Archive for October, 2006

“The journal is a vehicle for my sense of selfhood”

Friday, October 13th, 2006

On Keeping a Journal. Superficial to understand the journal as just a receptacle for one’s private, secret throughts - like a confidante who is deaf, dumb and illiterate. In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself.” 31 December, 1958, Paris.

Excerpts from Susan Sontag’s diaries and notebooks were published in the September 10 2006 issue of the New York Times Newspaper (link below). They remind me why I should be working more at keeping a visual diary, a blog, whatever you want to call it. I’m redeemed that she too made use of bits and pieces of paper - notes were found strewn over her Manhattan apartment post mortem. She died Dec 28, 2004 at the age of 71.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/10/magazine/10sontag.html?ei=5090&en=

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OZCHI 2006 paper accepted: Exploration and Reflection in Interactive Art: Glass Pond.

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Seevinck, J., Candy, L., Edmonds, E.A. (2006). Exploration and Reflection in Interactive Art: Glass Pond. Proceedings of OZCHI 2006, Sydney, Australia (to appear 2006).  

[Abstract] Glass Pond is an interactive artwork designed to engender exploration and reflection through an intuitive, tangible interface and a simulation agent. It is being developed using iterative methods. A study has been conducted with the aim of illuminating user experience, interface, design, and performance issues. The paper describes the study methodology and process of data analysis including coding schemes for cognitive states and movements. Analysis reveals that exploration and reflection occurred as well as composing behaviours (unexpected). Results also show that participants interacted to varying degrees. Design discussion includes the artwork’s (novel) interface and configuration.So back to oz.  This trip will include the engage conference as well as seeing the folks and house in mt nebo… Nov 20-Dec 1…

citing wikipedia articles

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Conducting a literature review for my PhD made me seriously consider wikipedia as an information resource. In terms of currency in emergent :) areas such as those relating to interactive art, gaming and IT it is extremely valuable. However, some critics argue that the information cannot be trusted - the sources are anonymous and not necessarily credible. My difficulty in referencing it has been that even if I assess an entry as true and valid, since it is dynamic the entry I refer to may not be there tomorrow and the data is not, to my knowledge being archived as yet, and this makes it difficult to include in my argument.

But Wikipedia seems to have taken some of the criticisms on board. A December 2005 news article describes how a ‘biography’ of a Mr. Seigenthaler defamed him as having partaken in the Kennedy assassination - something he was shocked to read on the website months after it had been first published. According to a second NY Times article (12 March 2006) although anonymous users can edit existing pages they can’t create new ones. Perhaps the fact that it was created by someone ensures a dialogue or scrutinizing process. Wikipedia also has a referenced articles: the ‘featured articles’ are reviewed by volunteers and currently 1137 out of 1430677articles are of this status.

I won’t wait around, but won’t give up on it either. If I use it, it’s either because I need to refresh my knowledge in which case I can judge accuracy or if I’m new to the area I will consult secondary sources such as annotated references at the article or other searches. But if we’re serious about research, don’t we always do this anyway? I think wikipedia embodies a great philosophy and who knows, perhaps it will encourage more people to critically assess information and search for second opinions. And this can’t be bad.

“Snared in the Web of a Wikipedia Liar” Katharine Q.Seelye, New York Times, Dec 4 2005 http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/04/weekinreview/04seelye.html?ei=5090&en=

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“Anonymous Source is Not the Same as Open Source” Randall Stross, New York Times, March 12, 2006 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/12/business/yourmoney/12digi.html?ex=

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water water everywhere…

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

I saw this exhibition at the Virginia Contemporary Art Center though it was originally curated for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Arizona.

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Janaina Tschape’s sensous underwater movements and costumes provoked a visceral response, sometimes fearful and otherworldly as well as compelling. The aesthetic also reminded me of some of Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle imagery. It was a highly immersive experience however, with projections on 4 walls in a small room.

Another video installation “Love Lettering” by Rivane Neuenschwander left a strong impression. I found this work’s simplicity, delicacy and poignancy very moving, all the more so for the underlying natural/random structure: goldfish with paper tags attached swim by generating concrete poetry.

‘water water everywhere…’ http://www.smoca.org/exhibit.php?id=81

Janiana Tschape: http://www.janainatschape.net/

Matthew Barney: http://www.cremaster.net/

Rivane Neuenschwander:

http://www.walkerart.org/archive/F/A973E15B8627059A6161.htm