MachineMachine /stream - tagged with weird https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA["The world has become weird": crisis, natures and radical re-enchantment - STEPS Centre]]> https://steps-centre.org/blog/the-world-has-become-weird-crisis-natures-and-radical-re-enchantment/

In this essay, Amber Huff and Nathan Oxley reflect on questions that have emerged through Natures, the STEPS Centre’s theme throughout 2020.

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Mon, 18 Jan 2021 06:55:11 -0800 https://steps-centre.org/blog/the-world-has-become-weird-crisis-natures-and-radical-re-enchantment/
<![CDATA[Why Are Octopuses So Smart? - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/07/why-did-octopuses-become-smart/593155/

A small shark spots its prey—a meaty, seemingly defenseless octopus. The shark ambushes, and then, in one of the most astonishing sequences in the series Blue Planet II, the octopus escapes. First, it shoves one of its arms into the predator’s vulnerable gills.

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Thu, 08 Oct 2020 23:13:01 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/07/why-did-octopuses-become-smart/593155/
<![CDATA[0AZ: Alien Rhythms]]> http://zinzrinz.blogspot.com/2019/04/alien-rhythms.html

There was only one thing that I didn't like. In the very back of the garage, near the canisters, I could see something silvery. That hadn't been there before.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:46:26 -0700 http://zinzrinz.blogspot.com/2019/04/alien-rhythms.html
<![CDATA[Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot - Wikipedia]]> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energetically_Autonomous_Tactical_Robot

The Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) was a project by Robotic Technology Inc. (RTI) and Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. to develop a robotic vehicle that could forage for plant biomass to fuel itself, theoretically operating indefinitely.

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Thu, 28 Feb 2019 15:53:10 -0800 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energetically_Autonomous_Tactical_Robot
<![CDATA[Daniel Rourke - “We're trying to have the non-weird future get here as fast as possible.”]]> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47boeVR3VuI

Goldsmiths College Department of Art MFA Lectures 2018 - 2019

Series 1.1: Offence is the Best Defence: On the Success of Social Media Toxicity

8 Oct 2018 — Daniel Rourke (Goldsmiths): “We're trying to have the non-weird future get here as fast as possible.” 15 Oct 2018 — Isobelle Clarke (Birmingham): "Poor little snowflake, are you 'grossly' offended?": Quantifying Communicative Styles of Twitter Trolling 22 Oct 2018 — Zeena Feldman (Kings College, London): Beyond Time: On Quitting Social Media 29 Oct 2018 — William Davies (Goldsmiths): War of Words: Embodiment and Rhetoric in Online Combat

Daniel Rourke 8th October 2018 “We're trying to have the non-weird future get here as fast as possible.”

From the Latin ‘aequivocare’, for ‘called by the same name’, to equivocate is to use language ambiguously to conceal a truth or avoid commitment to a single meaning. In this talk Daniel Rourke will consider equivocation in the performative (social media) speech acts of figures such as Donald Trump, Elon Musk, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

How their speech acts exposit a 'shared' future, or a means of ‘escaping’ our present conditions, has much to tell us about how the very idea of the ‘true’ or the ‘false’ has shifted in the era of algorithmic governance, and social media campaigns such as #MeToo.

Turning to Homi K. Bhabha's theories of postcolonial discourse, as well as introducing the project The 3D Additivist Manifesto – co-created with Morehshin Allahyari – Daniel will end by trying to reaffirm the equivocal act, pointing out a way to generate and move toward non-determinate futures without imperialising them.

BIO: Dr. Daniel Rourke is a writer/artist and co-convener of Digital Media (MA) at Goldsmiths. In his work Daniel creates collaborative frameworks and theoretical toolsets for exploring the intersection of digital materiality, the arts, and posthumanism. These frameworks often hinge on speculative elements taken from science fiction and pop culture: fictional figures and fabulations that might offer a glimpse of a radical ‘outside’ to the human(ities). His writing and artistic profile includes work with AND Festival, The V&A, FACT Liverpool, Arebyte gallery, Centre Pompidou, Transmediale, Tate Modern, Sonic Acts Festival, as well as recent artistic collaborations with a cast of hundreds... web: machinemachine.net.

