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The beauty of an undefinable “New Media”

December 14, 2013

This post is a kind of reflection, it goes back to the first question we asked in class: What is New Media?

We found it impossible to define. We came up with many common traits, a kind of tag cloud(which may be the best way to define New Media—for now).

I struggled with this unclear definition. I even remember it coming up in a bar-discussion.

I choose, instead, to embrace undefinable, multiplicity, superimposition.

To define is to specialize, to limit, to package, to own, to commodify, to admit to creating in a forum being judged based on traditions I had no part in choosing.

The term “New Media” is being defined, limited, owned, packaged, and commodified(the nature of new words within capitalism) but there will always emerge a new new-media, a new artistic-frontier(the nature of artists within society).

The spirit(meaning) of new media lives beyond the appropriateness of the words “new media”.

What is the spirit of new media artist?

Buckminster Fuller


Chris’ Presentation – Sonic Cartography

November 25, 2013

Acoustic Archives

For my second presentation, we can look more at defining and understanding a space through its sonic qualities…

Acoustic Archives
This group has given themselves the task of “archiving” historic buildings and then releasing their findings for free and public use (check out the video on the homepage):
Through this method, you could place any recorded audio in one of their archived spaces and it will take on the sonic characteristics of that space. This is an interesting venture, especially because sound is so transient by nature. Most spaces created or inhabited in the developed world since the 20th century have been documented visually (i.e. the photograph). Even before that there were drawings and paintings. Relatively few places have been documented in an auditory fashion.

The Aporee website created a platform for users around the world to record their surrounding environments, which are placed geospatially. To some, the sounds may seem mundane, but again we see the idea of sound as a cultural artifact.

Here is some scholarly information regarding sonic cartography:
Cartographic Representation of the Sonic Environment
The piece is rather long, so perhaps just skipping through the Introduction (about 2 1/4 pages) will give you an idea about this field of study.

The Synesthete’s Brain – Danilo’s Pre-Presentation

November 6, 2013

My personal interest in Synesthesia also led me to try and understand how a Synesthete’s brain works. It is interesting how a synesthete perceives the world until they find that what they are experiencing is in fact a neurological condition known as Synesthesia and that they are quite unique. Before knowing that what they have is actually a link connecting different areas of the brain, Synesthetes assume that everyone can see what they see. This inherent self-awareness enclosed on the synesthete’s brain has become one of my sources of inspiration and inquisitiveness. Another source of inspiration comes from the Object-Based Media Group from the MIT Media Lab. The group use cutting-edge technology to explore and understand ways of digital interaction and sensory capabilities.

– Object-Based Media Group :


VS Ramachandran: 3 clues to understanding your brain
“Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between cerebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples.

Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran looks deep into the brain’s most basic mechanisms. By working with those who have very specific mental disabilities caused by brain injury or stroke, he can map functions of the mind to physical structures of the brain.”

Notes on the Psychology of Horror (Asher’s Pre-Presentation Pt2!)

November 5, 2013


Here’s a few links to some light reading on the topic of psychology and the horror film

Understanding the Popular Appeal of Horror Cinema – An Integrated-Interactive Model 

The Psychology of Scary Movies – a Filmmaker IQ lesson

Fear Makes Art More Engaging – Thanks to Loudon for this one!

How Fear Works – Conditioning and Instinct

Mental Illness following “The Exorcist” – Notes on the 1975 article by psychiatrist James Bozzuto “Cinematic Neurosis Following The Exorcist”



Art Theory Map

November 1, 2013

Art Theory Map

Rama Hoetzlein made us a delightful data packed diagram. Every aesthetic choice was made with communication of the underlying data as the priority, it seems. I love it. This chart, with its seemingly simple layout, but great depth of information, reminds me of the work of Edward Tufte.  Look at that, Mr. Tufte appears in Rama’s chart in the upper right corner under information visualization, just where he should be.

Boston Modern Quilt Guild

October 28, 2013

Boston Modern Quilt Guild


October 22, 2013

“To approach knowledge from the side of not knowing what it is, from the side of one who is learning, not from the that of one who already knows, is mystory.” –Gregory Ulmer, Teletheory


“Mystory” is a new pedagogical genre created by Greg Ulmer in his book Teletheory. It is a response to a suggestion by Hayden White that if the concept of history had been invented, and serious study began, in the twentieth century rather than the nineteenth, the results would be quite different than what they are today.


Brandon’s Game has a Dev Blog!

October 21, 2013

Hey, everyone, as a promotional tool, I’ve started a development blog for Six Wings.  It would be great if you could follow it and reblog, tweet, etc. to help drum up interest.


October 15, 2013

Things I was reminded of today


Free admission to the ICA with your Emerson ID!

October 2, 2013