A recap of how this amazing international art + technology + culture festival discovered internetRising and was the first to debut the film’s screening to a public {non-virtual} audience at its San Francisco Fort Mason event:

first, read more about who is behind the creators project and its vision

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December 2, 2011 (3 days after internetRising.net is born and released online)

Kevin Holmes discovers Internet Rising via german Nerdcore and writes:

Internet Rising: A Glorious Mashup Digi-Doc About The Web



This all pervasive contradictory tool is both devil and savior, endlessly discussed, vilified, revered, used, abused—it is all things and nothing.

You could pretty much say anything about it and it would probably hold true, such is its strange power and slippery character. We’ve become ever-so-slightly reliant on it, while also projecting our own metaphors of what it should be or is—tainting it with a kind of technological romanticism. We overrate it, take it for granted and find it eternally fascinating and remarkable and a little bit annoying, too. We think of it as being as important as the printing press yet the humble washing machine supposedly facilitated greater change.

In their “digi-documentary” Internet Rising filmmakers Andrew Kenneth Martin, Marina Eisen, and Alex Eisen hope to add to and expand the conversation about what it all means while “investigating the evolving relationships between the Internet and [the] collective consciousness of humanity.” And, nobly, rather than just reaffirming their own views it looks like they’ve tried to get a broad selection of opinions from the various facets of people who are happy to express them, and who are responsible for some of our most fundamental theories about the web.

Talking heads come flying at the screen in an attention-deficit barrage of cuts and visuals, put through grainy video filters and glitchy effects to achieve a tone and aesthetic that feels very much rooted in the visual language of the internet. These headphoned interviewees peer out from their webcams as distorted graphics ripple the screen among them are such sages of the web as Kevin Kelley, Douglas Rushkoff, Vinton G. Cerf, Tiffany Shlain, Jason Silva, members of Anonymous, the Executive Director of Linux International, a doctor from an internet addiction clinic, and countless other internet prophets, futurists, singularitarians, and Second Life citizens—each offering his or her own ruminations on what it all means.

It’s informative and entertaining—informataining, if we’re to coin a neologistic portmanteau.”

March 2012

The Creators Project event in San Francisco chooses to screen iR on both days of event.

an engaging amalgam of fact, philosophy, and stimulation

from the information age.”

                         ~as the film is introduced to the audience by Julia Kaganskiy, Editor/Curator of Creators Project (also, named by FastCompany as one of the most influential women in tech”)


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On Saturday there was a captive audience of ~150 people, after which we had an impromptu Q&A with filmmakers and Jason Silva, who happened to be at the event.  A few notable questions were from UC Berkeley students about “the aesthetics of the message”, “energy felt from the film”, “contrasts/glitches”, and “definitions of singularity”.  On Sunday there were ~200 people w/ standing room only, followed by many thought-provoking conversations buzzing around town and on the web, including an ad hoc screening at the majestic ComputerHistory.org museum.

Not just another documentary about the Internet, Internet Rising ventures into heady theoretical space, exploring the evolving relationships between the Internet and the collective consciousness of humanity. And it does so with a filmic style steeped in the vernacular of the web, using found footage, webcam interviews and glitch effects to tell its tale.”

[ PDF of event guide (FILMS section pages 13-14): http://assets.thecreatorsproject.com/files/creators_sf_minimag_web.pdf ]

“First public screening debut post” https://plus.google.com/113443617886864829440/posts/ZqFTQUmqDBU

Press mentions

by Marcia Hansen, Editor of intel’s InsideScoop 

Don’t miss the screening of Internet Rising by Andrew Kenneth Martin, Marina Eisen, and Alex Eisen. It’s a philosophical discussion of the Internet and what it enables. The film raises such questions as when we transfer more of our consciousness to the Internet, will the collective unconsciousness lead to amazing new things? Will the Internet become global consciousness? In the past we’ve considered what is good for commerce, but the filmmakers suggest the new question will be, “What’s good for cyberspace?

[Read more: http://scoop.intel.com/creators-project-2012-opens-in-san-francisco/ ]

Review in Juxtapoz [Art x Culture Magazine] by Cameron Cuchulainn 

“In essence, this film ... is about the collective type of consciousness and connection that the Internet embodies (alert, unconscious, and subconscious), and is continuing to grow, a phenomenon that has effects that we take somewhat for granted today but don't see the reverberations and new thresholds of for tomorrow.”

[ http://www.juxtapoz.com/Current/internet-rising-at-the-creators-project-san-francisco ]

Mention in Rolling Stone magazine

The art, music and technology event launches 2012 tour with concerts, screenings and interactive exhibits

Intel and Vice did a fine job of catering the event specifically to San Francisco without getting heavy-handed about it. Internet Rising, a cerebral documentary about the future of the Internet, fit comfortablyalongside On My Way Back Home, a short film of a Band of Horses concert in Big Sur, California. The end result: a free, diverse, art-and-tech geek-out.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/creators-project-brings-james-murphy-karen-o-to-san-francisco-20120319#ixzz1ps7er6r0