Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Retrospective Apocalyptic Visions


From cyborgs to Nazis, Zizek theorizes the threat of a digital revolution in humanity based on nano-technology, bio-engineering and computer intelligence. Zizek discusses the eminent integration of digital media with human biology. Even at this point, it is believed that there are more interactions between computers, than there is between man and computer. This suggests that the digital language between computers has its own interactions and may form its own agenda, and manipulate us.

Compare this with Pollen's thesis about corn or potatoes. Who is manipulating who? Have we already reached the point where machines are manipulating us with perfect, intuitive design? For the Digital Transcendentalist, this is just more justification that we already occupy a meta-reality, far from what history has defined humanity to be.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

New Website for Timothy Saccenti

The new timothysaccenti.com is a collaborative visual experience involving the mind-melting photography and motion work of Timothy Saccenti, along with the brilliant, meta-conceptual design and interface of Build, one of the more progressive and stunning design studios around. It's a trip. Here are some of my personal favorites, old and new:

... and of course

... truly the palette for idea's beyond words. Digital Transcendentalism at its finest.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Psychedelic-Influenced Astrophysics

Courtesy of Space Collective:


OK TO GO from universe on Vimeo.

This is a montage put together by Claire Evans of YACHT. It is an exploration of hyperspace in films.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Nobody Beats the Drum

Rogier van der Zwaag's video for Grindin', by Nobody Beats the Drum:

Really makes a statement about the meaning of 'digital art.' Brilliant

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

'Blind Side of a Secret'

Blind Side Of A Secret, 2007 from Yoshi Sodeoka on Vimeo.

[W]hen Daniel Dennett, for example, advocates a shift from Cartesian notion of the Self as the central controlling agency of psychic life to a notion of the auto-poetic interaction of competing multiple agents, does this not echo the shift from central bureaucratic control and planning to the network model? It is thus not only that our brain is socialized –- society itself is also naturalized in the brain, which is why Malabou is right in emphasizing the need to adress the key question: "What is to be done to avoid the consciousness of the brain coinciding directly and simply with the spirit of capitalism?"

Savoj Zizek, First as Tragedy, then as Farce

As Zizek reiterates, consciousness is an illusion created by a socialized system. In the era of digital capitalism, decentralized bureaucracy really begins to resemble a socialized financial system -- modern day capitalism as an illusion for a latent socialized force.

Nice Nice - Everything Falling Apart from Yoshi Sodeoka on Vimeo.

It just really seems - could it be? - that this is, appears to be, a good thing?

Yoshi Sodeoka is a New York based artist, designer and musician who has been producing both art and commercial projects since the early 1990s.