The Creative Animal Goes Online 1.0
Mitch Goodwin
NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy
James Cook University | Townsvil...
The Creative Animal Goes Online 1.0
Mitch Goodwin
NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy
James Cook University | Townsvil...
Apollo 11 | NASA | 1969
“Planet Earth is blue …”
(Space Oddity, David Bowie, 1969)
Screening Room
The Celestial Animal
Spu...
The Creative Animal Goes Online 1.0
Mitch Goodwin
NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy
James Cook University | Townsvil...
The Birth of the Network
A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture
Sputnik 1, October 4, 1957
• The first object to be successfully deployed into the
Earth’s orbit
• Used a modified Interco...
Information Processing Office, 1958
• In response to Sputnik 1 and further launches which were
to follow, Dwight Eisenhowe...
Information Processing Office, 1958
The institutions involved in this research :
• Carnegie-Mellon University
• MIT
• RAND...
The Universal Network, 1960
“It seems reasonable to envision, for a time 10 or 15 years hence, a
'thinking center' that wi...
Packet Switching, 1964
• The telephone network in the 1960s was the same the
analogue system we use today.
• This system i...
Packet Switching, 1964
• This is known as a “distributed network” and had no
centralised control mechanism, therefore it w...
Packet Switching, 1964
“We will soon be living in an era in which we cannot
guarantee survivability of any single point. H...
The Billion Dollar Brain | Ken Russell |
United Artists | 1967
Dr Strangelove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and
Love...
The Birth of the Network
A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture
The Creative Animal Goes Online
Mitch Goodwin 02...
The Birth of the Network
A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture
NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy
James Co...
The Birth of the Network
A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture
Lunar Surface Communications | Apollo 11 | 1969 ...
The Birth of the Network
A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture
NASCOM | Apollo 11 | 1969
The Birth of the Network
A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture
Apollo Television Links | Parkes, NSW, Australia...
The Birth of the Network
A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture
TV Transmission Centre | Sydney, Australia | 196...
The Birth of the Network
A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture
NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy
James Co...
The Birth of the Network
A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture
NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy
James Co...
The Birth of the Network
A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture
NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy
James Co...
Screening Room
The Social Animal
All You Need Is Love | The Beatles |
Our World Live Satellite Broadcast | June 25th 1967
...
The Web Is Not the Internet
Hypertext & Context on the Digital Savannah
Hypertext Mark-Up Language (html)
Tim Berners-Lee
“If a CERN experiment were a static once-only
development, all the infor...
Hypertext Mark-Up Language (html)
Tim Berners-Lee
“The sort of information we are discussing answers, for
example, questio...
Information Management : A Proposal
Tim Berners-Lee | CERN |
March 1989
The Web is Not the Internet
Hypertext & Context on...
Scan of original document (with note on paper) | Tim Berners-Lee | CERN | March 1989
The Web is Not the Internet
Hypertext...
Darwin and Moore’s Law
The Awakening of the Digital Creative
In March of this year, the world wide web turned 30 years
old...
Darwin and Moore’s Law
The Awakening of the Digital Creative
Certain technological developments, moments of genius and
lat...
Darwin and Moore’s Law
The Awakening of the Digital Creative
The web as a medium has expanded at an exponential rate
due t...
New Tools for the Cyber Animal
Pixels, Swarms & Widgets
©opyleft
The 2nd Draft | Open access for research | Creative Commons | Culture as Utility
Remixology
The Remix | The Mash-...
Convergence
Devices | Delivery Methods | Storage | Global Ethics
NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy
James Cook Univer...
Convergence
Devices | Delivery Methods | Storage | Global Ethics
NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy
James Cook Univer...
The Digital (NM) Artist
The facilitation of artistic practice through convergent technologies
NM1102 New Media & the Creat...
©opyleft
The 2nd Draft | Open access for research | Creative Commons | Culture as Utility
NM1102 New Media & the Creative ...
"Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily
mark their creative work...
Remixology
The Remix | The Mash-Up | Cut & Paste Culture | Web 2.0
Obey Giant Boing Boing Banksy
NM1102 New Media & the Cr...
“Media literacy merges with science and creativity to generate a
third networked culture which places special value on des...
Access
Open (the) Source | P2P | The Wiki | Take the “Gallery” to the Street
NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy
James...
