Folksonomy | Amateur Cultural Production is a structured repository of digital culture and creative practice. en-au Creative Commons License: (cc), Simon Perkins Sun, 04 Jun 2017 12:26:52 +1000 Sun, 04 Jun 2017 12:26:52 +1000 Constellations 2.0 60 Girl Talk s Gregg Gillis On Copyright Curation and Making Mashups Rhyme When you listen to the recorded version of Girl Talk s music it s hard not to get involved with the Name That Tune game of it You might think that someone who uses other people s music so freely would disdain any notion of copyright but Gillis in fact has a very balanced and contemporary viewpoint I basically believe in that idea of Fair Use that if you create something out of pre-existing media that s transformative that s not negatively impacting the potential sales of the artist you re sampling if it s not hurting them in some way then you should be allowed to make your art and put it out there I think even in the years of doing this the conversation has shifted a good bit Gillis has found himself a mashup artist in a mashup culture and he no longer has to explain what he s doing or defend it It is telling that no artist that has been sampled by Girl Talk has ever complained Anthony Wing Kosner 7 October 2012 Forbes Sun, 04 Jun 2017 12:26:52 +1000 Remix Lawrence Lessig on IP in the Digital Economy The prolific and controversial web culture of piracy particularly file sharing has taken the world by storm and for more than a decade we rsquo ve been waging a war in the name of the 20th Century rsquo s model of copyright law The content industry has convinced the world that extremism in copyright regulation is good for business and economic growth But that s false Join Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig as he discusses the potential creative accomplishments that our society could achieve if only we viewed copyright and intellectual property IP laws differently Lessig L 2008 Remix Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy Bloomsbury Academic Sun, 04 Jun 2017 12:06:26 +1000 Moby amp The Void Pacific Choir Are You Lost In The World Like Me Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:52:04 +1000 The vaporwave aesthetic and the music playing behind an infomercial for public access purgatory Vaporwave isn rsquo t just something you listen to either it rsquo s something you experience and experiences include visuals Vaporwave visual art simply referred to as aesthetics is varied but tends to honor some core tenets If you rsquo re looking at something pink and teal with a marble classical bust and a glitchy Windows 95 logo you rsquo re probably looking at a vaporwave aesthetic If you rsquo re watching a YouTube video with a title written in a weirdly soothing stretched out font you rsquo re probably watching a vaporwave aesthetic If you haven rsquo t guessed by now vaporwave is a bit of a joke or more accurately an internet meme Vaporwave rsquo s trippy immediate artistic ancestor seapunk was a running inside joke on Tumblr during 2011 about fashion and art and music inspired by the ocean The look and sound of a psychedelic club run by a hipster Ariel from The Little Mermaid is a pretty accurate summation Neon seapunk imagery even found its way into Rihanna rsquo s 2012 Saturday Night Live performance confounding many viewers with its colorful and stylish but garish cheap and seemingly unprofessional grainy green screen look The exact difference between seapunk and vaporwave is blurry but as far as I understand vaporwave trades the aquatic focus for a fascination with the emptiness of aging and or amateur glossy commercialism It rsquo s the music playing behind an infomercial for public access purgatory Jordan Minor 03 June 2016 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 16:38:24 +1000 Cassetteboy vs The Snoopers Charter Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:47:14 +1000 Vidding is a fan-made music video genre using appropriated content Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:18:57 +1000 Interview Zygmunt Bauman Social media are a trap Q You are skeptical of the way people protest through social media of so-called armchair activism and say that the internet is dumbing us down with cheap entertainment So would you say that the social networks are the new opium of the people A The question of identity has changed from being something you are born with to a task you have to create your own community But communities aren t created and you either have one or you don t What the social networks can create is a substitute The difference between a community and a network is that you belong to a community but a network belongs to you You feel in control You can add friends if you wish you can delete them if you wish You are in control of the important people to whom you relate People feel a little better as a result because loneliness abandonment is the great fear in our individualist age But it s so easy to add or remove friends on the internet that people fail to learn the real social skills which you need when you go to the street when you go to your workplace where you find lots of people who you need to enter into sensible interaction with Pope Francis who is a great man gave his first interview after being elected to Eugenio Scalfari an Italian journalist who is also a self-proclaimed atheist It was a sign real dialogue isn t about talking to people who