It's not the First Amendment for nothing. We're highlighting ways
people are using their freedom of expression and other liberties.
Well, I've certainly never emailed anything that I wouldn't be comfortable sharing with the entire world, and I'm sure you haven't either. But for those less discreet, it's alarming that the National Security Agency apparently captures a copy of every email ever, according to whistleblower William Binney. Think about it: every candid remark, dumb joke, declaration of love, surprising revelation, and pic ever shared or overshared with family, friends, or friends with benefits--accessible to someone else, being used for who knows what, with no independent oversight. As we always say, freedom is more fun--but sometimes all trace of it should go away, or at least stay private. For more on the unremitting assault on the privacy upon which so much freedom and fun depend, see privacySOS.org. -CO
"From Nothing, Something" is a documentary on the creative process, making its public debut this weekend as part of Boston's Independent Film Festival and featuring interviews with people including celebrity chefs, cancer researchers, novelist Tom Perrotta, musician Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara, and even a Hollywood creature designer. The documentary itself is the creation of director Tim Cawley, of Boston-based ad agency Hill Holliday, in collaboration with Boston's Brickyard VFX. As one participant says, "[T]he production of things that make no sense and that will be brought into the world to make sense only later, not knowing how or when, is very exciting." Sunday, April 29, 5:30pm, 79 minutes, Somerville Theatre. -CO
Meet ten new novelists next Thursday when Boston creative writing center Grub Street hosts a Novel Incubator Showcase for the students of a 2011-2012 pilot program taught by instructors Lisa Borders and Michelle Hoover. A Q&A with refreshments will follow brief readings from each participant's work. May 3, 6:30-8:30pm, Grub Street, 162 Boylston Street, 5th Floor, free and open to the public. -CO
Money is the name of a new Cambridge night from DJs Salim Akram and Nate Bluhm, making a monthly Thursday debut on May 3 at Naga in Central Square (450 Mass Ave) and promising "funk, soul, motown, 80s & 90s and Hip-Hop." Its creators have drawn hundreds to other events. -CO
If you're looking for something that will change your perspective on "extreme" weather and art's capacity to make sense of it, check out To Extremes: Public Art in a Changing World. Art based on natural disasters and climate change may not be the first thing you associate with the mechanical and mathematical genius of MIT, but the exhibit is showing in the Maseeh Hall Lobby through this weekend.
From the MIT Calendar site:
"Nine artists and designers envision public artworks exploring extreme events and climate change, inspired by recent scientific findings. Winner Sam Jury's proposal is to create a public display of otherworldly video works that would respond in real time to live extreme weather events." -DR
Speaking of extreme, Boston Phoenix writer Maddy Myers recently interviewed Edmund McMillen, one of the stars of Indie Game: The Movie, a documentary about independent game developers who are unafraid to use the power of provocative themes and boundary-pushing subject matter to get their ideas across. McMillen is one of the most controversial of all game designers, having just made an adventure game that deals with abortion, not to mention a 2008 game about genital mutilation that he intended to be so offensive that it would spell career suicide. It's a fascinating read, whether you game or you're just interested in provocative work. -DR
CO = Christopher Ott, ACLUm Communications Director
DR = Danielle Riendeau, ACLUm Online Communications Coordinator
Freedom is more fun!
What creative, provocative, controversial forms of First Amendment expression--and other fun uses of freedom--are we missing? Tell us now.