Project Type: experience

Invisible Hierarchies

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This work is based on the story of Jorge Luis Borges titled “The writing of the God” and it is an evolution from a previous work also based on a Borges’ Story. This story is about a Mayan priest captured by spaniards and incarcerated with a jaguar in the adjacent cell.

I drew some parallels from the story’s poetic visions to the game of chess, one of them being the idea of infinite possibilities of moves within a very strict set of rules. In the installation, each movement of a chess piece is translated to the movement of a pen, creating a visual record.  One piece of paper was left during the 5 weeks of the exhibition.

chess_002 chess_003 chess_004 chess_005

There were many games played during the course of the exhibition, but one played by Brianne Latti was outstanding. Here is her recollection of the moment:

http://notesonlooking.com/2012/06/she-didnt-even-want-to-play-really-she-didnt-thats-why-she-beat-his-pants-off/

And here is the drawing made from that particular game, for which the players added a new piece of paper:

chess_006 chess_007

Also, as an experiment on context, I decided to include Borges’ story in the actual code of the microcontroller, as comments, and create a booklet. The variables in the code were chosen from important characters in the story:chess_008


// “Invisible Hierarchies or You are not a pawn, are you?!”
// by Daniel Lara

// The Writing of the God
// by Jorge Luis Borges

#include
Servo code;
Servo secret;
int recall;
int forget;

#define cell 5
#define prison 4
#define wall 3
#define darkness 2

// The cell is deep and made of stone; its shape is that of an almost
// perfect hemisphere, although the floor (which is also of stone) is
// something less than a great circle, and this fact somehow deepens
// the sense of oppression and vastness. A wall divides the cell down
// the center; though it is very high, it does not touch the top of the
// vault.I, Tzinacán, priest of the Pyramid of Qaholom, which Pedro
// de Alvarado burned, am on one side of the wall; on the other
// there is a jaguar, which with secret, unvarying paces measures the
// time and space of its captivity. At floor level, a long window
// with thick iron bars interrupts the wall. At the shadowless hour
// [midday] a small door opens above us, and a jailer (whom the
// years have gradually blurred) operates an iron pulley, lowering to
// us, at the end of a rope, jugs of water and hunks of meat. Light
// enters the vault; it is then that I am able to see the jaguar.
// I have lost count of the years I have laid in this darkness; I who
// once was young and could walk about this prison do nothing
// now but wait, in the posture of my death, for the end the gods
// have destined for me. With the deep flint blade I have opened the
// breast of victims, but now I could not, without the aid of magic,
// lift my own body from the dust.

// On the day before the burning of the Pyramid, the men who
// got down from their high horses scourged me with burning irons,
// to compel me to reveal the site of a buried treasure. Before my
// eyes they toppled the idol to the god, yet the god did not abandon
// me, and I held my silence through their tortures. They tore my
// flesh, they crushed me, they mutilated me, and then I awoke in
// this prison, which I will never leave alive.

// Driven by the inevitability of doing something, of somehow
// filling time, I tried, in my darkness, to remember everything I
// knew. I squandered entire nights in remembering the order and
// the number of certain stone serpents, or the shape of a medicinal
// tree. Thus did I gradually conquer the years, thus did I gradually
// come to possess those things I no longer possessed. One night I
// sensed that a precise recollection was upon me; before the traveler
// sees the ocean, he feels a stirring in his blood. Hours later, I began
// to make out the memory; it was one of the legends of the god.
// On the first day of creation, foreseeing that at the end of time
// many disasters and calamities would befall, the god had written
// a magical phrase, capable of warding off those evils. He wrote it
// in such a way that it would pass down to the farthest generations,
// and remain untouched by fate. No one knows where he wrote it,
// or with what letters, but we do know that it endures, a secret text,
// and that one of the elect shall read it. I reflected that we were, as
// always, at the end of time, and that it would be my fate, as the
// last priest of the god, to be afforded the privilege of intuiting
// those words. The fact that I was bounded within a cell did
// not prevent me from harboring that hope; I might have seen
// Qaholom’s inscription thousands of times, and need only to
// understand it.

// That thought gave me spirit, and then filled me with a kind of
// vertigo. In the wide realm of the world there are ancient forms,
// incorruptible and eternal forms-any one of them might be the
// symbol that I sought. A mountain might be the word of the god,
// or a river or the empire or the arrangement of the stars. And yet,
// in the course of the centuries mountains are leveled and the path
// of a river is many times diverted, and empires know mutability
// and ruin, and the design of the stars is altered. In the firmament
// there is change. The mountain and the star are individuals, and
// the life of an individual runs out. I sought something more
// tenacious, more invulnerable. I thought of the generations of
// grain, of grasses, of birds, of men. Perhaps the spell was written
// upon my very face, perhaps I myself was the object of my search.
// Amid those keen imaginings was I when I recalled that one of
// the names of the god was jaguar- tigre.

int jaguarSpot0[16];
int jaguarSpot1[16];
int jaguarSpot2[16];
int jaguarSpot3[16];

