You may tyhink of us as sitting back here not doing anything, but you woudl be wrong. We have been really busy building websites for other people and over the summer we have trained about 200 new business in how to build their own wordpresss sites.
I was asked a couple of months ago to write a round up of the digital sector for a local free magazine that I've written for before. Admittedly not the most popular magazine in the world but I still gave it a go especially as I hope it will attract some new blood into the sector.
The Promise, 19|07|14 – 9|11|14 Arnolfini, Bristol.
My second post of the day on Living cities consists of this piece from The Promise a show at the Arnolfini is Bristol. I stumbled into the show the other day and this piece from Warren and Mosley really amused me so thought I would repost here.
The work maps data collected from informal groups, old city records etc, but in a very insightful and amusing manner. High crime areas mapped against old peoples homes, or now defunct proposed transport schemes against illegal burn out areas from road racers.
The juxtaposition of one dataset with another is mapped out beautifully from map to map and forms an insightful view of us as we live in cities. Riotous areas exist within our cities, it is what we as humans do when we are deeply dissatisfied as a collective.
After all we are not automatons and cities should be playful, multifunctional places.
The show at the Arnolfini is good one for this piece alone so if you can go see.
Reposted from our Tumblr blog.
Yep sorry for the pun but i've just spent the past few hours at the CloudMaker show at Fact Liveprool.
I should have spent spent some time interviewing people especially the artists that were there namely Ross Dalziel - who was happily celebrating his birthday today while explaining all about the project.
But maybe I'll post more later to explain what all these photos mean.
So I have been blogging for years now and like many people I fall into and out of love with it depending on how I am feeling but I am normally in love with it but it doesn't always appear so because I am always posting in so many different places.
It was only a couple of years ago when a friend a regular blogging and social media professional described my activity as prolific...... I would add maybe not focussed at times but yes I can be prolific at times. Because I am always blogging or posting on one site or another it often looks like I am not posting here on the Defnet Media site and I suppose I don't as I have a more personal blog on my other blog over at defnetmedia.com/blog but I am going to slowly phase that out even though I love it dearly as it has my oldest posts on it - many just made from my phone.
So I will be blogging here more often and I'll be dragging in some other content too and this will become more of a blog for Defnet Media rather than for me the editor (Neil Morrin).
Reposts - I will be posting some of my better and more popular pieces here from the many sites I post on but I will mark them as a repost just so it is made clear.
I'll also be reorganising this site as I have ignored it at times so I will learn to love it once more.
So expect more soon.
It was a delight to be asked to help tenantspin with their last live stream and their first in such a long time – when they made arts engagement projects they broke the mould after this one – I think it was less art and more Guerilla TV – over the years they had some shows, some of which are available on their Live Stream and over the years I tried to get them involved in as many projects as I possible could. I'm thinking here about when we got them over to the Arts Councils grand AGM where the participants met and interviewed the Council member of all the Arts Council's across the country. I did a bit of live reporting there also.
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It didn't, I just needed a title I could buzz off. A quick proviso – this may turn into a rant and there is to much history for me to go into too much detail, so you'll just have to take what I say as read or exaggerated slightly as the case may be – but hopefully you'll get my point.
Last Night was the first Cultural Forum organised by Bido Lito Magazine – The forum had been called after a number of arts/clubs had been asked by the council to pay full whack rates rather than the 20% discretionary rates which they had received the year before – this situation had been handled badly by the council or their subcontractor and so some organisations were receiving demands for money which they just didn't have. The forum wasn't just called for these reasons but also because venues in the city have been hit with noise abatement orders making it difficult for them to operate
Here is a little map of my wanderings across Liverpool, it actually shows me nipping to the shop and then doubling back before I get to my destination. But is a great way of showing a walking route between 2 points, say for display on your website. A foot route from the train station to an event for instance.
It's created using GPS Draw for Android. Download and play
I had an interesting conversation the other day about the digital divide in North Liverpool. For those of you not in the know, North Liverpool is one of the most socially and economically poorest areas in the country, surprising I know as the city of Liverpool had 3/4 of a Billion pounds pumped into it in the last Ten years. But I digress
We were discussing the problem of giving people greater access to the internet, and how this could be done, one of the solutions we thought it would be good to look at was to "WiFi bridge the digital divide".
You see there are businesses, community and voluntary organisations in the North Liverpool area who have Internet access, don't get me wrong this is no backwoods but the take up of of the internet by the wider community is smaller.