Category Archives: realisations

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.”

ideas manifestations realisations

Apocryphal Technologies

A research project into methods of creating technologies and technological imaginaries which do not work, although widely believed and circulated as being functional:

  1. Lie Detection
  2. Randomness / Choatic Behavior (machinic luck)
  3. E-meter

(An oppositional project into the technologies which do exist and function, and everyone knows about, but people are in denial about — surveillance, brain science FMRI, etc. — “Abjured Technologies”)

manifestations realisations

The History of Ground (Electricity)

Long-distance electromagnetic telegraph systems from 1820 onwards used two or more wires to carry the signal and return currents. It was then discovered, probably by the German scientist Carl August Steinheil in 1836-1837 [1], that the ground could be used as the return path to complete the circuit, making the return wire unnecessary. However, there were problems with this system, exemplified by the transcontinental telegraph line constructed in 1861 by the Western Union Company between Saint Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. During dry weather, the ground connection often developed a high resistance, requiring water to be poured on the ground rod to enable the telegraph to work or phones to ring.

Later, when telephony began to replace telegraphy, it was found that the currents in the earth induced by power systems, electrical railways, other telephone and telegraph circuits, and natural sources including lightning caused unacceptable interference to the audio signals, and the two-wire system was reintroduced.



truth & material



ideas realisations

materials of conterculture in art and technology

characteristics of wester art:

  • repeatability
  • permanence
  • provenance
  • etc…

materialities of technology countering these:

  • the for loop – infinite repeatability
  • the while loop – in-finitude
  • the if statement – conditionality
  • the CPU
  • etc…
ideas manifestations realisations


Tokyo-Ga = “Tokyo Images”

Wim Wenders says, “If in our century something  sacred still existed… if there were something like a sacred treasure of the cinema, then for me that would have to be the work of the Japanese director, Yasujiro Ozu.  He made fifty-four films.  Silent films in the Twenties, black-and-white films in the Thirties and Forties, and finally colour films until his death on December 12th, 1963, on his sixtieth birthday.

As thoroughly Japanese as they are, these films are, at the same time, universal.  In them, I’ve been able to recognize all families, in all the countries of the world, as well as my parents, my brother and myself.  For me, never before and never again since has the cinema been so close to its essence and its purpose: to present an image of man in our century, a usable, true and valid image, in which he not only recognizes himself but from which, above all, he may learn about himself.Ozu’s work does not need my praise and such a sacred treasure of the cinema could only reside in the realm of the imagination.

And so, my trip to Tokyo was in no way a pilgrimage.  I was curious as to whether I still could track down something from this time, whether there was still anything left of this work. Images perhaps, or even people… Or whether so much would have changed in Tokyo in the twenty years since Ozu’s death that nothing would be left to find.

Seoul-Sajin = “Seoul Images”

And so, my trip to Seoul was in no way a pilgrimage…

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a position on Politics

I am less interested in Politics as I am less interested in Nations, as these seem to me another way of avoiding taking responsibility for, and for the actions of, all civilisation.


breakdown (2010)

homage to Michael Landy: delete all personal data and files. everything.


hiding behind text

disappointment/acceptance of the lacunae between people and their developed ideas in writing. not as lived-ideas (doing as they write), but as lived intellect (chewing over what they write).

people don’t like to talk about what they write. differences in mind-state? references-at-hand?

back to pragmatism in academic practice: are discourse and action the point of writing?

  • cultural fodder – “have you read…”
  • frameworks for thought – “write it down, it will help you make it / talk about it…”

other lacunae:

  • concept – realization
  • theory – practice
  • technological rhetoric – technological implementation