TPDR

New website soon

Posted in Uncategorized by tpdr on June 17, 2010

Working on a new website which will exist besides this scrapbook-blog.

For contact mail filip.daniels(at)skynet.be

Sonification of Some Rooms / The Presence / Interfering Dimensions

Posted in Transmedia Research, Uncategorized by tpdr on May 29, 2010

A new work I have been working on is a box/cube with two mirror sides. On these two sides I project an animation which was based on a stroll through some (empty) rooms. While doing that I tested my computer aided version of human echolocation. This last thing means I walk around carrying a speaker which is emitting clicking sounds. These sounds are reflected back by silent objects, walls, windows, etc. thus providing echoic/accoustical information. This sound for me captures the sonic soul of the space. It is put inside the cube and the speakers make the mirrors on the side tremble, suggesting a presence inside the cube.

Projecting on the mirrors also means that the projection is reflected on white panels on the side. The mirros pull these reflections back in the cube creating an interference between different dimensions (1 of the perspective lines in the animation, 1 of the perspective lines in the mirror image and 1 physical dimension which is the cube, the table it is on, the panels around it, etc. You could see the cube as an object, however some might look at it as if it were a model. Both ways of looking at it are fine by me. (Picture below is not really showing the full effect.)

Sonification of Some Rooms / The Presence / Interfering Dimensions

Sonification of Some Rooms / The Presence / Interfering Dimensions

Work – Update

Posted in Transmedia Research, Uncategorized by tpdr on April 19, 2010

A lot has become clear recently. To put it simple I should say that I think I found my focus since thinking about the earlier mentioned conversation with Frans Evers of last year about talking to somebody using video chat or just a phone. Looking back at my master proof I realised the most important object on my table to me, is this disc saying ‘YOU ARE HERE’ which represented ‘me’, ‘myself’/’my Self’, ‘I’, … . Not that I am so fascinated by myself, I just want to say it made me realise the rest of the map didn’t matter so much, my main interest is the question, are are questions like: What is the Self? Where does it come from? Does it exist? What influences this Self? How is it affected by media? etc.

I believe my tests with my ‘echo location’ technique are also connected to this theme in some way. This idea has been taking more time then expected but slowly this project is finding its way out of my head and into…mmm…reality? 🙂 In order to get to some kind of possible output I decided to continue with my drawings and I also made a quiet simple video that should be presented in a mirror.

This simple thing that I have practically finished now is this video just showing subtitles in the middle of a mirror. The visitor should look into the mirror and should experience a chat with his/her mirror image. The idea was somehow inspired by the weired conversation with the Mystery Man in Lost Highway. It is rather manipulative as I try to take over the visitor’s thoughts, but hey how many times aren’t we manipulated every day without even noticing…at least I do it in your face.

Conversation with the Self

Conversation with the Self - video of subtitles behind a mirror

My drawings have changed a bit since last year. They are still mind maps in some way, but I push them until they fail. Nothing is really recognisable anymore, just maybe some very tiny details, just to give the viewer a little something to hold on to, even if just for a split second. The drawings are some kinds of koans. It’s over-layering of images and blind spot bubbles to come to some kind of point at which the Mind Maps becomes a kind of irrecognisable void. They are inspired by the meditational character of the koan and meditations on the Self.

SELFportraits

Mind Maps / SELFportraits

AlloSPhere

Posted in Society and Technology, Uncategorized by tpdr on December 16, 2009

Just wanted to post this TED-talk about the AlloSPhere. This 360°-data visualisation does a visual and sonic mapping of complex data. However when watching the presentation I was wondering whether there would be a more interesting way to use sound as a mapping code, as I found the sounds in the AlloSphere more valuable as ‘special effects’ adding to the dramatic aspect of the visualization, but not really an added value in the sense that the sounds don’t really contribute a lot to the mapping and they could as well be left out, except for the fact that they probably make the experience more immersive. So while I continue to think about the combination of sound and mapping, I will be looking for examples that are more valuable on this level. Since I have always concentrated on working mostly with visuals and typography, sound art is not my specialty so I think I will bump into some interesting projects combining sound and mapping soon.

Nevertheless I think the AlloSphere is still a valuable project especially when it comes to making really complex scientific data accessible. Enjoy! See the demo.

Manifest of Creativity 1.0

Posted in Uncategorized by tpdr on February 3, 2009

For a workshop I am working on a personal manifest of creativity. I have just started a brainstorm on things I might want to put in it:

MANIFEST OF CREATIVITY

 

BRAINSTORM

 

– Think impossible possibilities (Nvere mind the present powers of technology, imagine what could be possible or should be possible in the fututre)

– Think about seduction instead of manipulation

– Pay attention to what the environment provides (often you can use a lot of things/information/objects/etc. that are already there)

– Allow events to change yourself

– Forget about good

– Process is more important than outcome

– Love your experiments, even the ugly ones

– Go deep

– Read, look, smell, feel, taste

– Drift

– Begin anywhere

– Keep moving

– Don’t be or go for cool

– Separate from the rest of the world from time to time

– Be carefull to take risks

– Avoid software

– Think

– Listen carefully

– Take field trips

– Make mistakes faster

– Avoid fields

– Laugh

– Remember (earlier mistakes)

– Always keep ‘the bigger picture’ in mind

Inspiration 1.0

Posted in Uncategorized by tpdr on February 3, 2009

For a presentation about my creative/working process and inspiration, I made the following list. I am aware of the fact that not every ‘title’ will make sense to every one of you, they are chosen for personal reasons and do fit the content for me.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

– 2001: A Space Odyssey – movie

– Journey to the West – chinese/japanese myth

– Buckminster – Fuller – architect

– Philippe Starck – designer

– Wunderkammer – concept

– Nature – phenomenon

– Daily life – phenomenon

– Society – phenomenon

– Baudelaire in Cyberspace – book

– Modernist graphic designers – people

– Olafur Eliasson – artist

– Charles & Ray Eames – designers

– Trent Reznor – music

– Hans Op de Beeck – artist

– Kaballah Azilut – concept

 

AMBIGUOUS RELATION WITH TECHNOLOGY

– Stanley Kubrick – director – ambiguous relation to control

– Buckminster – Fuller – architect

– Technology – phenomenon

– Nature – phenomenon

– George Bataille – writer

– Ghost in the Shell – anime

– Japanese culture – phenomenon

– Trent Reznor – music

 

HUMOUR

– Stanley Kubrick – director

– Philippe Starck – designer

– Japanese culture – phenomenon

 

OPENNESS/EMPTINESS

– House of Flying Daggers – movie

– Journey to the West – chinese/japanese myth

– Kenya Hara – graphic designer

– Japanese culture – phenomenon

– Modernist graphic designers – people

– Massive Attack – music

– Two Months Off – music video

– Hans Op de Beeck – artist

– David Lynch – director

 

POWER OF SUBJECTIVITY

– David Lynch – director

– Guy Debord – artist

– Kolacny – philosopher

– Umberto Eco – writer

– Slavoj Zizek – philosopher

 

NON-LINEAR

– 2001: A Space Odyssey – movie

– Silent Hill – game

– David Lynch – director

– Trent Reznor – music

 

POETRY

– Björk – music

– Silent Hill – game

– Daily life – phenomenon

– Massive Attack – music

– Two Months Off – music video

– Olafur Eliasson – artist

 

 

//GENERAL IDEA/RED THREAD: ETERNAL NOW

 

to be continued…

– Italo Calvino

– Eckhart

– Zen gardens

– Peter Sloterdijk (Sphären)

– …