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Global Lives Project is coming to San Francisco State University!

Global Lives Project is Proud to announce a new collaboration! We will be presenting 20 videos from 17 countries over the course of three weeks at the Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery at San Francisco State University. 

Our films feature 24 hours of unedited footage of the day in the life of people from countries such as Brazil, Malawi, Colombia, Korea, Nepal, Indonesia, Spain and more! 

Be sure to join us for our exhibit’s opening reception on Thursday October 23 from 5-8PM.  Come celebrate Global Lives, have some delicious food, raise a glass and hear Executive Director, David Evan Harris, speak about the making of Global Lives! 

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Find out more on Global Lives Facebook Page.

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Global Lives is coming to the Media Arts Center @ Palo Alto High School!

FREE with RSVP

Come join the Global Lives Project to celebrate the grand opening of the Media Arts Center at Palo Alto High School on October 17. We will be featuring the lives of seventeen people on twenty screens throughout the media center, running continuously for 24 hours. Come view never before seen footage from our latest collection called Lives in Transit. Come out for an evening of food, drink and film and learn about Global Lives’ latest projects! Like us on our Facebook page See you on October 17!

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Global Lives and OneBeatSF Event @ Public Works on October 15!

We are happy to announce it’s time for another amazing Global Wednesday event! On 10/15 at Public Works, we are teaming with Found Sound Nation to present OneBeatSF: a unique music-media event. This collaboration will feature live performances by artists and musicians from around the globe, DJ sets, and Global Lives Project video installations of never before seen Lives in Transit footage.

$10 Donation at the door, cash bar and dancing! Come out and party for a great cause!
Spread the word and RSVP on Facebook.

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On the Future of Language with Global Lives and Long Now

“The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.

On the Future of Language with Long Now and Global Lives

Experts estimate that a language disappears every 14 days. At this rate, 90 percent of the world’s languages will no longer be spoken by the end of this century, and over 7000 languages will have fallen silent and with them vast knowledge and rich cultural heritage will be lost.

Linguistic diversity and biodiversity are closely linked and both are declining at unprecedented rates. Increased awareness of the problem has led to new efforts to document and preserve these languages and cultures.  David Evan Harris (Executive Director of Global Lives) and Long Now Foundation’s Dr. Laura Welcher (Director of the Rosetta Project) present a special program about Endangered Languages with very special guest Mandana Seyfeddinipur (SOAS, University of London) for this Interval salon talk:

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July 22, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm – On the Future of Language with Long Now and Global Lives

Special guest Mandana Seyfeddinipur, one of the foremost experts working to save endangered languages in her role at the The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project at the SOAS, University of London, joins Long Now’s Laura Welcher and Global Lives’ David Evan Harris to talk about the importance of documenting and sustaining these languages and how the Global Lives / Global Voices project hopes to be part of the effort.

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Seeing Asia {Global Wednesday} FREE happy hour, music & panel

How do we see Asia? Join us for an exploration of the ways in which film and media shape our understanding of Asia and Asian culture, both in the US and globally. A panel discussion will feature leading journalists and filmmakers who bring their diverse perspectives to this complex topic. This event is a collaboration of the Asia Society Northern California Young Professional’s Group and the Global Lives Project.

The panel will be presented against the backdrop of a Global Lives Project 12-screen video installation featuring video of daily life in Kazakhstan, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, South Korea, Vietnam, Nepal and Turkey. Complete the experience with pop-up asian cuisine for dinner, cash bar and live music.

5:00 to 6:30pm – Happy hour & live Balinese Flute performance by Ken Worthy on Suling

6:30 to 7:30pm – Panel Discussion

7:00 to 9:00pm – Food, Music and Networking

This is a 21+ event. Drinks available for purchase at a cash bar.

Panelists:

Mary Kay Magistad, (moderator) former East Asia correspondent, The World
Masashi Niwano, Festival & Exhibitions Director, Center for Asian American Media

Naomi Ture, filmmaker, Global Lives Project

More panelists soon!

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This event is part of Global Wednesdays, a Global Lives Project initiative designed to spark discussions about global citizenship, new media, and film education. Global Wednesdays are set against the backdrop of immersive, multi-screen video installations that showcase footage from the daily lives of individuals around the world.

