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Signals & Signaletics

Signaletics (Deleuze  – ‘Signaletic Material’)

  • Transmateriality Toward an Energetics of Signal in Contemporary Mediatic Assemblages
    • Drone cam clips — the driver loses control, but “signal is not lost at all. Something persists unassisted by the human controller; an affect of signal simply being to transmit. We discover, then, that there is not just one signal but instead a multiplicity—the one controlling the drone, the one powering the drone and camera and the one that ensures the image persists.”
    • “What returns—whatis on display for usin the YouTubedronecamgenre—is what has been persistently with us since at least the end of the nineteenth century: signal”
    • “Signal, … is fundamentally beyond, before and above the human”
    • Verilio – “machine vision” 
    • “not firstpersonpointofview ornarrativeactionbutinsteada sense ofbeingin themidst of transmission,buoyed by a network of multiple signal flows, subject to fluctuations, transitions, instabilities.”
    • Tendencies towards instability (unlike ‘code’ which tends toward control (?))
    • Douglas Kahn – “transmission”
    • Karen Barad
    • Variability is immanent to signal
    • “Oscillatory capacities”
    • Lazzarato’s “Time-matter”
      • “All digital modulations of flow… become information—presents an increasing deterritorialisation, not remediation, of flow.”
    • Signaletic material — nexus between signifying and asignifying flows 
    • Transmateriality as the metastable process that precedes a given individuation (e.g.: the non-visual resonance signal in NMRi precedes the visual individuation of that signal into an image)
      • Signaletic material and transmateriality give us ways of getting outside of ‘digital’ and ‘analog’
      • Transmaterial relations are virtual (difference) and actual (individuated)
    • Simondon — shifting through transduction
    • Nam June Paik 
      • “He experimented with transductive processes so as to rediscover variability or difference as the metastable plane of ontogenesis for the electronic arts. And this rediscovery could only take place in and as process; there was for him no originary signal, no place, no idea to start from—there was only the ‘WAY’”
    • Nicholai
      • Unmistakeably ‘digital’ in its tools and sensibility, Nicolai’s work in pieces such as telefunken and m6re from 2006, like Paik’s experimental television, subject us not to codification but insert us into the (re)becoming signaletic of media.
  • Deleuze, Peirce and the Cinematic Sign
    • Deleuze uses Peirce to develop semiotics as ‘expressions of semiotic matter’ — that is immanent (arising a “modulations of the object itself”
    • Signaletic material is the bas stuff of the image — ‘movement-images’ — meaning resides in this embodiment not in some ‘indexical’ codification (the image’s meaning structure is more subtle than this)
    • The signaletic material of the movement-image is therefore virtual — its real but not actual
  • Making Sense of Matter in Deleuze’s Conception of Cinema Language
    • The critique of Metz by Deleuze — pre-linguistic notions: Prelinguistic as amorphous and syntaxic matter, according to which a conception of language is based on the formation of this matter into substance AND (Deleuze’s matter-sense from which signs are  product)
    • In a sense this is an account of language that is top-down (matter is based on the formation of substance from matter) and bottom-up (matter-sense is where ‘we’ get language)
    • Substance here is like meaning — or the way that form and matter arise into (things like) language


  • Signal — For Simondon, the signal is distinct from the signification:“Signals are spatial or temporal; a signification is spatio-temporal; it has two senses, the one through relation to a structure and the other through relation to a functional becoming…According to this manner of seeing individuation, a definite psychic operation would be a discovery of significations in an ensemble of signals, the signification prolonging the initial individuation of being, and having in its sense a relation not only to the ensemble of exterior objects but also to the being itself. As it contributes a solution to a plurality of signals, a signification has a bearing towards the exterior; but this exterior is not foreign to the being as a result of individuation; because before the individuation this being was not distinct from the ensemble of being that is separated in the milieu and the individual” (IPC, 126-27).
  • Signification -Simondon writes: “language is the instrument of expression, vehicle of information, but not the creator of significations. Signification is a relation of beings, not a pure expression; signification is relational, collective, transindividual, and can not be furnished by the encounter of the subject and the expression” (IPC, 200). Earlier in the book, Simondon will write:“According to the distinction between signals and significations, we will say that there is an individual when there is a process of real individuation, i.e. when significations appear: the individual is that by which and that in which significations appear, whereas between the individuals there are only signals. The individual is the being that appears when there is signification; reciprocally, there is only signification when an individuated being appears or is prolonged in a being that is being individualized; the genesis of the individual corresponds to the resolution of a problem that could not be resolved by means of prior givens, because they did not have a common axiomatic: the individual is the auto-constitution of a topology of being that resolves a prior incompatibility through the appearance of a new systematic; that which was tension and incompatibility becomes functional structure…the individual is thus a spatio-temporal axiomatic of being that compatibilizes previously antagonistic givens in a system to a spatial and temporal dimension” (127).



