovink on German Media Theory we read German uncontemporary media theorists. Klaus Theweleit’s Male Fantasies Volume I and Male Fantasies Volume II, Elias Canetti’s Crowds and Power and Friedrich Kittler’s Gramophone, Film, Typewriter was...
Lecture: The Widgetized Self and the MacBook Reading Club

Lecture: The Widgetized Self and the MacBook Reading Club

This Thursday Anne Helmond will be giving a lecture on ‘The Widgetized Self‘ a term coined by Nancy Baym. Blogs are increasingly connected to search engines such as Google and Technorati through the blog software. This leads to practices...

Everything you want to know about Geert Wilders Fitna… except the ending!

READ: ARTICLE AT CUT-UP.MEDIA.MAGAZINE When Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries announced he solved the Holloway-case and put together his findings, facts, and answers in a two hour film, he did so three days before airing the actual...
Notes on Paul Virilio’s War and Cinema

Notes on Paul Virilio’s War and Cinema

This is a summary of Virilio's book, War and Cinema: The Logistics of Perception. I read this for a class on German Media Theory - alongside Elias Canetti's Crowds and Power, Klaus Theweleit's Male...

URLs registered for the U.S. Elections

For those of us who thought domain name grabbing went out of style in the 1990s.. The Caucus blog at New York Times reports that the Republican National Committee has been parking domain names in preparation for the...

The Defeat of Time at Sonic Acts: Pitch Police says “Respect the Hertz!”

The drone. An unmanned aircraft, flying over enemy territory by itself. Secretly photographing enemy targets. Session moderator Mike Harding vividly explains to the audience at De Balie, during Sonic Acts XII, the properties of the drone, which is, in...
Interactivity and Immersion/ Sonic Acts XII

Interactivity and Immersion/ Sonic Acts XII

Moderated by Arie Altena, this part of the session the artists Jeffrey Shaw from Australia and the Dutch Marnix de Nijs talked about their work with video, ambient screens and immersive techniques. The session took off with a quote...

A Blog Meme: Zero Comments

Via email I was notified that we were tagged by a blog meme, asking to write down sentences 6-8 from page 123 of the nearest book. Just coming home from Geert Lovink’s book presentation and thus having his book...

Meta-humor at Daily Kos

This diary at Daily Kos confused me at first, because it was completely empty. No title, no text: there was nothing there. But looking at the various tags for the diary makes it clear why:
Justification for Iran War,...

Del.icio.us and Procrastination

I've finished a short piece on tagging as a form of classification, called Getting Things Done?
Why do tomorrow what can be put off until the day after?
I've been reading some classic texts on categorization and how...

Chun and Galloway on Freedom

Both authors contribute strongly towards the definition of freedom, and misconceptions of freedom within a networked society. Galloway argues that the founding principal of the net is control, not freedom. But it is a different kind of...

Paranoia and Premediation – Richard Grusin’s 1/20/09

Richard Grusin has a video up called 1-20-09. Along with some others, Grusin has 'entertained' the fear that the Warner act of 2007 will keep George Bush in office next year (something Bush could do relatively easily...
Video Vortex: Curating Online Video

Video Vortex: Curating Online Video

This part of the conference is dealing with curating online video and was moderated by Vera Tollmann. The main question was why filmmakers and artists working with moving images don’t occupy Youtube as the perfect way to archive and...

Video Vortex: Alternative platforms and software

This session is the most concrete session of today. The focus is on practical views on online video from the perspective of speakers' practices. How do video artist, activists, programmers and curators deal with copyright issues, publishing and distributing...

Video Vortex: Online Video Aesthetics

To much disliking of my parents, as a kid I frequently would watch low budget television programs based on audience generated video fragments and unscripted pranks. These programs included the popular America’s Funniest Home Videos and candid camera shows...

Video Vortex: Ted Sterngast – The aesthetics of videoblogging

Tal Sterngast is the second speaker in the block hosted by Patricia Pisters about online video aesthetics. Sterngast made videos for the German newswebsite Netzeitung named Karasek Speaks from March 2006 till April 2007. She speaks about the program,...

Misspelling generator –> M1ssp3ll1ng G4n3r4t0r

In general, a search engine is presented as an objective tool, although it is its underlying code which defines the possible outcomes. An integral part of a search engine is the spelling control which suggests alternative words...

Cyberpunk movies

Christmas time is mostly a homey time. After dinner and cosiness, there is time for a good movie or two. To get you inspired, here is a good list of cyberpunk movies – most of which can be found...
Baigoogledu ?!

Baigoogledu ?!

Today I came across the extremely original search site Baigoogledu. They claim to combine the search results of both Google and Baidu. Sounds nice but does it work? Yes, after punching in a search term it shows the results in...

One Laptop Per Child in the Netherlands

On saturday the 15th of December, the first meeting of the Dutch OLPC grassroots group took place. There were lots of interesting ideas and plans. One of them is trying to get XO’s to the Netherlands in order to...

Contest on governance in virtual worlds

Traditionally governments are lagging behind when it comes to picking up on new media technologies. The recent discussions on banning violent video games (i.e. Manhunt 2) are just one of the many examples of the media illiteracy of our...