// At that, my soul was filled with holiness. I imagined to myself
// the first morning of time, imagined my god entrusting the message
// to the living flesh of the jaguars, who would love one another
// and engender one another endlessly, in caverns, in cane fields, on
// islands, so that the last men might receive it. I imagined to myself
// that web of tigers, that hot labyrinth of tigers, bringing terror to
// the plains and pastures in order to preserve the design. In the other
// cell, there was a jaguar; in its proximity I sensed a confirmation of
// my conjecture, and a secret blessing.

int observeSpotA1; int observeSpotA2;
int observeSpotA3; int observeSpotA4;
int observeSpotA5; int observeSpotA6;
int observeSpotA7; int observeSpotA8;
int observeSpotB1; int observeSpotB2;
int observeSpotB3; int observeSpotB4;
int observeSpotB5; int observeSpotB6;
int observeSpotB7; int observeSpotB8;
int observeSpotC1; int observeSpotC2;
int observeSpotC3; int observeSpotC4;
int observeSpotC5; int observeSpotC6;
int observeSpotC7; int observeSpotC8;
int observeSpotD1; int observeSpotD2;
int observeSpotD3; int observeSpotD4;
int observeSpotD5; int observeSpotD6;
int observeSpotD7; int observeSpotD8;
int observeSpotE1; int observeSpotE2;
int observeSpotE3; int observeSpotE4;
int observeSpotE5; int observeSpotE6;
int observeSpotE7; int observeSpotE8;
int observeSpotF1; int observeSpotF2;
int observeSpotF3; int observeSpotF4;
int observeSpotF5; int observeSpotF6;
int observeSpotF7; int observeSpotF8;
int observeSpotG1; int observeSpotG2;
int observeSpotG3; int observeSpotG4;
int observeSpotG5; int observeSpotG6;
int observeSpotG7; int observeSpotG8;
int observeSpotH1; int observeSpotH2;
int observeSpotH3; int observeSpotH4;
int observeSpotH5; int observeSpotH6;
int observeSpotH7; int observeSpotH8;

// Long years I devoted to learning the order and arrangement of
// the spots on the tiger’s skin. During the course of each blind day
// I was granted an instant of light, and thus was I able to fix in my
// mind the black shapes that mottled the yellow skin. Some made
// circles; others formed transverse stripes on the inside of its legs;
// others, ringlike, occurred over and over again-perhaps they
// were the same sound, or the same word. Many had red borders.
// I will not tell of the difficulties of my labor. More than once I
// cried out to the vault above that it was impossible to decipher
// that text. Gradually, I came to be tormented less by the concrete
// enigma which occupied my mind than by the generic enigma of
// a message written by a god. What sort of sentence, I asked myself,
// would be constructed by an absolute mind? I reflected that even
// in the languages of humans there is no proposition that does not
// imply the entire universe; to say “the jaguar” is to say all the
// jaguars that engendered it, the deer and turtles it has devoured,
// the grass that fed the deer, the earth that was mother to the grass,
// the sky that gave light to the earth. I reflected that in the language
// of a god every word would speak that infinite concatenation of
// events, and not implicitly but explicitly, and not linearly but
// instantaneously. In time, the idea of a divine utterance came to
// strike me as puerile, or as blasphemous. A god, I reflected, must
// speak but a single word, and in that word there must be absolute
// plenitude. No word uttered by a god could be less than the universe,
// or briefer than the sum of time. The ambitions and poverty of
// human words- all, world, universe- are but shadows or simulacra
// of that Word which is the equivalent of a language and all that
// can be comprehended within a language.

int understandSpotA1; int understandSpotA2;
int understandSpotA3; int understandSpotA4;
int understandSpotA5; int understandSpotA6;
int understandSpotA7; int understandSpotA8;
int understandSpotB1; int understandSpotB2;
int understandSpotB3; int understandSpotB4;
int understandSpotB5; int understandSpotB6;
int understandSpotB7; int understandSpotB8;
int understandSpotC1; int understandSpotC2;
int understandSpotC3; int understandSpotC4;
int understandSpotC5; int understandSpotC6;
int understandSpotC7; int understandSpotC8;
int understandSpotD1; int understandSpotD2;
int understandSpotD3; int understandSpotD4;
int understandSpotD5; int understandSpotD6;
int understandSpotD7; int understandSpotD8;
int understandSpotE1; int understandSpotE2;
int understandSpotE3; int understandSpotE4;
int understandSpotE5; int understandSpotE6;
int understandSpotE7; int understandSpotE8;
int understandSpotF1; int understandSpotF2;
int understandSpotF3; int understandSpotF4;
int understandSpotF5; int understandSpotF6;
int understandSpotF7; int understandSpotF8;
int understandSpotG1; int understandSpotG2;
int understandSpotG3; int understandSpotG4;
int understandSpotG5; int understandSpotG6;
int understandSpotG7; int understandSpotG8;
int understandSpotH1; int understandSpotH2;
int understandSpotH3; int understandSpotH4;
int understandSpotH5; int understandSpotH6;
int understandSpotH7; int understandSpotH8;