events ideas

Weather Control – Mark Dorrian (2014)

Weather Control – Dubai’s sunny mountain ski-dome as an allegory of the future

Weather of Utopia

  • Chinese weather control – Olympics – weather army
  • Thomas Moore – Utopia – Geoengineering (the radical reconstruction of nature by culture) – Hithledae, Calvino
  • Utopus articulating an acting of geoengineering – making an island, a project that is designed
  • Technical ideas – stress the degree that atmospheric thinking becomes bound to utopic thinking
  • LeCorbusier – exact air, 64.4 deg F – coast of Chile

  • Charles Fourier – Walter Benajmin – Arcades Project
  • Climatalogical mechanism
  • Fourier sees the aurora borealis – seminal emanation
  • Sea of lemonade
  • Labour disappears we loose the alienated condition we currently have
  • – Astor
  • Terrestrial Axis Straightening Company (TASC)
  • Sans Desous les Desous
  • Fantastic Voyage — meteorological engineering
  • Atmo-terrorism — Terror from the Air by Peter Sloterdijk
  • Laputa — magnetic loadstone — magnetic levitation (live through tributes from the people who live below — with threat of weather control)

Owning the Weather

  • Weaponising the weather
  • 1971 – weather control rocketed into popular consciousness
  • NMOD
  • Examine the concepts — dominant air and space force in the future
  • “The world or parts of it are able to shape local weather communities…”
  • If we don’t do it — someone will have to do it for us…

Owning the Weather

  • Rem Koolhaas Delirious New York — culture of congestion
  • Dubai — emergence of similar dreamscape
  • Sprial Jetty — Nakheel Masterplanners of the Universe (branding at a global scale – through the medium of the satellite image)
  • SkyDome — experience dubiland…
  • Buckminster Fuller — domes floating from their own heatscape — Cloud 9
  • Weather is alienation — we need to make nice with the weather before we are able to get everything right
  • Climaticological erotics
  • Environment Bubble
  • The poignancy of air’s subjugation to technology comes from what it stood for before — freedom, openness, etc.
  • Irruguray’s “Forgetting of Air” – Heidegger’s idea of making an opening – air is always there
  • “The Uses and Abuses of Air”

Consuming Climate

  • Interiorisation of the nature — the anthropocene
  • Technological remediation
  • Arctic experiences — not ski slope experiences — why? Purity and external nature (the arctic)
  • Destruction as the pleasure principle

