ramblings / cartesian encounters

An Artist Stares Back at the Surveillance State

Here is a nice little interview with Trevor Paglen talking broadly about his work, new ways of seeing, image making and machine vision.

"Multimedia artist Trevor Paglen is mapping out the new landscape of digital communications and surveillance. In this wide-ranging interview the photographer, sculptor, geographer and writer talks about how he is learning to see the historical moment we live in. Video: Gabe Johnson; Photo: Trevor Paglen" [source]


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Alexandre Larose screening

[wpvideo oQn7h791] @ The Young Gallery, Wellington, part of the Circuit Symposium Phantom Toplogies September 2016

The work St Bathans repetitions 1/2/16 - 21/3/16 (portraits de Jacques à St Bathans, avec interlude de paysages, sur écran translucide) could be descibed as a series of sketches or studies. These exploratory fragments have come from a recent residency by the experimental Canadian video artist Alexandre Larose in the gold mining town of St Bathans in the South Island.

"It’s most prominent feature is the Blue Lake, a small turquoise body of water formed by the artificial process of gold-sluicing in the late 19th century. Over three months in early 2016 [he] made a series of works exploring St Bathans’ scenic environs and the domestic spaces of an iconic original mud-brick house. The selected spaces were then subject to intense image manipulation through in-camera techniques, suggesting slippages in time and place."

Photography Without a Lens? Future of Images May Lie in Data

image: Columbia Vision Laboratory/Columbia University

By DAVE GERSHGORN December 23, 2015 :  The New York Times Company

"The light passes through a glass sphere instead of a traditional lens, and it is diffracted into a cup of angled sensors. Because the camera knows exactly how light will pass through the sphere, it decodes and stitches the data from each sensor to make a complete image. 

“The hope is that if this architecture is adopted, you’ll see smaller and smaller cameras producing images with orders of magnitude higher resolution,” Mr. Nayar said.

Retrieved from: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/lens/2015/12/23/the-future-of-computational-photography/?smid=fb-share&_r=1&referer=https://t.co/jttv6lDyar


Oskar Fischinger Raumlichtkunst (c. 1926/2012)

Images: courtesy Center for Visual Music

Three-projector HD reconstruction by the Center for Visual Music 2012 on at the Govett-Brewster

Space, light, music: A dizzying 3 screen projection of moving-image works by Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967). Unfortunately, I have been asked to remove the video so you have to take my word for it but the accompanying sound brings the works to life. It is not the original composition and in this "re-creation, the Center for Visual Music chose to use Varese's Ionisation and two versions of Double Music by John Cage and Lou Harrison" [source] – perfect! On till the 6th of August at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

In 1926, abstract filmmaker Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967) began performing multiple projector cinema shows in Germany with up to five 35mm film projectors, colour filters and slides.

Fischinger wrote of his concept of Raumlichtmusik (space-light-music), believing all the arts would merge in this new art. The critics called his performances ‘Raumlichtkunst’ (space-light-art) and praised Fischinger's ‘original art vision which can only be expressed through film’. These shows represent some of the earliest attempts at cinematic immersive environments, and are a precursor to expanded cinema and 1960's light shows. [source]

[image: book cover of Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967): Experiments in Cinematic Abstractionby Cindy Keefer(Editor), Jaap Gu(Editor) Publisher: EYE Filmmuseum and Center for Visual Music; 1st edition April 1, 2013]



davos 2016: privacy and secrecy

Sorry for the delay on these post. Just cleaning out my drafts folder.

Commonality = priveldge information = value which we trade .

Sharing of nuggets of information . goverenments engage in surveillance and espionage

Should government be allowed to read someones emails?

NO (sort of) / Yes (with a caveat) / YES (sometime) / Yes (with a caveat) / NO

Best answer... YES (caveat)... if he/she (sic) can read the govenments emails.


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really long trunks: first ever youtube video

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw&w=560&h=315]

Uploaded on Apr 23, 2005

The first video on YouTube. Maybe it's time to go back to the zoo?

Jawed Karim (born 28 October 1979) is an American-bangladeshi internet entrepreneur who co-founded YouTube and was the first person to upload a video on it. The video he released was named "Me at the zoo" and as of 2017 has reached 36 million views. Many of the core components of PayPal, including its real-time anti-internet fraud system, were also designed and implemented by Karim.

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Twitter feeds and glass castles


Twitter feeds are not normally subjected to artistic and/or aesthetic citique but when that feed belongs to one of the most scrutinised females in the western world, it is no surprise that a deeper psychological anlaysis of how individuals view the world around them and how our choices of what we post and share not only become a reflective representation of our existence but also acts as an identifying gesture that marks us. In reading a 'critique' of Melania Trump's twitter feed by Kate Imbach I tried to removed my anthropological microscope from the writing and instead viewed it as an interesting way to approach a critical discourse around the images we create. As always, the comments fascinate me as they reflect the way that social media and similar platforms allow individuals to go on their own divisive 'rants and raves'. Of course we are entitled to our own opinion and observations, and it is not surprising to me that the fractured responses expose our inherently binary attitudes that possibly mirror our ideological 'core-values'. But more fascinating to me is the role that the image plays within the larger discourse of the 'image-world' we live in and what its trajectory might be into a potentially 'post-image' reality, where the boundaries of fact and fiction are now easily manipulated, crafted and composed as new technologies, virtual/augmented realities, "projected 3D images that are beamed straight into our eyes" [source] are about to become the new normal and where 'image' might be/mean something else in the near future.

