So I’ve spent much of the weekend cloistered at home putting the finishing touches on a conference paper and visual presentation I will be making in Liverpool, England at Rewire 2011, the Fourth International Conference on the Histories of Media Art. I have been looking forward to this event for quite some time and have already made plans to visit the Tate Liverpool and The Walker and a bunch of smaller local galleries while I am there. It is my first trip to the city and I will be exploring and getting to know the local cultural offerings, many of which relate to the new media art angle of the conference. John Lennon attended art school in Liverpool, so I will be looking for traces of the urban environment that inspired him.
As for the Twitterverse, it has been a nonstop critique-a-thon over Facebook’s “improvements” this week. Since I use Chrome, I quickly downloaded Unannoying Facebook and went about my day. Here are some favourite tweets from the past week—I will make sure to take lots of pictures of Liverpool and reflect on my time there upon my return!
ArtsBeat Blog: Thinking Cap: Delaying Gratification: Is it possible to develop and improve one's self-control?
500 years of female portraiture in 3 minutes
How the internet created an Age of Rage
Skywriting as Graffiti:@SaberAWR Protests Mural Moratorium
It's Banned Books Week! Learn how you can take part in a virtual read-out
What Facebook users 'dislike' about the new makeover
Hidden Goya discovered—Early portrait of Spanish general found under a Rijksmuseum painting