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Remixing Catalhoyuk Day 28 November 2007

November 25, 2007

Remixing Catalhoyuk Day
9am to 5.30 pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8)
November 28, 2007
Location: Okapi Island in Second Life
(You must have the free Second Life browser)

What is Second Life?
Second Life is a 3-D virtual world created entirely by its residents. Okapi Island is owned and build by the OKAPI team (that’s us below!) and the Berkeley Archaeologists at Catalhoyuk.

Getting Started
To visit Okapi Island, you will need to create a user account and download the client software–both free.
To create an account, visit, click on Join (in the upper right corner) and follow the instructions. Note: You do not need a premium account to use Second Life or visit Okapi Island.
Next, download and install the Second Life client for your computer:
Join us for Remixing Catalhoyuk Day, a public program sponsored by OKAPI and the Berkeley Archaeologists at Catalhoyuk.

Visit OKAPI Island in the 3-D virtual environment of Second Life (see Getting Started below) and explore the past and present of Catalhoyuk, a 9000-year-old village located in present-day Turkey. OKAPI Island features virtual reconstructions of the excavation site and multimedia exhibits of research data. The Island was constructed by a team of undegraduate research apprentices during the Spring and Fall 2007 semester. The Remixing Catalhoyuk program includes lectures, guided tours, games, and much more. Mark your calendars!

Remixing Çatalhöyük Day Activities
(10-10:30 AM, 3-3:30 PM PST)
Guided Tours of OKAPI Island. Tours will be conducted by Ruth Tringham (Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, and Principal Investigator of Berkeley Archaeologists at Çatalhöyük) and the Remixing Çatalhöyük team.

(1 – 2 PM PST)
Lecture: “Cultural Heritage Interpretive Videowalks: Moving Through Present Past Places Physically and Virtually” Presented by Ruth Tringham to the UC Berkeley Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Colloquium and simulcast in Second Life.

(2 – 4 PM PST)
Turkish Music Mix. Visit OKAPI Island, learn about Çatalhöyük and build your own remixes in the OKAPI Island Sandbox while listening to DJ (and UCB Anthro grad) Burcu’s eclectic mix of classical and contemporary Turkish music.

(4-5 PM PST)
Remixing Çatalhöyük Video Festival. Nine video producers will share videos about Çatalhöyük. The Video Festival will be hosted by VJ (and UCB Anthro grad) Colleen Morgan.

(5 – 5:30 PM PST)
Remix Competition. The public is invited to use the OKAPI Island Sandbox or Graffiti Cube to build and share reconstructions of Catalhoyuk or “remixes” of archaeological research data. At 5pm PST, the Berkeley Archaeologists at Catalhoyuk team will review and select top entries for virtual awards and exhibition on OKAPI Island.

See you there!

Nouveau Neolithic

June 26, 2007

Via We Make Money Not Art

I’ve been think about design more than usual recently; most of it is still puzzling to me, despite Gary’s assertion that the plane that got us to Romania that time didn’t fall apart because it was designed.

Nouveau Neolithic is Ian Ferguson‘s view of the subject. Coming from a designer’s perspective, Ferguson designs solutions for post-apocalyptic gourmet eating. Design orientated experimental archaeology? Perhaps, although I don’t think I’m completely convinced. No doubt a flint specialist would disagree with the description of “two fist sized rocks”, not to mention that the included recipe requires the addition of chocolate.

I’m not sure if it helps me understand at all.

Sounds bring Google Earth to life

May 10, 2007

From the beeb:

As well as homing in on visual feasts around the globe, users of Google Earth may soon be able to listen to the sounds that accompany them.

A Californian company has created software that can layer relevant recorded sounds over locations in Google Earth, New Scientist reports.

Wild Sanctuary has over 3,500 hours of soundscapes from all over the world.

The firm is in talks with Google, although no official agreement has yet been made.

Its director, Bernie Krause said: “A picture tells a thousand words, but a sound tells a thousand pictures.”

Dr Krause has spent the last 40 years collecting sounds, and his recordings include more than 15,000 animal noises, and sounds from a huge array of habitats, including cities, deserts, mountains and the marine environment.

It is the largest library in existence of natural sound, he said.

He said the idea would be to zoom-in on a particular area and then have the option to listen to the accompanying sound.

“It could be a real beneficial add-on,” he said.

The software is to be presented at the Where 2.0 conference in San Jose, California on 29 May.

Mr Krause said up to two dozen sounds would be show-cased at first, but many more would be added later.

If the project is successful, he would also like to use Google Earth show how sounds change with time.

