Monday, 30 April 2012

The famous DJ Laz returns to the radio airwaves on Spanish Broadcasting System's, LA'S # 1 PARTY STATION™, KXOL-FM 96.3 in Los Angeles, California.

---History in the making! For the first time, Miami's # 1 Radio personality hosts a morning radio show in Los Angeles, California---

---DJ Laz, a veteran of the Miami airwaves and a Magic City institution, joins LA's # 1 Party Station™ KXOL in Los Angeles, on 96.3FM starting Monday, May 14th, 2012---

---LA's # 1 Party Station™ is now the home of the DJ Laz Morning Show---

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Tupac's "Live" Performance Will Bring Back More Dead Artists.

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke marvels at the technology that brought Tupac back to life.
The lifelike image of Tupac Shakur performing onstage at Coachella was a game-changing moment in the music industry. Dr. Dre and the Port St. Lucie-based company that helped him create it deserve props. Judging from the viral reaction on YouTube, it's obvious music fans want more.
So it's no surprise that Digital Domain Media's stock has skyrocketed by 50 percent since the show. The Wall Street Journal even reported there might be a national tour with "hologram" Tupac.
The families of many dead artists might soon begin using that technology to generate new revenue. We could be seeing Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain in concert. Meanwhile, living artists will work harder to make their performances even more spectacular. They'll take their tours more seriously.
It could spill over into sports too. One day there might be a matchup between Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson using this technology. We may no longer have to imagine an NBA Finals featuring the Los Angeles Lakers of the '80s versus the Chicago Bulls of the '90s. We'll be able to see it.
We could even use the technology to teach children history. The late movie producer George Jackson, who made New Jack City, once envisioned using holograms to bring back to life great African-Americans such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Heck, the technology has been around for a long time. Walt Disney World's and Disney's Hollywood Studios' rides the Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror use the same technique -- projecting an image onto a mirrored screen -- that was used to bring Tupac to life.
But too much technology can backfire. The Tupac image, which I saw last week on video, reminded me of the 2002 movie S1m0ne, in which a director, played by Al Pacino, uses a computer program to create a virtual actress to star in his film. The creation spirals out of control and Pacino's character ends up getting arrested for murdering his holographic thespian. It's a cautionary tale about what happens when we let technology take control of our lives.
That's the downside. You don't want to mess too much with reality.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Friday, 6 April 2012

Jillian Mayer wants you to delete the Internet.

The Miami performance artist envisions the end of the web as we know it.

It's no secret that Jillian Mayer owes her performance-art career, brief yet bizarre as it is, to the Internet.
Responsible for last summer's "I Am Your Grandma," a 60-second outrĂ© art video filled with grotesque baby faces, costumes and a firm resolve to freak out her unborn grandchildren, the Miami artist saw the clip go viral on YouTube (with 1.5 million views and counting). The Guggenheim Museum in New York even handpicked Mayer's 2010 video "Scenic Jogging" – in which she unsuccessfully chases a series of projected computer screensavers down the nighttime streets of Wynwood – for its biennial show "YouTube Play." Earlier this year, Mayer debuted the short film "Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke," about 2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell, at the Sundance Film Festival and at South by Southwest.
And yet, all these accolades make Mayer's newest art project at the Bass Museum of Art, the web-based "Erasey Page," seem a bit ironic. Boasting just a keyboard and a widescreen monitor, the lone installation purports to hand the user, with a stroke of said keyboard, the ability to destroy the Internet page by page.
Uh, why?
"I don't know. Because you forgot what outside looks like?" says the Miami 27-year-old, reached earlier this week by email. "Actually having the power to delete the most-powerful thing that exists in media exchange is extremely intense. I know many of us constantly wonder how different our lives and experiences would be if the Internet stopped existing."
For "Erasey Page," Mayer collaborated with Miami-based graphic designer Eric Schoenborn, who helped design and code the project. Users who interact with the installation are greeted by Mayer as a "pop-up spokesmodel," who urges them to live a happier, Internet-free lifestyle by punching in a random website of their choice for "deletion." Afterward, Mayer applauds the user for "enjoying a less-computer-interactive and a more-real-time reactive lifestyle."
"Realistically, I don't think it will deter people from their Internet usage," Mayer says. "But hopefully, people may examine their allotted time that they spend on the web. Or maybe they will consider the web ending. Or if they would take the plunge to deleting if they had the power to."
Like most of her performance art, "Erasey Page" tackles themes of reality vs. artifice and human interactions with technology, both notions, she says, that were spun from too many hours weaning herself on scripted family sitcoms such as "Full House" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
"The actor, the script, the easy-to-fix 24-minute problem. TV was my learning system," says Mayer, who earned her BFA at Florida International University. "Now, that has shifted to the Internet for most young people, and that is why I have so much interest in it. "
Still, she believes "Erasey Page" isn't "against the Internet."
"The Internet is a playground for me and my work. As far as my videos, I don't think they would exist without the Internet, because they are based on Internet-related themes," Mayer says. "I provide the chance for people to take part in something by freeing themselves from the Internet – mainly, the distractions of the Internet."

Monday, 2 April 2012