1. Randall Packer

    Collaborative Learning in the 3rd Space

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    Open Source Studio: Collaborative Learning in the 3rd Space

    A Research Talk by Randall Packer, Kristy Kang, and Juan Camilo González Friday, April 11th, 12:30 pm ADM Library Cinema Room, Mezzanine
    While online learning has captured the attention of educational institutions worldwide, pedagogical techniques for encouraging innovative forms of collaborative learning remain an emerging area of academic investigation. This joint presentation focuses on the Open Source Studio (OSS) project, which over the past two years has been in development at the California Institute of the Arts and ADM. OSS addresses how online education can be implemented in the arts to create a virtual studio environment that encourages transparency and collaboration in online research, writing, and the artistic process. The presentation will explore additional online initiatives including FemTechNet's Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOOC), which served as an inspiration for designing a multi-nodal course taught collaboratively this year between faculty in ADM and The New School for Social Research in New York. It is our intent to both summarize the current accomplishments of the OSS project, as well as point to new opportunities for cross-cultural and inter-institutional collaboration via the network. PDF Flyer
  2. Randall Packer

    Livestream Lecture: March 14

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    For the third round of Livestream Lectures at 10:00 PM, Friday March 14th, I will be demonstrating temporal integration and synchronization between Ableton Live and VDMX.The broadcast can be accessed on The Post Reality Show / Media & Performance Event page on Livestream. Using MIDI Clock as a method for locking the tempo of both application, it is possible to use several methods for synchronizing time values, measures, beats, etc. Here are some of the key areas I am covering, refer to the video documentation for more detail: Ableton Live Loading a Reaktor plugin (Ultraloop step sequencer) Accessing the Snapshots & Presets Presets that change: Unhappy Chord, Desctrutor, Transformer Party, Datacell, FXS Variator Measures / columns organization Audio I/0 (sending to the Master audio) Track volume Main transport control Tempo control Audio preferences / interface MIDI preferences / sync output to VDMX Resamplng the record the output Setting the global quantize VDMX Setting the clock to external sync / VDMX in Loading clips into the Media Bin Turning off “play” for control over scrubbing (no clip audio) LFO Plugin, creating waveforms, controlling the clock Step Sequencer Plugin, creating tracks, controlling the clock, interpolation, columns/rows Aligning Step sequencer columns to a musical step sequencer such as Ultraloop Assigning a data controller to a specific parameter / movie scrub or scratch Setting the limits of a parameter Capturing images and video with the Movie Recorder Using Syphon to output video Strategies for organizing a remix: determining an approximate duration for the whole […]
  3. Randall Packer

    Giving up Your Data

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    I live in Washington, DC, the nation’s capital, where I refer to my studio as my underground studio bunker. I take a certain pride in the private nature of my space, though perilously close to the high-surveillance residence just a few blocks down the street where the Vice-President of the United States lives at the Naval Observatory. And yet, my house is in full view of anyone and everyone. Not just my house, but my car as well, parked in front. In the 21st century era of Google Street View and its stealth-mapping capabilities, nothing is private. All you need is someone’s physical address, and that takes very little investigation on the Net. Probe deeper into Google Maps and you discover there is a wealth of information about my residence that has been assembled for the world to see. The notion that you could live a secret life under the radar is a thing of the past. The possibility of seeking out an anonymous log cabin a la the unabomber would be fruitless in today’s mediascape where Google cameras are roaming the streets tracking, mapping, and surveilling everything in their path. Atop the Google Street view vehicle is a special multi-camera that snaps photographs from all angles and stores them into a database that staggers the imagination. Essentially, Google’s mission is to map every square inch of the world: systematically and repeatedly. Returning to my small plot of land in the Google Universe, you can continue to probe into the […]
  4. Randall Packer

    The New Wave of Teaching

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    Media & Performance is featured this week in the Nanyang Chronicle, an excellent article written by Sharanya Pillai. Our very own Ashley Lai was photographed while in class and the photo is on the front page of the online issue. I urge everyone to check out the essay, which not only talks about our class as an example of innovative e-learning, but other classes and initiatives at NTU as well. As I said at the beginning of the semester: Welcome to the Future!
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    Livestream Broadcast: February 18th

