Monday, October 29, 2007

Led Zeppelin Creates A New Pop Culture With Trance


[excerpt] Several production techniques allowed Led Zeppelin to change an era of music through sound. Led Zeppelin created an element of surprise and a new range of loudness within music at this time. The language of light made their music dynamic as quiet, gentile, music erupted into strong forms of collaborative sound during most songs. The eruption of sound within songs was filled with a great deal of ferocity. This sudden shift of sound within individual songs created surprise amongst listers and a feeling of excitment. Erik Davis calls this form of music, "casaic" considered to be violent gestures that shift expectations while allowing something new to happen in the mind of listeners. Their unique quality of range created style.



Monday, October 22, 2007

Women's Empowerment Film Series: The Little Mermaid

Women's Empowerment Film Series

On October 18, 2007 the first Women's Empowerment Film Series Program took place in USF's Phelan Glass Lounge. The program engaged students in Disney films (i.e. viewing) as well as a discussion regarding Disney's use of stereotypical gender role issues. The program was not intended to destroy one's childhood memories/feelings about Disney movies, but rather to recognize that symbolic messages regarding gender existed.

The first meeting, engaged approximately 11 students (the majority were women) in the viewing and discussion of the Disney animated film The Little Mermaid. The film animated 16 year-old mermaid, Ariel's, life under the sea and her wish to become human. Ariel's wish to become and experience humanity overpowered her duty as a mermaid princess. Ariel, constantly, disobeyed her father and friends (Flounder and Sabastein). Ariel let her love of a human, Prince Eric, and her desire to be human overwhelm her to the point in which she contracted her voice away to the evil sea-witch Ursula.

Students viewed the film, watching out for gender issues. Students recognized issues as widely spread throughout many Disney movies (i.e. Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan). Issues that were recognized in The Little Mermaid, regarding women's oppression, were as follows:
  • Women viewed as distressed

  • Women continuously changed to please a man

  • Lack of motherly figures

  • "Beauty" is to be skinny

  • Women tend to depend on others to survive

  • Women are the enemies (i.e. Ursula)

  • No diversity

Students also argued that though Disney's films are targeted towards prepubescent viewers who somewhat unaware of these messages, one has to recognize that Disney films are created by adults who are aware of such issues. The women viewers all agreed that Disney movies tend to knock women down as a whole.

The Women's Empowerment Film Series Committee holds viewings and discussions once a month. The next movie viewing and discussion will be held in November.

Posted by Chelsie-Jean Fernandez

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Lin + Lam talk



For the past seven years, Lin + Lam (Lin plus Lam) has produced interdisciplinary projects that examine the ramifications of the past on the current socio-political moment. They have made work that has looked at immigration, sites of residual trauma, nationalism and national identity, historical memory, and the problems of translation. They will discuss their work, collaborative process and critical strategies.

H. Lan Thao Lam received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and was an Assistant Professor at Middle State Tennessee University and faculty of Goddard College, MFA program.

Currently faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Lana Lin holds an MFA from Bard College and has taught at the City College of New York and Massachusetts College of Art.


48 min. video, 2006
directed by Lin + Lam (Lin plus Lam)

This video essay looks at the impact of modernization and foreign intervention through different modes of transportation. Shot from the exploratory perspective of a moving car, cyclo, and trains, the video travels through three former colonial Asian cities: Taipei, Shanghai, and Hanoi. The transformation of a road, a bridge, and railways, show
an evolution of different powers.

Five women narrate the interrelated histories of these transforming urban environments in their native languages: Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, English, Shanghainese, and Vietnamese.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Introduction to New Media

More information forthcoming...

If you're interested, but couldn't enroll, please post a comment with your name and email address, and I'll put you on the waiting list.

Posted by John Kim

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, Mylene Martin

On October 1st, 2007, I went to the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco on Market Street to attend a lecture named Women who light the dark. This was in honor of the fourth book published by the photojournalist Paola Gianturco. She went over 30 countries and followed the life of 30 women. She made a book with pictures of those women and about the issues those women face. So she told stories to bring those pictures she showed us to life.

But she was not the only woman at the lecture. The President of Global Fund for Women, an international grantmaking foundation in favor of women's rights, Kavita N.Ramdas, was also here. She sponsors, as the President of Global Fund for Women, Gianturco's lectures, book signings and other related events. They know each other well and Paola Gianturco is a really active member of the foundation. For the foundation's 20th anniversary, Paola Gianturco decided to give all the royalties to the Global Fund for Women.

With 58 million dollars awarded to 3,450 women's groups in 166 countries, Global Fund for Women is the largest organization of its kind. Thanks to all this money, these different groups of men and women are able to ensure that women have their voices heard in decision making, or that they get the recognition that they deserve. They also help the countries in need as for instance in Cameroon where more than a million people were trained to know what to do and not to do when they have AIDS.

This lecture was really moving and inspiring as a lot of people from the audience said afterwards.

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