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    Emergence and Navigating...
    Develop a generative, emergent process to fill space (2D or 3D) using only black lines. Modify a known process or invent your own. Implement your...
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    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
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    Programming Media : Exercise 1
    Project: Emergence and Navigating Space
    Due 9 January 2008

    1. Find an image at the Space Collective that you find fascinating.
    2. Search for and find an image within the context of the Space Collective that has not been posted.



    This image of a woman's face attached to a mechanical brain struck a chord with me because it is indicative of the direction humans are going in. It is "Vignette #3" for Kungfai Visual. On the image's website ( http://www.kungfai.cn/)  there is a video about it. In the video the beautiful face is clamped and turned by three mechanical grips and then placed on top of a brain-sized machine. The eye opens and tears pour out while the face remains expressionless. Then the face falls off of the machine and the eye and the machine continue to drip tears.

    This represents the loneliness of a world taken over by machines and the impact of technology on human beings. It also shows the absurdity of how far people will go for the sake of beauty. Plastic surgery is becoming more and more commonplace and people are choosing to adapt their natural features to conform or to impress. Humans destroy humans with the help of the machines they created. Also, prosthetics, plastic surgery, and brain chips are slowly turning people into robots. Humans manipulating nature with the use of technology is a growing and controversial field of work.



    The image I decided to add is a photoshopped image of a forest chopped down in the shape of a question mark. It is supposed to represent crop circles and the mystery behind them and about who or what created them. Some people believe aliens made them, some think they are natural, and others think they are created by humans as a hoax. What is the difference? This image also means more than that to me, however. It also represents the confusing mixture of technology with nature in farming and agriculture. It represents deforestation and human self-destruction. Humans burn down natural forests and put toxic chemicals into the air and envirionment.

    I think globalization and its effects on planet earth are very relevant to the Space Collective because earth is the only planet we currently know of with intelligent life. I don't know how intelligent you could really call the humans living on planet earth, but nevertheless, earth is tiny in comparison to the rest of the universe. Some day humans may turn to living on other planets or in outer space if earth gets too polluted or overpopulated.

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    lapisdecor     Tue, Jan 15, 2008  Permanent link
    Some day humans may turn to living on other planets or in outer space if earth gets too polluted or overpopulated.


    are we still nomads? where is our capacity to deal with ourselfs? humanity builds progress from exploitation instead of searching for equilibrium. why?
    alborz     Tue, Jan 15, 2008  Permanent link
    I think we are in equilibrium - it's just that we happen to live on a larger scale than the other animals we know. A society of ants - an anthill - would take over the world if it could. As is, an anthill takes over, consumes and kills everything around it that it can and wants to. We are the same. But we happen to be able to do it to the whole planet. With this stream of logic, I'm inclined to think we're destined to move beyond the planet at some point. In the meantime...

    ...the most important thing to realize is that we're capable of choosing what we want. There isn't anything inherently good or bad about the way we live and interact with our environment - even if we choose to change nothing about it and completely deplete the earth and its resources. We just have to decide if that's what we want to do.
    lapisdecor     Tue, Jan 15, 2008  Permanent link
    al: do ants kill their own specie for territory? even if they do, I refuse to see myself as an ant, since they probably don't have the ability to predict the consequences of their own acts. We are not as ants, we can think a lot more, and bypass instinctive behavior. We think enough to build spaceships, but imagine a planet where ants have your size and bigger brain. Without being xenophobic, i must say i would prefer someone else to meet them.
     
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