March 31, 2004

The invisible ...

associating on the repeated appearance of the term from recent developments, which lead to actual contributions of it in different fields. The aspects of the notion come to mind when taking into regard its span from an article by Kareem Fahim The invisible men, associating to Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man to recent tasks of making visible. Especially those themes, more or less regardless to inherent social implications, are covered by competition like the actual call of the swr/zkm invisible concerning the creation of the visible, which also was examined at the last ars electronic as this comment in domus describes:

Reality seen through code
The elaboration of an image taken from reality and elaborated by the computer was one of the central themes in the interactive works on show at the exhibition Cyberarts, organised at the Ok Centrum and in the exhibition hosted at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz. The image of the visitor becomes part of a coloured mix, placed into a kind of clock where the passage of time is represented by the flow of images taken by a camera.

The question of the invisible eventually leads to the unrecognized gap, which takes up unseen forms and spaces, thus the following quote from Calvino's Cosmicomics can only hint that signs might to have been looked at with an ambivalent attitude.

We see ourselves macro and microscopically, singular and plural. And through it all, we feel basically uncertain, restless, proud, conceited, and most of all, in love! The beloved, of course, usually eludes me. And when she doesn't, I often lose interest. I might desire her more if she lived on the moon (chapter 1), unreachable. But she drives me to build a shell (last chapter), which is really the prototypical architectural, evolutionary and artistic feat. Making a thing to be seen, I instigate the fact of the visual field, and the apparatus of sight, through the creation of something to be seen. Me! It was My doing. (The world, and all it contains, I had foreseen it all!) Elsewhere, I make the primordial sign, which is later copied and distorted ad infinitum, until the original, forgotten, in it's purity, is lost, and space is so full of signs and signs referencing other signs, there is no longer a speck of clear space anywhere.

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March 29, 2004

... for the moment just ... links to play and collect - some collected, some new -

look for here for banned music and make a filmstrip for your friends here dfilm via creativity / machine
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March 25, 2004

Free Culture ...

via the article Lessig's Free Culture, free online, under a Creative Commons license at boingboing's directory of wonderful things.
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March 24, 2004

References to a doubling of space ..

In the article The Doubling of Space Moore argues that media as we use it multiplies the situational interconnections that are possible between places. He refers to older assumptions of Meyrowitz' conclusions on 'relatively placeless' situations in 'electronic societies', but constitutes rather a conception of place as pluralized.
It is argued that place should be seen as constituted at the interface with flows, as multiplex and open, and as doubled, virtually instantaneously, through practices of electronic media use.
He concludes from this
a potentional pluralizing of relationships, which raises further issues of 'performing identity' in and across multiple social realities.
Besides the concern about the place where one is in and the interaction which evolves there in 'presencing distance' through the space transmitted or where one communicates through, I think this the most interesting mentioning. This view merely focuses on internet, broadcasting and tv, concerning places of 'flow'. .... I think before I summarize my thoughts on this book I should move on to another article mentioned in the introduction:
Barnett's aim is to move accounts of the spatiality of 'mediated public culture' that conceptualize space merely as a gap bridged by media.

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March 22, 2004

Posts on films

.. coming via The Pinocchio Theory and the review on capturing the friedmans via remind me that some of these films I really want to see, especially if there is already some good or at least nicely done background info on the website like with the capturing of the friedmans or war of fog. The later one might also be interesting to get an impression of the described interviewing method he used.

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March 18, 2004

pfew.. glad I came across this train of thought

A single territory is mapped to the Net. This territory is also a set of codes that inscribe writing in a certain fashion--in the desire for immediate response, without delay, in the manner of analysis of mass communications; and the desire for the frontier, the unexplored, in the manner of (neo)colonialism. For Thornton, the two share something, mutual properties. In fact, are these not the reinscriptions of "notions" of "property," in the digital? Is not the issue the desire for staking a claim, a blog, as property, to which the visitor, as trespasser or guest, must respond? And not only in the digital, but through a writing and a desire mediated through an elaborate web of technics--writing to Net. To elaborate (with all cautions, scare quotes): "conquest," "nation-state," "citizenship," of "nationalism" in general, of the "frontier" and the "colony," the "undiscovered country," the "wild" and the "tame," the "clash of civilizations." A possible translation, through a delay, for the list above. These notions inscribed in the writing of the blogworld, upon the structures of the Internet, the multiple ways in which the blogworld constructs its values, links, history, popularity, effects--affects.
.. definitly these points touch the usual definitions and habits acted out in the scarcely defined space of internet, which in contrast to that is occupied through precasted meanings. Still I imagine there some possibilities to use the gaps in that generated space to process through the structures of the Internet, the multiple ways in which the blogworld constructs its values, links, history, popularity, effects--affects. The development of the blogs is one form, a kind of stage, which gives 'side' actors a chance to appear within this defined space, leave marks and eventually influence the positioning of the staged items through the mentioned structures. What I think interesting about the blog is the definition of a space through a kind of identity processing, which develops some new forms at large not appearing yet.
.. and also via comes the reminder for this conference on collaboration & cooperation.
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Coming back to edit along the line of comments I had on weblog definitions:

