Wittgenstein Quoted

Posted in quotes and advices, Transmedia Research by tpdr on April 7, 2010

He (Ludwig Wittgenstein) once asked me: ‘Why do people say it is more logical to think that the sun turns around the Earth than Earth rotating around its own axis?’ I answered: ‘I think because it seems as if the sun turns around the Earth.’ ‘Good,’ he said, ‘but how would it have been if it had seemed as if the Earth rotates around its own axis then?’

Translated ou of the Dutch translated version of ‘Egotunnel’ by Thomas Metzinger, the original quote should be on p.151 of Elizabeth Anscombe’s An Introduction to Wittgenstein’s Tractatus’ (London, 1959)

It is hard to answer Wittgenstein’s final question, but it is even harder, impossible even, to imagine how it would have been if it would have seemed as if Earth rotates around its own axis, as it actually does. However I think that it would have affected especially our ‘ego’s’/our ‘Selves’. Even though incorrect, it does seem more logical that Earth is the center and the sun turns around it. Even though we know the Earth rotates and the sun is actually the center, we are not seeing it this way. If we keep seeing it in the ‘logical’ way, we can still see our Earth, the home of the humans, as the center of the Universe. As long as we feel like this, our ego’s don’t need to worry, they can be big and strong … sure … why not, we ARE the center of the Universe! … I think we need this illusion, however, I am very very very curious how it would indeed be if we would be fully aware of the fact that we are not at the center of, or more boldly: how it would be if we wouldn’t think of ourselves as being the center of the Universe.


As adviced by Derrick De Kerckhove

Posted in quotes and advices, Transmedia Research by tpdr on March 28, 2010

At his lecture on Sonic Acts this year in Amsterdam, Derrick De Kerckhove ended his talk with some advice. To be more precise he made a list of subjects he thought artists should focus on. Here’s the list:

– More in multiplicity instead of unity

– Interest in epistemology

– Investigating areas where senses mix/cross

– Also what kind of space does each of the senses create

– The string theory remains a very interesting zone of observation because it says there is an infinite number of dimensions in space that are being created in terms of physics

– BUT perhaps more than anything else in the neutral space of the point of view that we have been accustomed too (that there is nothing there and space is neutral) in which we lost the sense of the interval …

If you have read one of my previous posts, summarizing my subjects of research, you will understand that I felt quiet assured to continue walking the path I seem to have chosen, or seem to be choosing for the moment.

Document your process! – Advice of Malcolm LeGrice

Posted in quotes and advices, Transmedia Research by tpdr on December 26, 2009

Discussing my research with Malcolm LeGrice he advised me to document my experiments as the documentation of the a work process can become a piece in its own right, even though it would also be wise to distillate one or a few sort of finished pieces out of this process. It don’t have to be installations though, it could also be models, maquettes, … .

Another advice I got was to maybe think about mapping also the invisible parts of the process that is presented in perhaps my installation. A technical map of the process, the way data are received, handled, processed and emitted can bring an additional value to the work. As a reference we talked about the catalogue of the ‘9 Evenings‘ (the first artistic event that brought together science and art) in which all the technical maps of every installation/performance were included (this might also be an interesting thought when thinking about art forms that are a bit more difficult to preserve/archive like performance art or sound art).

As I agree on both of these advices, I will certainly take them serious and try to find a way to integrate them into my work in a way that suits me best (my drawings could be a good medium to start with).

Mirror sound/Sound mirror – 2

Posted in quotes and advices, Sound Art, Theory, Transmedia Research by tpdr on December 26, 2009

Reflecting a bit more on this topic and while doing some tutorials learning about music/sound and Pure Data, I had an interesting thought about ‘noise'(well for me it was interesting because thinking about sound is quiet new for me…maybe for the more specialized people when it comes to music this is a quiet dull post…).

