I’d like to use the giving/receiving/exchanging project as an opportunity to connect my personal, quantifiable giving/exchange value to the Non-profit organization Co-operation Corp (http://co-operation-corp.tumblr.com/). I might be the legal “owner” of the corporation, so in a sense I am offering these 10 hours of immaterial labor to myself if it weren’t for the specific character and philosophy of the underlying corporation. It’s mission is to transcend money, so volunteering and exchange is the natural domain of the company. To make this gift more precious and “valuable” I’d like to double up the “investment” by matching it with a volunteer (or even multiple) for 10 hours of immaterial labor. During these 10 hours, coming together as a think-tank of sorts, I’d like to brainstorm alternative exchange values, contemporary incentives for productivity and innovation. My question is simple: Is money the only real exchange value modern society can think of and truly relate to. Must every human effort be compensated by a money value, and anyway, who establishes the value of any given effort in the first place? Why does the 12 hour workday of a janitor at Goldman Sachs World Headquarters valorize a millesimal of what a hot-shot I-Banker makes within the same premisses? So that’s the “deal”. Anybody out there who would like to engage in a conversation about such issues? Maybe we can come up with some groundbreaking new ideas for the society of the future? I’ll post the results on the corporate website of course.
(Michael T, Jane Doe, …)
I like Stanislav Lem when it comes to Sci/Fi-Futurology:
The Cyberiad (http://amzn.to/QKG80j)
I always wanted to read:
The Bladerunner (http://amzn.to/QALaZV)
This sounds like an interesting book, thinking alien life and alien/human relation:
Here are some suggested readings on Relational Film:
Relational Filmmaking – a Manifesto - Julie Perini
I am also attaching a PDF of an article on Perini’s manifesto from Afterimage Magazine. Let me know if you can’t download it and I will send it to you directly.
Films and readings for your consideration for Screening Group 2
A 16mm film print screening in collaboration with the student group lead by Marika Borgeson (TS/YB)
We Live In Public – Ondi Timoner (LM)
O’er the Land – Deborah Stratman (TS/YB)
maybe – Forest of Bliss – Robert Gardner (TS/YB)
Please post any additional ideas up above.
Relational Film Manifesto (? Laurenn has this info) (LM)
“The Artist As Ethnographer” Hal Foster (LM)
“For A Metahistory of Film: Commonplace Notes and Hypotheses” and “Notes On Composing In Film” Hollis Frampton, from On the Camera Arts and Consecutive Matters (TS/YB)
Please post your own suggestions above.
More to come-
Post here any proposed meeting times/screening dates.
I’ll be out of state for most of this week, so it will be difficult for an intitial meeting, but happy to join in after I return.
There are many public “good cause walks” available out there: charity walks, kidney walks, cancer walks etc. I propose a walk to support my corporation: Co-operation Corp’s mission is to transcend money as the primary exchange value. Let’s walk and think about new models for exchange, new incentives for the individual and society as a whole to get things done.
“No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man”— The Republic.
Two years ago, while living in Los Angeles, I asked Graham Kolbeins, from Future Shipwreck, to join me on a long walk. Only, this walk was a special walk, a walk with a definitive aim and set of parameters. We were going to walk the entire length of Santa Monica Boulevard, from sunset to sunrise, without saying a single word.
The basic idea was to counter two forms of distraction: the introspection we lapse into while walking alone and the conversation we lapse into while walking together. These are both wonderful, highly-recommended forms of distraction, but I was curious to see how their absence would inflect the trip, or its perception and memory. The results were— to me and I think to Graham— pretty striking, especially when we ended up on the beach at Santa Monica exactly at sunrise, allowed to chat again the second we stepped into that chilly Pacific froth.
My original syllabus idea was somewhere between Jennifer’s box-game and Laurenn’s lists-of-influences proposal: a compendium of “experimental communities” (and any associated theoretical ideas) that the class would randomly select from, on a weekly basis, to determine the topic for the following week’s class.
I now realize that a compendium of any and all “experimental communities” is way, way too ambitious (a là my own syllabus proposals). Some days have passed, ambitions have cooled, and sure enough, I now have my sights set on a humanly-realizable project, still in keeping with those proposals above, one that I call “Open Secret Societies.”
I’ve had a fantasy recently of getting a bunch of people dressed as either John Lennon or Yoko Ono to go out bowling.
The Garden workday is from 1-3pm on Sunday. Wear clothes you can work in and don’t mind getting dirty.
The Community Garden is a student-led project that is attempting to increase the amount of organic produce that students consume on campus. We are currently building the garden; it’s located on a small patch of land behind the Freeman center. It’s not finished yet, but we’re trying to get plants in the ground quickly. We’re currently finishing some raised beds, digging a terrace, and erecting a fence; that’s probably what we’ll work on tomorrow.
To reach the Smart Home from East campus, drive down Campus Drive for about two minutes and take a right on Swift Avenue. Take another right on Faber Street.
To reach the Smart Home from Broad Street, Drive to the South end where it becomes Swift Avenue. Then take a left on Faber street.