He said: “People will be able to get a sense of before and after.

“For example, people are talking about how selective logging is an appropriate way of not harming the environment.

“But we have evidence that from the sound perspective, selective logging has a profound effect on the natural world. The pictures of before and after look exactly the same, but the sound is completely different.”

Remediated life: Like life, only better

February 20, 2007

Two different approaches to recording your entire life:

bellGordon Bell (right) has gone digital with a system that he’s been using for the past nine years. Supposedly (or surprisingly) his methods require only 18 GB a year, or 1.1 TB for a 60 year stint. I guess he hasn’t bought a HD TV yet.


Robert Shields (left) records everything that happens in his life on a typewriter. By 1994 his diary had reached 35 million words; that’s somewhere between three and six thousand words per day.

Of course, log on to Facebook for the first time and you’ll be surprised by the level of detail with which other people have been logging your life. Something like 85% of American students are registered on Facebook – a social networking site centred around photos of you and your friends (hence the face) – that’s not a figure enjoyed in Britain, but you can be safe in the knowledge that if you know a handful of university people, at least one of them will have put a picture of you online and will have tagged it accordingly.

Is anyone going to go trawl through these digital lives? Probably not, but throw in some RSS feeds, Yahoo!s pipes and some facial recognition software (that’s the bit we’ll have to wait for) and your life will be just a browser’s click away.

The Machine is Us/ing Us

February 20, 2007

Tom Goskar posted this on his blog last week and mentioned it again today on the Antiquist mailing list. It’s well worth watching for the four and a half minutes it lasts for:

Remixing online content – Pipes

February 20, 2007

This BBC article points to mash-ups and Pipes (and similar) being the new direction of the web. The idea being that users can generate online content and control it as well, and not need to be programmers to make it happen.

The real transformation comes from having the ability to take other people’s content and then filter, refine, recombine and reuse it in interesting and innovative ways.

This remix model brings us closer to the original vision of a hypertext, put forward by Vannevar Bush in the 1940s and realised by Tim Berners-Lee at Cern in the 1980’s.

So Memex is no longer a pipe dream.

Remediating steganography

February 15, 2007

Here is an interesting example of remediating the ancient practice of steganography using mobile phones:

Hiding messages in plain sight

Japanese firm Fujitsu is pushing a technology that can encode data into a picture that is invisible to the human eye but can be decoded by a mobile phone with a camera.

The technique stems from a 2,500-year-old practice called steganography, which saw the Greeks sending warnings of attacks on wooden tablets and then covering them in wax and tattooing messages on shaved heads that were then covered by the regrowth of hair.

Now there must be some archaeological applications for this particularly for advertising and dissemination!

Movie MashUp

February 7, 2007

I wonder if there will be any archaeological/cultural heritage themed entries for this opportunity?

MyMovie MashUp – MySpace

The deadline for submissions is April 27th 2007.

Alchemy artists at the Manchester Museum

February 6, 2007

From Britarch:

Alchemy Artists At The Manchester Museum

Alchemy is The Manchester Museum’s first sustained research programme for artists, supporting artists to work with Museum collections and access University expertise in the creation of new work. Alchemy will be launched on 24 February with an exhibition revealing the connections between the five selected artists – Jordan Baseman, Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan, Ilana Halperin and Jamie Shovlin – and the Museum’s collections. As much concerned with the process of discovery, as the presentation of a final outcome, Alchemy aims to reinvigorate Museum displays, encourage diverse approaches and present alternative voices through an exciting programme of exhibitions, talks and events developed through the artists’ continuing research. The progress of the Alchemy programme will be kept updated on the Alchemy website

Jordan Baseman’s current research investigates ideas around contemporary portraiture and narrative structure. At the Museum Baseman is interested in developing new video works and screenplays that combine the factual with the anecdotal. Baseman hopes to work with University academic disciplines such as Visual Anthropology to explore his own methods of investigation and representation and to collaborate with the Museum’s Herbarium, which is home not only to a collection of nearly one million specimens of mosses, flowering plants and fungi, but a large and lively team of enthusiastic volunteers and curators.

Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan are artists based in Manchester and recently published a collaborative book Alien Invaders: a guide to non-native species of the Britisher Isles (Book Works, 2006). Their ongoing collaborative works draw upon cultural and natural history, with an emphasis on folklore, anecdote, myth, and associated artefacts. Their interest in manipulating disparate elements, seeking out unusual conjunctions, potential scenarios and unanticipated narratives, correlates with The Manchester Museum’s own collections – being the only university museum to cover both the natural and the cultural world.

