First Dark’s projects Polytopia The human species is rapidly and indisputably moving towards the technological singularity. The cadence of the flow of information and innovation in... The Total Library Text that redefines... What happened to nature? How to stay in touch with our biological origins in a world devoid of nature?
The majestic nature that once inspired poets, painters and... The great enhancement debate What will happen when for the first time in ages different human species will inhabit the earth at the same time? The day may be upon us when people...Now playingSpaceCollective Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction.Introduction Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
A thousand trees have been planted in Nordmarka, a forest just outside Oslo, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in one hundred years time. Between now and then, one writer every year will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unpublished, until 2114. Tending the forest and ensuring its preservation for the 100-year duration of the artwork finds a conceptual counterpoint in the invitation extended to each writer: to conceive and produce a work in the hopes of finding a receptive reader in an unknown future.
Margaret Atwood comments on being the inaugural writer for Future Library: “I am very honoured, and also happy to be part of this endeavor. This project, at least, believes the human race will still be around in a hundred years! Future Library is bound to attract a lot of attention over the decades, as people follow the progress of the trees, note what takes up residence in and around them, and try to guess what the writers have put into their sealed boxes.”
This post was inpired by the mysterious entity and video-linking extraordinaire
◊●TodayNow ⇆ smallscreen ⇆ circulate ⇆ InReverse
who formerly inhabited Computerlove as well as SpaceCollective (identity "M").
This growing collection of video links is intended to serve as a reference point for anyone with spare time and a curious mind (as well as for myself). It's relatively thorough, but by no means definitive and certainly reflects my own biases.
Below this post are several loose categories to peruse, which I'll gradually be refining and expanding. Alternatively, for the bold or indecisive, each square below links to a different video (credit is, again, due to TodayNow for the original symbolism and some of the links). Many of these videos were first discovered through some of the fine websites listed on the right side of this page, so be sure to visit them when you have the chance.
Be forewarned that my main criterion was simply that the videos be intriguing, either in terms of creativity or content presented. Beyond that, I just went wherever my mind and memory wandered. The only sort of videos I really sidestepped were purely comical ones. While there are certainly some humorous videos in the mix, they had to have some other major element of intrigue. Other than that, videos range between lengthy and short, old and new, live-action and animated, serious and not so much, simple and abstruse. From thought-provokingprograms, lectures, and historical documentaries to unusual short films, visual delights, and musical eye-candy. *phew!* There are even a few cooking videos.
Given the nature of online video, these links are especially prone to link rot. If you find a dead link, please notify me of the URL and I will fix it with my next update (the last update is at the end of the title ^). I also encourage other members to post further recommendations in the comments sections should you feel the urge.
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SpaceCollective is a joint initiative of filmmaker Rene Daalder and designer Folkert Gorter. Daalder is the project's main author and creator of The Future of Everything. Gorter is the site's interaction designer and the curator of the Gallery. System architecture and technology created by Josh Pangell. The Future of Everything episodes are edited by Aaron Ohlmann and produced by American Scenes Inc; executive producer: Joseph Kaufman.