Vivian Charlesworth

 

This is my model of the universe: macrocosmos alive within microcosms, paradise in a simple natural gesture, forever in a moment, and a moment in forever. Words, these symbols on paper, these guttural sounds that squeeze through the human throat, capture the vast beauty and tragedy of the earth as well as that which lies beyond.

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This thesis is an attempt to write the sweetest song I have ever heard, to capture the deepest depths of sorrow, to take the reader into the middle of my narrative, to inhabit with me the place of my broken heart, the ecstasy of summer’s day, and the constellations of my own perceived universe.

In the end, the path diverges into the history books, challenging us to try to discern what is fact and fiction, what is important and what is superfluous.

The Transformation of Things

Michael Tauschinger-Dempsey

Our social networking services and mobile communication technologies have created a new hybrid space of surveillance.

In the case of “sousveillance,”1 both ways of watching others are possible at any given moment by constantly and seamlessly morphing one into the other. The few being watched by the many and the many watching the few form one endless cycle of voyeurism and exhibitionism.

Through social media software, users freely provide the most personal data to whomever or whatever is at the other end of the data cloud.

In the best of cases, this hijacking of personal information is performed for the purposes of targeted advertising, i.e. the commodification of personal information. In the worst of cases, this overflowing database of the Ego is essentially made endlessly accessible without a warrant to controlling power structures like the NYPD, CIA, NSA and the FBI.

1 Mann, S., Nolan, J., & Wellman, B. (2003). Sousveillance: Inventing and Using Wearable Computing Devices for Data Collection in Surveillance Environments.
Out of Service

Ebe Odonkor

In traditional Ghanaian society, the idea of a medium is an important one.

The fetish priest serves as a mediator between us and the gods and ancestors. He usually goes to the spirits with questions from the people and returns with spiritual and moral messages from the gods and ancestors. The linguist also serves as a buffer between the king or chief and his subjects. This is because the king speaks in proverbs that the common man cannot understand—thus the need for a translator or medium.

Taking all these traditional systems into consideration and also the fact that we are living in ever-shrinking global world, thanks to modern technology, I decided to employ both the cell phone and the Internet as the platforms for sharing the personal stories collected. These platforms will also function as mediating tools for online/wireless social networked communities.

UNFAMILIAR VOICES Social Collaboration as Collective Performance

Monica Ong

Why is it important that image and sound come together? I hold a personal opinion that we consume with our eyes but give with our ears.

Speak

Edek Sher

In 2014 I saw a punk outside a venue. She was punk because of the ripped, black leather jacket with studs. It was torn. She wore all black. Her punk jacket was covered in band’s logo-patches. She turned away from me. On her back, in the center, the biggest patch said: ugh.

LA LA LA

Jane Long

Subjective Object

This collection of ideas isn’t “about science” or biotechnology or bio art as a cursory formal judgment would have you believe. It’s about wading into surface understandings of depths, trying to chase after this elusive sweet thing called subjectivity and the futility of trying to name the feeling of constantly having the rug being pulled from beneath your feet; of not being able to stop forming associations and recognizing patterns.

I am creating a brain itch that can be hilarious, absurd, and quietly uncomfortable, and can sometimes reveal our surface understandings of something.

Joseph Hocking

I first encountered the term “memetics” in writings by Christiane Paul.1 Intrigued by the idea, tying together as it does my background in biology and interests in epistemology, I later found a more complete description at Principia Cybernetica Web. Here is their definition:2

Meme: An information pattern, held in an individual’s memory, which is capable of being copied to another individual’s memory.

Memetics: The theoretical and empirical science that studies the replication, spread, and evolution of memes.

Put another way, memetics is an evolutionary epistemology that treats information in an analogous way to genes. As with genes, units of information (called “memes”) replicate by being passed from one individual to another. Also as with genes, certain memes become reduced in frequency and eventually disappear altogether, while other memes are favored and propagate quickly, resulting in a net evolution of the information community. The theory was first proposed by Richard Dawkins in 1976, and has since become an important area of research. Instead of seeing knowledge as constructed by the social system, it sees social systems as constructed by knowledge processes. Indeed, a social group can be defined by the fact that all its members share common memes.

I must reiterate the important point that I am not saying, nor do I believe, that memetics is the correct and true theory of human culture. I am simply pointing out that this is one useful model through which to filter one’s experience of reality.

1 Paul, Christiane Digital Art (New York: Thames and Hudson, 2003)
2 http://pespme1.vub.ac.be/MEMES.html

I Think You Know That I Know That You Think: Epistemology and Interactive Digital Art

José Fernández Liermann

The cute has the power and the ability to reduce even the most antagonizing concept and make it likeable.

Cult of Cute

Claudia O’Steen

Little Compton, RI
1:50 pm
50 degrees (very windy!)
I’m facing 150 degrees SW
The sun is 229 degrees SW
The sky is pale blue with cirrus clouds, and the sun is starting to come out. The waves are large, and it is too overcast to see the lighthouse.38 steps walked to the edge of the water.

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The Visible Limit of the Sea

Liat Berdugo

My iPhone is Everything

iPhones and iPads are recast as objects that they could never truly be. As these devices increasingly become do-anything Swiss army knives in an increasingly digitized world, My iPhone is Everything asks, what would a world look like in which we push these limits to their absolute extremes? What is it that we are ultimately willing to believe technology can do?