Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Web Feeds

Five Chosen web feeds


-This one has great images

art jewellery magasine

Art Jewellery awards Canadian Metal Smiths Guild

Really interesting wearable art blog

Nightwing Brooch

Another disappearer

Green Angel Moonstone pendant

Green Indian Moonstone and sterling silver

Original design

Marian Brandish

Flower Fairy Brooch

Place your order on this spike crosses

Disappearing crosses???

Chair earrings

The disappearing Chair earrings
Some Things seem to have disappeared off my blog

Max and I can't find my original post on Free Software. It should be attached to my Richard Stallman video , however here is another one.
Free Software is software that can be used by the community freely (i.e without charge), usually, as opposed to the software sold by Computer companies to people. Free software can be studied, modified, copied, and redistributed freely amogst p[eople.

In 1983 Richard Stallman started the GNU project to provide this sort of software.

Five free software programmes
Ubantu - a computer operating system
Open office - an office suite which I now use at home -its great, and its free. I do all my typing etc on it.

GIMP- does free image editing
Wordpress- free quite advance blogging
Wikimedia Foundation - supplies free reference, encyclopedia information for us all.

My sources were The Stephen Fry video Max showed us, Leigh's lecture and Wikipedia.

cc license

This is the Creative commons license for my blog

This licence is the most restrictive of our six main licences, allowing redistribution. This licence is often called the “free advertising” licence because it allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they mention you and link back to you, but they cannot change them in any way or use them commercially.

The Yes Men

The Yes Men

I decided to treat these two artists as one because of their work together as the Yes Men.

Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonnano shot to fame as the Yes Men in a comedy documentary movie about a couple of anti-corporate activist pranksters as they impersonate World Trade
Organisation spokesman on T.V. and at business conferences around the world. Starting with a spoof WTO website, which accidentally attracts real invites for them to represent WTO, the two pranksters take the opportunity to impress their brand of satire on the WTO experts at these conferences. Amazingly they are viewed as new experts with great ideas and the pair go on with wilder and wilder ideas to see how far they can go.

I got this information from the site listed by Dr Su Ballard on Wikipaedia so I think it should be quite accurate.
The interview below I got from YouTube

Below is a later "spoof'" interview created by these two. I enjoy their work and think that they are using it to try and make a difference in a very cunning and different way.
It was great practice for embedding a video in my blog too.

Wafaa Bilal

Wafaa Bilal was born in Iraq in 1966.
Although the political regime prevented him from studing Art - he continued to practice his Art while studying Geography at University. Imprisoned and tortured for his political Art work against Saddam Hussein, he escaped from Iraq and spent two years in a Horror refugee camp before arriving in America in 1992.
Since then he has learnt English and studie Art and won many awards- he now teaches at the Chicago Institute of Art.

He has been unable to vist his family in Iraq for many years and they are now living in the horror of the present Iraq- American conflict, with Wafaa's younger brother being killed recently.

Wafaa continues to make Art works that protest against the oppression of the human spirit and his recent Domestic Tension Art work - where he was in a room for two weeks and people all around the world could shoot actual physical paintballs at him by clicking on their computers
was an example of this.

Again I obtained this information from FAQ on the Wikipaedia site from Dr Su Ballard , however I also had a look at http://crudeoils.us// which was a link from that page and it showed a lot more of Wafaa's work and interviews with him.

I had lots of fun learning how to edit my posts and add things in this time.

Personally I was horrified by the fact that ANYONE would click on their computers and shoot anything at a defenceless chap in a room but it certainly does highten awareness of what it's like living in a war torn country. A very brave work - I felt.

Below is a video of Domestic Tension, or The Paintball project obtained from YouTube.