[dorkbotsea-announce] JUNEBOT: WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION

Kate Seekings kate at whimsyfree.com
Sun May 30 18:29:35 EDT 2004


On WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2ND  AT CoCA (http://www.cocaseattle.org
<http://www.cocaseattle.org/> ), at 7.30 PM, get ready for TOTAL
INFORMATION OVERLOAD:  this month's dorkbot is curated by the WEAPONS OF
MASS distrACTION PROJECT
(http://www.weaponsofmassdistrACTIONproject.org), a group of local
artists, media activists and dedicated culture-jammers who aim to
provide "a fundraising mechanism for alternative media sources as well
as a public revue of corporate media and its role in democracy".
They'll be bringing art - from 2D to sculpture to video - and describing
the importance of art + protest in today's political climate, along with
the hows and whys of the works they've built.  Self-trained artist
JOSHUA BROWN will be presenting his Electric Babysitters and the
Cultural Reclamation Project, professional still photographer and
Cartist LARRY NIELSON will discuss digital documentary film making and
internet publishing, and veteran protester, mutineer, Indymedia agitator
and public access TV presenter RANDY ROWLAND will give "a short course
in stopping those who will stop at nothing".  Local media artist, writer
and composer MARK TAYLOR-CANFIELD will show and discuss his video work,
PAUL LUKSCH will bring an interactive TV coconut shy, and dorkbot
favourite DJ BIOS+A+IC will spin before and after the presentations.
Could you miss this?  What does your conscience say??  Whatever your
politics, come down and bring your friends - but DON'T WEAR YOUR FLYEST
DUDS:  CoCA is remodeling, and although they'll clean up beforehand,
construction dust is a possibility.  Because of construction, we'll have
beer and wine; cocktails may be limited (but we'll see what we can do) -
and as ever, RSVP so we can predict numbers.  Space is limited this
month, so come early to claim your throne.  ADMISSION IS FREE; a
donation to CoCA is strongly encouraged (you'll see why when you see the
venue.!).
 
 
Presenters:
 
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*  JOSHUA BROWN:  ELECTRIC BABYSITTERS and the CULTURAL RECLAMATION
PROJECT.  self-trained artist, creative director of the Artistic Media
Group (http://www.artisticmedia.biz/) and VP of Northwest Cyber Artists
Productions, Joshua discusses how and why he made these works,
describing the effect of presenting familiar technologies from a skewed
perspective (Electric Babysitters), and using large-scale graphical
reproduction equipment not typically used for non-commercial purposes to
create the Cultural Reclamation Project.  He is "working hard to realize
a better world through art by creating culture responsibly:  I believe
that art CAN save the world".
 
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*  LARRY NIELSON:  HOW I BECAME A DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER IN 12 EASY
MONTHS.  A professional still photographer and car artist ("Cartist")
for many years, Larry Neilson had hardly held a video camera in his
hands until January 2003, when he began a course in digital video for
the Web. A few weeks later he found himself in the swirl of history in
the making as he filmed the record-setting February 15 peace march
through downtown Seattle, an event which changed his life. Amazed by the
power of the medium - a film made on his own desktop computer at home -
he has been exploring the theme and refining his skills ever since. He
will share his results, anecdotes of the journey, and thoughts on
digital video's relevance to grass-roots independent media, showing 3
short Quicktime movies about the peace movement and the need for peace
in our lives while also discussing the technicalities of digital
filmmaking and publishing to the web.
http://www.cityofart.net/sample.html .
 
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*  RANDY ROWLAND:  THE POWER IN THE IMAGE:  A SHORT COURSE IN STOPPING
THOSE WHO WILL STOP AT NOTHING.  Anybody who dreams of a better future
for our planet than the Grim Reapers Who Run Things has to come up
against the question "How do you stop those who will stop at nothing?"
Guerilla artists and journalists have a plan, and veteran protester
Randy Rowland, of the PepperSpray Productions Indymedia video
collective, will tell us what that is.  Randy was one of the "Presidio
27" anti-Vietnam War mutineers convicted of mutiny in 1968.  In 1989, he
was the "veteran who napalmed 1,000 US flags" the moment US flag-burning
became illegal, the resulting case prompting the Supreme Court's
overturning of that law.  Ever since, he has been curating and creating
politically aware art-focused projects from the Labor Films Screening
Series to his weekly public access TV show, Indymedia Presents.
(http://www.thinksmall.org/pepperspray/).
 
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*  MARK TAYLOR-CANFIELD:  MYSTERY VIDEO WORKS.  These works are only
mysterious because Mark hasn't told us what he'll be showing yet - but
his long-term dedication to art and protest began with his time as his
high school's Student Body President, during which he focused on
fighting for student self-governance and antagonizing local authorities,
and spans his infamous arrest during his own performance at Seattle
Symphony's Benaroya Hall ("Composer Nabbed, Piano Saved" - Seattle
Weekly), along with numerous articles, performance pieces and consistent
challenges to the local artistic and political status quo.  A
classically-trained musician and composer who also works with
electronic, computer and experimental music, Mark a well-known and
sometimes controversial fixture in the Northwest.  He also writes and
works with video and other media.
 
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Performance:
 
*  DJ BIOS+A+IC will spin cds featuring local and international sound
sculptors and sonic architects. Bios+a+ic is the solo alias of Wesley
Davis of entropic advance (http://www.entropicadvance.com/). Wesley
fuses ambient, noise, experimental, glitch and texture to create a lucid
and encompassing musical environment. 
 
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More about the WEAPONS OF MASS DistrACTION Project:
 
*  "America's system of government relies on citizens as the ultimate
check and balance to its power, and on the media to provide citizens
with objective reporting on trends and events.  The Weapons of Mass
DistrACTION Project's mission is to safeguard this system by fighting
media consolidation and bolstering independent media sources.  The
Project mobilizes the talents and resources of the artistic community to
raise funds, educate the public, and provide vital links between
artists, activists and voters.
<http://www.weaponsofmassdistractionproject.org/>
http://www.weaponsofmassdistrACTIONproject.org".
 
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In summary:
 
WHAT:             dorkbot 11:  WEAPONS OF MASS distrACTION PROJECT 
WHEN:             WEDNESDAY, 2ndh JUNE at 7.30 PM
WHERE:           CoCA (http://www.cocaseattle.org for directions) - NOTE
NEW LOCATION, and that CONSTRUCTION is in progress
BRING:             Work in progress, and open mind, anything you'd like
to share or discuss 
DRESS:            DOWN, in case of CONSTRUCTION DUST - hardhats optional
(but so Village People chic)
RSVP:              PLEASE RSVP to dorkbotsea at dorkbot.org.  It helps us
plan seating, drinks etc..
ADMISSION:     FREE, donations to CoCA encouraged
 
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As usual, if you'd like to speak or perform at, or curate, a future
dorkbot, just let Kate know via dorkotsea at dorkbot.org.
 
Thanks as ever go to CoCA, our simply smashing hosts.
 
See you on the 5th - and don't hesitate to get in touch by email if you
have any comments or questions beforehand.
http://dorkbot.org/dorkbotsea will be updated with more speaker and
performance details, images etc. shortly.  Oh - and RSVP, please.
 
 
K
 
 
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