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A Futurist's Fieldguide
Futurish is a rough-and-ready collection of thoughts and propositions related to futures, everyday life, experience and storytelling. It documents the Data Ecologies Symposium 2014 organised by Time's Up in Linz, Austria. The Book Sprint methodology, described as a "self-documenting conference", seemed like an appropriate way to gather the participants' excitement around thinking out loud about futures.
Words which Matter to People
Resilience is a technical term, one which has spread along with the influence of systems thinking and come into use in a widening range of academic and professional fields. But it has no cultural roots; which is to say, it is not grounded in the experience of people’s lives and the ways in which people have made sense of that experience. Instead, with its aura of expert detachment, it belongs to that category of words by which we hold things at a distance. I doubt that anyone would joke about resilience in the way that Finns can joke about sisu, and for this reason I doubt that anyone can take it so seriously.
Borrowed Scenery: Cultivating an Alternate Reality
Prehearsal Pocket Guide
Borrowed Scenery short film
Magic, Mistakes and the multitude of the matter
Smartphones in ecology and evolution: a guide for the app-rehensive
Unmanned Aerial Ecologies
In many ways, media artists are uniquely qualified to frame a contemporary conversation about drones. Because today to have an interest in drone technologies, whether for military or civilian use, is to have a concern with, and interest in, the networked information space in which they belong. And that is the space that media artists, particularly artists who work from a tactical media perspective, are experts in.
PARN: Physical and Alternate Reality Narratives
Prehearsing the Future
At FoAM we wondered how we could “rehearse” a possible future before it came to pass. How we could experience living in different scenarios and observe our reactions to them. Would such an immersive experience change our views about which scenarios might be most desirable? Could we cultivate more resilient mindsets and behaviours (i.e. being able to adapt and respond to challenging conditions, without loosing the essence of who we are and what we want to do) by “rehearsing” a future scenario?
The Story of Tarot
Tarot is a pack of cards used from mid-fifteenth century to play card games, and includes Tarocchi/Tarocchini in Italy, Tarot in France and Tarock in Germany. However, Tarot is best known as a divination tool, popularised in the eighteenth century by mystics and occultists of Europe, used for discovering and expanding mental and spiritual pathways. Since then, Tarot has developed into an elaborate fortune-telling system.
Exploring and Designing our Future Robot Companions
Triggers are for Guns; Reality is Continuous
Multimodal design can be applied in manifold interdisciplinary fields, from developing Web sites to planning dinner parties. This part of the book focuses on applying multimodal design within the context of “new” media education and practice, from the perspectives of both the design process and the users’ engagement with the works.
Hapstar: automated haplotype network layout and visualization
Haplotype Networks and Minimum Spanning Networks are commonly used for representing associations between sequences. HapStar is a tool for viewing both types of networks, and is designed to directly use the output data generated from Arlequin. HapStar is unique in that it automatically lays out the network for optimal visualisation, and provides the option to calculate a Minimum Spanning Network from a list of alternative connections. HapStar provides a user-friendly interface, and publication-ready figures can be exported simply.
The Case of Edmond A. – a displaced system for alpha repair
Southeast from the river with the highest power of all rivers, the kind that conceives its force by keeping up a slow flow appearance, the kind that ciaries ancient myths and mighty memories, the kind that provides spiritual and electrical energy, it is there, in the jungled urban sprawl, in the plains beneath the mightiest mountains, the case of Edmond A.
Resilients – We Can Change the Weather
This distributed, interdisciplinary project explores the resilient aspects of European culture, which can improve quality of life in the turbulent conditions of the 21st century. The project stimulates the development of a resilient culture by researching and producing cultural forms that fuse tradition and innovation (e.g. alternate reality games, biomimetic designs, urban gardening initiatives) and by creating opportunities for participation by a wide public in interactive events and experiments.
Biomodd as a Paradox
Open-grown dialogues in trans-local experiences
Glitch: Designing Imperfection
A "glitch" usually fixes itself in the amount of time it takes for it to be noticed in the first place, whether as a scrambled cable television delay, a page-loading error on an internet browser or a jumble of pixels on an ATM interface. Glitch: Designing Imperfection consists of over 200 glitch images grabbed, composed and provoked by artists who present these complex fragments of color and lines as thought-provoking mistakes that merit being considered in an aesthetic sense, no matter if as art or as advertising.
Cursory Speculations on HPI
PHOEF – The Undisclosed Poesis of the Photovoltaic Effect
Grid independence, silent electrical energy generation without emissions, harmless low-DC power, mobility and new materials with new aesthetics are key characteristics of photovoltaic technologies. Together with new scientific tropes that are emerging in this highly vibrant multidisciplinary field, they have attracted a first generation of “early adapters” in the arts.