Genuinely thrown by the Maroon 5 guy’s Hindi-language tattoo of the word ‘tapas’.— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) February 4, 2019
“Magic is insidious, and therein lies its danger… In magical rites the inversion of letters serves the diabolical purpose of turning the divine order into an infernal disorder.”— ◉ (@brightabyss) February 4, 2019
(Carl Jung, ‘Alchemical Studies’, p.121)
For professional reasons, got a new phone & been testing the Google Assistant. Out-of-the-box, if you say “good morning” it will start to read Reuters & CNN news. This is the exact opposite of what I perceive as a “good morning”. Overall, it feels designed for a alien race.— samim (@samim) February 4, 2019
Today is #WorldCancerDay. On this day, exactly a decade ago I was first diagnosed with cancer. To mark this decade of living with dis-ease, I’ll be publishing excerpts from my journal online in various forms. #IAmAndIWill https://t.co/WUOl3Cojj9 pic.twitter.com/98QZnMYDFd— Maja Kuzmanovic (@deziluzija) February 4, 2019
Books 11: https://t.co/xOehTsXoHe published The Million last summer. It’s set in the universe of Lockstep, but inside-out: it’s the story of the people who stay awake will the millions of locksteppers hibernate. https://t.co/3UTYCJNsWW pic.twitter.com/iRVIcHdPBu— Karl Schroeder (@KarlSchroeder) February 4, 2019
I admire @GretaThunberg, I respect her, I find her courage inspirational, and I also recognize that having these feelings won’t change the political inequalities, structural economic and social inertia, and climate feedback dynamics that are going to kill us all.— Roy Scranton (@RoyScranton) February 3, 2019
US and UK bring to mind the words of Panait Istrati when visiting the 1930s USSR: “All right, I can see the broken eggs,” he said. “Where is this omelette of yours?” @mrjamesob— Theun Karelse (@theunk) February 3, 2019
Three emoji thesis for philosophers:— Gregory Marks (@thewastedworld) February 3, 2019
• Deleuze: 🥚🦞🥔
• Haraway: 🤖🤝🐶
• Bataille: 🌞💦🌍
• Adorno: 🚘🙅♂️📺
• Benjamin: 💨👼🔥
• Barthes: 📖✍️😵
• Agamben: 🔜⛓😶
Forest supercomputers, computational landscape architecture, and WiFi’s passage through trees—“landscapes sown specifically for their electromagnetic-propagation effects.” https://t.co/arQVqK2XGW pic.twitter.com/GfZubqLk8w— Geoff Manaugh (@bldgblog) February 1, 2019
’[E]veryone has a religion, whether admitted or not, because it is impossible to be human without having some basic assumptions (or intuitions) about existence and the good life.’— Peter Sjöstedt-H (@PeterSjostedtH) February 1, 2019
– Alan #Watts
Jogja Noise Bombing, From the street to the stage, #book by Indra Menus & Sean Stellefox (in Indonesian & English) is now available in printed version (contact them for a copy) and also in free PDF format. #noise #music #indonesiahttps://t.co/Kbp8kEb9DRhttps://t.co/hEN1gLAIq1— C-drík Kirdec Syrphe (@Cdrk_Syrphe) February 1, 2019
“A huge Chinese middle class that is thought to number 400 million has brought about a fast-moving extinction crisis for many animal species.” https://t.co/tOMsPrDQmp— Extinction Symbol (@extinctsymbol) February 1, 2019
Three leaves from a Tibetan musical score used in Buddhist monastic ritual with the notation for voice, drums, trumpets, horns and cymbals.— Espen Sommer Eide (@esomm) February 1, 2019
From the collection of the U.S. Library of Congress pic.twitter.com/TFWXQfbbab
How is our business preparing for pointless brexit? Cancelled travel in April, applied for export licence, stocked up on materials in studio, have the FoAM international network as backup for contracts in EU & loving the sudden horrified awareness of invisible infrastructures.— Dave Griffiths (FoAM Kernow) (@nebogeo) February 1, 2019
I am convinced that the greatest threat we face isn’t climate change denial. It’s the weaponization of ignorance and apathy that is at its core…— Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) January 31, 2019
THIS SATURDAY 2nd FEB @DiagonalRecords @Cafeoto— Russell Haswell (@RussellHaswell) January 30, 2019
HP [@RussellHaswell x @odbpowell ] — live debut w/ visuals by mathias gmachl [@farmersmanual_ ] • VIVIANKRIST [gallhammer] — UK live debut • NHK — live • HANDY — live https://t.co/NlGCJTizC0… pic.twitter.com/hFgDOKqF8d
The crossword are probably the only mainstream puzzle format that requires a full-blown postrational civilizational OODA loop running in your head. You can solve sudokus with pure rationality, but crosswords require you to understand both the zeitgeist, and others’ maps of it.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) January 31, 2019
