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Daniel Cohen (M, 34)
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    In the 1970s space colonies were considered to be a viable alternative to a life restricted to planet Earth. The design of cylindrical space...
    Now playing SpaceCollective
    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    I want this guy to master plan my next community:
    Thu, Jul 26, 2007  Permanent link

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    It was brought to my attention that since my memory machine is very portable I should let others know how they can implement the memory machine in their own personal space.

    Ingredients needed:
    1 Dark Room
    1 Computer with Screen or Projector
    1 download of Processing
    1 chunk of Processing code (reference below)
    1 download of Auditory Stimulation

    Directions:
    Download Processing, input code or open file, open auditory download, start auditory memory stimulation piece, select present on processing and close eyes. Sit back and experience.

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    Details for my book detailing the process of my project:
    -In an accordian style, to be able to open the book from end to end in order to see a complete "timeline" of my entries onto Space Collective. The front side of the book will include the title page, half title page, an explanation page, a page with a key(indicating date, links, video, pictures, text, and quotes), and then all of the entries with pictures on the left page and text on the right page.
    -each spread will be black on the left page and white on the right page
    -Helvetica
    -the reverse side of the accordian will feature black and white spreads with 2 keys words from each entry in the respective spread behind it, and when viewing the spread on the front you will be able to flip the book to the reverse to see the keywords. The keyword's color will be black on white and white on black.


    notes: if the picture is more black put it on the black side, and respectively for the white side. if the picture has a middle tone, then frame it with white or black to define it
    Wed, May 30, 2007  Permanent link

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    I was thinking about my project earlier and I started to remember this story about shadows. How in the past people were forced to sit in chairs and could only see a wall with projected shadows on them and assumed that they were the real things that existed. Of course this is a story from my memory, one that I had to rediscover. Which leads me to realize that my proposal is about the rediscovery of memories. That story is actually part of a book, The Republic by Plato.

    AND now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened: Behold! human beings living in an underground den, which has a mouth open toward the light and reaching all along the den; here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from turning round their heads. Above and behind them a fire is blazing at a distance, and between the fire and the prisoners there is a raised way; and you will see, if you look, a low wall built along the way, like the screen which marionette-players have in front of them, over which they show the puppets.

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    And now look again, and see what will naturally follow if the prisoners are released and disabused of their error. At first, when any of them is liberated and compelled suddenly to stand up and turn his neck round and walk and look toward the light, he will suffer sharp pains; the glare will distress him, and he will be unable to see the realities of which in his former state he had seen the shadows; and then conceive someone saying to him, that what he saw before was an illusion, but that now, when he is approaching nearer to being and his eye is turned toward more real existence, he has a clearer vision—what will be his reply? And you may further imagine that his instructor is pointing to the objects as they pass and requiring him to name them—will he not be perplexed? Will he not fancy that the shadows which he formerly saw are truer than the objects which are now shown to him?


    While I know Plato is talking about the truth of knowledge and not knowing something is akin to being in the "dark", this very much is in my project's thesis.

    My work uses flashes of light projected into the face of a single viewer in a cave environment to both soothe and distress him/her. The viewer is also instructed and expected to view the light with their eyes closed. The light will thus stimulate the viewer to enter a hypnagogic state for a limited time. "During the hypnagogic state, an individual may appear to be fully awake, but has brain waves indicating that the individual is technically sleeping." The viewer will also be stimulated by the edited auditory memory to help coax the mind into imagining or discovering a memory.
    Tue, May 29, 2007  Permanent link
    Categories: Plato, The Republic, memory, knowlege, light
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    How many dimensions are there? Really? Three spatial dimensions commonly known as width, length, and height. Also the fourth, the abstract dimension of time. This our world as we know it, realizing ourselves in a specific place in the universe and time in the universe, that we perceive. We only perceive dimensions with the use of our complex brain. The first three dimensions specifically perceived by our brain aided by our vision. The fourth dimension perceived by the brain aided by our memory.

    The fifth dimension is said to be the alternate realities that split time into different routes. Whether the fifth dimension is the one that really exists or that exists in our head, is to be debated. The fifth dimension also makes me think of the difference between fate and destiny. The other dimensions proposed have many different aspects, most of which we can't physically see or maybe understand right now.
    Tue, May 29, 2007  Permanent link

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    I've realized that I'm obsessed with places and spaces, I know that. I'm very much a visual thinker, interesting enough one of the people I researched was a visual thinker too, Nikola Tesla, not that I'm as brilliant as him. I'm getting off the the point, I'm obsessed with these spaces, especially secret spaces, hidden places, the unknown;Deep sea, mazes, hidden rooms, secret passages, hidden treasure, puzzles, hideouts, space between the walls, the brain. As a kid, there was always a new place to imagine and find in and around my house; the attic, under the sink, in the closet, behind the wall, in the ground, under the deck, the pipes, below the ivy, up the pepper tree, on the hill, on the roof, in the fireplace. Everywhere there was something to be discovered or something to be imagined, like the flow of water from the drain upstairs to the pipes next to the house.

    My project delves into the unknowns of the brain, the secret connections that occur in the brain when consciousness and memory meet. Exploring our secret memories and creating new secret memories through a physical display of the record of oscillations from the world around us.
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    Recently I've been researching a few different things:
    1. Russian Ark
    A pretty amazing movie that follows a narrative in one take. It was filmed 3 times before they got the perfect one take film. This film is like a streaming memory in a way, especially that there are no cuts or angles, it was all done on a steady-cam by one person. In a way it could be said that this is the memory of the camera person, but we don't really know what's going on behind him, which could be pretty interesting to see. This film relates to how consciousness comes into my project. And of course consciousness leads to internal monologue which what we think internally while conscious.

