Monthly Archives: May 2011

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“Ludic” – play and the absurd

Ludic derives from Latin ludus, "play," and is an adjective meaning "playful." The term is used in philosophy to describe play as an act of self-definition; in literary studies, the term may apply to works written in the spirit of festival. The concept of the ludic self as fundamentally defining human beings can be expressed by the Latin phrase Homo ludens, "the human who plays" (compare Homo sapiens, the human being defined by its ability to think). Ludic philosophy has also influenced the study of literature. Works such as Don Quixote by Cervantes and Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen are considered ludic texts because of their absurd nature.
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Robots Develop Their Own Language

“Robots are developing their own language to help them navigate and improve their intellectual ability. The Lingodroid research project lets robots generate random sounds for the places they visit in both simulations and a real office. The “words” are shared … Continue reading

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Photomontage

"I think photomontages function like dreams. It’s impossible to dream of something you have no picture of, of something that hasn’t been reproduced by our visual culture."
Artist Kristine Roepstorff
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Words of the Day

Words of the Day

Conflations of the day: print room + performance = multiple video projections onto a wall in a regular pattern, like a print room; make-up + diorama = fantasy environment/landscape created through arrangement of beauty products; photography + painting = over … Continue reading

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Visual Enquiry – Maps vs. Plans

Visual Enquiry – Maps vs. Plans

While doing research on “mapping” I came across the urban planning and design book “49 Cities”. I was struck by the simple, graphic icons on the cover of the book that represented the physical form of various city plans (realized … Continue reading

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Visual Enquiry – “Fish Eye View”

Visual Enquiry – “Fish Eye View”

The visual form of the “Fish Eye View” method of visualizing data reminds me of: subway maps; magnifying lenses over text or pattern; grapes on a vine; nets; neurons; strings of data code.

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Visual Enquiry – “Cone Trees”

Visual Enquiry – “Cone Trees”

The visual form of “cone trees” reminds me of traffic cones, bull kelp, agility cones, retro rocket ships, merry-go-rounds, and ferris wheels.

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Visual Enquiry – “Hyperbolic Trees”

Visual Enquiry – “Hyperbolic Trees”

The visual form of “Hyperbolic Trees” for data mapping reminds me of the following: spider webs; organic branches; ferris wheels; bicycle wheels; dream catchers; neurons; dandelions in seed.

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Visual Enquiry – “3D Circle Packing”

Visual Enquiry – “3D Circle Packing”

The visual form of “3D Circle Packing” reminds me of: fibre optics; bundles of cables; exhaust tubes; stacks of coins; rods and cones in the human eye.

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Visual Enquiry – “Circle Packing”

Visual Enquiry – “Circle Packing”

The visual form of the “Circle Packing” method of data visualization reminds me of: bubble wrap; bundles of pipe; frog spawn; polka dots; hole punched paper; cellular structure; petri dish experiments.

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