Questions — “The Grass is Always Cleaner” / The Seller of Air


Stiegler – 2012 Dec 11

Cinema the Dream and the Digital –

Jafar Panahi – Ceci N’Est Pas un Film – USB key film – detained in Iraq

The Time of Cinema 

  • Archi-cinema 
    • … of the unconscious
    • The play between primary and secondary retentions 
    • Tertiary retentions – the hypomnesic traces (technical traces of conscious and unconscious cinema)
    • Conditioned by the history of tertiary rentetions
  • Dream is the primodial form of archi-cinema
  • An Organology of Dreams 
  • Time only passes because the present instance retains the prior instant
  • Two different consciousness experiences of two 
    • Phenomena are projections by people – that’s why the same object results in different phenomena for consciousness, and the same consciousness gets two different phenomena from the same objects at different times
    • Attention is what is woven between pretentions and retentitions
  • The same objects can create… 
    • Stereotypes – habits and volitions – the phenomenon of the object is the apparitions – the attentions fade away… 
    • Traumatypes – either repressed or expressed symptoms and fantasies
  • 2,000,000 – beyond the common genetic memory of the human species… there is an epiphylogenetic memory that is inherented knowledge – through this the trans-individual is meta-stabilised
  • Freud – dreams – fetish – a transitional object
  • Mnemotechnical support – cave paintings… 30,000 years ago
  • The phonograph
    • A new primary / secondary retentional experience – as it is a genuine repitition 
    • The production of difference – through repetition – gives us a new form of attention … dating from 1877
    • This is the new attentional forms of Schoenberg / acousmatic music
    • Deleuze – Difference and Repetition
  • 1895 – film 
  • Tertiary retention always is a kind of transitional object – Winicott
  • What Makes Life Worth Living
    • Transitional object is a pharmacon – as writing (for Plato) 
    • A poison and a remedy 
    • Disindividuation can take place via tertiary rentention… creating masses – 
    • Radio – facism – Adorno thought that cinema short circuits the transcendental imagination

Paul Thomas – 2012 Nov 24

A discussion in the streets of Copenhagen 
The death of the sensuous chemist 
Mike phillips
STAR – centauri 
Paul Thomas –  
BBC light documentary light fantastic 
Andrew pelling
Afm nano metrics 
Divining for water – 
Nano noise
Immortality – Milan Kundera
Rudy Rucker and immortality 
Digital Immortality




Simondon Interview



Zielinski – 2012 Aug 22

Genealogical construction of media 

Flusser – Ritter

4D – 4D:

  • Leibenswelt – we experience and are sharing human activity within this world

2D – 3D:

  • Object creation monument – to the glory of man

1D – 2D

  • The reality of images – we have to add the missing dimensions 



  • Ritter coins the idea of the ‘happening’
  • The coincidence of experimentation of art and physics – 
  • “Radical subjectivity” – not accurate as it presences the dichotomy between objectivity and subjectivity – but Ritter did not 
    • Bio-sience-politics-art
    • Spark – 


new forms of concretion… artistic practices as identical with human life.  music of the stars, n-dimensional action.  inhabitants of the sun – the only way we can squander 

Walter Benjamin – The Origin of German Tragic Drama – Spark – writing through fire 

Technics of Observer – John Crary 


Freeman Dyson – “time without limits”

Novalis:  Ritter is the ‘night’ for whom we are all pawns (subjects of Ritter – the subject as subjugated)

Hans Christian Ørsted – relationships to Ritter

McLuhan – the idea that medias can make the body more effecitve is an industrialisation framework – McLuhan was a catholic iconoclast (Flusser – jewish iconoclast, Georgio Agamben 

  • Kapp – Organ projection  
  • With the help of electricity you can exchange ideas
  • Self-fulfilling circle – apparatus of the school systems, the government systems 
    • formalisable things can be called apparatus
    • aspects of life that are not formalisable

To Design is to Invent – Engineering and the Mind’s Eye – Ferguson 

Projection of the internality of the image from the machine into the world, and the world which develops the machine.  This is a problem of the avant garde – i.e.: we want to show something, but we need to show the way the creation of the image as well. (syntehsis and analysis) 

Whitney brothers – SF museum of modern art – Henry Miller: 

“On the screen we can sit inside and outside ourselves at the same time”
“The experimental film only called such only because it dares to lie to the mirror”

Katoptrics and Dioptics

  • “Looking at” (tele) and “looking through”
  • Oppositional scopic regimes 
  • On the optical nerve – Streiber (jesuit writer) 
DaVinci: I am making eye glasses to see the moon better.  
True Christianity by Johann Arndt – techniques of the visual – to look through has an entirely positive connotation.  The dark room, the projection of the sinner into the camera obscura.  Lucifer – looks / light – the fallen angel that dared to be as beautiful as God. 
A. Kircher
  • God is the source of light, the angel is the reflection of this primary light, and the 

Flusser Projection 

Mallevich – projection – the imagination in advanced technological 

Flusser – classical imagination 

  • A process of imprinting something external on our perception 

Poicio – I am throwing something forward but also abandoning and rejecting

Plato cave

Baudry – L’appareil de base

Zahn, Oculus artificialis, 1685  

Bachelor Machines, 1970s – a substitution of a person by an artwork – machine taking place of the other – Zaimanone show

Heidegger and Flusser

The deep negativity of the shadow – Nagasak 1945 – Death’s Shadow 

Mohists – Gnomonic – Chinese measurements of time.  Our time is solar – sun based.