A short and comprehensive final version of weblog definition, which describes the working mode and habit.


A weblog, or *blog, is a frequently updated website consisting of dated entries arranged in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first (see temporal ordering). Typically, weblogs are published by individuals and their style is personal and informal. Weblogs first appeared in the mid-1990s....

and a nice comment and read on (Weblogs an) The Mass Amateurisation of (Nearly) Everything at These are meant as some additional links to the already posted link collection.. on blogging .. , which also links to my favorites. And still missing my own view on it to keep up the idea of background info and structure of blogging here. Coming soon.
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March 15, 2004

ad strategies and mobile swarms

An article (no online link) in the spiegel magazine refers to young mobile users in the Berlin night as acting in swarm like habit: 'Biologists speak about emergent behaviour. Nobody has an idea, but suddenly all act at the same moment. The ideas evolve from movement. ...'
A more directed movement is suddenly shown through the elder form of flashmobs (via PLSJ) during the recent events in madrid.
This might be closer to Toni Negri's mentioning of multitude to be thought of as a swarm when speaking at the transmediale under it's announcing ad 'Fly Utopia'.

TV transmission: OKB

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March 11, 2004

Migrating Images

was one of the predecessing conferences at the House of World Cultures in Berlin concerned with Reading and Translating Images Transculturally. The original contributions now can be viewed as streamings at

Migrating Images - Introduction (Peter C. Seel)
Reading: The Readability of Images (J.T.Mitchell, Jyontindra Jain, Dirk Naguschewski)
Transporting: Translating Images (Nichloas Mirzoeff, Avinoam Shalem)
Producing: Image Producing in a Global Context (Ackbar Abbas, Sabine Flach, Geeta Kapur)
Presenting: Exhibiting Pictures (Machiko Kusahara)
Resume: Images Travelling Transculturally (Sarat Maharaj)
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March 10, 2004


eyebeam now released its software for reblog as open source download and description. Reblog simply just allows to republish posts and links from other blogs and rss feeds - in this regard it is eventually one of the most consequent forms of blogging, if understood as relinking and collecting subjects of the blog/bloggers interest. Reblog has been initiated through the art institution eyebeam and is maintained by the recent guest reblooger, who mainly acts as a filter. It understands itself as curating content in the field of art and technology.
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Flaming Intrigue
via village voice

Auteur of the notorious Flaming Creatures, performance artist before such a term existed, photographer of unlikely incandescences, "the Alfred Jarry of the East Village," Smith died without a will in 1989.

Known to the cognoscenti but incapable of promoting himself, Smith influenced many who became more famous. He gave Robert Wilson his glacial pacing. He gave Andy Warhol the idea of using non-actors for his films and incorporating mistakes. Smith was the original DIY artist, scavenging on the streets to get material for props, sets, and costumes. A chapter called "The Sheer Beauty of Junk" in Stefan Brecht's Queer Theatre sets Smith up as the forefather to Charles Ludlam, John Waters, and others who dared to mix the sublime with the Ridiculous. Richard Foreman called him "the hidden source of practically everything that's of any interest in the so-called experimental American theater today." read more here

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March 8, 2004

exploring and trying to find definitions ..

.. might lead back to former sources, eventhough the routes taken show unknown connections. But in definition it always seems to be a helpful issue to look across the fields and 'borders'... as Koolhaas (eventhough today he is Delirious No More about WANING SPACE: I __ NY) did when he discovered Delirious New York with the support of Dali's PCMethod.

