Last week were asked to answer a question with a graph. We were supposed to graph something with information coming from a sensor. Eventually I will do an extensive study with the mindflex, since I have a big project up in the air with it. The graphing system for that is here (Eric’s graph):
currently I was thinking of this as a design project, since a graph needs to communicate information in a precise way. The visual structure of graphs determine the way in which they are interpreted as much as their content.
Based on that assumption I decided to make two graphs of contradictions, one of consumables that are fuel (ie the food I buy everyday) and the other of amount of Jet Fuel I burn to travel to festivals of interactive art and new media and stuff like that every year.
For the second assignment of Rest of you we had to make or use) two sensors, an outward pointing one, and an inward pointing one, and log their output for as long as possible.
My outward pointing sensor was to draw every night the things I see right before falling asleep. It is a stretch to say that these things are outward pointing, but they are perceived as being exterior.
The inward pointing sensor was a heart sensor made from an led, a resistor and a ldsr affecting a recorded piece of music (The Age of Aquarius), this is then broadcast to 88.1 fm, from whence anyone in a range of 100 meters can tune in and record the audio, thus creating a log. I futzed around with this combination until the ldsr had enough variance from the light changing around my finger (theoretically the blood flowing in and out) to be noticeable by the human ear as rythmic. I think that an interesting and noticeable effect has been achieved, but I need a professional grade heart sensing device to pit my data against to be sure that that is the information we are hearing and not the projections of our own desires to believe.
We were asked to create a “smooth sensor” and pipe it into processing through arduino.
A sensor is a material input, that can give information (signal) to (in our case) an arduino which maps the sensor’s values into numbers from 0 to 1023 or 0 to 255 depending. This early in the game and already we have mapping, ie an arbitrary set of values imposed on information to make it digestible, ie smooth.
That said I will carry on.
An ldsr sensor is a light sensor that provides the arduino with analog values. For these values to be smooth we need smooth input. I connected an led to PWM pin 9 of the arduino. I am manually controlling its brightness with “smooth” values from a potentiomenter connected to analog pin 5 of the arduino. To isolate the sensor and the led (for ensured smoothness) I shrinkwrapped the two in a black, lightsafe tube. A smooth sensor is one in a feedback loop, controlled by means inherent to the system it is in. To “prove” this, I am sending the ldsr output to the serial monitor. The presence of processing in this system seems superflous given the circumstances.
For and example of a smooth sensor from 1963 see Hans Haacke’s condensation cube: http://web.mit.edu/mmj4/www/downloads/papers.pdf
We were asked to respond to the following paper: http://www.julianjaynes.org/pdf/jaynes_consciousness-voices-mind.pdf
The paper makes baseline assumptions on what the human experience of consciousness might be like, re sensory interpretation and externalization. If this allows someone to have valuable discourse on the subject, I suppose it served its purpose. The paper can be interpreted using a variety of critical methods, from analytical logic, to a Markxist break down of why it was written in the first place.
I was diagnosed with dislexia at a young age. This is a convenient term, a yard stick, to keep track of a human being in society with standardized systems of communication and infrastructure. I have to re-invent the universe from scratch everytime I make a move or utterance. This is because my experience is disjointed at best, my sense of time irregular. Illusions assume truth, but truth assumes a baseline. Perhaps there is a baseline among human beings, what people call universal meaning, that holy grail art often chases after. Or perhaps that is a disbelief we suspend for the sake of functionality.
To catch a passing impression of my self, is a fleeting and temporary insight to my own past experience. To catch a passing impression of another is impossible. But it is possible to send and receive smoke signals. Externalizations of impressions if you will. These externalizations are dissociated, and reductive, but they allow us to keep stop lights changing color and satellites in the air, they give us poetry and art. They allow the “insane” to be functionally insane, socially acceptable members of the ant colony that is humanity. It is disbelief that we all suspend in order to create infrastructure, society, culture, consciousness.
The other is a concept that lies just over an infinite abyss of endless void, and is impossible to comprehend with tools such as language and mental models, terms such as consciousness. That said, these things are very good smoke signals, that get us very far in cooperation, collaboration, solidarity, very useful practices, for, while I have no proof that there is a reality, there is strong evidence and corroboration for it, and so the continuance and enjoyment of this experience that we call life seems like a good move, from my perspective.