    2. Brainwave Machines
    Another recent discovery of mine, with suggestions from Adam, has been these hypnagogic brain-wave machines that play with your senses to make you feel, see, and in my case remember different things.
    Vivid and dream-like, hypnagogic experiences occur as one is falling asleep or waking up—within the penumbra between sleep and waking or vice versa.

    Here's an example of Brion Gysin's Dreammachine, which is somthing I got inspiration from to use in my project. To use it, you close your eyes and images are formed in your mind through the light flashing thorough the holes at a certain rate 78RPMs which is a frequency at 8-13 pulses per second.

    3. Binaural Beats
    Very much like white noise, it's soothing and sometimes jolting sounds that are formed from two differing frequencies and it can produce relaxation through the entrainment of brainwaves.
    Mon, May 21, 2007  Permanent link

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    In my research and my personal life I try to explore what I don't know. In my research I've found very interesting things, but overall I've realized there is a lot that we don't know. Humans have an advantage to imagine and dream. We talk about our philosophy and ideas and my philosophy is that there is something after our lives that exists. There are memories that exist, we have memories in our minds, but also I think there is a larger space that holds these memories, a space around us. Even if it is not a physical thing, there is much about the world that we still don't know about, but one thing is for sure the mind and matter are very different.

    My proposal is very much for entertainment, but it also deals with preserving our history. To leave our mark for historical purposes and for puposes to preserve our soul.
    The history of people on the scale of individuals.


    People will be able to view lives of other people, view their lives, edit their lives, produce their lives in a way that can be preserved for others in the future to observe. The first process of accomplishing this will include recording the first hand nature including sight, sounds, temperature, brain activity, and location. The next process would be editing the "senses" to how you wanted to show your experiences or leaving them unedited. The experiences can be as edited to be as specific as October 7, 2020 or good times playing with my dog to being in the city of Prague. The last process would be presenting the information, which I imagine presented in a large place that has an enclosed view into outerspace, you can only see space until your individual memory experience starts playing. I would present on a free-space display so that would be no immediate walls or edges to focus on and to make the memory seem more virtual, cutting away the physical sense of the environment. The environment gives the viewer an apparent telepresence.
    "Telepresence refers to a set of technologies which allow a person to feel as if they were present, to give the appearance that they were present, or to have an effect, at a location other than their true location."



    Mon, May 7, 2007  Permanent link

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    World's cities step up pace of life in fast lane
    A study of cities across the world shows pedestrians are upping their pace at an alarming rate as they scurry from place to place, determined to cram as much as possible into each day.

    Scientists say it is symptomatic of a modern life driven by e-mail, text messages and a need to be available 24 hours a day. The most dramatic increases were found in Asia among the fast-growing "tiger" economies.

    Pedestrians in Singapore were crowned the world's fastest movers, walking 30 percent faster than they did in the early 1990s, and in China, the pace of life in Guangzhou has increased by more than 20 percent.

    Copenhagen and Madrid were the fastest European cities, beating Paris and London. And despite its reputation as "the city that never sleeps," New York ranked only eighth in the pace race, behind Dublin and Berlin.

    Richard Wiseman, a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire who helped conduct the research, used a 1994 study of pedestrians' speed as a comparison and found that on average city dwellers now move 10 percent faster.

    "The pace of life in our major cities is now much quicker than before," he said. "This increase in speed will affect more people than ever, because for the first time in history the majority of the world's population are now living in urban centers." Wiseman is worried by the rising need for speed. "We just have this feeling that we should be producing and active all of the time," he said. "That is fuelled by the email, text, mobile phone culture."

    "But there has to be an upper limit, because if this trend continues, we will be arriving places before we have set off."

    The study was carried out with the help of the British Council, which promotes British cultural links with countries around the world.Researchers in each city found a busy street with a wide, flat pavement, free from obstacles and sufficiently uncrowded to allow people to walk at their maximum speed. They then timed how long it took 35 people to walk 60 feet.

    They only monitored adults on their own, and ignored anyone on a mobile phone conversation or struggling with shopping bags. The times, in seconds, recorded in 32 cities across the world are listed below:

    1) Singapore (Singapore): 10.55
    2) Copenhagen (Denmark): 10.82
    3) Madrid (Spain): 10.89
    4) Guangzhou (China): 10.94
    5) Dublin (Ireland): 11.03
    6) Curitiba (Brazil): 11.13
    7) Berlin (Germany): 11.16
    8) New York (United States of America): 12.00
    9) Utrecht (Netherlands): 12.04
    10) Vienna (Austria): 12.06
    Wed, May 2, 2007  Permanent link

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    I was just thinking of places and our feelings and memories that are conjured up when we go to those places. In a airplane I feel a little anxious in the beginning, but then above the cities and clouds I get very reflective. Reflecting on the life that exists below on the surface. Actually I think anytime you are overlooking a city you get a reflective feeling, you see it as a whole. When I go to my parent's house I feel like I'm a teenager again, I remember family dinners, I feel really safe. When I go to the library I feel very smart, wanting to further research something. The library feels like a vestigial place of learning, a place that was at it's peak in Victorian times until film came along, then television and the internet.

    Linking feelings and memories to places, things, and abstract ideas is what I'm going to do for my project. Making an environment to enter where the senses are aroused to conjure these memories and in a sense step into the moment.
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