Directly inscribing the effects of electricity on the material

  • Lichtenberg’s experiments 
  • Chladni
  • Lissajoux

Flusser – it is a force that allows me to understand the abstract – from there one goes back to if one wants to – theology.  God reveals his continence on mount sinai – and in auswizt it was covered up again.

Synthetic images are an answer to Auztwiz – a possibility to go through the abstraction of the synthetic image 

Agamben’s focus is the idea of isolation – appearance or imaging for the entire system of devine attributes 

Flusser does not think of the technoimaginary as a disconnection – but as a hope for connecting.  

Heidegger as connected to the pre-socratic thinkers.  

“Heidegger is not a good philsopher but he is an important one” – Flusser

The epistimological importance of design – taking care – angst – “suddenly something opens up and we decide… with this decision, opens up a clearing of being in the thickett.  Sunddenly one realises that one is not falling to ones death – one realises that death is not a problem.  Where I am death is not.  And where death is, I am not”

Design for Being – Heidegger

When we begin to design, we are no longer subjects of objects, but projects for objects.  Designs for things, and no longer the subjugated of things. – Flusser

Heidegger – technology as a specific way of making – as a way of production – as poesis.  Like poesis – technics is a way of revealing – Stiegler exigis on Heidegger 

Sorge – care for the technical object? 

Design (Pro-spective) vs. Revealing (Retro-spective) 

  • Archeology is the only way we can deal with the present (Agamben) – what has been as a way of rendering a possible space
  • Toynissen – too much in time, or too much out of time are both bad (pathological)
    • Melancholy (remembering, revealing, retrospective) 
    • Paranoia (design, pro-spective, projection) 

Why We Build

Critical Engineering

Genealogy of projection…  

Vedemecum Against a Psychopathia Medialis

  • The hot and cold relationships between art sciences and technologies
  • Art + Media
    • Art before the media 
    • Art with media
    • Art through media
    • Art after the media 
  • The potential space of the past – archeology – the past is not something that is given but a playable system (AnArcheology) 
  • Since you can make state with the media – they are not working anymore for revolutions – The media have gained systemic character
  • “the media” – Foucault’s archive
  • “media” – an open set of single media techniques
  • english versus catalan – 
    • media = midi (the territory)
    • media = mitjans (the tool) 
  • The PC
    • Personal computers
    • There is no longer 
    • Oswald Weiner bio-adapters 
    • The office is everywhere – life is managed administratively
    • Perhaps the last interface before it dissapears as an unrecognisable integration inside the body
    • Computers a an aglomeration artifacts – each an individual artifact 
    • Users are operating and updating machines – for applications 
    • Programmes are not owned – the are like “digital guest workers”
    • Instantaneous archeology – the photographic practice of taking your picture and then adjusting and then re-taking the photographic 
      • The past is only important as a resource for designing the future
    • The possibility of enjoying the present becomes the victim – there is no time for the present – future and past are joined together 
    • Cybernetic ability now possible – instantaneous, immediacy, 
    • YouTube therefore you are… is progress compared to the vanity of cogito ergo sum (of the modern era) 
  • Dialog as a possibility of getting closer to god – sending 
  • Chris Petit – Content
    • Assignation of life – the middle-ground is hardly there anymore (the present is gone – we only have present and past)
    • Styling yourself 
  • John Cassavetes
    • Michel Foucault -Technology of the Self
    • Shadows
    • Faces
  • Nico 
    • When you think the night has seen your mind 
      That inside you’re twisted and unkind 
      Let me stand to show that you are blind 
      Please put down your hands 
      ‘Cause I see you
  • Tikkun 
    • Radical extension of the situationism
    • Tikkun was incorrect – these people are individuals 
    • New identities – an arbitrary existence (Agamben was talking about loving somebody or something)
  • Heidegger – extensia – existensia
  • What is essential?  Runs through the history of Western thought
    • Hegel – Philosophy of Right
      • essence and existence – if and how the particular is connected to the whole
      • for young people – the internet is like Hegel’s state
  • Clue Train Manifesto (1999) 
  • Oskar Panizza – The Softening of the Brain
    • Psychopatia Criminalis 
  • Media theory and practice – situated between disciplines, between the dispositif  of power (sexuality truth and knowledge – to which we add uncondition connectivity) 
  • Purposiviti
  • Poetry of relations – Glissant 
  • Art and theory that are created with advanced ideas in media – could be mondial
  • The more that the world is programmed to make the impossible possible – we must confront the possible with its own possibilities 
  • We live in a permanent testing situation – environments are set up as a test department… (Test Department)  Most design departments are set up this way
  • Artistic experiment should takes precedent over the test 
  • For artists – operator or magician is not enough (Benjamin – The Work of Art in the Age of its Technical Reproducibility – better translatability) 
  • Veneration of the impassionate amateur as the guiding model of 
  • The brain is tired
  • Caught up in time too much – the Long Now Project 
  • We must exist online, and be offline – a help for 
  • We should not allow cybernetics this triumph
  • The subject is the limit of the world
  • Only the boundaries have shifted – the fact that such limits exist has not changed
  • We should not allow cybernetics this triumph
  • The Internet is a non-location, like heaven and hell – and we need to have an orientation 
Real Frienship
  • Bataille – Friendship is the shared feeling of being alien within and towards the world
  • Montagne – To the company at table I would rather invite someone witty than thoughtful; to bed rather beauty than goodliness; to social occasions the quick-witted…


