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Rap News re: Wikileaks

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Our talented musical pals Hugo & Giordano are back and this time they've made a great video about Wikileaks. Please watch it - we need more freedom on the internet, not less!

The lyrics can be found on the Rap News page at Reverb Nation.

And, please don't forget that The Juice Media, creators of Rap News, has a YouTube channel with all kinds of excellent video pieces that are very, very important to watch but are currently hardly getting any eyeballs. So please take a peek and if you are so inclined, pass the links around to your friends. Thank you!

Take care,
pinky

CFM Blogs about our Future Museums Report

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A few months ago Pinky guest-blogged on the Center for the Future of Museums' website. Now Elizabeth Merritt, director of the Center for the Future of Museums, returns the favor (well not really, I just lifted the entire entry from their blog). Her blog post from today is below. Read it while it's still warm.

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THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2010

The Pinky Show Cats’ Report on the Future

“We, three cats from the Pinky Show, went to the future. We brought back notes & stuff.” Read the report.

Those of you who attended the AAM annual meeting this spring may have stumbled upon a curious exhibit in MuseumExpo—a set of cases (generously lent by Gaylord) filled with artifacts documenting the time travel expeditions of the Pinky Show cats.

 
 

You may be familiar with Kim’s interest in museums (documented in this wickedly accurate Pinky Show episode.) These recent expeditions resulted from Kim's desire to see how museums develop in the future.

While not formally trained in futurism, the cats caught on fast to the fundamental principles of our practice:

“One of the things we noticed when we first started time-traveling” reports Pinky, “was that often there seemed to be no obvious connections between the various moments-in-time we visited. In fact, many of the futures we experienced seemed wildly different - sometimes even apparently ‘opposite’ - from each other, even when separated by only a few years. We later learned ... that the reason for this is that the future, as it relates to the present, only exists as an infinite array of possibilities fanning outward.”

This is great description of what futurists call the Cone of Plausibility (depicting the range of possible futures diverging from the present.)

 
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Pinky and company visited six museums at times ranging from 2028 to 2098. Being thorough researchers, they checked out the cafes and gift shops and observed how people use museums in the future. They discover both bright futures (where people hang out in the museum 24/7, “doing their own thing” 365 days a year), and dark futures (characterized by an over reliance on blockbuster exhibits, safe predictable programming and “edutainment.”)

I particularly like their interviews with cats they encountered in their travels, (Section V: 2028-2098 Voices from the Future). Margarita-cat offered (will offer?) the following words of wisdom: “You don’t have to be in a position of power in order to do good in this world. But you must be fearless... What does a fearless museum-worker look like?” Good question, and one I will think about a lot.

There are many ways to explore the future, and this was a pretty interesting experiment. I hope you check out the report—as Pinky says, “perhaps the diversity of artifacts presented here will serve as a reminder that a positive future can only be what we are willing to desire and fight for.”

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Download & read the document here: The Pinky Show Future Museums Report: Some notes on our time-traveling expeditions, 2028-2098. (1.8 MB, PDF file)

Future Museum Report now available

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Pinky finally finished putting the report together, it is available here.

What amazes me is that she took two months to put together a 24-page report whereas it took yours truly only 40 days to design & build A FULLY FUNCTIONAL TIME-TRAVEL MACHINE AND LUGGAGE POD.

Bunny

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[ note from Pinky: We'll see if my report lasts longer than a month before it falls apart though. ]

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kim: bunny next time since your time-machine is not working any more can you please build it bigger because this one was really cramped inside.

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Bunny: We would've had more room if somebody didn't beg me to install a coffee machine in it...

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kim: sorry.

Pinky Show comics?

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Hi everybody! I'm going to throw an opinion question out there.

A few months ago the people at FUSE magazine (www.fusemagazine.org) asked us if we'd like to contribute a cartoon to their magazine. Of course we said YES because I read FUSE magazine and I like it a lot (yes, I really do have a subscription). Well, our first comic finally came out in the current issue - Volume 33 Number 3 for those of you who want to look for it at the magazine store - and wow, it is really neat to have a Pinky Show comic. We are on the last page. And not to pat ourselves on the head too much (because that's bad manners, right?) but we like the way it came out and I can imagine doing all kinds of neat things in a comic format!

So... Bunny and I have been talking a lot about comics and how that might actually be a better format for the Pinky Show than videos. Basically we just think it's a lot more do-able. There's certain things we can do in videos that probably wouldn't translate well to a comic strip format, but the opposite is true too. And anyway, producing animated educational videos is really not a two-cat operation and we just haven't been able to figure out how to sustain our project financially by making free videos & art. We have many thousands of fans but precious few supporters - on a good week we might receive one or two donations, which isn't nearly enough to pay for food, electricity, equipment, and stuff like that. So we need to figure out a different way of doing things if we want to keep putting stuff out there.

