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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away

English summaryDuring the 1990's, Sweden is kind of epic in several ways. Among many things, Sweden suffers from it's worst economic crisis since the 1930's. In Umeå, a city located at the north eastern coast of Sweden, teens are increasingly starting up band's, especially in the hardcore music genre.The new music style is merging with straight edge, veg*nism and the animal rights movement and forms something rather unique in it's creativity and strong statements.The multitude of bands rehearses and perfoms in kitchens, at indoor school sport halls and the citys youth recreation centers, with it's central hub called The Galaxy. Even the Hare Krishna movement is a strong influencer in what will make the city famous nationwide as a ve*gan-animal-rights stronghold, and worldwide as the most important European hardcore city, with bands like Refused and Abhinanda at the very front.But as these movements intensify and grow larger in popularity among the youth and local media features images of 12-year old's stage diving and the unconventional mosh pit's, tables start to turn. As the Galaxy is packed each concert with a maximum attendece of 550 people going wild, and at several occasions hosts even the largest bands from USA, it's clear […]
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Dolly & the Gelatin King

IntroductionThe omnipresence of the moving image, would never have been possible without the forced and extensive use of the non human animal through countless millenia, which exploded during the last century, mainly through the main vectors of war and film. Today, technology has advanced its positions even further, and extended its reach into the animal through genetic alteration. The human animal is in a movement of transforming all life, including itself, into still images set in motion.An illusion of natural movement. An illusion of life.Book excerptsp. 2The illusion of movement Why is the moving image, as seen in film, tv and computergames, so mesmerizing? Is it because of the illusion of movement or the light that it often projects more or less directly at the viewer? Or is it the ability of fooling with our perception, making us dwell and almost completely disappear into those other worlds, fabricated or "real"? Still images and especially moving images and the technology associated whith it, is closely related with war, as Paul Virilio so eloquently points out in his work.(1) To mention just a few examples: The similarity of the camera and the firearm and their common terminology. The need for light to […]
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