╲╲╲— exq=.s.te =n.c&de/s (@crashtxt) January 30, 2019
Marie Kondo but for fossil fuels.— Alex Steffen (@AlexSteffen) January 29, 2019
Yo. Foresight. What’s the preoccupation with brands? They’re just trash cans of intellectual property that don’t pay enough tax.— Tobias Revell (@tobias_revell) January 30, 2019
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This language has only two genders: animate and inanimate.— /// DRIFT /// (@body_drift) January 29, 2019
As a person, I love the narrative of seasonal and local food. It sounds cosy, comforting and intuitively logical.— James Wong (@Botanygeek) January 29, 2019
Yet as a scientist, I know the reality of restricting the diet of a population to local and seasonal food is often hunger and malnutrition.
That’s why we shouldn’t.
I’m very excited to announce the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria from my own body that I have used in numerous artworks is the first “artistically important” organism to be accessioned by @NCTC_3000 under code number NCTC 14139. https://t.co/VR7txJ48YZ #bioart #bacteria #sciart pic.twitter.com/B0iRLuiA9k— Anna Dumitriu (@AnnaDumitriu) January 28, 2019
I revisited the Museo Xular Solar. If Buenos Aires *is* a labyrinth then its Asterion is not the obelisk but this museum – a labyrinth inside a labyrinth with its own universal language and music, its own form of total syncretism, its own Glasperlenspiel. #PanChess #XularSolar pic.twitter.com/91Kee663ZV— Paul Prudence (@MrPrudence) January 27, 2019
It’s impossible to predict the future. Any models or scenarios will inevitably be mostly wrong. So I recently described the goal of the Future Committee as “being wrong about the future in the most useful way possible”. #futurism— Smári McCarthy (@smarimc) January 27, 2019
“Memory’s truth, because memory has its own special kind.— Dr Belinda Barnet (@manjusrii) January 27, 2019
It selects, eliminates, alters, exaggerates, minimizes, glorifies, and vilifies also; but in the end it creates its own reality, its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events.
I’ve written before about BigGAN, an image-generating neural net that Google trained recently. It generates its best images for each of the 1,000 different categories in the standard ImageNet dataset, from goldfish to planetarium to toilet tissue. And the images it produces are both beautifully textured and deeply weird. Some of the categories - scabbard, rocking chair, stopwatch - are delightfully aesthetic.
[scabbard, rocking chair, stopwatch]
Google has made the trained BigGAN model available to the research/art community, which is nice, since people have estimatedthat today it would take around $60k in cloud computing time to train one’s own.
But there’s more lurking in the BigGAN model besides the 1,000 ImageNet categories. The model thinks of each category as a big set of numbers that describes exactly how to smoosh and stretch and color random noise. Following one set of numbers will transform noise into a flower, while following another set will turn that same noise into a dog instead. But another thing a set of number is, is a position in space: latitude and longitude for example, or x,y,z coordinates - in math terms, we call the set of numbers a vector. And in machine learning, all the positions in space (granted, an approximately 100-dimensional space) that a model’s vectors can point to is called vector space.
So one set of numbers - the flower vector - points you to some location in vector space, and another set of numbers - the dog vector - points you to a different location.
[daisy, saluki dog]
But here is where it gets fun. The vectors are just numbers, which means you could, in theory, average them. What happens when you average together “saluki dog” and “daisy”? There’s no ImageNet category there, so what’s lurking in that spot in vector space, halfway between the two? Delightfully, dogflowers.
This, it turns out, is so cool. Joel Simon has put together an app called ganbreeder.app that lets you mix and match categories.
So, this is what you get when you travel to the point in vector space midway between bedlington terrier and geyser, with a little dingo thrown in.
And this spot in latent space is somewhere between Pembroke Terrier and espresso.
