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06 OCTOBER 2015

Hans Rosling: Don't Panic - The Truth About Population

"'Don't Panic' is a one-hour long documentary produced by Wingspan Productions and broadcasted on BBC on the 7th of November 2013.

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2013BangladeshBBC2birth and deathchanging worldchild mortalitycountry and comparative datadata visualisationdebunkingdemographicsdeveloping countriesdifferent strata of society • Dollar Street • economic developmentenvironmental determinismenvironmental statistics • extreme poverty • family planning • Gapmindergender equalityglobal population • global portrait • Hans Roslinghuman history • human mortality • ignorance survey • Indiainfographics • life expectancy • mortalityour planetPeoples Republic of Chinapopulation change • population explosion • population growthpopulation statisticspovertypreconceptionsmall data • social development • social inequalitystatistical graphicsstatistician • street metaphor • sustainable global development • television documentary • understanding statistics • United Nationsvisualising data • Wingspan Productions

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Simon Perkins
22 NOVEMBER 2014

Patti Smith and David Lynch speak candidly about their work

"The discussion was recorded for BBC Newsnight's 'Encounters' series, with topics ranging from the influence of Bobby Vinton's 1963 hit 'Blue Velvet' on Lynch's film of the same name, seeing Jerry Garcia's ghost, liking to ''bite' paintings, as well as 'Twin Peaks', which Smith says 'reconnected [her] to the world and art'."

(Luke Morgan Britton, 20 November 2014, NME)

[Patti Smith and David Lynch have a brief conversation at the Fondation Cartier in Paris where they discuss each other's work and their mutual respect for each other. BBC2 Newsnight Encounters, 13 November 2014.

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2014 • BBC Newsnight • BBC2 • Blue Velvet (1963) • Blue Velvet (1986)Bobby Vinton • candid conversation • censorshipDavid LynchEraserhead (1977) • Fondation Cartier • Grateful Dead • ideas emerge incrementally • ideas emerge like jigsaw puzzle pieces • influential filmmakerinfluential musician • Jerry Garcia • materialising piece by piece • mutual respect • mutual understanding • NME • ParisPatti SmithPussy Riot • short conversation • state censorship • Twin Peaks

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Simon Perkins
03 JULY 2014

Teenage subculture identities discussed in 1979 on UK youth TV programme Something Else

"In this edition from Birmingham, the Coventry band the Specials had just finished playing and George is sitting beside Martin Degville, just in front of Jane Kahn, partner in the seminal outrage shop Kahn & Bell."

(David Johnson, 28 June 2010)

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1970s197970s televisionaggression • BBC Community Programmes • BBC TVBBC2Birmingham • Boy George • British televisionclothescounterculturecultural codescultural normscultural signalsdisaffected youthdressing upfashionfashionable fad • fighting • George ODowd • identity performanceimpression managementinnocence • Jane Kahn • Kahn and Bell • magazine programme • make-up • Martin Degville • naivety • new romantics • prejudicepunk rock • punks • rebellionsocial norms • Something Else (TV series) • street fashionsubcultureteddy boyteenage rebellionteenager • The Specials • urban clothingyouth culture • youth culture magazine programme • youth subculture

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Simon Perkins
28 MARCH 2014

Bath-water video game touchscreen makes a splash

"The AquaTop Display projects an image onto a water-filled bath. Users dip their hands in to control a computer game. Hand movements are detected by a Microsoft Kinect camera. The data collected is then translated into instructions that control the game. The fountains are driven by playing a low sound through waterproofed speakers at the bottom of the bath. Users can interact with the display from above or below the water's surface."

(BBC News, 28 November 2013)

[Researchers at The Koike Laboratory at The University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo have made a bath-water touchscreen that combines Microsoft Kinect camera to sense use interactions. The item was reported Laura-Jane Rich for the BBC2 Click programme.]

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2013 • AquaTop Display • bathbathtub • bathwater • BBC Click • BBC2computer gamedepth-sensing cameradigital media experiences • Hideki Koike • interactive environmentsinteractive experienceinteractive installationinteractive projectioninteractive visualisation • interactive water surface • Kinect for Xbox 360 • Koike Laboratory • Laura-Jane Rich • liquid • liquid touchscreen • Microsoft Kinectmicrosoft kinect camera • Ngoc Hong Ha (Shin) Phuong • projection mappingreactive graphicsreal-time interactivity • Shingo Yamano • Tokyotouchscreen • University of Electro-Communications • video gamewater • waterproof speaker • Yasushi Matoba

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Simon Perkins
20 JULY 2013

The key image of the present day is the man in the motor car

"In all of these experiments, aborted works, happenings, events, the motif of the car crash is crucial. Ballard sought to understand the role that automobile styling, and mass consumerism, plays in our lives. His sights were set on what he saw as the built–in death drive that technology embodies, the effacing of identity, the shutting off of our neurological systems. Our willingness to submit to the amniotic bliss of the technological womb. Of course, today we know where all this would eventually beach: his 1973 masterpiece, Crash. But in 1971 Ballard was still pushing the farthest limits of his obsession, refining riffs and routines, expanding the parameters of the car crash as far as popular culture would allow. Crucially this was far beyond the stuffy confines of 'literature', which Ballard has never had much time for, and into visual art and film: the realm of the popular imaginary."

(Simon Sellars, 10 August 2007, Ballardian)

Fig.1 dir. Harley Cokeliss, "Towards Crash!", 1971. 16 mm Eastmancolor transferred to video, sound, 17:34 min. Courtesy the artist. © BBC TV 1971.

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16mm197120th centuryabsurd condition of humanityBBC TVBBC2bodily formbodybody experiencecarcar crash • car wash • collisionconsumerismcrashcrash test • crash test dummy • death • Eastmancolor • experimental filmGabrielle Drake • Harley Cokeliss • Harley Cokliss • human interpretation • J G Ballard • James Mossman • Kodak Eastmanmachine aestheticmeaninglessness of life • motorcar • motoristprotection • romancing technology • romanticismsex and machines • styling • suffering and inevitable deathtechnological shaping of sociality • technological system • technoromanticism • The Atrocity Exhibition (1970) • Towards Crash (1971) • traumavisual codes

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Simon Perkins
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