Month: August 2016

Hyper Objects

Still in the midst of writing my research paper, I am buried in references, links and books. One of the case studies in the paper is a virtual sculpture called ‘Hyperskins’ by American video maker and artist Andrew Thomas Huang.

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Hyperskins exhibits three digital sculptures cycling in an infinite loop through multiple surfaces, textural incarnations inspired by the philosophy of “hyper objects” by Timothy Morton – the idea that today’s objects lack a “discreteness” and instead are pervasive, multidimensional and ever-changing throughout phases of time, space and relative orientation to other objects independent of human consciousness.”

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Timothy Morton is a member of the ‘Object-orientated ontology (OOO)’ movement, and the term ‘Hyper Objects’ is explained below;

“Morton uses the term to explain objects so massively distributed in time and space as to transcend localization, such as climate change and styrofoam.”

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I fired off a message to Andrew Huang, and to my suprise he very graciously answered with a quite lengthy enlightening explanation about his piece, the book, inspiration and such subjects touched upon were The Antropocene, virtual relics, cloud data, photogrammetry and the 3D scanning of the beaver skull that sits on his mantlepiece amongst other things. I hope to use some of Andrew’s reply in my conclusion of the paper.

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360 Video

I got my hands on a Ricoh Theta S 360 camera. The still photos are very sharp, unfortunately the video quality is quite soft.

The different stages of the file are interesting.

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Still.

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Video Unstitched.

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Video Stitched/Flat.

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Video 360/Spherical screengrab.

The Theta software is buggy and will only convert the video from m4v files to mp4 depending on If you bring the image in via camera or from the app. Also if you bring it into Final Cut Pro or Premiere to edit, you have to then add metadata to the file so Youtube knows its meant to be a 360 video.

Hit play and then drag cursor for 360 orbit view (view in Chrome browser).

Note to Self:

  • Quality of 360 video above on Youtube is very soft and jittery, other 360 videos using the ‘Spatial Media Metadata Injector’ seem to be twitchy also.

Borges – On Exactitude in Science

. . . In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it. The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast Map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters. In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.

Suarez Miranda, Viajes de varones prudentes, Libro IV,Cap. XLV, Lerida, 1658.