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Technesthesia and Synaesthesia

story © Michael Betancourt | published January 9, 2009 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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There is an analogous relationship between technological translations of data from one type to another with synaesthetic responses: the transcoding of electromagnetic telemetry by Dr. Donald Gurnett is one a striking and direct examples of this type of sonification of non-sound data; however, it is also, in many ways, a non-significant transfer: the data in question are readings of wave-form encounters. The electromagnetic information produced from the Cassini mission, among others, has a long-recognized analogous relationship to sound, so the transfer from light waves to sound waves should come as no surpriseeach is a physical phenomenon whose transfer is less dramatic than the cross-modal sensory transfers familiar from synaesthesia.

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About "Semiotic Disobedience"

story © Michael Betancourt | published September 21, 2008 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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The other side of the "culture war.

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Some thoughts on the Avant-Garde

story © Michael Betancourt | published August 23, 2008 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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Terrorism is a terrible thing, but fortunately for most of the world, it is also very rare; "aesthetic terrorism," however, isn't. It has certain features in common with the more violent variety: a fanatical devotion to a singular, unchanging world; the need to enforce doctrine on everyone uniformly; aggressive responses to deviations; and--most importantly--an inability to recognize that alternatives to dogma not only do exist, but are also equally valid positions.

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Art by Machine

story © Michael Betancourt | published July 22, 2008 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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Conceptual art in the 1960s appeared at the same moment when it started to become possible for artists to stop making art and instead simply direct a computeror other machineto do it for them.

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The Influence of Music

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 6, 2006 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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This study shows that music and images can be used to create effective propaganda.