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Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 02:40 PM
Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 02:00 PM
"Autumn Treasures" by Trixi
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"Re Ordering" by Trixi
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Monday, September 29, 2008 - 06:40 PM
"Zoe and Styrobot, Looking Back - Rice University Art Gallery"
Source: Flickr • Photo by Mr. Kimberly
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“Ironically, the robots actually critique
the very culture of which they are byproducts . . .
Every time something ships there’s a piece of
Styrofoam to keep it safe and sound . . .
I really look at these pieces as being
mechanical and robot in nature.
The result is a pretty poignant statement about what we buy . . .
and what we throw away.”
- Michael Salter, Associate Professor
Department of Digital Arts, University of Oregon
Time-lapse of "Art from Excess" at the San Jose Museum of Art.
Friday, August 08, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Friday, February 29, 2008 - 03:40 AM
"Loops got its name from the circular movements Merce could do with his wrists . . . sometimes Merce set the order of the Loops sections by chance operations . . . The 2008 version [an abstract digital portrait of Merce Cunningham that runs in real time and never repeats] is open source, part of the Loops Preservation Project. The project addresses cultural memory as endangered by the computer age — an age that perhaps offers a solution . . ." - The OpenEnded Group
". . . we’re trying to change the eco-system of digital art and performance . . . how digital art is taught and thought about . . . the very thing that we are trying to address in this “preservation project”: that is preservation itself . . . what if performance (or installation) of an artwork counted as distribution?" - The OpenEnded Group
"Loops is opened up completely"
"Loops" by Merce Cunningham
solo dance choreography : CC 3.0 license
"Loops" by OpenEnded Group
digital artwork : GPL license, v3
"FIELD" by OpenEnded Group
development environment : GPL license, v3
Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 10:29 AM
the idea that technology (codes) and techniques (modes),
affect human perception, understanding, feeling, and value;
and how our interaction with media facilitates
or impedes our chances of survival."
- Integration of definitions by various Media Ecologists
* + ***
"the postindustrial and the postmodern,
& the preliterate and prehistoric."
- Lance Strate, Professor, Communication & Media Studies,
& Co-Founder, Media Ecology Association, Fordham University.
"the medium (figure) operates through its context (ground)"
Enhancement (figure) :
What does the (new) medium improve or enhance,
amplify or accelerate?
Obsolescence (ground) :
What is driven out of prominence, obsolesced,
pushed aside by the (new) medium?
Retrieval (figure) :
What earlier action or service is brought back into play
or recovered by the (new) medium? What older, previously lost ground
is brought back and becomes an essential part of the (new) medium?
Reversal (ground) :
When pushed to its limits or extremes, of its potential,
the (new) medium will reverse what was its original
characteristics. What is the potential reversal of the new form?
* Image: "Media Tetrad" under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
** Image: "The Resonating Interval: Exploring the Process of the Tetrad"
by Anthony Hempell, Communication 453, Simon Fraser University
American Society for Information Science and Technology
"Parts of this web site may be reproduced freely if not for profit ©"
*** Video: "A Vision of Students Today" by Michael Wesch
Digital Ethnography, Mediated Cultures, Kansas State University
2007 Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
**** Image: "Tetrad" is Public Domain. Recycle
Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 08:30 PM
Image: "The Flammarion woodcut" (Recoloured 1998) - anonymous, wood engraving (wikipedia)
Link: "Sogno ad Occhi Aperti (Daydream) PART 1" by Giovanni Sollima.
Friday, May 18, 2007 - 05:08 PM
"Kurt Gödel's (1906-1978) monumental theorem of incompleteness demonstrated that in every formal system of arithmetic there are true statements that nevertheless cannot be proved. The result was an upheaval that spread far beyond mathematics, challenging conceptions of the nature of the mind."
"I am a Strange Loop" (2007), seeks to demonstrate
how the properties of self-referential systems,
demonstrated most famously in
Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem, can be
used to describe the unique properties of minds.
