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|[Nettime-nl] Next Nature in L.A. - May 17th 2008|
Sorry voor het engels, bestemd voor nederlanders en vrienden van nederlanders in Los Angeles. ---- On May 17th 2008, 8-10 PM the Biggest Visual Power Show takes place in downtown Los Angeles. Over twenty creative minds will present their visions on Next Nature. We send you this special edition of our newsletter dedicated to the event. BVPS Next Nature 2008 website: http://www.nextnature.net/powershow2008 ================================================== CONTENTS - Program Highlights - Location, Tickets, Parking & Hotel - The format: Visual Power ================================================== PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Technology: the Seventh Kingdom of Life Kevin Kelly, senior maverick at Wired magazine, gives an opening keynote on the nature of technology. "Our entire system of technology is now so complex that it forms a tangled ecology of ideas and devices which support each other. Human mind, so essential for its birth, play a decreasing role." Extreme Green Guerrillas With the worst climate disaster about to happen, our current green solutions aren't sufficient. They are only making tiny steps forward. Michiko Nitta proposes the ultimate green lifestyle. Animal rights artist Tinkebell presents a sustainable designers bag made from her own cat. Judith de Leeuw traces back her shoes to their place of birth. The People vs The Beauty Industry Nowadays plastic surgeons sculpt flesh after photoshopped magazines. Documentary maker Sunny Bergman offers an intimate peek in a Los Angeles 'rejuvenation institute'. What is the price tag of a hot, sexy, hypernatural body? Corporations want to Survive! They want to live and grow, not for the benefit of people but for the benefit of themselves and if necessary at the costs of people. Recognition is their most successful product: Nowadays children know more corporate logo's and brands than bird or three species. Brandalizer Hendrik-Jan Grievink analyzes the strategies. Fashion designer Karl Grandin goes out hunting for corporate animals. Visualizing Complexity Artist David Kremers helps scientists at the California Institute of Technology to use artistic painting techniques in order to visualize the incredible complexity of their scientific data. What can we learn from Van Gogh? Social Software gone Wild Casey Alt, young billionaire CEO of Valilogic Software, shares his views on the emerging phenomenon of social software networks like Facebook, MySpace, Linkedin, etc. and their relation with the older social software embedded in human nature. Sex & Death: Disney or Playboy? Walt Disney and Hugh Hefner, who seem miles apart, are in fact sides of the same coin, flipping to decide what the next nature of sex and death will be. Media philosopher Peter Lunenfeld explains the how & why. Magical interaction How to control the wild ecology of electronic devices in your house? Designer Joris van Gelder proposes 'magic' as a way to interact with our technological environment. He will demonstrate his magical lamp and remote control. User Generated Architecture My own blog, my own homevideo, my own house. Digital software allows people to easily copy-paste their own buildings. What are the consequences of 'user generated architecture'? Will it cause architects to build tools, rather than buildings? Will we grow more suburban McMansions or track down & improve the self-organizing networks in the slums of Sao Paulo, Caracas & Johannesburg? And there is more... Gaming Zombies. Autonomous implants. Genetic Surprises. Special live interventions: You control the camera if you can catch it. Immersive next nature soundscapes. The state of the stars. Analog vs Digital. The car is not the limit. Full list of participants: http://www.nextnature.net/powershow2008/ people.php ================================================== TICKETS Ticket are $15. Online ordering is cheaper than at the door, if you order two or more tickets. Tickets are delivered to any address within the US. We thank our sponsors for keeping our ticket prices so very low. http://www.nextnature.net/powershow2008/tickets.php LOCATION & PARKING BVPS Next Nature 2008 takes place at the recently renovated Million Dollar Theater, one the pearls of the historical LA broadway district. It was one of the first movie palaces in the US, built in 1918 at a then astonishing cost of one million dollar. Among the stars attending the opening night were Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and Lillian Gish, as well as hundreds of eager fans who lined up for two blocks. At the time of its construction, movies were still 'new media' and the theater was designed as a multi-purpose 'crossmedia' temple. The (again) modern affordance for different presentation formats, combined with its vintage grandeur, makes the Million Dollar Theater a perfect fit to the Visual Power format. The Million Dollar Theater is located on 307 S Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, CA 90013, right across the legendary Bradbury building (known from Blade Runner). Public $5 flat rate parking available next door. http://www.nextnature.net/powershow2008/location.php BVPS HOTEL: THE STANDARD DOWNTOWN From out of town? We recommend The Standard Downtown LA. Situated at walking distance (try that for a change) from the event location, the place has everything to satisfy your visual power sensibilities: 24 Hour restaurant, roof-top pool, dance floor. A place where second life is first life. http://www.nextnature.net/powershow2008/hotel.php ================================================== THE FORMAT: VISUAL POWER Images occupy an increasingly important place in our communication and transmission of information. More and more often, it is an image that is the deciding factor in important questions. Of old, images are associated with the basic instincts of the sinful body, while text was associated with the sublimity of the mind. With the Visual Power format we aim to liberate the image as a mature medium of intellectual communication. At the Biggest Visual Power Show, over twenty artists, scientist, writers, film directors, architects, designers, presents their radical ideas, visionary statements and powerful imagery using all possible means of communication. The event mixes movies and live performance, morphs physical experiences into virtual imagination. A conference, a movie, a concert, all in two hours time. ================================================== BVPS Next Nature 2008 is a concept by Koert van Mensvoort & Mieke Gerritzen (www.all-media.eu). This low-tech, low-volume newsletter is connected to the website www.nextnature.net which aims to explore the nature caused by human culture. Feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends and friends of friends. 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