// One day or one night- between my days and nights, what
// difference can there be?- I dreamed that there was a grain of
// sand on the floor of my cell. Unconcerned, I went back to sleep;
// I dreamed that I woke up and there were two grains of sand.
// Again I slept; I dreamed that now there were three. Thus the
// grains of sand multiplied, little by little, until they filled the cell
// and I was dying beneath that hemisphere of sand. I realized that
// I was dreaming; with a vast effort I woke myself. But waking up
// was useless-! was suffocated by the countless sand. Someone
// said to me: You have wakened not out of sleep, but into a prior dream,
// and that dream lies within another, and so on, to infinity, which is the
// number of the grains of sand. The path that you are to take is endless,
// and you will die before you have truly awakened.

void setup() {

code.attach(9);
secret.attach(10);

// I felt lost. The sand crushed my mouth, but I cried out: I cannot
// be killed by sand that I dream–nor is there any such thing as a dream
// within a dream. A bright light woke me. In the darkness above me,
// there hovered a circle of light. I saw the face and hands of the
// jailer, the pulley, the rope, the meat, and the water jugs.
// Little by little, a man comes to resemble the shape of his destiny;
// a man is, in the long run, his circumstances. More than a decipherer
// or an avenger, more than a priest of the god, I was a prisoner.
// Emerging from that indefatigable labyrinth of dreams, I returned
// to my hard prison as though I were a man returning home. I
// blessed its dampness, I blessed its tiger, I blessed its high opening
// and the light, I blessed my old and aching body, I blessed the
// darkness and the stone.

pinMode(cell, OUTPUT);
pinMode(prison, OUTPUT);
pinMode(wall, OUTPUT);
pinMode(darkness, OUTPUT);
pinMode(A0, INPUT);
pinMode(A1, INPUT);
pinMode(A2, INPUT);

for(int i=22; i < 53; i = i + 2) {
pinMode(i, INPUT);
}
digitalWrite(A0, HIGH);
digitalWrite(A1, HIGH);
digitalWrite(A2, HIGH);

for (int i=22; i<53; i = i + 2) {
digitalWrite(i, HIGH);
}
for (int i=0; i<16; i++) { digitalWrite(cell, (i&15)>>3);
digitalWrite(prison, (i&7)>>2);
digitalWrite(wall, (i&3)>>1);
digitalWrite(darkness, (i&1));
jaguarSpot0[i] = !digitalRead(A0);
}
for (int i=0; i<16; i++) { digitalWrite(cell, (i&15)>>3);
digitalWrite(prison, (i&7)>>2);
digitalWrite(wall, (i&3)>>1);
digitalWrite(darkness, (i&1));
jaguarSpot1[i] = !digitalRead(A1);
}
for (int i=0; i<16; i++) { digitalWrite(cell, (i&15)>>3);
digitalWrite(prison, (i&7)>>2);
digitalWrite(wall, (i&3)>>1);
digitalWrite(darkness, (i&1));
jaguarSpot2[i] = !digitalRead(A2);
}
for( int i=0, j=22; i<16; i++, j=j+2 ) {
jaguarSpot3[i] = !digitalRead(j);
}

observeSpotA1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[0]);
observeSpotA2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[1]);
observeSpotA3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[2]);
observeSpotA4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[3]);
observeSpotA5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[4]);
observeSpotA6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[5]);
observeSpotA7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[6]);
observeSpotA8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[7]);
observeSpotB1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[8]);
observeSpotB2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[9]);
observeSpotB3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[10]);
observeSpotB4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[11]);
observeSpotB5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[12]);
observeSpotB6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[13]);
observeSpotB7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[14]);
observeSpotB8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[15]);
observeSpotC1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[0]);
observeSpotC2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[1]);
observeSpotC3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[2]);
observeSpotC4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[3]);
observeSpotC5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[4]);
observeSpotC6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[5]);
observeSpotC7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[6]);
observeSpotC8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[7]);
observeSpotD1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[8]);
observeSpotD2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[9]);
observeSpotD3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[10]);
observeSpotD4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[11]);
observeSpotD5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[12]);
observeSpotD6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[13]);
observeSpotD7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[14]);
observeSpotD8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[15]);
observeSpotE1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[0]);
observeSpotE2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[1]);
observeSpotE3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[2]);
observeSpotE4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[3]);
observeSpotE5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[4]);
observeSpotE6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[5]);
observeSpotE7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[6]);
observeSpotE8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[7]);
observeSpotF1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[8]);
observeSpotF2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[9]);
observeSpotF3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[10]);
observeSpotF4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[11]);
observeSpotF5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[12]);
observeSpotF6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[13]);
observeSpotF7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[14]);
observeSpotF8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[15]);
observeSpotG1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[0]);
observeSpotG2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[1]);
observeSpotG3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[2]);
observeSpotG4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[3]);
observeSpotG5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[4]);
observeSpotG6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[5]);
observeSpotG7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[6]);
observeSpotG8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[7]);
observeSpotH1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[8]);
observeSpotH2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[9]);
observeSpotH3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[10]);
observeSpotH4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[11]);
observeSpotH5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[12]);
observeSpotH6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[13]);
observeSpotH7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[14]);
observeSpotH8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[15]);
}

