VIEW SOURCE: #5
27 November 2015
Our web finds this week reflect upon the Paris tragedy through an act of kindness; look at new works in video, gaming and propaganda; and explore a sustainable future for music. By Lighthouse Artistic Director Juha van 't Zelfde.
Screengrab from Vice News: Bulldozing the Border Between Iraq and Syria: The Islamic State
CHILDREN OF THE OCCUPATION
“What I Discovered From Interviewing Imprisoned ISIS Fighters. They’re drawn to the movement for reasons that have little to do with belief in extremist Islam.”
This seems to be a level-headed analysis of the context in which many ISIS fighters came of age, written by Lydia Wilson, a research fellow at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, University of Oxford and an editor at the Cambridge Literary Review, published by The Nation.
Still from Children of Men (2006), by Alfonso Cuarón
A NEW AGE OF PROPOGANDA
The first physical manifestation of The Sprawl – a new moving image project by renowned Dutch design agency Metahaven, co-commissioned by Lighthouse and The Space – will be at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco next month. In an immersive video installation that explores the mutation of propaganda in the age of social media, the project investigates the recent Ebola outbreak, the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and the rise of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) through the internet and traditional news media.
Foxconn / Trios artwork
Spectrogram during series of ads
SEARCHING FOR ULTRASONIC BEACONS
“Yesterday afternoon, a series of tweets alerted me to a user tracking technique I hadn’t run into before: a company, SilverPush, has been selling technology that embeds ‘ultrasonic beacons’ in TV shows that can be detected by mobile phone apps.” – TCF
A screenshot from cashmusic.org
SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR MUSIC
“Our nonprofit mission is to help build a sustainable future for music. Musicians are our partners, not our customers, and our platform will always be free to use.” – CASH Music
Not yet entirely sure what this is, but it seems promising.
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