Thursday, June 28, 2012

Screening of Pinochet documentary sets off riot in Chilean capital

Here is one film which got people roused

More than two dozen people were seriously injured and 64 were arrested after a riot broke out in Santiago on Sunday during a screening of a new documentary honoring the late dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Twenty of those injured were carabineros military police officers, according to Chilean authorities.Some 1,000 people showed up at Santiago's Cauplicán Theater to view the documentary and pay homage to the rightwing dictator who ruled Chile from 1973-90 and died in 2006.


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Online course for solar electricity

As we enter a post oil world..this maybe useful to know.

An online course for anyone interested in the theory or practice of obtaining electricity from the sun. It covers everything you need to know if you are thinking of installing your own system, and provides all the background information you need if you are having a sytem installed by a professional.

The course represents excellent value - there are over 200 minutes of videos to accompany pdf documents containing text and diagrams, so that as well as reading about the processes, you can watch videos of exactly how it's done.
 http://www.lowimpact.org/online_courses_solar_electricity.html

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dull Olympics arts projects in Swansea

Everytime I hear the word 'Olympics' i just think of the vast amounts of money spent on half baked projects. The latest is the Swansea based Adain Avion arts project which arrived in the city this week. According to their press releases it is a

'mobile arts space, social sculpture and traveling time capsule created from the recycled and transformed fuselage of an abandoned DC9 aeroplane by Spanish sculptor Eduardo Cajal.'

It sounds great until you actually see it. Yes the de-winged plane from the 1960s does look extraordinary, sited outside the Waterfront museum in the city. But the space inside is sooo dull. A perspex floor with 2 plasma monitors below, a dreary poet reading his depressing poems while shuffling his papers and then openly stating 'I don't think I can do an hour of this' to the 10 people who wandered in to see what it was all about. Hanging from the roof was an old blanket to stop the wind whistling through the plane and 2 buckets placed to hold the water from the leaks.

Add a girl doing a half cocked performance with cockles bought from the local market (wearily making a reference to 'cockpit' and 'cockles') She spread them (unshelled) across the floor where everyone was walking and began to eat them. Boring and a health risk too.

Perhaps you would like to join the life drawing session on the plane? er sorry no you can't. It is only by invitation and no mention of how you can get invited.

Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration Nick Bradle told the Swansea Evening Post;


"This is a unique project that will raise the profile of the arts in Swansea and allow thousands of people to enjoy top-quality, arts-related events in a week of celebration."

No it won't raise the profile of arts in Swansea. Judging by the performances I have seen, it will only reinforce some peoples view that money should not be going into arts. It is doing a dis-service to the many artists in Swansea already struggling to do some excellent work with little or no funding.

One of the more interesting spectacles are the bespoke air steward uniforms created exclusively by Welsh woollen mill, Melin Tregwynt. However no sign of them around apart from for the photo shoot.Why aren't they welcoming people into the plane?

So how much has been spent on this Cultural Olympiad project?
How about a cool £230,000 plus much more for individual projects within the overall project. Incredible!

Hopefully it will get better over the next few days but I don't hold out much hope. You can check their website but they even managed to screw it up if you use Firefox as a browser. You can't read any of the text because it is shifted so far to the right (as you can see above in the screen grab).

What would you do with £230,000 to be creative with in Wales?

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Drama set within the Occupy movement- The Redistributors (Feature Film)

I am always interested in fictional dramas taking place within the protest movement. This is the latest and they are seeking support.
 
THE REDISTRIBUTORS - PRE-PRODUCTION TRAILER from Protest Productions on Vimeo.


The Redistributors is an anti-capitalist feature film set within the Occupy movement. The script has gained critical praise and we have returned from Cannes after screening a pre-production trailer: https://vimeo.com/43821461

They are looking for an enthusiastic team, keen to work on an exciting thriller feature. Shoot Date: 20th Aug 2012 - 10th Oct 2012 Shoot Location: Great Britain

More film details: http://shootingpeople.org/castcrew/project/view/2891 Positions on Film:

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Grant-making bodies and charitable trusts

A useful link for project funding
 Link to funders

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Stunning self built houses by SunRay

Growing up in the wild hills of the Pacific Northwest, it seems like SunRay was always building something. His favorite source of inspiration and materials is the woods around him, "God's Hardware Store" as he calls it. When working on a project it is not uncommon to see him pick up a saw and head off into the woods looking for the right piece of wood to present itself. If he says anything, he'll mumble "I'm going shopping."
Check out more of SunRay's work here: sunraykelley.com
Filmed by Gary Tyler Mcleod & Austin Will
Edited by Gary Tyler Mcleod


Inspired By... SunRay Kelley from Shwood Eyewear on Vimeo.



