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filtering Mark Rothko

to get an impression of how art will be "consumed" in the future check out this youtube video that lev manovich sent me tonight while i was searching for references to his ideas about the post-compression-age.

BTW: The Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at UCSD in San Diego (where etoy built its first TANK in 1998) is involved in this studies.

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first stowaway capsules from amsterdam

link to 4 capsules

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Self-encapsulation at Manifesta7

The central thrust of MISSION ETERNITY at Manifesta7 revolves around the self-encapsulation of etoy.AGENTS. While we always knew that, eventually, we would need to experiment with ourselves when dealing with the ultimate boundary, we focused on others over the last years: Keiser and Leary and others.

Manifesta7, and TANK8 that etoy built in 2008, serves as the ideal infrastructure to support the agents in their individual strategies for implementing their own ARCANUM CAPSULES. As defined by the protocol of MISSION ETERNITY, each capsule adheres to basic standards for replicability and access (formats, rites, and rights) and minimal information requirements (personal data, basic questions) and then extends beyond the standards adding arcane, individual traces of life, post mortem plans, snapshots and time stamps, and anything that can capture a fraction of a person's life in the form of digital data.

However, this post is not a theoretical contribution. In order for the community of the living and the dead to grow and spin content back and forth we, the agents, create content. The immediate content is destined to enter the capsule. However, I feel I should explain my own self-encapsulation strategy to the readers of our internal affairs blog because it's public now and accessible without the ANGEL APPLICATION. Who wants to download my capsule anyway... makes me wonder. Regardless, this is an experiment and a process more than it is a final product. On the way, we through out content and take steps back for every step we actually make simply because the templates need to be built in parallel and every agent's ideas about his or her capsule inspire other agents and other users to adapt their designs in turn. Remember that the basic outline is open content and replicability a fundamental goal of this mission. Hence my attempt at externalizing some of our thoughts.

The name ARCANUM CAPSULE is the program. There is a mystery to every individual's life, a hidden pattern and possibly a direction. Some of the big questions puzzle us for a lifetime and find their mysterious paths through digital communication systems, databases, screen shots, text snippets, and musical expressions. The ARCANUM CAPSULE represents our struggle to capture fragments from this mess: but it's not random. The added value appears in the capsule's structure which is our and the users' approach to understanding some of this mystery: the arcane!

Hence, arcane is both the key to understanding the capsules' content as well as the logic of their creation. My approach mirrors my current interest in spiritual insights and developments. I decided to log a series of meditations that I carry out during one week here in Bolzano. Two daily meditations that follow the same structure (three phases of rather well established meditation techniques that I am far away from mastering, needless to say) may lead to thoughts and ideas that I try to pin down rather exactly in prose. The transcripts add up to a log that I hope will enable me to learn, and, for the capsule, represent a snapshot of my life today. The transcription is itself a translation effort that challenges my sense of interpretation and that violates to some extent the “arcane principle”. It seems to be the best I can do right now. Secretly, I place some hopes into etoy.ALBERTO's and etoy.MAJA's efforts of developing strategies to map bodily signals directly – in their arcane immediacy, so to speak. Alberto, a medical doctor by training, implements tools for MISSION ETERNITY to visualize the electrical signals emanated by our bodies. More to come.
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Asset transfer to the dead

The all new etoy.AFTERLIFE-CERTIFICATES can be handled in the following way. Please submit your own experience, improvements, and success stories below. We need to know exactly how to transfer assets between the living and the dead.
  1. Select the birthday or the day of death of the deceased individual (below: beneficiary). Additionally, any holiday is suitable because spending tends to increase during holidays in this life as well as in the afterlife.
  2. Select a street junction near you. (IMPORTANT: it must be a crossing! Possibly this is related to access, winds, and exit options - more information needed)
  3. Draw a circle on the ground for each beneficiary. One circle for all won't cut it.
  4. Draw an exit to the circle for the beneficiary to be able to leave quickly after grabbing the cash. The exit should have a box-like shape adjacent to the circle.
  5. Burn the certificates inside the circle.
  6. Any conversation during the procedure is optional and not mandatory for transfer success.
Please comment and add to our limited understanding of these types of asset transfers. Links and pointers are welcome!
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The Y10K Problem -- Prepare while you have time

Fun little article on the supposed Y10K problem:
   The most common fix for the Y2K problem has been to switch to 4-digit
years. This fix covers roughly the next 8,000 years (until the year
9999) by which time, everyone seems convinced that all current
programs will have been retired. This is exactly the faulty logic
and lazy programming practice that led to the current Y2K problem!
Programmers and designers always assume that their code will
eventually disappear, but history suggests that code and programs are
often used well past their intended circumstances.
In a similar vein, but intended to be serious: A Long, Painful History of Time.
Related Entries:
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ANGEL APPLICATION 0.4.4
ANGEL APPLICATION 0.4.3
ANGEL APPLICATION 0.4.2 "pollination"
harvesting April 1st hoaxes for future technologies
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Tod in der Soziologie

Soziologie Kolliquium in Zürich: Any other agent in on this? Sounds like our kind of fun.