End of Part One
The Creative Animal Goes Online
Part Two (Next Time) :
Nomadic Information
Databases, Algorithms and Content Portals
References
Organisations, Events & Fe...
Research Task
Where are the sites of action?
Amazon Noir | Hans Bernhard |
Ubermorgen.com | 2004
Gene Pool | http://pool.o...
• Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Bebo and the like all offer the cultural
vultures and social stalkers the venue to co-opt la...
• Obviously they are mechanisms for self promotion, and many artists
use them as devices to sell their work or promote an ...
• In groups of four use the web to find a web (of artists).
• Perhaps each group member can start in a different disciplin...
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  1. 1. The Creative Animal Goes Online 1.0 Mitch Goodwin NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts Fear Learn ReactMobilise 01 05 09
  2. 2. The Creative Animal Goes Online 1.0 Mitch Goodwin NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts “A critical reassessment of the role of arts and culture within today's network society seems necessary. Let's go beyond the "tactical" intentions of the players involved. The artist-engineer, tinkering on alternative human-machine interfaces, social software or digital aesthetics has effectively been operating in a self-imposed vacuum. Science and business have successfully ignored the creative community. Worse still, artists have been actively sidelined in the name of "usability", pushed by a backlash movement against web design led by the IT-guru Jakob Nielsen. The revolt against usability is about to happen. Lawrence Lessig argues that Internet innovation is in danger.” Gert Lovink & Florien Schneider, | A Virtual World is Possible : From Tactical Media to Digital Multitudes | Public Netbase: Non Stop Future, New Practices in Art and Media | Revolver | Berlin
  3. 3. Apollo 11 | NASA | 1969 “Planet Earth is blue …” (Space Oddity, David Bowie, 1969) Screening Room The Celestial Animal Sputnik 1 | USSR Space Agency | 1957 “They could build a platform in space and drop nuclear bombs on us!” (The Right Stuff, Kaufman, 1983)
  4. 4. The Creative Animal Goes Online 1.0 Mitch Goodwin NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture New Tools for the Cyber Animal Pixels, Swarms, & Widgets Nomadic Information Databases, Algorithms and Content Portals References Organisations, Events & Festivals Impermanence| Goodwin | Gold Coast | 2000 The Web is Not the Internet Hypertext & Interaction on the Digital Savannah
  5. 5. The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture
  6. 6. Sputnik 1, October 4, 1957 • The first object to be successfully deployed into the Earth’s orbit • Used a modified Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (IBM) propulsion system • Developed in secrecy, it dramatically escalated tensions between East and West • Sparked the “Dawn of the Space Race” and effectively put the United States’ military on notice Sputnik 1 | USSR Space Agency | 1957 The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts
  7. 7. Information Processing Office, 1958 • In response to Sputnik 1 and further launches which were to follow, Dwight Eisenhower kick started Information Processing Office (IPTO) in 1958. • It’s brief was to develop a communications network which would withstand a nuclear attack and allow the US military to “coordinate a response”. (www.livinginternet.com) • IPTO and its affiliate Defence organisation ARPA provided large amounts of funding to US research institutes to develop advanced computer and network technologies. The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts R7 Rocket | USSR Space Agency | 1957
  8. 8. Information Processing Office, 1958 The institutions involved in this research : • Carnegie-Mellon University • MIT • RAND Corporation • Stanford Research Institute • SystemDevelopment Corporation • University of California at Berkeley, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles • University of South Carolina • University of Utah These would eventually become the first “nodes” of what we call the ‘internet’ today. The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts MIT | Massachusetts, USA | 1953
  9. 9. The Universal Network, 1960 “It seems reasonable to envision, for a time 10 or 15 years hence, a 'thinking center' that will incorporate the functions of present-day libraries together with anticipated advances in information storage and retrieval. The picture readily enlarges itself into a network of such centers, connected to one another by wide-band communication lines and to individual users by leased-wire services. In such a system, the speed of the computers would be balanced, and the cost of the gigantic memories and the sophisticated programs would be divided by the number of users.” (www.livinginternet.com) The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts J.C.R. Licklider | IPTO Director | 1962
