Category Archives: ixdm

events ixdm

All Eyes on Method — 4 June 2015

Changes in ‘facts’  /// Changes in ‘tactics and strategies’  /// Objects are methods 

Bernard Dionysious Geogehagan  //

  • Media technologies of psychoanalysis 
  • Chris Csizetmihali and the motivation of programming / technical 
  • Technological media is not the primary thing at play 
  • Gender – clerical links
  • Learning programming … 

Kafka: How on earth did anyone get the idea that people can communicate with one another by letter! Of a distant person one can think, and of a person who is near one can catch hold – all else goes beyond human strength. Writing letters, however, means to denude oneself before the ghosts, something for which they greedily wait. Written kisses don’t reach their destination, rather they are drunk on the way by the ghosts.

Noise and backgrounds / foregrounds… Kittler’s line about the sounds of noise 

Leibniz:  said that he hoped his stepped reckoner would help astronomers… just like the first computer uses of Watson / IBM / Columbia first labs…

The media generative of — difference generating machines — media structure relations 

Book about transatlantic cables 

“Prison-house of wires” 

Working so hard to be subjects… 

Sarah Benhaim 

  • Noise ethnography
  • signal scrambling 
  • support / love 
  • irony and provocation — so

Harsh Noise Wall /// Sister Usine… 

How to create a discourse out of something that is 

Acting out what you thought… asking out the question of 

Music fidelity fetishism … noise lovers do not think of it as ‘bad sound’ 

Outsides of codification — 

Paul Legarty — noise as aesthetics 

The noise signal as ‘semantic-less’ — it’s both the best and worst topic, the hardest and easiest ‘object’ of discourse.  There is in this the same thought about politics… which creates noise

Anthropology of media-technologies… different recording devices make you a different reseracher
Perspectivism … what it is to see/hear as the musician, as the researcher, as the audience member – but also as the speaker, as the cement, as the air in the room… 

Luis Manuel Garcia

  • Luis in Paris
  • Talismanic value 
  • Fun and work
  • Distance / proximity… 
  • Blog post as a ‘form’

Kathleen Stuart – everydayness 

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


  • 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…


  • 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) 
ixdm New Category

Meeting Notes — Zielinski (22 August 2014)

Institute of Media Archeology

Engineering and the Mind’s Eye Paperback – Eugene S. Ferguson

Pauli & Jung — Dialogues (motivations of science) — Synchronicity

Fludd & Kepler —(From Fludd-Essential Readings) An essential follow up to Pauli’s essay is Robert S Westman’s “Nature, Art and Psyche: Jung, Pauli and the Kepler-Fludd polemic in Occult and Scientific Mentalities in the Renaissance.

Einstein & Bohr 

Henning Schnitken — Brain & Time


Expanded Hermeneutics

…After the Media — the exact philology of almost precise things

Max Bense — 1926 – Quantum Reality – Einstein & Heidegger – Technical Experinece – “Our Existnence has become technical”

Gunter — Soul the Technical Age 

Philology — exact interpretation of text / including objects

Harun Farocki

Lorraine Daston, Jürgen Renn , Dagmar Schäfer

Max Planckt – Artefacts + Acting + Knowledge 

Andrey Smirnov

Solomon Nikritin – 1910’s projectionism cartograms of programs

Companion to the Philosophy of Technology 

Yuk Hui