Presented by the Art Department, Goldsmiths.

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Fri, 08 Feb 2019 06:24:18 -0800 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47boeVR3VuI
<![CDATA[No One Is Prepared for Hagfish Slime - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/hagfish-slime/581002/

At first glance, the hagfish—a sinuous, tubular animal with pink-grey skin and a paddle-shaped tail—looks very much like an eel. Naturalists can tell the two apart because hagfish, unlike other fish, lack backbones (and, also, jaws). For everyone else, there’s an even easier method.

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Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:01:06 -0800 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/hagfish-slime/581002/
<![CDATA[The Word Made Fresh: Mystical Encounter and the New Weird Divine - Journal #92 June 2018 - e-flux]]> https://www.e-flux.com/journal/92/205298/the-word-made-fresh-mystical-encounter-and-the-new-weird-divine/

A biologist enters mysterious territory on a mission to comprehend the incomprehensible. Together with three colleagues—an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor—she crosses an imperceptible border into a region known as Area X. They are the twelfth expedition to cross the border.

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Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:18:26 -0700 https://www.e-flux.com/journal/92/205298/the-word-made-fresh-mystical-encounter-and-the-new-weird-divine/
<![CDATA[We Need To Do A Better Job Of Imagining Aliens – Adam Mann – Medium]]> https://medium.com/@adammann930/we-need-to-do-a-better-job-of-imagining-aliens-8fc7dff0af44

When imagining civilizations on other worlds, we tend to stick to the familiar. Aliens in the popular imagination are not all that different from us — they often have eyes and ears, walk on two feet, and understand the universe in roughly the same way we do.

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Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:25:21 -0700 https://medium.com/@adammann930/we-need-to-do-a-better-job-of-imagining-aliens-8fc7dff0af44
<![CDATA[This is fashwave, the suicidal retro-futurist art of the alt-right]]> https://mic.com/articles/187379/this-is-fashwave-the-suicidal-retro-futurist-art-of-the-alt-right

In the online art workshops of the white nationalist alt right, young neo-Nazis and neo-fascists trade simple aesthetic tips: Consider your color scheme in advance, build your image in sections of thirds, abandon gradients and add a soft stroke to the text.

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Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:03:14 -0700 https://mic.com/articles/187379/this-is-fashwave-the-suicidal-retro-futurist-art-of-the-alt-right
<![CDATA[This Professor Has Documented 2,000 Soda Machines in Video Games - Waypoint]]> https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/ywq9pm/soda-machines-videogames

In 2016, Marshall University professor Jason Morrissette was playing Batman: Arkham Knight. While sneaking around the shadows, Morrissette stumbled upon a soda machine. Like many games, Akrham Knight doesn’t feature any real-life soda products; that’d cost money.

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Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:02:45 -0700 https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/ywq9pm/soda-machines-videogames
<![CDATA[Orion Magazine | Deep Intellect]]> https://orionmagazine.org/article/deep-intellect/

ON AN UNSEASONABLY WARM day in the middle of March, I traveled from New Hampshire to the moist, dim sanctuary of the New England Aquarium, hoping to touch an alternate reality. I came to meet Athena, the aquarium’s forty-pound, five-foot-long, two-and-a-half-year-old giant Pacific octopus.

