Tag Archives: media history

Viewing Where the Internet Goes

Viewing Where the Internet Goes, NY Times, 12-30-13

When Edward J. Snowden, the disaffected National Security Agency contract employee, purloined tens of thousands of classified documents from computers around the world, his actions — and their still-reverberating consequences — heightened international pressure to control the network that has increasingly become the world’s stage. At issue is the technical principle that is the basis for the Internet, its “any-to-any” connectivity. That capability has defined the technology ever since Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn sequestered themselves in the conference room of a Palo Alto, Calif., hotel in 1973, with the task of interconnecting computer networks for an elite group of scientists, engineers and military personnel.

The two men wound up developing a simple and universal set of rules for exchanging digital information — the conventions of the modern Internet. Despite many technological changes, their work prevails.

…Both men agreed to sit down, in separate interviews, to talk about their views on the Internet’s future. The interviews were edited and condensed.

read entire article and interview: Viewing Where the Internet Goes


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Excellent blog from the Fotomuseum Winterthur – six different bloggers per year. The current blogger is Marvin Heiferman, author of Photography Changes Everything. I can assure you that his posts will be interesting and expansive.

Past Bloggers >

The Very First Website Returns to the Web

The Very First Website Returns to the Web
via Webmonkey | Wired.com.

Twenty years ago today [APRIL 30, 2013] CERN published a statement that made the World Wide Web freely available to everyone. To celebrate that moment in history, CERN is bringing the very first website back to life at its original URL.

If you’d like to see the very first webpage Tim Berners-Lee and the WWW team ever put online, point your browser to http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.

read more

George Méliès: Trip to the Moon in color

George Méliès – Le Voyage Dans La Lune A Trip To The Moon
(Restored and Complete Version)

I would mute the sound – the original was silent and this new soundtrack by the French band Air just doesn’t seem right

Notes from the youtube page by Johnnypt13 who did the research on this film and because it is in the public domain put it online despite the fact a new DVD has been released.

Like many of Méliès’ films, A Trip to the Moon was sold in both black-and-white and hand-colored versions. A hand-colored print, the only one known to survive, was rediscovered in 1993 by the Filmoteca de Catalunya. It was in a state of almost total decomposition, but a frame-by-frame restoration was launched in 1999 and completed in 2010 at the Technicolor Lab of Los Angeles. The restored version finally premiered on May 11, 2011, eighteen years after its discovery and 109 years its original release, at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, with a new soundtrack by the French band Air.

Watch Trip to the Moon in B&W but *mute sound/narration*.

As mentioned above, Trip to the Moon was restored to its original color in 2010. Click here to read about restoration and a view a slideshow. For links about Melies and the film Hugo, click here.

>> More info on my page on Moving Image History

Learning From YouTube

Learning From YouTube: YOUTUBE IS ….

YouTube is the subject, form, method, problem and solution of this video-book by Alexandra Juhasz.

watch overview of the ‘book’ and learn what a texteo is

more info on book

Also of interst by Alexandra Juhasz


John Cage about Silence (video)


JOHN CAGE reference page at Electronic Poetry Center

Water Walk on “I’ve got a Secret”

more on UbuWeb


and even more links from ronsen.org

4’33” in Three Movements, 1952, by John Cage,
– video: performance by David Tudor, original performer
performance by a large orchestra

NYPL resources or Why you should get a NY Public Library card

Freegal Music | The New York Public Library: FREE downloads of Sony Music

Freegal is downloadable music service which provides access to the catalog of artists in Sony Music Entertainment. Library cardholders can download three songs a week with their barcode and pin number. Freegal works with any MP3 device, including iPods.”

The Picture Collection: An unparalleled visual resource for creative people in any medium, the Picture Collection contains original prints, photographs, posters, postcards and illustrations from books, magazines and newspapers, classified into 12,000 subject headings. Users may borrow up to 60 pictures at a time on any subject with a library card.Color and black & white copiers are available as well.

The Picture Collection is located at Mid-Manhattan Library, 3rd floor, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street. Check Hours

History of the Collection

The Picture Collection is also Digital
New Picture collection images are being entered in The NYPL Digital Collection which contains all the NYPL image holdings.

A Kinetic History: The EAI Archives Online

A Kinetic History: The EAI Archives Online is a work-in-progress. This “living archive” will continue to expand, linking the history of media arts to its future.

Founded in 1971, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is a nonprofit arts organization that is a leading international resource for video and media art. A pioneering advocate for media art and artists, EAI’s core program is the distribution and preservation of a major collection of over 3,500 new and historical video works by artists. For 39 years, EAI has fostered the creation, exhibition, distribution and preservation of video art, and more recently, digital art projects. more

Link to their online catalogue
Appointments can be made to watch videos in their viewing room free of charge.

This site is one of the best resources for video and media arts.