So here's the question: What do you folks think about The Pinky Show changing formats to comics? It might help us to expand our audience (if we could get it into college newspapers or whatever) and maybe a year or two from now, when we have enough comics, we could put them all together and sell them in a book, which might bring in some income (well, we hope - I'm not even sure if people still buy books...). We might still put out a video once in a while - "whenever possible" - but for now we have to figure out a way to survive, and don't human beings like to read comics?

What do you think? Stupid idea? Any feedback would be appreciated.

Take care,
pinky

No Pinky Show store at the moment...

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Announcement: We've closed the Pinky Show store. We did that because right now Bunny and I are working hard to build a permanent studio.

Details: Since we started this project five years ago, we've been making all our Pinky Show stuff in a cramped, dimly-lit, unruly mess of old computers, semi-functional audio equipment, tangled cables, crumpled/trampled scripts, etc. etc... arrgh, what a nightmare. Well, finally I had a nervous breakdown (or something like it) and after throwing my "I CAN'T TAKE THIS MESS ANY MORE!!!" mini-tantrum I asked Bunny to shut down the store so that we could have some time to focus on cleaning up. Hopefully in a few weeks we'll have a less crazy (and depressing) work environment to work in. So that's what we're doing at the moment. Well, actually we're still doing Pinky Show work (that stuff never really stops) but the work-space cleaning/rebuilding is the main reason why the store is closed now.

Oh, by the way, for those of you who were on the verge of ordering a Pinky Show t-shirt or some other item, we apologize for the unexpected wait. We're planning to open a new Pinky Show store after we have things cleaned up and organized around here - my guess is (I'm not good at guessing timetables)... sometime during September?

The new Pinky Show store will be at:

www.pinkyandbunny.com

We'll make an announcement here when it's open. Oh, and it will have some new stuff in it too!

Please take care,
pinky

AIM sends Pinky Show a letter

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Couldn't believe this letter we received yesterday:

"From: American Indian Movement
To: Pinky, Daisy et al:
The San Francisco chapter of the American Indian Movement (AIM) would like to commend your work for its insightful, innovative, and broad-scoped examination and criticism of current human power structures.
AIM would also like to applaud the Pinky Show for its consistent attention to Indigenous issues and current struggles. We believe that open-minded dialogue and exchange between the empowered European colonial culture and the indigenous and non-human cultures of the world is critical to our common survival.
Yours in struggle,
Mark Anquoe
AIM-West
http://www.aimwest.info "

Wow. AIM is one of those organizations that has been a huge inspiration to us, so it was more than a little weird (but in a fabulous way) to get such a nice letter from them. Still can't believe it.

Bunny

Pinky Show at the Berlin Biennale

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We've finally arrived home safely from Berlin. We did a lecture-type thing to a bunch of young curators from all over the world on the subject of failure. It was a good lecture, then we wished them much failure and departed. I ate quite a few sausages while I was there. The beer was fantastic. Special thanks to Rhea Dall and Ana Janevski for providing us with airplane tickets and a lovely motel, with the most delicious bread, in Berlin-Mitte. Also big hug and kisses to our friend and comrade Bojana Piskur from Radical Education Collective, Ljubljana, and art warriors Etcétera from Buenos Aries, errorists extraordinaire. Last but not least, a very special thank you to our old friends Harry & Yana, for taking care of us like we are really your kittens, thank you, we love you very much.

Bunny & Pinky

Pinky Show at American Association of Museums Expo

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We just dismantled our installation and interviewing station at the American Association of Museums' giant annual conference/trade show/extravaganza-thing in Los Angeles. We're tired but happy with the results. It may take us a few weeks but as soon as we find the time we'll convert our installation into some kind of internet-friendly format so that everybody can see what we did.

Next week we are off to Berlin, to do a presentation at the Berlin Biennale.

Bunny

Mimi Has Kitten

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Mimi is now a mommy. Kitten Zoe was born today; welcome to this world! I asked Mimi if it was really painful and she said "not really". She made just one kitten, and she is very cute. So now we are all aunties!

Bunny

Three new videos from Daisy

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Our friend Daisy has been in Hawaii for the past several months doing research. In his spare time, sometimes Daisy documents talks and stuff, which is great because usually he sends us the video afterwards. He shoots, we edit and post. So, we now have three new videos posted for you to enjoy in the Pinky Presents area:

Donna Haraway on the movie  Avatar .

Donna Haraway on the movie Avatar.

Sunsara Taylor on the oppression of women and the need for revolution.

Sunsara Taylor on the oppression of women and the need for revolution.

Greg Grandin on the Tea Party movement and American Exceptionalism.

Greg Grandin on the Tea Party movement and American Exceptionalism.

 

If you find any of this stuff useful, please support our work. We (Daisy included) are broke.

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[ update: these videos are no longer available. ]