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Philip K Dick - his 2 basic topics

Philip K Dick said in his paper "How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later" that "two certain matters absolutely fascinate me, and that I write about them all the time. The two basic topics that fascinate me are "What is reality?" and "What constitutes the authentic human being?" Over the twenty-seven years in which I have published novels and stories I have investigated those two interrelated topics over and over again. I consider them important topics. What are we?

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RHIZOME discussions on 'epic net art'

the RHIZOME discussion list has had threads recently and in the past about "Epic Net Art" & whether there has been any net art that is EPIC.

I followed a few links and thought they were interesting projects - epic or not I can't comment.

Bruce Sterling's workshop - Designing Processes Rather Than Art on designing processes for generative art, which can be replicated by other people to produce the generative art work

generative nature - text by Marco Mancuso (in Italian)

Transcription of Lecture by David Ross, San Jose State University, March 2, 1999 - including Ross's 21 Distinctive Qualities of Net.Art

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Announcing Synaesthesia, Art, Science & Technology Discussion Group on the Leonardo Education Forum (LEF)

Announcing Synaesthesia, Art, Science & Technology Discussion Group on the Leonardo Education Forum (LEF)

Following the Synaesthesia Discussion on YASMIN Discussions List, during the month of February 2009, we wish to inform you that this discussion will continue on the Leonardo Education Forum on the topic of Synaesthesia, Art, Science & Technology.

To join the discussion, please register at: http://forum.lefnet.org/node/26

This Discussion Group invites comments on Synaesthesia, Art / Science topics as well as announcements on art projects, research and relevant events.

The LEF Synaesthesia Discussion Group is part of the Leonardo Synesthesia and Intersenses Special Project launched in 1999 by Jack Ox and Jacques Mandelbrojt (www.leonardo.info/isast/spec.projects/synesthesia/synesthesia.html) and is currently moderated by Veroniki Korakidou, PhD Candidate - Research Associate at the University of Athens NT Lab, Communication and Media Department.

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debt elimination plan

I've read a few of those money management, investments, shares & real estate books - there's quite a few on the torrent sites / scribd.com & I've bought a few (which I think is one way the author's make more money!) and they're always quick to read on flights. most of the time I think they have common sense tips, but I think a lot of people forget these things or get caught up in debt quite easily these days. I wish we'd had more basic money management and money familiarization education whilst at school as it wasn't something I learnt apart from self-study so perhaps my skills in this area have been lacking for a while. it might have been better to start earlier!

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Church-suasion observations reply

digital strategist and Stealth Magazine founder Mark Pollard wrote a blog post called How religion games you: Church-suasion observations. very timely as the Gnosis Now! course starts this week.

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David Byrne in Auckland

David Byrne performed in Auckland at ASB Theatre - Aotea Centre last night, 14th Feb 2009, as part of his "Songs of David Byrne & Brian Eno" world tour. I loved the show. The musicians, backup singers and David Byrne all wore white. The lighting was a series of subtle background colours changing for effect in different songs. Byrne chatted with the audience who shouted comments to him & showed their appreciation with loud applause.

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Magic Squares - video project?

could a maths story work?

at scanz there was a paper called "Complexity and Cybernetics Redux" by Nina Czegledy and it mentioned Magic Squares. these cover topics such as mysticism, philosophy, mathematics. could the game/puzzle be to solve the magic square. the game leaders send out clues which reflect the numbers& people go out and find the item that has been uploaded to represent each square. eg, so people could film clues like numbers from different places, a quantity of subjects (eg if the number was 10, then film collections of 10 things in a single clip), or even make a video about a saying/piece of writing that might represent the numbers. whatever people can think of

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gps walking & video / sound / photo recording project (ideas)

I'm heading to New Plymouth this evening for SCANZ 2009 - Symposium being held over the weekend. so I've been reading about some of the participating artists and their projects. the intro for Brett Stalbaum gave me a few ideas for a * very simple * gps video project. below is the paragraph that triggered my thoughts - especially the phrase "letting voluminous GIS data and some algorithms we wrote tell us where to go"

steps
- in your local area, or a place where you can go to easily more than once (eg probably best to do in your own country not whilst overseas unless it's somewhere you can visit again)
- walk around the space once and collect the gps data
- then use (write first) a program - perhaps web based so you could use your mobile phone??? - that randomizes the data co-ordinates and selects a position for you to go to

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zoom'n'fx

3 minutes of 4 years

3 minutes of 4 years

stylized view of some of the sights from the past 4 years

http://www.vimeo.com/3064740

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driving sky

driving home from Brisbane to Sydney after Christmas break. the sunset was amazing. it dwarfed & blurred the road and trees on the side of the road.

dec 2008

http://www.vimeo.com/3037834

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isadora particles test - green

isadora particles test - green

testing 3D particles in isadora

it's one of the particles examples from the troika tronix forums

my mouse movement is controlling the position of the live particle. I've changed the colour, size, rotation and lifespan

30/01/2009

http://www.vimeo.com/3027467

isadora particles test - green from kath on Vimeo

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slit screen video painting

I've been reading about Rothko's paintings this weekend and wanted to make a video painting similar to his works. it didn't quite work out as I expected (or like a Rothko painting). but I took videos around Auckland yesterday of different colours with the plan of using them as overlayed panels of colours. instead I ended up using a slit screen and shifting the entry points + having horizontal & vertical panels + changing between the different clips.

I don't think it turned out like the later Rothko paintings though. his paintings has large blocks of colour yet they weren't really about the colour. they were about the emotions - and the paintings showed emotions through the colours & induced emotions in the viewer. there were also glimpses of spirituality in the paintings - some had an inner light which shone through the works. also the size & scale of the paintings - often wall sized - caused the viewer to be enveloped in the emotions. the video I've made doesn't have the same emotions. it's more about the colours - the colours of Auckland city. the edges in the video work are too crisp and sharp. and there's no inner light. the motion relates more to Len Lye's use of motion in images & experimental films and sculptures. I've been reading about his work and his papers prior to making the video - in the book "Figures of Motion - Len Lye - Selected Writings". so I will have to try again - & maybe filter out or soften all the edges, or only keep the lines , like brush strokes, then build them up to panels of colour. many options to think about!

made in isadora - patch attached

26/01/2009

http://www.vimeo.com/2965451

slit screen video painting from kath on Vimeo

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