"Paranoiac-critical activity organizes and objectivizes in an exclusivist manner the limitless and unknown possibilities of the systematic association of subjective and objective 'significance' in the irrational..."
" makes the world of delirium pass onto the plane of reality" (Dali)

Antonio Negri refers to the systematical approach of Koolhaas' derivation of Dali's PCM in the multitude and the metropolis:

Amongst the theorists of the metropolis (architects and urbanists), Koolhaas was the one who provided us, at the end of the 70's and in a delirious manner, with a new image of the metropolis. We are obviously referring to Delirious New York . What was the central thesis of this book?
Koolhaas drew an image of the metropolis that -because of but in spite of a more or less coherently developed planning- lived through dynamics, conflicts, powerful juxtapositions of cultural layers, life styles and forms and of a multiplicity of hypothesis and projects for the future.
In order to understand the city, one had to look at this complexity and this microphysics of powers from within. New York in particular was the example of an extraordinary historical, political, technological and artistic accumulation of various forms of urban planning. However, this was not enough, for one also had to recognise that the metropolis was stronger than the urban centre. Speculative interests and citizens' resistances defeated and swept away both the prescriptions of power and the utopias of the opposition. The metropolis confused and mixed the terms of the urban discourse: starting from a certain urban intensity, the metropolis constituted new categories, it was a proliferating machine. The measure went beyond itself. What was needed was to provide a microphysical analysis of the metropolis -in this case one of New York- that could account for both the thousands of active singularities and the forms of repression and blockage that the power of the multitude met. Thus Koolhaas' architecture grew amongst great plans of urban co-habitation that were then taken up, modified and mixed with other architectural form ... Koolhaas' architecture tells a great story, that of the destruction of western cities and their replacement by the hybrid metropolis. That for Koolhaas architectural development is classified in a manner functional to the different organising techniques of the building work is not relevant, though useful to understand. What is of interest here is the exact opposite: despite the industrial corporativasation of the agents of production, here we perceive how far the metropolis organises itself on continuous yet distorted layers, consistent with the Welfare paradigm yet hybrid. The metropolis is a common world, everyone's product - Not general will but common aleatoriness.
... read more here

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March 6, 2004

via ...

.. wonder whether this will happen

"Blogs are helping us get a better understanding of how things happen on the Internet," said Adar. "We're hopeful that in being able to do this research, we can apply the technology to other information, like e-mail, to improve productivity." from here via reblog
Walking in algorythmic patterns via media arts lab is here described as

.. The .walks of socialfiction are algorythmic theatre and thus one of possible experimental answers for software art's tendency of introspection.
... or blogs a new form of staging ...

.. the performative subject of doing a website is a characteristic to a blog; so to generate ideas - a blog establishes a frame, for actors and agents .. creating a dialog between programmed and human structures ... via dialogue here
.. and coming from the known source computers as theatre via here

Aristotle maintained that the object of (i.e., what is being imitated by) a drama is action, not persons: "We maintain that Tragedy is primarily an imitation of action, and that it is mainly for the sake of the action that it imitates the personal agents" (Poetics, 1450b, 1-5). In drama, character may be defined as bundles of traits, predispositions, and choices that, when taken together, form coherent entities. Those entities are the agents of the action represented in the plot. This definition emphasizes the primacy of action.
Traits circumscribe the actions (or kinds of actions) that an agent has the capability to perform, thereby defining the agent's potential. There are two kinds of traits: traits that determine how an agent can act internal traits) and traits that represent those internal predispositions (external traits). People must be given cues by the external representation of an agent that allow them to infer its internal traits.
Representations are normally thought of as having objects, even though those objects need not be things that can or do exist in the real world. Likewise, plays are often said to represent their characters; that is, Hamlet is a representation of the king of Denmark, and so on. In the Aristotelian view, the object of a dramatic representation is not character but action; Hamlet represents the action of a man attempting to discover and punish his father's murderer. The characters are there because they are required in order to represent the action, and not the other way around. An action is made up of incidents that are causally and structurally related to one other ....

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March 4, 2004

more on maps ..