- Douglas_Hofstadter, Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition
"Douglas R. Hofstadter: Analogy as Core, Core as Analogy"
Glen Worthey, Humanities Digital Information Service (HDIS), Stanford University Libraries, 2006
"Is the core of cognition and animacy essentially only self-representation and self-reference (as in Bach, in our DNA and elsewhere)? Is it essential incompleteness (as in Gödel’s Theorem and elsewhere)? Is it strange loops and tangled hierarchies (as in Escher, in Hofstadter’s own book, I Am a Strange Loop, and elsewhere)? Is it in the patterns, puzzles, paradoxes, puns, poetry, and programming that we see throughout Hofstadter’s work? Or is it elsewhere?
Elsewhere.... Perhaps it is precisely in analogy that we find the common thread of all these cognitive and creative phenomena, and thus the common element in the endeavors that make us human, and thus the core of our humanity..."
"The Year of Mathemagical Thinking"
Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine, March 15, 2007
Review: "A Reflection on The Loopy Self"
Ben C. Burns, Harvard Crimson, April 27, 2007
“I Am a Strange Loop” sets out to probe the essence of the soul—in a philosophical, cognitive sense... Consciousness, soul, and “a light on inside” are all terms referring to the essential “I” which somehow composes an individual human self...
...is very self-referential, and that any explanation of the concept bends back onto the same concept again. The resulting loop, though, isn’t like most loops caused by self-reference, since there’s no feedback as in... an infinite corridor of TV screens on videotape. So consciousness isn’t a regular loop; it’s a strange loop.
..while presenting arguments of logic, clever bits of analogy here and there add up to reveal that the book itself is more than just a friendly essay: everywhere you turn, “Strange Loop” is drawing back on itself, too. For example, the book’s arguments are made almost entirely through symbols, analogies, and tales of personal experience. Appropriately, Hofstadter devotes much discussion to the reasons that symbols, analogies, and empathy (or, as he calls it, “Varying Degrees of Being Another”) actually work. This book is a work of art, unabashedly self-referential on every level..."
"Trying to Muse Rationally about the Singularity Scenario" [Quicktime] [MP3]
Singularity Summit, Stanford University, May 13, 2006
Abstract: "...And yet there are some basic ideas that we should not lose track of, and that should help to keep us from confusing wild speculation with grounded reality. In my talk, I will attempt to chart out a way of looking at the “singularity scenario” with one's feet on the ground, and I will try to give, using my moderate familiarity with a number of different scientific disciplines, a personal appraisal of what I see as the likelihood of our being eclipsed by (or absorbed into) a vast computational network of superminds, in the course of the next few decades."
"The So-called Singularity: An Onrushing Tsunami, or Another Y2K?" [MP3]
Artificial Life X: Tenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems
Bloomington Campus, Indiana University, June 3-7, 2006
Abstract: "In the past few years, a number of futurologists, extrapolating on the basis of many interrelated exponential curves such as Moore's Law, have come to the conclusion that computer intelligence is rising so swiftly that quite soon, it will inevitably reach and then surpass human intelligence, and that at that monumental juncture in the history of this planet, humanity will be eclipsed and replaced by its own creations. Within a few decades, these cyberprophets proclaim, we humans will be living among superintelligent entities that are just as incomprehensible to us as we are incomprehensible to bacteria, and the upward spiral will continue from there on without limit, resulting in entities "who" are literally billions of times more intelligent than today's humans are, and "who" will soon commandeer stars and then whole galaxies, finally turning the entire universe into one single inconceivably intelligent self-reflective organism akin to the Omega Point of the mystic Jesuit philosopher Teilhard de Chardin..."
Saturday, October 07, 2006 - 12:28 AM
- Woody Guthrie, American folk musician, 1912-1967
- Synesthetic colors, described by;
Alexander Scriabin, Composer, 1872-1915