Questions about questions

02/14/2018

about Practice Methodology

My approach is from the material not from preconceived ideas. Thus playing with codes and trust the focus from the right brain who will lead the code play towards the direction

01/30/2018

Pattern for a PCB? : Icosahedral-stereographic-projection-in-the-direction-of-a-2-fold-axis 

01/29/2018

Looking for patterns , how the nodes move

, do they have to move?

 

01/09/2018

update with a more detailed proposal for the practical side : K- cells-Knitted cells – MFA year 2 practical project

This project is about exploring the poetic space lying between nodes and paranodes of the Network using mask improvisation and shadow theatre technics combined with coding and mapping technology

Annexe of the Essay with a list of ideas including even what is left as we try to keep everything even if not used yet to share with other artists willing to use it
what is not used by me could be used by other not only by big companies
not erasing , but put aside, to be revisited
Theatre piece : Head mask , shadow silhouette defined by the edge, producing different scenarios to illustrate the actualization of the Network in human bodies.
Mask improvisation workshops to understand how we actualise in our bodies , the network;
Mask improvisations, craft approach ,
creating the space of mask improvisation and mask making ( mapping + artefact)
looking for symbols produced by the network , logos? how do we choose define the mask
Mask improvisation workshops to understand how we actualise in our bodies , the network;
Human actors. Use the human imagination of the network , how do we perceive the network?
Human actors and machines , create a mask for human actors
Machines, create a humanoid mask for the machine
Exploring the mask and methods of training actors with masks as a way to understand and play the networks .I suggest that the social network and its interfaces (screens, avatars, social media selves…) could be understood as masks. Like masks they have a specific language and specific qualities. They frame, mirror, mediate, catalyse, transform, show emotions, classify or hide.

propose a scenario for a mask to explore the relations between humans and machines in the network.
you are the machine, the hardware , the software, the code, the portal, the algorithm, the coder, the screen, the human, a data, ….list all the possible characters and try to mach a mask

one way to plan this mask workshop could be to rely on tested scenarios experimented without mask like in Ihde, D. 2001, Bodies in technology, University of Minnesota or like in out of body experience by Ehrsson
Body silhouette as a shadow behind a screen made of sensible material,
look through a microscope

Artefact evolving in time and space with dynamic rules
you can inherit the artefact
Artificial Plant, only if you look at her ( bitcoin Plantoid), or with data garbage
network as monstrous chimera knitted , mixing humans and machines with the data garbage , revisit your garbage ( Thomas Mann, the field, Sabrina ’s poem )
animated Rhizome evolving in time with dynamic rules
Japanese tree with prayer papers , printed out
London Bridge , train station and railways from above miniature

experiment the Network as Anthromorphic frame, The Goddess as Void

Sound Installation with knitted sculptures mixing crochet with conductive thread and rope. (inspired by the work by Judy Tadmans or Ruth Asawa) .
Beating the Bounds experiment the limit of the Network , boundaries , sounds of the boundaries

Staging observers and users
listen to data, with wearables antennas to plastron , headband,
producing Interferences to others like it was with Talkie Walkie,
with an umbrella , when under the umbrella you could experience other data
cushion . when you hug it , memories appears (thermo ink)
Petri dishes , biologic bacterias will show the contact
generative algorithm human and machine collaboration for a music quilt continuous renegotiation , control/ freedom ratio

Remote sensors Explore ways to “tell” something happening in other space
Mask is in the exhibition area, and “tell “ (Max MSP?) what is happening elsewhere, outside where the data is collected. Data storage and Data source remote.
Wind automata in display in exhibition place linked to weather data sources

Wearable memory
knitted cuffin , plastron, headband, scarve….recording and play sound.
the one you want to share / the one you want not to erase but that you can inherit from someone else , transferable ,
for index visualisation artefact, disconnection between index in virtual and analog reality they are supposed to tell,
information embodied

Autonomous artefact collecting informations and selection algorithm for read and erase?
Caterpillar , snail
Memory storage as a food chain , eating and digestion remixing the left over ? food artist
navigate through a Mosaic, Puzzle

Mask machine teaching us,
producing a list of lost/ forgotten/ erased behaviours that other machines will teach : good manners, body interactions not reduced to sex ,

use your body perception and affect (excluding eye) for something else than food processing, sex relations
input by the mask, output by the body, input by the body, output by the mask

revisit your garbage ( Thomas Mann, the field, Sabrina ’s poem )
producing a comic with images in memory

Is there a Sustainable program, software , show the evidence of sustainability?
list of program language and number of updates javascript , C++….
list of devices / software by number of updates
quilt
hieroglyph

I will explore knitting , embroidery, weaving, ( flexible) wire, thermo painting, and fibre optic as a light and also data transmitter in order to make every other week sculpture. The mask/object will reflect the actualisation of the entanglement between human and machines. The objects will have a practical use or not, will move or not, will have sensors or not etc… and will be displayed , like a dada surrealist “cabinet de curiosite” .

