Barbara Lattanzi
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Barbara Lattanzi is currently Visiting Artist in Digital Media at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. Recent exhibitions of her work include the screening of several early films as part of the 1999-2000 Museum of Modern Art series \\\"Big As Life: An American History of 8mm Films\\\" and and the exhibition of her ongoing collection of interactive multimedia applets, \\\"wildernessPuppets\\\" at the 9th New York Digital Salon (2002). She has presented \\\"Muscle and Blood Piano\\\", experimental software for screen projection/performance, at the Wisconsin Film Festival, the 2001 \\\"Ready to...\\\" conference in Prague, Czech Republic; and the 2002 Media Art Festival, Osnabr
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Project Features|| March'05 featuring Mary Flanagan


At 04:34 AM 3/9/2005, you wrote:
>"Project Features"
>http://features.nmartproject.net <>
>is happy to present during March 2005
>its third feature:
>--->
>Mary Flanagan (USA)
>and her interactive netart piece, entitled:
>"[six.circles]" (2004).

I am looking forward to seeing this project. However, I will view it with a
question related to these 2 characterizations from the announcement:

> politically important,

and

>By using abstract shapes, the project design
>avoided thorny issues of representation

Can you have it both ways?

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Barbara Lattanzi
www.wildernesspuppets.net

DISCUSSION

Re: artport gatepage January 05: C-SPAN x 4 by Barbara Lattanzi


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Hi Jim.<br><br>
thanks for the questions about the project &quot;C-SPAN x 4&quot;, and
the opportunity to comment on the political content (toward the end of
this email).<br><br>
First, just a quick note that the software, including the web versions,
are only for Windows PC.&nbsp; (I just clarified this on the web versions
today, Jan.6.&nbsp; Some Mac users visiting it yesterday may have tried
it and been confused.)<br><br>
Anyone, using either Mac or Windows, should be able to view the
Quicktime-format video demos:<br><br>
<a href="http://artport.whitney.org/" eudora="autourl">http://artport.whitney.org<br><br>
</a>At 01:42 AM 1/6/2005, you wrote:<br><br>
<blockquote type=cite class=cite cite><font face="arial" size=2 color="#0000FF">Could
you tell me a little about the differences between the web versions and
the downloadable versions of this work?</font></blockquote><br>
The web browser versions and the downloadable software versions are
exactly the same.&nbsp; <br><br>
The minor exception is that, in rare cases, some Mac users with an
_older_ version of the Real Video media player may be able to experience
the web browser versions of CSPAN x 4.&nbsp; This has to do with a boring
technicality.&nbsp; <br><br>
The Mac technical limitation is likely never to be fixed by Macromedia.
That limitation prohibits use of Director and Shockwave in conjunction
with the newer versions of the Real Video media player,&nbsp;&nbsp; Like
they say, &quot;It was nice while it lasted.&quot;<br><br>
<blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>&nbsp;<font face="arial" size=2 color="#0000FF">Have
you selected particular video clips, or do the apps search certain
locations for video clips and work with whatever they
find?</font></blockquote><br>
There is no filter for &quot;The Interrupting Annotator&quot;, one of 4
software applications that make up &quot;CSPAN x 4&quot;.&nbsp; A perl
script simply goes to the front page of the CSPAN.org website and adds
any new video titles to an ongoing, cumulative list of CSPAN titles
stored on my website, which then appears as a selectable list for the
person using the software.<br><br>
C-SPAN x 4 has an additional 3 software applications.&nbsp; Unlike
&quot;The Interrupting Annotator&quot;, these other 3 softwares are
satirical works.&nbsp; I realized, at the time the Tsunami tragedy
occurred, that some sort of filter was needed.&nbsp; I do not want all
CSPAN videos to be available to &quot;CSPAN Karaoke&quot;, &quot;CSPAN
Alphaville&quot;, and &quot;In Lieu of Standing on Yer Head&quot;.&nbsp;
<br><br>
Instead, these 3 softwares receive a filtered list of video titles from
the CSPAN website, i.e., the filtered list includes all the staid and
proper CSPAN video documents of public policy-making that have become a
window onto the corporate and fundamentalist slow-motion hijacking of the
US government.<br><br>
<blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>&nbsp;<font face="arial" size=2 color="#0000FF">If
