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28 FEBRUARY 2016

Infinity Mirrored Room: The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away

"Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room, a mirror-lined chamber housing a dazzling and seemingly endless LED light display, will be featured in the inaugural installation."

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Simon Perkins
02 MAY 2015

Mobile Justice CA: enabling bystanders to videotape possible police misconduct

"A California civil liberties group launched a mobile application on Thursday that will let bystanders record cell phone videos of possible cases of police misconduct and then quickly save the footage to the organization's computer servers.

The California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said the app will send the video to the organization and preserve it even if a phone is seized by police or destroyed.

The launch of the ACLU's 'Mobile Justice CA' app comes as law enforcement agencies face scrutiny over the use of lethal force, especially against African-Americans, following several high-profile deaths of unarmed black men in encounters with police over the last year in the United States."

(Alex Dobuzinskis, 30 Apr 2015, Reuters)

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abuse of power • amateur camera • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) • body cameras • bystander • California Peace Officers Association • cameraphonecivil libertiescontroversial practiceseyewitness • increased transparency • law enforcement officers • lethal force • Los Angelesmobile app • Mobile Justice CA • police brutality • police misconduct • public accountability • public responsibility • public scrutiny • smartphone app • surveillance and monitoring • two-way surveillance • unethical behaviourunjust power • videotaping • watching the police

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Simon Perkins
21 NOVEMBER 2014

They Live: sunglasses reveal subliminal capitalist messages

"John Carpenter's They Live (1988), one of the neglected masterpieces of the Hollywood Left, is a true lesson in critique of ideology. It is the story of John Nada–Spanish for 'nothing'! –, a homeless laborer who finds work on a Los Angeles construction site, but has no place to stay. One of the workers, Frank Armitage, takes him to spend the night at a local shantytown. While being shown around that night, he notices some odd behavior at a small church across the street. Investigating it the next day, he accidentally stumbles on several more boxes hidden in a secret compartment in a wall, full of sunglasses. When he later puts on a pair of the glasses for the first time, he notices that a publicity billboard now simply displays the word 'OBEY,' while another billboard urges the viewer to 'MARRY AND REPRODUCE.' He also sees that paper money bears the words 'THIS IS YOUR GOD.' Additionally he soon discovers that many people are actually aliens who, when they realize he can see them for what they are, the police suddenly arrive. Nada escapes and returns to the construction site to talk over what he has discovered with Armitage, who is initially uninterested in his story. The two fight as Nada attempts to convince and then force him to put on the sunglasses. When he does, Armitage joins Nada and they get in contact with the group from the church, organizing resistance. At the group's meeting they learn that the alien's primary method of control is a signal being sent out on television, which is why the general public cannot see the aliens for what they are. In the final battle, after destroying the broadcasting antenna, Nada is mortally wounded; as his last dying act, he gives the aliens the finger. With the signal now missing, people are startled to find the aliens in their midst."

(Slavoj Zizek)

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1988advertising billboardsalien invasion • alien occupation • broadcasting antenna • buy and obey • Cable 54 • capitalist ideologychurchconsumerism • contact lenses • control • critique of capitalism • critique of ideologycult filmcultural critique • drifter • dystopia • homeless labourer • Hooverville • ideology • John Carpenter • Keith David • kick ass and chew bubble gumLos Angelesmass mediamedia consumermedia consumption • Meg Foster • nameless drifter • passive consumptionpervasive advertisingpost-ideological society • prophetic • Roddy Piper • ruling class • satirical film • science fiction • shantytown • Slavoj Zizek • subliminal advertising • subliminal messages • sunglassesThe Perverts Guide to Ideology (2012)They Live (1988)threat • underground organisation • unmasked • watch television

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Simon Perkins
23 MAY 2014

Interview with the First Lady of Bass: Carol Kaye

"Carol Kaye: you may not recognize her name but chances are you're familiar with her work. Now 79, the lady has laid down some deeply iconic bass tracks in a career spanning 55 years and something in the neighborhood of 10,000 recording sessions."

(Ayun Halliday, 28 April 2014, Open Culture)

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Barbra Streisand • bass guitaristbass player • Beach Boys • bebop • Bill Pitman • Bob West • Brian Wilson • Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid • Capitol Records • Carol Kaye • Charles Manson • chordal tones • chromatic scale • Chuck Britz • digital collaboration • Earl Palmer • electric bass • female bass guitarist • female bass player • Fender • Frank Sinatra • Gene Page • Glen Campbell • Hal Blaine • Hawaii 5-0 • Hogans Heroes • In Cold Blood • In The Heat Of The Night • interview • Ironside • Jack Nitzsche • jazz • jazz patterns • Joe Cocker • Los Angeles • Lou Rawls • M.A.S.H. • Mission ImpossibleMotownmusic piracymusician • Phil Spector • playing musicQuincy Jones • Ray Charles • Sam Cooke • session musician • Simon and Garfunkel • Sonny and Cher • Sonny Bono • The Addams Family • The Beach Boys • The Brady Bunch • The Clique • The Long Goodbye • The Monkees • The Pawnbroker • The Streets of San Francisco • The Supremes • Thomas Crown Affair (1968) • Tommy Tedesco • women in music

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Simon Perkins
10 APRIL 2014

David Hockney Joiner Photography

"British artist David Hockney talks of his photographic work and its relationship to painting. Beside the pool at his Los Angeles home, he demonstrates the visual and mental processes behind the construction of a 'joiner' photograph, a compilation of colour photographs collaged together to reconstruct as one image, a sequence of simple events. Also shown are images of the paintings Los Angeles has inspired, interlaced with Hockney's commentary on the city's character."

"David Hockney Joiner Photography" London Weekend Television [production company], 1983.

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198335mmBritish artistcamera positioncollaged togethercolour photographs • colour prints • contemplative moments • cubist conceptionscut-upDavid Hockney • Don Featherstone • draughtsman • edited together • English painter • figures in spacefragmentsframed momentsfrozen in the momentfrozen momentin media resITV • joiner photograph • joiner photography • joiners (collage) • juxtaposed imagesjuxtaposition • London Weekend Television • Los Angeles • LWT • Melvyn Braggmultifacetedmultiple viewpoints • Nick Evans • patchworkperceptual organisationphotocollagephotographerpicture fragmentspoint of viewPolaroidpoolscene reconstructionsimultaneity • South Bank Show • stitched imagesstitched togethersuture • The South Bank Show • Trove • videorecording

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Simon Perkins
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