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Peter Beard

Attached are a couple of links to a photographer – Peter Beard. I came across his work for the first time in agallery in SoHo a few years back and have started to look at his work again. He’s a very interesting personality with a history as a fashion photographer. His first love is Africa. His motivation is to “save” the indigenous peoples and wildlife of his adopted country. He has a very different idea about African aid. Whether or not you agree with him, his opinions are cause for reflection.

http://www.peterbeard.com/

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/theampersand/archive/2008/07/17/from-the-cutting-room-floor-the-uncensored-interview-with-photographer-peter-beard.aspx

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hello all. well, this seemed quite obvious but, I came across this blog today. Surprise, its called The Documentary Blog. Attached is the link. Perhaps you all know this and I’m just slow in the blogging world!

http://www.thedocumentaryblog.com/

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I’ve decided to make a confessional for my final new media project.  As you enter the darkened space you will walk up to the monitor. The internal web cam will reflect your face on the monitor. The image will be zoomed into to focus on your eyes.  You will then make your confession. The computer will record the confessions.

What I’m interested in is the idea of saying confessions out loud, because we all have truths we don’t like to speak out loud. I like the idea of speaking a  confession to a computer that will not judge you. And I’m interested in exploring the idea of using technology as a tool to provoke an intimate personal reaction.

Now I just have to see if I can pull this together.

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hi all. i wanted to comment on the concept of blood memory that Lila raised last week. it struck me very personally. as a child of a mother who was a holocaust survivor, my sister and i grew up with a full awareness of her trauma and loss, before we were old enough to know anything about war. My mother lost her two brothers and her father. when the germans came into Lithuania while she was away visiting cousins in Kovno.  She was put into the Kovno ghetto  (later to Stutthof concentration camp)  and never saw them again. so when she began her own family, it’s hard to imagine what those bonds meant to her. what’s interesting about blood memory is how little needs to be spoken, if anything. experience is passed on through behavior, in the tiny, insignificant details of everyday.  When it’s passed through generations , it’s hard to know where experience ends and genetic imprinting begins but it adds up to cultural identity…

on another note, my friend D sent me this link this morning

ruthhttp://morris.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/28/people-in-the-middle/?th&emc=tha

a really interesting piece by Errol Morris about how the publc is manipulated/targeted/reflected through election advertising

the other night i saw most of a doc by the daughter of David Maysles (one of the filmmaking Maysles brothers, he died  about 15 years ago, she was 7), as she searched for footage with him in it. the family politics played out on camera, kind of a performative, reflexive piece i guess. she visits one of the women from Gray Gardens (which they M brothers made) and befriends Edie, they drink wine and go to the house which now has new owners and so Gray Gardens is now a gentrified, Pottery Barn property.

over and out,

ruth

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Hello All,

Just a reminder that this Thursday, October 30, Kodak Lecture Series
present it’s second speaker of the 2008/09 year. New media researcher,
Cindy Poremba will speak about documentary videogames. Poremba is a
digital media researcher, creator and curator investigating documentary
videogames through Concordia University’s Doctoral Humanities program.
She holds a Master of Applied Science degree in Interactive Arts from
Simon Fraser University, as well as a BA from the University of Waterloo
in Rhetoric & Professional Writing. Her work focuses on digital culture,
rhetoric, creative appropriation and non-fiction aesthetics in digital
practice– particularly in the context of games and robotics.

Her current research explores the expressive potential of documentary
videogames — games that not only explore non-fiction content, but also
present and sustain an aura of reality, anchored in the real world

WHEN:    Thursday, October 30, 7:00 pm.
WHERE:   IMA 307
122 Bond Street (East side of Bond Street at Gould Street)
FREE:     Arrive early for guaranteed seating.

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Mystery Solved

As some of you know already I have been sending you emails for naught since October 21, when you all mysteriously dissappeared from my course and from blackboard. Apparently we were given the wrong course code — DM 8104 — now we have the right one — DM 8106 but no one informed us when that change took place. Now I have to request a new blackboard shell for our new course before I can send you group emails. So, the blog is it for now. Here is a copy of the email I sent this morning:

Hi Everyone,

A couple of things — first Nick is cool with spending the last 3 weeks of November in class with you on your projects.

Second, to facilitate that we will have critiques during exam week, instead of the last two weeks of class. If this is a problem for anyone, let me know and we will work out something. I am still working on space and will let you know as soon as I do.

Third, MAX/MSP will be installed on the computers in the grad lab by the end of today. The New Media program director asked for this to happen in September so both he and I were quite surprised to learn yesterday that this had not been done.

Finally, Nick and I went over all the proposals that were posted by last Saturday. For the most part they are feasible. Nick will talk to you more about that in class today.

We also wanted to tell you that if you are still having trouble coming up with an idea of your own, you are welcome to join someone else to work on their project.

Lila

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