believe the same things as you Social media don t teach us to dialogue because it is so easy to avoid controversy hellip But most people use social media not to unite not to open their horizons wider but on the contrary to cut themselves a comfort zone where the only sounds they hear are the echoes of their own voice where the only things they see are the reflections of their own face Social media are very useful they provide pleasure but they are a trap Ricardo de Querol El Pa iacute s 19 January 2016 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:36:24 +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 Lee Scratch Perry s Vision of Paradise This is the ultimate portrait of one of the icons of contemporary music Shooting over 15 years Volker Schaner had unprecedented access to the man who can lay claim to be a godfather of both reggae and dub Lee Scratch Perry s Vision of Paradise is funny poetic and frequently mind-blowing Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:25:12 +1000 What is the Cut-Up Method The writer Ken Hollings examines how an artistic device called the cut-up has been employed by artists and satirists to create new meanings from pre-existing recorded words Today s digital age has allowed multi-media satirists like Cassetteboy to mock politicians and TV celebrities online by re-editing - or cutting up - their broadcast words But the roots of this technique go back to the early days of the avant-garde The intention has always been to amuse to surprise and to question The founder of the Dadaist movement the poet Tristan Tzara proposed in 1920 that a poem could be created simply by pulling random words cut from a newspaper out of a hat And it was this idea of the random juxtaposition of text of creating new meanings from pre-existing material that so appealed to the painter Brion Gysin in the late 1950s when he and his friend the American writer William S Burroughs began applying the technique not just to text but to other media too - including words recorded on tape Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:03:00 +1000 Moritz Stefaner Selfiecity Moritz Stefaner speaking about his work on the Selfiecity net project part 2 at the Visualized conference in New York 6-7 February 2014 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:20:20 +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 Tactical Media Files a living archive of social-political action Tactical Media emerged when the modest goals of media artists and media activists were transformed into a movement that challenged everyone to produce their own media in support of their own political struggles This new media activism was based on the insight that the long-held distinction between the street reality and the media representation could no longer be upheld On the contrary the media had come to infuse all of society To challenge dominant strategic structures in society it was necessary develop new tactical means of producing and distributing media Not a specialised task separate from the social movements but a key activity around which social movements could coalesce And of equal importance the media environment characterised by a broadcast logic of geography was being supplemented with an environment characterised by a many-to-many logic of access Though much has changed these insights remain as valid today as they did in the early 1990s Eric Kluitenberg and David Garcia Fig 1 Image from Critical Art Ensemble Digital Resistance Explorations in Tactical Media 2001 http critical-art net books digital Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:10:15 +1000 Webcam Venus and other NIRL Masterpieces In Webcam Venus we asked online sexcam performers to replicate iconic works of art This piece is an experimental homage to both fine art and the lowbrow internet phenomenon of cams Sexcams use webcams and chat interfaces to connect amateur adult performers with an audience Users log on to see men women transsexuals couples and groups broadcast their bodies and sexuality live for the public often performing for money To create this experiment in high and low brow media we assumed anonymous handles and spent a few hours each day for a month asking performers Would you like to pose for me What is beauty today By operating in the language of sexcams we alter the contemporary ideal of beauty with the ubiquitous display of sexuality online We challenge the institutions which enforce false perceptions of propriety mdash via nudity in classical painting mdash as the only form of acceptable safe-for-work beauty Publicly presented traditional paintings and sculptures are prevalent with sexuality and gender politics and yet the display of nudity online is usually defined as pornography Amateur adult broadcasters also resist the popular contemporary definition of beauty They are not the typical definition of beauty prevalent main stream media heavily Photoshopped image in the name of advertising which destroys self image and confidence while encouraging materialism Sexcam performers are the apotheosis of the most honest parts of us and yet typically the least valued part of a society Even though they are transmitted virtually they are real people and they are beautiful Addie Wagenknecht 5 March 2013 Free Art and Technology Lab Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:07:18 +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