During Open Access Week, a few folks came to Cloyne to kickoff a coalition and a community for activism in internet governance, freedom of speech, privacy, access to information, peer production, and the interplay of new media with race, gender, sexuality, class, and other systems of power.
After watching the documentary The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, we had a discussion facilitated by activist April Glaser from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. We talked about many possible areas of work, from hosting cryptography workshops to exposing the influence of military and corporate funding over UC Berkeley’s computer science research.
In fall 2013, the Pacific Film Archive at UC Berkeley ran a series titled “Film 50: History of Cinema,” featuring films by Hitchcock, Buñuel, Godard, and the like. Of the fourteen films, only one was directed by a woman (Agnès Varda), and none came from south of the Equator. Whose “history of cinema” does the series represent?
Welcome, friend, to the Cloyne Cinema, a space where other histories of cinema can be told and made. Here, directors have first names. Here, hands are made of flesh — nobody has golden palms. Here, laurel leaves are eaten with soup. Because solidarity transcends the binary schema of high and low culture.
Everybody is a curator. All curation is personal and political. Everybody is a critic. All criticism is personal and political. Everybody is a producer. Watching, talking, sharing is producing. All production is reproduction.
Come produce a journey together. Bring your own minds and hearts. You have substance.
Photography is fabrication. And cinema is fabrication twenty-four times per second.