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  • Vanessa 13:52 on 13/10/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    October Hangout 

    Screen cap of a Google Video Hangout

    Molly Ross & colleagues

    Full house for today’s Hangout!

    Rebecca Narum
    Rebecca Longworth
    Molly Ross
    Michael Masucci
    Kate Johnson
    Ciara Finnegan
    Oscar Devent
    Christa Forster
    Hugh Mcelveen
    Vanessa Blaylock

    More images from today in our Flickr photo group

    • Rebecca Longworth 21:39 on 19/10/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hello friends! How lovely it was to see you last Monday and hearing your news! I have a couple of links to share…

      And Hugh, I’m hoping you’ll share some of your links on Arabic vs Middle Eastern art.

      Speaking of the Middle East and collaborating across borders, you all might be interested in this project from Golden Thread here in SF: http://www.goldenthread.org/alo/

      I am about to embark on a long-term exploration about personal relationships to cities. Working title: City Creature. I’m fascinated by the ways in which we imagine the places we live as living beings, and the relationships we have with them. One of the first “ways in” that I’m exploring is to collect some imagined creatures of others. I love worksheets and filling out forms, so here’s a City Creature worksheet:


      I’d be delighted if you all could share a bit about your city there.

      Until soon!
      Rebecca L

      • Vanessa Blaylock 12:18 on 07/11/2014 Permalink | Reply

        Just filled out your cool survey Rebecca! Sorry it took me so long, but definitely had a nice time on it.

        Will you be attending the Nov Berry Hangout on Mon? If so, would you like to talk about City Creature?

  • Vanessa 13:12 on 13/10/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ## Flickr Photo Group I made a Flickr… 

    Flickr Photo Group

    I made a Flickr group where we can share:
    1. pix of our hangouts
    2. pix of our collaborative projects
    3. pix to discuss in the next hangout
    4. pix of projects any of us are working on


    Please join the group and add any pix you like!

  • Vanessa 17:04 on 09/09/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Hello all So sorry I missed Monday’s Hangout… 

    Hello all! So sorry I missed Monday’s Hangout! Had a bit of a power outage here! 🙁

    Hope it went well. Did Andrea make it in ok this time? Did Oscar receive a warm reception?

  • Vanessa 15:03 on 05/08/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Mixed Berry Shake hangouts 2014 

    typography of "Mixed Berry Shake" with the letters made out of different types of berries

    Hangouts 2014

    2nd Monday of the Month
    • Aug 11 – facilitator: Michael
    • Sep 8 – facilitator: Ciara
    • Oct 13 – facilitator: Hugh
    • Nov 10 – facilitator: Kate
    • Dec 8 – facilitator: Vanessa

    Nobody has to be a facilitator. Everybody is welcome to facilitate. You don’t have to do a lot, but you could pick a few topics and help juggle the hour.

    Open Timetable in Google Drive


    Raspberries Macro by Liz West
    Reward for work: Blueberries by @rsseattle
    Kiwi by Sergiu Bacioiu
    Berries by Matt Becker

    • Michael J Masuci 15:42 on 05/08/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I will be sending out some topic ideas very soon. A scholar in London is creating an online seminar event that I’d like to try to get the Bluberry Shakers involved in doing a collaboartion for. I’ll give details at the Aug. 11 Blueberry Shake hangout.

      See you all at the ‘shake’.

    • Christa Forster 17:54 on 05/08/2014 Permalink | Reply

  • Christa Forster 11:11 on 14/07/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Mixed Berry Shake Hangout (unofficial) Minutes 

    Photos from today’s Mixed Berry Shake Hangout.  In virtual attendance: Ciara Finnegan, Christa Forster, Michael Masucci, Kate Johnson, Vanessa Blaylock.Molly Ross and Rebecca Longworth chimed in by email but were not able to meet up with us today.

    Items discussed:
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    • Ciara 02:38 on 15/07/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for posting the minutes, Christa. It’s really helpful to have this record of our meeting and the links are great too. I enjoyed the Ant Farm documentary trailer – it was interesting to hear Doug Michaels speak of how they arrived at the name Ant Farm – (though I think “Chip, Chuck and Doug” has a catchy ring to it too and happy associations of chipping away at an idea, chucking out the stuff that doesn’t work and er…Doug…hm…dug, past tense of dig and…eh…erm…well, okay, just Doug then!)

