Category Archives: United States

Sound of Ebb: Zero Balance

Name: Seth Cluett
Link: http://www.onelonelypixel.org
Location: New York, USA

Title: zero balance (drawing zeros)
Description: zero balance (drawing zeros) is a direct recording of the drawing of zeros on paper. The repeated task is an attempt to center myself as I feel the gravitation pull of the thousands of bank balances approaching zero with each passing hour of the present economic recession.

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Sound of Ebb: Crash

Name: Mary Jeys
Link: http://huffduffer.com/parodyofmyself/6629
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Title: Crash

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Sound of Ebb: Mapambuzko

Name: Michael James Olson
Location: Statesboro, GA, USA
Link: www.myspace.com/mjosongs

Title: Mapambuzko
Description:
Mapambuzko means dawn in Swahili. Just as dawn gradually changes night into day, so too does a shocking recession give way to inward contemplation, a chance to reexamine our lives and priorities as we grapple with the blind excess of the past.

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Sound of Ebb: Layoff

Name: Subscape Annex
Link: http://www.subscapeannex.com/
Location: North Carolina USA

Title: “Layoff” 4minutes 11seconds
Description:
An impression of job reduction in force from the tech sector.

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Sound of Ebb: Online Dating During the Global Crisis

Name: Todd Broomhead
Location: New York, USA

Title and Description:
“Online Dating During the Global Crisis” shows what happens when the “global crisis” starts affecting “the dating scene.” That is all I will write, because I think it would be best to allow the voices in the piece to speak for themselves.

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Sound of Ebb: Field Recording of One Dollar Deflating for One Minute at a -1.4% Inflation Rate

Name: Jonathon Keats
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Link: http://www.modernisminc.com/artists/Jonathon_KEATS/

Title and description of work: “Field Recording of One Dollar Deflating for One Minute at a -1.4% Inflation Rate”

Artist biography:
Jonathon Keats is a conceptual artist, fabulist, and critic residing in San Francisco, California, USA. Most recently he choreographed the first ballet for honeybees at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has also exhibited extraterrestrial abstract artwork at the Judah L. Magnes Museum, unveiled a prototype ouija voting booth for the 2008 election at the Berkeley Art Museum, attempted to genetically engineer God in a petri dish in collaboration with scientists at the University of California, opened the world’s first porn theater for houseplants in Bozeman, Montana, and petitioned Berkeley to pass a fundamental law of logic, a work commissioned by the city’s annual Arts Festival. His projects have been internationally documented by PBS, NPR, and the BBC World Service, garnering favorable attention in periodicals ranging from The San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post, to Nature and New Scientist, to Flash Art and ArtUS. Additionally, Keats
serves as the art critic for San Francisco Magazine and as a columnist for both Artweek and Wired Magazine. He’s the author of two novels and an award-winning collection of stories recently published by Random House, as well as museum catalogue essays, monographs, and artist’s books, and he is currently writing a book on linguistics for Oxford University Press. Since graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College in 1994, he has been a visiting artist at California and Montana State Universities, and a guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as the recipient of Yaddo and MacDowell fellowships. He has exhibited in festivals and at galleries internationally and is represented by Modernism Inc. in San Francisco.

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Personal Text: Ellen McMahill, Sacramento, CA

Ellen McMahill
Sacramento, CA USA

In the last few months since the stock market took a dive and the world economies have changed radically, I have thought more about what that could mean to us all. We are all connected and if we did not believe that before, it is apparent now.

With all that has happened including the steady deterioration of our world environment, I believe that we are giving ourselves the opportunity to change the way we perceive our lives and how we go about living on a daily basis. In the last few years many were building their futures on the steady rise of values in the stock market and were delaying what they really wanted to do with their lives until they retired. I would say from experience that most people work at the jobs they have because they need to survive and pay for what they think they want in life (a house, car, etc.) and not because they love what they are doing, which is a denial of the possible beauty of each day of our lives.

