Lucasfilm Recruiting at SIGGRAPH

Lucasfilm Recruiting (Animation, VFX, & Games) will be at SIGGRAPH 2011 in……


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“a perfect fit for a cynical pop culture devouring media junkie” : Culture Net student featured in Capilano U. 2011-2012 Viewbook

CNET student Jordan Harbord is featured in the 2011-2012 university Viewbook in an article on the CultureNet Program.

CultureNet Viewbook Article

The original Viewbook in its entirety can be order in print form here or viewed online here.

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CNET Convenor Interviewed for BCIT Documentary on Social Media and Storytelling

Brian Ganter, CNET Convenor, was just interviewed this week for a documentary made by a BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) film crew. The documentary is on social media and storytelling, and should be finished in early 2011.

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CultureNet Chat Live Session Spring 2011 – “Video Games in the Classroom”

CultureNet has been invited back to co-sponsor a Chat Live session for the Spring 2011 term: “Video Games in the Classroom”. Session is tentatively scheduled for March 17, 2011. Mark your calendars!

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CultureNet Fall 2010 Chat Live Sessions – “Bring the Change: Exploring Art and Social Change”

Chat Live is an ongoing program at Capilano U. that is running once again this Fall 2010. Chat Live involves a series of informal discussions over lunch (always on Thursday, 11:30-12:30) on Thursdays throughout the term, covering a variety of topics from Facebook to human rights, from art to genocide.

Chat Live details and website here.

This term, the CultureNet program is sponsoring one of the sessions: “Bring the Change: Exploring Art and Social Change.”

Our session’s topic will be the broad spectrum of visual, musical, and written works (the creations of Picasso, Jenny Holzer, Michael Moore, Radiohead, Diego Rivera, and Bruce Mau to name only a few) that have harnessed art + technology as a spark for small- and large-scale political changes in our world.

We are running our sessions on three different dates:

Session 1
Thursday, Sepember 30 · 11:30am – 12:30pm
“Bring the Change: Art and Social Change”
Co-Hosted by Brian Ganter, Charles Macaulay, and James Siddall

Session 2
Thursday, October 21 · 11:30am – 12:30pm
“Worlds of Change: Art and Social Change Across the Globe”
Co-Hosted by Brian Ganter and Betsy Agar

Session 3
Thursday, November 25 · 11:30am – 12:30pm
“Visualizing change: Talking about Digital Art in the 21st Century”
Co-Hosted by Brian Ganter and Aurelea Mahood

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How Can Canadian Government Help Open up Digital Media?

I came open a blog on the OpenMedia webpage that questioned why the government does not have more involvement in creating open access to digital media in Canada.  Michel Geist, Law Professor at the University of Ottawa, proposed that although Canadians are making progress in collaborating our digital media; i.e. the National Film Board of Canada who launched the NFB screening room in January 2009, starting with 500 available films has nearly tripled since then too almost 1’500 films freely available, and although, the NFB project has been very promising, success stories are few and far between.  The internet is incredibly lucrative for creators and consumers and producers, but the question remains, what the government can do to help make Canadian digital media more readily accessible?

Until recently, internet communications were only accessible to a privileged class, and while more and more Canadians now have access to digital media, Canadians are still not provided with universal assess to Canadian new media.  Geist suggested several points necessary to make open media possible, whereby the internet should have certain rules of the road, including net neutrality and traffic management guidelines so that all content can be afforded and have equal opportunity, not falling victim to limited access. Furthermore, a key issue in opening up new media is digitization, it was noted that Canadian Policy makers have made no attempt in keeping a comprehensive Canadian digital library.  Government does not appear to see the necessary importance in preserving national content for future generations or making the content more readably accessible. Geist compared Canadian open media to Europe, who in 2005, launched i2010 action plan.  Europe provides direct access to more than 4.6 million digitalized books, newspapers, film clips, maps, photographs, and documents from across Europe, whereas, Canada is still stuck at the starting gate.

Geist suggested that Canadian policy to open media should include opening government data, as well as removal of crown copyright and the adoption of open licensing.  We should be figuring out how to open data.  Geist pointed out that Canadian  cultural policy has longed focused on the creation of culture and finally the government is making a shift to the creation of new media and digital platforms.  With open digital access, Canadians will have an abundance of knowledge and culture at their fingertips.

Opening the many closed doors of the digital world is problematic due to copyright policy.  Creators must not only receive proper compensation for their work but also have the opportunity and flexibility to create.  Therefore, Geist suggested that Canada implement WIPO treaties, implementing treaties ensuring that we link circumvention to copyright infringement.  He also recognized the need for fair dealing, building flexibility without lose fairness.  Open media should be fair dealing, not free dealing.

The digital world opens new doors to the challenges of the past, offering new opportunity for creators, consumers and Canadian business.  Canadian citizens are stepping up to make this important transition occur.  Organizations, such as OpenMedia have been established to help build a new media ecology.  In an email received from the group they emphasized that they work to empower, educate and engage Canadians to advance their communication interests, values and rights.  They want people to be connected to social change organizations, and online news outlets.  OpenMedia has a general interest in public education and change.  Participants within OpenMedia include civil society organizations, labour groups, academics and activists all across Canada, all with a common interest to provide free online sources for Canadian citizens, and with government backing Canada will soon transition into completely different media environment.

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Sports a View

Sports the View from the Bar

A typical Saturday evening at the local Sports Bar, where to

sit where could be the best place for you to watch the game,

any game Hockey, Baseball, Basketball,Boxing, UFC Mixed

Martial Arts. Why and how we choose our seats says a lot

about what type of sporting fan you are diehard or just

there to enjoy, as well as why the owners place the

televisions where they do how they layout their space.

         These business’s take a lot of time to place there

televisions in an aesthetically pleasing position for their

customers enjoyment and pleasure. This is how Slack

and Wise describe a concept of “cultural space: a space

unique to a particular way of life, articulation, or

assemblage” (137). How much effort goes into preparing

a space that encompasses what different groups are

looking for the diehards sitting at the bar closest to

the action as well as the service best seat in the house

for them. The social sports fan farther back so that they

can watch at a distance but still spend most of their time

communicating with others in their group.

      There is I am sure a perfect seat for each of us where

we can be as close with an event as well as close with those

enjoying it with us. This area is as much a part of each person 

as it is with the group and their needs as a whole. Business’s

understand this and cater to as many groups as possible to

make sure no person or group fells as though there is no place

for them in the Pub, Sports Bar, Social club.

Works Cited

Slack, Jennifer Daryl., and J. Macgregor Wise. Culture & Technology: A Primer. New York: Peter Lang, 2007. 135-47. Print.

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