readings

Cyborg Manifesto — Donna Haraway (1983)

Cyborg Manifesto — Donna Haraway (1983)

“Michael Foucault’s biopolitics is a flaccid premonition of cyborg politics, a very open field.”

“The stakes in the border war have been the territories of production, reproduction, and imagination. This chapter is an argument for pleasure in the confusion of boundaries and for responsibility in their construction.”
“the relation between organism and machine has been a border war. The stakes in the border war have been the territories of production, reproduction, and imagination.”
“a ‘final’ irony since the cyborg is also the awful apocalyptic telos of the ‘West’s’ escalating dominations of abstract individuation, an ultimate self untied at last from all dependency, a man in space. An origin story in the ‘Western’, humanist sense depends on the myth of original unity, fullness, bliss and terror, represented by the phallic mother from whom all humans must separate, the task of individual development and of history, the twin potent myths inscribed most powerfully for us in psychoanalysis and Marxism. Hilary Klein has argued that both Marxism and psychoanalysis, in their concepts of labour and of individuation and gender formation, depend on the plot of original unity out of which difference must be produced and enlisted in a drama of escalating domination of woman/nature. The cyborg skips the step of original unity, of identification with nature in the Western sense. This is its illegitimate promise that might lead to subversion of its teleology as star wars.” — this last sense in which the cyborg is, again, the fulfillment of a kind of knowledge of self — what Marx and Freud missed (that Simondon understood) is that there is not originary unity… — Hilary Manette Klein – Feminist Studies – Vol. 15, No. 2, The Problematics of Heterosexuality (Summer, 1989), pp. 255-278
“The main trouble with cyborgs, of course, is that they are the illegitimate offspring of militarism and patriarchal capitalism, not to mention state socialism. But illegitimate offspring are often exceedingly unfaithful to their origins. Their fathers, after all, are inessential.”
Charting Three Breakdowns

  • ANIMAL <> MAN — “By the late twentieth century in United States scientific culture, the boundary between human and animal is thoroughly breached. The last beachheads of uniqueness have been polluted if not turned into amusement parks–language tool use, social behaviour, mental events, nothing really convincingly settles the separation of human and animal. And many people no longer feel the need for such a separation; indeed, many branches of feminist culture affirm the pleasure of connection of human and other living creatures. Movements for animal rights are not irrational denials of human uniqueness; they are a clear-sighted recognition of connection across the discredited breach of nature and culture. Biology and evolutionary theory over the last two centuries have simultaneously produced modern organisms as objects of knowledge and reduced the line between humans and animals to a faint trace re-etched in ideological struggle or professional disputes between life and social science. Within this framework, teaching modern Christian creationism should be fought as a form of child abuse.”
  • ANIMAL <> TECHNOLOGY — Pre-cybernetic machines could be haunted; there was always the spectre of the ghost in the machine. This dualism structured the dialogue between materialism and idealism that was settled by a dialectical progeny, called spirit or history, according to taste. But basically machines were not self-moving, self-designing, autonomous. They could not achieve man’s dream, only mock it. They were not man, an author to himself, but only a caricature of that masculinist reproductive dream. To think they were otherwise was paranoid. Now we are not so sure. Late twentieth-century machines have made thoroughly ambiguous the difference between natural and art)ficial, mind and body, self-developing and externally designed, and many other distinctions that used to apply to organisms and machines. Our machines are disturbingly lively, and we ourselves frighteningly inert.
  • PHYSICAL <> NONPHYSICAL — ” Modern machines are quintessen- tially microelectronic devices: they are everywhere and they are invisible.”
    • The silicon chip is a surface for writing; it is etched in molecular scales disturbed only by atomic noise, the ultimate interference for nuclear scores. Writing, power and tech- nology are old partners in Western stories of the origin of civilization, but miniaturization has changed our experience of mechanism.
    • Our best machines are made of sunshine; they are all light and clean because they are nothing but signals, electromagnetic waves, a section of a spectrum, and these machines are eminently portable, mobile – a matter of immense human pain in Detroit and Singapore.”
      • Transparency and knowledge – something can become invisible because its a closed black box, and something can become invisible because its too open, sunshine, light…

  • “However, a woman is not simply alienated from her product, but in a deep sense does not exist as a subject, or even potential subject, since she owes her existence as a woman to sexual appropriation. To be constituted by another’s desire is not the same thing as to be alienated in the violent separation of the labourer from his product.”
  • “It is no accident that the symbolic system of the family of man and so the essence of woman breaks up at the same moment that networks of connection among people on the planet are unprecedentedly multiple, preg- nant and complex. ‘Advanced capitalism’ is inadequate to convey the structure of this historical moment.”
  • “Some differences are playful; some are poles of world historical systems of domination. ‘Epistemology’ is about knowing the difference.”