 

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Photos by David Harris (top: Folsom Street Foundry) & Antonius Riva Setiawan (bottom: Global Lives shoot in Sarimukti Village, Indonesia)
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SPECIAL SCREENING: Global Lives/Global Voices at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Via the National Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian’s Recovering Voices Program and Global Lives Project, has brought together an interdisciplinary group of anthropologists, linguists, archivists, and indigenous and non-indigenous filmmakers to explore the creation of a series of 24-hour films focused on endangered language communities around the world. The format of 24 continuous hours is based on the work of the Global Lives Project, which is building an open collection of video footage that features one day in the lives of individuals around the world. Global Lives films are developed in sets of ten around a particular theme, with participants selected to broadly represent current global demographics.

Join us in for an introduction to the Global Lives Project and a viewing of some short works by filmmakers invited to participate.

Global Lives: A Video Library of Life Experience
2014, 3 min.
United States, Documentary

The Global Lives Project is a video library of life experience, designed to cultivate empathy across cultures. We curate an ever-expanding collection of films that faithfully capture 24 continuous hours in the lives of individuals from around the world. We explore the diversity of human experience through the medium of video, and encourage discussion, reflection, and inquiry about the wide variety of cultures, ethnicities, languages, and religions on this planet. Our goal is to foster empathy and cross-cultural understanding.

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Because of Who I Am
2011, 4 min.
United States, Documentary, Experimental
Director: Marcella Ernest (Ojibwe)

A San Francisco artist and skateboarder challenges stereotypes of Native women with her painting, and with her own childhood when she took up fancy dancing, a style generally reserved for men. Film still pictured above. Courtesy of the filmmaker.
El Reloj/The Watch
2013, 6 min.
United States/Mexico, Narrative Fiction
Director: Yolanda Cruz (Chatino)

Like every Sunday morning, a Zapotec grandfather comes to the city of Oaxaca to visit his granddaughter for a day. Their ritual consists of attending mass and window-shopping throughout the city, but on this particular Sunday, things take a different turn when they pass by a stand selling watches.

Finding Our Talk: Chitimacha
2009, 24 min.
Canada, Documentary
Director: Michelle Smith (Métis)
The Chitimacha Nation of Charenton, Louisiana partners with Rosetta Stone, a language learning software company, to create teaching aids for a language that has no fluent speakers. Piecing together the language from old, wax cylinder recordings, this 1,000 member strong community is relying on its determination and thriving cultural identity to awaken the Chitimacha language from its long slumber.

Additional work by filmmaker, Martin Maden.

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IFTF Gallery for the Future hosts Global Lives popup exhibit

Via Institute for the Future

RTEmagicC_galleryforthefuture_feature_sml.jpg The IFTF Gallery for the Future at 201 Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto presents the work of multi-disciplinary artists who engage with temporality through new media tools and creative approaches to design and aesthetic production. Our rotating exhibits will relate to the same futures themes that we approach through our research and labs. IFTF is thrilled to present our inaugural exhibit, a collection of video works by the Global Lives Project, produced from 2004 to 2014.

Artist’s Statement

Framed by the arc of the day and conveyed through the intimacy of video, we have slowly and faithfully captured 24 continuous hours in the lives of twenty people from around the world. They are screened here in their own right, but also in relation to one another.

There is no narrative other than that which is found in the composition of everyday life, no overt interpretations other than that which you may bring to it.

By extending the long take to a certain extreme and infusing it with the spirit of cinema verité, we invite audiences to confer close attention onto other worlds, and simultaneously reflect upon their own. The force and depth of human difference and similarity are revealed in this process. Gaps which mark cultural divides feel, at once, both wider and narrower. This sense—that we, as humans, are both knowable and unknowable, fundamentally different as well as the same—opens a space for dialogue.

Sometimes projects with the simplest premises are the most complicated to execute, and this can be said for Global Lives.

Hundreds of volunteers from around the world make up our collective. Some are filmmakers and photographers, others are programmers and engineers, some are architects and designers, others are students and scholars—all are everyday people in their own contexts; each has participated according to his or her own motivations. They have donated, quite literally, thousands of hours towards bringing this project into being. This installation offers us an opportunity to thank them, along with the generous communities that collaborated with us in each of these shoots.

