Memoria ex machina

Meaning is being online.

The project consist in documentation with the iPhone3 as the only camera for a year. Stream to flickr and use text from twitter to tag them. Those fragments were used later to reconstruct mini narratives in each performance and medium, this idea was applied to a web interface, editorial design and four vj live streamed performances.

 

This thesis for the Master in Arts of Universidad de Cuenca got awarded to promote publication. The digital PDF can be accessed under in the Library repository from Universidad de Cuenca.

I explored feedback loop techniques to simulate instances of how fragments might work in our memory.

Where any (?) changes in time using either vj software automations or a midi controller. Some variables for ´?´: (play 10 photos in chronological order or GPS chronological and jump the start photo date or GPS), (random tweet in random location and scale, after a cycle  select another tweet) or (freeze frame).

Lots of tiny moments occur in micro stop motion clips sequences, maybe gif fashioned, breaking time but ordering GPS arquitectures, some noise surface, however, the haphazardness incessantly work as narrative arcs or mnemonics connecting dots.   

 

I explored some possibilities back and forth the narratives and database(s) at hand, performing with those.  Lev Manovich in “Database as a Genre of New Media” anotate:

¨As a cultural form, database represents the world as a list of items and it refuses to order this list. In contrast, a narrative creates a cause-and-effect trajectory of seemingly unordered items (events). Therefore, database and narrative are natural enemies. Competing for the same territory of human culture, each claims an exclusive right to make meaning out of the world.¨

When systems started to find inspiration in natural models and on top of it offer immediate feedback between database and multiple narratives, new metalanguages are created, in photos for example, the count of likes is as important as the image. Or the event to get the first ´Like´on an instagram photo, the author of the photo and the person who gave a like are connected by a social metalanguage: getting feedback is meaning.  The first screen is the connection to expand every sense and to experience it better, longer and in community. Meaning is being online.