In the past this was acceptable, but now I think that people want more because as always, we are evolving and evolution is about change and making everything better. Evolution is also struggle and learning and awareness. Without the struggle of our present situations we could not evolve into a world populated by people who understand more about themselves and therefore others. Human beings do not learn when everything is easy and comfortable and happy all the time. Whether or not we realize it, we are happiest (in a deep down satisfying way) when we are learning and have challenges to meet. By having challenges, we use our creative minds to find solutions and feel genuinely joyous when the challenges are overcome and we have succeeded in doing what seemed impossible before.

Now is that time in the lives of most people. We have the opportunity to reevaluate the value of material things, to understand the transient and flimsy happiness that material goods bring us. Good questions to ask ourselves at times like this are – What is important to me? What can I live without and still be happy? What am I thankful for? What is good in my life? What do I want to change and how can I change it? What will make me happy really and over a long period of time?

We may think we know the answers to these questions until we begin to answer them honestly to ourselves and then the truth may really set us free and on to a different road than the one we’ve previously been going down.

I personally know that if you want to change your life into the one you want it is possible and the changes are never ending and an adventure not to be missed. You can develop new attitudes and perspectives with your own determination and desire to be who you really are.

I have moved several times in the last few years, paring my possessions down to what can fit into a van in order to pursue my desire to paint and to see the world in ways I never thought of before. Since 1977 I have been through two divorces, had a family of two children (grown up now), been through a house foreclosure after the second, messy divorce, terrible debt, worked many hours at jobs I didn’t particularly liked in order to survive, sold my truck and bought a bike, moved from Florida to Los Angeles and rode my bicycle as my only transportation while working a decent job and continuing to learn more about everything, especially art and painting (I have a degree in art from Florida State University). I’ve been through terrible heartache, and joyous, beautiful moments. I started as a nervous, shy child and extremely emotional young adult and older adult until mediation and a desire to change my perspectives about life led me into a more peaceful place of more understanding and learning though I will always have more to learn. I’m 58 years old and still riding my bicycle as my transportation, painting every day and enjoying every minute and paying attention to the world and those around me.

I have great hopes for everyone in the world to grow and love more as we all struggle to understand that the more we understand ourselves and are honest with ourselves, the more we will feel compassion and goodwill towards all others in the world and towards this place where we live.

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Video: Noam Chomsky on “Crisis and Hope: Theirs and Ours”

Noam Chomsky on “Crisis and Hope: Theirs and Ours”
3 July 2009
Chomsky-double-web, Democracy Now

“Noam Chomsky, the MIT professor, author and dissident intellectual, just turned eighty years old this past December. He has written over 100 books, but despite being called “the most important intellectual alive” by the New York Times, he is rarely heard in the corporate media. We spend the hour with Noam Chomsky. He spoke recently here in New York at an event sponsored by the Brecht Forum. More than 2,000 people packed into Riverside Church in Harlem to hear his address, titled “Crisis and Hope: Theirs and Ours.” In his talk, Chomsky discussed the global economic crisis, the environment, wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, resistance to American empire and much more.”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/7/3/noam_chomsky_on_crisis_and_hope

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Sound of Ebb: Kids on Bike

Name: Pocket of Lollipops (Maitejosune Urrechaga & Tony Kapel)
Link: www.pocketoflollipops.com
Location: Miami, USA

Title: Kids on Bike
Description: A bike ride allows for a deep soundscape ­ from ice cream men serving over priced fudge bars to the constant sound of sirens chasing criminals and saving accident victims. A simple turning of the corner could lead to screeching tires heading at you. Sit at the bus stop a second and watch high end employees wait for their ride as $80,000 cars sit in their driveways unsure of the choice made in that purchase.

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Sound of Ebb: Shatter

Name: GX Jupitter-Larsen
Location: A recycling center in Hollywood California, USA

Title: Shatter

Description:
The homeless are having a more difficult time finding recyclables in the residential trash of the middle class. The once affluent professionals, skilled laborers, and middle management types are all now selling glass and cans to local recycling centers themselves. Since these days, every penny counts…

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