This aesthetic delight is bookshop + radio telescope, with a teensy bit of boston bull. (It turns out that since the ImageNet dataset is full of dogs, vector space is too)
Want to make something adorably small? Add a bit of thimble. (This is the bit of latent space midway between thimble + zucchini)
Want to make it really ornate and fancy? Throw in some church organ, or perhaps some saxophone. This, for the record, is conch + organ + sax + scabbard + book jacket.
This spot around electric locomotive + greenhouse + prison + vault + rocking chair + shoji is very beautiful.
I’m also fond of trilobite + carpenter’s kit + french horn + ladle + streetcar.
While the less said about the bit of latent space midway between bathtub + butcher shop, the better.
Go explore ganbreeder.app, which is free and so so fascinating!
And check out a few more of my favorite spots in latent space here in the bonus material!
This is Nikolai Vavilov, a Russian botanist.— James Wong (@Botanygeek) January 26, 2019
He is undoubtedly one of the most influential people in human history (that you have never heard of).
As you and I may well be alive today because of his work, here’s a (short) thread about him on the 76th anniversary of his death. pic.twitter.com/6Dx31bYWR0
kg mass:— Biolojical (@biolojical) January 26, 2019
just biked from Taipei to New Taipei City while listening to the entirety of DJ Shadow’s “Endtroducing…..”, extremely into it pic.twitter.com/6MqyQRBZo8— 胡子哥 (@SanNuvola) January 26, 2019
clouds workshop day two, wonderfully rich offerings: desert poetry and balloon expeditions, contrail art, ice-cream artillery, lightning guns. the #intheclouds hashtag has a snapshot.— hugo reinert (@metaleptic) January 25, 2019
“Adults keep saying: ‘We owe it to the young people to give them hope.’ But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.” https://t.co/fnvErGbfOI— Alice Bell (@alicebell) January 25, 2019
How can you do great AI research when you don’t have access to google-scale compute? By being weird. The big tech companies are obsessed with staying nimble despite being big, and some succeed to some extent. But they can’t afford to be as weird as a lone looney professor.— Julian Togelius (@togelius) January 25, 2019
Ten years ago I set up a small DIY label for noise & experimental music. After 36 releases by artists from Italy, China, UK, Australia, Hong Kong & Germany, we’re closing shop & everything is on Bandcamp for free download. A few takeaways: https://t.co/cFLegqLuTt— 胡子哥 (@SanNuvola) January 25, 2019
Apprentice STS scholar: I don’t know what a boundary object is— Goth Merenghi (@farbandish) January 25, 2019
Intermediary STS scholar: nobody ELSE knows what a boundary object is
Veteran STS scholar: fuck it just call it a ‘coordinative artifact’ and dare the reviewers to ask questions.
“Santa” is very important because it teaches kids that adults are capable of staging large scale, leaderless, and decentralized deceptions just for the hell of it— John Backus (@backus) January 23, 2019
Um yeah sure ok, Elon Musk can shoot his car into space but my idea of putting authentic mastodon bones into oversized space suits and placing them on the Moon next to a homemade wooden rocket in order to confuse future archeologists is “unreasonable” and “a waste of resources”— Dr. Jens Foell (@fMRI_guy) January 23, 2019
as a composer I am applying into the vast and limitless void here, for the next women led feminist intersectional interspecific cultural luxemburgist sci-fi #scifi— AG.Føɍɇvøɍ : ρѻﻉtﻉ§§ (@poemproducer) January 24, 2019
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I think… apart from anything else… it’s important to learn the lessons of the Brexit fracture lines as preparation for the much bigger fight that’s coming over climate.— Nick Harkaway (@Harkaway) January 24, 2019
One can neither work with, nor dispense with, the category of ‘nature.’— McKenzie Wark (@mckenziewark) January 24, 2019
The best one has are conceptual tactics.
The greatest impact of climate chaos is the end of predictable decision-making landscapes—the loss of the ability to plan optimally and the need to find rugged strategies for non-foreseeable futures.— Alex Steffen (@AlexSteffen) January 24, 2019
We’re only just starting to grok the enormity of that.https://t.co/73nu6XKS8W
Scott Alexander continues to delight with his works of short, sharp science fiction (previously): this time, it’s “Sort by Controversial,” a teachnolovecraftian story of training a machine learning system to recognize (and then produce) “controversial” stories by exploiting Reddit’s “sort by controversial” feature to obtain training data.