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Friday, June 15, 2012

Can you identify these Corporate Brands and these Trees?





Makes you think doesn't it?


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Missing Billions- a film

UK Uncut just won the right to take the HMRC to court over their 'sweetheart deal' with global banking giant Goldman Sachs that let them avoid paying £20million in Tax

Watch the 24min film The Missing Billions here:

 http://vimeo.com/44017057



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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Undercurrents footage used in Italian court case

Independent journalist Mark Covell was attacked by Police in Genoa in 2001 and nearly killed. Thanks to Undercurrents footage he became a key witness in which sent Police officers to prison.

He is interviewed before the UK premiere of Black Block in London


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Disgraced Police spy now working as a snoop in the USA

Ex British spy cop Mark Kennedy is attempting to establish himself as a private consultant for corporate agencies in the US.

Kennedy is advertising himself on “LinkedIn”, and his profile can be viewed here.

An extract from this profile is listed here….  “I have many years experience in covert operations and deployments,  intelligence gathering, analysis and dissemination, statement taking, investigations and case preparation, evidential court apperances, surveillance and counter-surveillance skills and the use of technical covert, recording equipment.
I have lectured for law enforcement agencies and services regarding  infiltration tactics and covert deployments and have lectured for the  private sector regarding risk management, the threat from extremist and  protest groups and creating preventative protocols.
My exeperience is drawn from 20 years as a British Police officer, the last ten of which were deployed as a covert operative working within extreme left political and animal rights groups throughout the UK, Europe and the US providing exacting intelligence upon which risk and threat assessment analysis could be made. 

That knowledge and experience is now drawn upon to provide expert consultation to the public / private sectors to provide investigative services, deliver informative lectures and training, provide risk and threat assessments to companies, corporations and their staff from the threat of direct action in all its forms. It is my intention to provide a enhance a better understanding of protest, the reasons why protest takes place and the subsequent appropriate management of protest and to assist in employing the appropriate pre-emptive policing and security considerations to mass mobilisations, protest and direct action as well as real time analysis and responces and to provide post event debriefing to staff effected by direct action.” 

The profile indicates Kennedy is based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. 
 The profile also reveals that in January 2010, shortly before leaving the
police, he set up a company called “Stanage Consulting”.



 Useful Links

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-kennedy/44/853/198

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2012/06/496608.html

https://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/ex-police-spy-mark-kennedys-current-business-activities-in-the-us/

http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/Mark_Kennedy:_A_chronology_of_his_activities 
 
 


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ianiro redhead light kit for sale








Ianiro lights for sale
3 Head Portable Lighting Kit

Kit contains
  • 3 x Redhead 800w video light
  • 3 x Redhead Four Leaf Barndoors
  • 3 x P2/13 800w bulb
  • 3 x lighting stand
  • 1 x Soft Case
RRP is £800
We are selling for £575 ono

Very little use by our arts charity.

Contact Paul on 07973 298359 or paulo@undercurrents.org


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The Digital Edge - a call for applications

The Digital Edge is a £2 million investment programme to fund new ideas for using digital technology to improve young people’s economic and social participation. Digital technology offers us the opportunity to engage young people in new, more meaningful and relevant ways and enable their participation in building a more resilient society. Yet we need to focus on approaches that take advantage of digital technology to create the greatest value to young people and our wider communities. We need to develop young people’s talents and opportunities and equip them with the confidence, skills and motivation to address the social challenges that they and future generations face. The closing date for applications is the 5th September 2012. See more at the website below. http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/how-to-apply/areas-investment/digital-edge

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Recreate a movie scene


 Renton running through the streets in Trainspotting Shaun getting his
 skinhead in This is England Rita, Sue and Bob too dancing around the
 bedroom Poppy's driving lesson in Happy-Go-Lucky Jamal and Latika's
 Bollywood number in Slumdog Millionaire Ray and Harrys hectic hitmen
 showdown In Bruges
 
 Now reimagine the scene...
 
 directed by YOU!
 
 Film4 is challenging aspiring filmmakers to recreate iconic moments from
 its 30-year film history for Scene Stealers, a new creative talent search
 launched under its innovation banner Film4.0.
 
