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Just because i love this image of a Bolivian catcher found in the (otherwise not very spectacular) "Catch Academy" slideshow.

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Verena Kuni has posted her first story on wmmna, it's about the birthday of radio. But i first wanted to introduce you to her:

Verena, alias miss.gunst, is an art & media theorist, historian & critic. After working at universities and art academies in Germany and Switzerland, she is currently teaching and researching at Frankfurt university. She is also guest lecturing internationally and has collaborated to several research projects.

She contributes to international art magazines, print and online media; since 1997 she has her own art radio show (GUNST). From 1995 to 1999 she worked as curator for video programs at the Kasseler Dokumentarfilm & Videofest where she is director of interfiction.

And if you read german, don't miss her weblog.

Last week in London a student of Design Interactions asked me if i had heard of interesting new media art or design projects that embrace concepts of love and commitments. How humiliating! I was clueless. He obviously knows about wonderful projects such as Biopresence or Biojewellery. I could also list a series of works that deal with long-distance relationships. None of them ever convinced me (and in my quality of serial long-distance lover i can be regarded as an expert on that matter).

Here's what Tom Wynne-Morgan is working on:

Love and commitment are both effected by chemical and hormonal balances. As we gain further insight and understanding of how we work and function, not just on a social level but also on a parallel biological level will we also gain more control. Do we want to control, change...alter? What would we like to change and how might these changes affect out current societal norms? Does anyone know of any projects that deal with the love and/or commitment either on a social or a more technological level?

Please send any suggestion to me (reg at this domain), to Tom or as a comment to this post.

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