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14 AUGUST 2013

Action Learning, Action Research Association: Australasian Conference 2013

"The ALARA 2013 Australasian Conference will be held at Riverglenn, Brisbane, Australia on 23–24 September 2013. The conference will provide an opportunity for professional and personal development and renewal of practitioners in business, government, education and community sectors. Around the theme 'Creating a Better World', the conference will investigate how individuals, organisations and communities contribute to handing on a better world. We have presenters coming from the United Kingdom, United States of America, Malaysia, Singapore, Vanuatu and most states of Australia."

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2013action learningAction Learning Action Research Associationaction researchALARA • ALARA 2013 Australasian Conference • Arizio Sweeting • Australasian conference • AustraliaBrisbanecollaborative learningconference • creating a better world • Emmanuel Tetteh • Michael Dent • strategic network • sustainable societytransformationtransformational engagement • transformational practices • transforming businesses • transforming colleges • transforming communities • transforming governments • transforming schools • transforming universities • transforming voluntary organisations • transforming workplaces

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Simon Perkins
17 FEBRUARY 2013

Let's not let new technology change our profession or our industry...

"This newscast from KRON in San Francisco in 1981 has been making the rounds recently. It's labeled 'primitive Internet report,' but what it presents is actually one example of the many pre–Internet efforts that the newspaper industry made to try to plan for an online future – and stake out its own turf in that forthcoming world. ...

In the video, you can hear [Dave] Cole say, of the 'Electronic Examiner' he was demonstrating, 'We're not in it to make money.' At the end, the announcer points out that an entire edition of the paper takes two hours to download, at a $5/hour cost – making this 'telepaper' little competition for the paper edition. 'For the moment at least,' the reporter declares, over the image of a sidewalk news vendor hawking the afternoon edition, 'this fellow isn't worried about being out of a job.'

Though the piece does say that 'Engineers now predict the day will come when we get all our newspapers and magazines by home computer,' its underlying message is – Don't worry. This crazy computer stuff isn't going to change anything much for now. And indeed it took 10 years for any sort of online service to become even remotely popular. Almost 30 years later, newspapers are still in business; some are even still sold by guys on sidewalks. It has taken this long for the technology to transform the newspaper biz in a big way. ...

But even as the downloads sped up and the connect–time costs dropped, the industry held onto that approach, instead of coming to grips with the fundamentally different dynamics of a new communications medium. What had made sense in the early days over time became a crippling set of blinders. The spirit of experimentation that the Examiner set out with in 1981 dried up, replaced by an industry–wide allergy to fundamental change.

'Let's use the new technology,' editors and executives would say, 'but let's not let the technology change our profession or our industry.' They largely succeeded in resisting change. Now it's catching up with them."

(Scott Rosenberg, 29 January 2009)

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Simon Perkins
12 FEBRUARY 2013

The 2013 Kinetica Art Fair: Illusion and Reality

Kinetica Art Fair 2013, February 28th – March 3rd 2013, Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS, London, UK

"The Kinetica feature exhibition and events programme is themed on 'Illusion and Reality' and the thin veil that divides what is real and perceived. The exhibition will focus on perceptions of reality, with works by 19 international artists exploring the many dimensions of illusion. The exhibition aims to challenge ideas on what is real, perceived or imagined, and focuses on transformation, metamorphism, visual paradox, vibration, nature, the subliminal and the subconscious.

The exhibition includes a huge interactive light sculpture from Dutch artist Titia Ex, an exoskeleton hybrid of man–animal–machine by Christiann Zwanniken and a giant three dimensional zoetrope by Greg Barsamian.

The boundaries between reality and illusion will be explored in a series of live performances using the Musion holographic projection system, and features an international line–up including the award–winning audiovisual collective Origamibiro ; a fusion of 3d imaging and quantum mechanics in danceroom Spectroscopy ; a hypnotic audiovisual experience from Simulacrum ; and multi–sensory Polish collective INIRE. The Musion Academy will present a further series of captivating performances including Analema Group, AV3, IEOIE and Paul Prudence.

