September 2, 2016The Living Theatre visited Arcosanti on Monday to perform one of their most significant pieces -“Seven Meditations on Political Sado-Masochism” – which has been described as a “visceral examination of the social contract between the governed and the government”. The Theatre arrived at 3 pm to perform a matinee in the North Vault before continuing on their national tour.[photo by planning intern Victor dos Santos, text by Sean-Paul VonAncken]The Arcosanti audience knew that the themes would be somber and hard-hitting, but nothing could quite prepare us for the earnest delivery, emotional precision, and unwavering authority of a truly relevant and revolutionary performance.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Seven Meditations awakens our civic senses, orienting us in relation to our oppressive governing structures and economy of alienation. It frames the human condition, confronting themes of violence, slavery (both ancient and contemporary), property, warfare, police brutality, and death in a 21st century context.[photo by Sue Kirsch]The piece was both activating and provocative. In the end, the group – bound in chains and in agonizing pain – asks how their pain can be remedied, how their chains can be removed, and how their minds can become truly free.[photo by Sue Kirsch]As an audience we rose to the occasion, jumping to the aid of the actors and embracing them, helping our fellow men and women to their feet. As a whole group we made a circle in the vaults and concluded with a powerful hymn.[photo by Sue Kirsch]We send out a huge thank you to the living theatre and wish them well along their tour. It was an honor to host their sentiments of revolution, awareness, and hope.[photo by Victor dos Santos]It is rare to witness a performance that confronts our most deeply embedded socio-economic concerns with such poignancy and realism.[photo by Sue Kirsch]
Former Canal Plus chief Pierre Lescure’s report on the adaptation of France’s cultural policies to the digital age has suggested that a new tax be levied on laptops, smartphones and tablets to help support the content industry’s migration to digital, that the Hadopi commission be abolished and that the strict rules governing video content distribution windows be relaxed.The report, which was delivered to minister of culture Aurélie Filippetti yesterday, said that manufacturers of computers, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs could be subject to a tax of up to 1% to compensate the transfer of the value of content. Former Canal Plus chief Lescure also envisages that a current tax on private copies could be merged with other taxes or replaced.Lescure has also proposed that the powers of the Hadopi, the organisation set up to combat internet piracy through a controversial ‘three strikes’ regime, should be transferred to media regulator the CSA. The Hadopi’s controversial power to cut off the internet connection of persistent infringers of copyright would be abolished.The report also recommends that France’s system of content windowing should be relaxed, with a possible reduction of the time after which movies can be shown on video-on-demand services reduced from 36 months after their theatrical release to 18 months.Hadopi president Marie-Françoise Marais welcomed the report as broadly justifying the legitimacy and usefulness of the body’s mission and said that their consolidation within the framework of a “more global strategy” would give them a solid footing.
Samsung is to launch the first commercially available Higher Dynamic Range (HDR) video content as part of a new UHD video pack, possibly as early as next month, according to a report in Forbes magazine.According to the report, Samsung will air two full-length Hollywood movies at a native UHD resolution, the titles of which have yet to be confirmed. The two titles will be complemented by non-HDR UHD content as part of the package, according to the report. Titles have yet to be confirmed.Samsung last year launched a UHD video pack to highlight the capabilities of its TVs, available via an external device, with movies that included GI Joe: Retaliation, X-Men Origins, Night at the Museum and Life of Pi.News of Samsung’s HDR plans follows its trial broadcast, with satellite operator SES, of HDR UHD TV over DVB at SES’s Industry Days event in Luxembourg earlier this month.Samsung and SES used technology developed by the BBC to broadcast HDR content to its new SUHD TV devices simultaneously with other UHD TV content to existing UHD screens. HDR technology is designed to bring greater contrast to the screen, making colours appear richer, brighter and more lifelike.Last month Amazon announced that it would bring HDR content to its Prime Instant Video service in the UK, Germany and the US later this year via Amazon Originals.
Joel Whitten ‘Whit’ Richardson IIITurner Latin America has named Joel Whitten ‘Whit’ Richardson III as its president, in effect replacing Juan Carlos Urdaneta.Richardson is a 23-year Turner veteran, and in his new role has taken charge of the company’s regional general entertainment, kids, sports and free-to-air channel brands; distribution of the CNN news services; and L&M activity.He is known internally for aiding the launch of Turner’s Argentinian business, helping it go from a business of 15 employees in 1998 to more than 750 as of today, and for the acquisitions of the likes of Chilevision, Esporte Interativo and CNN Chile.His appointment come after long-serving Turner Lat Am chief Urdaneta exited last year, leaving Turner Internationa president Gerhard Zeiler to lead the regional operation in the interim.Zeiler said Richardson was “a highly respected executive inside and outside Turner”, adding he had “a clear vision of how we adapt the organisation to truly become a next-generation media provider”.Richardson who was previously executive VP of distribution and GM of Argentina, said he would “prioritise collaboration, innovation and change” to “aggressively position for continued growth and success”.Turner has a total of 54 channels in three languages in 44 territories across the Latin American region.