Primes, Cues

A response to Prime que align repeat.

We went across the road to the Stor Centre Nord (the big north shopping centre), which is conveniently across the road from the university. Jonas and Lone ended up captured by the number 5 as a cue, and afterwards we discussed ways of responding to eg commercial cues in a shopping centre without necessarily being captured by them at a micro level (that is, in continuation to purchase etc). This was followed by some interesting conversation about attention.

Meanwhile Jette and I tried to work out system of cues and primes .. relational cues that kept us in some kind of relation along with a second set of cues and primes that were to do with the environment. Flocking was also an inspiration (and by the way this is kind of interesting in these terms). This led to a strange kind of dance outside the Stor Centre Nord, between the nearest trees and stones, hopping with yellow, skipping backwards with red, etc. Very much an experiment.

I’m still hopeful for a relational cue’d dérive as as kind of dance that everyone could do, although here of course you’d have to watch out for bicycles as well as cars, and the Situationists have been doing this kind of thing for ages (as have others such as Kate).

And actually, a few weeks ago Anna Munster pointed me towards this great organization Spurse, who do some interesting work on diagramming (Time Drills). There’s so much of this around when you look for it.

Jette and I tried to diagram what happened. Here’s a blurry picture.

Echo of Sponge Phone

Echo: Sponge Phone

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Echoes in networks as political activism

Tero Karpi’s post argues how echoes becomes political activism in network culture. A great, less technical, example is how plagiarism has been developed in net-art as an activist strategy. It all started with this piece of software art called Reamweaver which was used by famous plagiarists like http://0100101110101101.org and The Yes Men.

Especially the last ones used networked echoes and plagiarism to generate media events. Here is a late one, where they’d have to intervene quite a lot to keep the echo sustained.

http://yeslab.org/project/cop15

As a bonus, here’s an interface glitch from John Cayley’s What We Will:

Questions for further diagramming?

What does echoes mean?

Is there a new kind of networked media echoes?

How does this relate to cybernetics, networks and interface criticism?

Lunch plate diagram

The proper way to eat a Danish lunch plate

Responding to the diagrammatic proposition from Sydney, suggesting that we make a spacetime echo of dinner to breakfast, we decided to have lunch as if it was dinner. We turned on Australian tv (after having watched some Bunuel on youtube (link later)) and watched Australian late night news whilst eating. Effects: we spent a long time discussing cultural eating habits, particularly how it’s Danish custom to eat a lunch plate in a particular order.

Listen to the sound file echoing our conversation while you study the lunch plate diagram to the right. Sound echo of the lunch-dinner conversation