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Charles Mostoller, Tomasz Neugebauer
"I actually initiated a project with a few of the BLS people--some of whom worked at a community radio station in Montreal--to build a small radio station in Barriere Lake for the community to use to communicate with itself. We raised money for equipment, taught some of the youth how to use it, and to this day, it’s still there and used at least occasionally to broadcast information about community events and to play music. The whole process earned the trust of the community, who could see that we wanted to help them by enabling, and empowering--rather than by dictating--and thanks to that trust I was allowed to wander, enter homes, and take photos of pretty much anything. I didn’t plan on taking photos when we started the radio project, rather I wanted to do something non-photographic and of use to the community. I had seen the success of community radio among indigenous people in Mexico, and so I proposed the idea to the community. It wasn’t until later when they started to do protests that I started to take pictures. " [...]
Interview with Philippe Coste
"I started taking pictures of family meetings, holidays, trips, friends and girl friends…and suddenly, when I started to use black and white, my interest shifted from my immediate environment to the outside world." [...]
For the past eighteen years, I have been displaying and selling my black and white photographs on the streets of Montreal as a licensed 'artist on the public domain'. Over the years, I have printed, spotted, dry-mounted, matted, packaged and framed many, many photographs which have traveled to the near and far corners of the world. But in all this, what is crucial for me is that from the first print to the most recent, I am still completely enthralled with the 'magic'. [...]
Ideal preservation environments required for photographic materials are not comfortable for human researchers. This raises the question of a trade-off between access and preservation that has traditionally met with considerable skepticism from the archivists who are naturally concerned with the long-term survival of the materials [ ... ]
The theoretical difficulties in indexing images include: 1) images do not satisfy the requirements of a language whereas textual materials do 2) images contain layers of meaning that can only be converted into textual language using human indexing 3) multi-disciplinary nature of the images where the terms assigned are the only access points. Theoretical foundations [ ... ]
The use of image resources is increasing, and so has the need to classify, store and provide efficient and innovative methods and technologies for their presentation, searching and retrieval by the users. There are many metadata formats to choose from that can be used for organizing, describing and providing access to image collections: Visual Resources Association (VRA) Core Categories for Visual Resources, Dublin Core Metadata, USMARC Formats for Bibliographic Data, Encoded Archival Description (EAD), Record Export for Art and Cultural Heritage (REACH) Element Set, Categories for Descriptions of Works of Art (CDWA) and more [ ... ]
January 20, 1998
Perhaps the most crucial and elementary aspect of the philosophy of technology is the definition of technology itself. [...] distinct and different from science.
first posted 1998.
updated: August, 2001
Human freedom of will is a significant aspect of our intelligence that is inseparable from the human body. The mind is not "what brains do" as Marvin Minsky suggests. The mind is what live human bodies do. [...]
I’d been asked to write about books by a friend who is a librarian, and as luck would have it, I’d just picked up this paperback at a local yard sale, called The Intimate Henry Miller, published by New Directions in 1959. Of course, if I want to write about books, I should start with Henry Miller. For I’ve read all his books, and recommend most of them. And thanks to Henry, I’ve read quite a number of other authors whose books I recommend. And as it turns out, this particular paperback, which had disintegrated within a couple of days after the usual rough handling from my clumsy mitts, is probably out of print. [ ... ]