dear montreal, aarhus and turku…please find us: diagrammed

on the morning of the second day of the sydney workshop we watched the montreal diagram…entranced. We looked at the danish lunch plate, we laughed with the giraffes, we thought about network echoes and politics and we listened to the sound echo of a dinner conversation eaten during the day before. Someone said: ‘the lines of force in the montreal diagram are like the games of “elastics” kids play’. Someone else said: ‘we should dance an elastics diagram while listending to the sound echo file from aarhus’.

in the afternoon we talked about networked diagrammatics and textures. We organised into groups according to which diagram – there were many images on the walls in the room we had spent two days together – we liked. We transduced these images into movementscapes. We imaged snatches of these and laid them out against the sound echo file. Here is our collective diagrammatic response, an assemblage of a number of different groups all diagramming with elastics

….this is what a network can do, this is how a diagram, collectively enunciated across four cities, 3 or 4 days, and a multiplicity, can capture an echo, can be affected, can become an echo affect….

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 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.

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?

environment as expression of an echo – diagram for aarhus, turku and montreal from sydney

1.From the captured echo in the sponge, create a sponge phone.

2.Answer the sponge phone while transducing the texture of the sponge

2a – for example:

Here somone is scratching texture against the phone, so the listener feels the texture of the sponge’s absorbed echo.

3) Find your own way of transducing the diagram of an echo as it expresses environment