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2018 in review

It was a pretty crazy year. It was a hard-working one. Especially autumn was packed with reruns and new productions. Looking back personally I went through some emotional challenges, most strongly dealing with huge amounts of stress. Our work environment – small cultural organization – faced some setbacks in funding at the beginning of the year and loosing an important team member. World political climate is pretty grim, with environmental concerns more pessimist by the day. One feels pressure is on everyone to do something.

While not drinking, smoking or doing any drugs, I continue to be vegan for ethical, health and environmental reasons. I work as an artist and I hope to do so in the future. I’m a feminist, passionate supporter of free/libre software, Creative Commons and idea free cultural works. I consider myself an ally of LGBTQI+ and I support their rights as basic human rights.

Here’s (the good) stuff I did last year that I’m pretty proud of it.

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Antigone/Child & The Mother (Act VII)

As you know, this month I worked with Matija Ferlin on his solo stage piece “Staging a Play: Antigone”. I decided to release a selection of music material that was made through that process. Since I worked mainly with SuperCollider (programming language for algorithmic composition and sound design) I also wanted to give out source code that helped shape that sound. I will be writing/recording about that process soon.

Now, here are the goodies:

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Use of Creative Commons as emoji on Mastodon instance

Couple of weeks ago mastodon instance “Mastodon.ART” added icons from Creative Commons project to the arsenal of custom emojis to be used in toots (posts). One user wondered if this use is legally correct, so after some discussion I sent an email to Creative Commons about it and after a week or so got an answer. I’m replicating this correspondence here to put their answer in perspective.

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VideoŽurnal W48

Midst a lot of very urgent work, what does the serial procrastinator do? Creates something that is not THAT urgent to do. A videožurnal (video journal) episode, and posts it to his Patreon page!

 

I’ve read Amanda Palmer’s book The Art of Asking. You know she’s the most successful music artist on Patreon? Her book is a lot about her life, where’s she’s coming from and it becomes pretty clear how she ended up where she did. I have notes & quotes from reading it. And it is quite inspirational and up-to-date with exactly what’s happening now – you know: twitter, crowdfunding, kickstarter, patreon, relationship-based “economy/marketing” aka your fans are your friends etc. In this context I will reflect on this year by the end of the month too.

The end of november didn’t bring another music video/release, although I was planning it. I had a concept, I had a loose synopsis for the video, I had ideas for remixes/edits, but didn’t have anough time or stamina to push it through in time. I’m learning to accept the tempo I’m working in. And I’m happy for any cheers on this path, honestly!

Along with the plan of finding a way to conitiuously offer an insight to my studio & work, here comes another timelapse video-journal, backed-up with an older track from an album released in 2004 (Z. Spavatsky: d0).

Please enjoy. It’s a december gift to you, my friends.