News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment
The globalization of the US-model of commercial television news has transformed broadcast journalism globally. Do ratings-conscious 24/7 news networks, privilege style and spectacle at the expense of substance and sobriety? Is fiercely competitive and increasingly globalized and fragmented news market diluting and debasing television news?
Richly detailed and empirically grounded, this first book-length study of infotainment and its globalization by a leading scholar of global communication, offers a comprehensive and critical analysis of this emerging phenomenon. Going beyond - both geographically and theoretically - the dumbing down discourse, largely confined to the Anglo-American media, the book argues that infotainment may have an important ideological role, a diversion in which soft news masks the hard realities of neo-liberal imperialism.
Chapters include a historical appraisal of infotainment; the infrastructure for its globalization as well as coverage of recent wars on television news as high-tech infotainment and the growing synergies between Hollywood and Bollywood-originated infotainment.
A global infotainment sphere is emerging, the book argues, within which competing versions of news from 24/7 news networks to bloggers - coexist. Accessible, engagingly written and robustly argued, the book combines analyses of theoretical debates on infotainment with extensive and up-to-date comparative data.
"Sulla stessa barca - Sound Art Show” è il titolo di un progetto elaborato dall'associazione culturale artegiovane (sostenuto dalla circoscrizione n. 5 del Comune di Cagliari), in programma dal 1 al 10 Febbraio 2008 al Centro Comunale D'Arte Il Lazzaretto, Borgo S. Elia, Cagliari.
"Eccoli, i clandestini dell'arte, protagonisti di uno sbarco in massa nel capoluogo, provenienti da paesi diversi, portatori sani di un temutissimo morbo (il morbo della creatività?), e per questo costretti alla quarantena del lazzaretto"
Uno show che si esprime nell'interazione tra ricerca sonora ed arte visiva , con la partecipazione di tutti gli artisti che, interpellati dai curatori della rassegna, stanno raccogliendo il pesante fardello!
Progetto che vede coinvolti numerosi artisti che hanno lavorato sui temi dell'acqua, della barca, della clandestinità e dell'approdo con esiti e tecniche diverse. Una ricca rassegna che vede l'interazione tra ricerca sonora e arte visiva attraverso opere di scultura, pittura, fotografia, video e installazioni.
Per l'inaugurazione, venerdì 1° febbraio alle ore 18, è prevista una performance sonora dal vivo, a cura di Mauro Cossu. http://www.grupposinestetico.it/
Sardegna - beni culturali
Etichette: Sound Art
The Digital Arts Expo is a five-day conference and exhibition centered around a series of seminars, workshops, exhibitions and galleries, all designed to tackle the fast evolving digital media technologies and the changes that will transform businesses in the digital media industry.
The Digital Arts Expo is based on Learning, Experience, Information and sharing Knowledge with the aim of consolidating and increasing skill. The event is centered around a series of seminars, workshops, exhibitions and galleries. There will also be a "exhibition area" where exhibitors will be able to showcase their latest products, services and tools to conduct further workshops and presentations.
The Digital Arts Expo 2008 will be exclusively held at the Hilton Conference Centre in Portomaso, St Julians - Malta - between the 2nd and 6th of July 2008.
26 January - 6 April 2008
Jacques André (BE), Conny Blom (SE), Étienne Bossut (FR), Rafal Bujnowski (PL), Valentin Carron (CH), Collection 05 (FR), Peter Downsbrough (USA), Michael Elmgreen (D) & Ingar Dragset (NOR), Michel François (BE), Nicolas Giraud (FR), Marco Godinho (LU), Juha van Ingen (FI), Jacques Julien (FR), Idris Khan (UK), Jonathan Monk (UK), Perroquet tout s’écroule (Raphaël Julliard, Izet Sheshivari, Mathieu Walker) (CH), Michael S. Riedel (DE), Keith Sanborn (USA), Benyounès Semtati (MAR), Raphaël Zarka (F)
Exchanges (starting from February 17)
Cory Arcangel (USA), Pierre Bismuth (FR), Gabriele Di Matteo (IT), Erwin Driessens & Maria Verstappen (NL), Peter Friedl (AT), Aurélien Froment (FR), General Idea (CA), Piero Gilardi (IT), Geert Goiris (BE), Rodney Graham (CA), Les ready made appartiennent à tout le monde (FR), Allan McCollum (USA), Didier Rittener (CH), Claude Rutault (FR), Yann Sérandour (FR), Nedko Solakov (BU), Simon Starling (UK), Derek Sullivan (CA), Gilberto Zorio (IT
Conceived by Le Bureau/ (a French group of curators), the P2P project deals with the notions of reproduction, perpetuation and circulation of shapes, gestures or processes in space and in time. The exhibition aims at applying the peer-to-peer system to the display of artworks and the exhibition in general.
