Monday, February 28, 2011

Report on MoMday Seminar 01

Edgar Allan Poe
Special guest: Michel Moos (editor of Media Research: Technology, Art and Communication).
Jest of honour: Bob Dobbs
Audience members: HCE

This session oscillated between sublime displays of erudition and new-wave Theatre-of-the-Absurd. Ignorance was shared. Dialogue was had. The session was completely OPEN and there was a space/place for all shapes and styles of contribution. In many respects, Seminar 01 was not unlike being at the best pub at the end of the galaxy, with a sound-light show modulated within the parameters and framework laid down by McLuhan.

Themes broached in Seminar (Colloquium) 01:
“The Southern quality”, Poe as the first media ecologist, retrieval, McLuhan and magic, tetrads and screenwriting, code and confusion, technology and the I-Ching, William Burroughs, mirrors and the senses, TV cameras and monitors, central and autonomic nervous systems (and their relations to TV and digital media), Finnegans Wake, Rudolph Steiner, Margaret Stewart and Eleanor Austin, Cross-modal understandings of knowledge, Canada and Hawaii, Nathaniel Hawthorne, etc.…

Topics/themes tabled for future discussion:
  • The Middle East
  • Social media
  • Nature and the environment
  • Media-reflexive art and praxis
Upcoming speakers:
  • Thompson
  • Stern
  • Nicholson
New developments
  • The Facebook accoutrements to the conference will be available shortly.

Breaking news: Use the International number for the Seminar / Colloquia

The seminar is currently up and running on: +1 760 569 7070. The participant access code: 929710#

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

First MoM Event: Monday Night Seminars (Colloquia) for the Global Village / Theatre / Membrane

The first phase of this year-long conference is DISCARNATE. It runs from Feb 22-Dec 01, 2011. The first event will be a series of global conference calls that replicate (and expand on) McLuhan's Monday night seminar (colloquium).

The first conference date is: Feb 28, 2011. 7pm EST.

Anyone in the Unites States can participate for FREE by dialing in the following numbers:
Free Conference Call #1:
Dial-in Number: (605) 475-4000
Participant Access Code: 512961#

Anyone outside of the Unites States can participate (Skype accounts included) for FREE by dialing in the following numbers:
Free Conference Call #2:
Conference Dial-In number: +1 760 569 7070
Participant Access Code: 929710#

International Conference Call Numbers
Austria: +43 (0) 1 265 0590
Canada: +1 559 546 1500
Czech: +420 225 989 130
Germany: +49 (0) 234 543 9800
Portugal: +351 21005 1185
Romania: +40 317 807 100
Switzerland: +41 (0) 44 595 9020
United Kingdom: +44 (0) 784 843 2910

If you have any difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact the conference organisers.

Monday, February 14, 2011

NEW Prompt: Bless McLuhan's BLAST of 1954

EVEN OLD MEN... (AND YOUNGSTERS, TOO) OUGHT TO BE EXPLORERS! Contributors to McLuhan on Maui are strongly encouraged to take the path less travelled, to explore McLuhan's lesser known works, and discuss his outputs and legacy beyond the orbit of media and communication(s). With a view to promoting EXPLORATION we will continue to offer "prompts" from or in the spirit of McLuhan's work and outputs.

Here is en excerpt from McLuhan's COUNTERBLAST of 1954: