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Sttwn

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oliver
6 years, 2 months ago

Volkswagen’s Diesel Fraud Makes Critic of Secret Code a Prophet

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/23/nyregion/volkswagens-diesel-fraud-makes-critic-of-secret-code-a-prophet.html?_r=0

oliver
6 years, 2 months ago

http://betagoogle.com/

oliver
6 years, 2 months ago

Economist Paul Mason's blockbuster manifesto Postcapitalism suggests that markets just can't organize products whose major input isn't labor or material, but information, and that means that, for the first time in history, it's conceivable that we can have a society based on abundance.

http://boingboing.net/2015/09/15/postcapitalism-a-guide-to-our.html

oliver
6 years, 2 months ago

Camera Restricta: a wonderful student project, which measures the existing number of photos taken at a particular location and depending on the number may restrict you of taking a photo. But there is more to it: http://philippschmitt.com/projects/camera-restricta

oliver
6 years, 2 months ago

India's unusual protests: Pink underwear, poop and snakes

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34125840

oliver
6 years, 3 months ago



What’s the common factor between the tragic deaths of refugees in the Mediterranean and the Arab spring? Food shortages driven by global warming

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/18/mass-migration-crisis-refugees-climate-change

oliver
6 years, 3 months ago

oliver
6 years, 3 months ago

Crowdfunding Campaign To Pay Fine For Tony Abbott Insult

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2015/08/25/crowdfunding-tony-abbott_n_8034372.html

oliver
6 years, 4 months ago

oliver
6 years, 4 months ago

This looks good:

In the Facebook Aquarium: The Resistible Rise of Anarcho-Capitalism, Ippolita

From the publishers web site:

In their new work research collective Ippolita provides a critical investigation of the inner workings of Facebook as a model for all commercial social networks. Facebook is an extraordinary platform that can generate large profit from the daily activities of its users. Facebook may appear to be a form of free entertainment and self-promotion but in reality its users are working for the development of a new type of market where they trade relationships. As users of social media we have willingly submitted to a vast social, economic and cultural experiment.

By critically examining the theories of Californian right-libertarians, Ippolita show the thread con- necting Facebook to the European Pirate Parties, WikiLeaks and beyond. An important task today is to reverse the logic of radical transparency and apply it to the technologies we use on a daily basis. The algorithms used for online advertising by the new masters of the digital world – Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon – are the same as those used by despotic governments for personalized repression. Ippolita argues we should not give in to the logic of conspiracy or paranoia instead we must seek to develop new ways of autonomous living in our networked society.

Download the book here: http://networkcultures.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/TOD15def.pdf

Alana_Hunt commented on Alana_Hunt's blogpost " the worst thing you did to us was to make politicians out of all of us"
6 years, 4 months ago

"http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/books/book-review-kashmir-the-vajpayee-years/99/#sthash.r..."

oliver commented on Alana_Hunt's blogpost " the worst thing you did to us was to make politicians out of all of us"
6 years, 4 months ago

"THe link is not working!..."

Alana_Hunt
6 years, 4 months ago

A haunting piece that articulates the thematic concerns of Memefest 2014, as the author concludes - " the worst thing you did to us was to make politicians out of all of us": http://indianexpress.com/…/book-review-kashmir-the-vajp…/99/

oliver
6 years, 4 months ago
Alana, the link does not work, there is an empty page...
Alana_Hunt wrote new blogpost
6 years, 4 months ago

" the worst thing you did to us was to make politicians out of all of us"
A haunting piece that articulates the thematic concerns of Memefest 2014, as the author concludes - ...

oliver likes claudio.sotolongo 's blogpost
6 years, 5 months ago

homophobic bar in Havana

oliver commented on oliver's blogpost Memefest Cuba! Change in Everyday Life: Dialogue and Critique through Design in our Times
6 years, 5 months ago

"U.S.-Cuba deal expected in early July to restore ties, reopen embassies

http://www.reuters.com/ar..."

oliver wrote new blogpost
6 years, 5 months ago

Memefest Cuba! Change in Everyday Life: Dialogue and Critique through Design in our Times
Memefest Workshop: Change in Everyday Life: Dialogue and Critique through Design in our Times

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Sttwn
ABOUT ME

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Scott Townsend


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http://www.imaginarycountry.org/


Description

Additional information on the work proposed;

Most of the work was developed in and for areas in conflict. There are several examples:

I. (earlier work: http://www.imaginarycountry.org/www_09/research.html
-and "Borderline Series")

An urban neighborhood in the United States with an influx of people from Central and South America in conflict with a traditional European/American population. The pieces were about bringing some kind of reflection and conciliation with both sides when it was exhibited, with other programming from community leaders from both sides.

II. "Your Imaginary Country: the Berlin Wall and the Southwest Border Initiative” 2008 and 2010. Another project tied together two parts of the globe that have a history with a "Wall"-

http://www.imaginarycountry.org/www_09/research.html

The Imaginary Country project was shown in Berlin and in the Southwest US- and linked through the web so that answers from both places could be shown together from the audiences. It developed stories and audience based questions about political and economic exclusion of people from each country at a particular time and place- comparing the German “Wall” with the US "wall:" the Strategic Border Initiative, which literally is an update on the Berlin Wall physically. Audience answers became part of the project- both sides were appalled that a) something like this was happening once again in a "democracy," (the Berlin audience) while the U.S. audience understood the comparison (though it was broken down in terms of what motivates the idea of a "wall") since so much of U.S. ideology is about the iconography of the end of "communism" in Europe.

III. The projects tend to elicit audience responses both in the work (answers from the audience become part of the work electronically) that fall into all of the love/conflict/imagination categories in your proposal call.

see documentation at:
http://www.imaginarycountry.org/www_09/research.html

-and the Visual Communication project (print based - Sage Publishers in the U.K)

In the projects that I develop, people talk about imagining what their new community could be like- they evidence conflict between themselves and the reality- (often about conflicts between not only the new community that they live in, but also conflicts with their family and expectations of being fully from both cultures) The conflicts of course are often induced from governments and economies in conflict- such as the current EU economic situation and smaller countries (see the project "Marriage of Convenience"
done with collaborators in Lithuania in 09-

http://www.imaginarycountry.org/www_09/research.html)

IV. Finally- my most recent work tries to raise issues about how we imagine relationships based on body metaphor- see www.imaginarycountry.org/ch_2011

and the interactive animation "pulse" in particular. This was done in a major corporate city in the United States- which is the second largest banking center in the U.S. (behind NYC).

Please feel free to get back in touch- the memefest project is something if possible I would greatly like to participate in.


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