Friday, October 31, 2008

Pascal Lievre
Watch the videos of Pascal Lievre... and the re-contextualization of famous songs.
A Jesus Christ singing Gérald De Palmas's "Marie" or
two women in love singing Liz MC Clarnon's "Woman in love"
and many more like this...
Some reviews:
Pascal Lièvre born in 1963 in Lisieux. Lives and works in Paris.
Specialising in the diversion of pop music, Pascal Lièvre proceeds an a surgical manner, re-injecting some sense into well-known tunes, always with the intention of provoking revealing collisions. With very limited means, like a whole branch of contemporary young video artists (static shots, hardly any editing, minimal lighting...), the Parisian artist gives his often virulent opinion on the evolution of our societies. This is exactly what we expect of a video-maker today, humour included.
Pascal LIèvre, born in 1963, lives in Paris. His work as a painter began there more than ten years ago and has developed into the "musée des ombres". This video allows one to follow his research and his recent works were widely shown in major film festivals. Since 2000, the videos are based on the principle of karaoké by Abba Mao where the artist sings a passage from "petit livre rouge" of Mao Tsé-Toung to the rhythem of "Money, Money, Money" by Abba mixing the cultural symbols. While singing, his picture is erased little by little until his complete disappearance under red make-up, drowning itself in a background of the same color. .

"Charity is a humanitarian mask hiding the face of economic exploitation."

a line from Slavoj Zizek's book "Violence".
Read more in a piece entitled "Clash of the Titans" at the blog, Shlomzion Kenan writes about the recent debate between two "superstar philosophers," Bertrand-Henri Levy and Slavoj Zizek, at the New York Public Library in late September.

Leandro Erlich

A master of illusion, Argentinean artist Leandro Erlich has amazed audiences with whimsical installations, sculptures, photographs, and videos for the past decade. His video installation Le Trottoir (The Sidewalk) is one of the highlights of the Chanel Mobile Art exhibition, and his celebrated Swimming Pool installation is currently enchanting visitors at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City. Artkrush editor Paul Laster recently sat down with the globetrotting artist at New York's Gramercy Park Hotel to discuss his past work and his new installation at Prospect.1 New Orleans.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Disability Aesthetics 1

Disability/postmodernity - Embodying Disability Theory
by Tom Shakespeare (Author) Mairian Corker (Editor) Tom Shakespeare (Editor)

This text looks at the study of disablity within the context of the "postmodern" world of the 21st century. The authors aim to demystify the concept of postmodernity and to suggest ways in which it fosters a holistic approach to the study of disability.
With contributions from leading scholars in the USA, Canada, the UK, Switzerland, Japan, India, Australia and Jordan, this text looks at the study of disablity within the context of the "postmodern" world of the 21st century. Organized into three sections, the volume opens with an exploration of theoretical perspectives, looking especially at phenomenology, the body and at concepts of difference and identity. The second section deals with culture, discussing aesthetics, narrative, film, architecture and design; while the final section explores social practice with papers discussing issues which include disabled children's perspectives (which dominate the US approach). The authors aim to demystify the concept of postmodernity and to suggest ways in which it fosters a holistic approach to the study of disability that better represents and reflects the complexity of disabled people's experiences.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Eye, Brain and Vision (solo in french),M1
on perspective:

The Maastricht McLuhan Institute

The Maastricht McLuhan Institute (MMI), European Centre for Digital Culture, Knowledge Organisation and Learning Technology, was officially opened by Dr Eric McLuhan (the son of well-known media theorist Marshall McLuhan) in November, 1998 and began its formal activities in January, 1999 at the Grote Gracht 82 in Maastricht.
The mission of the Maastricht McLuhan Institute (MMI) is to study and develop methods for knowledge organisation and knowledge management in a digital, distributed, multimedia world. These methods will be applied to cultural heritage, the design of learning technologies and new electronic services for business. Research will also explore the implications thereof.

Here you can find all about perspective in many articles wtitten by Dr Kim H. Veltman - Scientific Director and Manager Digital Culture of the instistute.
Download for free two of the forth volumes of his seminal work:
Bibliography of the Literature and Sources of Perspective.
Volume 1. Sources of Perspective
Volume 2. Bibliography of Sources
Volume 3. Literature on Perspective and Appendices
Volume 4. Bibliography of Literature

Monday, October 13, 2008

An international conference, Centre for Intermedia, University of Exeter, UK, 26-29 March 2009

