Folksonomy | Online Activism is a structured repository of digital culture and creative practice. en-au Creative Commons License: (cc), Simon Perkins Sun, 29 Oct 2017 20:09:05 +1000 Sun, 29 Oct 2017 20:09:05 +1000 Constellations 2.0 60 Michael Glassco Contested images the politics and poetics of appropriation The dissertation traces the tactics of appropriation of Barbara Kruger The Billboard Liberation Front and Shepard Fairey as exemplars of transgression and commodification within the changing commercial conditions of neo-liberalism Their works tactics and strategies are emphasized as points of insight into the practices and conditions of subversion as well as the limits of hegemonic containment that reproduces the political and economic structure within which they operated The dissertation furthers and contributes to the theoretical and methodology of critical cultural studies as it emphasizes the role of the economy and ideology in reproducing the prevailing hegemonic order Critical cultural studies hinges on the concepts of hegemony as lived discursive and ideological struggles over meaning and communication resources within historically specific and socially structured contexts This framework emphasizes the poetics of appropriation - the use meaning and spaces of articulation of visual representations with the politics - the socio-economic and discursive conditions that reproduce the dominant social order Michael Glassco 2012 University of Iowa Sun, 29 Oct 2017 20:09:05 +1000 Truth In Advertising Guerrilla Art in Santa Cruz 1980-1985 The photographs in this exhibit are of actual altered billboards that appeared on the streets of Santa Cruz California from 1980 to 1985 The photographs have been adjusted for brightness contrast and parallax but no content changes were made The billboards were made over by a clandestine network of midnight billboard editors operating under the name of Truth In Advertising or TIA for short This exhibit of their historic work was first presented in 2007 at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History The exhibit is made up of 12 billboards presented in the order in which they appeared on the streets of Santa Cruz The sequence also tells the story of Truth in Advertising and documents publicity and commentary Bob Stayton Fri, 01 Sep 2017 14:20:00 +1000 Sonic Outlaws Documentary 1995 Sonic Outlaws a fragmented gleefully anarchic documentary by Craig Baldwin approaches this incident from several directions Some of the film is about the legal nightmare that ensued from Negativland s little joke In a highly publicized case U2 s label Island Records charged Negativland with copyright and trademark infringement for appropriating the letter U and the number 2 even though U2 had in turn borrowed its name from the Central Intelligence Agency SST then dropped Negativland suppressed the record and demanded that the group pay legal fees Trying to remain solvent Negativland sent out a barrage of letters and legal documents that are now collected in Fair Use an exhaustive weirdly fascinating scrapbook about the case Sonic Outlaws covers some of the same territory while also expanding upon the ideas behind Negativland s guerilla recording tactics Guerilla is indeed the word since these and other appropriation artists see themselves as engaged in real warfare inundated by the commercial airwaves infuriated by the propaganda content of much of what they hear and see these artists strike back by rearranging contexts as irreverently as possible Their technological capabilities are awesome enough to mean no sound or image is tamper-proof today Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:08:09 +1000 HyperNormalisation our retreat into a simplified version of the world The documentary is inspired by the unpredictable events of recent times ndash from the rise of Donald Trump to Brexit the war in Syria the endless migrant crisis and random bomb attacks It seeks to explain both why these chaotic events are happening and why we and our leaders can t understand them Curtis s theory is that Westerners - politicians journalists experts and members of the public alike - have retreated into a simplified and often completely fake version of the world But because it is all-encompassing we accept it as normal HyperNormalisation explores this hollow world by looking back at 40 years of events and profiling a diverse cast of characters such as the Assad dynasty Donald Trump Henry Kissinger Patti Smith the early performance artists in New York President Putin intelligent machines Japanese gangsters and suicide bombers Holly Barrett 22nd September 2016 Royal Television Society Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:59:11 +1000 Why Man Creates the great Western progress narrative How unlikely that one of the least definable films from the last half-century would also be one of the most beloved A favorite of classroom AV diversions and an abridged presentation on the very first episode of 60 Minutes helped make it the most viewed educational film of all time I don t know what it all means Saul Bass himself admitted and his Why Man Creates 1968 is far more loose and playful than the rigid thesis its title might imply In fact it is the searching and open-ended nature of the various vignettes that perhaps makes the film resonate so strongly with viewers Though an Oscar 174 -winner for Documentary Short Subject the film is almost entirely invented apart from recollections of old masters like Edison Hemingway and Einstein and brief encounters with scientists striving to innovate for the betterment of mankind Creators invariably encounter problems and have no choice but to persevere in the face of discouragement If the film argues anything it is that the unbridled pursuit of new ideas makes us uniquely human Sean Savage Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:10:28 +1000 Addiction is a social rather than individual phenomenon Sun, 08 Nov 2015 20:35:59 +1000 The Free Universal Construction Kit Ever wanted to connect your Legos and Tinkertoys together Now you can mdash and much more Announcing the Free Universal Construction Kit a set of adapters for complete interoperability between 10 popular construction toys F A T Lab and Sy-Lab are pleased to present the Free Universal Construction Kit a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten popular children s construction toys By allowing any piece to join to any other the Kit encourages totally new forms of intercourse between otherwise closed systems mdash enabling radically hybrid