// And at that, something occurred which I cannot forget and yet
// cannot communicate- there occurred union with the deity, union
// with the universe (I do not know whether there is a difference
// between those two words). Ecstasy does not use the same symbol
// twice; one man has seen God in a blinding light, another has
// perceived Him in a sword or in the circles of a rose. I saw a Wheel
// of enormous height, which was not before my eyes, or behind
// them, or to the sides, but everywhere at once. This Wheel was
// made of water, but also of fire, and although I could see its
// boundaries, it was infinite. It was made of all things that shall be,
// that are, and that have been, all intertwined, and I was one of
// the strands within that all-encompassing fabric, and Pedro de
// Alvarado, who had tortured me, was another. In it were the causes
// and the effects, and the mere sight of that Wheel enabled me to
// understand all things, without end. O joy of understanding,
// greater than the joy of imagining, greater than the joy of feeling!
// I saw the universe and saw its secret designs. I saw the origins
// told by the Book of the People. I saw the mountains that rose
// from the water, saw the first men of wood, saw the water jars that
// turned against the men, saw the dogs that tore at their faces.* I
// saw the faceless god who is behind the gods. I saw the infinite
// processes that shape a single happiness, and, understanding all, I
// also came to understand the writing on the tiger.

void loop() {

for (int i=0; i<16; i++) { digitalWrite(cell, (i&15)>>3);
digitalWrite(prison, (i&7)>>2);
digitalWrite(wall, (i&3)>>1);
digitalWrite(darkness, (i&1));
jaguarSpot0[i] = !digitalRead(A0);
}
for (int i=0; i<16; i++) { digitalWrite(cell, (i&15)>>3);
digitalWrite(prison, (i&7)>>2);
digitalWrite(wall, (i&3)>>1);
digitalWrite(darkness, (i&1));
jaguarSpot1[i] = !digitalRead(A1);
}
for (int i=0; i<16; i++) { digitalWrite(cell, (i&15)>>3);
digitalWrite(prison, (i&7)>>2);
digitalWrite(wall, (i&3)>>1);
digitalWrite(darkness, (i&1));
jaguarSpot2[i] = !digitalRead(A2);
}
for( int i=0, j=22; i<16; i++, j=j+2 ) {
jaguarSpot3[i] = !digitalRead(j);
}

// It is a formula of fourteen random (apparently random) words,
// and all I would have to do to become omnipotent is speak it
// aloud. Speaking it would make this stone prison disappear, allow
// the day to enter my night, make me young, make me immortal,
// make the jaguar destroy Alvarado, bury the sacred blade in
// Spanish breasts, rebuild the Pyramid, rebuild the empire. Forty
// syllables, fourteen words, and I, Tzinacán, would rule the lands
// once ruled by Moctezuma. But I know that I shall never speak
// those words, because I no longer remember Tzinacán.

understandSpotA1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[0]);
understandSpotA2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[1]);
understandSpotA3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[2]);
understandSpotA4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[3]);
understandSpotA5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[4]);
understandSpotA6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[5]);
understandSpotA7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[6]);
understandSpotA8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[7]);
understandSpotB1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[8]);
understandSpotB2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[9]);
understandSpotB3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[10]);
understandSpotB4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[11]);
understandSpotB5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[12]);
understandSpotB6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[13]);
understandSpotB7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[14]);
understandSpotB8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot0[15]);
understandSpotC1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[0]);
understandSpotC2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[1]);
understandSpotC3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[2]);
understandSpotC4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[3]);
understandSpotC5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[4]);
understandSpotC6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[5]);
understandSpotC7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[6]);
understandSpotC8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[7]);
understandSpotD1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[8]);
understandSpotD2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[9]);
understandSpotD3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[10]);
understandSpotD4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[11]);
understandSpotD5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[12]);
understandSpotD6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[13]);
understandSpotD7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[14]);
understandSpotD8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot1[15]);
understandSpotE1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[0]);
understandSpotE2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[1]);
understandSpotE3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[2]);
understandSpotE4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[3]);
understandSpotE5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[4]);
understandSpotE6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[5]);
understandSpotE7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[6]);
understandSpotE8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[7]);
understandSpotF1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[8]);
understandSpotF2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[9]);
understandSpotF3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[10]);
understandSpotF4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[11]);
understandSpotF5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[12]);
understandSpotF6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[13]);
understandSpotF7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[14]);
understandSpotF8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot2[15]);
understandSpotG1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[0]);
understandSpotG2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[1]);
understandSpotG3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[2]);
understandSpotG4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[3]);
understandSpotG5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[4]);
understandSpotG6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[5]);
understandSpotG7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[6]);
understandSpotG8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[7]);
understandSpotH1 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[8]);
understandSpotH2 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[9]);
understandSpotH3 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[10]);
understandSpotH4 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[11]);
understandSpotH5 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[12]);
understandSpotH6 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[13]);
understandSpotH7 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[14]);
understandSpotH8 = !digitalRead(jaguarSpot3[15]);

if (observeSpotA1 == 0 && understandSpotA1 == 1)
{ recall=180; forget=150; observeSpotA1 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotA1 == 1 && understandSpotA1 == 1)
{ observeSpotA1 = 1; }
else { observeSpotA1 = 0; }

