JR’s TED Prize wish: Use art to turn the world inside out | Video on TED.com

For International Women’s Day! JR talks about his film WOMEN ARE HEROES as well as gives us much food for thought regarding and social justice.

Interview with Sasha Costanza-Chock

Here’s my latest NAMAC blog post. Topics are media literacy, media activism, new media curation.

Remix and Media Literacy: An Interview with video artist Elisa Kreisinger

I just started writing for a new series with NAMAC (National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture). I kicked off my contributions for the series with an interesting and fun interview with Elisa Kreisinger. Hope you enjoy!

About the NAMAC Bloggers

Just signed on as a NAMAC blogger — will be focused on media literacy, media activism, and emergent media forms/formats (especially transmedia). I should be getting my first post out there soon, and I am going to start out with an interview of remix artist, Elisa Kreisinger of Pop Culture Pirate, which should be a blast.
For more info on the NAMAC bloggers, check out these bios here:

About the NAMAC Bloggers

Brainquake Returns!

In April 2010 Golbarg Bashi and Negar Mottahedeh started a movement they called Brainquake in celebration of women’s lives and achievements. They have now started a YouTube channel where they plan a series of interviews to build on these earlier efforts. Here’s the introductory video — this looks promising and I look forward to viewing!

Social Media Week — IML E- Corpse, an experiment in collaborative storytelling

As part of Social Media Week, my students from USC’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy participated in a collaborative storytelling event, an online exquisite corpse.

We crowd-sourced our basic structure and ground rules amongst the students taking part and got rolling. Students have produced some pretty cool installments so far and the project will be ongoing until Thursday of this week. We had a few technical glitches getting going and I guess wordpress was misbehaving at one point, but the story has unfolded pretty well. You can see the story up to now, right here.

Women’s Land Army – the “Farmerettes”

I have posted a very little piece on Elaine Weiss book on the FARMERETTES at Looking for Mabel, the was a fascinating group of women that populated the American farmlands during World War I. http://looking-for-mabel.webs.com/farmerettes.htm

Bridging the Creative/Critical Divides

Great Discussion over at Arts Journal all this week on issues concerning artists, arts and technology, and creative rights. There are 22 guest bloggers from artists/media makers, policy folks, and academics like myself. I was fortunate to be one of those invited to blog. Check out the blog all this week and participate/comment! The above link takes you to ArtsJournal’s main page – to go directly to the group blog, see first entry below or go here.

Bridging the Creative/Critical Divides

Women and Silent Screen VI Conference, June 2010

Just a quick note to mention the upcoming Women and Silent Screen VI conference coming up next week in Italy. I am very excited that I will be able to attend this year as this is truly my favorite academic event. There are wonderful presentations, great scholarship, amazing screenings featuring beautiful prints of rare films, and collegial, lively participants. Here’s a link to the conference site and the conference program

I will be presenting on Mabel Normand and focusing on the discourse in the latter part of her career, the obituaries discussing Norman’s death, and situating the discussion within the context of the “New Woman” in the 1920s. My paper is part of a panel on Hollywood’s creation and critique of the New Woman and includes also: Hilary Anne Hallett (Columbia University) “Re-reading Hollywood’s First Sexual Scandal: Virginia Rappe, New Western Women, and the Bohemian Movie Colony”; Shelley Stamp (University of California, Santa Cruz) “Exit Flapper, or Lois Weber’s Critique of Jazz Age Hollywood”; and Anne Morey (Texas A&M University) “School of Scandal: Alice Duer Miller, Scandal, and the New Woman.” I know I will learn a lot from this group, especially with Jennifer Bean (University of Washington) leading the discussion as panel Chair.

I will try to post or tweet as time permits, although it is usually an action packed time.

New Microfilm Reader at LoC

Anything to make the reading of micofilm easier….

A note from Rob Farr, “Oh, Oh! Guess what! The Library of Congress Motion Picture Reading Room has a new microfilm reader that will let you scan images to your thumb drive. Yes, you still have to scroll the pages slowly to find what you’re looking for, but the pdfs are clean and hi-rez (about 400-500 kb). Just think, you walk in with nothing but a thumb drive and … walk out with hundreds of pages on that drive. Even if you just think something might be interesting, hit “scan” and read it a home. Oh, Oh! I’m geekin’ out!”