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Language-Ideas Further to (and a Bit Against) Re-Imagining Conference Work

conf.{B}.OLD1.&and.conf.NEW1.frame.work_ideas I have found an analogy to our system-considerations, musings, etc. in my work in designing and developing for the web: what I find is that the system idea is actually instrumental in defining that transition point between a web site (static, 1D) and an /application/: somehow multi-dimensional, functional, more dynamic. I can draw a direct connection from the definition we have been building for systems more generally (starting point, consideration of the neighborhood, auto-evolution) but also, it becomes clear in the actual experience of /building/, that somehow the thing I am working on is becoming more complex, almost taking on the characteristics of language, and in that, I think, it becomes systematic. Meaning patterns appear, and more concretely tools I use in one instance are adapted to another: in fact the way the DOM works, the cross-pollination of html, css and js on the client side, and then (in my case) python within the Django framework for web applications on the back-end, all start talking to each other in unsuspected ways! Suddenly, I can invoke a design idea I came up with months ago by mere reference to a css class: the design becomes part of a new pattern just established and brings /continuity/. In all sorts of manners, there are echoes, reflections, … I think of /A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction/ by Christopher Alexander here. This book obviously is about architecture. But things get really intriguing when I actually take the basic modus operandi (identifying abstracted, archetypical instances, using them consciously for design projects) and apply it to a whole new field: what I am doing here. So it really is a language then. I chose the punctuation, the occasional exclamation mark, or rather, this comes out of itself, organically: that, to me, strikes at the heart of what actually makes this a language. Like human language, that lives on, mutates, and is around long after the actual bearer perishes, this has a life of its own, with its own rules, idiosyncrasies. This is the system in my conference work, actually.

Introduction (to my /New/ Conference Work)

EDITOR’S_NOTE//sys.3.OLD1//conf.NEW1.introduction From abundant CIA evidence it seems clear that the present application is the original brain child of none other than Henry Rhodes Hamilton (HRH; although the actual authorship remains disputed). Founder of the Perfect Light Movement (PLM), this quixotic character of the early 20th century is known to us by way of a profoundly detailed index to a suppressed autobiography, written after a prolonged episode involving a plane crash and capture by insurgents, in Cambodia. After the Tenth Convocation of PLM the proclamation of HRH’s divinity reports of Scientology-style apparatuses for measurement of personality types, explanations of the universe, and sometimes less specified purposes, start appearing. These ideas were born out of His interest in telepathy, and the experiments He Ran Himself. Hotly contested from the start, but especially following CIA infiltration and seizure of the equipment, most fruits of this labor have been lost. It is only thanks to this humble editor’s efforts that some of the original functionality of this instance could be restored for posterity. It is unclear whether the results produced have validity (for our times), or even follow the scientific (or any) method. HRH, His Righteousness Himself, always had a vision that arguably transcended sanity, so much is clear. As such, when he asked for this application to be built, he also requested that every user and the information they submitted, along with the IP address for the machine they were using, is taken and collected in a large unspecified data storage facility in Tucson, Nevada. The nature of this project is both mundane, and metaphysical. On a practical level, HRH is compiling the most extensive birthday calendar known to man, for personal, congratulatory use. He hates forgetting people’s birthdays. On a more metaphysical level, HRH is convinced of the endlessly mirroring, echoing, fractal nature of information. What does it mean to be born in one place, at the time of great disaster in another? There must be a connection! Perhaps it is in the individual’s life, but maybe, just maybe, it’s a game of numbers: HRH believes, at the end of all of this, the database in the Nevada desert will hold the answer; like a tree, a Tree of Knowledge indeed, this thing emerges and stands tall in a wasteland of random Facebook quizzes.

Conference, All New! Presentation Response, Integrating an App and a Site

conf.{C}.OLD1.&and.conf.NEW1.pres.nttn.resp(onse) The main question, and criticism, food for thought certainly, that I was given at my conference presentation was about the complexity of the system, and inherent limitations of (fixed) databases, even in combination with each other. Is there a point where it takes off, becomes its own? Can it be more intelligent, or will it just be a more cumbersome project? The other Jack’s (Jack C.’s) project threw up the question of relation of the text to the visual impression, with regards to interpretation by an audience. We were wondering about control (of the artist, the audience) over the making of meaning. With this interesting over-arching idea space in mind, I would argue the text-basis of my system #3, “no1” or “The World on Your Birthday” is the demarcation point to my overall conference project, the system inspired architecture and design (facade) of funkelsteine.com. On the question of meaning then, and particularly of this as (web, and other kinds of) design and taking systems into account: I would argue, the intersecting space where design takes on the features of system is an interesting space for design certainly, for systems too, to the mind of the designer again, where for systems things are a little more binary. Does it qualify as system? Yes/no. Apart from this, what is the significance of a category like “being interesting” for systems –– something I ask myself at this point. For my project though, some of the take-aways from our class did directly inspire ideas for the building process: the interesting ones I think I touched on are – – simple rules can lead to complex results (this one is basic, but also:) – randomized access point for system initiation – integrating of interesting results in the physical sphere, digital rendering, cross-over of things like Ron Resch’s paper work – polygon and processing system inspiration applied to design; random, systematized, coded visuals