Ilana Halperin’s work explores the relationship between geological phenomena and daily life. Whether boiling milk in a 100 sulphur spring or celebrating her birthday with a landmass of the same age, Halperin’s work is directly informed by the geological history and environmental situation specific to the locale in which she works. Halperin’s Alchemy Fellowship will offer her the opportunity to work with the Museum’s geology and paleontology collections and with the people who study, care for and collect these specimens. Halperin also hopes to take part in the University’s school of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences fieldtrips.

Jamie Shovlin examines and questions the underlying structure, systems and devices that define the passing of information from source to viewer. With specific emphasis on the tension between reality and fiction, Shovlin’s work attempts to open to interrogation the seemingly authoritative nature of the archive. At The Manchester Museum Shovlin will initiate his research by looking into the parallels, and the contrasts, between the Museum’s historical collections and their methods of acquisition and the potential avenues of acquisition available today.

Bryony Bond, Alchemy Curator, at The Manchester Museum has said “The selected artists open a wealth of opportunities for new avenues of research at the Museum and University. All the artists bring entirely fresh and personal perspectives to the subject areas and disciplines they’re fascinated in; qualities that are sure to result in some exciting debates and great work being produced.” Nick Merriman, Director of The Manchester Museum said “I am delighted that we have selected such a strong group of people for these Fellowships. They are far more than the normal artist’s residency because of their focus on research. Because of this, The Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester, is an ideal location for them.”


The Manchester Museum will officially launch the start of the Alchemy Fellowships with an exhibition of past work by the selected artists. The exhibition, Alchemy Artists, will open to press at 3pm to 5pm on Friday 23rd February when the artists will be available for interview. A Private View will be held at 6.30pm to 8pm on Friday 23rd February.
OR       Bryony Bond: Alchemy Curator
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Background information:

Jordan Baseman is currently the Reader in Time Based Media at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London, and is also a Lecturer at the Royal College of Art Sculpture School. Baseman has a long history of carrying out projects in collaboration with various public institutions.  These have included residencies and commissions for: Papworth Hospital (Heart and Lung Transplant Unit), Cambridge, The Science Museum, London, Grizedale Arts, London Arts, Camden Arts Centre, The Serpentine Gallery, Book Works, National Sculpture Factory (Cork, Ireland), British School at Rome, the Wellcome Trust, London, and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Baseman received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an MA from Goldsmith\’s College, University of London.

Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan recently published a collaborative book Alien Invaders: a guide to non-native species of the Britisher Isles (Book Works, 2006). Other recent exhibitions & projects together include: Godwottery, Transition Gallery, London; The Last Picture Show, Undergrand, Clitheroe; The Goose Fair, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester;  Some Mild Peril, publication; Pointless Cinema, The Chateau, Glasgow.  Individually they have exhibited work internationally, including at: Lieu d\’Art et Action Contemporain (LAAC), Dunkerque, France; Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany; Filmhaus, Nuremberg, Germany; Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB); Cinéma l\’Entrepôt, Paris, France; National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin, Australia; Kunsthalle Palazzo, Basel, Switzerland; John Moores, Liverpool Biennial.
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Alchemy Artists will open to the public on Saturday 24th February and continue until 29th April.

For further information, or images, please contact:
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OR       Bryony Bond: Alchemy Curator
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Open Video Projects

January 31, 2007

Via networked_performance:


Open Video Projects (OVP) is a video archive currently based in Rome, Italy which facilitates screenings throughout the city in conjunction with a weekly appointment at the Blueroom evening at Rialto Santambrogio, a contemporary cultural center in Rome’s historic district; Blueroom features a dynamic mix of live experimental electronic music, a rotating DJ line-up, live video-mixing, site-specific video installations and 3500 cm² (a weekly exhibition of poster art specially designed by a contemporary artist for free distribution at the event). There has been overwhelming public response with over 1000 guests in attendance each week. OVP’s participation in large scale cultural events exposes the public to work it would normally not see, as well as provides a unique form of visibility for the participating artists and filmmakers.

For its second season of screenings Open Video Projects is looking to expand its international network of artists working with film and video. All artists working in these media are invited to submit work to be part of OVP. All submitted materials will be evaluated for inclusion, however, only selected pieces will be screened. Lorenzo Benedetti and Sarra Brill are responsible for the selection of all video entries and will curate the weekly selections. All submitted materials will be collected in a searchable database, accessible on the program’s website. In addition to the database, the site will feature a program guide, screening times, and links to websites of participating artists and filmmakers (if provided).

More details can be found on both networked_performance and the OVP site.