Russell Brand nazi boy

OK, it got rapidly silly but no-one should be surprised that the Russell Brand Jonathan Ross said-fucking-on-the-radio absolute pap story was manufactured to distract us. Distract us from the front page news obsession with ‘the’ crisis – which, I am so sorry to say, is not the end of the world everyone thinks – and if you find yourself afraid that things are suddenly falling apart, please consider Afghanistan for the last thirty years, life in Iraq, Palestine, Congo, Colombia, other global atrocities of capitalism, etc etc. In the meantime, lets not try to present this ‘radio event’ as the dreaded consequence of a – wait for it – scheming ‘situationalist’ comedian- as Russell was described tonight on Channel Four news – but rather take the opportunity to consider his excellent early work ripping into a foolish young Nazi. Maybe now that he has honourably resigned for offending Grangpa and that Georgina from that obscurely named band, he can get back to this kind of worthy journalism. Watch Russell among the Young Nazi’s here.

Russell’s New Cross heritage mentioned here. And he will be honoured as a pioneering sound performer at Sonic Border – details here.

Free Lex Wotton – Australian Injustice (International Actions)

Free Lex Wotton: Aboriginal Political Prisoner
International Day of Solidarity
London Rally
12 noon Thursday November 6th
Australia House, Strand, WC2B 4LA

On October 24th an all white jury found Lex Wotton, an Aboriginal man from Palm Island, guilty of ‘rioting with destruction’ for his involvement in the 2004 Palm Island uprising. On November 26th 2004 the people of Palm Island set fire to the local police station, court house and police barracks after a pathologist’s report claimed that the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee, a 36 year Aboriginal man in police custody a week earlier was an ‘accident’. Mulrunji died in a police cell, one hour after he had been arrested for being drunk. He suffered massive internal injuries, including a ruptured spleen, four broken ribs and a ‘liver that had been ‘almost cleaved in two’ from a huge compressive force.’ Following Mulrunji’s killing, Queensland’s then Premier, Peter Beattie declared a state of emergency. Balaclava clad Paramilitary style police, armed with semi automatic weapons, roamed the streets arbitrarily arresting Aboriginal people. Police unnecessarily tasered several people, including Lex Wotton. Houses were stormed and children were forced facedown onto the ground with guns pointed at their heads.
The officer who arrested Mulrunji, Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, claimed that Mulrunji had fallen on stairs. A coroner’s inquest found that Hurley was responsible for Mulrunji’s death, as the injuries were consistent with a fierce beating. However, Hurley was found not guilty for manslaughter (by an all white jury) and has since been promoted to the position of police inspector on Australia’s Gold Coast.
In comparison Lex Wotton is now facing a possible life sentence in prison. He is being held in custody until his next court appearance in the Townsville District Court on November 7. Aboriginal Australians are still over 10 times more likely than non-Aboroginal Australians to spend time in prison, and are significantly more likely to die in prison than non-Aboriginal prisoners.  The over-policing and criminalisation of Aboriginal Australians is a clear continuation of the colonial policies that have been violently enforced on them since the white invasion.
Following Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd’s apology for past injustices to Aborigines earlier this year many people in Australia and around the World assume indigenous Australians are no longer treated as second class citizens. The continuing unjust imprisonment and persecution of Lex Wotton shows that Aboriginal Australians are still treated with racist contempt.

November 6th is a global day of action to free Lex Wotton. Lex’s friends and family are calling out for people around the world to picket Australian High Commissions and Consulates. Please send any details of demonstrations, solidarity messages and pictures of protest action to freelexwotton@gmail.com. They will all be passed on to Lex inside of prison.

Stand up in solidarity with the people of Palm Island against racism and police brutality!

Sonic Border/ Sonic Diaspora/Beyond Text

Please Go <here> for the more detailed (in process) Beyond Borders archive for this Project. There are a number of posts that lead up to the event described below, and a number of posts related to its aftermath, and details of the upcoming events in Berlin in April and Copenhagen in November will be posted there in dues course.

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Draft Programme for:

Sonic Border/ Sonic Diaspora/Beyond Text

Monday 3rd – Saturday 8th November 2008

Centre for Cultural Studies

Goldsmiths University of London

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Monday, 3 November

2:303:00 pm – Rooms 137a and 138

Introduction by Julian Henriques – ‘Thinking Through Sound’

3:00 – 4:00 pm Chair: John Hutnyk

David Graeber. ‘Prisoners of Sound’

4:00 – 4:20 pm

Coffee and tea break.

4:20-6:30 pm

Johannes Anyuru and Aleksander Motturi ‘Clandestino Festival in an Age of Ethnicism’

6:30 – 7:00 pm

Explanation of Coventry Event, introduction of those from Kolkata and other guests.

7:00 pm

Drinks and dinner.