Zum Leben erweckt: Tod in der Soziologie


Es ist geschafft! Auch dieses Jahr findet das traditionsreiche Soziologie-Kolloquium statt.

Vom 16. bis 18. November 2007 widmen wir uns an der Uni Zürich gemeinsam dem Thema Sterben und Tod in der Soziologie. Es sind alle Soziologie-Studierenden der Schweiz – sowie Interessierte aus anderen Fächern – herzlich willkommen!

Sterben und Tod führten in der Soziologie bisher eher eine Randexistenz. In unserem Studium streifen wir das Lebensende zwar an verschiedenen Orten, z.B. in der Alterssoziologie oder in den Tiefen des SPSS, wenn wir mit Mortalitätsstatistiken hantieren. So hielten es denn auch die Klassiker unseres Fachs. Eine eingehende Beschäftigung mit dem Zusammenhang zwischen Gesellschaft und Tod fand selten statt.

Im Moment zeichnet sich jedoch ein zunehmendes Interesse an dem Thema ab. Es werden heftige Debatten über künstliche Befruchtung und Abtreibung, über Sterbehilfe und den „natürlichen“ Tod geführt, in denen verschiedene Meinungen zu Ethik, Religion und Sozialpolitik aufeinanderprallen. Diese gesellschaftliche Faszination für den Tod liess auch die SoziologInnen nicht kalt. Es wird vermehrt dazu publiziert und in nächster Zukunft könnte sich die Thanatosoziologie als Subdisziplin institutionalisieren. Die Soziologie von Sterben und Tod ist zu neuem Leben erweckt.

Die » Referate und Workshops des Kolloquiums befassen sich mit ganz unterschiedlichen Aspekten der Soziologie des Todes, die auch ganz unterschiedlichen soziologischen Sichtweisen entsprechen. Ebenso wichtig sind gemeinsame Abendessen, die Party am Samstagabend und der Brunch als Ausklang.

Kommt zahlreich! Hirnt mit uns, esst mit uns, feiert mit uns! Vorkenntnisse braucht es keine. Die » Anmeldung erfolgt ganz einfach online.

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Essential readings for angels

  • Timothy Leary, 1997. Design for dying. With R.U. Sirius. Harper Collins: New York.
  • Milan Kundera, 2005. Le rideau. Gallimard: Paris
  • Hubert L. Dreyfus. On the Internet. Thinking in action. Routledge: New York.
  • Thomas Mann, 1912/1992. Der Tod in Venedig. Fischer: Frankfurt.
  • Vladimir Jankélévitch, 1977. La mort. Flammarion: Paris.
  • Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, 1991. The bardo guidebook. Rupa: New Delhi.
  • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, 1992. The heart treasure of the enlightened ones. Shambhala: Boston.
  • Jean-Françcois Revel et Matthieu Ricard, 1997. Le moine et le philosophe. Nil: Paris.
  • Mitch Albom, 1997. Tuesdays with Morrie: an old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson. Doubleday: New York.
  • Friedrich Nietzsche. 1978. Also sprach Zarathustra. Reclam: Dietzingen.
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TERMINUS: first dry TEST-MOLD with pure bussigny beton

today augustin scott de martinville and adrien rovero, our industrial designers from lausanne got their hands dirty and tested the first two molds for the MISSION ETERNITY TERMINUS. they mixed real etoy.BETON. it's a dry alpha test only... without wasting valuable celebrity ashes. the result is two heavy blocks. including a high power LED and cables. tomorrow - on KARFREITAG of course - we will get an impression of this feature. in aprox. 24h we can take the mold apart and study the concept.

we used two different molds including different materials and components: ie wood vs polyuretane. the CAPSULE ID PLATE is CNC made and once metal and once plexi galss.

later during this holy weekend an under-cover etoy.AGENT (no name will be published until the currier successfully crossed the last border) will transport 1/2 of the 32g of timothy leary's ashes from the united states to an undisclosed location in europe where the mortal remains will wait for the procession and integration into the SARCOPHAGUS. last preparations and intense discussions within the corporation are taking place at this moment!

stay tuned - but don't drop the remains!
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Archives and the use of Second Life

The Stanford Humanities Lab and affiliates created this Machinima clip about their (at least) double-layered project called "The Dante Hotel" that conserved and experimented with a real-life hotel room appropriated in 1972, originally by Lynn Hershman Leeson and Elenor Coppola. More here.
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Eternity, A different approach

Czech artists seem to have a rather different approach to eternity then the etoy.CORPORATION. This is visible in the work of František Rint, who was commissioned by the Schwarzenberg family to put the bones of 40000 humans in order. It redefines the term "bone house".
The Sedlec Ossuary is a small christian chapel located in a suburb of Kutnà Hora, Czech Republic. The bones of those sceletons are artistically arranged to form the chapel.
Wikipedia has an interesting article here.
More information, including images and a virtual tour, can be found at the official site in Czech, English and German.







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