Speed_Being_Void

Wunderkammers — Cabinets of Wonder

Monica Huang
Dec 4, 2018 · 8 min read

To think about

estrangement/ speculation/strangeness/future/future cosmology/modern cosmology/present day beliefs, norms,values/human/media/provocation

Workshop

To think about

  • How body evolves for children and elderly?

Currently

children — look up to fashion advertisement and aspire to be them.

Elderly — feel self concious about their body forms. prioritize their health.

Future

children &elderly — prioritize feeling good. there are no standard.

  • Other than body states, what are people’s mental states?

People’s goal is to reach enlightment — body and mind as one.

  • What is the concept of life?

life is to share and glow

  • What am I critiquing about of our current social reality?

People aspire to become the standard that celebrities and industries create.

People are constantly distracted with others behaviors

  • What about gender & sexuality in this world?
  • what is the role of sound and music?

rebellious voice of public.

materials existed in the current time.

encourage other to express their energy.

find commonality between people.

keep things going.

  • How to express soical critique through sounds?

anger, happiness, sadness,

lightness, heavy, continuous, up beat

  • Noise, sounds, muics, language, stories

Discussion

Buddhism —

emptiness and void

enlightement

awareness, conscious, reflective own action and behavior

budh- means “to awaken,”

the “blowing out” (Nirvana) of disturbing emotions and desires

the subsequent freedom or release

While they meditate, they concentrate very hard and clear their minds of all thoughts.

antidote to ignorance and suffering.

what do I want to critique

cognitive estrangement

get people reflect in a weird experience

weak signals:

multitasking, distraction —

infromation overload. designed distraction (system).

tragedy of the commons —

moder technology — everyone wants your attention,

attention economy. attention=profit

pre-modern religion and culture — discipline, engage— focus on how and where human has attention on.

budhism/ hinduism — grounded in the moment

yoga, meditation, zen, garden — make time to reflect, slowing down, focusing the attention, understanding, enlightment

slowing down (eastern?) vs speeding up time (modernity)

Philosopher_Paul Rilio — talk about speed

Stuart Brand — talk about pace

create new normal

problem — speed

world — techno, awareness and body are immersed in the music

carefully designed experience

take you outside of yourself (awareness)and time

ex)cinema

Rasa Theory

— awareness flowing

— traditional south north Indian classical music.

drug

— temporary focus, not distracted

technology — speed up transformation

mass vs individual ritual

buhdism hindusim

— individual thing

ex) techno

— mass public ritual

energy and emotion replace time

— rave — music, then personal effect

ex) working out

emotional and pain investment

libidimal investment — emotional investement

  1. act of running
  2. emtying, allowing awereness to be fill by netflix

music/screen — move your awareness from pain

limit experience — pleasure and pain exist same time

ex)working listenign to music

— music limit distraction

— writing foreground, and music background (Marshall Mchluen)

— people thing

— environment, people feed each other energy

— human is emptied out and fill with the music, awareness flow

— machine and music — fast

people — force to be at the moment to enjoy —

fast but has the function of meditatioon.

Collective Emptying Experiences

— awareness flowing

ex)headspace, mindfulness room

ritual design?

Prompt

how do I show the world building?

Context — understand the problem, what i want you to reflect on, its a comment on this in today’s society

get them to question

how do you set up the world?

how well have to done the take away bit? (ppl need to take away something, reflect)

whats the goal for ppl to reflect?

Summary

Research

“Virilio quotes Michelangelo: “They paint in Flanders to fool our external vision… the beguilements of the world have robbed me of the time accorded me to worship God””

Aesthetics of disappearing changes time into sequential and information blurs. It often happens that we are absent-mindedly “staring” into space. We call it blank moments or momentary escape of mind from the current “reality”.”

““put together so that the world could be grasped, imagined, understood again the consciousness could become consciousness of itself again” is the subject of formation into technical images. “The world in which they find themselves can no longer be counted and explained: it has disintegrated into particles-photons, quanta, electromagnetic particles. It has become intangible, inconceivable, incomprehensible, a mass that can be calculated. Even their own consciousness, their thoughts, desires, and values, have disintegrated into particles, into bits of information, a mass that can be calculated” [5]. And this is what technical images are used for — putting reality together again. Our new arrangement of the world, new after the end of the age of linear writing, depends on two things — on apparatuses and on their programmes.”

Vilém Flusser

— technical images become a dominant cognitive metaphor of the contemporary society

Paul Virilio

impact of speed on the contemporary world

— “unconscious dissappearing of objects from our field of perception”

Rainer Maria Rilke

what happens is so far ahead of what we think, of our intentions, that we can never catch up with it and never really know its true appearance”. Thus the speed becomes the core of aesthetics of disappearing.