Concepts related to the circulation of artworks, the context of their visibility, their accessibility and their appropriation, is made perceptible through an exhibition driven by a system of exchange of artworks. In the framework of the peer-to-peer, a digital file (music, film, picture or text) offered on the Internet, can be downloaded on the hard disk of anyone connected to the network. The multiplication of possible spaces, supports and publics for each element makes it exponential. This established fact existing in the circulation of files through the Internet could be experimented on the scale of artworks and their effective exhibition.
Series, multiples, or copies are some of the many ways to transfer an artwork. These various forms of artworks necessarily relate to the notions of quotation, repetition and reminiscence. The circulation of a shape can thus be considered in different ways: in function of the format (unique work, series, multiple) of the artwork, of the repercussion triggered by the repetition of a gesture, but also in its internal referential construction. It is both the notion of author and that of the value of the artwork that appear here, confirmed, or on the contrary invalidated by the reproduction of the object or part of it. During the project, the exhibition P2P will evolve so as to formalize these concepts.
During the exhibition, le Bureau/ will activate a network of exchanges gathering mainly art centres or museums from various European countries.
The initial exhibition presented at the Casino Luxemburg will evolve all along its duration with the addition of artworks coming from the network but also, with the withdrawal of others put into circulation in the same network. The exhibition P2P, by experimenting a form inspired by the functioning of the peer-to-peer, will offer the spectator a multiple reading of the artworks and of the conditions of their display.
Two new commissions by Troika unveiled for the new British Airways’ Heathrow Terminal 5 Luxury Lounges.
Troika is a multi-disciplinary art and design practice founded in 2003 by Conny Freyer, Eva Rucki and Sebastien Noel, who met while studying at the Royal College of Art in London.
Etichette: new media art
Sander Plug and Lernert Engelberts are friends, artists, and collaborators living in Amsterdam. Together, they have worked on music videos and a short documentary about capes. Apart, they work in a multitude of media, from posters to installations to interviews in Butt magazine.
Chocolate Bunny - Commisioned by: Cut 'n Paste for KRO Youth, in association with the Dutch Culture Fund - Music by: Nathan Larson
THATCamp Conference -
The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University |
"May 31 - June 1, 2008
The Center for History and New Media
George Mason University
What Camp? THATCamp!
Short for “The Humanities and Technology Camp”, THATCamp is a BarCamp-style, user-generated “unconference” on digital humanities. THATCamp is organized and hosted by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Digital Campus, and THATPodcast.
What is an “unconference”?
According to Wikipedia, an unconference is “a conference where the content of the sessions is created and managed by the participants, generally day-by-day during the course of the event, rather than by one or more organizers in advance of the event.” An unconference is not a spectator event. Participants in an unconference are expected to present their work, share their knowledge, and actively collaborate with fellow participants rather than simply attend. There are many styles of unconferences. The most famous is probably BarCamp, an international network of unconference events focused largely on open source web development."
WRO + WRO Art Center
"Between 1st and 31st January 2008 a curatorial choice of video works from the collection of WRO Art Center entitled Romantica: Single Channel Topos will be presented as a video of the month in the educational space of the Kunsthalle Wien - Ursula Blickle Videolounge.
A resource for activists using mobile technology worldwide. |
MobileActive is a global network of people (and their tools, projects, and resources) focused on the use of mobile phones in civil society.
The Time is Right for Mobile Activism: 3 Billion Mobiles Phones..and counting
Mobile phones are proliferating at astounding rates across socio-economic and cultural boundaries, revolutionizing the way we organize ourselves and do business. With close to 3 billion mobile phones expected at the end of 2007, they are found in every corner of the world, used by people to communicate with each other, and access and deliver information and services.MobileActive.org
Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Performances:
"Genetic research raises prospects that previous generations may scarcely have imagined: of prolonging life and maintaining youth indefinitely, of replicating an individual, of choosing the bodies and brains of our children, and of creating new species to feed and serve us. How we heal, age, procreate, and eat may all be altered in the next years by scientific research happening right now.
In Ferocious Beauty: Genome Liz Lerman Dance Exchange explores the current historic moment of revelation and questioning in genetic research. Under the artistic direction of choreographer Liz Lerman the subject is represented through a plurality of viewpoints, mirroring a dialogue among multiple voices -- artistic, scientific, and scholarly -- in all their varied perspectives."