FIAT: A command or act of will that creates something without or as if without further effort

How much can we infer from Flusser’s movement into design the act of creation more generally, or the industrial practices of design…  

Cybernetics and the Design (Pro-spective) and Revealing (Retro-spective) loop

Notes on the invention of sunglasses – they were invented in order to hide the eyes, not to protect the eyes 

The individual and the whole – media (tool) and the media (the system).  Can we read into this that people are becoming media…

Foucault Tribunal

The Arrow of Time 


zielinski – 2012 Aug 21

Southern Modernities

Banu Musa – brothers – ons of Musa bin Shakir

  • Automata – continuously playing flute 
  • Programmable bells – brussels 
  • Programmable trumpet / harmonica 
  • Robotic flute player from Waseda University 


Ghardarian – Like Everyday

Aspects of cultural / historical scientific education in the arab world 

  • Movements between cities – networks and dynamics of ideas 
  • Teaching arab science in the arab world

Not interested in origins – the history of origin is always interested in truth – more interesting are the dynamics of knowledge 

Edison in Cairo 

Variantologia Latina

  • Netart Map
  • Europeanised version of history
  • Advanced telecommunications in brasil – tapping on trees / sounds of wood 


  • Film history that includes animation – its object nature, its
  • What Really Happened Between the Images  (FILM) – Was geschah wirklich zwischen den Bildern (Werner Nekes) 
  • “The origin always precedes the Fall.  It comes before the body, before the world and time; it is associated with the gods, and its history is always sung as a theogony.” – Foucault 
    • Teleological / Origins / Beginning / End
  • Foucault does not ask the one and only origin 
    • The lines and labyrinths of process that trace the descent
    • Like that which lies before us already is – the past as an unfolding, a possibility space 
  • A genealogy of expanded imagination 
    • The past as an open constellation – the future as a vibrant future
  • Animation is a heterogenous phenomenon
  • Jan Svankmajer
  • Anima, animus, animeren, animation 
    • anima – physical breath, wind air 
    • the vital principle – life force – animalistic
    • vitalism – automatos – self moving engine  
  • God is the eternal unmoved mover
  • Humans as god’s automotons

“Next to god where engineers like to be”

