“Repo History”

Posted by Ian on Dec 5, 2011 in blog

REPOhistory existed from 1989-2000 REPOhistory began in Manhattan in 1989 as a study group of artists, scholars, teachers, and writers focused on the relationship of history to contemporary society. It grew into a forum for developing public art projects based on history and a platform for creating them. For the past ten years REPOhistory’s goal […]

Russia’s YouTube Whistle-blower

Posted by Ian on Aug 3, 2010 in blog | No Comments

We’ve had virtual choirs, countless bad cover versions of popular songs and opening credit sequences from nearly every 1980s children’s programme that was ever produced… Though the fascination with the ability to syndicate one’s individual AV perspective and persona has produced an amazing tool documenting and sharing the complexity and diversity of human creativity and […]

The Crises of Capitalism: An RSAnimate

Posted by Ian on Jul 5, 2010 in blog | No Comments

In this RSA Animate, radical sociologist David Harvey asks if it is time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane? This is based on a lecture at the RSA (www.theRSA.org). Give into the urge! www.culturge.com

Turn any politician green: Guerrilla Gardening to recycle election posters

Posted by Ian on Jun 6, 2009 in blog | No Comments

It’s the time of year again when our streets are plastered with faces of the ambitious will-to-power types vying for a spot in national and European politics. Of course, it’s important that people know how their representatives are and are able to recognise them, but there is an uncomfortable ecological feeling seeing all the paper […]

Tiananmen Square 20 years on: The Brolly Blockout

Posted by Ian on Jun 4, 2009 in blog | No Comments

It’s not quite ‘Singing in the Rain’, but the use of umbrellas in Tiananmen Square by under cover Chinese police to block out international media does have a feeling of choreography about it. Below is a short video of BBC correspondent James Reynolds in a dance with plainclothes police just opposite the square. Give into […]

East of New Eden: Alban Kakulya and the borders of the European Union

Posted by Ian on Apr 17, 2009 in blog | No Comments

A soldier stares out across a vast and expanding horizon. His presence marks a line, a border between the European Union and beyond. Without his presence, would this merely be another beach, another vista? Borders and boundaries are human ideological constructions – ways of ordering the world to help establish systems of governance, control and […]

Battlestar Galactica Summit at the United Nations

Posted by Ian on Mar 31, 2009 in blog | No Comments

On Tuesday 17 March 2009, the United Nations‘ ECOSOC Chamber was host to the Admiral of the Battlestar Galactica (official site here), William Adama, and the President of the Twelve Colonies, Laura Roslin. The panel of actors Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell and the conceivers of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series Ronald D. Moore […]

The Obama Inauguration: Were you there?

Posted by Ian on Mar 17, 2009 in blog | No Comments

Big brother is definitely watching. A multi-image panoramic graphic (which you can see here) of the crowd allows you to zoom deep into the crowd at the inauguration and spot all your friends or enemies. Though given the public availability of this type of visual documentation makes me wonder what sort of tools and information […]

Wireside chats: Obama’s Weekly Youtube Addresses

Posted by Ian on Jan 28, 2009 in blog | No Comments

The Obama presidency has marked a number of historic precedents, and this past Saturday morning was not without its own historic moment. On 24 January 2009, Obama released his first ‘wireside chat‘ as president – using the popular video-sharing platform Youtube (currently owned by Google). Following in the footsteps of FDR’s ‘fireside chats’ during the […]

Relational Politics: A new social deal for America?

Posted by Ian on Jan 20, 2009 in blog | No Comments

Photo by Win McNamee / Getty Images Today, an estimated crowd of between 2 million and 5 million people descended on downtown Washington, D.C. to witness the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. Completely covering the 3 mile span from The United States Capitol Building past […]