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James Bridle’s Landsat-Based Art Featured at MoMA « Landsat Science
Excellent interview from the Landsat Science site with James. Also: nasa.gov domain!
stml  jamesbridle  allofmyfriendsetc  landsat  satellites 
august 2016 by infovore
Why I Write | Frieze
"I came back to writing as a way of thinking and of thinking through, of occupying the space between things, and opening them up again."

Writing is thinking is writing.
writing  thinking  jamesbridle  reading  art 
july 2016 by infovore
A Flag for No Nations | booktwo.org
"This is the moment at which our ideas of technology as a series of waymarks on the universal march of human progress falter and fall apart. A single technology – the vacuum-deposition of metal vapour onto a thin film substrate – makes its consecutive and multiple appearances at times of stress and trial: at the dawn of the space age, in orbit and on other planets, at the scene of athletic feats of endurance, in defence and offence in the mountains of the Hindu Kush, on the beaches of the European archipelago. These are moments of hope as well as failure; moments when, properly utilised, technological progress enables us to achieve something which was beyond our capabilities before. And yet: we are still pulling bodies from the water wrapped in material which was meant to send us into space."
jamesbridle  stml  spaceblankets  refugee 
january 2016 by infovore
The dreadful luminosity of everything | booktwo.org
"I think that the physical and the digital are inseparable in culture in the same way that waves and particles are inseparable in light." This is great, and reminds me how Berger-esque some of James' art-writing is getting.
art  light  network  physical  digital  jamesbridle  writing  stml 
may 2012 by infovore
CERN | booktwo.org
"You know, maybe aliens know all this, and we’re come-latelies to the whole comprehending-everything thing, but there isn’t really any more you can do in our current Universe than this. It’s the top thing. It is everything. This makes us amazing." James has basically said everything about our trip to CERN that is worth saying. This is all true. It was great and humbling. I'd also point out that every time you step out, you're under the Alps, and they're also phenomenal and humbling.
cern  science  discovery  wonder  awe  jamesbridle  stml 
february 2012 by infovore
A Ship Adrift | booktwo.org
"I wanted to make the ship move, and I wanted to make it speak, and I wanted to speak back to it, with it, together. To make something." The poetry of creation is important. Also, @shipadrift is lovely, but you already knew that.
bots  codedspace  jamesbridle  stml  shipadrift 
february 2012 by infovore
Hard Times: For Our Times | booktwo.org
"...one of the things I learned in attempting to produce 50 interesting variants on the text is that it is very, very hard. Whatever is done to the text, it is virtually impossible to extinguish Dickens’ intention without extinguishing the whole work (as in the case of the copies which read simply “Fancy fancy fancy fancy…” or “Facts facts facts…” for 300-odd pages). The text stands; it is greater than paper." This is brilliant.
writing  publishing  intent  authorship  art  jamesbridle  stml  brilliant 
december 2011 by infovore
On Now and Next | booktwo.org
"Sitting quietly on my kitchen table, it has already changed my radio behaviour: instead of sticking one channel on and leaving it for hours, I surf—but intelligently, discovering things I actually want to hear. Adding pictures to the radio: but just a single, little, useful one." Nice.
stml  jamesbridle  radio  glanceable  tablet 
november 2011 by infovore
The New Value of Text | booktwo.org
"Velocity, depth, breadth. These are the dimensions we can add to books, that are the gifts of a digital age, not gimmicks, glossy presentation and media-catching stunts. The text works. It stands and speaks for itself. It is not what we need to change." Yes, yes, yes, this, a hundred times over.
publishing  text  writing  literature  ebooks  stml  jamesbridle 
october 2011 by infovore
The System of the World: Rorschmap Redux | booktwo.org
"What I am interested in is how my Rorschmap differs from those other instantiations. What I am interested in is how digitisation changes not just the format of a thing, but its fundamental essence."
maps  rorschmap  jamesbridle  buddhanature  digitisation 
september 2011 by infovore
Rorschmap | booktwo.org
"Rorschmap is cartographic navel-gazing, a reframing of the map. It will not help you find anything. We are bored with your squares and your margins. We want new shapes and new dimensions, the unicode snowmen of visual representation. †‡†, as the man said." I am wearing out the "James is brilliant" button on my keyboard, but I will keep pressing it as long as he does this sort of thing.
stml  jamesbridle  maps  dymaxion  newaesthetic 
july 2011 by infovore
#wikileakspaper | booktwo.org
"Jennifer Brook, who makes artists’ books and iPad apps, speaking earlier this year: “Craftspeople are technologists, and technologists are craftspeople; the only difference is the velocity of the material they choose to work.” Humbly, I would add a further qualification, a further dimension. Celerity, or “proper velocity”, is velocity which takes the effects of relativity into account: the observer is travelling too; we are all travelling in time. The material has its own celerity." Oh, gosh, that's marvellous. Both parts.
stml  jamesbridle  celerity  velocity  materials  design 
march 2011 by infovore
2010: The Booktwo/STML Yearnotes | booktwo.org
"In the process I came up with “Network Realism” which may or may not have legs, but I think it does and I like it. What it was, of course, was what I’d actually been talking about all year: time, and how it’s just as broken right now as our business models—broken by the network—but what’s interesting is how we’re coming to terms with it, artistically, culturally, and technologically, and what that might mean in the future. 2011 is going to be all about time."

