Wednesday, November 10, 2010

the Thicket, Cold Intimacies, and Empire

For a while, I will keep posting every day, bookmarking what I stumble upon.

Marc Weidenbaum introduces the Thicket and interviews Morgan Packard. Morgan Packard and Joshue Ott programmed the Thicket app, which operates on the iPad, the iPhone, and the iPod Touch, as a composition of controlled chance operations of the audio and the visual. As Weidenbaum mentions Jackson Pollock, the body (the fingers) movement alters the visual/audio pattern. Though I was not so interested in some programs with which dancers generate and alter the sound, I've found the Thicket is more interesting because the program itself is an artwork the audience can interact with.

Slavoj Žižek contributes to ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). In this he mentions Eva Illouz's Cold Intimacies: The Making of Emotional Capitalism. Google Books allows to read the beginning. It appears interesting. Our longing for authenticity is part of the global capitalism.

I'm reading Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri's Empire.

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