Apparently Claude Debussy composed as follows: ‘I take all the chords and leave out those I don’t like…’ You could say that he thus, when we make a parallel with digital sound, he would have taken ‘noise’ and filtered out all the frequencies he didn’t like. This was exactly the way I was thinking about starting to work with sound for 2 reasons.

1) If you take a look at my video of my first experiment with light and sound and the see-thru-mirror foil, it has a sort of filtering aspect.

2) My interest for mapping and cartography take  into account, filtering is something I constantely have to do (even as a ‘regular’ graphic designer). Especially doing mapping and creating any kind of map (even a personal/subjective map) is actually try to filter out all the information/data one doesn’t need in relation to the theme of the map or the needs of the creator (if one is creating his/her own map).

For these two reasons starting from ‘noise’ and try to filter out certain frequencies would make working with sound more intuitive, natural, … especially since I am making a certain shift now coming from a more visually oriented background.

Then again this doesn’t solve my question yet when thinking about the auditive equivalent of mirroring and transparency. If we start again from ‘noise’ we could say as it contains all possible frequencies, it is actually very similar to white light. So if we would take this to the level of transparent objects, these would not change the light so much except maybe for ‘breaking’ the waves up revealing the full spectrum, like a prism. Corresponding to this on a sonic level we could say a transparent object, filter would let all frequencies pass through, resulting in noise in front of and behind the object (an ‘audio prism’ would then be an object that would break up the noise into all frequencies in a way that these are revealed/separated). A ‘transparent object’ when talking about sound wouldn’t necessarily need to be a ‘visually transparent object’. A simple example would be to say that some kind of textile that doens’t let any light/visual data pass could very well let all the noise pass through while a very thick glass window could be visually transparent but block all sounds at the same time. (Here we could also discuss the fact that sounds can auditively connect spaces which are visually separated and certain materials can keep a visual connection between spaces intact while separating them on the auditive level. But that might be all discussed in a following post.).

Similar to this we could say the same thing for reflecting light(visual data) and sounds(audio data). Some surfaces will reflect light, others will reflect sound waves. Some materials will reflect both light and sound, some only one of these two.

Discussing objects to be transparent/reflectors or not on the visual and the sonic level, is interesting and will probably be useful too, but it doesn’t yet help to define ‘transparent sound’ or ‘mirror sound’ in an interesting way yet. Lets keep this for a 3rd post.

Why I like James Turrell

Posted in Art, quotes and advices, Transmedia Research by tpdr on December 24, 2009

2 quotes from the website of De Pont museum in Tilburg (the Netherlands) summarize why I like James Turrell’s thinking:

– As a pilot and cartographer, Turrell knows that theoretical models, which have been developed in order to understand light, color and space, have only limited validity. His observations from the cockpit are, for him, an important source of inspiration: the changes in light and color that take place with a change of course at twilight, or the influence of fluctuating weather conditions on one’s perception of space. ‘If you go high enough, you can see the reflections of light on the moon change,’ he once said in an interview. ‘The color changes as the light glides by. You can know things without touching them, without handling with them, even without being there. You can feel things with your eyes. Observation is much closer to thought than words are.’

– ‘I’m interested in invisible light, light that can only be perceived by the mind,’ says Turrell. ‘I want to address the light that we see in dreams. I’m interested in doing works that seem to come from these places, in order to create an experience of wordless thoughts.’

I share his idea that theoretical models only have limited validity when it comes to understanding light, space, … . It is my reason for being interested in subjective maps. At the moment I might even be moving more into his direction as I am working with light and projection also in oder to create this kind of environment to take people to a different space/place.

Also like Turrell I am fascinated by the different colors of light one can perceive at different times of the day or in relation to the weather conditions. Even at night, with the artificial lights I don’t find the spectacle less interesting. Even though we don’t really pay attention to it, all these artificial lights have a different color and are also, maybe not in the same amount as natural light but still, influenced by the weather conditions.

