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26 AUGUST 2010

The UK Soundmap project: mapping Britain's sonic environment

"The SoundMap is a partnership project of the British Library and the Noise Futures Network. It uses widely available mobile technology in a novel way to capture and aggregate research–quality audio samples. Your recordings will be studied by experts from the Noise Futures Network and we shall post an overview of the research results once sufficient data has been collected and analysed.

Britain's sonic environment is ever changing. Urbanisation, transport developments, climate change and even everyday lifestyles all affect our built and natural soundscapes. The sounds around us have an impact on our well being. Some sounds have a positive or calming influence. Others can be intrusive and disturbing or even affect our health. By capturing sounds of today and contributing to the British Library's digital collections you can help build a permanent researchable resource."

(The British Library Board)




around usaudioaudio samplesbelongingcitycollectiveconvergencecountrysideculturedigital collectionsenvironmenteverydayexperiencegeographylifestylelocationlocation-specificmobilemobile technology • natural soundscapes • Noise Futures Network • placeplace-based contentrecordingresearchresourcesocial changesonic environmentsound • SoundMap • soundscapetechnologyUKurbanisationwellbeing


Simon Perkins
24 NOVEMBER 2009

White Glove Tracking: open source project

"On May 4th, 2007, we asked internet users to help isolate Michael Jackson's white glove in all 10,060 frames of his nationally televised landmark performance of Billy Jean. 72 hours later 125,000 gloves had been located. wgt_data_v1.txt (listed below) is the culmination of data collected. It is released here for all to download and use as an input into any digital system. Just as the data was gathered collectively it is our hope that it will be visualized collectively. ...

White Glove Tracking is an open source project initiated by Evan Roth and Ben Engebreth with support from the Rhizome Commissions Program and the Eyebeam OpenLab."

(Evan Roth & Ben Engebreth)

Fig.1 White Globe MHI: by Evan Roth; Fig. 2 White Glove Tracking data set



2007 • Ben Engebreth • Billy Jean • collaborationcollectivedataEvan Roth • Eyebeam OpenLab • gloveinformation aestheticsMichael Jacksonmotionmotion trackingmovementopen sourceopen source communityRhizome.orgvisualisation • White Glove Tracking


Simon Perkins
24 MAY 2008

New Media, New Voters: Online Small Donors and the Future of Democratic Politics

"The financial disclosure reports of the presidential candidates for the year 2007 and January 2008 contain important news for the professional political community: online small donors have arrived in force. After a decade of brilliant flashes, including, most recently, the 'money bomb,' millions sent to Ron Paul, internet fundraising has been turned into a steady flame. In 2008, Barack Osama's campaign received more than one million dollars every day, from a network of givers about to welcome its one millionth member.
It is now beyond dispute that a properly constructed campaign can draw upon the contributions of a great many people in sufficient amounts over a lengthy period of time. It can make itself financially competitive with campaigns relying on the traditional methods of high–roller finance committees, exclusive events, and PAC [political action committee] contributions. The money acquired online still heads mostly to traditional media, especially television. This points to the political Achilles Heel of the internet: a campaign cannot use this new medium effectively to reach people who have not already indicated an interest in its candidate."
(Michael Cornfield, 21/2/2008)


Barack Obamacampaigncollectivecontributioncooperativeelections • fundraising • networknew mediaonlineparticipation • political action committee • power • small donors • television


Simon Perkins
20 DECEMBER 2006

Medosch: Individuality And Expression Aren't Important

"According to Armin Medosch, in an interconnected environment, individuality or expression are neither important. What's important are the new forms of sharing, spreading and planning the digital work. With collective actions this cultural domain progresses in its entirety, because sharing and collaborating mean learning from each other."
(Valentina Culatti, 10/2006,


23 AUGUST 2005

Indian Documentary: representing the collective

"Traditionally Indian documentary has emphasised the collective rather than the individual and thus has eschewed personal perspectives. As Tom Waugh has characterised it, the Indian documentary tradition overwhelmingly favoured the didactic social documentary in the Griersonian mode; such a documentary approach was prevalent during the first four decades after independence in 1947.[1] In the 80s, Indian documentarists moved towards the direct cinema style prevalent in the West in the 60s, adopting its realist aesthetic and reliance on interviews while continuing to retain Greirsonian voice–over narration. However, as Waugh points out, in contrast to Western documentaries – emphasis on individual protagonists, Indian films relied on the collective in representing its subject, including the collective interview. In place of the private home was the street. Waugh contextualises this formal aspect of documentary in the cultural, political, and economic imperatives of a post colonial society. Within this social formation and political orientation, the group rather than the individual and public spaces rather than private ones become the primary sites of political discourse and cultural expression."
(Jyotsna Kapur)

Kapur, J. (2003). 'Why the personal is still political – some lessons from contemporary Indian documentary.'Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media 23.



Amar Kanwar • collectivecollectivismcommunityconfessiondirect cinemadocumentaryIndiainterviewJohn Grierson • Pankaj Rishi Kumar • politicsrepresentation • social ideology • Tom Waugh • traditionWestern

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