Artist Michael Rakowitz on How His Saddam Hussein Dinner Party Became an International Incident | Artinfo: When a dinner of venison topped with date and tahini sauce was served on plates taken from Saddam Husseins private collection at Park Avenue Autumn for Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitzs project „Spoils“, the assorted art-world diners didn't bat an eye – but now New York Citys Iraqi mission has, turning Rakowitzs piece into an international incident. The controversy, exploding on the eve of the U.S.s supposed withdrawal from Iraq, has had reverberations touching the artist, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and president Obama himself. As Iraqi artifacts, the plates have been confiscated by the Iraqi mission after a cease-and-desist letter was sent to the restaurant, and were presented by Obama to the Prime Minister on Wednesday.
Early sound recordings heard for first time: Scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California together with digital conversion experts at the Library of Congress and curators of the work and industry division of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History have succeeded in playing some of the earliest experimental sound recordings by Alexander Graham Bell.
Bradley Manning Had Secrets | Adam Butcher - Writer. Director. Filmmaker: The story of Bradley Manning, not as a Wikileaks ‘hacktivist’, but as a young American soldier simultaneously going through a crisis-of-conscious and a crisis-of-identity. Animated in a rotoscoped pixel-art style and using dialogue from Bradley’s online conversations, the film explores issues of personal and political secrets, digital identity and alienation.
Changing Contours of Global Order, Professor Noam Chomsky - YouTube: Professor Noam Chomsky presented a lecture „Changing Contours of Global Order“ a look at our drastically changing world, and the implications for domestic and world order on 4 November 2011. This was a free public lecture and was Professor Chomskys only public appearance in Melbourne, Australia.
Art Spiegelman Lecture at SHU - YouTube: SHU ComicsAnimation has uploaded a good, long video featuring Art Spiegelman giving a lecture – it features discussion about Maus, the Holocaust in the media and the craft of creating comics.
Adrian Frutiger - Ein Leben - YouTube: Mit Schriften wie der Univers und der Frutiger hat sich Adrian Frutiger schon zu Lebzeiten ein Denkmal gesetzt. Seine Schriften haben den Alltag geprägt und sind zum Beispiel auf den Euro Scheinen wieder zu finden. Einer der größten Designer des 20. Jahrhunderts ist den meisten Menschen vollkommen unbekannt. Dieses Interview soll das ändern.
One Millionth Tower uses some tricks beyond Popcorn (like WebGL for some 3D elements), but most of its coolest effects — like the way the environment in the film changes based on the real-time weather conditions and time of day at the Toronto high-rises where the documentary was filmed — are all courtesy of Popcorn.
If it happens to be snowing in Toronto when you watch the film, it will begin snowing in the virtual world of One Millionth Tower.