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Sunday, November 25, 2007 - 08:59 PM

Meta-Field "When generativity, creativity, generosity, and the capacity to embrace life dry up, the Water of Life has gone underground. At such times, the earth becomes arid, life becomes devoid of meaning, the ground of culture cracks and splits, and gaps develop among peoples and between people and nature. Only water can bring the pieces back together, awaken seeds hidden in the ground, and enliven the parched Tree of Life."
- Michael J. Meade, Men and the Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of Men (1994)

"...the simplest, most direct answer to the question of how do we make our society stronger. Whether your working for the environment, health, or education, it doesn't matter so much as long as you're working at it. The great resource of any country is the energy and intelligence of its people. That's where the investment of money and thought ought to go..."
- Lewis H. Lapham, Editor & Historian ("if you're not in, you're out." ?)

"The future is now." "I make technology ridiculous."
- Nam June Paik, Composer & Video Artist (1932-2006) & author of the phrase "Information Superhighway"


"The crime of difference is eclipsed by the power of self realization"
by Steven "Frustr8" Lopez, © used with permission by Imaginify



Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 10:29 AM

Resonant Guide
"Media Ecology is the study of media environments,
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?



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* 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


Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 12:00 AM

Awareness Research "More and more practitioners are seeing the past-present divide is not something that's absolutely critical to the definition of what archaeology is... Many are beginning to understand archaeology more as a wider sensibility about how humans live with their material environments."
- Christopher Witmore, Landscape Archaeologist & Post-doctoral Research Associate, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University from "Writing on the Walls" by Samir S. Patel, Archeology [Magazine], July/August 2007


"Meta" by Schröedinger's Cat (São Paulo, São Paulo)
(CC) 20 February 2007 Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic


"A project devoted to the study of graffiti-covered walls as they change over time."
- BY CASSIDY CURTIS, THE GRAFFITI ARCHEOLOGY PROJECT & FLICKR SLIDESHOW POOL

"Archaeological sensibility" ? "...it resonants with the notion... that foregoes defining the discipline upon subject matter criteria ('the remote past') and instead emphasizes what is unique to how archaeology understands our complex relationships to things. Attention to minutiae of the everyday; detailed documentation of change through time; the processes behind the accretion of an archaeological trace; the individual and creative acts of even 'marginalized' groups. This broader and bolder view of what is unique to archaeology takes action and practice over etymology and definition to contribute a specialized perspective to deep time and modern material practices."
- Timothy Aaron Webmoor, Department of Anthropology, Interdisciplinary Archaeology Center, MetaMedia Laboratories, Stanford University


Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 10:46 PM

Creative Stimulus
"Net Art" also known as "Software Art"
splattr
Image: "Jackson_Pollock_by_Miltos_Manetas" by Amalyah Keshet, 2006
Software Remix: "JacksonPollock.org" by Miltos Manetas, 2003
Software: "Splatter" by Michal Migurski & re-elaborated by Iashido, 2003
CC Atttribution Non-Commerical Share-Alike 2.5 License


"Jackson Pollock painting "One: Number 31, 1950" at the Museum of Modern Art", 2007
Image: "Pollock31.jpg" by Americasroof (wikipedia)
CC Attribution Share-Alike License version 2.5


Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 04:43 PM

Open Intellect
Letter from Second Life (Ginsu Yoon) to First Life (Darren Barefoot)

Archive: JAN 2007: darrenbarefoot.com
Creative Commons License
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"Symposium on Creativity"

"Why Creativity Matters", Aug 2007
Larry Johnson, CEO, The New Media Consortium (NMC)
NMC Creative Commons License
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Post-New Silent Gen...


Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 08:30 PM

Meta-Field

Image: "The Flammarion woodcut" (Recoloured 1998) - anonymous, wood engraving (wikipedia)
Link: "Sogno ad Occhi Aperti (Daydream) PART 1" by Giovanni Sollima.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 01:29 AM



Friday, May 18, 2007 - 05:08 PM

Emerging Systems "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."
- Rebecca Goldstein, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Harvard University

"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
Indiana University


"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..."


Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 01:57 AM

Seeding Ground

Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability

is the only ecological design conference
developed and managed by students...

working to promote the deeper understanding and
broader application of sustainable design principles.


"We live on a water planet.
Its complex properties have been inspirational
for science and art since time immemorial.
As water sculpts our physical landscape,
it manifests energy to form civilizations or erode them.

Its power is shadowed by continuing degradation
and scarcity throughout the world.
As designers, we are called to a confluence to
understand our interdependence and connection to water."


Descrption: Lena River Delta (Visible Earth v1 ID: 18024) Public Domain
Credit: Image provided by the USGS EROS Data Center Satellite Systems Branch.
This image was acquired by Landsat 7’s Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+)


Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 07:06 PM

Community Thrivability The American Journal of Public Health recently published a study (field action report) featuring Metamedia collaborator, Mark Lakeman of City Repair Project.
"The Intersection of Urban Planning, Art, and Public Health: The Sunnyside Piazza."


(CC) Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

A Quote from the Abstract:
"...In an attempt to invigorate neighborhood stewardship, the community organized and created a public gathering place; together, they painted a gigantic sunflower in the middle of an intersection and installed several interactive art features. As a result of these collective actions of "place-making," social capital has increased, thus revitalizing the community, and expanded social networks among residents have stimulated a sense of well-being..."
- Jan C. Semenza, PhD, MPH, MS
School of Community Health, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University, Oregon

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