"The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth."
- Albert Camus
We can all be disappeared now. More and more it's an intransitive verb.
Disquiet Junto Project 0108: Free Bassel
For this week’s project, we created soundscapes for an ancient Middle Eastern city. And in the process, we are to raise awareness about an imprisoned open-source developer with strong ties to the Creative Commons community. Bassel Khartabil, before his arrest on March 15, 2012, in Damascus, was working on several projects, among them a 3D rendering of the ancient city of Palmyra. Much as Bassel was trying to revive an ancient world, we are, in essence, keeping one of his projects alive while he is incapable of doing so.
The project instructions are as follows:
Step 1: View this video for background on Bassel’s digital Palmyra project:
Step 2: If you aren’t viewing this instruction on the Disquiet.com
project page, go to the following URL to view three still images from Bassel’s 3D work:
Step 3: Create a soundscape of between one and three minutes that might be employed in an immersive, completed digital visualization of ancient Palmyra.
More on this 108th Disquiet Junto project (“Create a soundscape for the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.”) at:
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More on the campaign to free Bassel at
For their collaboration on this project, special thanks to: Niki Korth, Barry Threw, and Jon Phillips.