  10. 10. Packet Switching, 1964 • The telephone network in the 1960s was the same the analogue system we use today. • This system is a “fixed connection” between one user and another user, this was referred to as an “always on” technology • Packet switching on the other treated the network as a process of discontinuous digital systems that separates information into small “packets” of data and releases them onto a network to be re-assembled at the other end. (Streeter, T (2004) www.uvm.edu.au) The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts Life Magazine | June 1950
  11. 11. Packet Switching, 1964 • This is known as a “distributed network” and had no centralised control mechanism, therefore it was capable of withstanding any form of disruption – or attack. • This was developed by Paul Barran at the RAND corporation as a part of a “survivable communication systems” research project funded by the US Air Force. • The durability of the packet switching theory convinced the US Military to invest in the development of a network of digital computers that would eventually become ARPAnet. The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts
  12. 12. Packet Switching, 1964 “We will soon be living in an era in which we cannot guarantee survivability of any single point. However, we can still design systems in which system destruction requires the enemy to pay the price of destroying n of n stations. If n is made sufficiently large, it can be shown that highly survivable system structures can be built...” Paul Barran | On Distributed Communications | 1964 The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts Sputnik Stamp | USSR | 1957
  13. 13. The Billion Dollar Brain | Ken Russell | United Artists | 1967 Dr Strangelove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb | Stanley Kubrick | Hawk Films | 1964 Screening Room The Paranoid Animal
  14. 14. The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 LM Docking Approach | Apollo 11 | NASA | 1969 NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts For here Am I sitting in a tin can Far above the world Planet earth is blue And there's nothing I can do Space Oddity | David Bowie | Mercury records | 1969
  15. 15. The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 For here Am I sitting in a tin can Far above the world Planet earth is blue And there's nothing I can do Space Oddity | David Bowie | Mercury records | 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing • Designed on paper and built from existing technology • The 1st test of “a truly global network” • The encoding and decoding of data into multiple signals • Fails safe design to ensure continual transmission • International network of “nodes” • Mix of cable and satellite technologies
  16. 16. The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture Lunar Surface Communications | Apollo 11 | 1969 Michael Collins | Apollo 11 | 1969
  17. 17. The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture NASCOM | Apollo 11 | 1969
  18. 18. The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture Apollo Television Links | Parkes, NSW, Australia | 1969 PMG microwave dishes | Parkes, Australia | 1969
  19. 19. The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture TV Transmission Centre | Sydney, Australia | 1969NASA Control Centre | Houston, USA | 1969
  20. 20. The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 The (Collective) Cultural Explosion Simultaneously a cultural revolution was taking place in North America and Europe (1967-1969): • The push into space driven by the threat of nuclear conflict, escalated the 1950’s Cold War paranoia; • The nostalgia for a “back to nature” existence (ie the birth of the environmentalmovement)was born out of the Apollo missions and a general mistrust of centralised government; • The graphic television imagery of the war in Vietnam and the consequent political demonstrations in Paris and Washington were sound tracked by the music of Dylan, Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. UFO Coming : Liverpool Love Festival | Liverpool, England | 1967
  21. 21. The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 The (Collective) Cultural Explosion Therefore the language and semiotics of space travel, music and psychoactive drugs were freely exchanged and often closely intertwined : • An eruption of global cultural production - film, music and the contemporary visual arts - each of them radicalised by politics and ideology; • Radio syndication and satellitetelevision amplified the sense that the world was a finite space; • The proliferation of LSD and marijuana and cultural texts which site their influence and detail their perceptive benefits, reinforced the notion of the “shared experience”; • In western society at least, a global collective cultural identity was formed. Vegetarian Vegetable from Campbell's Soup II | Andy Warhol | New York | 1969
  22. 22. The Birth of the Network A Blue Planet, Note Paper and Pop (Goes) Culture NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 The (Collective) Cultural Explosion The Rolling Stones | Altamont Speedway | California, USA | 1969 Woodstock | White Lake | New York State, USA | 1969 Tet Offensive | Eddie Adams | Associated Press | Vietnam | 1968
  23. 23. Screening Room The Social Animal All You Need Is Love | The Beatles | Our World Live Satellite Broadcast | June 25th 1967 “I’m a revolutionary artist. My art is dedicated to change.” (Lennon, 1971) The UFO Club | (The) Pink Floyd | Tottenham Court Rd, London | April 1967