 Scene Stealers aims to discover brilliant new talent - in particular those
 working in other creative mediums, in new ways, or with new technologies -
 by tasking entrants with re-imagining renowned scenes from a selection of
 Film4 productions, in just two minutes or under.
 
 The best entries will be judged by a panel of established filmmakers and
 industry professionals, with the overall UK winner receiving mentoring from
 Film4.0 and a cash prize to develop their own original short film
 project.The ultimate International and UK winners will have their films
 broadcast on the Film4 channel, and a showcase of entrants' work will be
 curated for Film4.com to be seen by the industry, peers and film fans
 alike.
 
 Having collaborated with some of the greatest directors of the past three
 decades, Film4 has a great selection of celebrated films to provide
 inspiration. 
 
 Full list and details on how to enter at http://bit.ly/LVeOaD

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Friday, June 08, 2012

Undercurrrents video about Afan Valley Sculptors


I made this video to go with the launch of Way markers in the Afan Valley

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Bahrain: Activists burn a police station following Police killing of a ...



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Thursday, June 07, 2012

The Ecologist magazine sold for £1 to merge with Resurgence magazine

The Ecologist magazine, which has been solely online since 2009, will now return to print and incorporated into the 45 year old Resurgence magazine. Editor Satish Kumar described the new title, Resurgence & The Ecologist, as "a marriage made in heaven".
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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

European Police are building international databases on anarchist protesters

European Police are building international databases on anarchist protesters

"For four years now, Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office and
intelligence services have been recording what they call a 'spectrum of
potentially violent left-wing extremism in Europe'. The police and
intelligence services are applying the dubious term 'Euroanarchy' to
their work in this area. Not only are they creating a secret political
database, they are degrading the original meaning of the word
'anarchy'," said Member of the German Bundestag Andrej Hunko, expressing
his criticism of the answer of the Federal Ministry of the Interior to a
minor interpellation.

At the end of April, members of the Dolphin database met for a two-day
conference at Europol in The Hague. The database, known as an Analysis
Work File, receives information from 20 EU Member States, as well as
Switzerland, Australia and Norway. During the meeting in The Hague,
speakers from Italy, Switzerland and Spain also gave talks on the
opposition to high-speed trains and the activities of the No Border Network.

Andrej Hunko again:

"Previously Europol only stored data on 'terrorism' in Dolphin.
According to the answer of the German Federal Government, however,
Dolphin's members are also interested in left-wing opposition, which is
categorised as 'extremism' in the database. The purpose of the file was
therefore amended in 2010.

Similar to Germany's Section 129, Dolphin is about snooping in political
contexts. So it does not come as much of a surprise when the Federal
Government itself has to admit that the database has played no
'significant role' in any criminal investigations to date.

Like Germany, Europol is chiefly interested in taking action against
emancipatory movements. It was only after the attacks in Norway that
Europol proposed setting up a task force to combat right-wing extremism.

Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office has been maintaining files on
'Euroanarchy' for four years now. During that time, the office has been
actively exchanging information with political police departments in
Switzerland, France, the UK, Italy and Greece. The German secret
services are also involved and are sharing information on 'Euroanarchy'
with services in other countries.

Last year saw official confirmation of reports that protests at the G8
summits in 2005 and 2007 were infiltrated by covert investigations.
According to the president of the Federal Criminal Police Office, the
German-British initiative was targeted at 'Euroanarchists'. But in its
answer, the Federal Government refuses to use the term 'police spies' to
refer to the people involved in this attack on individual privacy.

At the same time, evidence is mounting that Simon Bromma, a police
officer from Baden-Württemberg, was involved in spying on international
activists in Brussels. The Federal Criminal Police Office also exchanged
information on at least 88 protestors with the Belgian police and -
despite the fact that no one was charged - stored the information in its
own political databases.

Investigating cross-border left-wing activism is unacceptable. I call on
the Federal Government to refrain from supplying this type of
information to Europol. Above all, the government must dispense with the
working groups and databases on 'Euroanarchy'. I remain critical of the
planned extensions to Europol's competences."

The Federal Government's answer to the Minor Interpellation "Europol's
criminalisation of international left-wing activism and anarchy" can be
downloaded at:
http://www.andrej-hunko.de/start/download/doc_download/223-kriminalisierung-von-internationalem-linken-aktivismus-und-anarchismus-durch-europol
(in German only)


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