  • Vonkleist – Marionnet Theatre
  • Marcel Duchamp 
  • Bruno Schultz – Street of Crocodiles
  • Felisberto Hernández (Uruguay)
  • Hans Bellmer
    • “Games belong to the genre of experimental poetry – thus toys could be called ‘poetry arousers'”
  • Kantor – Machines of Love and Death
  • Dolls / puppets
    • Baby Jesus dolls – southern italy and Sicily 
    • Sexualised figures – androgenous – allowing projection of sexuality / substitution of sexuality
    • Restructuring 
Variety/heterogenousness is the condition of ‘progress’ – which is why historical interests are sometimes more inspiring than the present… 
  • Mechanical replacements of the soul
  • “Lord Auch (aux chiottes)” – Pneumaticorium
    • God ejaculating onto the machine from the sky – pneumatic – hydraulic 
    • Bataille and the alternate history of the eye
  • Electricity is the soul of all modern media – link to power (This is partially why the media arts are not accepted in the arts proper?) 
  • Bellicorum instrummentorum liber 1420 – war machines 
Electrical theologists
  • 17/18th gang (Deleuze Guattari) part of physico-theologists
  • Oettinger, Nollet, Belgrado, Mazzolari (Partaneous – ELECTRICORUM), Prokop Divis, John Freke
    • Mazzolari – ELECTRICORUM
    • Freke – An Essay to Shew the Cause of Electricity and Why Some Things are Non-Electricable 
      • “I will endeavour to prove that [this electrical Fire] does not lie in the apparatus itself”
      • Electricity ‘rubifying the blood’
      • Anima mundi – the soul or mover of the perceivable or visible world
      • God as a Display – “for by it [electricity] you may be acquainted with the immediate officer of god almighty” – agent, display, manifestation
  • Crack and spark – sound and vision
  • Animating dead people – 
  • Effects (in the world) and affects (in the subject) 
  • Fontana – De resurrectione mortuorum artifitiosa – of the artiifcial resurrection of the dead.  The wheel of Fontana – chronophotography as watching time (Barthes)
God’s Automatons
  • Animated bugs and lobsters – animated as homages to ‘life’ – ourselves
  • Jacques Vaucanson – ‘defecating duck’ – 1735
    • The massive technical infrastructure that is behind the duck’s operation 
    • Like special effects today – like the infrastructure that supports 
    • Cam cylinders beneath the object that moves… 
  • Alexandre N. Theroude – animal violinist – mechanism concealed beneath the monkey
  • Friedrich von Knaus, A writing automaton, 18th century
  • Automatically preaching monk, Spain or Southern Germany (1560)
  • The increasingly metricisation of time – as towards the technicisation of objects – allowing for animation 
  • Jaquet-Droz – Spinet player – 18th century
  • Wanda Landofsca on the harpsichord – scientist were observing and analysing what was occuring at the human being technical instrument interface.  Friction in the relations between human and machine were to be kept to a minimum – accidents 
  • Showmanship
  • Bodies as media 
    • Computing the physical vs. physical computing (Z. thinks that “physical computing is an impossible notion – better is computing the physical) 
    • Electrified frogs legs proposed as serious means of communicating
    • Antonin Artaud – 
    • Rigorous conditioning of the body – military / WWII / astronauts
    • 1990s – Stenslie Stahl – Kirk Woolford
      • Braune/Fischer 1895 – The electrified man 
      • Jules Marey 
The genealogy of expanded animation 
  • Computing the physical 
  • Cybernetic triumph – Margaret Thatcher and the robot Charlie 
  • Spanish dancer and tambourine player
  • Programming of different time modes into physical objects is the greatest challenge of computing the physical 
    • Kronos – life is limited – he ate his own children – suffering – finitude
    • Kairos – the god of the moment – sculptures of him have full hair in the front and bald head in the back, grasp him when he approaches you. To grasp an auspicious moment – an interface 
    • Aion – eternity – the time which is beyond our perception – beyond life. Cosmic time, machinic time (the potency of being eternal – The Long Now)
    • You can only extend the moment of auspicious time – through artificial paradises (drugs, virtuality) 

ALL OF THESE ARE THINKING OBJECTS – media in the fundamental sense of using these objects as a way of developing a philosophical or conceptual resource


Questioning ideas of progress – our traditional conception of technologies as developing through functionalism, industrialism, commercial forces – whereas mostly we see in variantology, and in Penelope Gouk’s work (Pythagorean Hammers)

The functionalist / capitalist / industrial narratives for the development of technologies – – hegemony of powers which a sort of  hermeneutics of progress. 

