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  • Vanessa Blaylock 19:16 on 06/08/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Art History, Computer Art, EZTV,   

    Andrea Foenander 

    Michael’s invited Andrea Foenander to join us on Monday! Here’s the talk she gave at EZTV in April!

    She’s got a lot of compelling ideas as well as an exciting upcoming project to tell us about. Ideas like

    How would contemporary culture & art historical discourse be different if Charles Saatchi liked riding a bicycle through a virtual landscape instead of plopping formaldehyde sharks on gallery floors?

    Michael has asked similar questions when he’s talked about all that art history has failed to include in recent times. For myself, I’ve felt that work with Virtual Reality & Virtual Worlds has existed in a space separate from the object production & commodity culture of the main art historical narrative.

    An event like Burning Man exists largely off the art historical grid. It’s not much talked about in museums, galleries, art fairs. Yeah it’s had impact in so many ways, including inspiring Philip Rosedale to create his Virtual World. Famously, one of the key reasons Larry Page & Sergey Brin allowed Eric Schmidt to be CEO of Google, was because he’d been to Burning Man.

    Does New Media want/need validation from Old Media? Or does it create its own independent cultural narratives?

     
  • Vanessa Blaylock 12:44 on 11/07/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , EZTV, , , ,   

    ONE Night Video 

    Michael just sent over a video from our mixed reality collaboration with EZTV & Donna Sternberg & Dancers. TY!!

     
    • Monerda Skute 18:14 on 11/07/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! The live dancers were wonderful. And they had a freaking drone flying around! How cool is that!?! Congrats to everyone involved in the production!

  • Vanessa Blaylock 20:45 on 06/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: EZTV, Flyby, Harmony Sandalphon, , Monerda Skute, , Scarlett Luv,   

    ONE Night Pix 

    Installation view of a plaza with dancers and projections.

    Monerda Skute (pink) & Trilby Minotaur (blue) VR dancing on the side of a building as LED illuminated dancers perform on the ground.

    Oh wow! We never knew we were on! We waited from 8-11pm waiting for our cue, and were told a few times, You’re on in 5 minutes, but we thought we’d never been cued. Apparently, we were on! For about 1/2 hour they tell me. We never were cued to do Section 3, the most animated and live portion of the performance, but as you see here, Monerda, Trilby, Harmony & Scarlett were projected in gigantic splendor in the outdoor performance in Los Angeles celebrating the anniversary of EZTV.
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    • Monerda Skute 06:00 on 07/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I apologize for duplicating my comments, just realized I wanted to say congrats here. Not enough caffeine yet πŸ˜€ “Michael, Van and fellow cast: It is so cool that your dance performance was a success and congrats about LA Weekly giving it Top 5 honors! We avatars had fun despite anxiously awaiting our cue πŸ™‚ The projection photos look great and I can’t wait to see video. I bet the RL dancers were super!”

    • Vanessa Blaylock 12:11 on 07/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Dear anyone reading – I’d love your thoughts!

      The projection you see is avatars on a “white” background. Technically an SL “white” but not “full bright” white. I thought “full bright” might cause gamma issues with the on-site projector.

      I thought about a Black background – this would have been cool in that instead of illuminating the whole side of the building, we’d only have avatars up there dancing. My fear was that the dancer’s bodies tend to roll into shadow, so with a black background you’d only get 2/3 of a body or so with the rest disappearing into shadow.

      So, the white background felt, all things considered, aesthetically preferable.

      What do you think?

    • Scar 16:12 on 07/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      i think its pretty cool either way good job us!

      • Vanessa Blaylock 16:32 on 07/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks again Scar! And Harm, Moni & Trilby! Haha, I didn’t realize we were on… but hey… you guys look great! πŸ˜€

    • Christa Forster 12:25 on 09/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I liked what Kate Johnson had to say today in the Mixed Berry Shake hangout: they both worked in different ways — the black background featured the dancers as floating on the surface; the white background highlighted the dancers beautifully.

  • Vanessa Blaylock 17:58 on 31/05/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: EZTV, ,   

    ONE Night VR Costumes 

    photo of avatar modeling wardrobe

    Trilby, in the wardrobe, with ponytail, and optional stars

    Our VR Costumer Trilby found some stars that can go with the wardrobe.
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  • Vanessa Blaylock 11:05 on 14/05/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Choreography, , EZTV, , VBCO   