Alexander’s mcguffin is something called “Shiri’s Scissor,” a machine learning system that produces polarizing statements whose deceptive obvious rightness (or, alternately, wrongness) pits people against one another so violently that once you’ve been scissored, your peace is forever fractured.
It’s a lovely tale in the tradition of Lexicon and Snow Crash, turning on the use of algorithms to locate “spells” whose utterances destroy our ability to think clearly – and as such, it’s a wonderful metaphor for the engagement-maximized political climate we find ourselves imprisoned by.
“Thinking-with the swamp”, a recent publication by @IngridVranken, Sepideh Ardalani, and Mihaela Brebenel:
These noises sound strange, unnatural, and even mechanical because most of us have absolutely no idea what the vast majority of animals sound like. Here, for example, are some lynx that (starting about 40 seconds in) wail like drunk banshees.
She starts with a clip that’s been digitally altered to sound like jibberish. On first listen, to my ears, it was entirely meaningless. Next, Das plays the original, unaltered clip: a woman’s voice saying, “The Constitution Center is at the next stop.” Then we hear the jibberish clip again, and woven inside what had sounded like nonsense, we hear “The Constitution Center is at the next stop.” The point is: When our brains know what to expect to hear, they do, even if, in reality, it is impossible. Not one person could decipher that clip without knowing what they were hearing, but with the prompt, it’s impossible not to hear the message in the jibberish. This is a wonderful audio illusion.
Hagfish produce slime the way humans produce opinions—readily, swiftly, defensively, and prodigiously. They slime when attacked or simply when stressed. On July 14, 2017, a truck full of hagfish overturned on an Oregon highway. The animals were destined for South Korea, where they are eaten as a delicacy, but instead, they were strewn across a stretch of Highway 101, covering the road (and at least one unfortunate car) in slime. Typically, a hagfish will release less than a teaspoon of gunk from the 100 or so slime glands that line its flanks. And in less than half a second, that little amount will expand by 10,000 times—enough to fill a sizable bucket. Reach in, and every move of your hand will drag the water with it.
We are already seeing the devastating consequences of global warming, with ever-rising sea levels, extreme storms, prolonged droughts and intensified bushfires. Now, after two years of research and modelling, scientists have come up with a groundbreaking new framework for achieving – and even beating – the target of limiting warming to 1.5°C. The research by leading scientists at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the German Aerospace Center and the University of Melbourne, has been funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) as part of its new One Earth initiative. This model is the first to achieve the required negative emissions through natural climate solutions, including the restoration of degraded forests and other lands, along with a transition to 100% renewable energy by mid-century.
It’s 2019, so I wrote ‘stop shouting future start doing it’ because I am tired of hollow promises and would like some more courage please. https://t.co/4w5QS6KIIe— Anab Jain (@anabjain) January 24, 2019
Hope for slightly higher recycling uptake isn’t utopia— Justin Poirier (@tokenizedcap) January 24, 2019
“In conclusion, there is no conclusion. Things will go on as they always have, getting weirder all the time.” ― Robert Anton Wilson— samim (@samim) January 23, 2019
There’s really only 4 ways to connect with someone of a culture/ideology you hate at an intellectual level (none guaranteed):— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) January 23, 2019
1. Develop a taste for their food
2. Develop a taste for their music/cultural output
3. Weather a mortal crisis with them
4. Sleep with them
I don’t know who originally called machine learning “bias laundering” but that’s often very accurate— Asher Langton (@AsherLangton) January 22, 2019
yup, and we’re driving right past the turn off pic.twitter.com/e9qarQSJLq— m1k3y (@m1k3y) January 23, 2019
Hi, I’m the #Arctic #cryosphere portal. You may know me from my greatest hits “I’m losing around 60,000 km2 of sea ice a year*”, “Near-surface permafrost has warmed by more than 0.5°C since 2007**” and the all time smash hit “The Arctic is the fastest warming part of the globe” https://t.co/rz9pV0nTdC— Polar Portal (@PolarPortal) January 22, 2019
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. #OscarWilde— Oscar Wilde (@ByOscarWilde) January 22, 2019
Something went wrong between the PDF of my manuscript and the printer, and what emerged is now the coolest thing I’ve ever created pic.twitter.com/1OBlsXr2s4— Joey Connolly (@joeyrconnolly) January 21, 2019
Australian Government to provide $6.7 million for a replica of Captain Cook’s ship to “re-enact” a 39-stop circumnavigation that never took place at all. There was no circumnavigation.— Dr Belinda Barnet (@manjusrii) January 22, 2019
Post-fact society? What are we inventing here?