      I think I conveyed a slightly wrong impression about the name issue in our hangout – it was not so much the name itself that I struggled with (I’m fond of “The Berries”) but rather more that felt uncertain about the identity of the group to which the name refers. This only really became a problem for me when I tried to describe us in an email to Sher Doruff. I’d grown to think of us as a sort of online artist collective/artist-led initiative but I wasn’t quite sure if this was a view held by the other members. I didn’t feel entitled to make such assumptions about the identity of the group, particularly as I wasn’t “with the band” at the beginning 😉

      Anyway, I absolutely love Christa’s idea of doing an action or performance together that celebrates our commitment to the group, opens it to further participation and, in some way, serves as a little signatory act.

    • Vanessa Blaylock 16:01 on 15/07/2014 Permalink | Reply

      It’s so interesting that Christa & Ciara & Michael & Kate all seemed to be bring up ideas that I thought fit well together. I agree with all of it! Or at least whatever I thought the zeitgeist of it all was! 😀

      I’d love to move on these compelling ideas right away! However for myself, I think July & August are just too buried in other responsibilities. But you all certainly don’t have to wait for me! You can totally run with any of this in whatever form(s) make sense.

      • xtaforster 21:59 on 20/07/2014 Permalink | Reply

        I never thought I’d hear Vanessa say she was buried under too much work! She IS mortal, after all. xoxoxo

        Here’s a name I’ll throw out there — ARACHNET (did you remember my mentioning that spiders are my spirit animals?) Anyway…definitely has a stronger bite than berries. I do love the anti-oxidant connotations of berries, though.

  • Christa Forster 22:43 on 13/07/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Some Mixed Berries rolled into Los Angeles 

    and had a physical meet up. It happened today at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Michael Masucci, Kate Johnson and I — Christa Forster — lunched at the outdoor cafe and loitered in the “Becoming Los Angeles” exhibit.

    7/13/2014 Michael, Christa and Kate at the NHMLA

    Michael Masucci, Christa Forster, Kate Johnson, July 13, 2014, Los Angeles

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  • Vanessa 14:27 on 10/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Time Zones 

    To help our global colleagues meetup at the same time, here’s a little conversion chart for a city near you!

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    • Hugh 22:42 on 10/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      That’s great thanks Vanessa. I am California +11 GMT+4

  • Vanessa 15:28 on 06/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ## Mixed Berry Shake 4 June This Monday… 

    Mixed Berry Shake 4 June!

    This Monday, 9 June ’14
    9-10am California Time
    16:00 – 17:00 GMT

    Got a topic for discussion? Add it as a comment to this post and I’ll put it on the agenda!

  • Vanessa 07:45 on 14/04/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ## Mixed Berry Shake Here’s today’s agenda 1… 

    Mixed Berry Shake

    Here’s today’s agenda:

    1. Hello & catch up from everyone
    2. Kate Johnson – interests, ideas, current projects
    3. Hugh Mcelveen – interests, ideas, current projects
    4. Updates from Michael, Xta, Rebecca, Van
    5. Discuss LACMA Art+Technology Grants / Residencies
    6. What else?
    7. Ideas for May’s Shake

    * LACMA Grants
    * Mixed Berry Shake 2014 schedule
    * Van’s new Avatar Alphabet

    Add any other links / ideas in the comments!

    • Ciara 08:09 on 14/04/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds delicious 😉 Thank you for the invitation to hangout. I’m really sorry that I can’t join in today. I hope you have a good meeting and I look forward to hearing how things go.

      • xtaforster 08:18 on 14/04/2014 Permalink | Reply

        Ahhh, Ciara, I was looking forward to your being there today. I hope you are able to join soon!

    • Rebecca 10:30 on 14/04/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hi all! Links here to my very early google hangout experiments for the performance (http://foolsfury.org/fury/) that’s happening this weekend. The piece is called “The Seeing Place” and is a meditation on Antigone. For this round, we hadn’t created aliases and were all using our own google accounts, so sadly there are no character names attached.


      Is an example of a scripted scene; text is from Brecht’s Antigone interspersed with an interview of a contemporary U.S. soldier serving in Iraq. The idea here was to replace my big old headshot with footage (sans audio) of the Creon character giving his edict prohibiting the burial of Polynices.