Ultimately , for the exhibition , I am willing to explore also how to create an embroidered tapestry quilt mixing network and human with live input. The tapestry will be a tangible memory of the meeting between machines and humans. I will either hack a sewing machine to build very simple patterns with lines, triangle or rectangles and maybe circle , then combine with embroidery made by hands during exhibition workshop or use an embroidery machine. In order to achieve this goal, I will explore different embroidery and knitting hacking technics and look how to alter their looping process just enough to reveal the encounter , like knitted glitch

Things about Mask improvisation pedagogy

https://www.matteodestro.com/pedagogy

PEDAGOGY OF A RESEARCH AND CREATION BASED THEATER

  • THE JOURNEY
  • THE SPIRIT OF RESEARCH
  • THE NECESSITY OF A TEACHER’S PERSONAL PRACTICE
  • THE PEDAGOGICAL SPACE

A PEDAGOGY OF MASKS

  • THE MASK​
  • THEATRICAL MASKS
  • PEDAGOGICAL FUNCTION
  • The Body and the Space​
  • Forms

 

Things about Networked Affect from the Digital Self to the Avatar Bodies

Look at the Other at Ugly Duck
BookS

Networked Affect ” Edited by Ken Hillis, Susanna Paasonen and Michael Petit

Main Library collection 004.6 NET

The contributors investigate networked affect in terms of intensity, sensation, and value. They explore online intensities that range from Tumblr practices in LGBTQ

communities to visceral reactions to animated avatars; examine the affective materiality of software in such platforms as steampunk culture and nonprofit altporn; and analyze the ascription of value to online activities including the GTD (“getting things done”) movement and the accumulation of personal digital materials.

Bodies in Technology by Don Ihde

Main Library collection 303.4833 IHD

exploration of the ways cyberspace affects human experience. abstract Reviewed by Maureen Nappi

Ihde is interested in exploring how our sense of embodied self is transformed via contemporary technology”….”Here Ihde seizes on the distinction between the real and the virtual, and from that distinction he develops both a phenomenology of embodiment (whereby technology corrects or enhances the perceptual faculties of the body) and a phenomenology of disembodiment (whereby technology projects and objectifies the [End Page 837] body). Ihde is particularly interested in disembodiment because it underlies the notion of a “virtual” body, which involves a kind of visualization of the body as generated by various technologies. in-class “thought experiment” that he uses to elicit his students to articulate their sense of the non-technological virtual body. The assignment: to imagine themselves jumping out of an airplane. Their responses, Ihde points out, fall into one of two possible categories: either the student imagines an “embodied” perspective [End Page 77] of self as actor, which Ihde refers to as the “here-body”—a present-tense version of a “‘be here now’ body,” -or- the student imagines a disembodied perspective of self as observer of the self as actor, that is, “already a kind of virtual body in a nontechnological projection.” 

The Fabric of Interface Mobile Media, Design, and Gender By Stephen Monteiro

Monteiro goes on to argue that the capacity of textile metaphors to describe computing (weaving code, threaded discussions, zipped files, software patches, switch fabrics) represents deeper connections between digital communication and what has been called “homecraft” or “women’s work.

Connecting networked media to practices that seem alien to media technologies, Monteiro identifies handicraft and textile techniques in the production of software and hardware, and cites the punched cards that were read by a loom’s rods as a primitive form of computer memory; examines textual and visual discourses that position the digital image as a malleable fabric across its production, access, and use; compares the digital labor of liking, linking, and tagging to such earlier forms of collective production as quilting bees and piecework; and describes how the convergence of intimacy and handiwork at the screen interface, combined with needlecraft aesthetics, genders networked culture and activities in unexpected ways.

Software and Memory

New media thrives on cycles of obsolescence and renewal: from celebrations of cyber-everything to Y2K, from the dot-com bust to the next big things—mobile mobs, Web 3.0, cloud computing. In Programmed Visions, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun argues that these cycles result in part from the ways in which new media encapsulates a logic of programmability. New media proliferates “programmed visions,” which seek to shape and predict—even embody—a future based on past data. These programmed visions have also made computers, based on metaphor, metaphors for metaphor itself, for a general logic of substitutability.

Chun argues that the clarity offered by software as metaphor should make us pause, because software also engenders a profound sense of ignorance: who knows what lurks behind our smiling interfaces, behind the objects we click and manipulate? The combination of what can be seen and not seen, known (knowable) and not known—its separation of interface from algorithm and software from hardware—makes it a powerful metaphor for everything we believe is invisible yet generates visible, logical effects, from genetics to the invisible hand of the market, from ideology to culture.

ArticleS

Article Understanding your digital Self by Tamara J Hicks Psy.D.

