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Sudden Flowers – Ethopia

 Sudden Flowers project in Ethopia

stories and videos from 2007.

I was reminded of this project today when I was looking at the work of co-founder Eric Gottesman. On his site is a more recent mobile portrait studio project he did with Sudden Flowers in 2011. Other projects with Sudden Flowers are on his site and I was especially intrigued with the touring 2006 project Abul Thona Baraka throughout Ethopia. Members of Sudden Flowers accompanied the exhibition in its travels and engaged audience members in dialog inspired by their photographs > look at the slide show.  Many more links to Sudden Flowers in the photographs and installations section of Eric’s site.

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Reinvention Stories

REINVENTION STORIES > A new web project by Documentary Filmmakers, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar  that pushes how the Web can be used for storytelling. *Worth checking out

REINVENTION STORIES is an experiment in bringing real life documentary stories into the potential of an interactive environment. This includes a short movie. Sit back and watch it if you want, or choose your own path through.

You can add your own story. You can answer questions we ask. Or eventually you can see dozens of stories, of people, places and events in our city. read more


Interesting interview with Julia and Steve about their project and the process of making it @ POV films blog, Two Filmmakers Reinvent Their Approach for “Reinvention Stories,” a Web Documentary


Highly recommend reading more on the POV | PBS blog: Another interesting and related story about community storytelling is My Brooklyn: Replicating Their Model in Your Community



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How’s Your News?

How’s Your News? is a documentary news series which features reporters with various disabilities. The project began over ten years ago in a video class at a summer camp for people with disabilities.

Trailer for “How’s Your News?” Series from How’s Your News?

I learned about this wonderful project from a story on This American Life.

Link to all their videos on vimeo.



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Leaving Abuse Behind – Donna Ferrato

Leaving Abuse Behind – Lens Blog – NYTimes

After 30 years on the front lines, Donna Ferrato is ready to write the final chapter of her crusade against domestic abuse.SHOWCASEDonna Ferrato on LensDonna Ferrato on photography: “I’m just seeing it as it fossilizes. A photograph is a fossil. That’s what a camera does.”Helping Beyond the Pain »TriBeCa Chiaroscuro »Ms. Ferrato has been making raw, intimate photos of domestic violence since 1981. She has also been organizing, speaking publicly, counseling and even offering victims shelter at her New York City apartment.The photographs in her book “Living With the Enemy” helped make the problem brutally real. The images helped create and strengthen laws against domestic violence and raised public awareness of the issue. But domestic violence is still rampant, and women continue to return to their abusers. >> read more

Donna Ferrato’s work speaks to the power of photography to enact social change. more at donnaferrato.com

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Am I suspicious?

A NEWMecca Movement Production, shot by John “JayDex” Ledbetter. A video depicting Howard University men standing against racial profiling and the killing of Trayvon Martin in February 2012. More information on the efforts of the Howard Community to raise awareness can be found at facebook.com/groups/HUJusticeForTrayvonMartin/

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Question Bridge

Question Bridge: Black Males is a transmedia art project that seeks to represent and redefine Black male identity in America. Through video mediated question and answer exchange, diverse members of this “demographic” bridge economic, political, geographic, and generational divisions.

Question Bridge: Black Males – Project Trailer from Question Bridge on Vimeo.

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Video in the [Amazonian] Villages

This is the video exchange in which children from the Amazon make video letters to children in other parts of the world to introduce and show their culture. The videos are made by the children for the children, and the documentary about the project was directed by Kumare Txicao, with video work by Nas Aldeias.

Part of a video letter from the Ikpeng children, introducing their community.

Click here to learn more about/purchase the documentary.

This is part of the larger Video in the Villages project

Thanks to Laura Buhler of my Art Practice Course for this post.

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The Public School New York & Triple Canopy

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL NEW YORK is a school with no curriculum. It’s GLOBAL
At the moment, it operates as follows: first, classes are proposed by the public (I want to learn this or I want to teach this); then, people have the opportunity to sign up for the classes (I also want to learn that); finally, when enough people have expressed interest, the school finds a teacher and offers the class to those who signed up.
THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. It is a framework that supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything is in everything.

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL project was initiated in New York by common room and Telic Arts Exchange as The Public School (for Architecture) and operated with support from the Van Alen Institute between September and December 2009.

TRIPLE CANOPY works collectively with writers, artists, researchers and other collaborators on projects that deal critically with culture and politics, and the ways people engage them, both online and in the world at large. more

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL NEW YORK and TRIPLE CANOPY are based at 177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Light Industry (a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn) also shares the storefront at 177 Livingston. map

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Creativity in Schools


A humorous and thoughtful talk about how creativity is cultivated or suppressed in our current education system. Good to listen to if you’re doing mindless internship work, like stuffing envelopes.

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