  24. 24. The Web Is Not the Internet Hypertext & Context on the Digital Savannah
  25. 25. Hypertext Mark-Up Language (html) Tim Berners-Lee “If a CERN experiment were a static once-only development, all the information could be written in a big book. As it is, CERN is constantly changing as new ideas are produced, as new technology becomes available, and in order to get around unforeseen technical problems. When a change is necessary, it normally affects only a small part of the organisation. A local reason arises for changing a part of the experiment or detector. At this point, one has to dig around to find out what other parts and people will be affected. Keeping a book up to date becomes impractical, and the structure of the book needs to be constantly revised.” (Berners-Lee, 1989) NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 The Web is Not the Internet Hypertext & Context on the Digital Savannah Information Management : A Proposal Tim Berners-Lee | CERN | March 1989
  26. 26. Hypertext Mark-Up Language (html) Tim Berners-Lee “The sort of information we are discussing answers, for example, questions like - • Where is this module used? • Who wrote this code? Where does he work? • What documents exist about that concept? • Which laboratories are included in that project? • Which systems depend on this device? • What documents refer to this one? The problems of information loss may be particularly acute at CERN, but in this case (as in certain others), CERN is a model in miniature of the rest of world in a few years time.” (Berners-Lee, 1989) NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 The Web is Not the Internet Hypertext & Context on the Digital Savannah
  27. 27. Information Management : A Proposal Tim Berners-Lee | CERN | March 1989 The Web is Not the Internet Hypertext & Context on the Digital Savannah
  28. 28. Scan of original document (with note on paper) | Tim Berners-Lee | CERN | March 1989 The Web is Not the Internet Hypertext & Context on the Digital Savannah
  29. 29. Darwin and Moore’s Law The Awakening of the Digital Creative In March of this year, the world wide web turned 30 years old. If it was a traditional media format technology (think CD, DVD, Blu Ray) it would be in only it’s 3rd possibly 4th life cycle and more than likely well on the road to extinction. As a system it does not have a peer. The nearest comparative example is the humble telephone book which incidentally, the web still fails to comprehensively replace. However the web is more than an index, it is a content provider, a venue, a tool. NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 The web has become the hunting ground, the gallery wall, the Sunday market and the communication backbone of the 21C. “ ” The Web is Not the Internet Hypertext & Context on the Digital Savannah
  30. 30. Darwin and Moore’s Law The Awakening of the Digital Creative Certain technological developments, moments of genius and lateral thinking have determined this new landscape: • The invincibility of Barren’s (re)distributed network; • The “free” and “open” ethos of Berners-Lee’s ground breaking design; • The swift adoption of malleable language protocols ; • Academic and corporate interest in the protection and promotion of these principles thus enabling a relative explosion of development and innovation. NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 Interface Image Processor (IMP) | Leonard Kleinrock | ARPAnet | August 1969 The Web is Not the Internet Hypertext & Context on the Digital Savannah
  31. 31. Darwin and Moore’s Law The Awakening of the Digital Creative The web as a medium has expanded at an exponential rate due to profound technological developments but also critical cultural conditions : • The desire for perceptive clarity (ie advancements in resolution of digital imaging tools); • The “viral architecture” of content (video), comment (blogs) and rhythm (mp3); • The interpretation of graphical interfaces (operating systems, flash controllers and browser iconography). • Combined with a remarkable rate of personal adoption and social acceptance. NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 Web 2DNA Art Project | baekdal.com | 2008 The Web is Not the Internet Hypertext & Context on the Digital Savannah
  32. 32. New Tools for the Cyber Animal Pixels, Swarms & Widgets
  33. 33. ©opyleft The 2nd Draft | Open access for research | Creative Commons | Culture as Utility Remixology The Remix | The Mash-Up | Cut & Paste Culture | Web 2.0 Access Open (the) Source | P2P | The Wiki | Take the “Gallery” to the Street Convergence Devices | Delivery Methods | Storage | Global Ethics The Digital (NM) Artist The facilitation of artistic practice through convergent technologies NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 New Tools for the Cyber Animal Pixels, Swarms, & Widgets
  34. 34. Convergence Devices | Delivery Methods | Storage | Global Ethics NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 New Tools for the Cyber Animal Pixels, Swarms, & Widgets
