Re: [-empyre-] multiple approaches

<<These days speculative research is being constrained by commercial and other
Sometimes, I wonder if this tension between the so called commercial
interestes and research is healthy, and how? Isn´t it wise to combine
both? I think a lot of artists and writers have been sucessfull in
doing so...

On 10/25/05, Bill Seaman <> wrote:
> 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
> interests.
> 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
> England
> 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
> b
> >hello empyreans,
> >
> >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,.
> >jhave
> >
> --
> Professor Bill Seaman, Ph.D.
> Department  Head
> 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

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