The Informatics of Domination

  • “we are living through a movement from an organic, industrial society to a polymorphous, information system from all work to all play, a deadly game.”
  • The cyborg is not subject to Foucault’s biopolitics; the cyborg simulates politics, a much more potent field of operations.”
  • “Technologies and scientific discourses can be partially understood as formalizations, i.e. as frozen moments, of the fluid social interactions constituting them, but they should also be viewed as instruments for enforcing meanings. The boundary is permeable between tool and myth, instrument and concept, historical systems of social relations and historical anatomies of possible bodies, including objects of knowledge. Indeed, myth and tool mutually constitute each other.”
  • Furthermore, communications sciences and modern biologies are constructed by a common move the translation the world into a problem of coding, a search for a common language in which all resistance to instrumental control disappears and all heterogeneity can be submitted to disassembly, reassembly, investment and exchange.
    • communications sciences, the translation of the world into a problem in coding can be illustrated by looking at cybernetic (feedback-controlled) systems theories applied to telephone technology, computer design, weapons deployment or database construc- tion and maintenance. In each case, solution to the key questions rests on a theory of language and control; the key operation is determining the rates, directions and prob- abilities of flow of a quantity called information. The world is subdivided by boundaries differentially permeable to information. Information is just that kind of quantifiable element (unit, base of unity) which allows universal translation, and so unhindered instru- mental power (called effective communication). The biggest threat to such power is interruption of communication. Any system breakdown is a function of stress. The funda- mentals of this technology can be condensed into the metaphor C3I, command-control- communication-intelligence, the military’s symbol for its operations theory.
  • Communications technologies depend on electronics. Modern states, multi- national corporations, military power, welfare state apparatuses, satellite systems, political processes, fabrication of our imaginations, labour-control systems, medical constructions of our bodies, commercial pornography, the international division oflabour and religious evangelism depend intimately upon electronics. Microelectronics is the technical basis of simulacra; that is, of copies without originals. Microelectronics mediates the translations of labour into robotics and word process- ing, sex into genetic engineering and reproductive technologies, and mind into artificial intelligence and decision procedures.

The ‘homework economy’ outside ‘the home’

  • “The extreme mobility of capital and the emerging international division of labour are intertwined with the emergence of new collectivities, and the weakening of familiar groupings.”
  • “In the prototypical Silicon Valley, many women’s lives have been structured around employment in elcctronics- dependent jobs, and their intimate realities include serial heterosexual monogamy, negotiating childcare, distance from extended kin or most other forms of traditional community, a high likelihood of loneliness and extreme economic vulnerability as they age.”
  • Gordon, Richard, and Linda M. Kimball. “High technology, employment and the challenges to education.” Prometheus 3.2 (1985): 315-330.
  • “To be feminized means to be made extremely vulner- able; able to be disassembled, reassembled, exploited as a reserve labour force… factory, home and market are integrated on a new scale and that the places of women are crucial and need to be analysed for differ- l’nces among women and for meanings for relations between men and women in various situations.”
  • “The homework economy as a world capitalist organizational structure is made possible by (not caused by) the new technologies. The success of the attack on rela- tively privileged, mostly white, men’s unionized jobs is tied to the power of the new communications technologies to integrate and control labour despite extensive disper- sion and decentralization. The consequences of the new technologies are felt by women both in the loss of the family (male) wage (if they ever had access to this white privi- lege) and in the character of their own jobs, which are becoming capital-intensive; for example, office work and nursing.”


  • “Technologies like video games and highly miniatur- ized televisions seem crucial to production of modern forms of ‘private life.”
    • Books, etc., did the same no?


