Archives for May 2012


31 May 2012 | Geography, Music | No Comments

или так:

In 2003, Berlin-based sound artist Christina Kubisch began an ongoing project called Electrical Walks. This project employs specially built headphones that receive electromagnetic signals from the environment and convert them into sound. Kubisch maps a given territory, noting hot spots (ATM machines, security systems, electronic cash registers, subway systems, etc.) where the signals are particularly strong or interesting.


seeing like digital devices

31 May 2012 | Art, Lifeform, Technology | No Comments

плюс, New Aesthetic — это именно весь предыдущий накопленный опыт, ссылки на другие работы, что, в свою очередь. говорят еще о других, и так далее — как вниз, по шкале времени, так и вширь, раздвигая пространство:

But today’s world is one of inclusion rather than exception. The New Aesthetic doesn’t have individual effects, but only aggregated ones, just as a technology startup can’t serve a niche audience but only the largest one possible. Bridle insists that it “is not a movement.” A movement draws a line in the sand, but an aggregator collects seashells. Instead of drawing up dictates he pins curiosities to his digital pinboard. In a century, art has evolved from caprice into bric-a-brac. The Futurists crashed cars; the New Aestheticians assemble scrapbooks.

и еще

[T]rue alien might be unrecognizable; it might not have an intelligence akin to our intelligence, or even one we could recognize as intelligence. Rather than wondering if alien beings exist in the cosmos, let’s assume that they are all around us, everywhere, at all scales. Everything is an alien to everything else. It is ultimately impossible for one thing to understand the experience of another, but we can speculate about the withdrawn, inner experience of things based on a combination of evidence–the exhaust they leave behind–and poetics–the speculative work we do to characterize that experience.


enable endless scrolling

30 May 2012 | Art, Lifeform, Technology | 1 Comment

или снова о New Aesthetic[1]например:

One of the core themes of the New Aesthetic has been our collaboration with technology, whether that’s bots, digital cameras or satellites (and whether that collaboration is conscious or unconscious), and a useful visual shorthand for that collaboration has been glitchy and pixelated imagery, a way of seeing that seems to reveal a blurring between “the real” and “the digital”, the physical and the virtual, the human and the machine. It should also be clear that this ‘look’ is a metaphor for understanding and communicating the experience of a world in which the New Aesthetic is increasingly pervasive.

эта стирающаяся грань — она заставляет нас видеть мир иначе, обретать новые связи: что будет, если мы соединим то, что не соединялось раньше? как сказал Грег Боренштейн:

New Aesthetic is actually striving towards a fundamentally new way of imagining the relations between things in the world.

это ли не кипричи и раствор, которыми мы будем строить наши здания?

Because a line has been crossed, technology/software/code is in and of the world and there’s no getting out of it. Some architects can look at a building and tell you which version of autodesk was used to create it. The world is defined by our visualisations of it.

именно, словно раньше холст и масло, сегодня другие краски описывают наше бытие — это и есть новая эстетика: то, как поглощает нас всепроникающая технология:

Yes, GPS will come storming out of the wilderness survival gear catalogue and give your mother an incredibly increased action radius. Yes, computer GUI elements will sprout legs and appear lounging around your neighborhood as though they had always been there. Yes, digital glitch is as much of a cultural artifact as the graininess of film or the bad colors of Polaroids. And that guy on the corner with the World of Warcraft battleaxe replica 1 instantly looks at home from the moment that he appears. Yes, you think, now that I see it, it makes perfect sense.

[1] — плюс, так же рекоммендую эссе-дискуссию с участием Брюса Стерлинга и других: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4.


if you want a thing done well, do it yourself

29 May 2012 | Copyright, Music | 2 Comments

вот, пожалуйста:

The Open Goldberg Variations by Kimiko Ishizaka are free to download and share. They are governed by the Creative Commons Zero license, which means that they are a part of the public domain.

записали таки. молодцы.


