[-empyre-] hi from dallas texas

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 20 08:30:42 AEDT 2016

Nice to see your name in -empyre Roger! Good luck!
Den 19 jan 2016 21:14 skrev "roger malina" <rmalina at alum.mit.edu>:

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> hi empyre
> this is roger malina lurking into the light-
> well lots going on in my neck of the woods which is
> now dallas texas- where i am a prof of 'art and technology' and a prof
> of physics
> i opened and art science lab here http://artscilab.utdallas.edu/
> where we are doing projects with artists and scientists on
> data exploration and sonification on astronomy, geology and
> neurosciences
> another project as part of Leonardo , where i still serve
> as executive editor of the leonardo pubs at mit pres
> is that this spring we are opening the ARTECA art sci
> tech aggregator - where as a first step hundreds of
> books and thousands of articles will be available from
> anythin mit press has ever published in art/sci./tech=
> the next step will be research and development in
> collaborative filtering of grey literature and its archiving
> meawhile still have the YASMIN mediterranean region
> lists, and also creativedisturbance.org art/scit/tech
> podcast platform- if you would like to publish a podcast
> contact me
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> Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:00:49 +0000
> From: "Hamilton, Kevin" <kham at illinois.edu>
> To: "empyre at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au"
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> Subject: [-empyre-] Kevin Hamilton
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> Hello all
> I?m still here with an ear to the wire, and glad for the listserv form
> even if including it in current flows takes a little more intention.
> Empyre continues to usefully connect and prompt, and I?m regularly
> happy and surprised to see who stops in to say hello.
> It?s Martin Luther King Jr., weekend here in the States, when many
> gather to re-center on the collective through service and song. As a
> white American academic, I look through doubly-thick, even
> triply-thick glass, and like many of you perhaps struggle to maintain
> the humbly empathetic posture and attentive senses called for by the
> world's present crises, and my role within them. Certainly an
> international list like this has been a help to that for me,
> especially when we risk the time to read closely and write clearly.
> Here in Illinois, though some shifts in leadership on our campus left
> me holding a fuller plate of administrative responsibilities, I
> continue to proceed (slowly) with work on a few fronts:
> - Ned O?Gorman and I are finishing up a book on the role of film in
> America?s rise to nuclear hegemony, with an emphasis on the story of
> an Air Force film studio based in Hollywood.
> - I?ve been contributing to another larger collaboration that tilts
> more toward the social-scientific, on perception of algorithms at work
> in newsfeeds such as those on Facebook.
> - More in the realm of New Media Art, Katja Kwastek and I have been
> doing some thought and writing on slowness in new media aesthetics.
> Of interest to this list from my recent travels might be an
> overview<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULTa42QCYL8> of the Digital
> Humanities from a theory perspective I gave here at Illinois, or a
> first step<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf8KZpotc-M> into some new
> work with Orit Halpern presented last Fall at MediaArtHistories in
> Montreal.
> I?ll also be taking a turn soon as Editor-in-Chief of the journal
> Media-N, where hopefully I?ll also be hearing from some of you through
> proposals for issues and articles.
> Wishing you all a good year, and looking forward to what empyre brings.
> Kevin Hamilton
> Professor and Associate Director, School of Art and Design
> Senior Associate Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts
> University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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> Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:37:30 -0700
> From: "B. Bogart" <ben at ekran.org>
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> Subject: [-empyre-] Ben Bogart
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> Hello all,
> I continue to be following the list, but not with as much consistency as
> I would like. I wanted to post a little update as I'm currently at the
> Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada (www.banffcentre.ca/) one week into a
> five week self-directed residency.
> I am developing software and presentation strategies for Watching and
> Dreaming (Blade Runner) in order to contextualize the work in visual
> art. Watching and Dreaming is a series of generative video installations
> that inherit the conceptual basis of my PhD work
> (
> http://www.ekran.org/ben/wp/2014/a-machine-that-dreams-an-artistic-enquiry-leading-to-an-integrative-theory-and-computational-artwork/
> )
> where I attempted to make a Dreaming Machine.
> The argument presented in the PhD work is that dreaming, mind wandering
> and external perception are contiguous and depend on shared mechanisms
> of internal simulation. What we experience of the world is the result of
> massive amounts of implicit learning where much of what we 'perceive' is
> actually the result of unconscious imagination rather than the result of
> direct access to sensation. External perception resembles reality
> because of the constraints on those mechanisms of simulation imposed by
> sensory information. In the absence of, or shift of attention away from,
> sensory information (for example during sleep or mind wandering) those
> processes continue on. No longer constrained by embodied physical
> reality they are free to diverge and converge away and toward
> plausibility. For more information see my TEDx talk
> (https://youtu.be/xYtt8qSwJws).
> Whereas the Dreaming Machines learn structure from a live camera in the
> installation context, Watching and Dreaming learns from the contrived
> worlds presented in popular cinematic depictions of AI, such as Stanley
> Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. The
> system uses machine learning methods (specifically clustering and
> prediction) to break film frames into millions of components and
> producing abstractions of visual information. The system 'imagines'
> perceptions by reconstructing frames using these abstractions or dreams
> by predicting which abstractions should be present in this 'train of
> thought'.
> I'm blogging my learning and development process on my website
> (http://www.ekran.org/ben/wp/category/production/wd/), and you can use
> the "RSS Feed" link under "About" on the left panel if you would like to
> to subscribe to updates. I've also posted some early work in progress
> showing perceptual reconstructions on YouTube
> (https://youtu.be/AIUWu08qM2o). I expect to post more quite soon!
> Beyond this I'm waiting for word on council funding to continue
> supporting this project, and I should also hear soon about my research
> council application for a postdoc in a cognitive neuroscience lab.
> Thanks all for reading!
> Ben Bogart
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