Key figures and eminent pioneers in the fields of new media art and neurosciences have been invited to participate in a daily programme of Talks, which also features presentations by experimental artists exhibiting at the Fair."

(Kinetica Museum, UK)

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2013 • 3D imaging • Alistair Burleigh • Analema Group • Aphra Shemza • Ariel Avraham • audiovisual collectiveaudiovisual experience • AV3 • Chris Levine • Christiaan Zwanikken • Christian Ristow • David John Rosewell • David Ogle • Delfin Ortiz • Dianne Harris • exhibitionexoskeleton • Gregory Barsamian • holograph • holographic projection • hypnotic • IEOIE • illusionillusion and reality • INIRE • Ivan Black • Kinetica Art Fair • Laurent Debraux • light artlight sculpturelive performanceLondon • Ludwig Wilding • Madi Boyd • man machine • metamorphism • multi-sensory • neurosciencenew media art • Okhaos Creations • OrigamibiroparadoxPaul Prudenceperceptionperceptions of reality • Pierrick Sorin • quantum mechanicsrealityreality and illusion • Roseline de Thelin • Simon Gudgeon • simulacrum • spectroscopy • subconscious • subliminal • The Musion Academy • Tim Lewis • Titia Ex • transformationUKvibrationvisual paradox

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Simon Perkins
23 DECEMBER 2012

Landfill Harmonic: creating music from recycled materials

"Landfill Harmonic tells the story of 'Los Reciclados' – 'The Recycled Orchestra' – a youth orchestra in Cateura, Paraguay, whose instruments are made out of the very trash that the town is built on.

WHEN FAVIO CHAVEZ AND LUIS SZARAN came to Cateura to start a music school, they realized that they had more students than instruments. Thanks to the resourcefulness of Cola, a Cateurian garbage picker, an orchestra came together, now featuring violins, cellos, and other instruments artfully put together from trash. Los Reciclados de Cateura, now an independent orchestra, recently performed in Brazil and Colombia under Chavez's direction."

(Nina Mashurova, 12 December 2012, Matador)

Trailer for "Landfill Harmonic". The project is being created by Alejandra Nash (Founder and Executive Producer), Juliana Penaranda–Loftus (Producer), Rodolfo Madero (Executive Producer), Jorge Maldonado (Co–producer), Graham
Townsley (Director) Jennifer Redfearn (Consulting producer), Tim Fabrizio and Neil Barrett (Directors of Photography) and Monica Barrios (Production Consultant).

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2012 • Alejandra Nash • awareness raising • Cateura • Creative Visions Foundation • debrisdetritusDIY ethicdocumentary • Favio Chavez • garbage • Graham Townsley • improvisationinspiring people • Jennifer Redfearn • Jorge Maldonado • Juliana Penaranda-Loftus • junk • landfill • Landfill Harmonic (film) • Landfill Orchestra • Los Reciclados • Luis Szaran • Monica Barrios • music • music programme • music teacher • musical education • musical instrument • Neil Barrett • Nicolas Gomez • nonprofitorchestraParaguaypositive changepovertyrecycled garbagerecycled materials • Rodolfo Madero • rubbishslumsocial entrepreneurshipsocial transformationSouth America • The Recycled Orchestra • Tim Fabrizio • trailertransformation • violin • waste

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Simon Perkins
17 OCTOBER 2012

New Possibilities: Cinema is Dead, Long Live Cinema

"lectures presented by filmmaker Peter Greenaway as the 2010–2011 Avenali Chair in the Humanities at the Townsend Center for the Humanities.'"

(Townsend Center for the Humanities)

Fig1. Lecture presented by filmmaker Peter Greenaway 13 September 2010.

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2010 • Avenali Chair in the Humanities • cinema • Cinema Is Dead Long Live Cinema • cinema pioneercommercial televisioncontinuous viewingdeath of cinemadeath of the authorfilmmakerfilmmakersindividual and collective activitiesJean-Luc Godardlecture • new possibilities • Peter Greenawayremote controltechnology innovationtelevision studiestemporal contiguity • Townsend Center for the Humanities • transformationzapper

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Alex Shutti
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