на своих двоих

28 May 2012 | Facebook, The Great Game | No Comments

очередные слухи и наблюдения:

Employees of Facebook and several engineers who have been sought out by recruiters there, as well as people briefed on Facebook’s plans, say the company hopes to release its own smartphone by next year. These people spoke only on the condition of anonymity for fear of jeopardizing their employment or relationships with Facebook.

The company has already hired more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone, and one who worked on the iPad, the employees and those briefed on the plans said.

плюс, так же и бразуер:

A Facebook browser that would allow you keep up to date with your social life from in-built plug-ins and features on the menu bar could be on the cards. Pocket-lint has heard from one of its trusted sources that the social networking giant is looking to buy Opera Software, the company behind the Opera web browser.


The move – which would no doubt send shivers of panic through Google – although unlikely to affect Chrome’s continued growth in the short term, would see the two tech giants battle it out on your desktop and mobile for web surfing as well as social networking.

который, в том числе, и мобильный браузер, заметьте.


о равновесии

27 May 2012 | Culturology | No Comments

quote of the day:

One of the pleasures of being a Jew, I don’t have to tell you, it allows you anti-Semitism.

Joseph Epstein.


танцы на песке

26 May 2012 | Music | 2 Comments

а еще в чуть около пяти утра мы слушали былых Authechre и их великий Tri Repetae.


о завещаниях

26 May 2012 | Music | No Comments


In 2006, Threshold House announced Moon’s Milk (In Six Phases), a “deluxe gallery edition” 3CD/book set that was to compile their four Equinox and Solstice EPs, the three tracks from the Moons Milk (In Four Phases) Bonus Disc and “some new reinterpretations of those songs”. The book was to feature photographs of the 333 hand-painted covers for the Moon’s Milk (In Four Phases) Bonus Disc along with a listing of their titles and respective owners.

<...> [However, Peter] Christoperson was never to issue Moon’s Milk (In Six Phases) in his lifetime. His passing makes it uncertain whether the package will ever eventuate as at this stage there have been no further Coil releases. Danny Hyde, who worked with Christopherson on the proposed reissue, eventually released the additional material that had been intended for the third disc of the set. Issued as Moon’s Milk in Final Phase, the three tracks were credited to Electric Sewer Age rather than Coil.

альбом в самом деле прекрасный.


письма с острова на остров

26 May 2012 | History, Literature | No Comments

о переписках:

Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) <...> spent the final four years of his life on his estate near the village of Vailima in Samoa. Over the course of these years, he wrote 45 letters to his dear friend Sidney Colvin (1845-1927), the English curator and critic. Colvin published the letters soon after Stevenson’s death, tipping the originals into a unique, oversized and gilt-edged, multi-volume set.

эти письма можно прочитать вот здесь: 1 + 2 (и это правда чудеснейшие диалоги).

впрочем, были в этой дружбе и свои ньюансы:

Stevenson, the author of the classic adventures Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, spent the last years of his life on the Samoan island of Upolu where he wrote a series of fantastic tales and fables that he specifically asked to be published as a set.

However, instead of complying with the writer’s request, his literary agent, Sidney Colvin, asked Cassell to publish two of the fairy stories – The Bottle Imp and The Isle of Voices – in a volume alongside a naturalistic short story of a completely different type.


The new volume of Fables and Fairy Tales is due out in 2013, as part of the New Edinburgh edition of Stevenson’s works, which is planned to be the definitive collection.


мне хорошо рядом с тобой

25 May 2012 | Geography, Lifeform, Technology | 1 Comment

исследуя чакры:

Bio Mapping is revolutionary methodology and tool for visualising people’s reactions to the external world.

Over the last five years, over 2000 people have taken part in community mapping projects in over 25 cities across the globe. In structured workshops, participants re-explore their local area with the use of a unique device invented by Christian Nold which records the wearer’s Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), which is a simple indicator of emotional arousal in conjunction with their geographical location. On their return, a map is created which visualises points of high and low arousal.