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:31:04 -0800 https://orionmagazine.org/article/deep-intellect/
<![CDATA[Orion Magazine | Deep Intellect]]> https://orionmagazine.org/article/deep-intellect/

ON AN UNSEASONABLY WARM day in the middle of March, I traveled from New Hampshire to the moist, dim sanctuary of the New England Aquarium, hoping to touch an alternate reality. I came to meet Athena, the aquarium’s forty-pound, five-foot-long, two-and-a-half-year-old giant Pacific octopus.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:51:04 -0800 https://orionmagazine.org/article/deep-intellect/
<![CDATA[The Fatberg Cometh | Sam Kriss]]> https://thebaffler.com/the-horrordome/the-fatberg-returns

These are just the facts. On July 22, 2013, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to her first child, Prince George. Two weeks later, an enormous “fatberg” was discovered in the sewers under London.

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Sun, 01 Oct 2017 16:03:01 -0700 https://thebaffler.com/the-horrordome/the-fatberg-returns
<![CDATA[Embracing plastic and the apocalypse: An interview with Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke]]> http://additivism.org/post/165545612559

Embracing plastic and the apocalypse: An interview with Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke

additivism is the bastard of these two visions. It conjures nightmares of toxic machines churning out guns, drugs, counterfeit cash and meaningless trash ad libitum. It also take its cue from additive manufacturing technology itself and suggests that small scale, cumulative actions have the potential to bring about bigger, more complex realities.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:26:23 -0700 http://additivism.org/post/165545612559
<![CDATA[50 Years Ago Big Oil Bragged About Being Able To Melt Glaciers, While They Knew About Climate Change – ThinkProgress]]> https://thinkprogress.org/50-years-ago-big-oil-bragged-about-being-able-to-melt-glaciers-while-they-knew-about-climate-change-728efe887daa/

Newly-released oil industry documents push back the start date of the world’s most successful disinformation campaign to the 1960s, if not earlier.

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Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:32:35 -0700 https://thinkprogress.org/50-years-ago-big-oil-bragged-about-being-able-to-melt-glaciers-while-they-knew-about-climate-change-728efe887daa/
<![CDATA[Amia Srinivasan reviews ‘Other Minds’ by Peter Godfrey-Smith and ‘The Soul of an Octopus’ by Sy Montgomery · LRB 7 September 2017]]> https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n17/amia-srinivasan/the-sucker-the-sucker

In 1815, 15 years before he made his most famous print, The Great Wave, Hokusai published three volumes of erotic art. In one of them there is a woodcut print known in English as ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife’ and in Japanese as ‘Tako to ama’, ‘Octopus and Shell Diver’.

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Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:24:11 -0700 https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n17/amia-srinivasan/the-sucker-the-sucker
<![CDATA[The Thing]]> http://tumblr.machinemachine.net/post/164709739779

The Thing

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Mon, 28 Aug 2017 05:23:56 -0700 http://tumblr.machinemachine.net/post/164709739779
<![CDATA[World's First Haunted Object 3D Scanning Project is Confusing Ghosts, Producing Paranormally-Active Prints]]> http://weekinweird.com/2017/06/17/haunted-object-3d-scanning-project-paranormal-problems/

The Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult, the world’s only mobile museum of haunted artifacts, has launched the first-ever initiative to 3D scan and compile a database of paranormally-active objects.

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:28 -0700 http://weekinweird.com/2017/06/17/haunted-object-3d-scanning-project-paranormal-problems/
<![CDATA[This Woman Just Figured Out How to Control Sperm with Her Brain - Broadly]]> https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/this-woman-just-figured-out-how-to-control-sperm-with-her-brain

For transdisciplinary artist Ani Liu, working in science and technology has provided a way for her to explore the intersection between research, culture, and implications of emerging technologies.

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Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:52 -0700 https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/this-woman-just-figured-out-how-to-control-sperm-with-her-brain
<![CDATA[The Revolution Will Be Weird and Eerie - VICE]]> https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/the-revolution-will-be-weird-and-eerie

The simplest way to distinguish between the "weird" and the "eerie", the late Mark Fisher writes, is to think about the difference between presence and absence. Weirdness is produced by the presence of "that which does not belong". It shouldn't, or couldn't, exist – and yet there it is.

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Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:21:28 -0800 https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/the-revolution-will-be-weird-and-eerie