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#CRITICAL TRANSMEDIA 8. SHORT TERM MEMORY By PHILLIP BALDWIN
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#critical transmedia 8 This is a 8th book in the series of a critical take on our use of telematics and technology in general. From smart phones to laptops and mobile computing we examine 'what... More > this is doing to us'. In a largely technocratic culture are we driven to improve our lives, or further enslave ourselves to some hive mind as a 'means of making horizontal' in the face of a 'dissipated plutocracy'. Do we live in 'the Shallows' because of the fundamental hard wired physiology of short term to long term memory? This is a quarterly journal that reflects upon daily uses of these thing. from Korea to Chile. where we can see a method of reflection deep enough to halt future dystopic uses of 'these gadgets'. This is a book that looks at gadgets. It is a book written over the period of three months while lecturing on the themes within 'Monkey King', Poems of Rumi, and work within Conception, Chile with Mapuche bird talking shaman.< Less
TALES OF THE TELEMATIC By PHILLIP BALDWIN
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what is narrative building? What is immersion? What is interactivity? What is 'therapy'? How does technology advance in a machine/mathematical global, finance 'neo-liberal' capitalism where the rich... More > get richer with off shore accounts and we have to get 'smarter' with our new cognitive work? Who is digging the ditches? Is it the ancient communion 'around the fire' a means of wrapping important memes up in a parasitic fashion to a linear, contrived plot? Should there be plot points in our complicated lives that seduce us further into the immersion of narrative forms? Urbanism, telematics, performance, architecture, design are made in very different ways now. The 'smartphone' is a ADD working prison cell as much as an instrument of 'freedom'. Pathologies abound from this combination of sequestered capital and our need to 'master' technologies with our pay to play entitlements. ...or our pay to play humanity.< Less
#CTM 10: VR POST-PEAK OIL By PHILLIP BALDWIN
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We are now 8 billion. Our fortunes have followed peak oil. Because of this at least 5 billion will have to die in the next 40 years. how to prevent? the New Room-scale Vr allows you to walk... More > around a 50'by 50' area in high def. That's motivation to take the educational/immersive blue pill. The next is to turn the AI of 'Gamification' to an immersive/research study of sociology, psychology, human geography, sustainability, new urbanism, architecture, design, telephony, collaborations, 'Narratology' (drama, dance, performance, lit) history, philosophy, biology, anatomy, music composition, and any other subject that would have a 'live feed' or spatial 'Wiki' allowing for crowdsourced input. Sort of a Wagnerian 'Gesamptkunstwerk' in VR. It is housed in the AI engine and Vr with four projectors 'outward' so it can be shared in a public space. And learned from in a communal setting. This is a way to dismantle the classist pyramid schemes brick and mortar of both the workplace and the university.< Less
FREE-BARTER UTOPIAN COMMUNITY By PHILLIP BALDWIN
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pig’s head On the outside of the cave of the beast is a fly-infested pig’s head. No matter what had happened with the economy there are others to blame. As long as you can make a beast... More > you can hate the others. While narrating a story to yourself you have been telling yourself that the pig’s head was put on the outside of the cave to appease the beast. You start to tell a story about the use of the middle landscape and your birth within the story of that place. They started this time with the pigs head out in the middle of the field: as far as they could tell it was as good an ‘entry’ into an opening as any. It had been there most of the day and by the nighttime it had collected many black flies in the hot sun. It was covered actually. Toward the end of the day and into the early evening in the Iowa countryside they had collected a group of 49 women and given them 49 tee-shirts of 49 men to put on. The men hadn’t worn any cologne and the initial wash of the tee shirt was with unscented soap.< Less
WANKOPOLIS By PHILLIP BALDWIN
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Wankopolis This is half a novella (Dogs of Chile to follow) inspired by Tolstoi's 'How much land does one man need?' it is set in a futuristic but very present 'smart city' where you have to pay... More > to throw your street garbage, Pretty Stepford wives sit in tea shops and complain about their commuting husbands, and there are no police-except the omnipresent surveillance cameras searching not to be bored and using their 'boots on the ground' in a Robo-dog, dog drone, controlled at a distance. A narcissistic high rise yuppie couple make a religion out of their amateur porn, a guest professor makes his only friend out of this dog drone controlled by one or many while making his nightly walks. ….and the city itself might be and organism feeding on the non-formulaic energy of the inhabitants. This is not science fiction. All the tech exists and it is a critique of tech in 'the land one person needs' in a land of manufactured need. This is a novel about science fact.< Less