James has had a good year.
stml  jamesbridle  time  yearnotes  review  jollygood 
december 2010 by infovore
On Book Guilt | booktwo.org
"When someone with a bad case fails to finish a book, they don’t start a new one; they go into a holding pattern, crippled by guilt over their failure and unable to let go and start over. All reading stops. People have confessed to me that it’s been months since they last picked up a book, because they still haven’t finished the last one." Yup. We really don't have to finish this book, sometimes.
jamesbridle  stml  books  reading  habit  guilt 
september 2010 by infovore
On Wikipedia, Cultural Patrimony, and Historiography | booktwo.org
"..for the first time in history, we’re building a system that, perhaps only for a brief time but certainly for the moment, is capable of recording every single one of those infinitely valuable pieces of information. Everything should have a history button. We need to talk about historiography, to surface this process, to challenge absolutist narratives of the past, and thus, those of the present and our future."
stml  jamesbridle  historiography  publishing  internet  history  perspective 
september 2010 by infovore
The Iraq War: A Wikipedia Historiography - a set on Flickr
""The Iraq War: A Historiography of Wikipedia Changelogs" is a twelve-volume set of all changes to the Wikipedia article on the Iraq War." James is brilliant, but I knew that already. This is quite a thing.
wikipedia  historiography  publishing  printondemand  jamesbridle  stml 
september 2010 by infovore
Grounded: volcano fictions and collective experiences | booktwo.org
I could, charmlessly and redundantly, expand on that to say: when life surprises us, making the everyday strange and wonderful, our first impulse is to make stories. These are of course personal stories: the volcano itself is too remote, too vast, to fit into our little narratives. Like Vonnegut’s glaciers, they just exist: human lives happen around them.
volcano  fiction  stories  jamesbridle  stml 
april 2010 by infovore
What Publishers Today Can Learn from Allen Lane: Fearlessness
"The book — by which I mean long-form text, in any format — is not a physical thing, but a temporal one. Its primary definition, its signal quality, is the time we take to read it, and the time before it and the time after it that are also intrinsic parts of the experience: the reading of reviews and the discussions with our friends, the paths that lead us to it and away from it (to other books) and around it." James, as ever, is very, very sharp. This is good.
books  publishing  time  temporality  jamesbridle  stml 
april 2010 by infovore
The Bookshops of Mexico City | booktwo.org
"At some point, I begin to feel that I am carrying entire Latin American forests home with me. Also, I am afflicted with a terrible need to stop and write things down, at almost every corner, slowing my passage through the city and impeding motion. I am locked in this ridiculous two-step, unable to travel more than half a block before sitting down and writing out more, papering over the last thirty feet, dripping more ink onto the street: this absurd project, this incomprehensible, incompletable urge, this terror of forgetting and compulsion to record." Beautiful writing from James, which has been sitting on the "to link" pile for far too long.
mexico  books  art  publishing  travel  stml  jamesbridle 
april 2010 by infovore
The Story: Notes on a conference in disguise | booktwo.org
"Magick is all about naming and control. So is journalism, and software engineering—related disciplines." yes yes yes a thousand times yes (the most wonderful sentence in James' write-up of a non-conference I didn't attend).
naming  journalism  magic  control  software  thestory  jamesbridle 
february 2010 by infovore
Mattins: A micropodcast of daily readings | booktwo.org
"Mattins is a daily reading, every weekday, no more than 5 minutes long. The 5 minute limit is imposed by Audioboo, which makes podcasting from an iPhone startlingly simple. Every morning over my mandatory first coffee I take a book down from the shelves, hit record, and read a short extract."
podcast  mattins  reading  jamesbridle  books 
december 2009 by infovore
A New Theory of Awesomeness and Miracles, by James Bridle
"Being NOTES and SLIDES on a talk given at PLAYFUL 09, concerning CHARLES BABBAGE, HEATH ROBINSON, MENACE and MAGE" Awesome; shame I couldn't be there. I wondered where that link about Michie had come from a few weeks ago...
machinelearning  complexity  games  jamesbridle  literature  mathematics  donaldmichie  menace 
november 2009 by infovore
Gaza - a set on Flickr
For those of you who might not be aware of its size, James has put the size of Gaza in context through comparing it to maps of other cities. Simple, effective communication.
infographics  maps  comparison  gaza  jamesbridle 
january 2009 by infovore

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