hat tip: today and tomorrow
The freedom of the philosopher consists in either moving freely from topic to topic or simply spending years returning to the same topic out of perplexity, fascination and curiosity.
… we might say that to philosophize is to take your time, even when you have no time… as Wittgenstein says, “This is how philosophers should salute each other: ‘Take your time.’ ”
Wittgenstein’s quote comes from Culture and Value, p. 80e.
Photo by alev.adil
Cocky Eek’s Tactile Research Lab’s “Get in Touch” exhibit invites the public to create sounds by touching the backs of nude people in an effort to help people “question the way an interface influences behavior.”
Essentially, the “instrument” is made up of a large cylindrical shape of fabric – openings in the fabric show various bits of peoples’ nude backs who are naked inside the cylinder. Each of the five performers is attached to a circuit bent radio and cracklebox, which is attached to a speaker. People who want to interact with the instrument are invited to come up and touch the skin showing through the openings, creating various sounds. If you touch more than one person’s back, a virtual connection is made between the crackleboxes, which starts the sound. The sounds change based on the amount of pressure applied.
“This warm instrument questions the way an interface changes our behaviour. As soon as you start playing, something very strange happens; you forget that you’re touching a human. Somehow this almost sensual action of touching someone’s naked back, is transformed into an a-sexual action and that body into an object.”
“When you stop interacting however, you suddenly realize that you were actually quite intimate with the people inside the installation, and suddenly the objects of the interface you were just playing with, become human again.”
“I’m just an artist now,” she said.
Chapman thought it might be helpful if my body were more relaxed, so I lay down on a sofa, and she put on soothing music. She flicked the machine back on as I shut my eyes. A moment later there they were, the same flashing patterns as before. After a while I became bored and my mind began to drift.
That’s when it happened.
Don’t let your eyes fool you: these extraordinary photos are not of mythical alien life forces. Rather, they’re real photos taken deep underwater as part of a book project by film director, Claire Nouvian. The Deep is the culmination of a three year period in which she collected an ‘unprecedented collection of photographs of deep-sea creatures — including images taken by robots capable of diving to a depth of 6,000 meters’. Truly startling to know what lurks so deep below the ocean.