    ONE Night 

    logos for the ONE Night event: City of West Hollywood, EZTV, LA ACM Siggraph

    ONE Night, 31 May 2014

    ONE Night: EZTV, LA ACM SIGGRAPH, and Digital Art in West Hollywood
    is coming up on Saturday 31 May! Vanessa Blaylock Company is collaborating with EZTV & Donna Sternberg, et al on a Mixed Reality component to the evenings activities. Our avatars will be projected outdoors on an inflatable balloon or the side of a building.
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    • Michael J Masucci 15:25 on 14/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Your avatars will definately be projected on a building, not nthe ballon, which will project the drone camera’s transmission. The buildin will be a library, your image will be 45′ wide and projected using a 18,000 lumen Barco projector

    • Michael J. Masucci 08:07 on 28/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Van,

      Any chance you could do a test of our Wi-Fi connection today between noon and 3 or 4Pm? I will be at the location and want to do asimple test with just Google Hangout+ nto make sure we have an adequate connection on site. Thingsa re really progressing and we are so happy that you are a very BIG part of this!

  • Vanessa Blaylock 13:39 on 16/04/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Andrea Foreander, Computer Graphics, Essex Girls, EZTV, , Siggraph,   

    EZTV Talk by Andrea Foreander

    EZTV’s co-hosting a young scholar from the U.K. who’s been creating and Anthology on Computer Art & researching EZTV’s history.

    Google hangout:
    Wed 6-8 California time

    * Andrea Foreander / 18th Street Events
    * Andrea Foreander / An Essex Girls Guide to the Universe

     
    • Vanessa Blaylock 09:49 on 17/04/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Andrea’s talk was very Interesting! Unfortunately the audio was pretty hard to hear: I think it might have been a combination of speakers not being that close to the microphone in a boomy room, multiplied by massive Google Hangout audio compression & audio artifacts. When it’s a “broadcast” more than a “Hangout / Chat” maybe we should try something like Ustream and see if it’s any clearer / less compressed. For some reason, perhaps mic proximity or vocal characteristics, whenever Michael spoke he was the 1 person that way crystal clear! πŸ˜€

      I’m dashing out of the studio ATM, but here’s 3 interesting points Michael raised, and I’ll comment about them later in the day:

      1. Siggraph as “trade show”
      2. Archival issues in new media
      3. Who transcends new media to become historically important

      Thanks so much for streaming Andrea’s talk!

  • Vanessa Blaylock 17:50 on 14/04/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: EZTV, , ,   

    Fly-By VR Cast:

    Dear Moni, Trilby, Mireille & Aeon! aka “Owen’s Band!”

    There’s a new Mixed Reality project brewing and I thought I’d turn first to “The Band” to see about your interest / availability.
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    • Mireille Jenvieve-Woodford 09:12 on 15/04/2014 Permalink | Reply

      This sounds like fun! Thank you for the note, Vanessa. The timing seems good for me, and I look forward to learning more.
      Happy SPRING!

  • Vanessa Blaylock 06:17 on 13/03/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: EZTV, ,   

    What’s On [My] Mind – Live Hangout! 

    Live from Houston!

     
    • Christa Forster 13:38 on 13/03/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful! Thank you for this, Vanessa. I just posted in another place that my %#^& screen recording plan went awry because I FAILED TO TURN IT ON before the performance. I recorded every other thing — every rehearsal, whether formal or informal, making sure I had the technology down. Then, at the moment when it mattered, I failed!

      Hah! “Ruin is a great teacher….” Indeed.

      Also, Michael told me that the second performance was marred technologically by someone-who-shall-soon-be-clobbered’s unmuted microphone! (my husband’s).

      Hah! Again. Perhaps it was my male ancestors making their presence known.

      Here’s to you, Mistress of the Muted Microphone! Thanks for your support. It means a lot to me.

      xo

  • Vanessa Blaylock 17:53 on 10/03/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: EZTV, , ,   

    Blueberry Hangout, March 2014 

    Christa, Molly, Michael & I had our monthly Blueberry Hangout today. We were joined by Isabella Medici who’s recruiting faculty for Medici University.

    Everybody is so busy!

    Christa:
    http://14pews.org/calendar.asp?pageid=15&calid=908

    Molly is doing several things with her Opal Whiteley project, links coming soon:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opal_Whiteley

    Michael: OMG! The USC Libraries One Archive is ALL about EZTV!
    http://one.usc.edu/category/programs/upcoming-programs/

    Rebecca:
    we unfortunately had some sort of connection mishap with Rebecca, but here’s her latest blog post:
    http://rebeccalongworth.blogspot.com/2014/03/no-there-there.html

    Katrina doesn’t love us anymore (just kidding!) but here’s the teaser for her exciting new solo show:
    http://katrinaschaag.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/upcoming-solo-show/

    Isabella:
    http://MediciUniversity.co.uk
    http://1560.MediciPrincess.com

     
  • Vanessa Blaylock 15:43 on 07/02/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Domenico Quaranta, EZTV, , , , Laurie Beth Clark, Matthias Fritsch, O Lover! O Death!, , Rhizome, Technoviking   

    Blueberry Hangout Agenda – Monday 9a EZT 

    Hangout-Katrina

    Katrina is our scheduled facilitator for Monday. I haven’t heard if she’s available yet, so here’s a tentative agenda if Katina is not facilitating. (If she is, then our agenda will be whatever she’d like to set.)