• Matt Adams, Blast Theory
• Tim Etchells, Artistic Director, Forced Entertainment
• Adrian Heathfield, Professor of Performance ands Visual Culture, Roehampton University
• Lynn Hershman-Leeson, media artist
• Hugo Glendinning, photographer, AHRC Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts, University of Exeter
• Ken Goldberg, artist, Professor, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR),, UC Berkeley and Director, Berkeley Centre for New Media
• Mike Pearson, Professor of Performance Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Mike Brookes, artist
• Paul Sermon, media artist, Professor of Creative Technology, University of Salford
• Michael Shanks, archaeologist, The Omar and Althea Hoskins Professor of Classical Archaeology, Stanford University
• Marianne Weems, Artistic Director, The Builders Association
• Krzysztof Wodiczko, Professor of Visual Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The conference will engage with a wide range of disciplines, art and performance practices, technologies of presence, theory and modes and practices of documentation. Key questions may include:
• What are the chief signifiers of presence?
• How is presence achieved through theatrical performance?• What makes a memory come alive and live again?
• How are practices of presence connected with senses of self and identity?• Is presence synonymous with 'being in the moment'?
• What is the nature of the ‘co-presence’ of audience and performer?• Does presence imply distance?
• Where does performance practice end and its documentation begin?
• In what tense does documentation take place?• Can technology produce presence?
• Is presence a form of immersion?
• Is documentation theory or practice?
• What happens when documentation becomes time-based and ephemeral?
• Where does practice end and its documentation begin?
• In what tense does documentation take place?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Albert Memmi

With his "Portrait of the Colonised" Tunisian-French sociologist and writer Albert Memmi laid forth a seminal work of decolonialism in the 1950s. This work was followed recently by "Portrait of the Decolonised", in which he draws a very sobering balance.
more on

English bibliography

The colonizer and the colonized. Introduction by Jean-Paul Sartre; afterword by Susan Gilson Miller; [translated by Howard Greenfeld]. Expanded ed. Boston: Beacon Press, c1991. ISBN 0807003018
Decolonization and the decolonized. Translated by Robert Bononno. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, c2006. ISBN 0816647348,M1
Dependence : a sketch for a portrait of the dependent. Translated by Philip A. Facey. Boston: Beacon Press, c1984. ISBN 0807043001
Dominated man; notes towards a portrait. New York: Orion Press [1968].
Jews and Arabs. Translated from the French by Eleanor Levieux. Chicago: J. P. O’Hara, c1975. ISBN 0879553278 ISBN 0879553286
The liberation of the Jew. Translated from the French by Judy Hyun. New York: Orion Press [1966].
The pillar of salt. Translated by Edouard Roditi. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992. ISBN 0807083275
The pillar of salt. Chicago: J. P. O’Hara, [1975] c1955. ISBN 0879559071
Portrait of a Jew. Translated from the French by Elisabeth Abbott. New York: Orion Press [1962]
Racism. Translated and with an introd. by Steve Martinot. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, c2000. ISBN 0816631646
The scorpion, or, The imaginary confession. Translated from the French by Eleanor Levieux. New York: Grossman, 1971. 0670622710
Strangers. Translated from the French by Brian Rhys. New York: Orion Press [1960]

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008

Floss Manuals

FLOSS Manuals is a collection of manuals that explain how to install and use a range of free and open source software. The manuals are friendly and simple, and they are intended to encourage people to explore the wide range of free, open source alternatives to expensive and restrictively licensed software. At FLOSS Manuals you can find manuals for free and open source software like office applications, as well as web editing and browsing, and tools for playing, making, streaming and sharing audio and video.
There is also a big Pure Data (Pd) tutorial by Johannes Kreidler free for downloading:

Envisioning Dance on Film and Video

You can read it here
see also UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance

The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour

Whatever you need to know about Artificial Intelligence in an academic approach.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Warning Shadows

also known in UK as "Kingdom of Shadows". Directed by Arthur Robison in 1923

Schatten - Eine nächtliche Halluzination (1923)
Ruth Weyher, Gustav von Wangenheim, Eugen Rex, Friz Rasp, Fritz Kortner.
A jealous husband is fooled by surprising shadows..
Expressionist film directed by Arthur Robison. Germany.
Production Companies
PAN Film
Grapevine Video (video)
Kino International Corp. (2006) (USA) (DVD)
Kino Video (2007) (USA) (DVD)
LS Video (video)
Mondadori Video S.p.a. (1996) (Italy) (VHS)

Compagnie Amoros & Augustin

Watch some video from this amazing theatre company's performances:
on shadow theatre


mixing shadow theatre and film

360° à l'ombre

mixing theatre and film

The Never-Ending Shooting

video and photos of the technique

More videos:
Official site:

The Institute of Network Cultures

The Institute of Network Cultures is a media research centre that actively contributes to the field of network cultures through research, events, publications and online dialogue. The INC was founded in 2004 by media theorist Geert Lovink, following his appointment as professor within the Institute of Interactive Media at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool van Amsterdam).

Friday, October 3, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Maps of War

Funny Videos

The Burnt Newscaster

The Collages of John Ashbery

American poet John Ashbery, making his solo debut as professional artist at 81, with a modest but polished exhibition of two dozen small collages.
more collages:

Dance Images

Marie Chouinard

Watch videos extracts of performances of this exceptional French choreographer

The vidéothèque of the Maison de la danse de Lyon is currently digitizing its entire video archive, that is to say more than a thousand videos recorded at the Maison de la danse since 1980. This video archive will be available through a new website called Numeridanse (, first for professionals and educational purpose, but also, afterwards, for anyone interested in modern and contemporary dance, thanks to a VOD device. A beta version should be available in june 2010.