if (observeSpotA2 == 0 && understandSpotA2 == 1)
{ recall=169; forget=148; observeSpotA2 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotA2 == 1 && understandSpotA2 == 1)
{ observeSpotA2 = 1; }
else { observeSpotA2 = 0; }

if (observeSpotA3 == 0 && understandSpotA3 == 1)
{ recall=154; forget=144; observeSpotA3 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotA3 == 1 && understandSpotA3 == 1)
{ observeSpotA3 = 1; }
else { observeSpotA3 = 0; }

if (observeSpotA4 == 0 && understandSpotA4 == 1)
{ recall=139; forget=138; observeSpotA4 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotA4 == 1 && understandSpotA4 == 1)
{ observeSpotA4 = 1; }
else { observeSpotA4 = 0; }

if (observeSpotA5 == 0 && understandSpotA5 == 1)
{ recall=126; forget=131; observeSpotA5 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotA5 == 1 && understandSpotA5 == 1)
{ observeSpotA5 = 1; }
else { observeSpotA5 = 0; }
if (observeSpotA6 == 0 && understandSpotA6 == 1)
{ recall=115; forget=123; observeSpotA6 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotA6 == 1 && understandSpotA6 == 1)
{ observeSpotA6 = 1; }
else { observeSpotA6 = 0; }

if (observeSpotA7 == 0 && understandSpotA7 == 1)
{ recall=105; forget=115; observeSpotA7 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotA7 == 1 && understandSpotA7 == 1)
{ observeSpotA7 = 1; }
else { observeSpotA7 = 0; }

if (observeSpotA8 == 0 && understandSpotA8 == 1)
{ recall=94; forget=105; observeSpotA8 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotA8 == 1 && understandSpotA8 == 1)
{ observeSpotA8 = 1; }
else { observeSpotA8 = 0; }

if (observeSpotB1 == 0 && understandSpotB1 == 1)
{ recall=178; forget=141; observeSpotB1 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotB1 == 1 && understandSpotB1 == 1)
{ observeSpotB1 = 1; }
else { observeSpotB1 = 0; }

if (observeSpotB2 == 0 && understandSpotB2 == 1)
{ recall=165; forget=139; observeSpotB2 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotB2 == 1 && understandSpotB2 == 1)
{ observeSpotB2 = 1; }
else { observeSpotB2 = 0; }

if (observeSpotB3 == 0 && understandSpotB3 == 1)
{ recall=152; forget=135; observeSpotB3 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotB3 == 1 && understandSpotB3 == 1)
{ observeSpotB3 = 1; }
else { observeSpotB3 = 0; }

if (observeSpotB4 == 0 && understandSpotB4 == 1)
{ recall=140; forget=130; observeSpotB4 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotB4 == 1 && understandSpotB4 == 1)
{ observeSpotB4 = 1; }
else { observeSpotB4 = 0; }
if (observeSpotB5 == 0 && understandSpotB5 == 1)
{ recall=129; forget=125; observeSpotB5 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotB5 == 1 && understandSpotB5 == 1)
{ observeSpotB5 = 1; }
else { observeSpotB5 = 0; }

if (observeSpotB6 == 0 && understandSpotB6 == 1)
{ recall=118; forget=118; observeSpotB6 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotB6 == 1 && understandSpotB6 == 1)
{ observeSpotB6 = 1; }
else { observeSpotB6 = 0; }

if (observeSpotB7 == 0 && understandSpotB7 == 1)
{ recall=107; forget=109; observeSpotB7 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotB7 == 1 && understandSpotB7 == 1)
{ observeSpotB7 = 1; }
else { observeSpotB7 = 0; }

if (observeSpotB8 == 0 && understandSpotB8 == 1)
{ recall=97; forget=98; observeSpotB8 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotB8 == 1 && understandSpotB8 == 1)
{ observeSpotB8 = 1; }
else { observeSpotB8 = 0; }

if (observeSpotC1 == 0 && understandSpotC1 == 1)
{ recall=171; forget=132; observeSpotC1 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotC1 == 1 && understandSpotC1 == 1)
{ observeSpotC1 = 1; }
else { observeSpotC1 = 0; }

if (observeSpotC2 == 0 && understandSpotC2 == 1)
{ recall=160; forget=131; observeSpotC2 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotC2 == 1 && understandSpotC2 == 1)
{ observeSpotC2 = 1; }
else { observeSpotC2 = 0; }

if (observeSpotC3 == 0 && understandSpotC3 == 1)
{ recall=148; forget=127; observeSpotC3 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotC3 == 1 && understandSpotC3 == 1)
{ observeSpotC3 = 1; }
else { observeSpotC3 = 0; }
if (observeSpotC4 == 0 && understandSpotC4 == 1)
{ recall=138; forget=122; observeSpotC4 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotC4 == 1 && understandSpotC4 == 1)
{ observeSpotC4 = 1; }
else { observeSpotC4 = 0; }

if (observeSpotC5 == 0 && understandSpotC5 == 1)
{ recall=127; forget=116; observeSpotC5 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotC5 == 1 && understandSpotC5 == 1)
{ observeSpotC5 = 1; }
else { observeSpotC5 = 0; }

