Monday, February 27, 2012

A pilgrimage perhaps worth making

"It still stands, the One, though there's a new facade, and its former identity lives on in the memories of a mere handful of neighbouring shopkeepers. You would be forgiven for thinking that it was destroyed in one or another ruinous chapter of the city's history. As such, it has taken on a mythic character, the Shangri-La for Boetti disciples, younger artists, and critics. One can visit Smithson's Spiral Jetty or take a trip to De Maria's Lightning Fields, but Kabul, the thinking goes, is an artistic pilgrimage too far. Still, if you come and make the right turn off Chicken Street, you can find the building and compare its visage with a photograph of the place that Murtaza Roshan took around 1973, and do whatever it is that art pilgrims do when treading on holy ground."

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Thought Experiment No. 001

So if the Industrial Revolution begins around 1750with continued technological developments until the beginning of the information age in the 1970's, that means we are at about 1790 in terms of computer technology and the Internet. Let's try and think of some possible unimaginable futures of the internet and technology in lets say, 100 years time. 

I think that cyborg beings are inevitable, that computers will be hooked directly to our brains with contact lens monitors and ear piece speakers. All notions of intelligence will become obsolete as everyone will be able to look up the answer on their google brains to any question, and we will be able to choose whether to store our memories on our unreliable brains or infinite harddrives. I can't see any future for human, physical selves at all I guess-but this isn't going far enough because I just imagined the Matrix. What could be so out of the realm of possibility that it has to happen?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Superstition and the Stock Market

"One of my favourite researched rituals is a 'reputable' trader who establishes his starting trading position based on the nipple direction of the Sun's page 3 model (up or down). Whilst these facts may be fun and whimsical, what really interests me is when these irrational beliefs start to emerge and become implicated into more cemented systems. For example, 70% of the largest lift supplier's orders, request that the number 13 is removed. So in question, how far will it go, and how far do we demand such beliefs to be implemented? What I want to do is extract these irrationalness and redesign a system which is governed by alternative beliefs. One in which all these beliefs that exist on a private level emerge to infect larger systems. In effect creating this parallel stock market."
Shing Tat Chung

Saturday, February 11, 2012

mass observation 

slavs and tartars

Aesthetically, I think islamic culture is amazing and these guys have a great name and some interesting work. We should form a collective known as 'the journal of sino-judaic correspondence' and devote ourselves to mining the interstitial gap of confluence between Chinese and Judaic culture.