      Creon Haemon 1-1

      and 2-1

      were both attempts at overlapping texts spontaneously… made very difficult by the audio & video delay on our various internet connections. These also include two observers: one listening in at a local Starbucks, and another roaming the main branch at the SF Public Library. We were interested in what the effect of non-verbal participants would be.

      The plan for the performance is to have one (very different) Google hangout that’s prerecorded as one of the scenes in the show, and another live hangout where audience members can see the Antigone character leave the theatre under guard. I will post a link to that Hangout-On-Air! Thanks Vanessa for that excellent suggestion.

      That’s very little context for you, but any thoughts or questions are welcome!

  • Vanessa 15:43 on 07/02/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Blueberry Hangout Agenda – Monday 9a EZT 


    Katrina is our scheduled facilitator for Monday. I haven’t heard if she’s available yet, so here’s a tentative agenda if Katina is not facilitating. (If she is, then our agenda will be whatever she’d like to set.)

    Blueberry Hangout, 10 Feb 2014

    9-10am EZT on Monday 10 Feb (EZT = EZTV Time = PST or California Time)


    1. Hello, chitchat, catching up
    2. Info, Questions, Feedback on Katrina’s O Lover! O Death! currently a part of Laurie Beth Clark (Spatula)’s Ossuary exhibition, and whose heroine, Edison Marshall (1950, 1850, 2500 BCE) we hope will be participating in Christa’s #1850charla
    3. Info, Questions, Feedback on Christa’s 28 Feb Event #1850charla
    4. Info, Questions, Feedback on Michael’s 12 Apr Event Fly-By & parent project In (The Dark)
    5. For our “PBR Discussion” I thought we might take a look at the interview Rhizome published in Dec between Italian critic/curator Domenico Quaranta and German experimental video artist Matthias Fritsch of Technoviking fame/infamy.
    • Molly Ross 08:18 on 08/02/2014 Permalink | Reply

      sounds great! I have another video chat scheduled right before so I may be a minute late logging into Blueberries. It’s a lot on the agenda but I look forward to hearing updates about everyone’s projects. Talk to you monday!

      • Vanessa Blaylock 06:19 on 09/02/2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Molly, Michael & Christa… I’ve not heard from Katrina or Rebecca yet… so we may be short of our “6 Blueberries” this month… what do you think of inviting someone else to sit in with us? Like Ciara? Or Kate? Or?

        That might be diluting the Blueberry “team.” Or it might be maintaining the team across natural evolution. Any thoughts or preferences?

  • Vanessa 16:30 on 19/01/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    New EZT time zone Now that we… 

    New “EZT” time zone!
    Now that we aren’t enrolled in a course at Stanford anymore, we might as well stop calling “California Time” “Stanford Time.” But it’s still as good a time zone as any since a couple of us are there and the EZTV April 12 event is there. Also SL, based out of SF, runs on that time zone also, aka “SLT.” So I propose we use “EZTV Time” and to keep with the style of PST, EST, GMT, CET, etc, why don’t we just call it “EZT”

  • Vanessa 00:16 on 10/12/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hangout with Molly! 

    ScreenCap of Molly Ross and Vanessa Blaylock in a google hangout

    Molly and I did a Google Hangout today! We talked about each other’s cool PBR projects, realized that Avatars and Puppets have something in common, and solved all the issues in MOOCs which will be much better after today. Not bad for an hour’s work.

  • Vanessa 18:03 on 02/12/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hangout w/ Xta! 


    In the weekly Blueberry Google Hangout this week I met up with Christa Forster. We had a great chat about our Practice Based Research MOOC, making the most of the resources, continuing the conversation after it wraps up, etc. And we also talked about her participation in The Planets virtual dance for camera project I launched for both the PBR & Site Dance MOOCs. She’s creating a poem / monologue that she’ll record and put up on CCMixter / SoundCloud and see who uses it in a music track, and then we’ll take that work and use it as the score for her Mars “dance.”

  • Vanessa 18:33 on 26/11/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hangout with Katrina 

    As part of this week’s Gretchen Schiller activity Katrina and I did a Google Hangout today. We had a really great conversation. Like last week’s Spatula & Barcode activity, Gretchen’s activity was so wonderfully engaging and inclusive. More on it later, but I wanted to drop a quick note. Yay! We decided our team should do these every week!


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