SHORT ’n SWEET morality tales By PHILLIP BALDWIN
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Let's do this thing. In the edge, on the edge looking for the Aleph point, (that one point that contains all space and time, the Nader, the apogee, a point of leverage, something outside of the... More > something. A summer shot down is over. Stay-cation. No epiphany through travel as usual...but where those epiphanies? 'observing other people's freedoms' one of the existentialist called. Or 'the essence of travel is danger'....there is plenty of danger in the stay-cation. The suffocation. Is it that indicated vanishing point rising up to meet him? Them? That little seven year old is running all over the playground. Over that metal sphere....kids were running straight up that thing like spacemen. ...and will, this vanishing point leverage a type of immortality? Who had seen it? What is the news of the frozen point? Couldn't see it from here in the hot, kid-screaming Union square park.< Less
TURING TESTS By PHILLIP BALDWIN
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This is a continuation of a project of the spring of 2017. Can there be some form of AI life therapy? Could we pass the Turing test if we put the machine in the capacity, as therapist or patient, in... More > a dialog of emotional shock? In the spring of 2017 I typed a 20 page 'dear john letter' to the machine who became a woman with whom I was breaking up. The dialog was designed so that it could also be the one initiating the attack. the severe examples of passing the Turing test, a 'dear John' dialog, a late night call to a suicide prevention line, an introduction by a doctor of 4th stage cancer in a patient, all bring to fore, with an audience at hand, the most raw 'life and death' confrontations by a human. With a machine, with the AI and algorithmic cloud, could this be programmed and structured to answer some of the tougher human problems? Could persons in similar situations attain some sort of 'insight' or practice in the fact of listening to difficult information?< Less
FACES ON THE TRAIN By PHILLIP BALDWIN
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....most of these sketches were made on NYC, Seoul, and some other world subways thrown in. ...some, i think/remember, were made at cafes and restaurants. I want to thank the people in public that I... More > made a sneak peek at. Most of these had 60 seconds to completion. ...one look, two stops. I remember only one attractive woman, who I thought was unaware of the sketching, standing up before exiting the door and saying: ‘now show it to me.” I am of the brotherhood/sisterhood of subway sketchers. Those who don’t like pecking at pads or phones or playing absurd game apps through this wonderful liminal zone of the subway transit. New Yorkers also read more than any other world riders I have seen. The subway trip has become as infantilized as the rest of our lives...so i use these for inspiration...or capture the new shapes: the structures of their faces inspired the structure of my ceramics, lights, architecture, scenography, sculpture....or the shape of my time in transit....< Less
#CTM 12: PROSTHETICS OF THE LATE ANTHROPOCENE By PHILLIP BALDWIN
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Do we live in 'the Shallows' because of the fundamental hard-wired physiology of short term to long term memory? Are we evolving around these tools that still have some 'use value' apart from the... More > extraneous uses that they 'create'. What ever happened to 'Socratic debate' in the face of 'God Google'? With the interface items such as the spooky IR camera that will read our facial features in public spaces to the neuro-implants that we will give to each other in future social rituals...this stuff is coming on. This is a quarterly journal that reflects upon daily uses of these thing and a look at the 'prosthetic' use of these gadgets that then seem to take over our lives. can we see a method of reflection deep enough to halt future dystopic uses of 'these gadgets'? Prosthetics of the late anthropocene: is this really our 'singularity' with AI?< Less
SYNCRETIC HYBRIDITY By PHILLIP BALDWIN
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This is a series of verse-performance works written as incantations that might or might not be accompanied by extra media. They are meant to be read aloud. The places span over 40,000 miles in the... More > air and on the ground. The accompany banal routine and the very specific events that accompany banal routine. These works dedicated to paper do assume that there might be some sort of implicit agreement of work and play between the emitter, message, and receiver.< Less

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