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pataphysics in daily life — condensed poetic voodles — spacetwo videoblog

there was a mention of pataphysics in one of the mu-mesons' videos we've been watching over the holidays. reminded me of Sam Renseiw's spacetwo videoblog. nice to see he's still making them: "the fine art of 'pataphysics in daily life. condensed poetic voodles. A video blog by sam renseiw"

'Pataphysics, an absurdist concept coined by the French writer Alfred Jarry, is a philosophy dedicated to studying what lies beyond the realm of metaphysics. Defined as: "The science of imaginary solutions, which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments"

https://patalab02.blogspot.com

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week2 discussion - Indian Art

week 2 discussion - Indian Art

extra videos to watch:

https://youtu.be/dBZRTzXARWM

https://youtu.be/j0kLX2aPgo8

https://youtu.be/Lr8Qx0SyrYI

discussion questions and responses to follow

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week 1 discussion points

week 1 discussion points - basic concepts underlying Western philosophical thought

general questions (any era)

>> ... it would be interesting to hear people's experience of individual artworks--have you ever seen an artwork that moved you, disgusted you, interested you, disinterested you...? If so, why? What was it about that artwork that was effective / ineffective?

an artwork that moved me:
Ben Quilty's "After Afghanistan" series of paintings - example, his Captain S After Afghanistan painting. the pose and expression on the face and application of paint in such thick strokes and the mix of colours and expressive marks/brushstrokes & use of light and dark/shadow evokes strong emotions in me — in both the technique of the painting and the subject and meaning behind it.

Ben Quilty. Captain S After Afghanistan. 2012. Oil on linen. Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW. https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2012/29238.

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Material Futures - Provocating Futures presentations

currently watching Material Futures "Provocating Futures" presentations - some interesting bio-textiles and future materials presentations. http://mamaterialfutures.tumblr.com/tagged/Provocating%20Futures

live stream @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ban7HHUWYpg&feature=youtu.be

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string making with India Flint

at the "Second Skin" workshop with India Flint (held at Beautiful Silks in November), we learned how to make string from strips of fabric. then we used these as measuring tape measures for our body measurements. it was so relaxing to twist and turn the fabric into string, even though part of mine did unravel a bit when I lost concentration and must have twisted or flipped in the wrong direction - serves me right for trying to speed up.

these are the strings from everyone in the workshop - mine's at the bottom left - I put it down too quickly at the end, so it's not in a perfect circle like some of the others, though I like the colours, and since the photo I've fixed the unraveling and added red stitching to keep that section in place.

string-making-with-IndiaFlint

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wind and breath

"...wind and breath are intimately related in the continuous movement of inhalation and exhalation that is fundamental to life and being. Inhalation is wind becoming breath, exhalation is breath becoming wind. --Tim Ingold, Being Alive" via Debbie Lyddon's "Aeolian Pipes and Air-Songs" booklet on her textiles (felt, wax, resin & wire) sculptures at the beach https://debbielyddon.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/aeolian-pipes-and-air-s... (pdf)

having recently had an appendectomy operation in which the recovery left me with reduced lung capacity (bilateral pleural effusion with lower lobe collapse), these words rang true for breathing and learning to breath through my tummy/diaphragm rather than chest.

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encryption dress

with all the talk of data retention and vintage (clothes) stores & work stuff this week, I had a great dream about an encryption dress this morning. I couldn't find anything in the store that I liked, then finally chose a dress & said this'll do. turns out it had an encryption chip in it. we couldn't find the pricelist card for it — flat, vertical cards covered in plastic frames — sort of like house listings in the window of the real estate offices. had to scan through heaps of them - layers and layers. & seems to be waterproof also as the dress becomes swimwear/togs too (changes). lots of dream spent on adventure looking for it. turns out it cost $100K due to software licence. but they waived it & I got to keep the dress & encrypted all communications from then on. I was trying to work out how it worked without a keyboard to enter passphrase. but it was new tech. touch was all that was needed. I was also worried about the chip being so close to my heart (physical location) but it was proven to be safe to wear. good dream. chip was like a square button, sewn into the fabric. gather & press to activate. the encryption dress and chip were waterproof too because at some points in the dream it turned into togs/swimmers and I was in the water, I think when I was looking for the pricecards.

maybe it means I should get back to working on the flora gps test - flora's working, & gps arrived recently
#dream

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exploring ideas and what-if questions

on haptic human website, I'll be exploring the human touch in handmade objects, using the idea (feeling? what-if question?) that there's a transfer of atoms when objects are made, and when they are hand-made I think the *human* atoms get blended (even in a slight way) with the object's atoms, and it makes us relate to them more - we 'feel' the humanity, or the soul perhaps (our common atoms/frequencies). this will allow me to research across different topics and disciplines, and to apply "what-if" questions to try answer and explore.

this idea is based on my reply to a discussion on haptics on my textiles class forum, and some earlier thoughts about analog audio vs digital audio recordings (see below & attached)

note that there'll mostly be rough notes/stream of consciousness ideas here for a bit of fun, so nothing really to see here - move along

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solar panel necklace

Mae Yokoyama, a Swedish student at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design has made a solar panel necklace which lights up LEDs when the power has charged. The aim was to turn “energy into beauty”.

http://www.ecouterre.com/couture-solar-panel-necklace-lights-up-any-outfit

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mind map beginnings

inspired by jude's opening post, I started a mind map to begin my "considering weave" class workbook.

