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" johoka shakai "

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Truth and the information society.

On May 14th the New York Times ran a story on a ruling by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg to grant users the right to remove links about themselves. This case was prompted by a Spanish lawyer who wanted past records of his misconduct removed from search results. The “so-called right to be forgotten, or erasure” ruling poses some difficult outcomes and has some far reaching implications in terms of privacy, rights to knowledge and the miss-representation of our identities. While writing “from code to cortex to cognition” I went back to the link to check the reference but I was unable to find the original document. The link lead me to a different article where the content, title and authors had been changed. It seems content on the internet is forever changeable and it raises questions around the validity and authenticity of information and exposes some wider concerns around issues of confidence and trust.

What we leave behind is just as important as what we engage with in the present. The digital sphere forgets nothing, traditionally our sources of information were printed with ink, on machines made of steel and iron on substrates made from trees and organic matter, “the essence of objects”. The fragility of all those elements in synchronicity expressing the ideas and thoughts of humanity are vulnerable. The information society is vulnerable too, but to a different type of fragility, of being forgotten or being wiped away by the elements of nature, rather we are vulnerable not only to the dissemination of data, but also to how it is used and who controls these flows.

the day after



the day after never seems to end . an endless loop . a repeat . a clone . the day after never seems to end . a copy . the day after never seems to end . a loop . a repeat . the day after never seems to end . a copy . yesterday . a replica . today . tomorrow . infinity . a repeat . the day after never seems to end . an endless loop . a repeat . a bounce . the day after never seems to end . a copy . the day after never seems to end . a carbon-copy . a repeat . a repeat . a clone . the day after never seems to end . a mimeograph . a copy . yesterday . tomorrow . infinity . a repeat . the day after never seems to end . a loop . a repeat . today . the day after never seems to end . a copy . the day after never seems to end . today . a facsimile . an endless loop . a repeat . a clone . the day after never seems to end . a copy . yesterday . today . tomorrow . infinity . a repeat . the day after never seems to end . an endless loop . a repeat . the day after never seems to end . a copy . the day after never seems to end . an endless loop . a repeat . the day after never seems to end . a copy . yesterday . today . tomorrow . infinity . a repeat . a copy . the day after never seems to end . an endless loop . a repeat .


Wind is the flow of gases on a large scale. On the surface of the Earth, wind consists of the bulk movement of air. In outer space, solar wind is the movement of gases or charged particles from the Sun through space, while planetary wind is the outgassing of light chemical elements from a planet's atmosphere into space. Winds are commonly classified by their spatial scale, their speed, the types of forces that cause them, the regions in which they occur, and their effect. The strongest observed winds on a planet in the Solar System occur on Neptune and Saturn. Winds have various aspects, an important one being its velocity; another the density of the gas involved; another is the energy content or wind energy of a wind.

Future technologies

How to Eliminate the Hum From a Computer Audio Output

Step 1: Determine the source of the hum by eliminating possibilities. Check all the connections between the speakers and the computer. A poor connection can introduce a ground loop and humming.

Step 2: Wiggle the speaker cables to see if the hum is intermittent or consistent. An intermittent hum may be caused by cracked or broken speaker wire.

Step 3: Ensure the computer is plugged in to a grounded outlet. The three-pronged plug has positive, negative and grounded terminals. Without the ground a ground loop can be introduced into the audio system and cause a hum at the frequency of the alternating current. Computer speakers can add extra, unwanted noise picked up from other electrical signals.

Step 4: Move or remove any radio frequency transmitters close to the speakers. Wi-Fi routers, cell phones, microwaves and baby monitors are all RF signal generators that can cause interference in poorly shielded audio cables, which is interpreted as a humming sound.

Step 5: Add ferrite beads to the speaker cable to block any RF signals that cannot be removed. Higher quality cables often have the electromagnetic shielding material built in, but you can purchase snap-on ferrite beads for unshielded cables. Typically you want to snap the beads close to one end, the other end or both.

by James T Wood, Demand Media


The stability of latent images, 2015

[image] The stability of latent images, 2015 detail

I stared into his eyes, so different without glasses from the huge round eyes of his earlier self. The eyes are narrow behind their contact lenses. Do I trust him? Dare I trust him? He seems a nice old man but he could well be the Hacker ...”

Gore Vidal – Live from Golgotha

Light travels at 299,792,458 metres per second. In all practical terms if information were to travel in a vacuum it would travel as fast as light but realistically it only moves as fast as its method of transmission allows it to. It travels as packets of information, from one machine to another converging at their destination in one piece. Assembled, dispersed and then re-assembled.