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Tuesday, 4 November

1:00 – 2:00 pm – Rooms 308 and 307

Les Back ‘Siren’s Cry: The War on Terror and the Carceral City’

2:00 – 2:15pm

Coffee and tea break

2:15 – 3:45 pm Chair: Anamik Saha

Rangan Chakravarty. ‘Sound and Fury: The Language of Music: Contemporary Bangla Bands’

Paramita Brahmachari. tbc

3:45 – 4:00 pm

Coffee and tea break

4:00 – 6:00 pm Chair: Leila Whitley

Marc Teare. ‘The Secret History of a Musick Yet To Be.’

Carla Mueller-Schulzke. ‘Transcultural Soundscapes: Creative Musical Practice and the Politics of Sound.’

Kiwi Menrath. ‘Sounds Aquatic: From Oceans and Flows to Muddy Waters.’

Rico Reyes ‘Echolocating: Barrionics, Colonial Melancholia, and Technological Euphoria’<!–[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]–>

7:00 pm

Tuesday evening we will be travelling to SE1 to join Thomas Altheimer for an event.

52 mins film Europe For President at Alma Enterprises’ project space on November 4th in Glasshill Street, SE1 (no street number, signs in the small street will lead you to the venue). Altheimer will open the event at 7 pm with an ‘Act Of Concession’.

The film documents Altheimer’s attempt to launch a European candidate for president in the US. It is produced by German, French and Austrian television and premières on French/German broadcaster on Nov 1st at 6 pm (see German press release: http://www.zdf.de/ZDFde/inhalt/28/0,1872,1404028_idDispatch:8094208,00.html ).

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Wednesday, 5 November

College Open Day. Free Morning

In the afternoon we will attend this separately organised (by GMD, Deptford TV and CUCR) film/talk event in Deptford Town Hall, New Cross Road, London SE14 6AF

4.30-5.15 – Deptford.TV Premieres: Black History Month

Four short films made by Goldsmiths MA Screen Documentary students for Deptford.TV on Deptford’s black history. They look at the story of reggae sound systems in the area, the growth of the black community here, and the racist violence of the 1970s and 1980s, including the New Cross Fire.

5.30-8.00 – Talkoake on se14 6af: What will New Cross be?

Goldsmiths, University of London, is located in the heart of the dynamic and diverse neighbourhood of New Cross. The area is home to emerging creative businesses, deprived council estates and large numbers of students. How do these different communities interact?

see details at the end of the full program here .

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Thursday, 6 November

THE PERFORMANCE OF CRISIS

Interdisciplinary Colloquium

November 6 2008 Rooms 137-138

Chair: Hanna Kuusela

11:00- 11:30 Introduction: Performing Crisis- Nicolás Salazar-Sutil

11:30-11:50 Crisis? What Crisis? Perspectives on the Credit Crunch- Andy Christodoulou

11:50- 12:30 The Madness of Decision- Dr James Burton- Goldsmiths College.

12:30- 13:30 Lunch break

Chair: Yuk Hui

13:30-14:30 Keynote Contribution: ‘Politicizing Crisis’ Professor Teivo Teivainen, University of Helsinki

14:30- 15:00 Value formation and crisis – Operativity of narrative – Lee Wan-Gi

15:00- 15:30 Something Between us: exploring social-fragmentation, philosophical anxieties and the economic crisis in America – John Ferrara

15:30- 16:00 Coffee Break

Chair: Cristóbal Bianchi

16:00-16:50 The inchoate situation of decline and the rhetoric of crisis- Dr Ina Dietzsch, University of Durham

16:50- 17:20 HO2Crisis: Water Wars and its trickling effect- Eva Slotegraaf

17:20- 17:50 Debord, Lautreaont and the aesthetics of negativity- Tom Bunyard

17:50- 18:30 The financial crisis as a window of opportunity: Hanna Kuusela

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Friday, 7 November

11:00 – 1:00 pm – Rooms 308 and 307

Film: Jahaji Music, India in the Caribbean

Presented by Surabhi

1:00 – 2:30pm

Lunch Break

2:30 – 4:00 pm

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John Speyer and Music In Detention

‘Identities and Interactions in Border Institutions: Music in Immigration Removal Centres’

4:00 – 4:30 pm

Coffee and tea Break

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Karen Tam Songs not quite from Impanema.’

Camille Barbagallo. ‘Crossing borders. The xtalk project: free English classes for migrant sex workers.’

David Hysek ‘Quinta del Sordo – sense, theatre and sound’

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Future Events: February in Berlin, May in Copenhagen.

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Saturday, 8 November

Noise of the Past – a poetic journey of war, memory & dialogue

Free bus to Coventry for this event (you have to book a place by emailing Leila on . Limited spaces available.

see the full program here .

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Again, please Go <here> for the more detailed (in process) Beyond Borders archive for this Project. There are a number of posts that lead up to the event described below, and a number of posts related to its aftermath, and details of the upcoming events in Berlin in April and Copenhagen in November will be posted there in dues course.

Sonic Border is part (also see here, here and here) of the Beyond Borders network funded by the AHRC Beyond Text.

