Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Montreal-bound, then NY, Bos, Milwaukee, Chicago

Soon, I begin a bit of a tour. I start in Montreal before meeting up with Kid K to play a slew of gigs in NY, Boston, Milwaukee & Chicago. In Montreal, my main reason for going was first the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, where I am giving a paper. Then, I linked up with Mutek to be on a panel on copyright and creativity. Then, I lined up a free gig courtesy of the Don't Fake The Break crew! AND they made this great flyer! Check my ripleyspace for the gigs in the US.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Some new fun gigs and SURYA DUB

I've got two gigs at some fine representation of east bay jollity - the Burn Barrel parties on Thursday and Friday, plus Surya Dub with special guest DJ C (OMG!!) on Saturday.. don't sleep!

Burn Barrel is a fire concert premiering this May 22rd and 23th. The show is a collaborative effort with Copper Lantern Fire Theatre, Vulcan Spin Crew, Lucid Dream Lounge, and many other wonderful artists and individuals under the direction of PureKT productions.

Trim yer mullets and grab yer gas cans, 'cause we're heading down to the Burn Barrel! Come see Copper Lantern's, Ex Machina, a retro-futuristic piece that blends dance, theater, fire and video with grease, gears and grime. Listen to the wicked and spellbinding tales of story telling troupe, Onkel Woland and the Black Forest Menagerie. Stay for Red, White and Fire, a premiere production that takes a satirical look at fire performance with a trailer park slant. YES! You want to see clockwork girls! YES! You want ghastly faery tales come to life! YES! I want seven-foot fire villains! YES! You want daisy dukes! So come on down to the Burn Barrel! Prize for best trailer park costume

ACME Warehouse 1281 30th St., Emeryville

May 22nd and 23rd
Doors open at 8:30pm
Show starts at 9:00pm
Dance party to follow
$15 at the door.

PureKT Productions in collaboration with Copper Lantern Fire Theatre, Onkel Woland and the Black Forest Menagerie, Vulcan Crew, Lucid Dream Lounge, and DJs Ripley and White Rabbit.

and then on saturday...

Friday, May 02, 2008

music, ownership, sustainability

10 days from quals, all I can think about is my research so that's what you faithful readers (or visitors) are going to get. But at least my academic interests include my dj interests (if you read to the end you'll see it I promise)!

Starting with something from my master's thesis which I'm still happy with (although you can see the influence of a couple years in the English scholarly environment, which did nothing for my brevity, although it did plenty for my ability to be understatedly sarcastic:

"A danger, which many scholars seem to run, is conflating “secure” with “individual” property rights. One might excuse them as merely following Garret Hardin’s example in his near-legendary “Tragedy of the Commons” article whereby he explains how common land will be overgrazed, as individual needs are pitted against those of the community as a whole. The appeal of this model has tended to obscure the fact that, as investigated empirically with respect to commonly held land, it has not been borne out by evidence.
The model’s lack of explanatory power the context in which he first applied it (communal land tenure) can be traced to a widespread tendency to equate individual property rights with secure rights, or to see “common” = “unmanaged.” Hardin himself acknowledges this in a later essay, saying his model applies only to unmanaged common land (which removes it somewhat from his original context). Hardin rephrases his model as the “tragedy of the unmanaged commons” --which might better be expressed as the “tragedy of open-access.” The difference between unrecognised systems of management, and a lack of them, is important in the study of LDCs, where the assumptions of economists (local and foreign) about what are recognisable or secure property rights have often been grievously mistaken."

examples for these statements ARE available, by the way!

posting it now because I am STILL irritated by the popularity of Hardin's basic framework and its application all over the place in a way that masks it political nature (hello, the dude was a ecologist and pretty much a malthusian , he wasn't an economist and he certainly wasn't a historian or sociologist or anthropologist, all of whom could have provided empirical examples that contradict what he initially called "the commons").

also, I love that Carol Rose (in a piece called "The several futures of property") made this point even more political. She's so rad! An excerpt from my prospectus draft:

"Rose's most interesting point is based on the undercounted nature of the value generated by these systems. Although limited-commons systems (shared households for example) are quite prevalent, historically they have not been recognized as a standard, traditional or feasible property arrangement in much legal analysis. Empirical examination of those limited commons suggests that it is not only the unfamiliarity of the property claim that prevents it from being recognized, but also the specific social status of those claiming property: for example, wives suffering violence or other deprivation of rights in the home were not until very recently given legal standing as to property claims in the home or their own bodies. The complex practices of access, control, and labor in the home did not fit well with legal categories, and those categories map onto hierarchical social categories. Thus, the complexity worked to systematically deny claims to the lower-status member of the household. Alongside interesting political questions about the function of property rights, the question of social status suggests the cultural assumptions underlying property claims: some scholars have made arguments about the lack of control black musicians have had, in the legal realm, over their music: for example ASCAP did not allow black members in its early years, but even more specifically the practices of many historically black musics like blues and jazz have a similar complexity that deprives musicians of legal standing w/r/t copyright. Or, we could look at a recent example where a Jamaican artist in the Dub genre sued for control over music he had made. Dub is a genre of music where the site of creativity is the studio mixing board, rather than the composition or the use of more traditional instruments or voice – a dub producer experiments with sonic effects like echo and reverb and delay, and the raw material is the recorded pieces of an existing song. Tellingly, one of the statements made by the record label's managing director disputing Hopeton "Scientist" Brown's claim of ownership was that "Scientist was claiming to own copyrights in songs and recordings as a result of being the mixing engineer… we always felt these claims were ridiculous."

(speaking of property claims, if you quote any of this in any formal publication, please attribute me, and I'd love a linkback if you quote any of this on a blog. I'm not interested in making a legal claim about my rights so much as a practical, ethical and political one. As a beginning, interdisciplinary scholar, with a political bent, I'm more in the non-dominant group in academica than a dominant one. So having my name associated with my words if they spread helps to me in lots of ways that Carol Rose hints at above. I feel more strongly about my thesis and prospectus than I do about my regular blogging, although credit and linkbacks are always respectful, helpful, and interesting. in the light of recent controversies in the feminist blogosphere this is fresh in my mind)