A MATTER OF FEELING –
CURATORIAL STATEMENT.
By ALEX ADRIAANSENS

Meta.Morf 2012 - A Matter of Feeling

A Matter of Feeling. By Alex Adriaansens, director V2_, Rotterdam. Advertising has made us chasing cars and clothes, we have working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised by television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off. Tyler Durden in “The Fight Club” The social welfare state is falling…

Context-sensitive Matter.
By Klaus-Peter Zauner

KLAUS-PETER ZAUNDER / dropDevice

Context-sensitive Matter The quest for life-like artifacts has so far yielded only clumsy results compared to what nature proofs to be feasible. This is readily apparent if one compares the performance of robots with organisms. The discrepancy holds across the scale from meters down to micro-meters and across performance categories from power efficiency to pattern recognition in ambiguous situations. We are at a stage comparable to observing birds from a hot-air balloon: nature demonstrates a radically different solution. Understanding its underlying concept is opens the…

A MATTER OF FEELING.
by RACHEL ARMSTRONG

A Matter of Feeling. Introductional essay for the Meta.Morf 2012 conference. The cosmos is composed of many different species of stardust and despite our advanced, secular knowledge we imagine these primordial substances give rise to a universe, fashioned in our own image. Meta.Morf is a reflection on a new kind image, which is evolving in a diverse set of arts practices at the start of the twenty-first century. Intriguingly, its portrait of our universe is far more autonomous and sensitive than the one that has…

ALTERNATE EMBODIMENTS / PROSTHETIC HEAD.
By STELARC

STELARC / ALTERNATE EMBODIMENTS, PROSTETHIC HEAD

ALTERNATE EMBODIMENTS /  PROSTHETIC HEAD We are living in an age of excess and indifference. Of prosthetic augmentation and extended operational systems. There is now a proliferation of biocompatible components in both substance and scale that allows technology to be attached and implanted into the body. A turbine heart has been engineered that is more robust and reliable than previous artificial hearts. It circulates the blood continuously without pulsing. In the near future you may rest your head on your loved ones chest. He is…

FEELING MATTER: EMPATHY AND AFFINITY IN THE HYLOZOIC SERIES.
By Philip Beesley.

PHILIP BEESLEY / HylozoicSIBYL-3cPBAI

Feeling Matter: Empathy and Affinity in the Hylozoic Series. Our work on the Hylozoic Series of interactive sculptures attempts to offer an anatomy of subtle boundaries that expands the physiology of individual human bodies.  Might it be possible to suspend judgement about what is ‘me’ and what is clearly not?  Rather than weakness, the ambivalence implied by such a suspension might be an enabling quality. The Hylozoic Series attempts to expand the space that lies between clearly defined personal territories, transforming it into a felt…

FICTIONAL INFLUENCES.
By NEIL SPILLER

NEIL SPILLER / shem's_wallpaper1

Fictional Influences. I do not make any distinction between fiction and reality. I do not believe in reality – I see it as a capitalist fabrication as much fiction as any fiction. I am a second order cyberneticist who believes that we “make” our individual, personal worlds by operating and “building” within them. Whatever that “building” is, whether it is a conversation, poetry, prose, the design of objects or buildings. We are changed by conversations and the relationships we make with what we perceive as…

MIND TIME MACHINE AS A LIVING TECHNOLOGY.
By Takashi Ikegami

TAKASHI IKEGAMI

Mind Time Machine as a Living Technology. Any basic science can lead to innovative applications. Artificial life (alife) studies is no exception. The purpose of living technology is to bring to fruition the concepts developed through the study of artificial life, such as self-reproduction, autonomy, enaction, robustness, open-ended evolution, evolvability, and so on, in a real-world context (Ikegami, 2009). By increasing our understanding of how we can connect artificial systems with natural environments, we can further our development of a theoretical framework that situates artificial…

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