Workshops by Gerry Fialka are detailed at the Workshops page on www.indiespace.com/pxlthis<>Workshop by Gerry Fialka and Robert Dobbs: >
ANDROID MEME Via FINNEGANS WAKE-
The Paramedia Vortex Refuses To Die
Media Ecologist Gerry Fialka will discuss the science fiction of James Joyce's FINNEGANS WAKE (1939) and how he actually invented what became the Internet and disquised it as a book. In live cellular dialogue with McLuhan archivist and author ROBERT DOBBS, Marshall McLuhan and Joyce will be probed as Menippean musicians scoring the global theater. Percept plunder for the recent future. "FINNEGANS WAKE is an encyclopedia of lore concerning the origins and effects of words, of writing, of roads and bricks, of telegraph, radio, and television on the changing hues of the human spectrum...In fact, FINNEGANS WAKE is the greatest guide to the media ever devised on this planet, and is a tremendous study of the action of all media upon the human psyche and sensorium. It's difficult to read, but it's worth it." -McLuhan.
ROBERT DOBBS, poet and politician, is a seminal lecturer on Joyce and McLuhan. He was the hit of last year's McLuhan International Festival of the Future in Toronto, and his appearances at Columbia University, University of Toronto among others have generated fresh new insights and new metaphors. He was born in Paris in 1922 and after World War Two worked with international intelligence agencies for many decades. He surfaced in 1987 on CKLN-FM in Toronto and began whistle-blowing. Two interpretations of Dobbs are circulating in the popular media: one is through the Church of the SubGenius that Dobbs inspired in 1978 in Dallas; the other is on two CDs, Bob's Media Ecology and Bob's Media Ecology Squared, put out in 1992 by Time Again Productions, early students of Marshall McLuhan. The best presentation of Dobbs' work is in his book, Phatic Communion with Bob Dobbs. Today, he travels the world explaining the Android Meme, and the tracings of these activities are featured at http://www.fivebodied.com/project and http://www.fivebodied.com
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GERRY FIALKA, media ecologist, film curator, writer & lecturer, has conducted interactive workshops from UCLA to MIT, from the Ann Arbor Film Festival to Culver City High School. Fialka gave two major lectures at The 2001 North America James Joyce Conference at UC Berkeley. His public interview series MESS (Media Ecology Super Sessions), with the likes of Mike Kelley, Alexis Smith, Abraham Polonsky, Mary Woronov, Paul Krassner, Norman Klein, Chris Kraus, P. Adams Sitney, Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, Kristine McKenna among many others, began in 1997 and continues to grow. His MARSHALL McLUHAN-FINNEGANS WAKE Reading Club (www.jesgrew.org/wake/) has explored media and literature at the Venice Public Library since 1995. His PXL THIS film festival (www.indiespace.com/pxlthis) celebrates its 15th year in 2005. Film Threat's Chris Gore deemed PXL THIS one of the ten best video festivals. Fialka's DOCUMENTAL series at Midnight Special, the oldest political bookstore in the world, ran for 8 years, and was praised as "L.A.'s pre-eminent documentary and experimental film showcase...the holy grail"-LA WEEKLY. In RES magazine, Holly Willis declared Gerry Fialka the "Los Angeles-based independent media hero." In the Independent Film & Video Monthly, Willis proclaimed Fialka an "exemplary devotee of cinema. Thanks to Fialka's penchant for the weird and wild, L.A. gets to see material we wouldn't otherwise." The LA TIMES calls Fialka "the multi-media Renaissance man." His 7 DUDLEY CINEMA series (www.81x.com/7dudley/cinema) continues the tradition of DOCUMENTAL at Sponto Gallery in Venice, where the beats used to read poetry (Venice West Cafe). Fialka has worked for Frank Zappa (for nearly ten years as an archivist), George Carlin and Filmex. He has interviewed the likes of Carla Bley, Horace Silver, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, George Clinton, Paul Plimley, Oscar Brown Jr, Ben Watson, Craig Baldwin among others for AMASS magazine, LA Jazz Scene, Jazz News, Bird, Flipside, and PACIFICA's KPFK radio.