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Mediating Cultural Communities

In 1967, just after the de-colonization of Algeria, Franz Fanon wrote “being colonized by a language has large implications for one’s consciousness. To speak… is to exist absolutely for the other…it means, above all, to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization.” (1967: 17). Fanon’s thoughts are particularly relevant today, wherein past presents haunt the Ethernets, and people continue to don “white masks” so as to consider themselves universal subjects, equally participating in societies that advocate equality, abstracted from appearance. The real/virtual interface of global cultural relations places a heavy emphasis on the intercultural accountings of identity, memory and consciousness. …

The Organization of the Brain

Well this is just an incredible pleasure to be here, and I feel very honored to speak in the context of these incredibly interesting speakers, and I hope that I can do justice to this topic. I work in a realm of inquiry, which is not exactly art, but I am very interested in trying to understand how the brain perceives the world, and how we actually create our internal reality. And what I will do is show you a couple of examples of work that we do in a technology that we call functional magnetic resonance imaging which is a modified version of what’s …

Ping! Drape!: Revivifying the 21c. Body Electric in Australian Performance Art

This afternoon, my talk grows from questions I’d like to raise for our neuroscientists, and other discussants, namely: Does the brain know the difference between an imagined and actual reality? And if so, how? Or to put it another way, given the aging brain in terms of human life cycles, how does the brain select for valuing the imagined, yet performed there and then, as as distinct from the performed here and now?…

Neural Networks vs. Computer-Networked Environments: Cognition and Communication in Digital Art

Similarities between the functional principles of neural networks and computer networks have recently been discussed in fields as varied as new media theory, computer science, neurobiology, cognitive science, or mathematics. On a more metaphorical level, these parallels are obvious: the neural networks of our brains allow for the transmission and analysis of multiple kinds of information – on a sensoric and cognitive level; computer networks, such as the Internet and World Wide Web, equally establish environments of linked nodes that allow for the processing of information. The dream of hypermedia applications (even if it hasn’t been quite fulfilled yet) is to establish webs of associative …

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