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Thomas for Prez in 08

Thomas Altheimer would love to see friends and enemies for a screening of his 52 mins film Europe For President at Alma Enterprises’ project space on November 4th in Glasshill Street, SE1 (no street number, signs in the small street will lead you to the venue). Altheimer will open the event at 7 pm with an ‘Act Of Concession’.

The film documents Altheimer’s attempt to launch a European candidate for president in the US (see pics and pitch below). It is produced by German, French and Austrian television and premières on French/German broadcaster on Nov 1st at 6 pm (see German press release: http://www.zdf.de/ZDFde/inhalt/28/0,1872,1404028_idDispatch:8094208,00.html).

Europe For President

Inspired by the spectacle staged in Berlin by still-citizen-Obama in July 2008, Thomas Altheimer, decides to not only stage a presidential campaign of his own in America but also to take the message to Barack Obama that Europe is not a part of his constituency.

At a casting session in LA Altheimer picks the beautiful Hannah Jefferson to front the Europe 2008 campaign. From LA the campaign sets out to capture the hearts and minds of Americans in small towns. But the real challenge quickly proves to be to capture the heart and mind of the candidate herself.

Disagreeing on pretty much everything, the culture-clashed Altheimer and Jefferson goes to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Altheimer to tell the delegates of the European alternative, Jefferson to take pictures. In the end Altheimer brings out a sign that sours the mood—not only of the convention but also of the Europe ’08 campaign.

[ed note: As a long term supporter of this campaign, I note here and here as moments of complicity with the electoral process – JH].

Goldsmiths UCU/NUS Teach-in on the market

Goldsmiths UCU/NUS Teach-in on the market

Wednesday 29 October 08

WHY IS EVERYTHING FOR SALE?

1-2.30pm MRB Screen 2
Why a Likeness Cannot be Bought – Les Back (Sociology)
Foreign policy for sale – Bart Moore-Gilbert (English)
A history of debt: slavery in the broadest sense of the word? – David
Graeber (Anthropology)

1-2.30pm MRB Screen 3
Commodification of Irishness – Ben Levitas (Drama)
Brains for Hire: Intellectual Labour under Neoliberalism – Alberto Toscano
(Sociology)
Free labour in cultural work – Susan Kelly, Janna Graham and Kirsten
Forkert (Art)

3-4.30pm RHB 142
Intellectual property and the enclosure of creativity – Matt Fuller (CCS)
Why the market fails the media – James Curran (Media)
culture research commerce inc. – John Hutnyk (CCS)

3-4.30pm RHB 150
‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe
to be beautiful’: William Morris and kitsch – David Mabb (Art)
Commercialising the past: the trade in cultural heritage – Kate Devlin
(Computing)
The market for art – Gavin Butt (Visual cultures)

3-4.30pm RHB 355
Workshop on free labour in the cultural industries (convened by Susan
Kelly, Janna Graham and Kirsten Forkert)

5-6.30pm RHB 142
The market in crisis: Resisting neo-liberalism

What’s gone wrong with the economy? – Graham Turner (author of ‘The Credit
Crunch’)
Campaigning against marketisation in Higher Education – Jonathan White,
Deputy Head of Campaigns, UCU
What was neo-liberalism? – Des Freedman, President Goldsmiths UCU
Students and the campaign against marketisation – Jennifer Jones,
Campaigns and Communications officer, Goldsmiths NUS

FORCE OF METADATA Stiegler et al Nov 29 2008

An event organized by MRC & CCS: FORCE OF METADATA

Symposium, Saturday, November 29th 2008, 9.30 am – 18.30 pm
Goldsmiths Media Research Centre and Centre for Cultural Studies, London

Speakers:

Bernard Stiegler (Centre Pompidou, Paris): The Alternative of Metadata: Automated Voluntary Servitude or Economy of Contribution

Götz Bachmann (Goldsmiths): The Power of Metadata Time
Yuk Hui (Goldsmiths): The Production of Networks and the Networks of Production
Kuan Foo (Bocconi): Innovation, Metadata and Firm Growth
Harry Halpin (Edinburgh): Metadata and the Dialectics of Post-humanism
Stanza (Artist, London): The Emergent City
Lev Manovich (UC San Diego): Title to be announced.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Artist, Montreal): Antimonuments and Subsculptures

Metadata rules the web. Its power goes beyond merely ordering descriptions of data. Metadata administers access, pre-decides preferences, enables surveillance, automates transtextuality, and shapes our experience. As metadata management becomes more and more effective and ubiquitous, it is time to ask: Are we witnessing the birth of a new regime of attention, of media control and media power? What are its chances, constraints and power relations? How does a social imaginary operate with the means and within
the limits of metadata management? Can metadata acquire the power to generate content? Is it, indeed, productive itself?

Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths, University of London

Saturday, November 29th 2008, 9.30 am – 18.30 pm, followed by a drinks
reception

Access is free. To attend this event, please email Elisabeth
Baumann-Meurer <e.baumann-meurer[AT]gold.ac.uk>