if (observeSpotC6 == 0 && understandSpotC6 == 1)
{ recall=117; forget=109; observeSpotC6 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotC6 == 1 && understandSpotC6 == 1)
{ observeSpotC6 = 1; }
else { observeSpotC6 = 0; }

if (observeSpotC7 == 0 && understandSpotC7 == 1)
{ recall=106; forget=100; observeSpotC7 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotC7 == 1 && understandSpotC7 == 1)
{ observeSpotC7 = 1; }
else { observeSpotC7 = 0; }

if (observeSpotC8 == 0 && understandSpotC8 == 1)
{ recall=96; forget=90; observeSpotC8 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotC8 == 1 && understandSpotC8 == 1)
{ observeSpotC8 = 1; }
else { observeSpotC8 = 0; }

if (observeSpotD1 == 0 && understandSpotD1 == 1)
{ recall=164; forget=122; observeSpotD1 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotD1 == 1 && understandSpotD1 == 1)
{ observeSpotD1 = 1; }
else { observeSpotD1 = 0; }

if (observeSpotD2 == 0 && understandSpotD2 == 1)
{ recall=155; forget=121; observeSpotD2 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotD2 == 1 && understandSpotD2 == 1)
{ observeSpotD2 = 1; }
else { observeSpotD2 = 0; }
if (observeSpotD3 == 0 && understandSpotD3 == 1)
{ recall=145; forget=118; observeSpotD3 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotD3 == 1 && understandSpotD3 == 1)
{ observeSpotD3 = 1; }
else { observeSpotD3 = 0; }

if (observeSpotD4 == 0 && understandSpotD4 == 1)
{ recall =136; forget=113; observeSpotD4 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotD4 == 1 && understandSpotD4 == 1)
{ observeSpotD4 = 1; }
else { observeSpotD4 = 0; }

if (observeSpotD5 == 0 && understandSpotD5 == 1)
{ recall =126; forget=107; observeSpotD5 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotD5 == 1 && understandSpotD5 == 1)
{ observeSpotD5 = 1; }
else { observeSpotD5 = 0; }

if (observeSpotD6 == 0 && understandSpotD6 == 1)
{ recall =115; forget=98; observeSpotD6 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotD6 == 1 && understandSpotD6 == 1)
{ observeSpotD6 = 1; }
else { observeSpotD6 = 0; }

if (observeSpotD7 == 0 && understandSpotD7 == 1)
{ recall =106; forget=91; observeSpotD7 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotD7 == 1 && understandSpotD7 == 1)
{ observeSpotD7 = 1; }
else { observeSpotD7 = 0; }

if (observeSpotD8 == 0 && understandSpotD8 == 1)
{ recall =96; forget=81; observeSpotD8 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotD8 == 1 && understandSpotD8 == 1)
{ observeSpotD8 = 1; }
else { observeSpotD8 = 0; }

if (observeSpotE1 == 0 && understandSpotE1 == 1)
{ recall =157; forget=112; observeSpotE1 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotE1 == 1 && understandSpotE1 == 1)
{ observeSpotE1 = 1; }
else { observeSpotE1 = 0; }
if (observeSpotE2 == 0 && understandSpotE2 == 1)
{ recall =149; forget=110; observeSpotE2 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotE2 == 1 && understandSpotE2 == 1)
{ observeSpotE2 = 1; }
else { observeSpotE2 = 0; }

if (observeSpotE3 == 0 && understandSpotE3 == 1)
{ recall =141; forget=108; observeSpotE3 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotE3 == 1 && understandSpotE3 == 1)
{ observeSpotE3 = 1; }
else { observeSpotE3 = 0; }

if (observeSpotE4 == 0 && understandSpotE4 == 1)
{ recall =132; forget=103; observeSpotE4 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotE4 == 1 && understandSpotE4 == 1)
{ observeSpotE4 = 1; }
else { observeSpotE4 = 0; }

if (observeSpotE5 == 0 && understandSpotE5 == 1)
{ recall =123; forget=97; observeSpotE5 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotE5 == 1 && understandSpotE5 == 1)
{ observeSpotE5 = 1; }
else { observeSpotE5 = 0; }

if (observeSpotE6 == 0 && understandSpotE6 == 1)
{ recall =113; forget=90; observeSpotE6 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotE6 == 1 && understandSpotE6 == 1)
{ observeSpotE6 = 1; }
else { observeSpotE6 = 0; }

if (observeSpotE7 == 0 && understandSpotE7 == 1)
{ recall =105; forget=90; observeSpotE7 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotE7 == 1 && understandSpotE7 == 1)
{ observeSpotE7 = 1; }
else { observeSpotE7 = 0; }

if (observeSpotE8 == 0 && understandSpotE8 == 1)
{ recall =93; forget=71; observeSpotE8 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotE8 == 1 && understandSpotE8 == 1)
{ observeSpotE8 = 1; }
else { observeSpotE8 = 0; }
if (observeSpotF1 == 0 && understandSpotF1 == 1)
{ recall =150; forget=99; observeSpotF1 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotF1 == 1 && understandSpotF1 == 1)
{ observeSpotF1 = 1; }
else { observeSpotF1 = 0; }

