Articles Archive for October 2014

Announcements, Talks »

October 22nd, 2014 | Comments Off on Alex Chitty’s Artist Talk and Panel Discussion | Category: Announcements, Talks
Alex Chitty’s Artist Talk and Panel Discussion

I am happy to announce that I will be on a panel for Chicago artist Alex Chitty’s artist talk at Latitude on Wednesday, October 22nd, from 6:30-8:00 PM.

According to the announcement,

Former artist-in-residence Alex Chitty comes back to the lab to discuss self-sustaining systems, mutability, and loops. She is joined by panelists who engage with these topics within their own respective fields. These guests include a scientist investigating nanoparticle sheets, a freestyle BMX rider, and a fabricator of machines that create parts for other machines.
Chitty will show work created during her …

Essays »

October 18th, 2014 | Comments Off on Bedlam and Then Some: This is not the Future | Category: Essays
Bedlam and Then Some: This is not the Future

One of the many methods used in futures studies is what is called environmental scanning. “All futurists do environmental scanning,” write Theodore J. Gordon and Jerome C. Glenn, “some are more organized and systematic, all try to distinguish among what is constant, what changes, and what constantly changes” (p. 3). The process, which includes several distant early warning techniques (e.g., expert panels, literature reviews, internet searches, conference monitoring, etc.), helps inform the pursuits of issues management and strategic planning. According to William Renfro, President of the Issues Management Association, issues …

Essays, Reviews »

October 12th, 2014 | Comments Off on Contested Boundaries and Saturated Selves | Category: Essays, Reviews
Contested Boundaries and Saturated Selves

In her book The Social Machine (MIT Press, 2014), Judith Donath outlines designs for living online. Echoing George Lakoff and Mark Johnson (1980), she writes, “We are embodied beings, who have evolved in the physical world; our thoughts and imagination are rooted in the sensory experience of our physical surroundings. Online, there is no body; there is only information. We comprehend abstract ideas by reframing them in metaphoric terms that ultimately derive from physical experience” (p. 9). One needn’t look any further that a computer’s desktop to see this in …

Reviews, Videos »

October 11th, 2014 | Comments Off on Conjuring Infinity: The Dark Reach of Black Metal | Category: Reviews, Videos
Conjuring Infinity: The Dark Reach of Black Metal

At barely thirty years old, black metal is a relatively young musical genre. Its roots running back to such thrash acts as Celtic Frost, Venom, Bathory, and Slayer, it finally found fertile ground in Scandinavia in the late 1980s/early 1990s. This second wave, including such bands as Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum, and Emperor, is what most are referring to when they utter the words. As author Ulrike Serowy puts it, black metal is “music that touches the inmost depths, goes beyond words, music that conjures infinity” (p. 33). Dayal Patterson points …

Reviews »

October 06th, 2014 | Comments Off on Peripheral-Vision Man: William Gibson | Category: Reviews
Peripheral-Vision Man: William Gibson

William Gibson’s first and most celebrated novel was published 30 years ago. I first read Neuromancer (Ace, 1984) in the fall of 1999, halfway between here and there. I had just dropped out of graduate studies at the University of Georgia’s Artificial Intelligence program and was trying to figure out what to do next. In the meantime, I was running the interview website that would eventually become my first book. Since those inauspicious beginnings, William Gibson has always been at or near the top of my most-wanted interviews.

It’s harder to …