Folksonomy | Dramatic Spectacle is a structured repository of digital culture and creative practice. en-au Creative Commons License: (cc), Simon Perkins Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:25:24 +1000 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:25:24 +1000 Constellations 2.0 60 On the Passage of a few People through a Rather Brief Moment in Time The Situationist International 1956-1972 The Situationist International SI was an international organization of social revolutionaries the exclusive membership of which was made up of avant-garde artists intellectuals and political theorists active from its formation in 1957 to its dissolution in 1972 The intellectual foundations of the Situationist International were derived primarily from anti-authoritarian Marxism and the avant-garde art movements of the early 20th century particularly Dada and Surrealism Overall situationist theory represented an attempt to synthesize this diverse field of theoretical disciplines into a modern and comprehensive critique of mid-20th century advanced capitalism The situationists recognized that capitalism had changed since Marx s formative writings but maintained that his analysis of the capitalist mode of production remained fundamentally correct they rearticulated and expanded upon several classical Marxist concepts such as his theory of alienation In their expanded interpretation of Marxist theory the situationists asserted that the misery of social alienation and commodity fetishism were no longer limited to the fundamental components of capitalist society but had now in advanced capitalism spread themselves to every aspect of life and culture They resolutely rejected the idea that advanced capitalism s apparent successes mdash such as technological advancement increased income and increased leisure mdash could ever outweigh the social dysfunction and degradation of everyday life that it simultaneously inflicted Essential to situationist theory was the concept of the spectacle a unified critique of advanced capitalism of which a primary concern was the progressively increasing tendency towards the expression and mediation of social relations through objects The situationists believed that the shift from individual expression through directly lived experiences or the first-hand fulfillment of authentic desires to individual expression by proxy through the exchange or consumption of commodities or passive second-hand alienation inflicted significant and far-reaching damage to the quality of human life for both individuals and society Another important concept of situationist theory was the primary means of counteracting the spectacle the construction of situations moments of life deliberately constructed for the purpose of reawakening and pursuing authentic desires experiencing the feeling of life and adventure and the liberation of everyday life When the Situationist International was first formed it had a predominantly artistic focus emphasis was placed on concepts like unitary urbanism and psychogeography Gradually however that focus shifted more towards revolutionary and political theory The Situationist International reached the apex of its creative output and influence in 1967 and 1968 with the former marking the publication of the two most significant texts of the situationist movement The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord and The Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem The expressed writing and political theory of the two aforementioned texts along with other situationist publications proved greatly influential in shaping the ideas behind the May 1968 insurrections in France quotes phrases and slogans from situationist texts and publications were ubiquitous on posters and graffiti throughout France during the uprisings Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:25:24 +1000 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 Sun, 28 Feb 2016 21:03:32 +1000 David Cross A Question of Trust visceral and embodied experience Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:57:33 +1000 Taking re-focusable photos with the Lytro Illum camera LYTRO ILLUM is the first high-end camera to harness the entire light field ndash to retain the richness and depth of a scene Explore focus perspective and depth of field within a single image and render full-color 3-D living pictures Use the Lytro Desktop application to adjust a wide range of photographic parameters including the scene s depth of field and transform those pictures into immersive cinematic animations Lytro Inc Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:35:30 +1000 The 1968 Buckley-Vidal debates presaging the end not the beginning of the American public intellectual The directors of The Best of Enemies a documentary about the 1968 debates between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley could have produced a riveting movie simply by splicing together old debate footage This movie is about many weighty matters politics ideology history society and the media but the delicious spectacle of watching two sexy men in their prime with rapier wit speaking in the accents of a gone American elite slicing each other into fine ribbons makes the film a guilty indulgence These two ghosts from a bygone era still make great television It worked so well in fact that the series of debates created by ABC to attach to the two 1968 conventions ndash Republicans in Miami and Democrats in Chicago ndash became the prototype for every television talking head show for the next half-century Sadly no one has ever done it better The Buckley-Vidal debates could be the high moment in the history of the televised American political debate But the spectacle contained within itself the seed of the end too Extreme civility was about to explode and cool William Buckley whose fate it was to manifest that explosion would regret it for the rest of his life Nina Burleigh 1 February 2015 Newsweek Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:13:44 +1000 Passive digital experience forms backdrop to annual trade convention Working with with illustrator and Art Director Katie Scott we created an unique 15m x 3 5m animated wallpaper that slowly evolved over a 4 hour period Created for Pernod Ricards annual creative meeting on the private island of Embiez in the south of France and installed by Paris based Events agency Auditoire The installation became a passive digital experience that functioned as a thought provoking backdrop to the schedule of creative speakers Using Foley artist Michael to create the audio effect and Lewis and myself to create the animation we were able to take Katie s illustration into an animated form and her unique world became an animated experience Christopher Pearson Sun, 07 Jun 2015 15:59:47 +1000 The digital positions the spectacle within circulations of power and authorship Mid- to late-20th century theories of the spectacle take little or no account of the creation of