Cyborgs: a myth of political identity

  • “Cyborg politics is the struggle for language and the struggle against perfect communication, against the one code that translates all meaning perfectly, the central dogma of phallogocentrism.”
  • “Cyborg politics is the struggle for language and the struggle against perfect communication, against the one code that translates all meaning perfectly, the central dogma of phallogocentrism. That is why cyborg politics insist on noise and advocate pollution, rejoicing in the illegitimate fusions of animal and machine.”
  • Anne McCaffrey’ s pre-feminist The Ship Who Sang (1969) explored the consciousness of a cyborg, hybrid of girl’s brain and complex machinery, formed after the birth of a severely handicapped child. Gender, sexuality, embodiment, skill: all were reconstituted in the story. Why should our bodies end at the skin, or include at best other beings encapsulated by skin?
    • The Bateson example of the blind man with the stick: IN STEPS TO AN ECOLOGY OF MIND, THE ANTHROPOLOGIST and scientist Gregory Bateson repeatedly uses a simple example to chal- lenge taken-for-granted assumptions about the body and the self. Consider, he says, a blind man with a stick. “Where,” Bateson asks, “does the blind man’s self begin? At the tip of the stick? At the handle of the stick? Or at some point halfway up the stick?” (Davis, Joseph E. “If the ‘Human’ Is Finished, What Comes Next?: a Review Essay.” (2007): 1–16. Print.)


Intense pleasure in skill, machine skill, ceases to be a sin, but an aspect of embodiment. The machine is not an it to be animated, worshipped and dominated. The machine is us, our processes, an aspect of our embodiment. We can be responsible for machines; they do not dominate m· threaten us. We are responsible for boundaries; we are they” – P 315

quotes

Eroll Morris

‘You can never trust someone who doesn’t talk a lot, because how else could you know what they’re thinking?’ – EM

art quotes

Edward Said on Gould and Hindemith

“…a stunningly fluent and demonic rendition of the last fugal movement of Hindernith’s Third Sonata, a fine piece hardly ever played in concert today for reasons that have to do with the intellectual cowardice and low aesthetic standards of a majority of today’s musicians, which Gould’s career as a whole so strenuously impugns.” (Edward Said, Musical Elaborations, p. 31)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rohp7ZI3RZQ

events

Matter, Memory, and the More-than-Human

Matter, Memory, and the More-than-Human
Relational Aesthetics and Politics in the Age of the Anthropocene


Heather Davis

Freezes the processes of becoming that biological organisms need

Bernadette Vincent — plastics are supposed to be ephemeral… Bergson… they are supposed to be at rest as moments of being. The ephemeral present of plastis… is the tip of a heap of memory. Plastics really belong to Bergson’s duration… the present is conditioned by the accumulated … past… It’s waste will constitute the archives of the twentieth century and beyond.”

Slow violence – against morphogenesis – by stopping processes of becoming

The virtual — is plastic anti-virtual — in terms of potential

Bacterial lifeforms that digest plastics —

Ridvan Askin – Every Pumking in the Field… Emerson

  • Nature Always wears the colours of the spirit
  • Pumpkin and human relations are through spirit
  • Pumpkins are immersed in the entirety of pumpkin history (biology)
  • Every person in town goes through every point of human history
  • What is the shared history of pumpkinhood
    • The work of vegetable and the mineral material is not something that they are outside of, but that which they inhabit (why are humans under the impression that they are outside of this?)
    • The standing forth of pumpkins – natural archives for us, and a memory of matter for us
  • Matter, Aesthetics, Memory
  • Emerson and matter and spirit – every materialist is an idealist, but the idealist cannot be a materialist
  • For Emerson materialism is a kind of empiricism
  • There is no difference between human, stones and pumpkin – they are “better or worse reflectors” – humans are the best reflectors
  • Human thought’s self-reflexivity
  • Aethetics – ‘intuition materialised’
  • Ar is a relation of the material and the immaterial – the veritable speculative experiment in metaphysics – its methods is that of a transcendental empiricism (only true document of philosophy – Schelling)
  • The saturation of art with metaphysics
  • Art discloses the relation between the immaterial and material
  • “The earth is a museum, and the five senses a philosophical apparatus of such …” (earth and time … angel of history)
  • Emerson’s self reliance – becoming god or becoming one -
  • Self-reliance — aesthetics — memory
  • “beauty” and “virtue” — the realm of thought to the realm of action
  • Thought and action are related by means of things
  • Thought alone, being finite cannot quite render god, etc. —
  • The method of transcendental empiricism — tune oneself to the idea — speculative pragmatism
  • Onto-ethics — Spinoza’s third kind of knowledge, Deleuze’s other knowledge   

It seems like ‘relating the finite and the infinite’ is something you could claim about everything. The relation to the collective.

