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Invent to learn

August 27th, 2014 · this and that

The other night I went to an ‘Invent to Learn’ workshop at my daughter’s primary school, run by Dr. Gary Stager who lives in the LA. I decided to blog it here because I liked his idea of “learning by doing” and the connections that can be made with a studio model in media. From Gary’s http://www.inventtolearn.com/ website:

Using technology to make, repair, or customize the things we need brings engineering, design, and computer science to the masses. Fortunately for educators, this maker movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing.

Gary introduced the parents and children to Sylvia (now 12) who got involved with the maker movement (on wikipedia) 4 years ago and her show ‘Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show’. – sylivashow.com.

At the workshop I learnt about some great initiatives for children to invent and make things which can be used separately or crossed over with each other. Most of these are initiatives out of universities, research centres and not-for-profit groups. These include:

Squishy Circuits – “The goal of the project is to design tools and activities which allow kids of all ages to create circuits and explore electronics using play dough.”

Pro Bot + Thymio – “an affordable educational robot” – “Thymio II is an open hardware and open source project, with its design available under a creative commons license and its source code and programming environment available as LGPL.”

Makey Makey – from about on the makey makey website – “We believe that everyone is creative, inventive, and imaginative. We believe that everyone can create the future and change the world. So we have dedicated our lives to making easy-to-use invention kits.”

MaKey MaKey – An Invention Kit for Everyone from jay silver on Vimeo.

Hummingbird – “The Hummingbird Robotics Kit is a spin-off product of Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE lab.”

Turtle Art
– “TurtleArt lets you make images with your computer. The Turtle follows a sequence of commands. You specify the sequence by snapping together puzzle like blocks.”

Arduino – (from introduction page) – “Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It’s an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board.”

Lego wedo
– “LEGO® Education WeDo is a fantastic, simple-to-use cross-curricular tool that enables students to learn, construct and then bring their models to life using intuitive drag-and-drop software.”

Scratch – “With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.”

References:

Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager

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VIDEO ART IN THE INTERNET ERA

August 20th, 2014 · video art

I like the idea of video letters…

VIDEO ART IN THE INTERNET ERA

Video was a radical medium in the hands of the activists, performance artists and pirate TV makers of the ‘60s. It helped rewrite relationships between artists, audiences and mass media, effectively changing the world. So how are video artists orienting themselves against the complex backdrop of networked technology, smart phones and prosumers of our current world? Our extended panel of artists, curators and video brains will turn their minds to some of the crises and opportunities facing video art in the internet era.

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Interview with Matt Soar

August 20th, 2014 · i-doc

Intermedia Art, Lost Leaders, and Korsakow: An Interview with Matt Soar

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Video Vortex 10 – Istanbul

August 20th, 2014 · video vortex

The email callout for Video Vortex 10 – Istanbul

The 10th annual meeting of Video Vortex is to be hosted in Istanbul at three adjacent institutions all involved in this year’s topics: art, activism and archives. The two-day event of workshops, speaker-led sessions, discussions, panels and work on show will explore how video, art and activism criss-cross questions of recording, archives and archiving, and how working with these intersections can remotivate engagement from one to the other in important and novel ways.

Video’s capacities for both recording and transmission has meant that it has moved into spaces of visibility and the visual in ways that contest as well as confirm the dominant meanings and effects, across different socio-political and cultural frameworks. Video Vortex 10 will consider different issues opened up across the histories, presents and futures of video, from ‘live on tape’ to ‘live streaming’, and from one paradigm of surveillance to another, exploring the ways in which early as well as recent and contemporary video technologies and practices contest accounts of normative realities by renegotiating boundaries between the live, the recorded or the streamed, challenging repressive norms via inventive modes of archival access.

The interests and values of art and activism, sometimes taken to be in conflict, converge around this renegotiation of the meanings of video and the terms of its storage and use. As forms of data gathering enable new forms of covert observation, by the agents of states and corporations, how can video interrupt or divert these processes? Video Vortex 10 Istanbul thus aims to bring together those who, working with inventive ways of accessing, classifying or ‘declassifying’ video recordings and transmissions are seeking to reinvent the terms of freedom, across places and spaces of cultures, processes and practices of memory, representation and senses of future.

We thus particularly welcome talks, presentations, round tables, workshops, and especially works that relate to the theme outlined above. The deadline for submission of abstracts and proposals is 15th June.

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Interactive documentary engagement

August 20th, 2014 · i-doc

Clicking on the real: telling stories and engaging audiences through interactive documentaries.

Comments in new documentary list by Bettina Frankham.

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2014 Newcastle ASPERA presentations

August 20th, 2014 · i-doc

Two of the panel members presentations from ASPERA Newcastle conference.