tropical ghost fortress airport.— hugo reinert (@metaleptic) January 21, 2019
Both outright doom & doing more of the same are grounded in maintaining a sense of comfort, but the future is uncomfortable. Both are ways of excusing oneself from the discomfort of the experimental, bold action this moment demands. I have lost patience for excuses.— syd🌹🌱 (@SydneyAzari) January 21, 2019
you, oxygen-breathing intellectual: for the first time, in the Anthropocene, an organism is transforming its own planetary environment.— hugo reinert (@metaleptic) January 22, 2019
me, early earth anaerobic heterotroph: fOr thE fIrsT tiMe, iN tHe anThRopOcenE, aN orGaNisM is tRanSfOrmIng iTs oWn pLanEtaRy eNviRoNMenT.
Demon Group tonight pic.twitter.com/uoszwdAA2B— Koshiro Hino (@po00oq) January 21, 2019
by Adam Lupton
“It is possible that intelligence in the wrong kind of species was foreordained to be a fatal combination for the biosphere, perhaps a law of evolution is that intelligence usually extinguishes itself.” - Edward O. Wilson— S.C. Hickman (@alien_ecologies) January 21, 2019
Hempton went on to make a vocation of listening. He discovered that the use of a microphone turned him into a better listener, because he learned to take his cue from that tool, which didn’t judge the relative value of the different sounds it was absorbing. Having always in the past striven to listen for the “important” sounds, Hempton stopped trying to prioritize based on his own limited perspective and discovered the majesty of the uncurated soundscape. In beginning to hear without privileging certain sounds over others, he found that every place on earth has a unique sonic character. But, intriguingly, Hempton defines his different experiences of geographically specific auditory signatures as experiences of silence, which he calls the “poetics of space.”
Amazon warehouse workers are getting utility belts to ward off robots https://t.co/8JVgrFBuw9 “a bit of kit that warehouse workers can wear to make them visible to nearby machines.”— Scott Smith (@changeist) January 21, 2019
It turns out that even robots are having a tough time holding down a job. Japan’s Henn-na “Strange” Hotel has laid off half its 243 robots after they created more problems than they could solve […] One of the layoffs included a doll-shaped assistant in each hotel room called Churi. Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa can answer questions about local businesses’ opening and closing times, but Churi couldn’t. When hotel guests asked Churi “What time does the theme park open?” it didn’t have a good answer. That was a problem because Churi was supposed to help ameliorate the Strange Hotel’s staff shortage by substituting in for human workers.
*Soylent: the American chow for government collapse
1. What fascinates you about the historical Cargo Cults and how has their translation to the present come about?
I am fascinated by the unsolvability, the eternal approachability of these phenomena. Since no one in the world can say what what “real faith” is. Do anthropologists learn more about their own methods of observation in this investigation of cultures? Are tourists and anthropologists deceived by the natives by getting their own pre-conception of exoticism? Has the observation of the cults contributed to the emergence of the same cults, or are the indigenous practices to be considered original? The chicken became the egg, so to speak: oppositions between observer /performer, technology /magic, facts /fiction lack a solid basis when approaching the cargo cults. They show an amazing approach towards the unknown, an “otherness”. It is neither rejected nor adopted, it is re-formulated under the circumstances of their own beliefsystem. Nothing else than what art and science is doing.
The other component is over-identification: the rejection and criticism of present ideology, techno-capitalism so to speak, has always been an integral part of the system itself. One is tempted to say the rejection of ideology today only consolidates its supremacy. Therefore, I find it exciting to take a system more seriously than it takes itself. This would mean to accept Prince Philip not as an alien king but as a local deity. To feed only from McDonalds, to bring public animal sacrifices to popstars, and always quite literally do what the boss tells you to do. Overidentification is an interesting way of dealing with capitalist schizophrenia. If the art world asks for commercial products then give them “cargo” a thousand times. If an artist should always repeat the same, then make a sacred rite, a perfected loop.