the latter, how did you arrive at the texts?</font></blockquote><br>
As just described, 3 of the 4 softwares receive a slightly filtered list
of CSPAN videos more appropriate to the satirical content of the overlaid
texts.<br><br>
The selection of the texts - Alphaville subtitles (&quot;CSPAN
Alphaville&quot;), 1970s pop songs (&quot;CSPAN Karaoke&quot;) - were
based on the possibility of being understood as ironic framing of the
CSPAN videos.&nbsp; Since the video titles are constantly being added to,
the texts had to be broad enough to &quot;apply&quot; to any of the
public policy-making videos. <br><br>
<blockquote type=cite class=cite cite><font face="arial" size=2 color="#0000FF">&nbsp;It's
interesting to think of that, erm, cross-product, ie, consider a video *
text work where the videos are selected randomly from an unknown pool of
videos (though they are all, in this case, concerned with politics) and
the texts are drawn somewhat randomly from a pool of pre-composed texts
by the author. Annotated video, yes, but also possibly a literary
work.</font></blockquote><br>
The CSPAN website is one of the few news-based websites where it is easy
to access streaming video in this way.&nbsp; I have been looking into a
military news website that uses Flash videos that seem impossible to
effectively embed in another frame. And I have never tried those strange
&quot;passports&quot; to access CNN streams, etc.&nbsp; There is more
research to do in this area of reframing news streams (or video streams
with other content).<br><br>
In regard to the potential for text works.&nbsp; I do think that one
of&nbsp; the CSPAN x 4 components, &quot;The Interrupting
Annotator&quot;, could be a useful tool for writing experiments, or for
teaching writing as, I think, Alan Sondheim suggested to me.&nbsp; In
fact the original prototype for this software used several
&quot;seed&quot; texts, one of which was a text written by Alan that he
had posted to the Syndicate discussion list.&nbsp; <br><br>
<blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>&nbsp;<br>
<font face="arial" size=2 color="#0000FF">This work of yours is quite
strong in the possibilities it suggests and its meditation on video and
political process.</font></blockquote><br>
Its meditation includes a question like &quot;what would it look like to
have a kind of video channel that turns everything upside
down?&quot;.&nbsp; Then realizing it is a not-so-bad distancing strategy
for political spin - maybe giving you a bit of mental space for making
historical or other associations as you grapple with current
events.&nbsp; Or, &quot;what would it be like to watch public
policymaking in a convivial anarchic way with friends&quot;.&nbsp; And
realize that karaoke is a genre retroactively made (at least in my
imaginary universe) to ironically enliven the viewing and consideration
of public policymaking.&nbsp; I am waiting for CSPAN Karaoke bars to
appear - akin to neighborhood sports bars, or to bars where labor union
organizing used to be done. <br><br>
Barbara<br><br>
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Barbara Lattanzi<br>
<a href="http://www.wildernesspuppets.net/" eudora="autourl">www.wildernesspuppets.net<br><br>
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</a><blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>&nbsp;<br>
<font face="arial" size=2 color="#0000FF">ja<br>
</font><font face="arial" size=1>&nbsp;<br>
</font>
<dl><br>

<dd>artport gatepage January 05<br>
</b><br>

<dd>features<br>
</b><br>

<dd>C-SPAN x 4 by Barbara Lattanzi <br>
</b><br>

<dd><a href="http://artport.whitney.org/">http://artport.whitney.org</a>
<br><br>

<dd>&nbsp;<br><br>

<dd>Barbara Lattanzi's C-SPAN x 4</i> consists of 4 different variations on video clips of&nbsp; current news made available by the C-SPAN Network: <br>
</i><br>

<dd>

DISCUSSION

Re: C-SPAN Karaoke


Hi Jim.

I just noticed this message about the cspan karaoke project from about 2 weeks ago. I do not know how I overlooked it. Apologies.

thanks for taking a look. The project uses Perl along with Lingo for the Director-based application. The Lingo "talks" to Perl scripts that are on my website (The Lingo scripts trigger Perl scripts to retrieve info from cspan, for example). The capability of Director to incorporate streaming video is not supported very well...but it is there.

The project uses the ephemerality of streaming video as a positive reason to annotate it, i.e., to render the streams "parsimonious". Thus the annotations become a means of archiving the disappearing content of videos that do not remain publically available for very long.

