FROZE software by Lev Manovich for EO

Even though Windows NT supposed to be a very stable OS, my PC freezes at least twice a day. When your computer freezes, it can be annoying if you loose some work - or it can be liberating, a chance to stop whatever you were doing and to think whether you really need to be doing this. In short, an opportunity to reboot and to start over. Or to install some new software. Or even to install a new operating system (OS).

FROZE is the series micro-shows guest curated at Electronic Orphanage by the users of Word, Dreamweaver, Alias, Flash, Final Cut Pro and other software - in other words, by writers, architects, programmers, VJs, etc. from Los Angeles and around the world.

FROZE should not be confused with Freeze (an arts magazine) or a "snapshot," an act of taking a snapshot of the activity on a computer screen.

FROZE micro-shows will not simply freeze the ongoing flows on our screens but will inquire what other kinds of cultural software - or> even a totally new cultural OS - our world needs today.

Lev Manovich, July 2001, Los Angeles.


FROZE book list:

1867. Karl Marx. Capital. A Critique of Political Economy. New York: The Modern Library, 1906.

1926. Wasilly Kandinsky. Point and Line to Plane. (PUNKT UND LINIE ZU FL?HE) M?chen: Albert Langen Verlag.

1935. Walter Gropius. The New Architecture and the Bauhaus. London: Faber and Faber LTD.

1949. Claude E. Shannon and Warren Weaver. The Mathematical Theory of Communication. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

1950. Norbert Wiener. The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society. New York: Avon Books, 1967.

1964. Marshall McLuhan. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company.

1967. Mao Tse-Tung. Mao-Tse-Tung's Quotataions. The Red Guard's Handbook. Nashville, Tennessee: Peobody International Center.

1970. Peter Cook. Experimental Architecture. New York: Universe Books.

1985. M.R.M. Dunsmuir and G.J. Davies. Programming the UNIX System. London: MACMILLAN PUBLISHERS LTD.

1987. Danny Goodman. The Complete Hypercard Handbook. Toronto: Bantam Books.

1987. Ben Shneiderman. Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction. Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.

1995. Ulf Poschardt. DJ Culture. London: Quartet Books LTD, 1998.