Posts Tagged ‘culture’

My Life in Art: How Jean-Michel Basquiat Taught Me to Forget About Technique

2009-02-12

Re–blog from the Guardian.

A personally written introduction to Jean–Michel Basquiat’s life and art by Will Gompertz. As mentioned earlier Basquiat’s has had a big impact in my life. For us art interested DIY-kids of Generation Y he surly is the Master.

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Welcome to the Everything Emulator

2009-02-12

Re–blog from the Guardian.

I’ve posted about digital preservation earlier. In this article Bobbie Johnson mention two projects, one American and one European. I wish them all the luck creating the simulator of simulators and promise to keep you updated on the projects.

Smoke Screens

2009-02-12

Re–blog from AIGA.

It’s a good article with some interesting thoughts. But I advise everyone, including Angela Riechers, that feel anxiety about how technology is changing our perception and way of living to read up on the worlds leading urban theorist Manuel Castells’ research. Most of us aren’t using technology the way Angela thinks — or even worse, do her self.

Video Games are Good for Children – EU Report

2009-02-12

Re–blog from the Guardian.

Finally some scientific proof of what my intuition told me all along. Most people in my generation – born in the 80’s – has grown up playing video and computer games, and most of us turned out all right. As a matter of fact I think it did us good, or as the paper has it:

Video games can stimulate learning of facts and skills such as strategic thinking, creativity, cooperation and innovative thinking, which are important skills in the information society.

The Primitive Appeal of The Color Red

2009-02-12

Re–blog from the Situationist.

There is more to Valentines Day then finding the right gift. To dress proper is of equal importance, at least if you want to please your desire…

Why Television Still Shines in a World of Screens

2009-02-08

Re–blog from NY Times.

Randall Stross finds his idea that people prefer screen–based media over print–based media because it’s passive speculative. It’s not the first time I’ve heard that one, so in my world it’s more kind of the old, classic argument. And frankly I’ve never read one scientific paper that backs it up. So here’s a more speculative hypothesis for you.

People prefer screen–based media over print–based media because it’s more active. But how could that be? One must realize that human beings are embodied. And we have the ability to understand that others feel, think and act and why they do it. This is in large part what defines us. And of course our ability to do this increases with animation.

These are well known facts in the scientific community and it has tons of research to back it up. The Theory of Mind plays a large role in developmental psychology and theories of embodiment has been around since the 1940’s. It’s a shame that authorities like Mr. Stross isn’t aware of this.

It would make me happy and the world a better place if the type of pseudo–scientific fact like reading being more active then watching would stop flourish in the popular media. And hopefully the acknowledgment of Theory of Mind and embodiment can help the print–based media companies to come up with more productive solutions to their problems then the ones now being implemented.

You find more information about the Theory of Mind on Wikipedia and these two videos with well known American philosopher Hubert Dreyfus is a good introduction to embodiment.

Limit the Damage – Dump the Olympics

2009-02-07

Re–blog from the ArtsJournal Blog Plain English.

Paul Levy on the economical side effects for art and culture when London is hosting the Olympic Games in 2012. Not a big surprise but still sad to read.