Wednesday, 9 July 2014

1914 Gardener




Been planting the leeks. 

Must be time to fix the watering can. 

The compost bin. 

It's gonna hurt my back fixing the the posts in the outer field. 

Picked some sage for afternoon tea. 

The head gardener keeps the shed nice and tidy. 

Milk thistle for headaches, especially the ones the morning after the night before. 

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Magna Mysteria (+playlist)







Magna Mysteria twitter feed lists 332 tweets.

When I use the twitter API I can only get 229 tweets off their timeline. So presumably some of the tweets are private or deleted?

The oldest tweet I can see on the Twitter website is time tamped at 2:39 AM - 5 Jul 2013. The oldest tweet I can extract into my database is timestamped 2013-05-12 13:13:52 There are four additional tweets in my database that precede the oldest tweet on the twitte.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

%40 of theatre tweets are a retweet - last 100 tweets of 169 UK Theatre NPOs

Thursday, 1 May 2014

The materials of the internet

Can you apply the concept of 'Truth to Materials'  to developing creative work on the internet?


Or are networked communications just a marketing tool?

 A talk by Dane Watkins, research assistant to Dr Misha Myers on Augmenting Impact with Social Media in collaboration with Wildworks theatre company and Falmouth University part funded by the European Union through the European Social Fund, project no. 011200NCO5


The project investigates how ‬social‭ ‬media‭ ‬can be‭ ‬employed‭ ‬effectively‭ ‬to‭ ‬understand,‭ ‬document‭ ‬and‭ ‬develop‭ ‬the‭ ‬long-term‭ ‬impact‭ ‬of‭ ‬performance‭ ‬work‭ ‬that‭ ‬takes‭ ‬place‭ ‬outside‭ ‬the‭ ‬traditional‭ ‬context‭ ‬and‭ ‬conventions‭ ‬of‭ ‬the‭ ‬theatre‭ ‬space‭?

The talk is in three parts
  1. The influence behind my own work and how four animators used the material of film to make work
  2. How I have used the materials of the internet to make work
  3. How we will collaborate with Wildworks to develop creative content with social media.

Truth to Materials

Plates from the Seven Lamps of Architecture wikipedia

The innate qualities of the materials should influence the work.

celluloid film

 


Old film


Norman McLaren discusses drawings onto film 6:55


 Colour Box by Len Lye, 1937
The first direct to film animation remade as an advert for the GPO.



Synchromy by Norman McLaren , 1971
Produced with an optical printer



Roobarb and Custard by Bob Godfrey
'wobbly' style of animation


RCA animation show reel, 2008 1:20
'wobbly' style of animation is still in use


 Terry Gilliam shows cutout style, 2:40

 

What are the materials of the internet?

 

Raster vs Vector


 
empty days



love match



iconikit


Now we are developing three practice based experiments as part of a research project funded by the European Social Fund  involving a partnership between Falmouth University and Wildworks Theatre Company:

    1 Augmenting‭ ‬performance‭ ‬through‭ ‬social‭ ‬media‭

‬In‭ ‬the‭ ‬month‭ ‬leading‭ ‬up‭ ‬to‭ ‬the‭ ‬Wildworks‭ ‬performance‭ ‬100‭ ‬Wildworks‭ ‬will‭ ‬publish‭ ‬a‭ ‬twitter‭ ‬feed‭ ‬of‭ ‬Jack‭ ‬a‭ ‬1914‭ ‬gardner.‭ ‬While‭ ‬the‭ ‬performance‭ ‬focusses‭ ‬on‭ ‬the‭ ‬impact‭ ‬of‭ ‬the‭ ‬WW1‭ ‬on‭ ‬the‭ ‬gardens‭ ‬the‭ ‬twitter‭ ‬feed‭ ‬augments‭ ‬the‭ ‬story‭ ‬by‭ ‬detailing‭ ‬the‭ ‬intimate‭ ‬tweets‭ ‬of‭ ‬one‭ ‬gardener‭’‬s‭ ‬day‭ ‬to‭ ‬day‭ ‬life‭ ‬in‭ ‬1914.