I've been working on my fabric loom tonight - the invisible basting is done, next up loading the warp & weft. I looked up one of jude's videos from the hearts class to remind me how to do it - a great resource!

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green beanie

green beanie. greanie.

 

this is a Jo Sharp beanie:

 


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stitch grafitti

I’ve been looking through the craftivist collective website and some of their projects. they do many fibre / textiles / craft based activism (craftivism) projects to raise issues to people in the community. they also write about slow activism and the importance of personal reflection when making – I love this idea and it’s something people can do from home without having to be too vocal (verbally) with their ideas – work on projects to highlight issues they think are important. so I purchased one of their mini protest banner kits and it arrived from the UK yesterday. tonight I embroidered a message and sewed the aida onto the fabric. it was the first time I’ve embroidered letters so the first couple of lines are a bit wonky (especially the “D”), and I found it easier to write in all caps so I’m probably shouting the message, but I was getting the hang of it towards the end (though I ran out of space on the last line – need to plan it out next time)

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memory windows

I had the idea today to write a story about memory windows. I think it was after the second coffee. now I can't think of what to write - the characters. this week I've been on holidays and have been relaxing and reading. the "Exegesis" by Philip K Dick arrived (finally - it seems it might have been delayed due to a missing / between my apartment number and street number on the package's postal address). so I started reading it, but it's straight into the gnostic themes, which I haven't read for a few months so then I started listening to the Aeon Byte podcasts again and buying ebooks from Amazon & Google to read in my chrome cloud reader. one was about Hermes Trismegistus, called The quest for Hermes Trismegistus : from ancient Egypt to the modern world" by Gary Lachman. another is "Sacred Economics" by Charles Eisenstein, who's class I'm taking starting this week on Evolver. "The Gift" by Lewis Hyde - which has a great essay on Ezra Pound as the last chapter. I've been meaning to find out more about Pound for a while, so this was good to read. another is a collection of interviews in a book called "Voices of Gnosticism" by Miguel Conner - who hosts and produces the Aeon Byte podcasts mentioned previously.

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piano sounds

piano sounds

05/11/2011

Matty Fresh - Trail Blazer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFtoCdghlCs

today, I listened to a song that Matty Fresh had posted on facebook. very lush - lovely piano sounds & beats. I’ve seen a video interview with him where he showed the process he follows in producing a beat - digging in the crates, sampling the vinyl records, transferring to the computer.

then I had these thoughts about the piano sample taken from the record. the sound has layers of stories and human connections with it. there’s the pianist - all those years of training and practicing the piano which led to them playing that song on the day it was recorded. the composer of the original song. the booking of the sound recording studio - I can imagine the musicians in the room - the pianist at the piano, playing the song. how many times did they play this melody that day. did they get into the zone. the sound recording engineer recording the sounds - how did they adjust & tweak the sounds. was it recorded onto tape. was it a new tape or had it been used before and were there traces of older sounds already on the tape. then it was sent to the vinyl processing plant to be both archived and brought to life during the vinyl production process. were there any imperfections introduced in this process. all these steps took time. did the musician think about their performance again afterwards - wonder if they could have changed something, or if it was perfect as is. then the industry takes over and the record gets released and people buy it. who bought this record - the one that the sample was taken from. how many hands has it passed through, and how many plays did it have on people's home record players, or out & about? what were the people doing when they listened - what were they thinking. did their record players add some imperfections to the sounds by faulty equipment, or overuse? did they play the record over & over so it was almost worn out and the vinyl getting thinner and thinner with each play. at some point their lives changed and the record was sold and ended up in a dusty record bin that Matty Fresh pulled it out of and took home and added to his collection. how many other songs were listened to before this one was chosen - how many times was it played by him to be imprinted on his memory to pull it out later when this song was being created.

I read the other day about all the atoms in the world. http://www.aliak.com/content/rearranging-patterns-atoms-monads has some of my ramblings on it

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Sunday TINA Newcastle rain

Sunday TINA 2011 was a day when the rain set in - it was heavy at times, yet it didn't stop people attending the festival panel sessions and performances. this is recorded with binaural mics (line-in adapter - finally found the little battery for it!) on Hunter St Mall - complete with locals/passerbys talking as they walked past me

best listened in headphones
02/10/2011

http://www.archive.org/details/Tina2011Rain

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