As you probably know, I attend the Burning Man Festival every year in Black Rock City Nevada. This year I am such a lucky girl. Not only am I attending for my 5th year in a row, but I get to be a part of an art installation created by two of my friends that has been placed in The Man Pavillion.
This installation is called RVFMTV2 and it needs your help! Please check out the indiegogo campaign and give if you can. If you can’t afford to give please spread the word! We are raffling off Burning Man tickets via our indiegogo page so check out the different perks!
Also, next month we are having A PARTY! It is called SPACE JAM. If you are in the bay area, come on down for a night of spacetastic music, art, dancing, drinks and out of this world outfits.
Myself and Robot Versus Future thank you in advance for any and all support you can give.
Diana, Audrey and I could use a bit of support if it’s out there. Thx!
In 1908, Kafka landed a position at the Workers’ Accident Insurance Institute in Prague, where he was fortunate to be on the coveted “single shift” system, which meant office hours from 8 or 9 in the morning until 2 or 3 in the afternoon. This was a distinct improvement over his previous job, which required long hours and frequent overtime. So how did Kafka use these newfound hours of freedom? First, lunch; then a four-hour-long nap; then 10 minutes of exercise; then a walk; then dinner with his family; and then, finally, at 10:30 or 11:30 at night, a few hours of writing—although much of this time was spent writing letters or diary entries.”
Kafka on remaining minor!
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New video! Using Audrey’s Arduino synth design connected to an accelerometer along with a series of contact mics. And a drummer.
Huw Webb is a drummer, a composer, and an artist:
clint sleeper builds more brilliant things and together we make noise
boom bang beep balloons
New video - old balloon synth!!!
10 Science Experiments That Looked Like the End of the World
It’s official: The Large Hadron Collider helped to find a new particle, and it didn’t turn the world inside out. Everybody relax! But history is full of strange experiments that people predicted might bring about the end of the human race… and in some cases, they might actually have had a point.
Here are 10 scientific experiments that people believed — rightly or wrongly — had the potential to wipe out humanity.
10. Digging the Kola Superdeep Borehole
Initiated in 1970, this Soviet science experiment sought to drill as deep as possibleinto the Earth’s crust. The borehole on theKola Peninsula dug to a depth of 12 kilometers into the planet’s crust by 1994.
While the Soviets did not encounter the Mole Man during digging, drilling a deep hole into the Earth’s crust (which varies from 30 to 50 kilometers in thickness) could have unleashed seismic forces that nobody could control, much like in the Doctor Who story “Inferno,” which aired that same year.
9. New Zealand’s Tsunami Bomb
Known more for a connection to the Shire than innovation in weapons creation, New Zealand experimented with the use of bombs to create artificial tsunamis, between 1944 and 1945.
By strategically placing bombs, the military scientists behind New Zealand’s Project Seal believed they could divert explosive energy through water, causing tsunamis and tidal waves. After thousands of test explosions, New Zealand ceased experimentation, because military scientists kept having trouble with funneling the explosive energy in a horizontal direction. If New Zealand’s tsunami bomb experiments had been successful, tsunami creation could have gone mainstream — allowing anyone with a conventional explosive device to create widespread chaos and death with ease.
8. Operation Cirrus
In the late 1940s, the United States attempted to divert the path of hurricanes by seeding the storms with dry ice. After scientists poured 180 pounds of dry ice into a hurricane moving east into the Atlantic Ocean, the hurricane made an extremely unpredictable move — and changed directions. The hurricane collided with the town of Savannah, Georgia — no stranger to unusual government intrusions , killing at least one person and causing over $200 million in damage.
This early weather-changing experiment eventually led to the UN’s Environmental Modification Convention, banning weather changing experiments conducted as a means of war.
7. Project Mercury and Volcano
From 1987 to 1992, the Russian military detonated nuclear weapons underground, with the goal of disturbing tectonic plates and electromagnetic fields as a weapon, in Project Mercury and Project Volcano.
These experiments sound like the basis for a bad James Bond movie, but four experimental attempts actually happened — until the 1978 Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques banning experiments of this nature. Extended disruption of tectonic plates could cause a series of severe earthquakes and destabilize electromagnetic fields, leading to a number of theoretical and unforeseen issues.
6. Genetically engineered oil-eating superbugs
In the mid-1970s, General Electric R&D scientist Ananda Chakrabarty introduced a plasmidthat allowed the bacteria Pseudomonas putida to digest petroleum. Chakrabarty designed the bacteria with the hope that it would be used to clean up oil spills. But many people were terrified that these engineered bacteria could run amuck, consume everything in their path, and “out-compete” other bacteria and organisms for survival on Earth. The bacterial dominance theory is a “green” precursor to the grey goo theory — and it might be a more likely possibly.
5. Accidentally creating a black hole
Before the opening of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider in New York, public fears amassed over the idea of the RHIC creating an uncontrollable black hole during the course course of its operation. This lead to aplethora of sensational articles in 1999, topped off by a story from the The Sunday Times of London running with the headline “Big Bang machine could destroy Earth.”
The researchers at RHIC study aspects of black holes, but they lack the energy available to create a real gravitational black hole. Whether or not the researchers crossed their fingers when they began experiments at RHIC in 2000 is another story, but as far as I know, we still exist and are not suffering the extreme relativistic effects of a journey through a black hole.
4. U.S. experiments increasing the efficiency of Magnaporthe grisea
Wheat blast and rice blast cause huge damage to world crops, but they’re rare in First World countries. The fungusMagnaporthe grisea leaves lesions on individual plants, that can release thousands of spores and contaminate an enormous area in a single night. The fungus exists in over 80 countries, and it entered the United States in 1996.