Emerson to James — transcendental empiricism / radical empiricism

Stamatia Portanova

The Genius and the Algorithm. Refections on the post digital Aesthetics as Capitalist Neurosis

New Aesthetics is mostly discussed in terms of

Sociotechnical-psychophysical — neurosis (Deleuze and Guattari)

Post-digital neurosis is the main aesthetic form of contemporary capitalism

The Anti Oedipus — Schizophrenia is a relational attitude, a being a capacity for relation. A horizontal attitude – being able to be multiple, to produce a life in relation in collaboration. The neurotic, someone or something that lives the rules and external logic of the society. Capitalism is a schizophrenic economic system, which also operate in a neurotic way.

The Body Without Organs is a pure fluid.

Digital images are everywhere versus us seeing images as digital.

The New Aesthetic argument: Computers have a capacity to dictate a style

Digital Algorithms in a Whiteheadian sense – as a capacity to decide efficiently – have the most type

Postdigital aeshtetics – are about abstract flows of money — industrial captalism is about the earned money and money to invest (surprlus) — now the operation of dissimilating

Post digital aesthetics give us a kind of ‘as if’ — capitalism is acting as if the material structure

Computational machines allow money to become more fluid — controlling and regulating the flows of capital in a more abstract way. This is work – “money is not free.”

Technical machines have a new role – giving capitalism a ‘new style’ (a new efficiency)

“You cannot process information without dissipating energy.” (Shaviro … reminds me of Serres and mathematics)

Algorithms become for the economists the most reliable modes of thought.

Kant as the origin of the fixation on objects + aesthetics

Joel McKim

A Philosophy of Infrastructure

Primary concerns for architecture – away from the design of signature buildings, to the organisation of energy, transportation, information, naturalism

Norman Foster — reigning architect of infrastructure

Thomas Heatherwick — garden bridge

Lateral Office — Infrastructural Opportunism (where transportation, etc., infrastructures are used for other things — e.g.: Highline?)

Herzog & de Meuron – 1111 Licoln Road

J. Henry Fair – geological manipulation

Marjetica Potrc – Hybrid House – various forms of “infrastructural coping”

Infrastructures of the past – Robert Smithton’s Floating Island that would travel around the city of Manhattan (1970 proposed, 2015 effected)

Eliason – Waterfalls in NYC – man made infrastructural nature

Disciplinarian argument: Infrastructure is about a move away from philosophical concerns — architecture’s kind of integration with deconstruction producing a kind of over-theorising of the practice — and infrastructural architects seems to move around the. This is strange as there is a move toward the infrastructural thinking in philosophy.

Jane Bennett / Graham Harman / Timothy Morton – Philosophy of infrastructures

Fresh Kills – refers to the dutch word ‘kills’ meaning stream – Fresh Stream – reopened as a site for 9/11 and of course there is still garbage flowing. (What of the psychological desire to right the site vis a vis its history)

Data Centers – largely non-visible and aestheticisces (Walmart Data Centre, Yahoo! Data Centre – chicken coop)

Jane Bennett – thing power, latour, etc. – efficacy. A complex assemblage of actants, rather than a single root, is ever responsible for something like a ‘blackout’.

