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Two short Films I think is related to the ideas in class

Surviving progress (Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, 2011) available on instant stream at netflix: A film inspired by the book A Short History Of Progress by Ronald Wright
Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982) available free at Hulu and Vimeo
Ko.yaa.nis.qatsi (from the Hopi language), n.
  1. crazy life. 2. life in turmoil. 3. life out of balance. 4. life disintegrating. 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living. koyaanisqatsi  and there are both free if you already have netflix

The Gift and Prisoner’s Dilemma Posted on November 27, 2012 by Firm Tothong

I really like the morals of the Lewis Hyde’s “Gift” I also liked how he coined up the states of tale as somewhat being in between a dream state and the not so real.

Q1: What is Hyde’s idea of a gift? Does it exist in our society, perhaps under a different name? How might it be more a part of our society?

AN: It’s seems as though form of natural resources of anything value is placed on, that allows us appreciate the quality of life could be a gift. at first I questioned why we would come together to show that level of respected or in celebratory union only to past this gift on to someone ells. but in a way I think it’s only serves as a representation of life, life is always the gift that keeps on giving. that’s why it was so natural for the mother and the mother spirits in the form a birds felt so right. the act of giving also is a form of saying we are not alone, so when we give there’s that feeling of warmth and compassion that which makes us human.

For me I think this gift diffidently exist in our society today, I think for me it’s between love and compassion. And it could more apart of our lives and our society if we begin to practice more towards one another, teach it to our every living person.

Q2: Describe a commons that you interact with regularly. What are the official or unofficial rules that regulate that commons? Who enforces those rules? Does it work and is it sustainable?

I don’t correctly interact any particular commons on a regular basest, but I grew-up on farm lands that was in the state of what appeared to be a small common between family and friends who shared the spaces they owned, they planted a raised life stock that could support everyone in different seasons different platforms would be take turn to fill the slot. I don’t think any one person or persons was in-charge people just work towards one gold and there can’t be any selfishness, where the self strive others fail, if one group wants and needs become more than everyone elise, it creates division and set-backs which leads to a breakdown and one for them selves, there as to be lots of compromising, be able to meet each other part way. this sounds easy but is very hard to achieve.

Q3: Think back to the Prisoner’s Dilemma game that we played in class. What are ways in which we can keep people from acting solely out of self interests?

AN: For the common good, I feel every person has at less one or two needs and desires, that needs to be fulfilled, and when we can make that exchange between us, a chain reaction starts that makes us feel more alive ad apart of something, whether it’s a social group or common I feel this follow of energies, lets call it freedom of spontaneous combustion. I feel when we are able to make the exchange in others this reaction could be an endless turn over in emotional residual investments. each person has their own needs and wants so working together investing in each others well being. I think the future might star to become more promising. the gift of the dead of night will prove to be a richer more successful new day.


Utopia Forever

The Utopia reading, on some of the problematic obstacles that could erode our utopian ideas, I think technology is going to be the answer to secure that safe haven. The idea of Green luxurious Utopia not everyone feels the freedom of buying into does conventional lifestyles. I con where it becomes the artist who already have that mind-set for balance and beautician, to elevate some of the strain living in urban cities. Idea of the city in the Utopia forever ready is very far scaped and futuristic, where the city structure takes on the form of living breading organism. It is an over worked idea of portraying an green city. But I think we get the message. For what we should strive for

Mary And The Grange

  • Utopian projects often fail because of the way in which they are executed. What, in your opinion, are projects that might have been successful had they been implemented in a different way? Would they be more cooperative? Non-hierarchical? Structured? Inclusive? Exclusive? What does it mean to “fail” or “succeed” as a utopian project?
  • How are Mary’s projects or The Grange enacting some of these past ideas? What are they doing differently? How are they benefitting from being part of this contemporary moment?
  • Looking at the work of both Mary and The Grange from the perspective of a Dystopian and Utopian views, I think it comes down to optimistic vs pessimistic, both are optimistic, but I believe the dividing line is, in Mary’s project she explores more of the possibilities of what the future might be, that what ifs which could be an excellent way to prevent what’s to come. it’s a strong project became it outline many of the problems we are faced with today. and if we could implement some of those ideas into The Grange, it would maybe help to address problems with hunger as Mary’s highlight displacement and homelessness. I think Mary’s project is for a great cause and might someday aid us well in the future. Non-Zero-sum found.
  • the reason I thing most Utopian projects fail is because they are not open to the community so everyone can contribute what they feel might be best for the group, it always a uniform based on one mans ideologies. so if your ideas aren’t open for debate no-one will ever see the mistakes until it’s too late. that’s the biggest lessen to be learned. no man is an island alone. everyone must be given a fair chance. and that doesn’t go in these Utopias. there can’t be any division.

Art Gangs

Art Gangs


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Artist, activist and historian Alan W. Moore discusses his latest book “Art Gangs: Protest and Counterculture in New York City” which traces the historical narrative of oppositional art groups and communities during the second half of the twentieth century. This is the first in a multipart program covering the lecture delivered by Moore at the Bluestockings Bookstore May 30, 2011.




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