Beyond ACTA: en vogue – about a fashion victim (45 sec., b/w, silent, 16mm, 2012)

July 8, 2012

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What this is

This is a short clip originally made for an ongoing fashion event in Vienna. We (now former) Schule Friedl Kubelka students produced a series of shorts you currently still can see (until 29th August) on DVD in the Icon shop window at the MQ in Vienna. Topic: “fashion”…

While this week the European Parliament gloriously defeated ACTA (see discussion/articles on Slashdot, TorrentFreak and Netzpolitik 1, 2) the above clip en vogue – about a fashion victim features some more ACTA-like as well as other related acronyms:

ACTA, INDECT, IPRED, SOPA/PIPA, TRIPS, GATSEC/ECB/IMF (EC, ECB, IMF), WTO, FRONTEX, ECOFIN

If you are from Europe make sure to check out INDECT

4th of July 2012, European Independence Day: the European Parliament votes against ACTA by 478 to 39 votes

How it was made

We shot this in Vienna back in March using a Bolex (hand-cranked) and 16mm color negative film (that I got developed/printed at Synchro Film). Since we were supposed to have a first version for school in an analog film format I then cut the rushes on a Steenbeck.

Later I got my negatives transfered (2K) and re-cut the clip digitally in Blender (using single frames, 16-bit TIFFs – Ubuntu does not seem to be eable to handle 12-bit TIFFs (!!!))  – while having a cheap transfer/telecine from that 16mm cutting copy as reference).

Grading was also done in Blender.

For exporting/encoding to .webm (VP8) Kdenlive was used.

I have another 16mm short (4 min., experimental/minimal story telling) that I plan to post at some point this Summer (pictures is done, I’m still thinking about the rest) and I’ll be posting more details from that 16mm footage/Blender workflow together with that…


FUCK ACTA: Anti ACTA demonstration in Vienna, February 25th 2012

February 26, 2012

Since I’m currently back home in Vienna I went to the Anti ACTA demonstration yesterday, starting from Europaplatz, down the Mariahilferstraße and over the Ring to the Parliament. It was an almost warm Saturday in late February and at the same time similar demonstrations took place all over Austria and Europe. My guess is we were about 5000 to max. 7000 people, police say 3000, organisers say 10 000. The crowd was mostly young, quite a few school students, the mood may be described as cheerful anger if this makes any sense to you.

As you would expect there were quite a few people with Guy Fawkes masks and other internet and reddit memes. So what I found most interesting were the banner people had brought and here is a best of selection of my favourite ones:

ACTA = Stasi 2.0

A movie is not a car

ACTA ad Acta

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System failure: Capitalism not working

System (I) Reset

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Stopp ACTA

Sharing is not stealing

bekACTA Scheiss (= Shity Shit)

“Niemand hat die Absicht eine Mauer zu errichten.” (= “No one has any intention of building a wall.”)

ACTA Assholes Creating Tyranny Again

ACTA La Vista

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Capitalism not working

End?

Yes No

Join the revolution.

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Meine Freundin ist schwanger. Mein Provider wußte es vor mir. (= My girlfriend is pregnant. My provider knew it before I did.)

You can’t control 500 Million PPL w/o making a few enemies.

Yet the best one and the one that most demonstrators seemed to agree on was pretty short, a good one to shout as well:

FUCK ACTA

Expect us.

Update (29.02.12):

There were two more banner at the demonstration that I keep thinking of and that I have not mentioned here yet (I did not write down those in my notebook – at least in terms of meaning they should be accurately quoted):

Wenn ihr uns das Internet nehmt, nehmen wir euch eure Faxgeräte (= If you take away our internet, we’ll take away your fax machines)

Ignorant me I did not quite understand that one at first and so one of my friends who was there with me on Saturday enlightened me: apparently unfriendly politician’s fax machines are being served by activists with a pitch black piece of paper – that has been looped… Now that’s mean.

And last but not least there was this one, surely way too important to be forgotten!

Don’t take away my porn


One to free us all: a simple, powerful recipe for solving our world’s problems (v1.0)

January 18, 2012

Get rid of interest.

Consequences:

equal redistribution of wealth in the long run (end of poverty; physical and psychological health stabilise society, prevention of pandemics; dramatically reduced chances for terror since there is hope/perspective for a good life on earth during one’s lifetime; strong basis for true Democracy)

economies can simply serve the People, no need for growth, economies grow when needed (e.g. more people), shrink naturally when less demand (e.g. fewer people)

no more bubbles, no more speculation affecting the lives and future of billions of people

no more wars needed – the most cynical instrument of Capitalism that is there to destroy/create room for new “growth”

no more destruction of nature in the name of “growth” (oil industry, rain forest, nuclear waste)

no more rating agencies needed that are there to help the speculators destroy whole countries/continents

no more aggressive ads/advertising industry needed as motor for “growth”, minimal style ads can serve a good purpose: information for those who seek that piece of information

– all the other helpers of our abusive system of exploitation like copyright and patents can easily get rid of as well, both have striking similarities with the interest concept/serve a similar purpose: make sure that those who have power (knowledge or financial one) get even more of it, while those who have little of it remain without it or loose the little they have (and with that monsters like ACTA, SOPA/PIPA or whatever they call those bills in their baby talk like language can get rid of easily as well – update: Sopa: Sites go dark as part of anti-piracy law protests (www.bbc.co.uk))

Greed then will be excluded from the system by design instead of being built-in via interest, copyright and patents like now

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It’s only one change in the system from which everyone will profit in the long run.

Imagine what it can do for you and those who are close to you. Imagine what it can do for others and how this will in return do even more for you. Just imagine.

Leave aside ideologies or believes: keep them for yourself, they belong to you. However this world belongs to everyone.

Just imagine what this one tiny change in our system can do for all of us. And then let’s get started with this a.s.p.


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