“Astonishingly non-anthropocentric”

A number of the talks today focused on this shock — how pumpkins having history seems crazy, how our plastics are ‘coming back to haunt us’ and the speculative realism object (things in themselves – tool being)

Transcendental empiricism as a moral responsibility — and the proximity of practice to both the everyday lives of people (in terms of their distancing through capitalism, etc.) and to the theorist (it’s true that theories of art are created, but most are oriented toward aesthetics as a non-production of the

Christoph Jenkin — Artistic Research

Sadie Plant

Cybernetic Cultures Research Unit – Nick Land

“There is a sense of everyone trying to out radicalise one another”

Accelerationism

What is strange about the resurgence of these ideas // apolocalyptic flavour that is

Skeptical of immanent singularity

Radical turn away from linguistics — emphasis of the world of text that we should read — emptied of all substance

Iriguray – materiality of the body, jouissance, mechanics of fluids

The new interest in the outside – the real

Women were never part of the ‘anthropogenic’ world view — they were never admitted to being ‘fully human’, and so were “denied the illusion of subjectivity” (Zero’s and One’s book by plant). Women were objects, and part of infrastructure (particularly in technology) — objectified, gaining subjectivity.

Feminism can almost be accounted for in the ways that objects become more vibrant and lively. Women were the avant grade of threse processes. Why feminism happened at a certain time and a certain moment (because of the liveliness of technoculture?). Our tools begin to have far more to say in the processes we undertake…

There simply are more things (and our access to them) and they are more lively

Mcluhan – what if humans are simply the reproductive organs of machines // rear view mirror

DeLanda – tracing the history of the planet

Finitude of the human — the fact that we can’t get outside of ourselves — in Harman is extending these things outside of the human. Everything’s relation to everything else is problematic, incomplete, etc.

The relation of Speculative Realism to objects: There isn’t much specificity attended to the actual object, and so it’s not clear that the SR crew has much to offer artists…

There is this reality that sits outside of us — Meillasoux — a becoming governed by no necessity whatsoever

events ixdm

Demo or Die! — Orit Halpern

Demo or Die!

Computer immersive environments and biopolitics 

Seek – Life in a Computerized Environment 

What does it mean to be critical?

A history of senses in relationship to cybernetics 

  • Frogs / aerial views / virtual systems / smart cities
  • Smart cities — the global business utopia — Incheon
  • Ubiquitous computing is about apocalypse 
  • How did bandwidth come to equate life itself…?
  • Performative architecture 

How as Sensing = Smartness? Smartness = Networked Stupidity? Networked Stupidity = Value

Historical Genealogy of Contemporary Responsive Environment 

  • Science of communication and control in the animal and the machine 
  • Norbert Wiener — statistical behavirou of plane bombers
  • “The Human Use of Human Beings” 
  • Cybernetics 
    • Behavioural — black box
    • Probabilistic
    • Anticipatory
    • Data Rich
  • What the Frog’s Eye Tells the Frog’s Brain
    • sui generous – experimental esptemology
    • McCulloch – machines for making thought 
    • Beginning of computer vision
    • Informatic overload – all processing cannot occur in the brain
    • The eye speaks to the brain already highly organised
    • The eye becomes ‘autonomous ‘ in some sense – a Turing Machine 
    • Optic nerves don’t transmit data – they transmit 
    • “Information is not a measure of what you say, but what you could say” – the potentiality of the media / medium is the message
  •  The idea of vision —> sense as intellect
  • Autonomous perceptual field —> mobile observer 
  • Gyorgy Kepes (taught a course with Moholy Nagy in Chicago on camouflage) 
  • Kepes assumes scale gives us a new objectivity — sustaining the image allows us to ‘get over the eye’ — the machine has a perfect visual experience 
  • Better design is about capacity 
  • Actioncy — modelling the act of perception itself 
  • Sensing = Process = Knowledge 
  • The focus on environment 
  • Vanderbeerk Movie Drome 
  • “artist in resident of the world, but we don’t know where to apply” – Vanderbeek 
  • Architecture Machine Group 
  • Aspen Project – Naimark – “This is a way to live…” – the world as interface
  • Entebbe Mock-up 1976
  • Demo or Die — Microworlds – Testing Computing to develop responsive urban design from The Architecture Machine 1970. The demo 
    • “… said things to this machine they would probably not have said to another human, particularly a white planner or plot: to them the machine was not black, was not whte, and surely had no prejudices.”
  • Software Exhibition — Jewish Museum 
    • The Gerbils (mongolian) were 
    • The computer didn’t work / the software / fell apart
  • Negroponte — radical nihilism of the gerbils — was corrected by the “soft machine” version
  • Critical Design / Art —> opening the way to 
  • Demo or die —> doing work for companies as test subjects… 
  • Vanderbeek – “dedicate my work to the extraterrestrial whales”
  • Linking technical practices to the encountering forms of other worlds, other animals, etc. 
  • Alternate architectures for post-cybernetic worlds

