Archive for December, 2006

Videoblogging, Webzines and Zombies

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Eddie Codel is a video producer, blogger and media activist from San Francisco, California. His main project is Geek Entertainment Television (GETV), a one year old videoblog which pokes from inside the technology bubble as it re-inflates. GETV generally focuses on interviews with tech geeks at various events and parties around the San Francisco & Silicon Valley areas. Eddie is the co-founder and producer of the Webzine Conference series, since it’s inception in 1998 in San Francisco. Webzine is a two day conference and expo for the promotion of independent publishing on the Internet.

Eddie will give a lecture and multimedia presentation titled “Videoblogging, Webzines and Zombies” on Monday (December 11) at 7:45 PM at Studio Informationdesign (FH JOANNEUM) in Graz. Eddie will give an overview of the emerging videoblogging scene, the culture of independent online publishing and how it relates to the underground tech art scene in San Francisco.

Videoblogging has emerged as a powerful medium for challenging the top down hierarchy of video production and distribution in the world. No longer do we need Hollywood to dictate the terms of entertainment culture. Anyone can learn to videoblog and do it for free. Passion and talent are the only ingredients one needs.

San Francisco has a thriving independent technology art scene. This is no accident considering her location to Silicon Valley and history of the counterculture movement in the United States. Technology and freaks together have produced some interesting social occasions, such as zombie flash mobs, fire breathing and fear inducing robotic performances and the bacchanalian desert camp out known as Burning Man.

Where, when?
Monday, December 11, 7:45 PM @ Studio (3rd floor) of the “FH-Studiengangs Informationsdesign” (University of Applied Sciences JOANNEUM, Alte Poststraße 152, A-8020 Graz).

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i just found a great, austria-based website, which collects stencil-graffitis from cities all around the world. everyone can upload pictures, everyone can rate and comment them. the project cooperates with linz ’09.

“Stencilboard” aims at building an online-community by collecting and discussing Stencils from all around the world.
“Stencils” are sprayed pictures in public areas, which are produced by using stencils. The site is exclusively dedicated to Stencil-Graffities, which are in general referred to as Stencils or Pochoirs.

the graz-section has already 26 entries. you also can view the graffitis via rss.

Graz’s Seventh Gift to the World: Blob, Porn and Oil

Final gift. And I couldn’t decide what to write about.

Hmmm.

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Well, there is the Kunsthaus Graz, called the “Friendly Alien”. It was built in 2003 and has since become an architectural landmark of the city. Its unusual form differs radically from conventional exhibition contexts. The team of architects used an innovative stylistic idiom, known as “blob architecture”. It’s a great building. But everyone is talking, writing and commenting about it.

So I thought again.

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There is also Renee Pornero. Yes… Ms. Pornero is Austria’s porn actress export #1. She won the Eroticline Award, worked in the US San Fernando Valley (“porn valley”). And Wikipedia reports: “Known for her extreme scenes, having brutal sex simultaneously with 3 (or more) extemely well-hung men.”
Well-hung men? Not a safe gift for work.

So I thought again.

Hmmm.

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And why not writing about Kernöl (Pumpkin seed oil)? A culinary specialty of the region, made by pressing the roasted seeds of pumpkins. The viscous oil is dark green to dark brown in color. Today more than 2000 tons of pumpkinseed oil are pressed only in Styria each year. Pumpkin seed oil is very healthy because it contains potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, manganese, selenium, zinc and many important vitamins (E, B1,B2, B6, C, A and D). A special ingredient is linoleic acid. It is vitally necessary and has a positive effect on cholesterol levels. It also reacts with amino acids that contain sulfur, important for the cell respiration. And after all: it really tastes great.

Ok.

Now… choose for yourself, fellow internet user!

Graz’s Sixth Gift to the World: Masochism

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He wasn’t born in Graz, he didn’t die in Graz. But he lived, went to University and worked in Graz: The writer and eponym of masochism: Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Born in 1836 Leopold is best known for his novel, “Venus in Furs,” about the masochistic relationship between Serverin von Kusiemski dreamer and dillatante, and Wanda von Dunajew, a beautiful, free-spirited widow, to whom he becomes a slave. The novel is based on real events from the Sacher-Masoch’s life.

As a child, Sacher-Masoch was greatly attracted by representations of cruelty. He loved to gaze at pictures of executions, the legends of martyrs were his favorite reading, and with the onset of puberty he regularly dreamed that he was fettered and in the power of a cruel woman who tortured him.

If you visit the drugstore on corner Jahngasse/Wickenburggasse, remember its most famous fomer occupant.
At the age of 10 Leopold von Sacher-Masoch noticed a scene in which Countess Xenobia, a relative of his own on the paternal side, played the chief part. The child adored her, impressed alike by her beauty and the costly furs she wore. She accepted Sacher-Masoch’s devotion and little services and with sometimes allow him to assist her in dressing; on one occasion, as he was kneeling before her to put on her ermine slippers, he kissed her feet. She smiled and gave him a kick which filled him with pleasure.

Someday Sacher-Masoch was playing with his sisters at hide-and-seek and had carefully hidden himself behind the dresses on a clothes-rail in the Countess’s bedroom. At this moment the Countess suddenly entered the house and ascended the stairs, followed by a lover. A few moments later the husband, accompanied by two friends, dashed into the room. Before, however, he could decide which of the lovers to turn against the Countess had risen and struck him so powerful a blow in the face with her fist that he fell back streaming with blood. She then seized a whip, drove all three men out of the room and in the confusion the lover slipped away. At this moment the clothes-rail fell and the child was revealed to the Countess, who now fell on him in anger, threw him to the ground, pressed her knee on his shoulder, and struck him unmercifully. The pain was great, and yet Sacher-Masoch was conscious of a strange pleasure. While this castigation was proceeding the Count returned, no longer in a rage, but meek and humble as a slave, and kneeled down before her to beg forgiveness. As the boy escaped he saw her kick her husband. The child could not resist the temptation to return to the spot; the door was closed and he could see nothing, but he heard the sound of the whip and the groans of the Count beneath his wife’s blows.
It’s not surprising, that the term masochism was coined by the 19th century psychiatrist Krafft-Ebing with Sacher-Masoch and his writings in mind, although Sacher-Masoch was not pleased with this development.

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch died in March 1895. His hometown ignored him for over hundred years. It was not until the year 2003, when Graz was called “Cultural Capital of Europe”. The best idea of recognition: The invention of the Sacher-Masoch cake.

Trivia: Sacher-Masoch is related to Marianne Faithfull on her mother’s side, the Viennese Baroness Eva Erisso.

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