[image] The stability of latent images, 2015 - install


[image] Exhale, 2015 - 1:19 minute video loop - install


Situations of encounter

cval12 MFA - the liminal presenceMFA Winter Seminar: Exhibition and Audience, 11 – 16 July, 2015

Versions of versions, the liminal presence of ambiguous perceptual fields and the potentiality that factual information may vary according to availability

situation 1 // 2015.07.11-16 / 24 Balfour Road, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand Davis seminar room located down the corridor past the bank of elevators on level 3

"Situated along a long corridor is a room. A room with a window, a portal which peers onto those who pass it by. A portal for those to peer into a room where a meeting might take place, where knowledge is being transferred from one entity to another, where labour is being performed, where information is being transformed."

situation 2 // ø : project.03 : 2015.07.11-16 / Front meeting room at 130 St. Georges Bay Road, Parnell

"... nobody really knows how many CCTV cameras exist in New Zealand. As we go about our daily lives we can expect to be captured on camera every time we use a public space; like walking down the street, at a restaurant, the supermarket, on the bus, train, ferry, taxi..."


a contiguous expanse

a sweeping uninterrupted view captures the surrounds of a periphery ... the slow circular movement... clockwise / anticlockwise – forwards / backwards . a revolution is stretched by the interruption of the "interplay of directed actions" ... a transformation or a compression of movement / the panorama extends our field of vision in the hope of revealing a wider truth but the lateral return to its point of origin feels like a second take, a cut, a 'flicker' moment which embeds itself in uncertainty. not perfect, did it miss something? is there something else there to be seen? as it returns to record its passage it leaves behind a stretched pixel, a moment in time when it was something else, attached to something else. a remix, "a rough-cut of sequences"...

information shadows - a brief digest

updated as of : 2015.06


where is the interface? why can't a wall be an interface? how about a space, a void? is that not an interface? things are unfinished. some patterns seem to be emerging. talk is not about the things, object/images or otherwise, that occupy the wall but more about the ideas which surround them. the embedded meaning or rather the residual value which they impart. their place in the context of greater meaning or whether they even have a place within the space they temporarily inhabit? how to transport a viewer elsewhere? i enjoy encountering a space and making decisions in the moment. how much content to include? where should they be positioned? what is their relation to each other? is there one? a minimalist aesthetic? can one object/image carry that much weight? ...

... i was told to wait ...

images below from 'global / local' summer seminar whitecliffe college of arts and design mfa mid-course submission : 2015.02.16-22 : install at Pearce Gallery and SGBR Studio, 130 Georges Bay road, parnell, auckland

Information shadows

Our thirst for knowledge and our appetite for understanding is what has propelled humanity forward. As we continue to broaden the knowledge based economies of our interconnected lives the data and information we manufacture acts as a conduit where the content we exchange contains a new form of labour. This ‘user activated labour’ results from a transaction where the value of exchange is not immediately one of economics but rather an exchange of information ripe for harvesting. Objects and resources are embedded with an information shadow and as we engage with our data driven society we extend the value of any given resource beyond its sole purpose as a commodity. The information presented here acts as a mediating point and seeks to explore the possibilities where concepts and ideas might exist beyond the boundaries of their function and intent. The accompanying QR codes link to a digital space where ideas exist in another dimension. These black and white cryptographs act as an interface between a physical world and the digital universe.

You will need to download a QR reader to your device to scan and follow the links.


update: 2015.06

This project began as the Data Syphons project.01 on blended-theory. It has since been absorbed into the transparency in exile: eighty-eight or there abouts project. They straddle the same subject matter and as these projects continue to be refined they will migrate into more specific lines of inquiry.

stretched vistas

shape / colour / modular


stand-ins / and other thoughts


data /

modular /

chatter /

fractured /

in search of data

tangimoana_panels For centuries humans have been collecting data. Ever since the first scientists, cartographers and philosophers began to question the boundaries of their existence and to explore the possibilities of the unknown, humans have been collecting, classifying and documenting their observations.

Today we continue to explore the possibilities of pushing our boundaries further outward where we extensively collect the bits and bytes of our interactions. In a series of online projects, blended-theory aims to open up a dialogue around the function of data in the contemporary; who is collecting it, what is it being used for and how might it shape us as we unknowingly participate in a world immersed in the shift to a digital existence.


/ project . 01 encouraging a culture of : remix / sampling / sharing / zero copyright.