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generative art

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Philip Galanter, a Professor at the New York University: “Generative art refers to any art practice where the artist creates a process, such as a set of natural language rules, a computer program, a machine, or other mechanism, which is then set into motion with some degree of autonomy contributing to or resulting in a completed work of art.”


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January 6th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Technophilia vs technophobia

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Two extreems – relationship of communication over the cofy and over the mobile phone.

Technophilia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Technophilia and technophobia are the two extremes of the relationship between technology and society. The technophobe fears or dislikes technology, often regarding some or all technology with fear. This may be as a consequences of fear of change, a prior catastrophic experience with technology or because it may lead to a process of dehumanization. The technophile sees most or all technology as positive, adopting technology enthusiastically, and seeing it as a means to potentially improve life and combat social problems.

Technophobia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Technophobia is the fear or dislike of advanced technology or complex devices, especially computers.[1] The term is generally used in the sense of an irrational fear, but others contend fears are justified. It is the opposite of technophilia.

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March 23rd, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Country/now and than/we and them

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General mistake I think people are making when referring to their countries is to people they see around them in everyday life. But I guess you and me, Elenora and Rob and Ricardo are more similar between ourself than people from ‘our’ countries are similar to ‘us’? Its a question that I have received this year and am thinking a lot. I was writing about ‘we’ and  immediately got a question back: who are that ‘we’? In brico world Is it: we bricos and them proprietary consumers people? we south and them north? we vegans them meat eaters? we smokers and them straight? we nomads and them settlers? we socially aware and them not? we technically advanced and them not? and so on…

I can understand deep connections to ethical/cultural roots and appreciate them. But I cannot understand feeling of belonging to a country. As you say ‘my part of the world’. There is a general line going on brico mailing list that underlines relation where is who from and there are different aesthetic how people show love for ‘their’ country (by worrying, loving, being critical and so on)

My parallel is similar to yours when trying to explain my roots and ‘my’ country. A socialist country where there was (at least not  in my immediate neighborhood) such a difference between shoe-shining person and top-floor office person. Today its the same as you are saying: for almost as long as I know for myself western technologies were adopted/bought/obtruded to a country. Everyone was accepting/expecting it as a better tomorrow. Fine example is agriculture technology: hybrids and than GMO. Or water and soil irrigation. Rivers were made to go straight instead of serpent like to get more affordable soil to plant. Devastation of this process could not be apprehended, predicted (so I cannot say we can apprehend  or predict as McLuhan says, but more assume or guess). I have learned recently that somewhere in Germany there is a tendency to get rivers back to their natural serpent like flow. I can only guess that decision is on government level?

Also the communication technology to connect a dissident, refugee or foreign low wage dirty jobs worker to their family and friends – yes. Everyone of them knows skype, maybe still some of them having problems with reading. Also – many small farmers, old grenmas that were bringing their own, natural and biological products to the markets don’t exists for last decade or more. When I was  a kid they were all over markets,bringing fresh natural food to your doors where you would buy them. They don’t exist because it was ruined by politics of importing bad and cheep food (mind you this food was not expensive because it was biological) and because of technology.

So who are we? We are guys who try to survive. And we will sell our land, name, religion today hoping banks will go bankrupt tomorrow as new war will happen so our credits in those banks would disappear. Its shame that we get in credit depth because of new iPhone, but information is to be searched for, not to trust blindly.

So, not all of us will ever go completely Sufi, or divine. Not all society will ever be uniform and go from one step to another. Some of us have cross or bless to care more, but noone can be enlightened without their own will. In that way I think a class on ‘network literacy’ will resemble more to brico mailing list than class where professor will teach students.

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March 12th, 2009 at 3:25 pm