constructive play the creation of previously impossible designs and ultimately more creative opportunities for kids As with other grassroots interoperability remedies the Free Universal Construction Kit implements proprietary protocols in order to provide a public service unmet mdash or unmeetable mdash by corporate interests The Free Universal Construction Kit offers adapters between Lego Duplo Fischertechnik Gears Gears Gears K Nex Krinkles Bristle Blocks Lincoln Logs Tinkertoys Zome and Zoob Our adapters can be downloaded from Thingiverse com and other sharing sites as a set of 3D models in STL format suitable for reproduction by personal manufacturing devices like the Makerbot an inexpensive open-source 3D printer Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:01:23 +1000 Britain on Film collection of archive footage goes online today Around 2 500 films including home movies documentaries and news footage from Victorian times up to the 1980s is now available online The grainy footage is of dozens of shifty men in flat caps smoking cigarettes talking to each other in a market square some exchanging money others nervously keeping watch And then men in trilbies spring from nowhere making arrests and bundling people into vans The remarkable surveillance footage is from 1935 and is significant because it was the first film used as evidence in a British court of law Police or specifically PC Saunders ndash proudly named in the end credit ndash filmed what was an illegal betting ring going on in Chesterfield rsquo s market square The film is one of around 2 500 from the BFI archives ndash that are now accessible online via the BFI Player from Tuesday as part of a huge project called Britain on Film They include home movies documentaries and news footage from Victorian times to as recently as 1980 Mark Brown 07 July 2015 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:29:31 +1000 Spare Rib magazines available via JISC Journal Archives Few titles sum up an era and a movement like Spare Rib When the first issue came out in July 1972 many women were starting to question their position and role in society The magazine was an active part of the emerging women s liberation movement It challenged the stereotyping and exploitation of women in what was the first national magazine of its kind It supported collective realistic solutions to the hurdles women faced and reached out to women from all backgrounds Spare Rib became the debating chamber of feminism in the UK It continued until January 1993 and the full archive of 239 magazines provides a valuable insight into women s lives and this period of feminist activity Thu, 04 Jun 2015 15:46:30 +1000 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 Sat, 02 May 2015 19:08:19 +1000 Berta C aacute ceres 2015 Goldman Prize Recipient South and Central America In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations Berta C aacute ceres rallied the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world rsquo s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam Goldman Environmental Foundation Fri, 01 May 2015 12:44:55 +1000 Radio La Colifata radio broadcast from inside a mental hospital More than 20 years ago a psychology student doing his training at one of Argentina s oldest psychiatric wards kept being asked by his family and friends what it was like to work in there So he came up with an idea to let the patients explain in their own words The first radio station to broadcast from inside a mental hospital was born Radio La Colifata - slang for loon crazy person has been on air from Hospital Jose Borda in Buenos Aires every Saturday afternoon for 23 years - to confront the stigma around mental illness breaking through the wall in AM FM and now online Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:10:37 +1000 Analysis of Human Flesh Search in the Taiwanese Context The advancement of internet technologies and the rapid rise of virtual communities have instigated internet human flesh search HFS or cyber manhunt in western countries 3 4 that it has become a cyber phenomenon HFS originated in China The term was translated from no n A A n Eno A Ren Rou Sou Suo 5 which broadly refers to ldquo an act of searching information about individuals or any subjects through the online collaboration of multiple users rdquo 6 Participation and collaboration by users play a vital role in the HFS process On one hand HFS practices which are considered a manifestation of citizen empowerment and civil participation are supported and applauded by other countries On the other majority of high-profile HFS cases in China have become aggressive and vicious arousing research interest on the involved legal 3 privacy 7 and social issues 4 Although Chen and Sharma 1 provide a comprehensive review of HFS that is supplemented by Chao 2 there is still a gap in research and in the analysis of HFS on a global context The Taiwanese context is worthy of review because despite the abundance of HFS incidents occurring in the country few studies on those have been shared to the international community Yu-Hui Tao Chian-Hsueng Chao 2011 Tao Y -H and Chao C -S Analysis of human flesh search in the Taiwanese context in proceeding of the 2nd International Conference on Innovations in Bio-inspired Computing and Applications December 16-18 Shenzhen China 2011 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:49:39 +1000 The importance of critical perspectives for maintaining liberal society Wed, 07 Jan 2015 14:13:16 +1000 The Pervert s Guide to Ideology Starting from the provocative premise that political and commercial regimes regard us as subjects of pleasure controlling us by offering us enjoyment director Sophie Fiennes and charismatic philosopher Slavoj 381 i 382 ek repeat the formula of their 2006 collaboration The Pervert s Guide to Cinema The quirky genial 381 i 382 ek employs cleverly chosen clips from a huge variety of movies ndash including Brazil M A S H The Sound of Music and Brief Encounter ndash to illustrate his fascinating monologue frequently appearing on sets and in costumes which replicate scenes from the films in question For example dressed as a chubbier bearded Travis Bickle he expounds the darker subtexts of Taxi Driver s plot from within the anti ndash hero s grotty apartment This entertaining approach helps to ensure that what might otherwise have been a dense even daunting intellectual challenge is actually an engaging and unexpected delight The Institute of Contemporary Arts Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:14:13 +1000