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20 APRIL 2012

The amateur video which sparked the 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest

"in March 1991, television screens across the world broadcast [George Holliday's] videotaped footage of LAPD officers raining down 56 baton blows on an African American named Rodney King. ... on April 29, 1992, a jury in Simi Valley, one of the whitest exurbs of Los Angeles, acquitted three of the four officers involved in beating Rodney King. The response in South Los Angeles was loud and immediate: That night, thousands of residents, black and Latino, took to the streets, starting a four–day riot that destroyed more than 1,000 buildings, injured 2,500 people, killed 58, and resulted in $1 billion in damage and 16,000 arrests."

(Josh Sides, 19/04/2012, Design Observer)



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Simon Perkins

Christchurch Quake Map: Google Maps API + GeoNet data

"After the [4 September] 2010 Canterbury Earthquake, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake near Christchurch, New Zealand, the region has been hit by hundreds of aftershocks – many of them widely felt around Christchurch, and some of which have caused further damage.

The Christchurch Quake Map on this website aims to present a time–lapse visualisation of the earthquake and its aftershocks, primarily to help those outside the affected area understand what those of us in Canterbury are experiencing. It plots earthquake data from GeoNet on a map using the Google Maps API, with the size of the circle denoting the magnitude (the higher the magnitude, the larger the circle) and the colour showing the focal depth (see the legend below the map)."

(Paul Nicholls 2010, University of Canterbury)

[While this is a great tool –it is a shame that more consideration hasn't been paid to its use e.g. enabling users to link directly to a specific earthquake or making it easy to embed the map within a host site.]



2010Aotearoa New ZealandAPICanterburychartChristchurch • Christchurch Quake Map • damagedatadiagram • Digital Media Group • earthquakegeographygeology • GeoNet • Google MapsICTinformation design • magnitude • map • Paul Nicholls • Richter Scale • South IslandtimelapseUniversity of Canterburyvisual communicationvisualisation


Simon Perkins
21 AUGUST 2005

NICHT Loschbares Feuer / Inextinguishable Fire

Guerillakino zum Essayfilm
Farocki's film NICHT loschbares Feuer opens with a dramatic and destructive gesture. "During a long shot one sees, in close up, the author who sits at a table in a plain room. While he reads a Vietnamese's witness statement in a flat voice, his eyes meet the camera several times. The statement recounts an attack of a village by the American Air Force, and the use of Napalm, this "inextinguishable fire" that lent the first film its title. Near the end of the statement, he looks up from the paper in his hand directly into the camera and says: "How can we show you napalm in action? And how can we show you the damage caused by napalm? If we show you pictures of napalm damage, you'll close your eyes. First you'll close your eyes to the pictures; then you'll close your eyes to the memory.... Then you'll close your eyes to the facts.... then you'll close your eyes to the connections between them ... We can give you only a weak demonstration of how napalm works. "Then Farocki picks up a burning cigarette while the camera draws closer to show him extinguish the cigarette on the back of his hand. An off–camera voice explains, that a cigarette burns with an average 500 degrees, whereas Napalm burns with 4000 degrees. (...) NICHT loschbares Feuer can be distinguished from most of the other films that were shot in protest against the Vietnam War. This film wants to demonstrate the industrial and personal relations around the production of war, and it wants to point out western scientist's responsibilities for the atrocities committed by American troops in Vietnam..."[1][1] Vom Guerillakino zum Essayfilm. Werkmonographie eines deutschen Autorenfilmers. Tilman Baumgartel. W?rzburg: 1997.



American Air Force • atrocityattackcameracigarettesdamage • Farocki • Guerillakino zum Essayfilm • Inextinguishable Fire • napalm • NICHT loschbares Feuer • Vietnam

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