if (observeSpotF2 == 0 && understandSpotF2 == 1)
{ recall =144; forget=98; observeSpotF2 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotF2 == 1 && understandSpotF2 == 1)
{ observeSpotF2 = 1; }
else { observeSpotF2 = 0; }

if (observeSpotF3 == 0 && understandSpotF3 == 1)
{ recall =136; forget=96; observeSpotF3 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotF3 == 1 && understandSpotF3 == 1)
{ observeSpotF3 = 1; }
else { observeSpotF3 = 0; }

if (observeSpotF4 == 0 && understandSpotF4 == 1)
{ recall =128; forget=91; observeSpotF4 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotF4 == 1 && understandSpotF4 == 1)
{ observeSpotF4 = 1; }
else { observeSpotF4 = 0; }

if (observeSpotF5 == 0 && understandSpotF5 == 1)
{ recall =118; forget=85; observeSpotF5 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotF5 == 1 && understandSpotF5 == 1)
{ observeSpotF5 = 1; }
else { observeSpotF5 = 0; }

if (observeSpotF6 == 0 && understandSpotF6 == 1)
{ recall =110; forget=79; observeSpotF6 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotF6 == 1 && understandSpotF6 == 1)
{ observeSpotF6 = 1; }
else { observeSpotF6 = 0; }

if (observeSpotF7 == 0 && understandSpotF7 == 1)
{ recall =100; forget=68; observeSpotF7 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotF7 == 1 && understandSpotF7 == 1)
{ observeSpotF7 = 1; }
else { observeSpotF7 = 0; }
if (observeSpotF8 == 0 && understandSpotF8 == 1)
{ recall =90; forget=60; observeSpotF8 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotF8 == 1 && understandSpotF8 == 1)
{ observeSpotF8 = 1; }
else { observeSpotF8 = 0; }

if (observeSpotG1 == 0 && understandSpotG1 == 1)
{ recall=143; forget=86; observeSpotG1 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotG1 == 1 && understandSpotG1 == 1)
{ observeSpotG1 = 1; }
else { observeSpotG1 = 0; }

if (observeSpotG2 == 0 && understandSpotG2 == 1)
{ recall=137; forget=85; observeSpotG2 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotG2 == 1 && understandSpotG2 == 1)
{ observeSpotG2 = 1; }
else { observeSpotG2 = 0; }

if (observeSpotG3 == 0 && understandSpotG3 == 1)
{ recall =140; forget=87; observeSpotG3 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotG3 == 1 && understandSpotG3 == 1)
{ observeSpotG3 = 1; }
else { observeSpotG3 = 0; }

if (observeSpotG4 == 0 && understandSpotG4 == 1)
{ recall =132; forget=83; observeSpotG4 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotG4 == 1 && understandSpotG4 == 1)
{ observeSpotG4 = 1; }
else { observeSpotG4 = 0; }

if (observeSpotG5 == 0 && understandSpotG5 == 1)
{ recall =117; forget=73; observeSpotG5 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotG5 == 1 && understandSpotG5 == 1)
{ observeSpotG5 = 1; }
else { observeSpotG5 = 0; }

if (observeSpotG6 == 0 && understandSpotG6 == 1)
{ recall =104; forget=65; observeSpotG6 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotG6 == 1 && understandSpotG6 == 1)
{ observeSpotG6 = 1; }
else { observeSpotG6 = 0; }
if (observeSpotG7 == 0 && understandSpotG7 == 1)
{ recall =95; forget=56; observeSpotG7 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotG7 == 1 && understandSpotG7 == 1)
{ observeSpotG7 = 1; }
else { observeSpotG7 = 0; }

if (observeSpotG8 == 0 && understandSpotG8 == 1)
{ recall =83; forget=45; observeSpotG8 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotG8 == 1 && understandSpotG8 == 1)
{ observeSpotG8 = 1; }
else { observeSpotG8 = 0; }

if (observeSpotH1 == 0 && understandSpotH1 == 1)
{ recall =136; forget=74; observeSpotH1 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotH1 == 1 && understandSpotH1 == 1)
{ observeSpotH1 = 1; }
else { observeSpotH1 = 0; }

if (observeSpotH2 == 0 && understandSpotH2 == 1)
{ recall =133; forget=73; observeSpotH2 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotH2 == 1 && understandSpotH2 == 1)
{ observeSpotH2 = 1; }
else { observeSpotH2 = 0; }

if (observeSpotH3 == 0 && understandSpotH3 == 1)
{ recall =126; forget=70; observeSpotH3 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotH3 == 1 && understandSpotH3 == 1)
{ observeSpotH3 = 1; }
else { observeSpotH3 = 0; }

if (observeSpotH4 == 0 && understandSpotH4 == 1)
{ recall =118; forget=65; observeSpotH4 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotH4 == 1 && understandSpotH4 == 1)
{ observeSpotH4 = 1; }
else { observeSpotH4 = 0; }