the spectacle because they are so preoccupied with the effects of its consumption As Dean 2010 has observed this made sense at a time when most images were produced in a context of broadcast media but offers no way to think about what she calls the reflexive circuit of social media and user-generated content pp 108-9 As Bayne 2008 points out the incursions of the digital add a mutable new dimension to decades of theorising of the visible and visual in culture p 395 The digital positions the spectacle within circulations of power and authorship and needs alternative perspectives through which to theorise the spectacle for spaces where people create appropriate and consume Jen Ross p 261 Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Networked Learning 2012 Edited by Hodgson V Jones C de Laat M McConnell D Ryberg T amp Sloep P Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:11:25 +1000 Eye Appeal Spectacle on Stage and in Life From ancient times to the present spectacle the visual aspects of human performance ndash architecture scenery costumes makeup lighting special effects and staging has been used to expressively embody and evoke meaning in rituals ceremonies and artistic performances This course Eye Appeal Spectacle on Stage and in Life at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro will examine the use of spectacle as an expressive mode of communication in human performance from antiquity to the present Bob Hansen 2004 Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:16:51 +1000 Squidsoup s Submergence light installation at Mexico Visual Art Week Submergence work by the Squidsoup collective will be the only indoor piece in all of the Mexico City 2015 VAW festival envisioned for a closed space Like the name of the piece suggests Submergence proposes the audience to be immersed inviting to stroll through it which in an interactive process produces changes in the intensity of the lights colors and sound expressions With a narrative path composed of 4 parts of approximately 5 minutes each an abstract story slowly takes shape with great poetic weight and added to the mutations that the audience contributes with their movements The transition through subtle atmospheres introduces us to a magical and unreal world Beyond the multiple meanings the spectator can perceive in free interaction with Submergence the experience is key in itself the possibilities this piece offers to perceive and enjoy all the senses at once Museo Jumex Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:59:33 +1000 The search for paedophiles is more carnival than witch-hunt Our collective sympathy for the victims is obviously a given And yet the quest to unearth celebrity sex offenders has become a form of crude cultural entertainment ndash but it is less witch ndash hunt more carnival in the sense proposed by critic Mikhail Bakhtin Here social hierarchies are profaned and subverted by normally suppressed voices Thus the marginalised become the focus princes become paupers and opposites combine high and low fact and fantasy heaven and hell This circus is conducted with a grotesque world ndash upside ndash down energy and black humour in which charivari ndash ritual chastising and humiliation not least of sexual transgressions ndash is accompanied by raucous collective mirth Ultimately order is restored but not before authority figures have taken a beating And so we witness the toppling of the powerful by a righteous mob as men of a certain age and cultural authority ndash backed by a degree of establishment collusion ndash are brought low with a barely contained collective thrill Sometimes it feels as if all the icons of our childhood have been outed as sexual deviants ndash revenge for every night of bad television endured during the 1970s Hannah Betts 7 December 2012 The Guardian Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:33:29 +1000 Daniel Crooks digital divisionism and image transposition Mon, 08 Dec 2014 01:12:26 +1000 Edmund Burke on the sublime Some things that move us are beautiful others are sublime But the sublime moves us more profoundly than the beautiful See how Edmund Burke tied the experience of the sublime to the possibility of pain and how the idea went on to influence the artistic Romanticism movement Voiced by Harry Shearer Scripted by Nigel Warburton Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:26:52 +1000 Shocking augmented reality experience greets London commuters Pepsi Max has gone straight to the top of this week s Viral Video Chart with its unbelievable bus shelter which hoodwinked Londoners into thinking they were witnessing everything from an alien invasion to a loose tiger running in their direction The drinks brand rigged up a bus stop in the middle of central London with convincing digital technology which gave commuters the allusion that they were looking through a pane of glass to the world outside when really they were seeing a digital display A variety of awesome effects were then played onto the display to give the unsuspecting victims a fright Staff Writer 27 March 2014 The Drum Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:07:20 +1000 Let s stop pretending that theatre can t be captured on screen I recall a Punch cartoon of the late 1950s showing two moviegoers gazing in astonishment at the latest 3D spectacle Next thing one of them remarked they ll be having real people up there But we are now in an era when the gap between film and theatre thanks to sophisticated technology is constantly narrowing I went this week to a preview of Digital Theatre s screen version of Richard Eyre s Almeida production of Ibsen s Ghosts I can only say that it offered an experience comparable to that I had in the theatre I d also recommend everyone to see it when it s shown in 200 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 26 June It s not quite the same as National Theatre Live where cinemagoers vicariously attend a single performance Digital s Ghosts I m told was shot over three successive evenings during the show s run at the Trafalgar Studios But whatever the process the result is to democratise theatre It s not just that the performance can be seen worldwide The key point is that everyone now has the best seat in the house Michael Billington 18 June 2014 Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:09:45 +1000 Bernard Pras the perceptual organisation of found objects Bernard Pras is a French painter photographer and sculptor He has spent more than 20 years perfecting his craft One of his more recent body of work feature sculptures of pop icons made entirely out of found objects which when viewed from a specific angle transforms into an easily recognizable image His subjects include Albert Einstein Jack Nicholson Bob Marley Mao Zedong Uncle Sam and Che Guevarra His inspirations include Salvador Dali Edvard Munch Japanese woodcut artist Hiroshige and Guiseppe Arcimboldo Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:45:49 +1000