C-SPAN Karaoke is a performative off-shoot of a project of video annotation.

Barbara

Jim Andrews wrote:

> that's an interesting piece of work, barbara. great to see streaming
> video
> brought into net.art this way, also.
>
> are you going to make the source code public also?
>
> ja
>
> > Description:
> >
> > http://www.wildernesspuppets.net/yarns/annotate/cspankaraoke.html
> >
> > Software download page:
> >
> >
> http://www.wildernesspuppets.net/yarns/annotate/cspankaraokedownload.html
> >
> > Video demo of C-SPAN Karaoke software:
> >
> > http://www.wildernesspuppets.net/yarns/recordings/cspankaraoke.html
> >
> > -----------------------------------------------------------------
> >
> > Barbara Lattanzi
> > www.wildernesspuppets.net
>
>

DISCUSSION

announcement: C-SPAN Karaoke software


The Interrupting Annotator

presents

C-SPAN KARAOKE

FREE SOFTWARE FOR COLLABORATIVE AND CONVIVIAL VIDEO VIEWING

C-SPAN KARAOKE software displays media that streams from public archives of
the CSPAN.org website, along with karaoke tunes gleaned from various free
offerings on the web. So, gather together with friends and loosen up those
vocal cords...

While you are navigating the flows of institutional political process,
faithfully and invaluably documented by CSPAN, you can always break out in
song...and the louder the better. Use CSPAN KARAOKE and your voice in
collective chorus with friends, to navigate CSPAN video streams - whether
these be representations of illegitimate authority or suspect versions of
reality.

Sing with conviction, because resonant frequencies have been known to
shatter glass.

A NOTE ABOUT C-SPAN ARCHIVES

Although streaming video archives are available at the CSPAN website as a
not-for-profit, public service of the lucrative American cable television
industry, they are only publicly accessible for a brief period of time.
Some more significant videos may remain available longer, but most CSPAN
videos can be accessed for only a few months before they disappear.

The disappearing CSPAN video archive means that over time, the accumulated
list of video titles for CSPAN KARAOKE software may contain an occasional
"dead" link, a gap in collective memory of institutional political process.
Note that the more recent videos will always appear conveniently near the
top of the selection list for your KARAOKE pleasure.

Description:

http://www.wildernesspuppets.net/yarns/annotate/cspankaraoke.html

Software download page:

http://www.wildernesspuppets.net/yarns/annotate/cspankaraokedownload.html

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Barbara Lattanzi
www.wildernesspuppets.net

EVENT

C-SPAN Karaoke


Dates:
Mon Aug 30, 2004 00:00 - Sun Aug 29, 2004

The Interrupting Annotator

presents...

C-SPAN KARAOKE

FREE SOFTWARE FOR COLLABORATIVE AND CONVIVIAL VIDEO VIEWING

C-SPAN KARAOKE software displays media that streams from public archives of the CSPAN.org website, along with karaoke tunes gleaned from various free offerings on the web. So, gather together with friends and loosen up those vocal cords...

While you are navigating the flows of institutional political process, faithfully and invaluably documented by CSPAN, you can always break out in song...and the louder the better. Use CSPAN KARAOKE and your voice in collective chorus with friends, to navigate CSPAN video streams - whether these be representations of illegitimate authority or suspect versions of reality.

Sing with conviction, because resonant frequencies have been known to shatter glass.

A NOTE ABOUT C-SPAN ARCHIVES

Although streaming video archives are available at the CSPAN website as a not-for-profit, public service of the lucrative American cable television industry, they are only publically accessible for a brief period of time. Some more significant videos may remain available longer, but most CSPAN videos can be accessed for only a few months before they disappear.

The disappearing CSPAN video archive means that over time, the accumulated list of video titles for "CSPAN KARAOKE" may contain an occasional "dead" link, a gap in collective memory of institutional political process. Note that the more recent videos will always appear conveniently near the top of the selection list for your KARAOKE pleasure.

Description:

http://www.wildernesspuppets.net/yarns/annotate/cspankaraoke.html

Software download page:

http://www.wildernesspuppets.net/yarns/annotate/cspankaraokedownload.html

Video demo of C-SPAN Karaoke software:

http://www.wildernesspuppets.net/yarns/recordings/cspankaraoke.html

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Barbara Lattanzi
www.wildernesspuppets.net