.. a nice link on some issues of mapping: The Use of Maps in Contemporary Art (dissertation Anna Olivier found via drift table):

... 'the surface of the map functions like an operating table, a staging ground or a theatre of operations upon which the mapper collects, combines, connects, marks, relates and generally explores.' (Cosgrove, 1999:213)
In contrast, postmodernism lost this teleological viewpoint, and is anti-meta narrative or meta-theory. That is, it no longer adheres to the fact that there could be a theory through which all things are connected. The autonomy changed to heteronomy - or as Michel Foucault described: 'heterotopia' - the coexistence in 'an impossible space' of a large number of fragmentary worlds'.(Harvey, 1990:48)
As Denis Cosgrove said:
'maps are [...] troubling, in that their apparent stability dissolves without much prompting - their are realised as being provisional, partial, liminal, uncertain'

'it is the spatialities of connectivity, networked linkage, marginality and liminality, and the transgression of linear boundaries and hermetic categories - spatial 'flow' - which mark experience in the late twentieth century world [...] culturally connections between phenomena formerly considered distinct and relatively fixed [...] have been shown to be contingent and unstable: for example the connections between workplace and community, ethnicity and nationality, diet or religious practise or identity.' (Cosgrove 1999:4-5)
Mapping in general can be explored as a very contradictory and ambigous tool. These are just some points from that paper, out of context here, as it is a specific view on maps in contemporary art - but linking to references made earlier here and eventually to future points too ...

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March 3, 2004

Lost in translation/transition

Struggling with the understanding of rdf/rss and atom gave me some new hints for my thought process of which identity can and might be created through the set up of a blog to make use of its inherent features (virtual/real connections, multi directional, creation of space, more the next days in texts) without just focusing on one like the timeline/diary string. Coming across the post of Stephen Downes made me think about a few points on blogging identity, postmodern loss of authorship, on social networking - and the appearance of 'swarms' on the net.

excerpts from The Semantic Social Network
With the rise of social networking, bloggers have been looking more explicitly at the comparison between the two. There is a resistance, on the part of some bloggers, to creating an 'identity' on a social network: their blog is their identity. [Ref] Dina Mehta: A blog is "A profile that changes, grows, flows - not a cold resume or 'about me' page filled with past achievements and accolades - but is touchy-feely and one that says more about me through my thoughts, interests, preoccupations, rants, rambles and angst - that makes me more than just a consultant or a qualitative researcher - or a demographic statistic, 'female blogger from India'." [Ref]
What social networking preserves, that blogging does not (at least, not in an evident way) are identity and community. In the blogging network, links are formed exclusively between content items. A blogroll links to blogs. A linback links to posts. While the author of a given article may be carried from post to post, information about the author - such as the author's blogroll or network of friends - is lost, obtained only through a tiring process of tracing back through the link to the blog home page and blogroll. This is alleviated somewhat with the share your feeds' service, but the link reains to content, not people.
It is perhaps a quirk of history, but the original definition of RSS did not include 'author' as a field in its item elements (using only 'title', 'link' and 'description'). Hence, in RSS as originally designed, unless the item being described was authored by the creator of the RSS feed, author information disappeared from references almost immediately.
I would not agree to the idea that a blog has no identity. The more interesting aspects on blogging, since I followed this up for a while, I think to find in the possibbilities to create an identity defined through usage, the voices established and the creation of a 'space' of performance exploring this. His thoughts about the authorship brought up the idea about a contemporary relevance, which finds its consequence in

..the blogging network and RSS link content, but not identities, while the social software network links identities, but not content.
It is interesting to have pointed out technical facts, like that older rss versions had line for the author, but on the other side it dismisses that content can build up to an complexer identity, then just naming or inventing an avatar. The disappearance of the author behind content and its flow I think a more interesting fact, which but also or even is further developed in wiki platforms as far as I understand.
In the understanding of blogging I see various forms and possibilities from diary to journalism, from posting to exchange and a performance of presence, which follows the merging of different inherent scripts....
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March 1, 2004

Fragments on visualizing social networks....

... ending up at a link for social network analysis on visualizing networks by data obtained in this case through amazon (via reblog), which shows strong belief in its informative pattern, but also already some of its problematic if one follows into the line of development
A nice find after all that is the problems of visualizing social networks .. - already interlinked further at blog. That way again some of the fascination of those diagrams and equally their relevance in readability can be reflected again ....

firstly how do we as humans make sense of this data in our everyday lives (because we're incorporating at least some of it into our mental models, surely, and understanding that would make it easier for us to enhance those models rather than creating new ones that create nothing but cognitive overload)....

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