rhizome Tag

I know I say I'm excited to share things with you all the time -- this is genuinely true, and makes me even more excited. It's exciting that there's so many things to get excited about. In creativity and collaboration, there is more foment and room for possibility at this very moment than I've ever experienced before. And like YES! magazine for the creative community, perhaps, we're here to share the good news, in order to help you actualize that ... and learn who else is doing so.  We've been addressing the use of social technologies and publication  more and more recently, it seems. And with good reason: every day new tools crop up that can be incredibly useful in the establishment and leveraging of "creative agency" that we are working to model here at Exit Strata. For the past few weeks, we've been featuring the Field Notes and field recordings of Kennedy Karate/Nightbus Radio, via which we introduced the community to Soundcloud's fellowship program... as well as, perhaps, to the possibilities inherent in that recording and distribution platform.  Since then, I signed on to begin broadcasting live across social platforms using the Spreaker application,  which allows users to automatically record, broadcast and disseminate audio content (and mix in various audio sources). In so doing, I immediate recognizes the possibilities for this platform as, essentially, another form of publication-as-self-valuation, for creative people of ALL types, not just people who define themselves as "musicians," or "sound" artists in any way. The immediacy of the medium makes it an incredibly powerful one, in so far as it allows for simulcast of thoughts, read material, or whatever the individual so chooses, which can be recorded virtually via any internet connection and/or mobile device.  Of course, to be unintentional with this tool creates confusion and adds to noise - as does misuse of ANY tool or technology, from farming and fishing nets to AI. It's the intentionality and clarity of purpose that makes this most powerful: we can engage with it to create continuous documentation of process in a way that is incredibly human, due to the connective qualities of the VOICE.  After signing up I began circulating both my new channel and inviting others to participate via integration with facebook and twitter, and others began to use it as well and invite others on board. There was an immediate ripple affect, which simultaneously inspired essential conversations about process value and transparency that I knew could be useful to the community as others make their way through this new, seemingly overwhelming, wilderness of potential. I want to comfort people in knowing that the learning curve is gentle. These are not complicated tools, but they do require some quiet approaching, like a skittish animal... or maybe YOU are the skittish animal! Be gentle, it's a new paradigm :) What we've done here is used another powerful tool, Google Hangout, broadcast live via YouTube integration, to record a dialogue around these tools and their possibilities in shifting both community and self in the way we approach creative work. Taylor Quilty, in Asheville, NC, and Lancelot Runge, in Philadelphia PA, both of whom have also begun podcasting through Spreaker this week, join me for the discussion. What you also see here are the notes we co-wrote while on the "hangout" through integration with google docs, and some basic minutes of where the conversation went, including links to relevant information. You'll also find mini embedded players for each of our Spreaker casts, as well as a drop box for the new Exit Strata group on Soundcloud, where we will begin to gather community sound content (anything goes!) for upcoming live dialogues and community curated podcasts. Truly - there is limitless potential here. COME PLAY. {broadcast live via google+ hangouts on air} Rhizomatic Notes / Minutes Tuesday September 18 2012 Lynne DeSilva-Johnson Lancelot Runge Taylor Quilty

and pretty soon there’s my arm ! : A Field Notes baedeker by Donna Fleischer On assignment in the Exit Strata Field Notes office sans walls. Mountain air and wild clover nitrogen sacs beneath rockshelf. Fertility Wampum. Barefoot through their unseen globules, nodules, atop sandy patterns the width and wavinesses of a snake’s movements, as in many Navaho textile weavings, as are the photograms of Adam Fuss. How I try to mostly (write) now, undulate, corporealize and scrabble across this Connecticut steppe and mountain ridge meadow. Morning blueberries, raw almonds, coffee, black cat, garter snake, mockingbirds swoop and dip into the small clover clumps; read mainstay poets with field glasses and compass ~ Charlie Mehrhoff, Amy King, Karma Tenzing Wangchuk, purple crown vetch and a stand of Queen Anne’s Lace tall from rain, Noelle Kocot, Ana Božičević, Tim Trace Peterson, Filip Marinovich, Tyrone McDonald, David Pontrelli, mountain winds, CAConrad, Anne-Adele Wight, bird squawks, Scott Watson, Bob Arnold, Ariana Reines, Christina Pacosz, Lynn Behrendt, marlene mountain, just can’t name them all ~. My neighbor April just came home in her red Beetle. Its motor purrs. The weather is magnanimous. Here’s the skull of Phineas Gage, poor man, lodged in my brain. I retrieve the railroad tie, place it in the ground, as totem. Who is to know how it all begins, goes forth, stumbles along, falls and crawls back with earthworm writhe to write.

In which we reach out to our community to engage in the making of Collaborative Content beyond our Topic (place-bound) limitations, to invite you to participate Rhizomatically in the conversation/dialogue that happens here on site. Responses will be catalogued and posted in a follow up feature, and potentially (if you are speedy) read from at the event itself. Please email all responses to editors@exitstrata.com or respond in the comment section below. Thanks for playing! What makes human communication different from that of animals? Where does music fit in? How can our poetic or other verbal creation be representative of a more essential form of human communication, reminding us of our linguistic origins? 

A Note on Notebooks

Andre Bagoo

AT FIRST, I wanted to keep them separate. After all, they could not be more different. One, plain blue with the words ‘REPORTERS NOTEBOOK’ written on its thin cover. The other, a fancy Italian notebook with a hard cover that looks like brown marble; the kind of pattern you used to find on the insides of old books thrown out by the library. For a long time I walked with the reporters’ notebook on work assignments and saved the other notebook for home; for later; for after the real work of the day was done. Somehow they conspired to get together.

In truth, they were meant for each other.

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