if (observeSpotH5 == 0 && understandSpotH5 == 1)
{ recall =109; forget=59; observeSpotH5 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotH5 == 1 && understandSpotH5 == 1)
{ observeSpotH5 = 1; }
else { observeSpotH5 = 0; }
if (observeSpotH6 == 0 && understandSpotH6 == 1)
{ recall =97; forget=51; observeSpotH6 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotH6 == 1 && understandSpotH6 == 1)
{ observeSpotH6 = 1; }
else { observeSpotH6 = 0; }

if (observeSpotH7 == 0 && understandSpotH7 == 1)
{ recall =81; forget=32; observeSpotH7 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotH7 == 1 && understandSpotH7 == 1)
{ observeSpotH7 = 1; }
else { observeSpotH7 = 0; }

if (observeSpotH8 == 0 && understandSpotH8 == 1)
{ recall =67; forget=10; observeSpotH8 = 1; }
else if (observeSpotH8 == 1 && understandSpotH8 == 1)
{ observeSpotH8 = 1; }
else { observeSpotH8 = 0; }

// Let the mystery writ upon the jaguars die with me. He who
// has glimpsed the universe, he who has glimpsed the burning
// designs of the universe, can have no thought for a man, for a
// man’s trivial joys or calamities, though he himself be that man.
// He was that man, who no longer matters to him. What does he
// care about the fate of that other man, what does he care about
// the other man’s nation, when now he is no one? That is why I do
// not speak the formula, that is why, lying in darkness, I allow the
// days to forget me.

code.write(recall);
secret.write(forget);

}

Public Time

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Plastic Time Project - Daniel Lara

One of The Long Now Foundation‘s primary functions is to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility. One of the most important and famous projects is the 10,000 year clock.  It is being built and has triggered a lot of controversy because of the cost and technological limitations.  So, I decided to make a series of cheap clocks that would trigger some time meditations. With a super-low budget.

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Public Installation video-prototype:

Sitting 1.9

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The desktop metaphor has been used to establish our relationship with the ordinary computer and it has carried strong implications, such as the definition of the workspace, the body physical posture during the day, and the mouse as a pervasive pointer.

One of the open paths of inquiry triggered by my thesis project “Body 2.0”, is precisely what could be the evolution of the desktop model in a future where people are fully immersed in a networked world. As a way to look for innovation, I consciously stepped away from the affordances of interactive tables and touch screens and put the control of the devices in fictional digit-implants.  What remain was a new relationship with the chair:

Can the interactivity of the mouse/keyboard/table be translated or transposed to the chair?Could it offer new possibilities to the desktop model?
Could we include different parts of our body while using the computer instead of just the wrists and fingers?

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Process:

Body 2.0

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What would be the mundane realities of a fully networked future? What is going to happen when electronic implants become as feasible as pacemakers or breast implants?

Body 2.0 is a set of 5 medical cases and 1 conversation that focus on unique features, uncommon banalities and possible absurdities of our near future, where our actions are integrated to the internet, and where new paradigms exist for privacy, social control and human interactions.

Beyond optimistic and glossy visions of the future, this video investigates our dependence on technology and our complex evolution with it.

Some preliminary video prototypes:

 

Installation views:

Diagrams:

Some process projects:

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The AniThings

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[ Summer Research Team: Brooklyn Brown, Hye Mi Kim, Salvador Orara, Bora Shin and me. ]
[ AniThings team: Brooklyn Brown, Hye Mi Kim and me. ]

This highly speculative research project focused on imagining devices that have personalities and a suggestion of an inner life. There are 6 different devices in the system: The Nerd, The Nostalgic, The Neophile, The Needy, and The Networker.

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Process:

Synesthetic Record

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Paintings, as static objects, do not make justice to the dynamic processes that created them. How to record the various states a painting goes through? In this performance Alex and I used the concept of synesthesia as a translator from color to sound. Each brushstroke to the canvas gets captured by a camera and translated to sound. White doesn’t produce any sound. There are two canvases on a table, each one being read by a webcam and triggering a different set of sounds, allowing the p(aint)erformer to be a dj with paint.

[ In collaboration with Alex Braidwood, at the MDP ]
–> Tools used: Max/MSP, OpenFrameworks, two computers, two webcams, 12″x12″ gesso boards, acrylic paint, brushes and speakers.

Painting Records (12″ x 12″):

Goodminton

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What if an audience could really become a player in a game?

[ In collaboration with Hoon Oh, at the MDP ]

Made the NetLAB Toolkit, a projector, two smartphones and Breath to OSC app.

 

Collective Game

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In this simple game, each member of a team has a mouse as a controller. The movements of the mice overlap, so the players have to adapt to their own team members’ movements in order to accomplish the task of matching the brain icon with the body-figure without touching the lines.

How quickly would the the “team-mind” adjust to the collective task? Would strong wills get in the way? What could be an effective strategy?

Cult Design

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[ With: Ingrid Hora, Daniel Salomon, Dee Kim and Ana Rifa. ]

What are the elements that form a Cult?  During the summer of 2010 we investigated how religions, cults, brands and personalities design a suspension of disbelief around them.  The result was a movie shot in the desert of California.

Video Stills:

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Process:

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Imperfect Universe

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Imperfect Universe - Daniel Lara

Process: