transforming space, continuation of thought trail

I’m inclined to create another category for this vid, ‘anthroponub’, because of it’s exploration into the relation between people and space/buildings/absence. The reason why I’ve been looking at the theme of transforming space in these last two posts is because I want to show the process I am going through to develop a nub of my own. So far, I have just been picking off stuff that goes near a rough idea for a vid I have in my mind. I will use these examples to hone down a proper nub of my own which I will post at the end of this thought trail. This is very much the process I use when I paint – it works for that, so hopefully it will work for this! Let’s call this an experiment…the two I have posted so far have triggered some ideas…they use a visual and narrative language that I understand and rings ‘true’ to my experiences. They also have some institutional embedding in the fine art style of still photography and documentary style voice-overs/interviews; this I think is useful for conveying an idea to a more general audience. Once I get to a point where I am confident enough to film, I’ll doodle a bit, then I’m going to rip these bad boys to do a really punked up version of my own 🙂

Brain-sharing: GOOD?

Video artist Lincoln Schatz‘s vision of a better world would be one where we could SHARE BRAINS. Trippy. In ‘The self and the future’ philosopher Bernard Williams looks at whether having the same body is enough to be the same person when your personality has been transplanted with someone else’s. If ever it did become possible to swap brains, I wonder exactly how much of a correlation  there would be between our memory and personality and our physical brain. But what bothers me the most about all of this is the question as to whether Nick Griffin would still be a racist mofo if we swapped his brain with Nelson Mandela‘s for a while. And what would happen to poor Nelson…

manwomanman dem

By the way: this nub contains full frontal nudity. I like the video but in terms of the idea itself, it’s not really saying much more than “women are becoming more like men and men are becoming more like women” – something that I don’t think is really that new. But at the same time, it is not a mainstream idea or something that is seen as particularly acceptable to most, so I think it is a nub in so far as it does challenge current gender regimentation/stereotypes/roles.

Obama: nubaganda supremo

I was wondering around facebook, thinking about what I should post up on makenubs today when lo and behold, what should I find? The stonkingest opportunity for nubbers to go crazy-crazy with nubaganda videos, all courtesy of Obama’s Health Reform Video Challenge. This is going to be interesting. It’s also yet another example of how ahead Obama is on harnessing the web to engage support and stoke up positive thought for his endeavours, most recently to push through health care reform in the US. This method worked in the elections, but it remains to be seen whether it will work for this campaign, that has so far been thwarted with controversies, set-backs and, well, straight-up lies.

For those of you who haven’t been following the whole health care debate, check out thoughtbubble and vlogbrothers‘ take on it in this nub:

consumerism and philosophy

Controversial philosopher Peter Singer gets to the nub of consumer ethics using his ‘drowning kid’ thought experiment. I like the way it breaks down that barrier between the everyday banal choices we make about what we spend our money on, and our broader sense of what is right and what is wrong ‘in the world’. There are the obvious arguments against his analogy that would appeal to conceptions of direct and indirect responsibility for other people’s welfare. But I think he makes a stronger point about empathy and culpability for other people’s suffering, regardless of their physical location in relation to ourselves. A great recipe for buyer’s remorse!

converging media, converging ideas

This video was made by a student for their final project in Theory of Communication. It has lots of stuff on how the internet and social media is bringing people together and providing a place for ideas to converge and flourish, boldly putting forth how this signifies a new chapter for humanity. Fundamental to this sort of ‘union’ is the notion of sharing, however I think the reality is that internet users still have a long way to go before reaching this crescendo-like symphony of everyone sharing everything. To many, such a state of affairs would actually be horrific. As online trends show, however ‘successful’ websites like wikipedia and facebook are perceived to be, it is still only a small minority of users that contribute a majority of the content. A majority of users still behave like lurkers, reaping the rewards of the enthusiastic, communicative few. Equality of contribution is something that is often forgotten when the media harks on about the millions of users and page views and registrations that certain websites receive. Besides that, I still think videos like this one are nice to see. Hard as it is to believe, there are many children out there who have not known what life is like without the internet and social media. At the same time, a whopping 76% of the world’s population don’t use the internet. So the inspired protestations of nubs like this one help you to not take things for granted so much.