2. What promises do digital technologies make today? What is our “Cargo”?
My professor at the time said the Internet was the biggest death-suppression project in human history. So when we understand communication as an “maneuver against loneliness towards death”, all publishing, tracking and posting is a bulwark against death. The men who always need a GoPro, are afraid to forget. The promise of immortality by “going down in history” was virtually democratized by digital technologies - now to “enter the cloud”. Of course, digital technologies are used for practical purposes, but you can´t explain it as a global phenomenon that way … In the networking of all communications, an old hermetic dream is reflected: The technology follows a collective longing and not primarily its everyday use. I think the “cargo”, that is the divine freight that digital technologies promise, is the fulfillment of connectedness as an artificial concept. The promise to be able to transcend a group as rituals or political movements do. One could summarize this gnostic dream with the phrase “to be of one mind”. We want to live in an imperishable picture-world. The VR and AR is a logical consequence to this.
3. With “Digital Natives” it has been felt for some time that the enthusiasm for technology is subsiding. Especially in the metropolitan milieus one can observe a regular retreat into the analogue / manufacture. Is this a kind of counter-movement or good content for Instagram?
It is a form of counter-movement, however apolitical and “idiotic” in the original sense of the word. The problem with the first screen generation is that you can avoid problems at first. You can escape pain and trouble if you only live on the Internet. Everything goes as fast as it can be used. Nevertheless, on a real journey through Europe, people have died before and new ones were born. When one identifies with systems of such speed, one becomes nervous, frustrated, and therefore it seems now beneficial to identify with slow processes: with growth and decline of nature, manual production, material transformations which take time, etc. One has to notice that the speed of light is only applicable on mental processes. Here the gnositic dream, the dominance of information over matter, comes to its pre-set limits. These trends contribute to mental health, sadly they equal a balance to the “rest”, that is a neo-liberal agenda. However, this is not a public stance against techno-solutionism and boyish innovation mythology. I would find it more exciting this counterculture to devote itself to the physical as a re-finding of the real. It is therefore a new way of thinking that there can be no “back to nature”. Nature has always been a construct, which is why you can speak of “reanimation of the real. Matter is Mother
4. Your blog is often mentioned in connection with the “post-digital” art scene. The work that is formed by this concept is very different in form and design. What connects “postdigital” art and what attitude is expressed in it?
It’s about the radicality to see the bigger picture. After the digital has turned from a tool into a total environment, it will also be invisible (similar to a fish as the last to describe the water). There I found it exciting to create a speculative future (http://cargoclub.tumblr.com) - for example after a violent solar wind - in which information is erased, every electronic device remains disfunctional. Bruce Sterling also later proposed to consider this present through an Atemporality.
This postdigital speculation shows us a life in which everything material, all things mechanical remain the same, only information is gone. How would people react? Would you keep the gestures and rituals of the digital out of habit? Linking the forest, show photos to strangers in the street, adore broken devices as totems? As postdigital I would coin the “already internalized technology”. If the signs and grammar of a technology have already translated into flesh and blood. As something which is not external to humans and therefore cannot be rejected. In this case, the postdigital is a speculation, even if one were to abandon all things Hi-Tech, one would have already internalized all the varieties of the digital.
In general, I would say the postdigital is more of a condition than an art form or some intermedia practice. Crossing the virtual to ultimately return to the material world. But everything has changed with this crossing: thinking, contemplation, values - reality is no longer the same. I call it Xenorealism, which is when after years on the Internet you turn the head from the screen: you recognizes the things, but nothing looks the same anymore. In my practice, this shift is expressed, because if you decide to work with tangible, primitive materials as a “digital native”, this is something quite different from “Arte Povera”. The reasons are of significance. To summerize, a state of postdigital can also create new ways of accessing human behavior: cooking, walking, building, gathering, etc. These practices are not new, but are now performed for other reasons. When my grandmother used to boil juices, it was tautological, it was exactly what it was. When you start to make juices today, spiritual things are resonating: this is independent, artisanal, cleansing, local, for your soul and direct experience, etc. What was once everyday routine is discovered today as a ritual. Work from earlier times are re-emerging and perceived as semi-spiritual practices.
