Roy Ascott on technoetic art:
Art is stationary conventionally. We can read it from a work of art, be it a painting, a sculpture or a drama. Technoetic art stresses interaction. You can interact with the environment, the painting and the sculpture. Our movements are making changes on them. No stationary works exist as long as there is interaction. Visitors and users are all involved in the creating of these works, whether the works are in words or in pictures. This represents a major innovation in art.
A Unique Monkey King Created by Father of Technoetic Arts Professor Roy Ascott
“A somewhat sentimental take on a mass produced object becoming defunct, the handlebars are given the care and craft of a demented, preserved family pet. The bikes have now been re-appropriated as a family heirloom.”
19th-Century Mathematical Illustrations of Consciousness
Simply cannot think of a more intriguing headline. I could quite easily reblog all these Brain Pickings articles, but this one in particular caught my eye. Imagine, being able to actually see–let alone draw–consciousness. Benjamin Betts thought he could.
Google Type – Write in random Google Images
“You know when you Google a letter, you get different images of that letter? Google Type uses the search result for each letter as a character for its typeface.”
Love this, being a big fan of antique typewriters. You can either buy an antique typewriter already converted or just the kit to convert your own. The Underwood was my favourite. They’re heavy buggers, them. I think I’ve still got my old Remington though. Might give this a go.
Antique typewriters converted to keyboards
Not sure if these are chandeliers or lamps
Whichever they are, from some architects in Amsterdam, I’d like some in my own office.
The first sitting chair
“The first sitting chair (sitting down for a rest after a long time standing).”
I knew about the interrobang, but the Love Point?
Check out the Certitude Point, Doubt Point, Love Point and of course the Snark Mark, amongst others.
13 little-known punctuation marks we should be using (mentalfloss.com)
Peter Callesen’s A4 papercuts
“The paper cut sculptures explore the probable and magical transformation of the flat sheet of paper into figures that expand into the space surrounding them. The negative and absent 2 dimensional space left by the cut, points out the contrast to the 3 dimensional reality it creates, even though the figures still stick to their origin without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in many of the cuts.”
Sayaka Ganz sculptures
I love the sketchiness of the horse sculptures, they look really ad hoc, thrown together, very energetic but I can’t imagine for a moment that these were quick to build.
300 anamorphic optical illusions by Felice Varini
Very jealous of how perfect these images have turned out. Can’t get it right whenever I have a go. If it’s not perfect, it just doesn’t cut it.
The experience must be finished to enjoy the fruits of the effort
Disorganized meetings with no well defined goals inhibit positive communication and lead the participants to wonder if the organizers of the meeting really know what they are doing.
Pretty obvious really, but useful prompts nonetheless.
David Cameron has banned the use of mobiles and Blackberries in his meetings. The BBC asks what would happen if our workplace did the same.
Certainly, fiddling with your phone in a meeting doesn’t look good, but perhaps what people are doing on them is only what other people are doing on their laptops. They get to look all keen as mustard and productive and whatnot, typing away notes (or looking like they are), so why are we mobile phone users not equally given the benefit of the doubt and assumed to be working appropriately too? (I think in my case it would be fair to assume I’m tweeting and not working, but THAT’S NOT THE POINT.)
Some photos of Irina Vinnik’s wonderful sketchbook. This is how you’re supposed to fill a moleskine.
I’m very jealous. The doodles I make in meetings never come out as good as this. I need to go to longer, more dull meetings, I guess? I’m compelled to dig out my old moleskines and bring them to work next week.
Stressed staff can’t get no satisfaction
People working in higher education are “dissatisfied with their jobs and careers” and are “stressed at work”, according to new research. … Staff were asked questions about job satisfaction, well-being, work-life balance, stress at work, control at work and working conditions using a Work-related Quality of Life (WrQoL) scale devised by Darren Van Laar, a Portsmouth psychologist.
From Jan Banning’s series entitled Bureaucratics (via kottke.org).