Cursory Glances – Beyond The Screen

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cursory – hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough; “a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house’s structural flaws”; “a passing glance”; “perfunctory courtesy” Ma Digital Media Arts | Beyond The Screen 2014 – Statement of Intent Passages from ‘The Edible Woman’ by Margaret Atwood ‘How do you think we’d get on as …. how do you Continue reading

Still Life with Emotional Contagion – Aaron Straup Cope

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Notes from talk by Aaron Straup Cope – dConstruct 5th Sept 2014 http://2014.dconstruct.org/conference/aaronstraupcope/ Hero objects for WTF moments. Brick from Osama bin laden compound out into the museum in 911 tower basement – memorial What does an 8 year old take away from this? Maps are one if the oldest tools if power and influence we have Talking about open Continue reading

Playable city – memes for cities

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Clare Reddington at dConstruct 2014 – Brighton Dome Listen back link: http://2014.dconstruct.org/conference/clarereddington/ Patrick Geddes Bristol Watershed Arts – Pervasive Media Studio Gordon Cullen Play theory Miguel Sicart – Why We Play Physical play creates longer and stronger social bonds Utrecht travel accelerator – slide. No one used it because they didn’t want to get ‘fat like Americans’ said someone Bounce Continue reading

Unmonastery – Nadia El Imam and Edge Ryders

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Notes: Improving Reality – Sept 4th Brighton Dome Nadia El Imam is CEO of Edge Ryders A community of over 2000 people around the world organised online using open source technologies looking at systemic crisis. Unmonastery Monastery life was a decentralised Unmonastery is a residency for new ways of thinking At the service if the local community Matera in southern Continue reading

Foucault Panopticon – Nathan Jurgensen

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Notes: Improving Reality – Sept 4th Brighton Dome Foucault Panopticon chapter from book ‘Discipline and Punish‘ Visibility is a trap Prison not dungeon No hiding or invisibility in dark squalor Panopticon prisoners fully visible to guards The form of social control of visibility Architecture of power The gaze of the authority from the few to the many leads to self Continue reading

Conchita in the clouds

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Unpacking the myths and memes of spring 2014 ~ Myths are powerful abstraction devices allowing easy transmission of culture. Digital media lies on a base of code which is often invisible but also mythical. In his book ‘Myth Today’, Roland Barthes describes how myths are constructed. In April a bug was discovered in Open SSL security which became the first ‘Bug 2.0′ bug and the most significant. It became mythical. In May, glamorous bearded lady drag act, Conchita Wurst won Eurovision amid Russian outrage. She carried a message of tolerance and acceptance by highlighting issues of sexual discrimination using a neatly trimmed beard to go along with her sequinned dress. Continue reading

Rootbeans Beanbank – an adventure in node.js and Mongodb on Heroku

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Finally after days of head scratching and dreaming in database connections, I managed to set up a very very basic web app using Node.js with Express, Mongodb and a bunch of other cool things, all uploaded and connected on Heroku with Mongolab. Don’t be fooled by this graphic – it’s just a mock-up. You can see the actual work-in-progress on Continue reading

MaDMA proposal: Virtual Cultures & Network Practices

13th March 2014 Rootbeans is drawing game and social media platform which uses ‘playful little data’ beans to explore how choice, chance & circumstance operate in collaborations between people. Big data is a big topic at the moment. The collection of personal data from people is common practice and as more of this data is being uploaded to the cloud, Continue reading

Whats important? Rootbeans 1st March 2014

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Thanks to everyone who participated in Rootbeans: What’s important?  game at University of Brighton as part of Brighton Science Festival. The amount of interest and willing participation (no bribery needed stragely!) was amazing. Our initial players were the event organisers and staff who got straight into writing their important things on beans. We promised to give them back a new Continue reading