During the Cold War, the United States experimented with a weaponized form ofMagnaporthe grisea, which could spread via a spray — or via bombs. Nobody knows whether the U.S. intentionally used the weaponized form, but if these “contagious” crop diseases started spreading uncontrollably, two of the world’s most vital crops would be devastated, causing a worldwide famine.
3. Starfish Prime
Detonating a nuclear weapon outside of the planet’s magnetic field just sounds like a bad idea, but the United States decided to go ahead and detonate six nuclear weapons at high altitude, during 1962’s Starfish Prime(and Operation Fishbowl).
How did this nuclear explosion affect the Earth’s magnetic field? Luckily, the magnetic field “snapped back” into place — causing a strong electromagnetic pulse as a side effect. But if our geomagnetic field had been permanently altered, we could experience a loss protection from cosmic rays and solar winds, along with massive earthquakes, as the continents moved around.
2. Weaponizing the plague
The Plague was responsible for killing up to 60% of the population of Europe in the 14th Century — and then, the Soviet All-Union Institute of Ultra-Pure Biological Preparations succeeded in weaponizing it in the late 1980s. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, program director Vladimir Pasechnik went public with this research, which included military preparations to load warheads with a time-released version of the Black Death. In order to handle the plague, the Soviet program encased a powdered form of bacterial agent, Yersinia pestis, in a polymer capsule.
1. The Trinity nuclear test
In the days preceding the detonation of the first nuclear bomb, scientists within the Manhattan Project debated what would happen in the aftermath of detonation, with a few scientists believing the bomb would not explode at all.
Enrico Fermi, however, suggested the detonation of the bomb could create a chain reaction that would set the Earth’s atmosphere ablaze and kill almost all life on the planet. It is disturbing to realize that scientists would go forward, in light of the ruminations of a Nobel Prize winner — but thank goodness, Fermi hypothesized incorrectly.
Cheers to you, Rhizome. A great friend of the Vancouver community, a hub of activism, and a model for inclusivity.
Ugh. Not the Rhizome! So many feels.
I’ll do my best to cover the Rhizome’s legacy come June… :\
One of the things I looked at in Iceland is how, following its financial crash meltdown in 2009, it crowdsourced a constitution which starts (depending on the translation) with the preamble
We, the people of Iceland, wish to create a just society where everyone has a seat at the same table.
This piece Pirate Party leader Birgitta Jónsdóttir wrote for the Guardian sets out how the constitution was formed
The foundation for the constitution was created by 1,000 people randomly selected from the national registry. We elected 25 people to put that vision into words. The new constitution is now in the parliament. It will be up to the 99% to call for a national vote on it so that we inside the parliament know exactly what the nation wants and will have to follow suit. If the constitution passes, we will have almost achieved everything we set out to do. Our agenda was written on various open platforms; direct democracy is the high north of our political compass in everything we do.
But now those that wrote the constitution fear for its future. Constitutional Society in Iceland recently sent me a mailout entitled “SOS Constitution”.
Many in Iceland hope Parliament will adopt before the end of its term the new constitution written by the citizens in the aftermath of the financial crisis. However, “politics as usual” game is stopping this project.
While the world looks to Iceland as an example of democratic (r)evolution (power to citizens, now, here) things do not look so bright in Reykjavík.
The crux of the matter is that any change in Iceland’s constitution must be approved by two successive parliaments. As the last day of this parliament before the elections has been and gone with no vote on the constitution, it’s not looking hopeful.
However, on her last day in parliament as Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir (Iceland’s first openly gay and first female PM) made an amendment. Now any change to the constitution can only be made if
- a) two thirds of parliament approve it
- b) 40% of the total electorate approve it in a referendum.What does this mean? Well, passing the constitution is going to be HARD. This has made some say the constitution is “officially dead”.Others are less pessimistic. Accordion-playing politician Guðmundur Steingrímsson, head of new political party Bright Future (Björt framtíð) currently running at third in the polls, told me in an interview at the Althingi that “is has not been destroyed”. He said:It’s really important people don’t think the constitution is dead. Yes it is not going to be easy but there is a way now.Icelanders keep telling me that Iceland is not a utopia, and I agree. But I think there is value in the discussion they are having, and I can’t see anything similar happening in our own (much bigger, significantly messier) democracy.Story to follow in the Guardian’s foreign pages.
So excited to announce this! See more info below and be sure to apply! http://rhizome.org/commissions/
The Rhizome | Tumblr Internet Art Grant expands upon Rhizome’s existing Commissions program to specifically target Tumblr’s significant artistic community. The Internet Art Grant will award three commissioning awards with a special focus on projects from emerging artists engaged with Tumblr.
The grants will be determined by a jury of art and Tumblr experts: Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum and Artistic Director of the 55th Venice Biennale; Laurie Anderson, noted experimental performance artist and musician; Jon Rafman, leading contemporary artist; Zoë Salditch, Rhizome’s Program Director; and Topherchris, Tumblr Editorial Director.
Documentation from a sound installation at Syllogisms, SFU’s MFA Spring Informal. Vancouver BC. March, 27 2013.
actually new noises
much guitar and pedal goodness
plus post hardcore dance-y drums
TV Installation using Craigslisted TV’s, MAX MSP, Crowdsourced MIDI audio submissions from Rhizome and Facebook.
I really just love Tumblr. Really nice of VideoArtDeviations and all of the other reposts! Thank you!