Web 2.0 Snacks

September 2, 2008 at 4:21 am (Uncategorized)

I am feeling very keen to play with some vidding toys at the moment. This is something I have been meaning to do all along as part of the 52 Acts project, but have been avoiding it due to the time commitment required. A few3 things have come my way today that are telling me the time for vid play is near.

Firstly, Tama writes on his eLearning Blog about the work of his Digital Media students, where they were asked to produce a 3 minute video as a discussion of video in an online context. I thought this video, Something Old, Something New, was particularly clever work:

*edited to add: for some reason this blog and the embed code are not getting along, so if you would like to see the work you’ll have to follow the link to Tama’s blog*

And if you follow the link to Tama’s blog you will see several other works worth taking a look at. I find the works made for this assignment particularly interesting because they directly address the way the internet is evolving into its own medium and how it is more than just ‘clickable books/TV/pictures’. I think the ultra-short film is something quite idiosyncratic to the internet, and it is interesting to see how the old technology of video has adapted to reflect the new desire for rapid consumption of bite sized pieces of information and entertainment.

Another tasty bit of vidding that came my way this morning was the Buffy/Spike/Faith songvid Creep, which is available for download here at the vid creators LiveJournal. Absolutely beautiful piece of work–elegantly edited and absolutely spot on character analysis. I just loved it, I had chills the whole way through, and shivers on top of those chills.

The third thing that made me think it might be vidding time was a call for entries into the Victorian Digital Fringe festival, though I can’t find anywhere on the site a closing date for entries nor a statement of who is eligible to submit (e.g. is it limited to Victorian residents?), so it may not be something I actively participate in, but it is still very cool to know that such a thing exists!

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Act 21

August 5, 2008 at 11:11 am (Uncategorized)

Doll Icons

icon dolls 1

A few weeks ago Sabbitha commented on my LiveJournal asking if I would like to contribute to the Totem, Dolls With Souls, exhibition in September–which excited me greatly. Following on from Act 20’s exploration in to the common yet curious tradition of taking portraits (and often self-portraits) of women’s bodies as discrete disembodied pieces–effectively dismembering them with the camera lens–I chose to explore this phenomenon further , making 3D journal icon representations using 100x100mm boxes (representing the standard 100×100 pixels of blog/journal icons) and found dolls. Read the rest of this entry »

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Quarterly Update

March 28, 2008 at 12:02 am (About My Work, Progress) (, , , , )

I realised to day that the next instalment of my fifty two acts project (on target to be posted today) marks the quarter mark for the practical component of my doctorate. I am thrilled to bits with the way it is going, especially since I have found many of the creative projects growing and leading in new directions, giving the project the kind of momentum I was hoping for. Creative sustainability was definitely one of my biggest concerns with the format of the project, but when I look back over the work that I have done in the past three months I definitely feel that I have that three times over left in me. My biggest challenge now is to make sure the weekly creative works stay roughly on theme and all work towards the greater goal of answering the question “how can cyberfeminism practice and Web 2.0 applications be used to recode gendered representations of women on the Internet?” as initially asked in my research proposal. I am also concurrently working on the exegesis (a rationale type document accompanying the work), which is expected to be roughly 30,000 words, and will also seek to answer the research question.

One of the biggest things that has helped me stay on track with the writing side of things is the 500 word challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

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Two for two!

January 8, 2008 at 11:42 am (About My Work, Progress) ()

Act 2 is now up on Fifty Two Acts, that is two down, only fifty more to go :) For this weeks act I created and uploaded an animated icon, it is linked to my wordpress account rather than a specific journal, so it will also be my icon for this blog as well as the fifty two acts site. Tomorrow I am planning to upload larger versions of the images that I used to create the icon and some technical information about the process I used to create them.

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A Meme is Born – 52 Something

January 5, 2008 at 11:36 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

Earlier this week I started my 1 year weekly art project 52 Acts, a few days later I saw that a friend was embarking on a very similar journey. This got me thinking about what a great format the 52 somethings style project really is, it is productive, scalable (you can aim large or small), ambitious yet achievable. And so I officially lay down the challenge. Think of 52 somethings that you would like to get done next year and share them with us on your blog – as is the usual meme thing cut and paste the italic text onto your blog and begin!

