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Nano/Splatter: Disintegrating the Postbiological Body

cimg1214.jpg“At the intersection of biotechnology and nanotechnology, in the hybrid frontier of “nanobiology,” we find the future. The future of technoscience and socioeconomic development, certainly—the administration of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative, for one, sees nanobiology as an essential route for advancing nanoscience and its attendant industrial potentials—but even the future of “life” itself and what counts as living in the nanotech era.(1) For through the perspective of nanobiology, not only does the material horizon of the organism shift from the microscale to the nanoscale (recent claims about “nanobacteria” and “minimalist organisms,” for example, instantiate this shift), but life ceases to remain fixed in the domain defined by prevailing conceptions of “biology.”(2) Continue reading


Oct 29, 15:40
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Colloquy of Mobiles (1968)

bild.jpgGordon Pask’s The Colloquy of Mobiles: The English cyberneticist Gordon Pask conceived the Colloquy of Mobiles for the 1968 exhibition Cybernetic Serendipity held at the ICA in London. It was a reactive, educable, computer-based system composed of five mobiles. By way of light and sound, the rotating elements suspended from the ceiling communicated with each other, independent of external influences.

Using flashlights and mirrors, the people at the exhibition could nevertheless take part in the conversation between the machines. With this installation, Pask brought to a conclusion his idea for an «aesthetic potential environment».To give significance to the communication between the machines, Park designed the Colloquy of Mobiles as a social system. At the same time, the form of communication that he conceived referred unmistakably to a sexual analogy: Continue reading


Oct 29, 15:16
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Twine: Stringing Together Data

cobweb_x220.jpgTwine is a website where people can dump information that’s important to them, from strings of e-mails to YouTube videos. Or, if a user prefers, Twine can automatically collect all the Web pages she visited, e-mails she sent and received, and so on. Once Twine has some information, it starts to analyze it and automatically sort it into categories that include the people involved, concepts discussed, and places, organizations, and companies. This way, when a user is searching for something, she can have quick access to related information about it. Twine also uses elements of social networking so that a user has access to information collected by others in her network. All this creates a sort of “collective intelligence,” says Nova Spivack, CEO and founder of Radar Networks.” From The Semantic Web Goes Mainstream by Kate Greene, Technology Review.


Oct 29, 14:56
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Live Stage: Nerve Theory [us Hamilton, NY]

nervetheory_poster1_web.jpgAn Evening of Multimedia Performance Art Featuring: Nerve Theory a.k.a. Bernhard Loibner and Tom Sherman :: With an opening video-set of Untitled Landscapes provided by Ecoarttech :: November 2, 2007; 9 pm :: The Palace Theater, Hamilton, NY :: Free admission & open to the public.

Nerve Theory will perform H5N1, a live multimedia performance blending video, music, voice and some very nasty dark humor. This transcontinental duo (Austria, Canada, USA) jumps on the mutating, evolving H5N1 virus, using the very real threat of a global pandemic as a launching pad for a series of bone-chilling statements about the world we live in. Continue reading


Oct 29, 14:43
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Receiver Magazine #19 | Communities

article19_0g.jpgReceiver Magazine #19 | Communities: The ideas of web-based community building and social media have been around for quite a while, but only recently have we seen networking sites really burst onto the scene. With their help, the community phenomenon has gone large-scale. And while the controversy continues over whether or not the idea of Wikipedia-style knowledge creation can be trusted, the concept has given rise to myriads of seminal mass collaboration projects. This receiver issue is all about tracking the miscellaneous connections between individuals turned into ‘familiar strangers’ through mediated communication. Continue reading


Oct 29, 14:00
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Reblogged Gaz of the Desert

gaz_desert.jpgTower of Babeli: A metaverse conceptual artist’s beautifully enigmatic “Desert” machinima: Antonioni meets Dali meets machinima: a woman with an umbrella strides into the desert, and receives a parade of visitations, which are only comprehensible in the final frames (and then only somewhat.) At 20-plus minutes,”Gaz of the Desert” is best viewed after hours, and after you’ve had a chance to turn off the lights and settle in. Strange, languorously paced, and gorgeously dreamlike, it’s the work of Gazira Babeli, a metaverse conceptual artist whose Second Life-based work has been featured in the great We Make Money Not Art blog and several European gallery shows. “Gaz” plays like a steampunk version of Salvador Dali’s “Temptation of Saint Anthony“, with stovepipe hats and rocket launchers where the elongated elephants would be. [blogged by W. James Au on New World Notes]

Discovered via Bettina Tizzy’s Not Possible in Real Life blog, an already indispensable guide to quality content and artistic ambition in Second Life.


Oct 29, 10:03
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Compare the Figures

gfta06_187.jpgThis is about caring for and supporting the arts. The figures speak for themselves.

The United States’ National Endowment for the Arts 2007 appropriation is $125 million (£61m) for a population of 300 million. Arts Council England’s is £417m ($855 million) for a population of 61 million; and there’s a lot more on the way:

“Arts Council England funding will increase from £417m this year to £467m in 2010-11. Peter Hewitt, its chief executive, said: “This is fantastic news – the government has acted on the case we have made for the arts. It’s a recognition of the work of our artists and arts organisations, whose energy and imagination have made our cultural life the envy of the world.” – The Guardian.

robin said:

This so intrigued me I added Ireland and Canada and threw the lot in a chart. The results are amazing!


Oct 27, 14:18
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Reblogged “Evoke” by Usman Haque [uk York]

evoke.jpgUsman Haque has been commissioned to create Evoke for the Illuminating York festival. You can see the work from Fri 26 Oct until Sat 3 Nov, from 6-11pm. From the website…

“Evoke is a massive animated 80,000 lumen projection, which will light up the facade of York Minster. The facade is brought to life by members of the public, who use their own voices to “evoke” colourful light patterns that emerge at the building’s foundations and soar up towards the sky, giving the surface a magical feeling as it melts with colour. The cathedral, built to link conceptually earth to the heavens, has been a site for the conveyance of words, dreams and aspirations for hundreds of years. Continue reading


Oct 26, 18:05
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New Performance Paradigms: New Languages [uk UK]

npp.jpgNew Performance Paradigms: New Languages – An International Symposium at the Think Lab, Salford University :: November 20, 2007.

This one day event brings together writers, thinkers and performance artists from across the globe to discuss what the future holds for performance as a globally linked activity. The speakers include: Philip Auslander, Matthew Causey, Weng Choy Lee, Amelia Jones, Jem Kelly, Mary Oliver, Jennifer Parker-Starbuck, Nancy Reilly-McVittie, Michelle Riel, Toni Sant, Paul Sermon, Martin Turner, Niki Woods. With performance presentations from Julia Wilson, Helen Bailey and Ming Yuen Ma.

The day will focus on New Bodies, Second Life as Performance Site, New Performance Hybrids, New for old: methods of documentation and Philip Auslander will re-visit the subject of Liveness in light of the newly published second edition of his seminal text Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Society.


Oct 26, 17:40
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Collapsing Geography

relayforlife.jpgNetworked innovation and collaboration means quantity may have a quality all its own. As education systems around the world approach parity, nations will finally be able to maximize the skills and potential of their populations… No nation-state will be able to compete counting only on the people within her borders. The most successful 21st century nations will be those that redefine what it means to be a citizen and build the largest networks of innovators.

“Geography constrains everything humans do. From our amazing abilities to navigate and model 3-dimensional space to the locations of multinational corporations’ headquarters, physical and social evolution have been firmly shaped by geographic constraints. Continue reading


Oct 26, 17:25
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