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Just to give you a heads up on what's going on with this blog-thing, basically I like to build my websites in two parts: On the left hand side you have a blog on what interests me generally, plus other musings with things I'm writing, philosophy, critical theory, all that stuff. Then I have a separate index on the right hand side of what's going on practice wise. Not necessarily there to be a binary distinction in theory/practice, but I've always used these terms indistinguishably as both can resemble each other in every discipline. The structure of any academic website... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2010 at Algorithm and Contingency
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To reaffirm the DIY ethic of hacking outside of computing, here's Ikea Hacker. Quite chic in its nature, but for me a constant source of amusing furniture / material hacks you can do with some Grade-E chipboard. Here's some of my favourites; Fine tuning a 59p Idea bag into a evening dress. Using a £7 Lack table for a Graphic Design work board, And the best one, (the ones where you don't have to do any work, just conceptually re-frame it for a practical purpose) Doll bed = Cat bed. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2010 at Algorithm and Contingency
I like stories which ruin my stupid presuppostions: "such as blind people can't take photographs surely?" Well I'm glad I'm wrong Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2010 at Algorithm and Contingency
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Hats off to artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley. Street with a View is showing at 'Manipulating Reality' exhibition for the CCCS @ Florence. I can't even begin to fathom how you would organise an artistic intervention as ludicrously poetic as this. Simple idea well executed, very simple, wait till the Google Maps Street View Mini-car comes round your neighbourhood, then round up some participants and stage some amateur Google Street View dramatics. No commentary needed on this one, just enjoying the play on exhibitionist intervention of the carnival vs the privacy inhibition of Google Street View. Superb. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2010 at Algorithm and Contingency
I'm a bit of a YouTube video sharing fanatic and I always have been since Yahoo started decentralising video sharing back in 2002/2003. This was generally how I made artworks in my undergraduate, linking videos through arbitrary systems. In the last few months however, my attention has 'lasered' (quote Gordon Brown) on this little topic, which has been generating a lot of views in the online Christian fundamentalist community. The Transcendental Argument for the Existence of God (as if there was a Christian Immanent Argument for the existence of one), the lynchpin of which is Rev Matt Slick, below; I'll... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2010 at Algorithm and Contingency
To start with, I'll post some links of my upcoming paper that have sprung up in Dec. Firstly Graham's here and Paul from A.N.T.H.E.M blog here. I'm writing this feverishly at the moment, with about 15 books strewn all over the place, plus about 50 web-links which I need to link. But I'll update soon on more concrete ideas concerning Graham's thoughts on how vacuum packed objects communicate aesthetically (in general terms) and algorithmic artworks. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2010 at Algorithm and Contingency
As its early, and I'm trying to generate new a readership for this blog I'll (cynically) label this post in reflection on Graham's post regarding popular topics for his blog. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2010 at Algorithm and Contingency
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So whilst I'm busy constructing the other half of my P.hD research, social and work website/blog thing, I'll start this first and get the ball rolling. I'm going to create a new version of my old website, in which I constructed two table structure, of blog on one side and work on the other. Always believed that conceptually, the two worked well side by side and not implicated. I'm usually ridiculously suspicious of popular blogging platforms and not really got on with Wordpress, Blogger for some reason, lack of simple features for one (although to be fair they have improved... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2010 at Algorithm and Contingency
So lets start with a quick post then... rather quick test Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2010 at Algorithm and Contingency
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