My oral history partner in crime, Maggie Lemere, and I entered a National Geographic competition for our pending Wild Women: Oral Histories from Women on the Forefront of Wildlife Conservation project. If you're interested, check out our entry, email it, Tweet it, Facebook like it, Google+ it, all those things. Thanks for your support!
Megan Eardley, a friend from my undergraduate days, and her partner Derica Shields are organizing a feminist sci-fi film festival that looks amazing. Posting courtesy of The Future Weird:
THE FUTURE WEIRD: remote control
Wednesday 26th MARCH 2014 @8PM, Spectacle Theater
The Future Weird is back with REMOTE CONTROL, an evening of films concerning witches & bitches – women who see, take, and sell things they cannot grasp. Whether they wield powers to possess, or are somehow controlled, the technologies these films document are deployed without regard for reciprocity or consent.
REMOTE CONTROL is both the loss of individual agency, and the thrilling ability to inhabit another’s body. Presenting weird clips alongside shorts by Zina Saro Wiwa, Elaine Castillo, Fyzal Boulifa, and the U.S. Premiere of TOUCH by Shola Amoo, we’re talking possession, surveillance, “brain to brain interface”, and the sinister compulsion to repurpose the humanoid. Join us on Wednesday 26th March @8PM as we contemplate the human of use of human beings.
More details & RSVP via the Facebook event page
The Future Weird is a screening series dedicated to sci-fi/experimental/weird film by black, African & Third World directors created by Derica Shields & Megan Eardley. Find details of previous programs and follow us here & here.
On science, intellectualism, and post-modernism:
"You don't get to be a respected intellectual by presenting truisms in monosyllables." Well, I don't doubt that's true, but then how did he get to be the most famous intellectual of all?
The business of narrative is all about the importance of connecting with other human beings. It's the connection, the act of interaction and exchange that make oral history what it is. Nowadays it seems the scientific community is backing us up by declaring social connectivity a matter of public health. Here is a recent Wired article about the matter, called the "Dangers of Social Isolation."