Work behind the scenes

On Saturday morning I read two articles by Tommaso Venturini: one co-written with Bruno Latour. The co-written one, Fill in the gap, argues that, for the social sciences, “the advent of digital data poses a … challenge …  Micro-macro models have run their course. The time is now to develop the formal techniques necessary to…

Almost too much drama for one day…

Walked past this symposium at King’s yesterday. It didn’t sound quite so exciting from outside the hall, though the programme contains such gems as “12:30 – 14:00 Lunch 1400- 15:30 INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE MDT SYMPOSIUM” and “16:30 – 16:45 My complex abdominal hernia repair has become a disaster. What next? Prof Gordon Carlson, Salford, UK”

Supercollider Workshop

Musichackspace held a workshop on Supercollider last week, led by Shelly Knotts, to ‘Learn the basics of setting up a live coding session and making soundscapes and beats with sound synthesis and patterns in SuperCollider’. A good evening, though I won’t go to the other three in the series for cost reasons. I’ve got the…

Kew Gardens as Big Data

Yesterday I went to a one day course on botany at Kew Gardens. It seems silly to live so near to a world centre of excellence and not make use of it. Amongst other interesting things, I spent half an hour studying a daisy under a microscope. Daisies are not in fact a single yellow…

Clouds

This photograph was taken on Monday, whilst I was waiting for a taxi after coming out of the Gare du Midi in Brussels. The clouds could have been painted by Magritte – see The Empire of Light or Unveiling the Mystery. This is an interesting case where the referent (the Magritte painting) is being simulated…

Photography as simulation: notes on vocabulary

The sign: (Pierce): What is a sign? It is anything which in any way represents an object. This statement leaves us the difficulty of saying what “representing” is. Yet it affords help by pointing out that every sign refers to an object. A sign does not function as a sign unless it is understood as…