Darknets

(Wikipedia ) in general may be used for various reasons.

Alternatives to increased networking of the digital media, Chaos and creativity

In conclusion to her talk with Richard Grusin and Clemens Apprich at Transmediale 2017 in Berlin, theorist of digital media and Prof Wendy Chun challenges artists to create viable alternatives in response to the increased networking of our digital world and the elusiveness of mediation.
Invoking art as an “agent perturbateur” is interesting as it calls for challenging established rules before creating as it means chaos before emergence of a new order. In a very Simondian way, it is looking for tensions. It is waking up from the delusions we have created ourselves and break the infinite feedback loop we are living in. Life is not linear , seldom logical. Why trying to fit so hard in a logical system which leads ultimately to segregation? Chun ’s answer is homophily or “tendency of individuals to associate and bond with similar others”(Wikipedia).

W.Chun defines how networks are structured by habits and homophily and how habits are shaped and embodied into a monogamous network environment based on similarities , likes and dislikes. “We become our machines”. As Richard Grusin tells us too, not only the present but also all potential futures are pre-mediated and expectations are pre-formatted by algorithms. To reduce segregation induced by homophily, W.Chun invites us to foster another type of network where clusters would be mutual indifferences rather than likeness.
“Homophily create clusters, it is about collaborative filtering, similarities breeds connection. What matters, it is that people likes you, who follows you. Network not only finds connections but also create them for us”.
According to W.Chun, we are living in a world auto-fed by continuous updates ignited by crisis over habits and dependencies embodied in our environment. We are“creatures of the update. To be is to be updated: to update and to be subjected to the update.” (Chun , Habitual New Media, p12). She also warns us that updates means erase the old and replace it by the new. “Things no longer updated are things no longer used, usable, or cared for, even though updates often ‘save’ things by literally”. Consequently, in a world defined by networks, we become variables used by functions. As such, in order to create viable alternatives, not only we would have to resist to homophily but also our needs for belonging and our quest for a definite identity /value.

Recognising the network’s creativity, W.Chun quotes Elisabeth Grosz : “Habits enables stability, which in turn gives us the time and space needed to be truly creative: without habit there could be no thinking, no creativity and no freedom.”

In another hand, one could suggest that  Chaos is also another reliable source for creativity. If we were to create another system, where clusters are not relying on similarities, it could be an open system where input could have no output, where the equation input/output is broken, a system where the traveling salesman problem is solved by optimising the order of visits to several places in a way that the total route is not as short as possible, but the longest.
It would be a permanent chaotic process, where solutions are morphing from one to another, not an infinite loop of updates, but infinite explorations, not only going forward and vertically but also backwards, transversally and horizontally, because the world is not binary, the world is wonderfully messy (Kathleen Vohs). Certainly, not everyone is ready for this. As W.Chun and R.Grusin suggested, artists could find alternatives to the over-controlled networks system as chaos is part of their creative process. About pre-mediated expectations and order over messiness : creativity flows even better when there is no expectations.

Other propositions to break the loop and paths for researching : We are wearing the mask of social media composed by our likes, dislikes and tweets even in the everyday life. Have we forgotten that we could take it off and choose to express ourselves with other masks? How about reversing the trend for empowerment of digital and visual realities over other realms?
How about reconnecting with our embodied cognition to be able to create alternative social systems?

 

Digital Mask 3D explorations

 

  • Still researching about analog and digital masks, further to my last project Look at the Other. Investigating how to set up a digital Mask workshop, production of physical avatars versus virtual reality masks? Analog Mask : hiding the face will underline body expressions for the viewer, what about digital Mask?
  • Data-masks by Sterling Crispin ,  is an interesting approach which uses reverse engineering facial recognition and detection algorithms to produce 3D printed masks. 

In the same veins, “Oracle by Jake Stollery  is an amalgam of concepts tied together by the common thread of the user interface. To that end, it is a reflection of AI and UI as they exist in society’s consciousness.  Oracle was crafted by utilising a hacked Kinect depth sensor as a 3D scanner and a part of exhibition : “Masked intentions : 21 Artists reinvent 21 Masks for the 21st Century.” at Behance gallery, : pictures by Thomasz Machnik

Although these works claim that it is a sol machine interpretation of human identity , it is worth noticing that the machine is still constrained and serves human design and purposes. The outcome is un-computable for a human brain rather than unexpected. 
 
  • Another approach to explore masks in a more feminine and organic manner is the  Soft cyborg, by Rachael Kess Felt mask ; eyelid moved by servo motors. This work is a piece of performance art experimenting  in soft robotics:  “soft cyborg (reveal) (formerly soft robot (reveal)). The piece “explores the potential for masks to reveal and conceal the technological/robotic body”. The work produces a collaboration between the soft cyborg mask, the performer and the audience , thus  the outcome is unexpected as none of the actors of the performance have control on each other and no one control them all.