New filecast: nightfall :: 20 images from Kars

The border town of Kars lies in the eastern edgelands of Turkey, as Anatolia rises up to meet the border with Armenia. It has long elicited in me a feeling of remoteness and melancholy, no doubt the effect of the many romantic travelogues I read as a youth. In these, the town invariably played the character of a wistful, unsettling stopping point on the way to greater adventures.

M³ Festival/Studio Bubec have also posted the video from my installation on their youtube channel. Here is the work ”Locomotive II (a redux)” in its entirety:

M³ Festival/Studio Bubec have posted a kind of summary video of the artists and works they included, including my video installation “Locomotive II (a redux)” which ran for almost 3 months in the old ticketing area of Prague’s historic Masaryk Train station.

Still researching Kars for a filecast I am working on:

“Kars is a city in suspended animation, a museum of its more prosperous past. In the tenth century, it was the capital of the Armenian Bagratuni kingdom. Under the Ottomans, it became a military administrative center, a strategic fortress against the Russians, who besieged the city several times during the nineteenth century, and held it from 1878 to 1918. …”

A quotation from the 2002 novel „Snow” by Orhan Pamuk, describing his protagonist’s return after a long absence. The city of Kars lies in the eastern marches of Turkey, as Anatolia rises up to meet the border with Armenia.

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It wasn’t the poverty or the helplessness that disturbed him; it was the thing he would see again and again during the days to come—in the empty windows of photography shops, in the frozen windows of the crowded teahouses where the city’s unemployed passed the time playing cards, and in the city’s empty snow-covered squares. These sights spoke of a strange and powerful loneliness. It was as if he were in a place that the whole world had forgotten, as if it were snowing at the end of the world.

Live coding: a user's manual is out this week, published open access by MIT Press. I have my copy already, after many years it's real!

I just put up a placeholder website, and will upload the pdf, epub and mobi ebook files there on Tuesday, maybe making a web version. It'd be interesting if people started contributing edits, adding extra chapters etc..

By way of introduction, …

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