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In Memoriam

  • Memories of Theresa
  • Play Theresa Duncan's Video Games Free Online
    Rhizome has preserved Theresa Duncan's visionary video games and they are now available to be played for free at http://archive.rhizome.org/theresa-duncan-cdroms/
  • Chop Suey
    "Developed in 1994 and published the following year, Chop Suey was a cunning piece of multimedia edutainment, suited just as well to grown-ups — smirking hipsters and punk rockers, probably — as it was to the prescribed “girls 7 to 12” crowd. But it wasn’t a computer game. It was something else: a loosely-strung system of vignettes; a psychedelic exercise in “let’s-pretend”; a daydream in which the mundanity of small town Ohio collides with the interior lives of its two young protagonists." Jenn Frank
  • Smarty
    Smarty was Theresa's second award winning video. This is a film version used to demonstrate the game for potential distributors. Art direction by Jeremy Blake
  • Theresa Duncan's The History of Glamour
    The History of Glamour “In the film, the main character is looking for an identity, and glamour becomes for her a potent form of self-expression. She finds it very liberating, because she’s from a small town. But by the end of the story, glamour becomes limiting, then imprisoning, so she becomes a writer, chooses grammar over glamour.” Theresa Duncan on The History of Glamour in Salon. ~ The History of Glamour, is a music-based animated film, it aired at The New York Video Festival, The Women Make Waves International Women's Film Festival, The Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Montreal Film Festival, the Channel Hopping Festival in Austria and was selected for inclusion in The Whitney Biennial 2000. Glamour also aired on Channel 4 in the UK, on Canal + in France, and in Japan. * ~Writer and Director Theresa Duncan; Art Director Jeremy Blake; Art work by Jeremy Blake and Karen Kilimnick; animation by Eric Dyer.
  • Memorial Film
    This film was shown at a memorial for Theresa in New York, December 2007. A special thanks to Wilbur King for the use of clips from his film “Charlotte Goes Swimming” and Raymond Doherty, editor.
  • In a Land of 90's Barbieland Wreckage Chop Suey Got Everything Right
  • Memories Of Theresa Tumblr
  • The Lovely Theresa by Baron Von Luxxury
  • Eric Dyer

Worthy of Mention

  • Spoon -

    Spoon: Girls Can Tell
    This is a great, understated album that merits repeated plays. Spoon have made a literate, rocking, breakthrough record that occupies a funny place--the songs are not unconventional, per se, yet they're somehow really special. Girls Can Tell displays the emotional resonance and big rock power of, say, Thin Lizzy and Mott the Hoople; the sonically referential, indie-rock smarts of a band like Versus; and amazing hooks that recall Colin Blunstone of the Zombies. Like Jennyanykind, Moviola, and the Lilys, this Austin, Texas, trio has chosen to work on perfecting their craft without paying much heed to mainstream or trends. In spite of (but mostly because of) wrenching breakup-centered lyrical material delivered in a very real, matter-of-fact way, Girls Can Tell is one of those life-affirming pop albums you know you'll return to in years to come. --Mike McGonigal (*****)

Books

  • Michael Hardt: Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire

    Michael Hardt: Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire
    Empire (2000)—the surprise hit that made its term for U.S global hegemony stick and presciently set the agenda for post–9/11 political theory on the left—was written by this same somewhat unlikely duo: Hardt, an American political scientist at Duke University, and Negri, a former Italian parliament member and political exile, trained political scientist and sometime inmate of Rome's Rebibbia prison. This book follows up on Empire's promise of imagining a full-blown global democracy. Though the authors admit that they can't provide the final means for bringing that entity about (or the forms for maintaining it), the book is rich in ideas and agitational ends. The "multitude" is Hardt and Negri's term for the earth's six billion increasingly networked citizens, an enormous potential force for "the destruction of sovereignty in favor of democracy." The middle section on the nature of that multitude is bookended by two others. The first describes the situation in which the multitude finds itself: "permanent war." The last grounds demands for and historical precursors of global democracy. Written for activists to provide a solid goal (with digressions into history and theory) toward which protest actions might move, this timely book brings together myriad loose strands of far left thinking with clarity, measured reasoning and humor, major accomplishments in and of themselves. (****)

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Comments

tristero

Wit:
Don't give in on the BB's (or the so-called "Greatest Generations") claims to preserving your/our freedoms and society. Please. That is a bunch of narcissistic crap from a privileged generation that has left a pile of hurt for us GenXers, and everybody else for that matter, to clean up.

The social security system is the metaphor for all that crap that they left us, not to mention a deindustrialized, low-wage economy, in which any sense of communitarian values have been shot to shit by rampant individualism.

Please. Wit. Stick to your guns!

With regards,
A historian, fellow GenXers, and casual reader.