    2 Documenting‭ ‬the‭ ‬long‭ ‬tail‭ ‬of‭ ‬performance‭

‬A‭ ‬purpose‭ ‬built‭ ‬web‭ ‬app‭‭ ‬will‭ ‬archive‭ and annotate the ‬social‭ ‬media‭ ‬interactions‭ ‬of‭ ‬Cornwall‭ ‬Youth‭ ‬Theatre‭ ‬as‭ ‬part‭ ‬of‭ ‬their‭ ‬professional‭ ‬development‭ ‬during‭ ‬the‭ ‬100‭ ‬performance.

    3 Crowdsourcing‭ ‬meta‭ ‬tags‭

‬Thousands‭ ‬of‭ ‬previous‭ ‬Wildworks‭ ‬participants‭ ‬will‭ ‬be‭ ‬invited‭ ‬to‭ ‬respond‭ ‬and‭ ‬tag‭ ‬non-semantic‭ ‬archives.‭ ‬This‭ ‬experiment‭ ‬investigates‭ ‬how‭ ‬crowdsourcing‭ ‬could‭ ‬help‭ ‬Theatre‭ ‬Companies‭ ‬develop‭ ‬ongoing‭ ‬dialogue‭ ‬with‭ ‬their‭ ‬audience‭ ‬and‭ ‬meta‭ ‬tag‭ ‬archives.‭

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

storing media

Arts organisations generate large amounts of digital content and particularly photographs from documenting work and events. These archives are generally stored on hard drives which have an expected life span of 3-5 years. Backblaze, online storage company say that '78% of the drives we buy are living longer than four years'. Which also means that 22% of their drives didn't last longer than four years. There is no way of knowing which one will fail. Hard drives are a temporary storage solution. An effective hard drive archiving system would use an array of hard drives requiring dedicated maintenance and even then can not guarantee against data loss.

Storing all media online offsets the the maintenance of the drives to a storage company. Publishing the media online has the added benefit of making the content accessible to anyone with a networked computer. Online storage requires initial work in appropriately labelling and describing all media content but then increases an organisation's web presence. A greater range of potential search terms (appropriately tagged media) increases the number of internet paths to an art's organisation's content.

Online storage options
  1. Your own web server
    Set up a a computer as your own web server and serve up your own content.
    pro - complete control over your own content
    con - very high maintenance levels
  2. Store them in the cloud with a storage provider.
    pro - he best cloud storage companies distribute their content across hundred of servers so that when one machine dies or the power fails the customer can still access their data.
    con - most servers are located in the US and the data is not protected by the European Data Protection Act.
    Cloud storage is subscription based, when a customer stops paying their susbscription the content is deleted.
  3. Store them in an image hosting site like flickr
    pro - very cheap and increases web presence through social media networks
    con - access to the content can change at any time and potential vendor failure would lead to loss of data
Any archive solution needs to be a mix of different strategies. The only idiot proof no-maintenance solution is to print the content on archival stock and store in a bomb proof time capsule but this would have accessibility issues.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Manifesto for an Active Archive

The Active Archives project starts from the observation that most of the interesting cultural archives that have been developed over the last few years have taken advantage of those new facilities for instant publishing, but mostly in the form of websites that mirror regular information brochures, announcements and text-publishing. Often, they are conceived as "We" give information to "You". Within Active Archives, we aim to set up multi-directional communication channels, and are interested in making information circulate back and forth. We would like to give material away and receive it transformed: enriched by different connections, contexts and contradictions. 

active archives

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Who Uses Social Media?

In May 2013, 74% of women were users of social networking sites, compared with 62% of men.

As of September 2013:
  • 71% of online adults use Facebook
  • 18% of online adults use Twitter
  • 17% use Instagram
  • 21% use Pinterest
  • 22% use LinkedIn
Pew Internet Project

In Social Media Examiner’s 2013 End of Year Report, marketers now place very high value on social media marketing:
  • 86% of marketers stated that social media is important for their business
  • 89% of marketers stated that increased exposure was the number one benefit of social media marketing
Read more

see Social Media Useage Survey

What is Social Media?

Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein define social media as "a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content."[2]

What are the ideological and technological foundations of web 2.0?

