We’ve just posted the first episode of our new mashup series, THE BRAIN DUMP. Only on #Patreon. You can support the show for as little as $1 per month, but the first one’s always free, kid…
In the right hands, it could be great. It all comes down to the writing, which needs to have Serling’s bite, and the application design – the user experience – which has to find creative ways to engage the audience to explore a multithreaded plotline without being stupid or obvious. If the technology makes you think about IT rather than the story, it’s failed.
Well, as a matter of fact, I think they’re in good hands!
“Interlude is known for making videos that play like sophisticated choose-your-own-adventure films. The company’s tech first rose to popular prominence more than two years ago with a video revival of Bob Dylan‘s classic anthem “Like a Rolling Stone.” It allowed viewers to channel surf among 16 channels of different actors and reality-TV stars, all lip-syncing along with Dylan’s song.”
The interactive “Like a Rolling Stone” KICKED ASS. It was a seamless and smooth implementation of a great idea, and a technical marvel. So put me down as more than cautiously optimistic about all this. Time, at last, will tell.
Sun Ra’s Full Lecture & Reading List From His 1971 UC Berkeley Course, “The Black Man in the Cosmos”
In 1971, he served as artist-in-residence at UC Berkeley and offered a spring semester lecture, African-American Studies 198, also known as “Sun Ra 171,” “The Black Man in the Universe,” or “The Black man in the Cosmos.”
…Now we have the rare opportunity to hear a full lecture from that class at the top of the post. Listen to Sun Ra spin his intricate, bizarrely otherworldly theories, drawn from his personal philosophy, peculiar etymologies, and idiosyncratic readings of religious texts. Hearing him speak is a little like hearing him play, so be prepared for a lot of free association and jarring, unexpected juxtapositions.
“Sun Ra wrote biblical quotes on the board and then ‘permutated’ them—rewrote and transformed their letters and syntax into new equations of meaning, while members of the Arkestra passed through the room, preventing anyone from taping the class. His lecture subjects included Neoplatonic doctrines; the application of ancient history and religious texts to racial problems; pollution and war; and a radical reinterpretation of the Bible in light of Egyptology.”
Luckily for us, some sly student captured one of those lectures on tape.
“After disappearing for nearly three decades, Paul Reubens’s subversive alter ego returns — and seems more radical than ever.”
His new movie is a collaboration with the demented lunatics who gave us WONDER SHOWZEN. I can’t wait.
One of the most original – and creepy – independent animations I’ve seen. An entire stop-motion world, created on a shoestring. Well worth your time.
An astonishing piece of work. My colleagues and I keep coming back to it as a reference point for what can be done with truly interactive art. I’d love to see him do something with Magritte or Dali.
A terrific essay that pretty well nails what it is about this show that makes it so special.