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Urban Stories website - Life & Living in Mumbai

I just received an email about Urban Stories website via the Sarai Reader list

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Urban Stories: A Collection of Graphic Essays on Mumbai Posting 6 Please view updates,pics and works in progress at http://mumbai-urbanstories.blogspot.com/

THE project is taking shape.. and so far, learnt a lot about the city, good and bad. Most of the last week or so, its been either the rain or the riots in Mumbai, so just been stuck at home. With regards to graphic design, its been satisfying to actually have the time to work and experiment.. To try and break cliches, playing with colours and forms.

Currently, each graphic essay is a stand alone piece.. covering a range of topics from sexuality to urban identities to architecture.. (stil workin on them..)What needs to be done is linking them up, making them part of a cohesive whole with text and classification (temporal aspect). That should take shape once all the pieces are ready.. Looking at about 18-20 pieces right now, some are very detailed, some not so detailed.. with the post modern view especially evident in the text/ typo on each piece.. I see the final presentation also as something that one can experiment with..work creatively with..

Though for a project like this, reseach has been very specific to each piece..nevertheless have learnt a lot about the city..mainly photography and print media reserach have been key.

Hope to upload finished pieces in the near future..and get feedback to further refine each graphic essay.
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today I'm listening to... KITKA

today I'm listening to:

http://magnatune.com/artists/albums/kitka-wintersongs/

I heard one of the songs whilst watching a video so checking out the album.
http://cafesiena.blogspot.com/2006/03/bloom.html

I hadn't heard of KITKA before - they're a group of Eastern European women vocalists.
http://magnatune.com/artists/kitka

"Kitka is a professional women's vocal ensemble dedicated to producing concerts, recordings, and educational programs that develop new audiences for music rooted in Eastern European women's vocal traditions. Kitka also strives to expand the boundaries of this music as an expressive art form."

" Now approaching its 25th Anniversary season, Kitka was founded in 1979 as an offshoot of the Westwind International Folk Ensemble. Kitka began as a grassroots group of amateur singers from diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds who met regularly to share their passion for the stunning dissonances, asymmetric rhythms, intricate ornamentation, lush harmonies, and resonant strength of Eastern European women's vocal music. Under the artistic direction of vocalist, composer, and conductor Bon Brown Singer from 1981 to 1996, Kitka blossomed into a refined professional ensemble earning international renown for its artistry, versatility, and mastery of the demanding techniques of Balkan and Slavic vocal styling."

Sleepy Brain

Sleepy Brain was an online magazine created by Simon Sellars, a freelance writer and editor. Hess also the founder of the Liquid Architecture festival of sound art; of Subterrain, a magazine of writings about homelessness; and of Ballardian, a website recording the career and influence of the novelist J.G. Ballard. For the past three years Simon has been performing extensive work for Lonely Planet Publications, including a notable stint in the Micronesian region. Sellar is also a co-author of the forthcoming Lonely Planet Guide to Micronations. visit http://www.sleepybrain.net for more details

Studio XX - Montreal's digital arts resource for women

Founded in 1995, Studio XX is Montreal's foremost women's digital resource centre. Through a variety of creative activities and initiatives, the Studio works with women to demystify digital technologies, to critically examine their social aspects, to facilitate women's access to technology, and to create and exhibit women's new digital art.

Noise Gate Magazine

Noisegate is a magazine of sound intrestes a magazine dedicated to the exploration and exposure of the innovative use of sound as a functional and creative medium. Distributing 500 copies per issue.It has had outlets in Sheffield, York, Leeds, Birmingham, London and Wiesbaden in Germany and subscribers from Europe, Scandinavia, U.S.A. and Japan. On the 25 March 1996 Noise Gate organised a Festival of Experimental Music at the Lescar,Sharrow Vale, Sheffield. June 1996 Noisegate participated in 7'8's Of A Second, The Midlands Art Centre, Canon Hill Park, Birmingham

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Datacide

A new magazine for the grey zone of Noise & Politics, Datacide provides information on the cutting edge of technological subversion via sound and ideas. Assembled as part of an emerging Post-Media flow, Datacide is fueled by a current of enthusiasm and desire that does not seek legitimiation through the usual channels, but works as a tool to prompt the inquisitive and those becoming increasingly tired of the expediencies of journalism and self-interest.

Not Still Art Festival - New York

Not Still Art, a forum for artists working in abstract and non-narrative electronic motion imaging with music/sound design, disseminates artists' work via international screenings, live performances, conferences, publications, and hard and virtual media. Not Still Art produces historic and contemporary programs in collaboration with art institutions, broadcasters, publishers, and internet organizations.

Ed Burton - SODA

Ed Burton is Soda's Research and Development Director and is always seeking new ideas for new technologies. He also loves to play and is the original culprit behind sodaconstructor, the java toy that exemplifies his peculiar passion for dynamic interaction facilitating creative play and emergent behaviour.

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