5. What are the prospects for these projects in regard to the relationship between man and technology?
The utopia has already been formulated, anchored firmly in the collective psyche. Humanity wants to be in augmented reality! And also meld with its components, the myth of cyborgs as “superhuman” and genetic improvement is already running. (See Critical Art Ensemble) But I am hoping that there is a counter-movement to this “propaganda of innovation” and of Eurocentric techno-solutionism. A desire for technology, which is not just self-optimization and escapism for the white man. I think there is currently a perspective on the Anthropocene emerging, an age in which humanity comprehends his role on the planet merely as a geological factor. For example, technologies that work in choreography with organic life. It could possibly be a new global imaginary (NGI), a global utopia, if you will, which is drastically different from today’s. For this, artists and designers are needed, art as propaganda for this new concept of globality.
Interview: Daniel Bogart, MSD Münster School of Design (DE)
“Work, Aristotle insisted, in no sense makes you a better person; in fact, it makes you a worse one, since it takes up so much time, thus making it difficult to fulfill one’s social and political obligations.”— Tyler McConnell (@tjmac87) January 21, 2019
‘Stand alone complexes’ are an interesting idea and seem especially relevant these days; surprising to look through Google/G Scholar and see no decent essays or papers on it, though! (Not like the _GitS:SAC_ anime weren’t super-popular and people haven’t heard of it…)— gwern (@gwern) January 20, 2019
“The famous Marber grid is one of the foundation stones of Penguin mythology, a design so clever that it is still studied half a century after it was made.Romek Marber was a well-trained Polish designer working in London. He had done two covers for Penguin when the new art director Germano Facetti invited him and two other Penguin illustrators, John Sewell and Derk Birdsall, to propose a design grid for the crime imprint. Marber won. His approach was very methodical, reflecting his interest in symmetry and proportion“
In this Overview, large rock formations are shown rising above the desert landscape in Northeastern Arizona, USA. This region is arid, largely void of greenery, and characterized by hills, mesas, buttes, cliffs and canyons. This particular outcrop is about 12.5 miles (20 km) due east of the Navajo National Monument, which contains the well-preserved cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan People.
Source imagery: DigitalGlobe
This article written by David Roberts at Vox is interesting, but it’s kind of long, and most likely will appeal primarily to policy wonks and energy nerds. It summarizes a book with the title, “ Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy,” written by Hal Harvey, and also describes a climate/energy policy tool called the “energy policy simulator.” David Roberts also interviews the book author, included in this article.
Some of the infographics are worth a peek. Excerpt from the article:
Climate change is such a large and sprawling problem — there are so many forces involved, so many decision makers at so many levels — that solving it can seem hopelessly complex. There are so many options available to policymakers, each with their own fierce constituencies. Where to begin? Which clean-energy policies actually work?
The tool is the Energy Policy Simulator, which allows anyone to choose a package of energy policies and immediately see the impact on carbon emissions and other pollutants. (It’s like a video game for energy nerds.) It’s based on a model that attempts to replicate the physical economy, with detailed information about real-world assets.
Using that tool, Harvey and his team narrowed in on the policies that work, the places they work best, and the best way to design them. Their conclusions are summarized in a new book, Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy. It’s a compact but detailed how-to guide for developing energy policies that have real impact. (A fairly extensive miniature version of the book is online here, if you want to flip through.)
The results are oddly heartening, or at least clarifying.
For instance: The top 20 carbon emitting countries in the world are responsible for 80 percent of global emissions. Just seven countries emit more than a gigaton annually.
Here is a graph from the book showing, in light blue, the total emissions currently projected for 2050 (it includes the effects of current policies). The colored squares are the sectors where additional policy-driven efforts can reduce emissions enough through 2050 to offer a 50 percent chance of avoiding more than 2 degrees Celsius of global temperature rise. (That is, you will recall, the commonly agreed international target, though many advocate shooting lower, for 1.5 degrees.)
people are just gloss over the issues encoded in the part of my life you’re based on bad observation.— notaleptic (@notaleptic) January 19, 2019
We’ve mapped every ship in the Arctic & Bering Strait over 7 years… by far the biggest vector dataset I’ve ever worked with. Still struggling however with how to display the data. This animation shows well the annual mean center shift of shipping activity N and E over time. pic.twitter.com/g78N5jbJkJ— Greg Fiske (@g_fiske) January 17, 2019