René Magritte

(page 77) https://books.google.com/books?id=g-DcY8_ZcrQC&pg=PA76&lpg=PA76&dq=They+paint+in+Flanders+to+fool+our+external+vision…+the+beguilements+of+the+world+have+robbed+me+of+the+time+afforded+me+to+worship+God&source=bl&ots=MO_QjwSLDs&sig=d-XcZ4fugYhOkbBC3wEISTPXFbE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi7zNvx4pPfAhUJm1kKHf27BQ8Q6AEwAHoECAQQAQ#v=onepage&q=They%20paint%20in%20Flanders%20to%20fool%20our%20external%20vision%E2%80%A6%20the%20beguilements%20of%20the%20world%20have%20robbed%20me%20of%20the%20time%20afforded%20me%20to%20worship%20God&f=false

“not bizarre but ordinary things are gathered and transformed in such a way that we’re made to think that there’s something else of an unfamiliar nature that appears at the same time as familiar things”

To think about

World building / today’s society / question / bring ppl into it / take away / future cosmology

Weak signals: Information overload, attention economy, design distraction system

Medium:

How to experience speed through visual?

emptiness, void, unconscious disappearing of objects, perception, speed, awareness flow

take you outside of your awareness and time

energy and emotion replace time

Research

things are so normal that we dont look at them,

“only dominant cultures that exile us from ourselves and others, a loss of meaning which is for us not only siesta of consciousness but also a decline in existence”

familiar things that are gathered and transformed

there’s something else of an unfamiliar nature that appears at the same time as familiar things.

“…”Nature” is not to be understood as that which is just present-at-hand, nor as the power of Nature. The wood is a forest of timber, the mountain a quarry of rock; the river is water-power, the wind is wind ‘in the sails’. As the ‘environment’ is discovered, the ‘Nature’ thus discovered is encountered too. If its kind of Being as ready-to-hand is disregarded, this ‘Nature’ itself can be discovered and defined simply in its pure presence-at-hand. But when this happens, the Nature which ‘stirs and strives’, which assails us and enthralls us as landscape, remains hidden. The botanist’s plants are not the flowers of the hedgerow; the ‘source’ which the geographer establishes for a river is not the ‘springhead in the dale’.”

Martin Heidegger, Being and Time

“but then we noticed that it worked a lot better if you stared right at the damn thing”)

Equipment in action operates in an inconspicuous usefulness, doing its work without our noticing it. When the tool fails, its unobtrusive quality is ruined. There occurs a jarring of reference, so that the tool becomes visible as what it is:” — Graham Harman

tool in action, tool in disrepair

Finalize content

ontology (“study of being”) combines onto- (Gr. ὄν, on,[2] gen. ὄντος, ontos, “being; that which is”) and -logia (Gr. -λογία, “logical discourse”)

1 Speed: Quickness in moving or making progress from one place to another, usually as the result of special exertion; celerity, swiftness; also, power or rate of progress.

2 Being:To have place in the objective universe or realm of fact, to exist; to exist independently of other beings.

3 Void:To clear of occupants; to empty or clear of something.

- Oxford English Dictionary

1 Speed

“The reconciliation of nothing and reality and the suspension of time and space by high velocities replace the exoticism of journeys with a vast expanse of emptiness.”

Paul Virilio

“what happens is so far ahead of what we think, of our intentions, that we can never catch up with it and never really know its true appearance”. Thus the speed becomes the core of

aesthetics of disappearing.

-Rainer Maria Rilke

2 Being

“they are always familiar things, not bizarre but

ordinary things

are gathered and transformed in such a way that we’re made to think that there’s something else of an unfamiliar nature that appears at the same time as familiar things.”- Rene Magritte

3 Void

“To look at what you wouldn’t look at, to hear what you wouldn’t listen to, to be attentive to the banal, to the ordinary, to the infra-ordinary. To deny the ideal hierarchy of the crucial and the incidental, because there is no incidental, only dominant cultures that exile us from ourselves and others, a loss of meaning which is for us not only

siesta of consciousness

but also

a decline in existence”

- Paul Virilio , (The aesthetics of Disappearance (book))

tool in action, tool in disrepair

Equipment in action operates in an inconspicuous usefulness, doing its work without our noticing it. When the tool fails, its unobtrusive quality is ruined. There occurs a jarring of reference, so that the tool becomes visible as what it is:” — Graham Harman, Heidegger explained (book)

changing time into sequential and information blurs

happens that we are absent-mindedly “staring” into space. — Thomas Hauer, Speed and Slowness

Final Project (Zine)

Information technology speeds up the way people live and think. In order to attract people’s attention within the excessive informations presented, attention economy is formed. Essentially, media practitioners compete for the attention of otherwise fulfilled audiences.

Living in a designed distraction system, people are hindered to be at one moment at a time. In effect, opportunities to experience transporting awareness and time becomes valuable.

When do you experience time replaced by energy and emotions? How does your value influence your perception of the world? What does it mean to state in a void mind?

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