Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Assignment 8: The New Museum + Class Demos

Carsten Holler:

  • It is stated that in recent years, art museums have been trying to place more emphasis on the concept of "visitor experiences".
  • said experiences are just that; something that the museum goer experiences with multiple senses, as opposed to just observing something
  • Holler - began professional life a scientist.
  • confusion machines - his works are set out to induce a sort of madness. its rather interesting to think of the art itself residing not in the piece, but in the person's reaction.
  • "I hope everyone will be ok" - best quote pertaining to an exhibit. ever.
  • German-born
  • doctorate in agricultural science
  • began to make art in the 1980's
  • known for creating situations which challenge familiar perceptions throughout his work
  • frankly, the more i read about this exhibit, the more i can't wait to visit.

Lali (Spartacus) Chetwynd:

  • a "proudly unprofessional" performance art piece.
  • supposed to be a fun piece, inspiring laughter through awkward situations.
  • british performance artist
  • changed her first name to spartacus in 2006.
  • known for recreating iconic moments within her work.
  • in her work, she utilizes amateur actors, handmade costumes, sets, drawing on plenty of influences including film, history, etc.

Face Recognition:

  • SceneTap - new app that uses facial recognition technology to cater to certain demographics.
  • While the app doesnt gather personal data, the technology does in fact allow for it.
  • The good: personal catering to people's commercial needs
  • Bad: lack of privacy, at least in the sense that commercial parties have that much more information about you.

Filter Bubbles:

  • Internet activist eli pariser suggests that there is something called the filter bubble.
  • Depending on your on-line habits, websites, search engines, and other providers of information employ algorithms which slowly end up showing the user only what they think is best catered to said user.
  • the problem in this lies in the fact that this essentially coddles the user in such a way that it doesnt provide any sort of controversial material which might in turn trigger thought, as opposed to simply reaffirming one's views all of the time
  • Solution: find a new way to present things that aren't within what would be considered one's filter-bubbled preferences.

Duck Duck Go:

  • Meant to serve as a search engine which would serve as a solution to the the above filter bubble, since it collects no data based off of searches, and therefore has no way to make recommendations or block certain results out.
  • Matt Cutts of Google however, points out that the data-collecting feature can easily be turned off or worked around, and maintains his position that the personalization is not malicious in nature.

  • Hunch is refered to as a "decision making engine".
  • This means, that it helps the user to make decisions based on decision trees, based on the what the user's interests seem to relate to.
  • Whats good about this, is that every pre-existing answer within the database of possible answers that could be given is a user-generated response.
  • In other words, instead of some algorithm trying to tell you what you should and shouldnt be looking at, the decisions are based on answers made by other people, often with similar interests.

Panoramic Iphone Camera:

  • I thought that this gadget was particularly interesting because of the way it worked.
  • Sure, the whole idea panoramic footage on your phone is neat, but i was personally more impressed with the clever way in which they achieved it: The gadget seems to be some sort of mirror that distorts what the camera sees into a circular image. Then, using a separate app, it parses this image accordingly, and allows the viewer to glide through it ant any angle.

Panoramic Helicopter Camera:

  • on top of what is mentioned just above, I thought that this was particularly interesting because of its potential immersive qualities, where it has a different effect on the viewer than any normal bird's-eye-view angle does.
  • Not only does it allow for interactivity, but by doing so, it creates a sense of being somewhat surrounded by what is being looked at.

Brainwave Headset:

  • I remember one thing that initially came to mind after watching the sort of learning curve that would come with properly training oneself to consistently think the same thoughts. -I for one, don't consciously tend to think about when or how i'm thinking, i guess i just sort of... think. Having to think certain things on command and being able to perfectly replicate them in order to carry out the same function definitely seems like it's take some getting used to.

Brain-powered siri:

  • again, most of what I'd just stated above still stands here, but I guess this gets me thinking more about the fact that brainwave-commanded technology is on its way.
  • If they've made it already, they'll probably make it smaller. When they do, everyone will have one. How will this change the way that we interact?

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