Adrian Miles – AMBIENCE, AFFECT, AUTODOCUMENTARY (SLIDES AND NOTES)

Hannah Braiser – “I SEE YOU” K-FILM”

The title of my presentation:
Keen, Seth. “Transformed practices: What is a documentary designer?” Screen Explosion: Expanding practices, narratives and education for the Creative Screen Industries, ASPERA, Australia Screen Producers and Educators Association, Newcastle, Australia, 2014.

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i-doc participation

August 20th, 2014 · Web Documentary

Recent article by Kate Nash.

Nash, Kate. “What Is Interactivity for? The Social Dimension of Web-Documentary Participation.” Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 28.3 (2014): 383–395.

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DEAD TV

August 13th, 2014 · projects

Mobile video work for festival review – have to see if it gets accepted and then tweak/refine some things.

DEAD TV (cancel delete) from sethkeen on Vimeo.

In this work I used an iPhone 4S to document over an extended period, abandoned television sets on the side of the road. The portability and accessibility of a smartphone in my pocket enabled me to record these dead TVs, as I saw them walking, riding and driving in the inner north suburbs of Melbourne. In the edit I was interested in replicating the rhythm of multi-touch screen actions used to select and delete photos on a smartphone.

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French links

August 12th, 2014 · Uncategorized, Web Documentary

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Jean-Pierre Chabrol (http://www.fullscreen.com.au/)who is now working freelance after many years at the National Gallery Victoria NGV as a person leading multimedia development and production. Some new doc links from that discussion:


Leblog Documentaire
(fb)
Article Monde diplomatique
Varan Group
http://www.imagesdocumentaires.fr/
ARTE creative
http://creative.arte.tv/fr/jean-baptiste-ganne
http://future.arte.tv/fr

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Videoblogging History

July 17th, 2014 · web video

An interview conducted by Jen Simmons on the history of videoblogging with Jay Dedman, Ryanne Hodson and Michael Verdi.

listen: http://5by5.tv/webahead/76
transcript: http://5by5.tv/webahead/76

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Video Vortex 10

May 20th, 2014 · research

From the Video Vortex list:

The 10th annual meeting of Video Vortex is to be hosted in Istanbul at three adjacent institutions all involved in this year’s topics: art, activism and archives. The two-day event of workshops, speaker-led sessions, discussions, panels and work on show will explore how video, art and activism criss-cross questions of recording, archives and archiving, and how working with these intersections can remotivate engagement from one to the other in important and novel ways.

Video’s capacities for both recording and transmission has meant that it has moved into spaces of visibility and the visual in ways that contest as well as confirm the dominant meanings and effects, across different socio-political and cultural frameworks. Video Vortex 10 will consider different issues opened up across the histories, presents and futures of video, from ‘live on tape’ to ‘live streaming’, and from one paradigm of surveillance to another, exploring the ways in which early as well as recent and contemporary video technologies and practices contest accounts of normative realities by renegotiating boundaries between the live, the recorded or the streamed, challenging repressive norms via inventive modes of archival access.

The interests and values of art and activism, sometimes taken to be in conflict, converge around this renegotiation of the meanings of video and the terms of its storage and use. As forms of data gathering enable new forms of covert observation, by the agents of states and corporations, how can video interrupt or divert these processes? Video Vortex 10 Istanbul thus aims to bring together those who, working with inventive ways of accessing, classifying or ‘declassifying’ video recordings and transmissions are seeking to reinvent the terms of freedom, across places and spaces of cultures, processes and practices of memory, representation and senses of future.

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Kids on YouTube

May 12th, 2014 · references

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Image cropped from book cover.

The mall is so old school—these days kids are hanging out on YouTube, and depending on whom you ask, they’re either forging the digital frontier or frittering away their childhoods in anti-intellectual solipsism. Kids on YouTube cuts through the hype, going behind the scenes to understand kids’ everyday engagement with new media. Debunking the stereotype of the self-taught computer whiz, new media scholar and filmmaker Patricia G. Lange describes the collaborative social networks kids use to negotiate identity and develop digital literacy on the ‘Tube. Her long-term ethnographic studies also cover peer-based and family-driven video-making dynamics, girl geeks, civic engagement, and representational ethics. This book makes key contributions to new media studies, communication, science and technology studies, digital anthropology, and informal education.

Henry Jenkins did a multi-part blog interview series with me:
Part one: http://henryjenkins.org/2014/03/kids-on-youtube-an-interview-with-patricia-lange-part-one.html
Part two: http://henryjenkins.org/2014/03/kids-on-youtube-an-interview-with-patricia-lange-part-one.html
Part three: http://henryjenkins.org/2014/03/kids-on-youtube-an-interview-with-patricia-lange-part-one.html
Part four: http://henryjenkins.org/2014/03/kids-on-youtube-an-interview-with-patricia-lange-part-one.html

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