[Reader-list] [Announcements] Turbulence Commission: "Fallout, Part I: An Open Repository"

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June 27, 2005
Turbulence Commission: "Fallout, Part I: An Open Repository"
by Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga

"Eleven of us shared beds, floor, and one tiny bathroom as the Somoza 
dynasty came to an end in 1979.

When I returned to Masaya, the town was terribly damaged. The streets 
and the Spanish stucco facades of homes were bullet ridden and marked 
with the silhouette of Sandino. Although the popular revolution 
succeeded, the economic and political rebuilding of the republic never 
has. Why is this so?"

Today, Nicaragua is once again on the brink of political and economic 

"Fallout" is a two part project: the first--an open database of personal 
accounts--will later inform part 2, an online game. Initiated by 
requesting personal commentary from individuals representing several 
generations of a single family, "Fallout, Part I: An Open Repository" is 
now open for submissions by anyone concerned with Nicaragua or other 
similarly imperiled nations. The site presents a written and graphical 
history for those not familiar with Nicaragua and utilizes collaborative 
software to investigate the enigma of the Nicaraguan national character. 
"Fallout" potentially serves as a case study of the lasting effects of 
globalization and U.S. interventionist policies upon developing nations.

"Fallout" is a 2005 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. 
(aka Ether-Ore). It was made possible with funding from the Andy Warhol 
Foundation for the Visual Arts.


Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga grew up between Nicaragua, and San Francisco. 
Although his formal education has been within the borders of the United 
States, his personal perspectives and ideology have been molded by a 
bicultural reality, consisting of such polar elements as Disneyland and 
the Nicaraguan Leftist Revolutionary movement. A bicultural upbringing 
tied to a multidisciplinary education has lead to work that attempts to 
cultivate interaction with the viewer and includes performance, 
sculpture, video and audio, the Internet or a combination of all. The 
principle behind the work is communication as a creative process.

Project Credits:

Conceptualization, Development, and Programming: Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga
Written History: Reynaldo Miranda Zuñiga
Conceptualization and Development Assistance: Karen, Mauricio, and Oscar 
Web Programming Assistance: John Kuiphoff

For more Turbulence Commissions, please visit http://turbulence.org/

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.: http://new-radio.org
New York: 917.548.7780 . Boston: 617.522.3856
Turbulence: http://turbulence.org
New American Radio: http://somewhere.org
Networked_Performance Blog and Conference: http://turbulence.org/blog
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