My idea at the moment is to start again from my first light experiments with the see-thru-mirror wall and the rgb -pixel-tracks (see video doc here) and base my content on a particular/specific/chosen location. My goal can somehow be described as an attempt to create a visual and auditive personal/subjective representation of this chosen location, to transport its atmosphere into an exhibition space, like Robert Smithson in his ‘Non-sites’-pieces, create a hyperlink between the exhibition space and the chosen, outside and distant location. You could say that I am trying to see if I can make a ‘subjective map’ people can walk through. If holograms would exist I would maybe use these…but since this is not the case I will stick to my see-thru-mirror (which comes close to a hologram kinda feel in some way, especially with the projection on it), colored light and sound(when you consider sound to have a sculptural/physical aspect…one could say sound can also be some type of hologram).

The thing that needs the most attention for now is what to do with the sound-part. The best way to integrate it would be to make it the equivalent of the see-thru-mirror foil. This would mean that I would need to think about what mirror-sound or mirroring-sound would mean and what transparency could mean when applied to sound. This will need a new post obviously.


Posted in quotes and advices by tpdr on March 2, 2009

The next part I got from a stand up comedy show, but it struck me as I like to think about this subject (‘identity’) too and this quote has come closer to my own thoughts than any other one I found. If anyway recognizes this quote, even though translated from Dutch, please let me know which dutch comedian has this in his show because I missed that info.

Identity is empty…it is just about what other people think of you or what you would like others would think of/see  you … Why not just act normal, the way you are? Because that is really scary…but it doesn’t hurt trying this when nobody is looking, just for the fun of it:)

Anyway if you live your live the way you would like to be or the way others think you should be…you will always be less than the person you actually ever could be.

Especially this last sentence was/is very interesting I think

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Technological life – Billy Klüver

Posted in quotes and advices by tpdr on March 2, 2009

‘The artist is a visionary about life. Only he can create disorder and still get away with it. Only he can use technology to its fullest capacity. The artists have to use technology because technology is becoming inseparable from lives.’

Billy Klüver

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What Is Reality?!

Posted in quotes and advices by tpdr on February 7, 2009

During my last talk with Mr Malcolm Le Grice, we talked about augmented reality and the fact that reality is always discussed. It is obvious that our definition of ‘reality’ has become problamatic. Since I think Malcolm Le Grice had an interesting defenition I had to post this:

‘Reality or the real is the arena of irreversable consequence(s).’ Malcolm Le Grice

To me this definition makes a lot of sense. The level of ‘irreversability’ could be a measure in situations like this: Somebody goes on Second Life every day, all of a sudden gets in contact with some other user/avatar and starts to fall in love. You could say Second Life is virtual, yet the feelings are real and I am sure if you digg deeper, you will find other irreversable consequences in relation to this example.

Some Advice 1.0

Posted in quotes and advices by tpdr on December 10, 2008

At the moment I am taking part in this workshop called Trans Architecture/Environmental Media. During these sessions I took some notes that I think should be put in a list so I won’t forget about them, but they might as well be useful to others. Most of them are quotes from Frans Evers, our senior researcher on this project.

  • Before the 70s artworks could be categorized rather easily. Since the art world has become more complicated it is hard to see in which field you belong so you should just create your own field or even better your own ‘inter-field’.
  • Artists should also ask themselves what the ‘connectedness’ of today’s society does with with our sense of presence or tele-presence.
  • Try to think impossible possibilities. Never mind the present powers of technology, imagine what could be possible or should be possible in the future and simulate it.
  • Don’t forget to read texts written by artists.
  • Seduce instead of trying to manipulate your audience, because everybody manipulates so you don’t need art for that.
  • An experience can be really powerful, especially when people feel they are trigering it themselves.
  • Try to trigger the emotions and memories of your audience so they will create their own adventure.
  • Always pay attention to what the environment provides. Often you can use a lot of things/information/objects/etc. that are already there.

#End of list