This project is designed to remain a work-in-progress. Volunteers are subtitling all 480 hours of footage in their original languages and translating them into English and beyond. These videos for the basis of our online, participatory library of human life experience—the other major venue for our work. We continue to accept new footage for our expanding archive—fresh additions to an evolving visual conversation.

The Global Lives Collective, 2014

 

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Global Wednesdays – Maker Cities Edition

What would your city look like if everyone had a do-it-yourself maker mindset?

Find out at Global Wednesday – Maker Cities edition!

The Institute for the Future and the Global Lives Project invite you to a celebration of Maker Cities and urban innovation at San Francisco’s Folsom Street Foundry surrounded by videos of Global Lives’ newest exhibition, Lives in Transit and demos of the Maker Cities game.

A maker city is a place where citizens come up with solutions to urban challenges—and do something about it. In a maker city, residents create energy while exercising at the local gym or help make decisions with micro-voting platforms. Grab a drink and share your ideas for urban creativity and civic engagement!

SIGN UP HERE!

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Institute for the Future is a nonprofit research group based in Palo Alto, California, whose mission is to encourage and equip individuals, organizations, and communities with tools to think systematically about the future. As an early prototype of an online multimedia conversation platform for global makers, IFTF’s Technology Horizons program developed a lightweight crowdsourcing site, Maker Cities, that asks the public, “How will your city be a Maker City in 2025?” Built with repurposed open-source software originally designed for post-disaster mapping, Maker Cities is the first such platform to quickly capture makers’ on-the-ground signals and future visions for more participatory Maker Cities. Play the game at makercities.net!

Join us April 16th at The Folsom Street Foundry, 1425 Folsom St.

Program:

5pm – 6:30pm: Happy Hour & Maker Cities game demos.

6:30 – 7:15pm: Panel Discussion – Speaker TBC

7:15 – 9:00pm: More drinking & game demos!

The event will be part of Global Wednesdays, a Global Lives Project initiative intended to spark discussions about global citizenship, new media, and film education. Global Wednesdays take place at the historic Folsom Street Foundry, set against the backdrop of an immersive, multi-screen video installation that showcases footage from the daily lives of individuals around the world.

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Please note that this is a 21+ event. Drinks will be available for purchase at a cash bar.

About co-sponsorships:

If you are interested in becoming a co-sponsor or community partner for this event, please contact david@globallives.org.

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Global Lives Exhibit Opening at Gateway Middle School

Gateway Middle School and the Global Lives Project invite the Bay Area community to celebrate our exhibit opening on Thursday, April 10, from 3:30-5:00pm. Guests will step into our 8-screen, immersive video installation in Envision Academy’s central courtyard. The exhibit features unedited footage of the daily lives of people from Kazakhstan, Brazil, Lebanon, South Korea, Malawi, Indonesia, Spain and Japan.

Tuesday, April 15th – 3:30 to 5pm

Global Lives Exhibit Opening at Gateway Middle School

The Global Lives Project documents 24 continuous hours in the lives of everyday people around the world. These videos are shown in exhibits and also part of our online video library of life experience at globallives.org

The exhibition is supported by generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Global Lives videos have been previously exhibited around the world, including at the United Nations University, the Smithsonian, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring the exhibit to Gateway Middle School this month.

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Bring the exhibit to your school:

To bring the Global Lives Project to your school, please contact david@globallives.org

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Global Lives Exhibit Opening at Envision Academy

Envision Academy and the Global Lives Project invite the Bay Area community to celebrate our exhibit opening on Thursday, April 10, from 5-8pm. Guests will step into our 8-screen, immersive video installation in Envision Academy’s central courtyard. The exhibit features unedited footage of the daily lives of people from Kazakhstan, Brazil, Lebanon, South Korea, Malawi, Indonesia, Spain and Japan..

Thursday, April 10th – 5 to 8pm

Global Lives Exhibit Opening at Envision Academy.

The Global Lives Project documents 24 continuous hours in the lives of everyday people around the world. These videos are shown in exhibits and also part of our online video library of life experience at globallives.org

The exhibition is supported by generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Global Lives videos have been previously exhibited around the world, including at the United Nations University, the Smithsonian, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring the exhibit to Envision Academy this month.

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Bring the exhibit to your school:

To bring the Global Lives Project to your school, please contact david@globallives.org

 

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