[NetBehaviour] "Extraordinary Discourse" by Jack Saturday

Edward Picot edward at edwardpicot.com
Fri Aug 19 20:41:10 CEST 2011

"Extraordinary Discourse" is the latest project of Canadian audio and 
new media artist Jack Saturday, previously best known for an enormous 
sound-collage called "The World Owes You a Living" which was 
self-published on 6 CDs back in about 2005. His technique is to harvest 
thousands of short sound-bites from the infosphere - from pundits and 
commentators, from interviews with ordinary people, and sometimes from 
films or TV shows - then stitch them together into king-size 
sound-quilts. As the title "The World Owes You a Living" suggests, there 
is a polemical slant to his work: he's a millenialist who believes that 
there is plenty of wealth to go round and that we could all be leading 
fulfilling and meaningful lives, but that society has been rigged to 
keep both wealth and self-fulfillment in the hands of a priveleged few. 
His work is full of both visionary hope and libertarian outrage, but 
it's also full of artistic inventiveness, kaleidoscopic variety, humour 
and fun. "Extraordinary Discourse" takes the form of a series of 
podcasts - twenty-nine to date - built on an even larger scale than "The 
World Owes You a Living" and incorporating all the material from that 
earlier project. Check them out. His is a voice well worth hearing, 
particularly right now.


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