The concepts and ideas of modernity and modern thinking – come from ‘elsewhere’ – i.e.: The power of the provinces, the development of Hegel’s progress map – i.e.: If the idea of 

Respect for objects 

Anarcheology – unarchives – Agamben  

‘Poetry arousers’ – metaphysics experiments – homo ludens (Flusser) – huizinga 

Collective Intelligence

Nanni Balestrini – Nanni Balestrini Tape Mark I (1961) – Nanni Balestrini’s 1966 character-and plot-free novel Tristan, which used a combination of techniques to make up a random text that differed from book to book. Sedicesimo 17, Isolde, uses the signs used for checking print quality, randomly crossing and mixing the inks during printing in a design created by chance and error, with each copy unique.

The Miraculous – The-Vatican-Vegas-History-Special

Kabbalism – Elliot R. Wolfson

Walter Benjamin – The Saved Night – the darkness in between images in the illusion of cinema – we must provide the 

Non-lethal weaponry – the opposite of fusion with the machine 


Dieter Roth

On the screen we can sit inside and outside ourselves at the same time. – Henry Miller 

Maciunias Learning Machines

Hans Bellmer

Johan Huizinga – Homo Ludens

Felisberto Hernández – “magic realism” 

Donald Hill

Freeman Dyson

Dyson on the history of the computer


Riley – 2012 jun 12 (evening)

Denise Riley

Imagine cranial interiority – brain scrutiny

Inner voice

Hegel – phrenology – the inner spot – just as many people complain of feeling a painful tension when thinking… 

The brain mind puzzle now seems to be visually illustrated 


Quaker George Fox

The FMRI experience – the oddly vacated feeling of viewing t

The history of interiority 

  • Hegel: Brain fibers and the like are… lifeless objects 
  • Scopophilia

The inner ear is an inert gas – seeing the interior 


  • ” ‘ While I was speaking to  him I didn’t know what was going on in his head’  In thinking this you are thinking of thought processes – we should like to know more what it looks like in his head”
  • William James – the psychology of mind
  • Patricia Smith Churchland
    • The mind is what the brain does
    • “Where am I in this?”
  • Aphasiology
    • The vermont rail man who became a

We aren’t in the world – Merleau Ponty’s proposal – we are of it 

Wallace Stephens jar sits starkly on its hill in Tennessee 

Nature has no core, no crust – everything comes at once – Hegel

Wordsworth – a fanticised death – “no motion has she now, no force, she neither hears nor sees…”

Yoruba’s sculptures – heads inside heads

Wilfred Bion – Samuel Beckett 

The Genealogy of Psychoanalysis

“The psychical sound space” – Didier Anzieu – the importance of sound in creating the self (mirroring, Lacan) 

Unfortunate that we do not have earlids – the inner ear may become uterine 

Christ’s conception as occurring through the ear of Mary  

Rabellais – The Fourth Book/Chapter LV – the ear – actively greedy – “we sucked in the air as some of you suck oysters”

Ears like mouthes – aural and oral – the inner voice is simulaneously self-speaking, self-listening

Nicholas Abraham – the grey cerebral cortex – a ‘modest cap’ – Freud: “we might add perhaps that the ego wears a hearing cap – it might be said to wear it awry”

Inner movement – Mallabou – plasticity and malleabilty 

Echoing – ultrasound – functional magnetic resonance imaging – sonar 

Location itself is far better understood as mobility – the idea of location is muteable 

Inner voice is replete with the history of thoughts very archeology 

hearing is essential to growing the self – edi leceour 


Singer – 2012 Jun 11

Climate Change 

Scientific principles and facts 

  • Anthropogenic
  • Pascal’s wager
  • Latour – science as a practice 
  • Deo Jemison – boulder colorado 
  • Commons Dilema
    • The atmosphere as a commons 
    • Solutions – principles of justice
      • Equal share
      • Those who need it most
  • Livestock contribution to greenhouse gasses

RIO Climate Summit

COP Copenhagen

COP Kyoto


Ethics for a Broken World – Tim Mulgan

Taste the Waste

Rules – Law – Morality

John Harris – perfected organ transplantation – survival lottery

Organ Donation – Krabinsky