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The Sopranos: The Passing of Time, the Selling of Crime.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 7, 2008 by zorarah

Q. How does the televisual machine commodify time and how might new viewing practices challenge those processes of commodification?

That's the way to do it...

The televisual machine offers us a multiplicity of ways in which to experience time, territory and subjectivity beyond the confines of our bodies, cultures and realities. Continue reading

Mapping the unmappable

Posted in Uncategorized on May 27, 2008 by zorarah

This pretty incredible project has created beautiful visual representations of an unmappable space, namely THE MIGHTY INTERNET.

Opte map

 

I highly recommend the history page, where the project’s Genesis and aims are discussed, of particular interest is this quote from the project’s creator:

“Mapping the Internet weekly will allow us to see major disasters in different parts of the world. The Internet is a huge disasters sensor. If I had maps of pre-war Iraq and then compared them to today, one could see how badly Iraq was destroyed. The idea of a metaphysical representation of the real world is very interesting to me.”

Think about it! The notion of the internet as something that reacts to the world, that shows where disasters are happening as it contracts around physical locations, headless of specific human intervention. It’s pretty exciting… or do I mean frightening?

EVENT – The Definitive Collector’s Edition

Posted in Event, Uncategorized with tags , , on May 19, 2008 by zorarah

 

 

The First Family of Disfunction

What is an event? Deleuze poses this question and (despite what you may think) answers it, albeit in a very ‘Deleuzian’ way. The event is an amorphous idea, but it’s also a useful one. The event offers us a framework, though even that is probably too specific a term, with which to view and contemplate the televisual event. Perhaps a useful approach is to start out with Deleuze’s initial question; What is an event? After which we can ask what is a televisual event? How is a televisual event constructed? And by whom?

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We’ll even sell your skin…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 19, 2008 by zorarah

Following on from issues raised in our tute today, a friend sent me this link:

Wowsers…

Now if that’s not commodification of the body than what is? All that skin and collagen living on after the body is gone, going to ‘beautify’ Western bodies…there’s just so much to discuss here, I think I’ll come back to it later.

(And just in case the banner ad is different for you, here’s a screen shot of what I saw when I opened the link. Note what the ad at the top is for. I don’t know whether to lol or cry.)

Oh the irony

Deleuze’s Event or How to Explode Your Brain in Three Easy Steps

Posted in Uncategorized on April 28, 2008 by zorarah

Deleuze is concerned with how a subject exists in time and space and how limits and difference are established between things. Why is this not that?

Chaos and the Screen

“Chaos does not exist”

Chaos is an undifferentiated ‘many’. It is everything and nothing. But it cannot be perceived, all we know is the “bottom side of the great screen”. What we call chaos is in fact that which is beyond the sophistication of our screens.

Consider (as a metaphor only) the magic eye puzzle!

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A little Deleuzian linkage

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2008 by zorarah

Because if anyone can reduce Deleuze’s work to a single page of brief descriptive paragraphs, then these guys can.

Tis, I think, helpful to have a little reminder of what the different terms refer to.

 

Spectatorship and New Screen Technologies in the 1950s

Posted in Uncategorized on April 9, 2008 by zorarah

This Is Cinerama premiered on the 30th September 1952 in New York to wide commercial and critical success. To get an idea of just how different this new technology was, take a look at this;

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