Imbach treats our very public need for 'display' as a 'body of work' (works of art/artist/performer?) which exposes the network-image of our 'post-truth' capitalist 'value-saturated' environments to a kind of critique that normally we reserve to the white-cube. Here the image which we might dismiss as 'snap-shots' has had its status elevated to 'public-performative' where its association has allowed it to migrate off the mantle piece, the bedside table, fridge or those weird multi-matted-overly-framed-picture-holder-things (sorry don't now how else to describe them) – and to inhabit a networked reality where our senses are trying to adjust to a world of information that puts the image in tension with our subjective relationship with the here and now. Its worth a read and you can find a link in the image below (... more on that later).


Kate Imbach is an American fiction writer and visual artist living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is an MFA candidate at New York University has an MPA from Suffolk University. She directed the documentary short films The Taxi Composer (2012), The Mayor of Noe Valley (2013), The Last Video Store (2014), and Partners (2015), which premiered at the 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival. Her fiction has been published in Passages North, Word Riot and Map Literary, among others.


re_post : What [in the World] was Postmodernism? An Introduction – by David Ciccoricco



A group of scholars and artists will gather the first week of June with one question on their minds: what was postmodernism?

 The “What [in the World] was Postmodernism?” Symposium will bring together scholars, poets, and visual artists to reflect on how postmodernism has shaped their respective fields and practices, and how the defining traits of that movement have managed to – or failed to – translate into whatever we decide has superseded it in today’s postcolonial, posthumanist, and digital culture.


"As I have suggested elsewhere, the logic that has digital culture leaving postmodernism behind might be further justified in terms of subjectivity—that is, how we see ourselves in light of digital technology and its discourse. Contrary to prevailing notions of the postmodernist self as an emptying out, or an always already discursive and multiple construction, it is arguably a form of surplus selfhood that takes hold in digital culture. If postmodernism’s subjectivity is constructed foremost in and in relation to language, then the digital self—in this age of the “selfie”—is constructed foremost in and in relation to the machine, which rushes to (over)fill the spaces of the network, and there proliferates. Thus, if finding a satisfying sense of self amid the forces of fragmentation is a uniquely postmodernist predicament, then attempting to lose it might be more aptly a digital one, from innumerable search engine hits that locate us in nanoseconds, to the unknown and unknowable number of databases in which our personal details appear, to our ubiquitous profiles cutting across time and space on social networking software du jour. In any case, with all of the conspicuous reconfigurations of human bodies and minds in light of machines, any model of selfhood we embrace in the digital age would have to account for the unprecedented ability to control, configure, and distribute—indeed, self-publish—our own modes and models of subjectivity.3"

by David Ciccoricco 2016-12-04 An Introduction to the gathering.

read the full text here: http://electronicbookreview.com/thread/endconstruction/what

David Ciccoricco: His research is focused on literary and narrative theory with an emphasis on emergent forms of digital literature, as well as digital culture and posthumanism more generally. He has published on Jorge Luis Borges as well as critical work and reviews on digital fiction and poetry. Recent publications include “Focalization in Digital Fiction” in issue 20.3 of Narrative. He is the author of Reading Network Fiction, a book on the first and second waves of digital fiction.

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[image] mark amerika / jon vega / twine : filmtext v2.0 : http://www.markamerika.com/filmtext/

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Transient states of being and modularity within networks :

One might think, judging by the title, that this essay might be about the interactions between eastern philosophical meditative states and how they integrate into complex systems possibly through a digitally connected environment, but in fact this is about moving residence. Not long ago I completed a 740 km journey from one end of the north island to the other, a southern migration; like a bead of condensation driven by gravity on the windshield or a blue digitized line on the screen of a mobile device, its GPS following me everywhere I go. As I move along the prescribed route intersecting various coordinates, numbers and symbols dance across my field of vision. Mostly the journey is fluid, traveling at constant speeds, a direct route through varied topologies, occasionally there are diversions, intersections that interrupt the flow and divert attention, possible bifurcations and distractions.

As I traveled, I began to contemplate the effect that environment might have on ones being and how the outcomes of those experience manifest themselves through communication. Every time I leave a place I feel as if I have left something behind, not in the sense of forgetting something but more like a type of residue, something that is never seen, felt or heard. Every input one receives from these environments and experiences alters the way we see things and the way we react. I suppose one could say that humans are reactive identities with the ability to adjust their senses and responses in relation to their proximity, physical or psychological, to situations and events. In a way this is what set us apart; our ability to analyze any situation and adapt our thinking, our modes of comprehension and to adjust to other beings where we can either passively integrate or aggressively react or somewhere in between.

to be continued ...