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Published on March 24, 2009

Author: jb.labrune

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Presentation for MIT Media Lab conference on 'Metaphors we design by' with Amit Zoran and Susanne Seitinger.

http://conference.media.mit.edu/
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Dream Machines Technological Imaginary and Visual Representation Jb Labrune - MIT Media Lab Conference, March 23rd, 2009, Cambridge, MA.

Technological Imaginary and Visual Representation

Jb Labrune - MIT Media Lab Conference, March 23rd, 2009, Cambridge, MA.

Visual Representations & Technology Visual Representation is a necessary reduction Its constraints invite authors to make choice and to reduce the complexity of the ideas and structures they want to manifest Visual Representation is a lie , since it masks and destroy what is not evident or visible Metaphor (transport, coherence, correspondence) vs Aletheia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aletheia ) Epistemological critique of visual representations: risk of pseudo-scientific drift when social scientist or artist relay on technological and scientific visual imaginary ( Fashionable NonSense )

Visual Representation is a necessary reduction

Its constraints invite authors to make choice and to reduce the complexity of the ideas and structures they want to manifest

Visual Representation is a lie , since it masks and destroy what is not evident or visible

Metaphor (transport, coherence, correspondence) vs Aletheia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aletheia )

Epistemological critique of visual representations: risk of pseudo-scientific drift when social scientist or artist relay on technological and scientific visual imaginary ( Fashionable NonSense )

Wood Paintings (1 bc)

Illuminations (1500) Almagestum Esoteric/Exoteric Representations

Media Lab (1515)

UTOPIA Thomas More, 1534 Vision of an ‘Ideal City’ (Pierro della Francesca)

Thomas More, 1534

Vision of an ‘Ideal City’ (Pierro della Francesca)

Uchronia, (1876) Charles Renouvier Apocryph History vs Religion

Charles Renouvier

Apocryph History vs Religion

Fragments of Future History, (1896) Gabriel Tarde, Underground Man , written from 1879 to 1884 but published in 1896 with a Postface in french from H.G. Wells (1905). Published in a Sociological Journal. Considered as a precursor of modern SF. http://classiques.uqac.ca/classiques/tarde_gabriel/fragment_histoire_future/fragment.html Criminologist precursor of Modern Sociology Critiqued in France to be a rip-off of Cournot (François Vatin - Thanks Manuel for the reference) Tarde, Cournot and the End of Times ( http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=1551067 ) This paper proposes a new interpretation of Gabriel Tarde's science fiction novel published in 1896 and titled A Fragment of Future History' (English translation published in 1905 as Underground Man). Influenced by the philosopher Augustin Cournot, Tarde imagined a world where the extinction of the sun forced a realization that time is finite. This realization of the possibility of collective death evoked in Tarde's novel may have influenced the emergence of sociology at the end of the nineteenth century

Gabriel Tarde, Underground Man , written from 1879 to 1884 but published in 1896 with a Postface in french from H.G. Wells (1905). Published in a Sociological Journal. Considered as a precursor of modern SF. http://classiques.uqac.ca/classiques/tarde_gabriel/fragment_histoire_future/fragment.html

Criminologist precursor of Modern Sociology

Critiqued in France to be a rip-off of Cournot (François Vatin - Thanks Manuel for the reference) Tarde, Cournot and the End of Times ( http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=1551067 ) This paper proposes a new interpretation of Gabriel Tarde's science fiction novel published in 1896 and titled A Fragment of Future History' (English translation published in 1905 as Underground Man). Influenced by the philosopher Augustin Cournot, Tarde imagined a world where the extinction of the sun forced a realization that time is finite. This realization of the possibility of collective death evoked in Tarde's novel may have influenced the emergence of sociology at the end of the nineteenth century

Anticipation

Translation Nadar, 1876

Nadar, 1876

Voyages Imaginaires H.G Wells Jules Verne Georges Melies

SCIENTIFIC Romance

Illustrations Vannevar Bush, 1945

Vannevar Bush, 1945

Popular MECHANIcs

Imaginary Lacan, 1944

Lacan, 1944

Fashionable NonSense, 1997-8 Sokal and Bricmont intellectual impostures and postmodernism critique For ex, critique of Lacan, Deleuze, Latour usage of scientific concepts Fashionable Nonsense examines two related topics: the allegedly incompetent and pretentious usage of scientific concepts by a small group of influential philosophers and intellectuals the problems of cognitive relativism, the idea that "modern science is nothing more than a 'myth', a 'narration' or a 'social construction' among many others as seen in the Strong Programme in the sociology of science. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strong_Programme

Sokal and Bricmont intellectual impostures and postmodernism critique

For ex, critique of Lacan, Deleuze, Latour usage of scientific concepts

Fashionable Nonsense examines two related topics:

the allegedly incompetent and pretentious usage of scientific concepts by a small group of influential philosophers and intellectuals

the problems of cognitive relativism, the idea that "modern science is nothing more than a 'myth', a 'narration' or a 'social construction' among many others as seen in the Strong Programme in the sociology of science.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strong_Programme

Everything Digital Ted Nelson, 1974 You can and MUST understand computers NOW

Ted Nelson, 1974

You can and MUST understand computers NOW

Uchronia to Althistory

NeoSurrealism

NeoFiction - UbiFiction NON Fiction - Realisation | Realization SEMI Fiction - Transition | Hybridization SCIENCE Fiction - Exploration | Revolution DESIGN Fiction - Aesthetics | Information SOCIAL Fiction - Reflection | Influence POLITICAL Fiction - Rethorics | Control (Power) META Fiction - Transport, Translation | Revelation/Reception/Unveiling

NON Fiction - Realisation | Realization

SEMI Fiction - Transition | Hybridization

SCIENCE Fiction - Exploration | Revolution

DESIGN Fiction - Aesthetics | Information

SOCIAL Fiction - Reflection | Influence

POLITICAL Fiction - Rethorics | Control (Power)

META Fiction - Transport, Translation | Revelation/Reception/Unveiling

 

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