April 10, 12, and 13, 2008 - Montclair State University - Alexander Kasser Theater - New Jersey
BRAINWAVE asks how art, music, and meditation affect the brain and offers countless answers in talks and conversations, performances, Cabaret Cinema, Saturday family programs, and lunchtime film screenings with moderated discussions.
This "only in New York" cultural festival is organized by six New York-based organizations: Rubin Museum of Art, Exit Art, Science & the Arts at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination, and the School of Visual Arts, in association with Public Programs/American Museum of Natural History.
read full program for "Brainwave: Sacred Science - Entertainment, Education, and Enlightenment" - from January through May 2008 at The Rubin Museum of Art (RMA)
project the projectors 2008
Project the Projectors 2008:
Graduation Works Exhibition of the Department of Inter Media Art
Session: Jan 19 (Sat) - 27 (Sun), 2008
On the last day, the exhibition closes at 17:00.
Place: BankART Studio NYK (Yokohama)
Planned by: Department of Inter Media Art (Committee for "Project the Projectors 2008")
[15.02.2008 - 25.05.2008]
Exhibition artists: David Blandy (UK), Hanna Haaslahti (FI), Eva Koch (DK), Tuula Närhinen (FI), Jaana Partanen (FI),Fredrik Raddum (NO), Tuomo Rosenlund (FI), Marika Seidler (DK), Jari Silomäki (FI), David Svensson (SV).
The exhibition Phenomena at the Pori Art Museum showcases artists from five different countries. The aim of the exhibition as well as the exhibition publication is to discuss and question a number of phenomena in affluent societies today. The phenomena can be as simple as light, seeing, hearing or as complex as morality, nature or youth. It is characteristic of our time that we have to learn to accept change, but there is also the dichotomy of the importance of national identity and the need for cosmopolitan thinking and global tolerance. People in the welfare societies of the Nordic countries find themselves in a conflict between the Third World on one hand and overflowing wealth on the other.
MONOLOGS è un intervento nello spazio urbano. un dispositivo nel quale rientrano opere teatrali (monologhi) e audiovisivi (video). Viene installato in spazi pubblici, chiusi o aperti, che rappresentano punti nevralgici della città (piazze, parchi, biblioteche, stazioni della metropolitana o del treno, strade, etc.)
MONOLOGS È totalmente gratuito ed è pensato come un “regalo” alla città. dalla constatazione di un gruppo di artisti dalla mancanza di spazio nei luoghi ufficialmente deputati all’espressione artistica, sia individuale che di gruppo. Questa percezione si è trasformata in una proposta di intervento sullo spazio urbano, che si concretizza con un dispositivo scenico che accoglie un incontro fra gli attori e la gente comune che popola gli spazi pubblici. Per questo creiamo un tracciato che riunisce artisti di ogni genere, che trattano diverse tematiche, e che a sua volta stabilisce un contatto con lo spazio occupato dal dispositivo scenico, che invita le persone ad assumere attivamente il loro ruolo di passanti.
Anisa Ashkar, Bernhard Garbert, Hannan Abu Hussein, Dotan & Perry, Nurit Yarden, Stephan Weitzel, Ursula Neugebauer, Timm Ulrichs
artist : Stephan Weitzel
The exhibition will last from January 24th - 27th April.
Screening on January 26th 2008 at 7pm
"Who is afraid" and "Dead Satellites" by Shahram Entekhabi.
Screening of two new works, "Who's afraid…" (2007, 24:00 min) and "Dead Satellites" (2007, 24:00 min) (both from the Trilogy "Dead Satellites") by the Berlin based artist Shahram Entekhabi.
Followed by a Panel/Public discussion with
Kea Wienand, Art historian Oldenburg/Trier, moderation
Shahram Entekhabi, Artist Berlin
Franco Marinotti, Published/Producer Lugano/Berlin
Prof. Dr. Almut Sh. Bruckstein, ha’atelier – platform for philosophy and art
Dr. des. Doris Berger, Art historian/Curator, Berlin
The most popular apps on Facebook to emerge in the first month of its platform reflect the most popular values in America, such as social status (Top Friends), media consumption (iLike, Video, Movies, Flixster), mysticism (Fortune Cookie, Horoscopes), and superficial bonding (Graffiti, X Me, SuperPoke, Free Gifts).
read all on Relax, Everything Is Deeply Intertwingled
Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts:
"Spark Festival of Electronic
Music and Arts 2008
February 26 - March 2, 2008
University of Minnesota
Douglas Geers & Ali Momeni, Artistic Directors
J. Anthony Allen, Programming Director
Phillip O'Toole, Technical Director
Zachary Crockett & Christopher Baker, Assistant Directors
For one week each year, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts gathers creators and performers of new media arts from around the world to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul (USA) to showcase their work to the public."