To The Great God Pan
There is only one piece of film that shows Isadora Duncan dancing. It is four seconds long, the very end of a performance, and it is followed by eight seconds in which Duncan accepts applause. This small celluloid footprint – light-struck in the manner of Eugène Atget – contains quite a bit of information. It is an afternoon recital, early in the 20th century, and it takes place en plein air, trees in the background, like so much of the painting of the day. Duncan enters the frame turning, her arms positioned in an upward reach not unlike ballet’s codified fourth position, but more naturally placed. ... Because of her thrown back upper body it seems as if she is running, but she is actually slow and steady, offering herself to something so large she doesn’t need to move fast. The dance over, she stands simply and acknowledges her audience with a Christ-like proffering of her palms. In fact, her classical garb is as much that of the sandalled shepherd of men as it is a barefoot goddess of Greek mythology. ‘I have come,’ she once said, ‘to bring about a great renaissance of religion through the dance, to bring the knowledge of the beauty and holiness of the human body through its expression of movements.’ Thus spake Isadora. [more inside]
On October 18, Wired embedded
a reporter with both Anonymous and the #Occupy movement, calling both "a new kind of hybrid entity, one that breaks the boundaries between “real life” and the internet, creatures of the network embodied as citizens in the real world." The first entries in Quinn Norton's ongoing special report: Anonymous 101: Behind the Lulz
were posted today. Coverage from Wired's other special report, Occupy: Dispatches from the Occupation
are already online. NPR: Members Of Anonymous Share Values, Aesthetics [more inside]
was an invention by Eadweard Muybridge
, an English landscape and travel photographer, and eccentric.
He was the man who made Pictures move
and was commissioned to try and capture the movement of horses
and later produced his famed studies on movement
which are now being collected online; Male nudes
and Female nudes
DetroitTechno.org presents a documentary (1 2 3
) about the history and politics of techno with a focus on the Detroit Electronic Music Festival
, now called Movement
, from its inception in 2000 until the most recent one in 2010. [more inside]
"All of us in the environment movement, in other words – whether we propose accomodation, radical downsizing or collapse – are lost."
Is human civilization hitting the sustainability wall? If so, the environmental movement seems blocked about what to do about it, broods George Monbiot
. Nobody likes a "steady state economy", and the worse things get, the harder that option is to achieve. Plus
green contradictions might vitiate effective action: "the same worldview tells us that we must reduce emissions, defend our landscapes and resist both the state and big business. The four objectives are at odds." [more inside]
Professors' global model forecasts civil unrest against governments
- With protests spreading
in the Middle East
- not on the list) I thought this article
on a forecast model
predicting "which countries
will likely experience an escalation in domestic political violence [within the next five years]" was rather interesting. [more inside]
A Farm For The Future.
Wildlife filmmaker Rebecca Hosking, previously in the public eye campaigning for the banning of plastic bags in the UK
, is moving back to the family farm to take over from her father. This "deeply hopeful but realistic film
" describes her investigation of the steps she could take to change it from a traditional beef pasture farm
to a truly sustainable permaculture environment
. [more inside]
Beginning with Slow Food in 1986,
the idea of rejecting the "cult of speed
" has gradually spread from a focus on food into other fields. In his book In Praise of Slow
, Carl Honore
explores the spread of the worldwide Slow movement
, urging greater attention to all aspects of daily life, human relationships, and the quality of experience. Meanwhile, on the web, witness the spread of Slow. Slow down your stuff with Slow Home
, Slow Travel
, Slow Fashion
, Slow Art
, Slow Craft
, Slow Design
. Relax with some Slow Reading
; check out a Slow Read
from a Slow Library
. Plan for Slow Cities
governed by Slow Leadership
. Use Slow Schooling
, Slow Research
, and the Slow University
to explore Slow Science
and Slow Math
. Bank with Slow Money
[PDF]. Explore the world with Slow Travel
, using Slow Fuel
for Slow Transportation
. What's the rush? Come on. Take it easy.
I was wandering around the internets looking for early twentieth century ephemera and look what I found.
Digital Dada Library
“This page provides links to some of the major Dada-era publications in the International Dada Archive. These books, pamphlets, and periodicals are housed in the Special Collections Department of the University of Iowa Libraries. …Each document has been scanned in its entirety.”
“is a family-friendly Web site dedicated to the commercial art of mid-century America.”
The Ephemera Society
“is a non-profit body concerned with the collection, preservation, study and educational uses of printed and handwritten ephemera.”
For those of you who have complained that this place is getting too “US politics-filter” I give you Glasgow Digital Library Collections
which has all sorts of stuff including a great history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932
Dsicipline, Strength, Beauty, Youth
'Bodies in Formation' is a wonderful exhibition of photographs and ephemera, that illustrates Soviet-era mass gymnastics displays in eastern Europe. Via plep
produced a four page comic about his observations
at various anti-war protests and how it only takes a few nuts to ruin an entire movement, or at least take the wind out of a rational person's sails.
The Iranian Secular Opposition Movement.
I came upon this via another item
I found on Plastic.com. (Where, BTW, one of the more cogent comments in the related thread was by one MayorBob) So, I'm wondering where does this lead to? The first line of that wretched 60s hit Eve Of Destruction
does come to mind... Has anyone else heard anything about this?
Your eyes never stop moving.
Even though we are rarely aware of them, our eye movements are incredibly complex
. They are also very informative. Eye movement data is being used to study painters painting
, art lovers loving art
, drivers driving
, musicians sight reading
, and speakers speaking
, not to mention the cognitive science staples of reading
and scene viewing
. One interesting application of eye movement data is the Eyetrack2000 project
, which attempts to describe the eye movement behavior of people viewing news websites in order to improve web page design. Some of the findings
suggest that the internet and print media are different in important ways: on the web, text is fixated before pictures; in print, pictures are fixated first.
"You are about to activate your first gesture command in Opera
. A gesture command is activated by pressing the right mouse button, and while holding it down, performing a simple movement with the mouse, and then releasing the button"... such as left going back a page, or down opening a new window. Aliens bless gesture interfaces, and Molyneux.