In The Sprawl, the screen is presented as an active participant
In The Sprawl, the screen is presented as an active participant

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.

AN ACT OF KINDNESS
“Paris Man Helped Pregnant Woman Hanging From Window Of Bataclan” – The Guardian

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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

CHILDREN OF MEN
Cuarón, and the design studio Foreign Office, were prescient with this in-film advertisement of a football match in the “Wembley hi-security arena”.

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

XENOFEMINISM
Artist, and former speaker at The Long Progress Bar, Diann Bauer has published this elegant short video peripheral of the Xenofeminism manifesto by collective Laboria Cuboniks.

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

Thanks to artist Lars TCF Holdhus for sharing this. I like this kind of forensic spectrum analysis. Guy Birkin did this with Lars’ work last year, too, in his piece Encoded Message.

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.

THE SOUND OF APPLE
Saw Steve Jobs this week, and thought it was excellent. The sound was done by Glenn Freemantle, who spoke at Lighthouse’s The Sound of Story on Tuesday.

INSIDE
One of the highlights of The Sound of Story on Tuesday was the exclusive preview of Playdead’s new game ‘Inside’, with sound design by Martin Stig Andersen. Cannot wait to play it.

RABBIT AT THE AIRPORT
Some of Martin Stig Andersen’s own music, in collaboration with Gareth Davis, with whom I worked at North Sea Jazz in 2010!

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