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Theory, Culture & Society - Volume 30, Number 6, Nov 01, 2013
Special issue of Theory, Culture & Society on "Cultural Techniques"
Media_Archeology  Media_Theory 
11 days ago
Western theatre - Theatre of the 20th century and beyond | Britannica.com
they shared a belief that human life was essentially without meaning or purpose and that valid communication was no longer possible. The human condition, they felt, had sunk to a state of absurdity
Absurd 
12 days ago
Theatre of the Absurd | Britannica.com
...spend their days waiting—but without any certainty of whom they are waiting for or of whether he, or it, will ever come.
Language in an Absurdist play is often dislocated, full of cliches, puns, repetitions, and non sequiturs.
The characters in Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano (1950) sit and talk, repeating the obvious until it sounds like nonsense, thus revealing the inadequacies of verbal communication.
Absurd 
12 days ago
ryoji ikeda  |  news
Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations.
Art  Sound  Noise  Archive 
16 days ago
dasprogramm
Archive of Dieter Rams designs
design 
16 days ago
Machiavelli I – S.P.Q.F. (Begins Machiavelli Series) – Ex Urbe
Series of posts on Machiavelli.
(consider the spatiality of saving articles to a library. Who saves them? When? Where? In what company? :)
History 
29 days ago
Setting the Record Straight by Going Wayback by Online News Association | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Talk by Mark Graham - Director, the Wayback Machine, The Internet Archive

"The public web is a fact checker’s dream, but not everything stays up forever. More than just an invaluable contribution to collective memory, the practice of web crawling, indexing and archiving empowers the research and journalism that is ultimately required to speak truth to power."
Archive  Media_Studies 
5 weeks ago
The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists” | Ars Technica
Little article and interview with the director of the Wayback Machine of the Internet Archive
Archive  Media_Studies 
5 weeks ago
The aesthetics of science fiction spaceship design by Kate Kinnear
In this thesis, we present a detailed analysis of the conventions that appear in fictional spaceship design, including a discussion of their origins, their uses in emulating certain traits, and reasons these conventions might be followed or ignored. We uncover these conventions by examining and comparing popular spaceship designs from the past sixty years, which we present in a detailed survey. We also examine an aesthetic interpretation of information theory, which can be used to describe the balance of uniformity amidst variety, and discuss specific strategies for incorporating these principles into the creation of spaceship surface details.
curiosities  Spaceships  design 
6 weeks ago
Control Panel
"In praise of dials, toggles, buttons, and bulbs."
photography  curiosities 
6 weeks ago
Drolleries | John Rylands Library Special Collections Blog
Drolleries are amusing figures or scenes, often depicted in the margins of a manuscript, or within an initial letter. Grotesques are fantastical or comic figures, often combining elements of human and animal forms.
Manuscripts  History  Media_Studies  curiosities  Drollerie 
9 weeks ago
Paul Ricoeur (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Ricoeur came to formulate this as the idea of the “capable human being”. In it he seeks to give an account of the fundamental capabilities and vulnerabilities that human beings display in the activities that make up their lives, and to show how these capabilities enable responsible human action and life together.

Ricoeur had concluded that to study human reality properly, particularly in relation to the existence of evil, he had to combine phenomenological description with hermeneutic interpretation.
People  Philosophy 
9 weeks ago
Marginal Scholarship
The principal aim was to analyze and interpret practices of annotating manuscripts in the early medieval period. For this purpose we collected observations on the annotations found in circa 350 manuscripts dating to the 8th, 9th and 10th centuries.
Manuscripts 
9 weeks ago
Techniques of the Body
In fact, American walking fashions had begun to arrive over
here, thanks to the cinema. This was an idea I could generalise. The positions of the arms and hands while walking form a social idiosyncracy, they are not simply a product of some purely individual, almost completely psychical arrangements and mechanisms.
9 weeks ago
A Companion to Digital Humanities
RP has as many facets as automatic writing has dimensions (see Fournel 1986). Generated text has a robotic author, itself created by a human programmer. There is a poetics of creating that author (here creativity lies in the writing of instructions); a poetics of generating a specific text ...
Robot  Poetry 
9 weeks ago
03_bok.pdf
RACTER, the author, is an automated algorithm, whose output confounds the metaphysics of authorship, refuting the privileged uniqueness of poetic genius. RACTER gives voice to its own electric.
delirium, doing so without cognition or intention, so that, much like a somniloquist, the device automatically blurts out statements that are syntactically orthodox, but semantically aberrant
Robot  Poetry  Media_Studies 
9 weeks ago
Museum of Obsolete Media
"The Museum preserves the memory of those objects that held our memories, and every format listed in the Museum is represented by at least one example in the collection."
Media_Studies  History 
9 weeks ago
Jan Svankmajer - YouTube
When a body "encounters" another body,
or an idea another idea, it happens that the two relations sometimes
combine to form a more powerful whole, and sometimes
one decomposes the other, destroying the cohesion of its parts.
http://elibrary.bsu.az/books_400/N_140.pdf
Affect 
9 weeks ago
V&A · Explore Leonardo da Vinci's notebook: Codex Forster I
A pair of notebooks kept by Leonardo da Vinci, scanned and put online by the Victoria & Albert Museum.
History  curiosities 
10 weeks ago
palimpsest | The Chicago School of Media Theory
What genealogy finds “at the beginning of things is not the inviolable identity of their origins; it is the dissension of other things. It is disparity.”
Media_Theory 
10 weeks ago
Museum of Endangered Sounds
Imagine a world where we never again hear the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 machine.....
And when the entire world has adopted devices with sleek, silent touch interfaces...
Media_Studies  Sound 
10 weeks ago
The Modular Body | Next Nature Network
Super super interesting !
"The modular body"
Cyborg  Robot 
10 weeks ago
The Shape of Space
Living in new geometries
Space 
10 weeks ago
Radio Garden
Like google maps but for (live) radio waves. Super interesting how do you discover places through the radio waves they transmit?
Radio  Media_Studies  Sound  Noise  Cartography 
10 weeks ago
*~ MIQUELA ~* (@lilmiquela) • Instagram photos and videos
This is quite fascinating and creepy ... she is a robot and she posts stories and videos and things about her personal life she appears to be emotional and sensitive to different topics (#blacklivesmatter)so many people are immersed in her stories and support her its interesting to read their comments. Can be related to queer theory, gender/sex, media, body as data. Who is actually posting her stories ? what is her role? what are the responses she gets ? is she a body who or what is her body (is it Instagram)? How is she made real through the stories she posts and how the pictures validate the stories ? Affect?
Cyborg  Robot  Social_Media  Gender  Queer_Theory  Misinformation 
10 weeks ago
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