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London Media Playground, 19.12.09

Resonance104.4fm presents an afternoon and evening of media frolics at The Foundry, 86 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3JL on Saturday 19th December 2009, 2pm till midnight. Free.

As part of Broadcast Media Sculptures, Media Playground is the second of two such projects presented by Resonance104.4fm. This Playground present movies, discussion and radiophonic sound-art in the distinctive surroundings of London’s Foundry bar. Media commentators, activists and critics join film-makers and radio-artists for a day of informal innovation and broadcast experimentation – of the kind one would expect from what the Radio Academy has called “a unique station in a saturated and largely homogenous radio market… a station that simply couldn’t be found anywhere else and that strongly identifies with – and super-serves – London’s creative and artistic community.”

At 2pm: discussion for broadcast – Pathological Over-Sharing. Featuring Becky Hogge (New Statesman, Open Knowledge Foundation), Ken Hollings (Destroy All Monsters), Mark Rock (Audioboo, Best Before Media) and Paul May (The Whale in the Room). As social networks proliferate, newspapers retreat and self-exposure goes global, a panel of culturally savvy thinkers gather to address such questions as, Is the internet a tool for democratic change or economic repression? What is the individual’s impact on media? And what is the impact of the media on social space?

At 3.30pm: Screenings of The London Perambulator followed by discussion with director John Rogers & subject Nick Papadimitriou. And Class Wargames presents Guy Debord’s The Game of War, followed by discussion with instigator Richard Barbrook, philosopher Stefan Lutschinger and director Ilze Black – plus a collective playing of Debord’s game.

At 8pm: The Resonance Radio Orchestra presents a new radiophonic soundtrack to Paul Wegener’s 1920 film of Gustav Meyrink’s psychogeographical thriller, The Golem, with multiple screen projection: “Once in every generation a spiritual epidemic spreads like lightning through the ghetto and causing a kind of mirage in the shape of a being characteristic of the place, one which lived here hundreds of years ago and still yearns for physical form.”

Plus Resonance104.4fm DJS including Lepke B and DJ Wrongspeed in the bar, 9pm till midnight.

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