Plasma Obesity

A sign of the vacuous nature of modern life?

Innovative kinetic design for the contemporary living space‘ = a dvd for your plasma TV of moving patterns.

Almost as woeful as those dvd aquariums . . .

AV Related General

Film is dead

I’m quite taken by the forcefulness with which Robert Rodriguez (maker of Sin City, Once upon a time in Mexico) declares that film is dead.

“People ask if I would go back to shooting film. I say, ā€œIā€™m driving a Ferrari ā€” why would I go back to a horse and buggy?ā€ Artists are usually technology-averse, although there are some who are pioneers, cutting-edge people. The movie industry is still shooting film, but everyone else is shooting digital.”

His Ten Minute Film School is great.

General Mobile

PSP and micro cinema

been playing PSP ’till me hands cramp up… Its got that one thing all other small format mobile devices dont have – a truly KILLER screen. Crisp, Sharp, Wide and Bright. I think its possibilities as a platform for mobile micro cinema are huge.. version 2 of the firmware put in a quite capable browser to go with the built in wireless and so RSS and Pod-cast-like video feeds are an obvious step. Potential for museum and gallery spaces…? HUGE. If we dont someone else will… are already running competitions and hosting for PSP video. Sony themselves ran a PSP short film comp.
I’ve also put some of my own video works up as PSP format ready files.

General Interactive Media

Useful web design stuff

Nerds ahoy.

A List Apart

Type Tester

General Mobile

MIT $100 Laptop

It was in the SMH but here’s the full info on the $100 laptop for the developing world.

Check the photos/sketches.

AV Related General Interactive Media

Re-edited movie trailers

Here’s some entries for a little competition where movie trailers were re-edited to change the genre of the film. They are quite amazing. (originally from Snarkmarket)

The Shining (winner) –

West Side Story –

Titianic –


Here’s a link to the New York Times article on it.

Robert Ryang, 25, a film editor’s assistant in Manhattan, graduated from Columbia three years ago with a double major in film studies and psychology. This week, he got an eye-opening lesson in both.

Since 2002, Mr. Ryang has worked for one of the owners of P.S. 260, a commercial postproduction house, cutting commercials for the likes of Citizens Bank, Cingular and the TriBeCa Film Festival.

A few weeks back, he said, he entered a contest for editors’ assistants sponsored by the New York chapter of the Association of Independent Creative Editors. The challenge? Take any movie and cut a new trailer for it — but in an entirely different genre. Only the sound and dialogue could be modified, not the visuals, he said.

AV Related General

classic films in 30 secs by bunnies

…some of your favourite films here, the stories condensed to 30 secs and all parts played by bunnies. I know, I know, and yet it sort of works…


Idea Generation Methods

This has been doing the rounds but is a good overview of a LOT of different methods of generating new ideas and innovations.

AV Related Copyright/OCL General

Sampling / George Clinton & Hank Shocklee

Great discussion of George Clinton and Hank Shocklee at the Future Of Music conference in the USA.

A sample (ha!) of the discussion –

arguing for the sampler-as-instrument, shocklee wanted to stress that a particular performance–the presumably ‘original’ materials for which one might hold a copyright–is not always what sample-based producers are looking for: “sometimes we sample because we just want the sound.” he offered an example to clinton: “you’ve done some incredible things with the moog synthesizer in terms of filters, effects [etc.] … in order for us to get those sounds today [is impossible].”

To hear the ORIGINAL conversation you can grab it from here.

The rest of the conference panels are online here. There are some great topics being discussed incluidng blogging and podcasting as well as the future of distribution.

Copyright/OCL Digitisation General Interactive Media

Ubu Web – Open Art Archive


As they explain themselves, Ubuweb is “the definitive source for Visual, Concrete + Sound Poetry”. Check it out and be amazed, and listen and watch some of out of print music and video and text from a slew of artists whose names will be familiar but whose work is notoriously hard to get hold of.

UbuWeb has no need for money, funding or backers. Our web space is provided by an alliance of interests sympathetic to our vision. Donors with an excess of bandwidth contribute to our cause. All labour and editorial work is voluntary; no money changes hands. Totally independent from institutional support, UbuWeb is free from academic bureaucracy and its attendant infighting, which often results in compromised solutions; we have no one to please but ourselves.

UbuWeb posts much of its content without permission; we rip out-of-print LPs into sound files; we scan as many old books as we can get our hands on; we post essays as fast as we can OCR them. UbuWeb is an unlimited resource with unlimited space to fill. It is in this way that the site has grown to encompass hundreds of artists, hundreds of gigabytes of sound files, books, texts and videos.