Questions

  • Multimedia and multi-sensory working as an expectation – that you can translate ‘your concept’ in some way into various media
  • The question of scale – how supply chains are reflected in object design 
  • Political question – Sudong City – mobilise our nervous energy 
  • Separation between risk and uncertainty (there is an end in one case, and none in the other) … Manipulation of those kind of futures being written into all of our lives.
  • The split between the technology developers and humanities on the science side. Designers not being up on the ways that the political-sociological has been critiqued. Teaching design as constraint driven — not in terms of what we might like to do // History gives the sense of alternatives…

Note

  • The demo or die culture // user fixing the company’s software // relational aesthetics // the positivity of the prototype // everything is a demo-prototype // life as an experiment // the inability to do anything — Link to the power that we have, as creators, to do anything (research exhibition)
    • Also a good word for this might be ‘render’ culture (that starts with a model and can always be remodelled) 
events

Critique of Creativity — Anke Finger

Critique of Creativity – On Imagining the Post-Human in the Digital Age

Creativity in the Western World

  • How do we become creative participants in our world?
  • Creative genius?
  • Kurt Vonnegut — “creativity running in the family” — stigma and fetish of mental illness
  • Divergent thinking … the ‘four c’s’
  • Hype of creative industries / cities
  • Creativity as a cultural value

Post-human

  • A form of ‘exile’ — outside the human
  • A form of pathology?
  • If post-human is the end of exile and the end of pathology, can we be creative?
  • The marketing potential of ‘creating 10 species’ — that we exist in the post-human world as we are non-subject, ‘never fully reconstituted as subjects’

Flusser & Exile as a Position of Creativity

  • Fields of possibility that allow for creativity
  • Cruel freedom – beginning to design
  • De-sign and creativity
  • The “brain man” — design and imagination
  • Forms of disciplinarity and knowledge making — making art and science the same
  • That digitisation is a ‘end point’ —
  • Plasticity of abstract materials — homogenisation of digitisation at once proving that there are similarities between aesthetics / epistemologies / ethics are the same, but it always minimises the notion of difference — What happens when we only HAVE ONE MATERIAL (the “digital”)

Notes

  • Extremophiles — the outliers and the folding of difference
  • Aesthesis
  • The development of an ethical form of creativity — how do we insist on diversity … while taking advantage of the ‘malleability’ of abstract forms (digital). How do we understand and represence the perfidy of these forms. Flusser also gives us this: “It is a fact that functionally complex systems are a challenge to creative thought whereas functionally simple systems are stultifying, idiotic.”
  • Critique: There is no basis in idea that Flusser saw the mediation of the world as a ‘final’ stage in some kind of teleological project — i.e.: Digital is the ‘end point’ of mediation which is a kind of ‘pure thought. E.g.: “
  • “Once we have learnt to listen to electronic music, we will have learnt to grasp the beauty of pure thought. We will have learnt to grasp experientially the reality that our theoretical sciences reveal. We will have recaptured a new sense of reality, which is a new faculty, perhaps simultaneously epistemological, aesthetic and ethical.”
  • Depression / Flusser — that the work is what keeps us alive, as human
art realisations

“I have tested it”

David Samling, Copenhagen

Fragment of a box with a combination lock, cast and hammered brass, inlaid with silver and copper
Iran, Isfahan?; 597 H = 1200-1201
H: 4.4; W: 23.5; D: 18.5 cm

This combination lock is the work of the astrolabe-maker Muhammad ibn Hamid al-Asturlabi al-Isfahani in 597 H. At around the same time, the mechanical genius al-Jazari described a similar lock in his Book of Ingenious Mechanical Devices. The combination lock must thus be common property, a scientific invention whose origins can be traced back to the Mediterranean cultures of Antiquity.

The four double dials, each of which can be set in 16 positions, allows for 4,294,967,296 combinations. When the right combination is entered, it releases the inner metal plate, which is attached both to an external handle and to the locking mechanism itself. 