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    I have uploaded the archived broadcast for our first Livestream lecture. I have already found a few “glitches:” as you some of you mentioned, one of the audio channels was not working, creating a slight hum in the system. Thanks to the “magic” of audio processing, I have removed the hum and created a two-channel audio mix. Of course the resolution is still not sharp enough to see the detail, but if you are interested in the techniques I covered in Ableton Live and VDMX, this archival video should refresh your memory. I’ll continue my presentation via Livestream next Tuesday and please let me know if there are any techniques you would like me to cover. And don’t forget to refer to the lecture on Media Transformation (see the end) for an outline of what we covered.
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    Media Transformations

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    Today’s world is largely made up of pixels. There is no denying it. As everything shifts from analog to digital, we essentially are moving from continuous waves to discreet numbers. That is the world we are becoming: an algorithmic arrangement of zeros and ones. As we communicate and transfer media across the network, the minutia of information is circulating endlessly in the system. We too, in our distributed presence, are broken down as data and reassembled as well. How will this come to reshape our thinking, our self-image, the meaning of who we are in the world? Created by Casey Reas The manipulation of data, so pervasive in everything from glitch art to everyday media tasks, raises the question of whether or not our identities are being resorted in these media transformations. If information is as fluid and transportable as the launch of a photo attachment or the playback of a video, then what is happening to our sense of place and situation in time as we transmit and navigate through the third space. Why, in fact, are we so fascinated by electronic disturbances? Why are we hypnotized by static and pixels and other digital debris floating across our screens and through the synapses of our brains? There is something alluring about the desintegration of information particles. It is as though we are peering through a microscope, not at the invisible paramecium and amoebas found on lab slides, rather, the content of an emerging universe of digital life that we […]
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    Engineering Aliveness

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    Stelarc_67894_10152282337075955_1814757792_n Students from Media & Performance attended Stelarc's lecture this week, entitled Engineering Aliveness: Interrogating Alternate Anatomies at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore, hosted by Steve Dixon President of Lasalle. After the event NTU group corralled Stelarc for a group photo, with Stelarc proudly holding up his enigmatic third ear. Stelarc has been a key subject of inquiry in the class this semester: his exploration of the post-human condition has had a profound impact on our discussion. Check out the Livestream recording of Stelarc's lecture.
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    Identity Multiples

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    In the third space realm of fictional possibilities, we are role-playing ad infinitum. It is a marvelous game: playable anywhere with a connection, involving anyone in any place or sphere of the globe. The system is pervasive, the rules are nonexistent, the paradigms are there to be broken. If Artaud claimed nearly a century ago in the Theater and its Double, that the theater is a space for the alchemical transformation of everyday life, and that role-playing is a vehicle for inducing the magic of identity permutation, then in fact, our systems of social media constitute a vehicle for entry into the theatrical domain of magic and ritual. When no one quite knows who anyone else is in the mysterious realm of the third space, the possibilities are limitless. Behind the illusory facade of one’s avatar, lie endless branching narratives through the infinite strands of the database. Yes: you can be an artist posing as a military officer posing as an art mogul in the third space. Never mind if it makes any sense, that is the power of theater and the alchemical properties of the imagination. And from the iconic wonder of a multi-layered avatar comes serious play, where politically-charged critique can take down the entire establishment in one fell swoop. That is the power of the theater and in the age of global media (please excuse the cliché), all the world’s a stage. The difference between Shakespeare’s time and the current state of things is that an extraordinary […]
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    Stelarc is coming to Singapore

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    Austrialian media and performance Stelarc is coming to Lasalle School of the Arts in Singapore on Thursday, February 13th at 7PM to give a public lecture as part of a series organized by Lasalle President and media artist / historian Steve Dixon. 140213_PLS_Stelarc From the Lasalle Website: Stelarc is the world’s most celebrated technological performance artist, exploring alternative anatomies using prosthetics, machines and virtual systems. His body has housed a swallowed “Stomach Sculpture”, been suspended in midair by hooks, and been made to dance involuntarily by audiences administering electric shocks via the Internet. Free Admission. Limited seats available. RSVP here.
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