52 Something
Choose something you would really like to do on a weekly basis and commit to sharing it with your friends or the world on your blog. There is no limit to what you can choose, it just needs to be something you are passionate about. 52 reviews, 52 drabbles, 52 photos, 52 environmentally friendly life changes, 52 short stories, 52 haiku, 52 tours of your town. 52 of anything you would really like to do for the next year. Cut and paste this text into your blog and begin! Please tag your entries with “52 something”.

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And so it begins…

January 1, 2008 at 10:48 pm (About My Work, Progress) ()

Happy new year everybody!

Yesterday I put up my first ‘act’ at 52 acts, it is a slideshow introduction to cyberfeminism. A nice gentle way for me to start the creative year, which is having a great creative effect on me – I am already excited about next weeks act, and seriously reflecting on this weeks. I have thoughts brewing on ‘the light and dark of cyberfeminism’, something I don’t think I touched on in my introductory essay.

Here’s to a creative year ahead for all!

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Kevin 007

October 13, 2007 at 12:09 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Kevin Rudd and supporters have had a fair bit of media attention with their Kevin 07 t-shirts, but everytime I here the ‘Kevin 07′ tag line this is how I imagine his t-shirts:

Kevin007

c’mon, I know you were all thinking it :)

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Blogoz and meandering thoughts about blog hierarchy

October 11, 2007 at 6:15 am (conferences and workshops) (, , )

I had the fantastic opportunity to go to the first Australian Blogging Conference the week before last, the one bonus of having to cancel my Perth trip due to my child’s illness. Congratulations and many thanks to the organisers. I hope that the success of this years conference means there will be more to come, and this time longer. (Is that the sound of someone volunteering to help with next years I hear you ask? Hmmm… maybe… I’m sure I could be convinced, I know a thing or two about organising a conference, and what’s more I make a great poster and a mean t-shirt :) )

In addition to my personal motives for wanting a longer conference, I think that a longer event would allow for a more diverse look at blogging and how it is used.

and here is where I meander…

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Go all the way with Pepsi

October 5, 2007 at 12:03 pm (Representations of Women) (, , , , )

I know this post is destined to get me several ticks in the ‘can’t you take a joke’ square, but I am going to post it anyway because quite frankly there are some subjects towards which I am indeed a 100% humourless feminist.

The above ad features Eva Longoria (actress) offering a lift to two stranded men on a highway. The ‘story’ goes like this:

Eva: hey guys, need a ride?
Men nod and pant and jump in car
Eva: I’m sorry guys, I can’t take you all the way.

And of course we all know what no means.

The men share a look and then front seat guy twiddles his pepsi-o-meter, thus manipulating the situation and causing the car to run out of petrol – woo hoo!
Eva: oh no, we’re out of gas, looks like we’re here for the night
[so, yay! I can take you ‘all the way’]

Now, this is where the Australian version of the ad finishes, as back seat guy congratulates himself and has a deep swig of magic Pepsi, and it is certainly enough to cause my outrage. But for extra creepyness the version of the ad I found on youtube and embedded above has an extra line where front seat guy gives a way creepy look and works his pepsi-o-meter even harder causing Eva to say: Now let’s get you out of those wet clothes.

Now, I get that this is a made up story, and that there is no magical pepsi-o-meter that a man might use to manipulate circumstances so that a woman might have sex with him, but unfortunately there definitely *are* substances that men *do* use to coerce women into sex against their will, and using such substances, whether magic Pepsi, alcohol or Rohypnol to circumvent the will of another person is rape. This creepy fantasy is just not far enough away from 1 in 3 women’s reality to make it the humorous ‘what if’ that I can only imagine Pepsi were aiming for.

I just can’t believe that anyone thought that making this ad was a good idea.

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Calling all Perth Cyberfeminists!

October 1, 2007 at 1:28 am (conferences and workshops, cyberfeminism) (, , , )

I am very excited to announce that CyPEC – the Australasian Summit of Cyberfeminism will be happening in Perth on the 9th of November (2007) as part of the Night’s Edge  cyberpunk extravaganza.

CyPEC will take place as a dedicated stream within the Night’s Edge program on the Saturday of the conference. Discussion panels planned so far are: Cyberfeminism 101, Becoming Frankenstein: bodies and technology, a roundtable discussion about current cyberfeminist practice, the art of subversion in feminist art, and a local cyberfeminist project showcase. In the true DIY and collaborative spirit of cyberfeminism I would also like to include some kind of hands on workshop, perhaps something inspired by my recent ANAT workshop attendance.

More panelists for the above items and suggestions for extra panels/workshops are very welcome.

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