Discover Islamic Art

Al-Asṭurlâbî and as-Samaw’al on Scientific Progress

art realisations

Art against temperance

Jocelyn Robert’s “Art against temperance”, a text produced by running the “Front de Libération du Québec (FLQ) manifesto through the english spellcheck of Microsoft Word. Excerpt: “Five le Quéebec limbered, five legs camaraderie priestliness poleitiques, five la revelations queebecoise, five Art against temperance.”

readings

Nervous System — Mick Taussig (1992)

Why the Nervous System?

  • I admit to falling foul of the whirlygigging of the Nervous System, first nervous, then a system; first system, then nervous—nerve center and hierarchy of control, escalating to the topmost echelon, the very nerve-center, we might say, as high as the soul is deep, of the individual self.
  • And whenever I try to resolve this nervousness through a little ritual or a little science I realize this can make the NS even more nervous. Might not the whole point of the NS be it’s always being a jump ahead, tempting us through its very nervousness towards the tranquil pastures of its fictive harmony, the glories of its system, thereby all the more securely energizing its nervousness?
  • Objects taking on human forms. 
  • “Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat,” Georg Lukacs
  • Of Benjamin… “The tradition of the oppressed,” he wrote at the end of the 1930s, “teaches us that the ‘state of emergency* in which we live is not the exception but the rule.”
  • It calls for an understanding of the representation as contiguous with that being represented and not as suspended above and distant from the represented— what Adorno referred to as Hegel’s programmatic idea—that knowing is giving oneself over to a phenomenon rather than thinking about it from above. And it calls for a mode of writing no less systematically nervous than the NS itself—of which, of course, it cannot but be the latest extension, the penultimate version, the one permanently before the last.
    • Similar to the Serres Keynote — Philosophy After Nature conclusion — the contiguity of the represented and the thing:  “Being able to reflect them, any object can become the subject of other objects. Verne’s cave even shows the vision of the universe has of itself… They discover the bottom of a cornucopia, rich and saturated with material and informational plenitude that, represents both the world as it is and the joyful splendor of thinking. I do not see any difference anymore between reality and representation, since the latter is part of the former.” 
    • “…like anything in the world, like everything that lives, I am a diamond, made of hard canon that is at times pure, transparent or granular, reflecting a thousand times over the thousand and one hues of the rainbow, shining out of the multiple things of the world and of the thousands of people and living things I ever met.”

Tactility and Distraction – Chapter 8

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Taussig – Cabinet Magazine Interview

How much of the magic of the state is manipulation by state operators, and how much is projection from the people onto those operators and operations—a popular participation?

It’s a circle.

events

Ubicomp 2014

Ubicomp 2014

NASA Wearables – The Space Suit – Keynote

Group Activity Recognition using Belief Propagation for Mobile Devices
Dawud Gordon, Markus Scholz, Michael Beigl

  • “Belief Propagation”
  • Implications of GAR for QS – quantified self is too focused on
  • WoSense (Data Empowerment — Two Sense
  • Emergent Behavior 

Identity Crisis of Ubicomp? Mapping 15 Years of the Field’s Development and Paradigm Change
Yong Liu, Jorge Goncalves, Denzil Ferreira, Simo Hosio, Vassilis Kostakos

Creative Collaboration With a Social Robot
Peter H Kahn, Jr., Takayuki Kanda, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Solace Shen, Heather E Gary, Jolina H Ruckert

  • HINTS Lab
  • Interaction with Nature — ‘connects us to our souls’
  • A positive vision of technology — not more consumer goods, not things that dull our senses
  • Droodle – A bear climbing up the other side of a tree – as a creativity test for a human and a robot
  • Voice aesthetics — semantics drives it more than the ‘quality of the voice’
  • Wizard of Oz experiment — there was a person behind it — did this effect the kinds of questions that you asked? (i.e.: trying to behave like a robot) 

The Effects of Visual Displacement 
KIST —
How much visual SS (Simulated Sickness) 

  • Simulator Sickness Questionnaire (SSQ)
  • Day Effect — Simulator Sickness went down after a repeated set of days 

Paper about being able to tell if someone is engaged in the world, or the virtual world (using focal distance measurement)