The Future is Now, but also Then

Lewis Baumer, predicting sexting (amatory message), and online gambling respectively. Seems that society is much the same,but that we have new tools to express our inner selves, possibly more discretely (the privacy aspect is debatable).  Though  probably not in a park. That bit has changed, with 61% of Irish adults being overweight or obese. Fat with Antenna Hat: or what our descendants did, my own adaptation of the prediction for the next century.

Follow up prediction, Keeping it Currant: how the digital age made electric raisins popular. Well, we have Apple now, why not such an object as ‘currently current currants‘, or in the vernacular  the triple Curr, in 100 years? Who am I kidding, nobody will be making those kind of spelling distinctions by then, and the pun as an art-form will die. The bigger question is, what part of your body will they be implanted in? Still waiting on that whole post-human thing to kick off adequately. Cybernetics will only be really real when I can email a lolcat with my frontal cortex. Till then, the only internal bionics I have are my knees. Bah. Humbug.

text prediction

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Where my brain has been

I have been plotting, drawing, reading and listening to spotify (newly arrived in Ireland) for the past month on my main MA project/artefact, and the anticipated first/alpha build. This diagram (author unknown to me) has been the salve for my anxious soul. I hope to at least arrive near the final circle in draft form by the time the thesis thoughts begin invading my mindscape.

 

Theories: Close Enough

Google Beautifully

The depiction of search results has become so very aesthetic through the image option of Google  American journalist Rob Walker has gone so far as to ‘curate’ various searches on his tumblr, depicting the range of visuals, the information has become harmonious in its depiction. It’s like a microcosm of metadata, only colourful and shapely.

Single Topic Blog of the Day: Google Image Search Results Catalog

In a different approach, the artist Jenny Odell has created collections of items seen in particular geographic areas through Google maps; for example her piece directly below, Every Basketball Court in Manhattan.  Her compositions are light and dense, with an attention to detail and negative space. On her website she draws attention to the concept of the human/ inhuman gaze of the viewer versus the satellite.

“In all of these prints, I collect things that I’ve cut out from Google Satellite View– parking lots, silos, landfills, waste ponds. The view from a satellite is not a human one, nor is it one we were ever really meant to see. But it is precisely from this inhuman point of view that we are able to read our own humanity, in all of its tiny, repetitive marks upon the face of the earth. From this view, the lines that make up basketball courts and the scattered blue rectangles of swimming pools become like hieroglyphs that say: people were here.

The alienation provided by the satellite perspective reveals the things we take for granted to be strange, even absurd. Banal structures and locations can appear fantastical and newly intricate. Directing curiosity toward our own inimitably human landscape, we may find that those things that are most recognizably human (a tangle of carefully engineered water slides, for example) are also the most bizarre, the most unlikely, the most fragile.”

125 Swimming Pools

10 Waterslide Configurations