Mar 19

Figuratively speaking, that is.  I just drew this portrait of him and now I want to explain why.

I first liked him when he spoke of dismantling the media oligopolies in Greece.  His interview on that subject hit my radars at the same time as Sun News TV, the conservative mouthpiece in Canada, finally ran out of rich-guy lolly and closed its doors.  The happy feeling I got from that closure primed me to enjoy Varoufakis' explanation that rich people putting their pocket change into media outlets wasn't a formula for press freedom, rather quite the opposite.

Varoufakis is the new Greek finance minister who is taking Europe by storm, or at least trying.  He's the most public face of the Syriza government which pledged to cancel the cutbacks and austerity of the Euro-bailout.  He's not wearing a tie in the legislature - something which seems like nothing until you realize how rare this is in a Western parliament.  His casual style also helped him catch the eye of German media at a time when he was confronting their government with brick-wall obstinancy around paying back the loans Greece had borrowed under previous governments.  Then he, um, caved sort of.

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Feb 28

quebec

Aug 11

anonymooseThe film I made with Catherine Falkner during a residency at Black Bag Media Collective in St John's, Newfoundland is now in distribution with VIVO media arts, and the first screening from this relationship is happening at CineEco environmental film festival in Portugal in October (or as they say in Portugal, "outubro"!

The film, a surrealist propaganda movie against the spraying of Tordon 101 on Newfoundland's highways, will show this week in Seia, Portugal in competition with other shorts.

Thanks to Liz Solo for making that residency happen...

Aug 6

The Independent reports that Russia's military buildup on the Ukraine border could turn into an invasion on thin pretexts.

There are plenty of Russian troops already inside Ukraine (without even counting Crimea). I wouldn't be surprised if their massive troop buildup is just cover for men and materiel to flow into the occupied zones. It's a giant reserve and supply pool for the insurgents.

Most alarming is the Russian air combat exercise coming up. They will of course shoot down or make intercepts on a few Ukrainian planes, maybe drop supplies or do medium-altitude bombing runs. Close air support is probably out because it would be too easy to get photo and video evidence from the ground.  But the idea that they will just fly around and pretend to shoot at each other seems far-fetched.

The leaders of the rebellion are already openly identifying themselves as infiltrated Russian citizens, which makes the use of the word "separatist" dubious. The Russian-speakers who actually live in Ukraine are as likely to be terrified of the rebels as they are to support them.

Flick Harrison

Jul 19

I love this article and agree completely.

Why Google Glass Is So Bad and Hated and Will Never Work.

"People pay thousands of dollars to have lasers shot at their eyes so they don't have to wear glasses. People put little pieces of plastic right on their eyes so they don't have to wear glasses. People hate glasses.

You can feel them on your face. You can see them on your face. They restrict your peripheral vision. You have to keep track of them. If you take them off you have to carry them with you. Your one pair has to compliment all your clothes. Wearing glasses makes it harder to wear sunglasses and be cool. Lots of people don't like how they look in glasses. Though imo some are in actuality very fetching. Disclaimer I don't wear glasses."

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Jun 17

Jeff Younger's Devil Loops

I'm doing my first live improvised visual performance with Jeff Younger and some amazing dancers and performers tomorrow night at the Orpheum Annex!

TICKETS HERE

I'll be playing with video from Ukraine, with live animation, and VJ-type live cams.  I feel like someone has taken a DJ and said "here's a guitar!" which is pretty fun but also terrifying.  Come see me triumph or crash!  It will be a great event!

The event is produced by the Railtown Cultural Eclective...

- Flick

 

Jul 31

(So it's good to know my crazy professor hair gets attention, but they also say I have "an impressive portfolio of films...")

One week tech camp teaches youth filmmaking with a purpose

Words by Alicia McLean
Photos by Sheng Ho

Sitting with the instructors of Video Revolution! in the trendy yellow chairs of VIVO Media Arts Centre, I admire the bright, sunlit classroom-to-be. Panoramic desktop iMacs: check. Compact DSLRs: check. Pair of enthusiastic and quirky teachers: check. So, what makes this week-long (Aug 5-9) workshop different than the others in Vancouver?

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Jul 15

Video Revolution! Making your message

August 5-9, 2013
9 AM-4 PM
Final Exhibition: Friday, August 9, 4:30-6 PM

¡VIVO la revolución!

Youth ages 13-18 are invited to spend a week at VIVO immersed in the hands-on creation of documentaries, news, commercials, music videos, public service announcements, viral videos and/or other mediums for creating persuasive messaging. Use the powerful world of video to get your message out there.

This one-week intensive is ideal youth interested in media arts, video and filmmaking, and activism. Students will find and share examples of how digital media is used to influence what we buy, what we do, what we think and who we are through the internet, social media, TV and advertising. With increased media literacy and an understanding of techniques used to powerfully tell a story, students will script, shoot, edit and disseminate their own stories about the issues they care about.

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Jun 14

VIVO Youth Camps 2013

Video Revolution! Making your message

(click above for the application form and contact info)

August 5-9, 2013
9 AM-4 PM
Final Exhibition: Friday, August 9, 4:30-6 PM

¡VIVO la revolución!

Youth ages 13-18 are invited to spend a week at VIVO immersed in the hands-on creation of documentaries, news, commercials, music videos, public service announcements, viral videos and/or other mediums for creating persuasive messaging. Use the powerful world of video to get your message out there.

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Jun 5

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CNN Turkey shows cooking while CNN international covers the protests.

 Guardian coverage of Turkey is pretty good but this one is from a social-media analyst in Turkey.  Great summary of the history, leading up to the current events.

Is there a Social-Media Fueled Protest Style? An Analysis From #jan25 to #geziparki | technosociology.

"So, let’s get some of the Tahrir/Taksim comparisons out of the way. Turkey’s government, increasingly authoritarian or not, is duly elected and fairly popular. They have been quite successful in a number of arenas.  They were elected for the third time, democratically, in 2011. The economy has been doing relatively well amidst global recession, though it has slowed a bit recently and there are signs of worrisome bubbles. So, Turkey is not ruled by a Mubarak.

But it’s also not Sweden. The government has been displaying an increasingly tone-deaf, majoritarian-authoritarian tendency in that they are plowing through with divisive projects. (I should add that the opposition parties are spectacularly incompetent and should share any blame that goes around)..."

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