07 PM | 01 Jun

Applications now open at PICA

Western Australia – Applications now open at PICA

PICA is now accepting applications for the 2007 Research and Development fund and for the 2008 Exhibition and Studio program. The R&D fund offers an opportunity to independent West Australian artists not currently receiving recurrent government funding. The fund develops projects that cross all disciplines, technologies and art forms toward the creation of hybrid work. Applications are also open for PICA’s 2008 Exhibition and Studio program. PICA is looking to work with artists whose work reflects a contemporary approach; conceptually refined; experimental and innovative; pursue new media and ideas; and exhibit technical innovation and excellence. Through its Exhibition Program, PICA is particularly committed to working on solo projects with Western Australian artists and also welcomes proposals for local and interstate group shows.

Deadline: Applications for both close at 5pm, Friday 29 June, 2007. Information: info@pica.org.au URL; www.pica.org.au Phone: 08 9228 6300

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


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


04 PM | 31 May


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


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.