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The digital era’s new challenge: industrial-scale violation of creatives’ copyrightSDk Updates ->

Fri 30 Nov, 2012.

We now know what it’s like to have our copyright violated: the SDk01 feature article by editor Daryl Champion, “Twenty years later: Mapplethorpe, art and politics”, has been copied, altered (to the article’s detriment), and republished on a university-hosted web page by an academic. And not just any academic, but none other than a full professor and head of department.

The university happens to be in America, but it could have been anywhere. There are lessons to be learned here, by us as well as any publisher or self-publisher. But before we go on to the bigger picture we’d like to say a little more about the violation of SomethingDark’s copyright, although we can’t reveal any details while communication with the offenders is ongoing....Read more

Introducing Lisa Furness: capturing the essence of place and timeLatest News ->

Fri 19 Oct, 2012.

Introducing Lisa Furness: capturing the essence of place and time
<i>LSD Staircase</i> by Lisa Furness.

Lisa Furness is our featured photographer for SomethingDark no. 3, and in this short item for SDk Latest News, she provides a preview of the ambitious project in Spain that she will commence in the new year. She has just returned from a “recce” visit to Barcelona, where she shot a short pilot series of images at a squat in central Barcelona known as La Pansa. ...Read more

An extreme law, ‘pornography’ and another tabloid debacleLatest News ->

Fri 10 Aug, 2012.

by Daryl Champion

It’s not often we consider posting a blog-style personal commentary in SomethingDark’s Latest News section, but we have a special case with the trial of Simon Walsh, who had to defend himself in court over the last week and a half against charges of possession of “extreme” pornographic imagery under England’s Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (CJIA 2008). It is sections 63–68 of this act, known unaffectionately as “the extreme porn law”, that criminalises the simple possession of images unclearly referred to as “extreme”....Read more

‘Possession and Control’: A photographic story of identity lost and creative progressionLatest News ->

Fri 22 Jun, 2012.

‘Possession and Control’: A photographic story of identity lost and creative progression

Dutch photographer Jenny Boot has produced a new series of work that conjures scenes of an eerie beauty. The series, “Possession and Control”, revisits some of her earlier influences – thematically fetishistic, and aesthetically reminiscent of the “Blue” series – but that also showcases an eye honed in her later fashion work.

According to Jenny, the series tells a story of possession and the loss of identity, as if something beyond humanity is controlling and leading us. Surrendering to this control is a concept she finds reassuring, and it can, she says, be exercised (or depicted) in science fiction, and also in BDSM-inspired imagery....Read more

Steve Keen confounds conventional thinking on continuing economic crisisLatest News ->

Thurs 07 June, 2012.

Steve Keen, a professor of economics and finance at the University of Western Sydney and one of only a handful of economists to predict the global financial crisis of 2007–08, tangibly confounded conventional thinking on the economy in an interview broadcast on BBC Radio 4 last Monday night, 4 June. The interview, conducted before an audience at the London School of Economics, appeared to leave the BBC, interview host Paul Mason (the economics editor for BBC 2 television’s “Newsnight” programme), and some members of the audience struggling to grasp Keen’s comprehensive demolition of mainstream economic theory.

Introduced as “controversial”, “radical”, and of having acquired “a cult following”, Keen explained how neoclassical (or “mainstream”) economists responsible for the dominant theories that govern our national economies ignore the role of money, banks and debt in their modelling. He convincingly argued that ignoring these three factors cannot produce realistic models of our economic system, which explains why most economists were blind to even the potential of a financial crisis such as the one triggered by the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008....Read more

SDk’s editor for North America interviewed on internet radioSDk Updates ->

Wed 06 June, 2012.

SomethingDark webMagazine’s editor for North America, Marilyn Jaye Lewis, was interviewed last week on “The Art of Dreaming”, the internet radio show hosted by American writer Michael Hemmingson.

The full interview, "The Art of Dreaming – Interview with Marilyn Jaye Lewis”, has been made available on YouTube, and listeners can expect to hear about “the writer’s life, the publishing industry, literary erotica vs. romantica, the e-book revolution, psychic moments, the 1980s, and the music industry”. ...Read more

Wrestling with font management for SDk03 and beyondSDk Updates ->

Fri 25 May, 2012.

Development is a never-ending process, and that’s what’s been occupying Chris so much of late. More specifically, we’re dealing with the multitude of issues surrounding the way different operarting systems – namely Windows and the Mac OS – and, to a lesser extent, browsers, render fonts on-screen.

This is a specific problem for us because of the unique way SomethingDark webMagazine is constructed; to ultimately have an HTML-driven webmagazine resemble a “real” magazine (i.e. in traditional print), we have to wrestle with varying so-called “standards” implemented across the major operating systems and browsers....Read more

Sexual Cultures conference proves the vitality of important fields of researchLatest News ->

Mon 23 Apr, 2012.

A major conference, “Sexual Cultures: Theory, Practice, Research”, hosted by Brunel University, London, over the three days Friday to Sunday 20–22 April, succeeded in enriching debate in a great many interrelated fields of vital social, political and cultural importance.

The conference investigated sexual cultures in relation to four key themes: technology, regulation, work, and everyday sex lives. Delegates from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad took part in 25 parallel sessions over the three days.

Brunel’s pro-vice-chancellor for strategy, development and external relations, Professor Dany Nobus, opened the conference with an address that set an appropriately relaxed but relevant tone – he said Brunel University was a fittingly innovative venue for such a conference although his own work on necrophilia and bestiality, he assured the audience, were not necessarily the ...Read more

SDk03 is well on the way, and will drop jaws when it arrivesSDk Updates ->

Sat 14 Apr, 2012.

Chris and Daryl held their final SDk03 planning meeting on Thursday 12 April, and issue number 3 is taking shape in no uncertain terms.

As at the end of this week we have most of our contributors’ work in our hands; there are still a few pieces of writing still to come in, but we of all people know what it takes to produce quality. That’s our raison d’ętre.

More than having most SDk03 material together in one place, at last, is the news that puts this fact in perspective: our plan is showing an issue that’s much larger and more diverse than we imagined when we first set SDk03’s theme more than three years ago. And when we say “much larger and more diverse”, we really do mean much larger and more diverse. The range of sheer talent we’ve managed to assemble, and the work we’ve curated to treat a broad and exciting theme in a comprehensive and innovative way, is going to attract attention.

We hope you will be intrigued, and will also appreciate the time it takes for us to create such an issue.

To say we’re looking forward to it is an understatement.

Eroticon asserts the right to write erotica (and to read it)Latest News ->

Mon 05 Mar, 2012.

Eroticon asserts the right to write erotica (and to read it)

Eroticon 2012, a one-day conference held in Bristol on Saturday 3 March, was billed as the UK’s first conference for erotica writers and sex bloggers. Five blocks of sessions, panels and workshops ran from 09:30 to 17:00.

The highlights for us were the first and last panel sessions, “Identity, ethics and sex blogging”, and “Sex and the media”. Zoe Margolis, founder of the personal sex blog Girl With a One Track Mind (2004) and author of the book of the same title (2006), stood out in both panels as a passionate and committed advocate of a concerted, coordinated effort to counter regressive – and sometimes oppressive – social attitudes and those institutions, such as mainstream media, that support and promote them. ...Read more