    Blueberry Hangout, 10 Feb 2014

    9-10am EZT on Monday 10 Feb (EZT = EZTV Time = PST or California Time)

    Agenda

    1. Hello, chitchat, catching up
    2. Info, Questions, Feedback on Katrina’s O Lover! O Death! currently a part of Laurie Beth Clark (Spatula)’s Ossuary exhibition, and whose heroine, Edison Marshall (1950, 1850, 2500 BCE) we hope will be participating in Christa’s #1850charla
    3. Info, Questions, Feedback on Christa’s 28 Feb Event #1850charla
    4. Info, Questions, Feedback on Michael’s 12 Apr Event Fly-By & parent project In (The Dark)
    5. For our “PBR Discussion” I thought we might take a look at the interview Rhizome published in Dec between Italian critic/curator Domenico Quaranta and German experimental video artist Matthias Fritsch of Technoviking fame/infamy.
     
    • Molly Ross 08:18 on 08/02/2014 Permalink | Reply

      sounds great! I have another video chat scheduled right before so I may be a minute late logging into Blueberries. It’s a lot on the agenda but I look forward to hearing updates about everyone’s projects. Talk to you monday!

      • Vanessa Blaylock 06:19 on 09/02/2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Molly, Michael & Christa… I’ve not heard from Katrina or Rebecca yet… so we may be short of our “6 Blueberries” this month… what do you think of inviting someone else to sit in with us? Like Ciara? Or Kate? Or?

        That might be diluting the Blueberry “team.” Or it might be maintaining the team across natural evolution. Any thoughts or preferences?

  • Vanessa Blaylock 16:30 on 19/01/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: EZT, EZTV, , , Time Zone   

    New “EZT” time zone!
    Now that we aren’t enrolled in a course at Stanford anymore, we might as well stop calling “California Time” “Stanford Time.” But it’s still as good a time zone as any since a couple of us are there and the EZTV April 12 event is there. Also SL, based out of SF, runs on that time zone also, aka “SLT.” So I propose we use “EZTV Time” and to keep with the style of PST, EST, GMT, CET, etc, why don’t we just call it “EZT”

     
  • Christa Forster 14:55 on 31/12/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: EZTV, TED   

    Reading this article, I thought of Michael Masucci’s worry that our technology could be creating a cultural vacuum. If the grid goes out, what happens to all the art that is stored there digitally?

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/30/we-need-to-talk-about-ted

     
    • mjmasucci 23:14 on 01/01/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting article, Christa. I liked how it clearly describes the “American Idolization” not only of science, but of thought in general. It has become far more important how many re-tweets an idea gets, than if the idea has specific merits for discourse. In such a paradigm, the flat earth theory would have won.
      TED is infotainment, disguised as discourse. That’s not necessarily bad, but the model needs to mature, evolve, and become less like a sales pitch, and more like a discussion (hard to do with its one-way lecture format).

  • Christa Forster 00:21 on 17/12/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: EZTV, Open Culture, Promotion,   

    Open Culture 

     

    Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 6.15.37 PM

    Today I referenced Open CultureΒ while hanging out with the Blueberries. My recommendation is that Michael promote the EZTV archives by tweeting out links to different content, the way Open Culture promotes its content.

    Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 6.18.05 PMΒ  Β Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 6.19.56 PM

     
    • Vanessa 01:09 on 17/12/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Gravatars are tied to email accounts. So if the email associated with a site is different than the email for your gravatar, you might get a “waveatar” instead.

      You potentially could have a different email address on your own WP blog, and here on .Re/act and you could even have a different email over on .Re/search. If you wanted to, you could change the email on address on any or all of those sites, and then the corresponding gravatar would show up on comments.

      • Michael Masucci 23:16 on 19/12/2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Christa,

        I will definitely start looking into this and the other flavors of social media that you, Vanessa and others are suggesting. They are all really great ideas. Around Jan 18th, we plan to announce the formal press release, not just about the EZTV Museum projects, but some related events, including several exhibitions and performances (including one that Van will be virtually participating in). We will attempt to distribute ti through both existing social media channels, but also through more traditional press outlets. This will be in conjunction with USC, as well as through the email lists of about half a dozen art organizations here in LA.

        Your suggestions have been great, and much appreciated, so never hesitate to give your thoughts, criticisms, etc. as we move forward.

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