[-empyre-] multiple approaches
One can be polyvalent ---
I certainly have not given up on emotion, recombinant poetics etc.
There are differing things we put our minds to. Some are very long
term group projects and some are very personal. These days
speculative research is being constrained by commercial and other
I find it an interesting set of problems to chip away at [this AI set
of questions and moist media (Ascott)]... The Thoughtbody Environment
has both a didactic side and a poetic side. I presented a new poetic
video (I also consider a form of digital writing) and text along side
of the papers I have been writing in a recent exhibition. The
research side is being done via conversations with many many people
internationally. There will be a conference in December which some
empyreans may want to attend. See:
Finding Fluid Form:
a two-day symposium at the Sallis Benney Theatre
University of Brighton, School of Architecture and Design
December 9 - 10th 2005
I am hoping to get the funding to do a new generative work which is a
multi-modal relational database with Programmer David Durand [ The
Thoughtbody Environment Relational Database]. This would include both
the poetic and the didactic sides to this project and each
participant could choose what they wanted to navigate/recombine...
(bring into proximity).
Collaboration that really works go both ways, where each comes away
with new potentials...
The "poetic" text for the Thoughtbody Environment was just published
in - a Minima magazine, issue 13 and can also be found on
i've been reading this months posts with great interest,
It feels to me one strand of the discussion could be elucidated as
being an extension of the literary novel into the domain of creating
an AI or cyber-consciousness (the Thoughtbody as Bill calls it).
Essentially, I see this as future fiction. It will involve convergence
of moist bodies (aka Ascott) with emulations of identity.
As a poet who has a few programming skills, I know that sort of
project is practically currently well beyond my single individual's
capacity. So my concerns are more prosaic, I am wondering how the
emotional affect, the cathartic human side of writing can be
translated into the digital domain.
I would be interested to know of people working with text that seeks
to stimulate and explore literature as praise and emotional conduit in
the digital domain. A primary question for me would be how can
sincerity be translated? How is love expressed with the new tools?
Evidently, creating effective works which evoke complex emotonal
responses will tangentially inflence the larger project of recreating
identity with AI
respects to all,.
Professor Bill Seaman, Ph.D.
Digital+ Media Department (Graduate Division)
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College St.
Providence, R.I. 02903-4956
401 277 4956
fax 401 277 4966