  35. 35. Convergence Devices | Delivery Methods | Storage | Global Ethics NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 New Tools for the Cyber Animal Pixels, Swarms, & Widgets
  36. 36. The Digital (NM) Artist The facilitation of artistic practice through convergent technologies NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 New Tools for the Cyber Animal Pixels, Swarms, & Widgets
  37. 37. ©opyleft The 2nd Draft | Open access for research | Creative Commons | Culture as Utility NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 New Tools for the Cyber Animal Pixels, Swarms, & Widgets
  38. 38. "Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved." We're a non-profit organization. Everything we do — including the software we create — is free.“ Lawrence Lessig | Founder | Creative Commons ©opyleft The 2nd Draft | Open access for research | Creative Commons | Culture as Utility NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 New Tools for the Cyber Animal Pixels, Swarms, & Widgets
  39. 39. Remixology The Remix | The Mash-Up | Cut & Paste Culture | Web 2.0 Obey Giant Boing Boing Banksy NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 New Tools for the Cyber Animal Pixels, Swarms, & Widgets
  40. 40. “Media literacy merges with science and creativity to generate a third networked culture which places special value on design thinking, laboratories as working spaces, the idea of process rather than instrument, the blurring of boundaries between professional and amateur (the concept of pro-am), innovation as a driving force for knowledge and the commons as a research tool.” Pedro Jimenez | ZEMOS98 | Gestión Creativo Cultural Remixology The Remix | The Mash-Up | Cut & Paste Culture | Web 2.0 NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 New Tools for the Cyber Animal Pixels, Swarms, & Widgets
  41. 41. Access Open (the) Source | P2P | The Wiki | Take the “Gallery” to the Street NM1102 New Media & the Creative Economy James Cook University | Townsville School of Creative Arts The Creative Animal Goes Online Mitch Goodwin 020509 New Tools for the Cyber Animal Pixels, Swarms, & Widgets
  42. 42. End of Part One The Creative Animal Goes Online
  43. 43. Part Two (Next Time) : Nomadic Information Databases, Algorithms and Content Portals References Organisations, Events & Festivals Art Versus Commodity The Politics of P2P & the Value of Public Media
  44. 44. Research Task Where are the sites of action? Amazon Noir | Hans Bernhard | Ubermorgen.com | 2004 Gene Pool | http://pool.org.au/ | Australian Broadcast Commission | 2009
  45. 45. • Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Bebo and the like all offer the cultural vultures and social stalkers the venue to co-opt language, means-test their personality and appropriate other people’s ideas. • In many ways, social networking sites are the toilet doors and phone boxes of the contemporary web experience. • Falsifying emotion and twisting perspectives they are the junkyards of a bourgeoning social construct. • They restrict innovation, dictate a sanitised sense of visual style, and push a conservative bias which leaves little room for individuality, self expression and certainly - creativity. • Web 2.0 – or 2nd generation web applications – are in their infancy, and like all circus attractions (see reality television) we have been absorbed into the car wreck of their naive exuberance. • But for the moment, all of us it would appear, are along for the ride. Research Task Where are the sites of action?
  46. 46. • Obviously they are mechanisms for self promotion, and many artists use them as devices to sell their work or promote an event. • So where do the practitioner’s reside? • What web sites offer a wider audience the opportunity to be informed, feel the force of creative intellect and explore the power of an idea? • Artists, designers, musicians, film makers, poets, photographers and writers have all created compelling content – where is it? • They may be in the form of an online folio, a discreet piece of technology which uses the web to propagate art or in the form of a collective who work under an agreed manifesto. • They may be a part of a content portal, connected by geography, or discipline, or language or politics …. • But they have one thing in common, they work, display and share their creativity online. Research Task Where are the sites of action? Internet Universe | San Diego Supercomputer Centre | 2008
  47. 47. • In groups of four use the web to find a web (of artists). • Perhaps each group member can start in a different discipline. • Don’t rely on conventional portals such as YouTube or Flickr. • What do these artists do, what are they saying? • Who is commenting on the present or reflecting on our collective experience via digital tools? • Are there artists or technologists who are using the tools of digital media to create new art forms or extend on the practices of what has gone before? • You will be given 30 minutes to make a short list of URLs. • Then you will be required to make a short 5 minute presentation of these URLs to the rest of the class. Research Task Where are the sites of action? TV Art for tyhe Digital Generation | MoMA | New York| 2009
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