06 PM | 01 Jun

New Real Player allows YouTube video download

RealPlayer has announced a new version of their RealPlayer that will be available as a PC-only public Beta in June.  The player allows users to download and organize nearly all embedded internet video content (Flash, WMV, QuickTime) including content from popular video sites like YouTube, Comedy Central, and CNET.

The new video download feature integrates fairly elegantly into your Web browser (yes, it works on Firefox). It works by temporarily displaying a small, fairly unobtrusive download tab in the right top corner of any video content it detects on a given Web page. It’s even able to record streaming internet video in real time. One feature it lacks, however, is the ability to export your downloaded video content to an iPod-compatible format. You can, however, use RealPlayer to burn your downloaded videos to CD, and if you pony up some money for RealPlayer Plus, they give the ability to burn video content to DVD.

04 PM | 01 Jun

Electroma

Screening only at ACMI (in Melbourne) is Daft Punk’s latest film, Electroma. It premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and finally gets a limited run as part of our First Look program. Hot on the heels ofACMI’s recent screenings of Daft Punk’s previous film, Interstella 5555, Daft Punk’s creative duo, Thomas Banglater and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have left the anime world behind for Independence, California. The story follows two robots as they attempt to turn metal to flesh and become human.

dates Thu 7 Jun 2007, 7pm, Fri 8 Jun 2007, 7pm Sat 9 Jun 2007, 7pm Sun 10 Jun 2007, 5.30pm

http://www.acmi.net.au/first_look_daft_punks_electroma.jsp

04 PM | 31 May

TECHNICITY

TECHNICITY ed. Louis Armand & Arthur Bradley ISBN 80-7308-125-3 (paperback). 375pp.

http://litteraria.ff.cuni.cz/books/technicity.html

This collection of writings explores the theory and praxis of technicity in contemporary thought. From the ground-breaking explorations of such figures as Freud, Heidegger, Deleuze/Guattari and Derrida to the work of more recent theorists like Bernard Stiegler, Friedrich Kittler and Katherine Hayles, it is becoming possible to speak of a new “technological turn” in contemporary continental theory. Yet despite the plethora of work in the field there has not been any sustained attempt to think through the larger philosophical, cultural and political implications of the new technologies.

n this collection, a group of internationally-known figures within the fields of philosophy, linguistics and cultural studies come together to consider the meaning of “technicity” at the beginning of the 21st century.

Contributors: Bernard Stiegler, Louis Armand, Arthur Bradley, Christopher Johnson, Hartmut Winkler, J. Hillis Miller, Belinda Barnet, Geert Lovink and Kenneth C. Werbin, Darren Tofts, McKenzie Wark, Niall Lucy, Laurent Milesi, Michael Greaney, Mark Amerika.

Arthur Bradley is senior lecturer in the Department of English at Lancaster University. He has published widely on continental philosophy and is the author of Negative Theology and Modern French Philosophy (London: Routledge, 2004).

Louis Armand is director of the InterCultural Studies programme in the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University, Prague. His books include Literate Technologies: Language, Cognition, Technicity; Techne: James Joyce, Hypertext & Technology; and Incendiary Devices: Discourses of the Other.

01 AM | 30 May

Engage Media

PLACE: Southeast Asia, Australia and the Pacific DEADLINE: Ongoing

Engage Media is a video sharing site about social justice and environmental issues in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. EngageMedia aims to demystify and provide access to free and open source video technologies, create an online archive of independent video productions using open content licenses and form a peer network of video makers, educators and screening organizations. To find out more information or become involved with Engage, contact them or visit the website.

E: contact@engagemedia.org URL: http://engagemedia.org