Steven Augustine

Being 37 myself, and neither a Boomer nor by any stretch of the imagination "young," though, I can't help feeling that all this youthful innovation I see trumpeted in vague (but excited) terms is a bit of a mirage. I thought the "young" were usually impressionable consumers (or adaptors) of tropes that the crafty selling-class (the "old") generate to swindle them. Would punk, grunge, hip-hop or techno have taken root as world-wide lifestyle choices if not for the Malcolm McClarens and Butch Vigs and all manner of other svengalis, label heads, media magnates and bankers? Aren't the young (beginning with the "teenagers" of the '60s...or would that be the "bobbysoxers" of an earlier epoch?) pretty much mostly good for supplying the raw energy of Youth itself and not much else? Do the young really generate so much that is "new"? Maybe I know too many young people, but they strike me as impulsive, self-dramatizing, short on technical ability and rather lost, in general. Even the occasional Fresh and Uncut Diamond like the young Dylan, or Patti, or Ms. Mitchell, or Rimbaud, Cobain, The Beatles, Ms. Plath, Basquiat, K. Moss, Madonna or Anais Nin and so on needed the mentoring that shaped the explosion of sheer howl into a controlled, sustainable note.

I mean, it's a symbiosis, isn't it (though you seem to want to frame it as parasitism)? The impulse of innocence plus experience's technique? I think this Gen X vs Boomer thing is a false dichotomy popularized, ironically, by Boomer marketing techniques.

Alison Tuck

Jesus.

First things first. (Wiggle those piggies,
Theresa).

"Yoko freaking Ono"

I ask you. Will the world ever leave that woman alone. I am so glad she called her last album, middle finger firmly pointed upward, "Yes I'm a Witch". By the way, giving a stab to someone re pigtails/ponytails? Adolecent indeed.

One major point. The responses here signify a forgetting. A repeat performance of that which these same people rebelled against when they were young, teenage, themselves. You've forgotten. That will never do.

But this:

"Do the young really generate so much that is "new"? Maybe I know too many young people, but they strike me as impulsive, self-dramatizing, short on technical ability and rather lost, in general."

That just brings tears to my eyes. It's just plain unfair. Steven, I think all those hundreds of young people you know are being way too polite.

I'm 45, a 1961 baby. The tailend of the baby boomers and the youngest of 4. I adore my siblings but I also love the kids I work with who range from 5 - 18 years old, in the public school system of New South Wales, Australia.I've done it for 20 years.

I sit with them and try and listen understand but more than anything, I work hard to inspire them to do what you are encouraging in this very debate, Theresa.

No, of course there's nothing new.

There was nothing new when I was young. But hang on. Yes there was. I still loyally hold to feminism because it found me when I was 16 and I had an (American) English teacher (MALE) who wanted to talk with me and pals about it.

NO, there's nothing new about Iraq. Except, it's happening here and now and this is a different, very different world for young people, than the one that saw Vietnam or WW 2.

Not technical people? Who's the first person I want when I can't work shit out on my computer/xbox/ipod?

An adolescent, that's who.

Get fucked.

Theresa, thank you for your attention to the (always) displaced voice of youth. (Yeah so right isn't it - nothing frigging new).

Mlle D. - it's a worthy fight and always will be.

Steven Augustine

I never said that the "young" people I know aren't lovable, special, talented, blah blah blah (insert vacuous PC praise of your choice)...they're musicians. They rock. They roll. They smoke dope, snowboard in the Alps and consider fellatio only slightly more friendly than a handshake. But the only people I can think of who think that the young are cool by *default* simply *because* they're young...are...well...kinda old. And Iggy Pop ain't among them.

minouette

Dear Wit,

Your postings on the blight of the Baby Boomers on Western civilization make me smile. We all know that we can thank the BBs for their (previous) contributions to culture, and their once-upon-a-time fight for freedoms. Likewise, "[t]he 'you old people must die' rant" might be adolescent or even cliché, but so is resting on one's laurels. It is precisely what made the BBs so 'special' that makes it all the more necessary to vehemently suggest that they make way, and all the more rare to hear such a sentiment. Never has there been a larger, more smug or self-obsessed group to seize power in the name of rebellion and clutch onto it like life itself. They have dominated our culture from the cradle, and think that their mythical past entitles them to all, including imposing cultural stagnation from above. Freedom fighters always seem to become dictators, after the revolution. Somehow ideals seem to be forgotten along the way.

I can see why the "smart lady" got her back up, but her arguments might have been more convincing minus the cheap shots (Dissing Yoko Ono? While simultaneously claiming generational cultural supremacy?). She seems to interpret your posts quite literally and humourlessly, at least where they apply to the BBs. The issue is not their existence so much as their refusal to acknowledge the existence of anyone else (even their elders, let alone youth). The thought that they might continue to dominate culture for another 40 years is chilling.

I am too young to be a GenXer, and confess that I and my GenY (for a lack of a better term) friends have been known to complain about the GenXers exhibiting the perceived self-absorption of their BB parents. But I suspect that this might make you smile, since you are advocating evolution and renewal, not the right to rule for your and your peers. And I recognize that we too are not as young as we once were either...

Thank you.

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