Tag: Lev Manovich

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Jean Baudrillard – Xerox & Infinity

Some reading. I Keep going back to this pamphlet;

“If men create intelligent machines, or fantasise about them, it is because they secretly despair of their own intelligence…”

I always liked Baudrillard as he was never fully accepted by French academia, destined forever to be on the outside. An interesting essay on Artifical intelligence, screens and ‘Telecomputer Man.’

“We lived once in a world where the realm of the imaginary was governed by the mirror, by dividing one into two, by theatre, by otherness and alienation. Today that realm is the realm of the screen, of interfaces and duplication, of contiguity and networks. All our machines are screens, and the interactivity of humans has been replaced by the interactivity of screens.”

This essay was originally published as part of Jean Baudrillard’s “La transparence du mal: Essai sur les phénomènes extrèmes” (1990), translated into English in 1993 as “The Transparency of Evil: Essays on Extreme Phenomena”.

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Lev Manovich – Database as a Symbolic form

I have been enjoying reading Lee Manovich’s – ‘The language of New Media’, interesting thoughts and stories of his time in the former Soviet Union and present day USA, how his 1st foray into computer programming ended in failure as he inputted the letter O instead of 0 (zero)!
I might also pick up a copy of his ‘Software takes command’ if funds allow.

I came across this old essay of his called ‘Database as a Symbolic Form’.

“Vertov is able to achieve something which new media designers still have to learn – how to merge database and narrative into a new form.”

Note to Self:

  • Social media: I have followed Lev Manovich’s page on Facebook, some good stuff posted. He is quite scathing of various people, institutions etc though, but in a refreshing/fair way. One of his favourites put downs in relation to any (dare I say it?)… ‘Digital Art’ is “That’s very 90s” or “That was done in the 00’s”. Funny.

Lives driven by Data

Media theorist ‘Lev Manovich’ said:

“19th Century culture was defined by the novel,
20th Century culture by Cinema,
The culture of the 21st century will be defined by the interface.”

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His media visualisation techniques compress massive amounts of data into ‘smaller observable media landscapes. Rather than searching through metadata, we’re then able to find relevant information in a way that’s more compatible with the way humans process information. This is particularly valuable in giving us the ability to observe where patterns of structure and colour may exist.

A lot of digital works for me in general are conceptually sound, but the arrived at outcome is not always aesthetically pleasing.

Artist Aaron Koblin expands on this, he takes vast amounts of data — and at times vast numbers of people — and weaves them into interesting visualizations. From elegant lines tracing airline flights to landscapes of cell phone data, his works explore how modern technology can make us more human.

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We can set parameters and choose what to pull out of the data glut. Below is a visualisation of data from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration processed to create animations of flight traffic patterns and density. The outcome is Colour coded by type: Altitude, make and model.

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Note to Self:

  • I Will continue my reading/research into the representation of information gathered, and how best to present it once captured.