Web 2.0 sites allow users to do more than just retrieve information. Instead of merely 'reading', a user is invited to 'write' as well, or contribute to the content available to everyone in a user friendly way.
Wikipedia

 Traditional Media

Traditional media such as print publishing, TV, film and radio can be described as passive media,  authored and delivered as finished content package that accepts no further revision. The audience receives the package in it's completed form and passively digests whatever it contains. The reader may have thoughts about the content but these thoughts will have no effect on the package.

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is dynamic and delivers an adaptable news feed that changes with circumstance. The content can be dynamic because it responds to a changing data feed, such as weather pages, tide times and energy feeds. Or the content can be dynamic because it adapts or reflects user interaction, this can be a simple as adding user comments or can be more complex such as Wikpedia which revises pages on user instruction.

Technology

Technology
What powers instagram
The shift from relational databases to unstructured data.

Authorised Content

Social Media platforms are walled gardens that can only be accessed by authorised users.

What are the potential advantages of using social media for the performance sector

What is Social Media?

Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein define social media as "a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content."[2]

Social Media platforms are walled gardens that can only be accessed by authorised users.

What are the ideological and technological foundations of web 2.0

Who Uses Social Media

In May 2013, 74% of women were users of social networking sites, compared with 62% of men.

As of September 2013:
  • 71% of online adults use Facebook
  • 18% of online adults use Twitter
  • 17% use Instagram
  • 21% use Pinterest
  • 22% use LinkedIn
Pew Internet Project

Who uses Social Media?

In Social Media Examiner’s 2013 End of Year Report, marketers now place very high value on social media marketing:
  • 86% of marketers stated that social media is important for their business
  • 89% of marketers stated that increased exposure was the number one benefit of social media marketing
Read more 

Why use Social Media?

There are over 24 million active Twitter users and over 33 million Facebook users in the UK. In any one day there are 500 million tweets worldwide and the number of daily Facebook users is growing at a rate of 25% each year.
Social media has the power to share a lot of information, instantly - it's low on cost and time but high on impact and value.
Arts Council England


Social Media Tools

Social Media as Marketing

Social Media is seen as important by marketing companies as a way of promoting brand recognition and by the Arts Council as a way of developing arts audiences. Companies are expected to develop their social media feeds as well as their websites. But what do social media platforms add to already existing marketing tools, such as brochures, posters, radio and televisions, how can you measure the impact of social media and what does it mean when fifty followers 'like' your article. Does this translate into new audiences?

Social Media as Art

Social Media is also a new medium and means for expressing ideas as well as advertising events. Artists have always experimented with new technology. The conceptual artist Don Celender experimented with the questionnaire in the seventies with books like “Opinions of Working People Concerning the Arts”. The New York Correspondence School experimented with the postal system as a way of communicating between artists and audience. How are theatre companies experimenting with Social Media as content?

Social Media is Pervasive

Web content can be accessed on mobile devices such as tablets, phone and e-readers. The audience can be anywhere. 15% of page views are seen on a mobile device http://www.netmarketshare.com/report.aspx?qprid=61

Social Media as Engagement

Social Media is defined by it's exchange of user generated content. How can Social Media complement the social engagement


Social Media as Fundraiser

How do performance companies use Social Media

  • marketing
  • participation and feedback
  • art
  • crowdfunding

Develop a  survey that collates the social media platforms that people use and their age. We can't collect any personal information
Which of these social platforms do you use?
Which email provider do you use

Bebo


Delicious
deviantART
Dropbox
Facebook
Flickr
Google+
Instagram
Last.fm
LinkedIn
myspace
Skype
SoundCloud
spotify
StumbleUpon
Tumblr
Twitter
Windows Live
Yahoo! Groups

Saturday, 8 February 2014

The Dandy & the Mute

New exhibition by Clare Thornton

The Dandy & the Mute at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, Wales 11 Jan – 1 Mar 2014

A restrained flourish, a guarded flamboyance – competing tendencies at play.

Tuesday 11 February
Clare Thornton, artist: ‘Responding to Site’
Clare Thornton works within a conceptual craft framework exploring specific locations, libraries and archives to create new works for galleries, museums and other sites.

Catch up with all her latest news at https://twitter.com/ClareThornton