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Marc interviews Tess Quixote and Etienne Lantier from the University for Strategic Optimism. University for Strategic Optimism have formed a university based on the principal of free and open education, a return of politics to the public, and the politicisation of public space.
As university buildings are boarded up their flexible and critical group physically inhabit banks and shopping outlets as public spaces for open debate; using these public areas as places for introductory lectures to their "course entitled 'Higher Education, Neo-Liberalism and the State'." http://universityforstrategicoptimism.wordpress.com
Two recent examples of their recent public, interventionist lectures can be found on Youtube, Lloyds TSB, London Bridge and Tesco Superstore Old Kent Road, London.
Irini & Jonathan interview Nicola Schauerman & Tim Pickup of Genetic Moo.
Genetic Moo since 2006, have worked on a series of interactive video installations which have been presented at a number of UK venues, including the De La Warr Pavilion. One of the works, Becoming Starfish, received a John Lansdown Award for Interactive Digital Art at Eurographics 2007. http://www.geneticmoo.com
Nicola Schauerman graduated with an MA from the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University in 2006. She is the founding member of the art group Genetic Moo, who have presented work at numerous British venues including the Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, Exploding Cinema, Area10 and the Bargehouse, and at international film festivals in Venice, Munich and New York. Nicola has taught film and video production in Further Education since 2000.
Tim Pickup has worked in multi-media art and programming for over 10 years. He has produced short films, games and toys for the internet, electronic music and radio programmes. He received an MA in Digital Arts from Camberwell College of Arts in 2009.