cultural logic

been reading frederic jameson. Jerome told me i was 5 years out of date, but i still found something useful there.

the computer kept crashing, so i couldn't edit the sound very well, and you can't really hear anything, but if I don't post this now, it'll never get done. no time no time. been speedvlogging, or whatever Raymond calls it, i suppose.


as a conscientious phd student, here's the full quote:

"Now reference and reality disappear altogether, and even meaning - the signified - is problematized. We are left with that pure and random play of signifiers that we call postmodernism, which no longer produces monumental works of the modernist type but ceaselessly reshuffles the fragments of preexistent texts, the building blocks of older cultural and social production, in some new and heightened bricolage: metabooks which cannibalize other books, metatexts which collate bits of other texts - such is the logic of postmodernism in general, which finds one of its strongest and most original, authentic forms in the new art of experimental video." Frederic Jameson, Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic Of Late Capitalism, p. 96

Homemade sound.


Sisters of the corn

My sister and I face the horrors of a haunted Iowa corn maze. From her new vlog site, Sticks and Stones. Talk about screaming like little girls. Be prepared to cover your ears! Cross-posted at Nanoramas

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Eliza Karagezian Talks About Domestic Abuse

In this video, Eliza Kargezian talks about the problems of gettng women to report domestic violence and how the problems double with immigrant and undocumented women.

She talks about how the conversation on stopping domestic violence needs to be shared between women and men and gives an insight as to some of the cultural reasons Armenian women are most reluctant to report abuse. It is just me pointing the camera and letting the other person tell her story.

To get you up to speed on some of the issues immigrant and undocumented women face check out the following: Assista http://www.asistaonline.org and Non-Citizen Survivors of Domestic Violence

Always room for one more on the stoop: Out On The Stoop

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Tribute to the Folks' 50th Anniversary

Scanned every photo album I could get my hands on and cut the images together to tunes my parents love. Here's a little 2-D walk through their lives.

The project was my first attempt to use iMovie. It took forever to do. Mostly because I wanted it to be perfect. It's not. Despite my best efforts.

The pipe music is that of the City of Washington Pipe Band, friends of the family.

My parents and grandparents are deeply part of who I am. The better I know them, the better I know myself.

Charlie Glendinning is part of the band and is one of only a few human beings writing contemporary music for the bagpipe. The COW Pipe Band is tight and plays some of Charlie's work on this fine CD titled Scottish Rant

This video was originally shared on blip.tv by Jan of Sound with a Creative Commons Attribution license.

3:45 Lakeside bus

I love riding the bus. The rhythms, the personalities, the mix of sounds, the sense that this is one neverending circle. The Lakeside is especially good.
From Nanoramas

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The Gatorade? Commercial - Michfest 2006

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This was shot near the end of long crew (the 100 or so who work over a month on the festival crew) - this is a moment of inspirational improvisation...or an example of what can happen when you are deprived of t.v. for a month.

Not Touching...

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Joey and Dawn are dancing queens.

'nuff said.

The Marshmallow Eating Contest - Michfest 2006

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On the second last night of long crew we have a bonfire where we burn up all the scraps and crap that's left...a bag of marshmallows is just asking to be crammed into as many faces as possible. I got 13 in, Chicken couldn't beat me but Charles gave me a run for my money.

Next year I'm bringing the kingsize bag.


Flying Rats of San Francisco

Flying Rats of San Francisco

I have to be honest... my reaction was to grab my camera out of my bag rather than help the pigeon. Good thing there were so many social workers around. I will get my good karma helping the kids... I will let my co-workers help the pigeons. I am not a big fan of pigeons. They like to poop on me... I avoid them.



Olivia Thinking Out Loud About Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Olivia Rodriguez placed very interestng questions in my head.

What would I say to a young teenage girl who is being battered by her boyfriend?
Where did he learn it?
Why is this okay in 2006?
What would you say or do?

For more information: National Domestic Violence Hotline http://www.ndvh.org
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) and TDD number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-787-3224

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