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ICI Berlin: Mark A. Bedau: Pluralism About How Wholes Emerge From Parts

ICI Berlin: Mark A. Bedau: Pluralism About How Wholes Emerge From Parts | Aural Complex Landscape | Scoop.it

Any investigation of the relationship between wholes and parts much face the concept of emergence, but that concept has a chequered history in both philosophy and science. The talk will illustrate a pluralistic and pragmatic way to evaluate concepts of emergence, and then evaluate a number of familiar conceptions of emergence. It will focus on weak emergence, which is a hallmark of what we can call “complex wholes”, which are composed of nothing but certain parts organized in certain ways, and their behaviour is nothing but the organized activity of their parts, yet their underlying causal network is highly parallel, nonlinear, and synergistic, so that the behaviour of wholes cannot be derived from the behaviour of isolated parts. Complex wholes evoke terms like “holism”, “surplus”, “synergy”, “situatedness”, and “activity”. Bedau will examine three kinds of complex wholes involving life: (1) a verbal Program-Metabolism-Container model of the origin of minimal chemical life, (2) a precise computational system that exhibits life-like global behaviour, and (3) the wet experiments in bottom-up synthetic biology laboratories that combine nonliving materials to create new and unfamiliar forms of life (or "protocols").

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ComplexityBlog » Studying Complexity vs Studying Complex Systems

Springing from my recent post distinguishing types of inter-disciplinary research, I now will go into more detail on a related topic: the difference between studying particular systems that happen to be complex, and studying complexity itself. The main point is that complexity theory includes several commitments related to levels of organization and to there being shared principles/mechanisms underpinning the dynamics of disparate systems. Studying complexity is the overt researching of these commitments and underpinnings. However, most scientists that describe themselves as doing complexity research are not doing that. Instead they are studying particular complex systems and typically ignore the commitments and underpinnings that define complexity science.

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Scaling and Design

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In my previous post I mentioned about thinking of sound as data. What is this data? It could be the frequency of an oscillator, the resonance of a filter, the grain size of a granulator, pitch, amp...
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Vers une architecture météorologique ? | complexitys

Vers une architecture météorologique ? | complexitys | Aural Complex Landscape | Scoop.it

Ce que certains appellent architecture et design paramétrique (un domaine qui doit encore trouver, à notre avis, une dénomination satisfaisante) et qui représente une clé de notre approche à l’architecture et à la création, peut être défini avec la formulation suivante,  centrée sur l’environnement des objets  plutôt que sur les objets eux-mêmes : le design paramétrique consiste à faire réagir les objets et les architectures à des données (paramètres ) propres de l’environnement espace (ensoleillement, position par rapport à d’autres objets voisins, exposition au vent et aux forces mécaniques, etc… ) et temps ( heure de la journée, jour de l’année, etc…).  Il s’agit donc de rendre l’architecture et les objets sensible à ces données ou, encore plus précisément , de doter le processus de conception de cette sensibilité. C’est bien cette sensibilité qui transforme l’architecte utilisant cette approche en un medium : son rôle ne serait plus de dominer les éléments du monde naturel pour les plier à sa volonté mais plutôt de les écouter, les interpréter et les canaliser afin de coordonner le processus de création architecturale comme une mise en forme de la matière qui répondrait à une nécessité intrinsèque des choses.

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Parallax

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Parallax is a first-person puzzle platformer with overlapping spatial dimensions. Weave back and forth between black and white as you try to be in the right place, in the right dimension, at the right time.These levels will make you wonder about the nature of space, or simply leave you baffled. Can you conquer them all?

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# ARAKAWA/GINS /// The counter-biopolitical Bioscleave Experiment as imagined by Stanley Shostak

# ARAKAWA/GINS /// The counter-biopolitical Bioscleave Experiment as imagined by Stanley Shostak | Aural Complex Landscape | Scoop.it

As I recently started a whole section of the blog’s archives dedicated to the work of Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins, I will be regularly writing new articles for it in order to present their radical architectural work in articulation with their lifework of poetical philosophy (or their philosophical poetry). A whole issue of the Canada based journal iNFLeXions (including a playful and beautiful digital interface) was recently dedicated to their work, thus giving access to about thirty texts written by various intellectual figures interested in the production of the Reversible Destiny Foundation. Among them, there is Stanley Shostak who is a professor in the Department of Biological sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of two books about death and immortality at the biological level (Becoming Immortal, 2002 & The Evolution of Death, 2006). In his text, Bioscleave: Shaping our Biological Niches, he examines Arakawa and Gins’ manifesto ‘We Have Decided Not To Die” and one of its architectural embodiment, the Bioscleave House (see my own pictures of the house here and here) as a form of resistance against biopolitics (such a topic makes it compatible with Russel Hughes’s guest writer essay for The Funambulist).

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designplaygrounds.com » Archive » Paleodictyon by AntiVJ

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Paleodictyon by AntiVJ are visuals loosely inspired by the work and research of deep-sea expert Peter A. Rona, the piece abolishes notions of scale by contrasting micro-architecture with human construction.
Fascinated by the marks left by unknown creatures called Paleodictyon Nodosum, he offers the hypothesis that these hexagonal structures are designed in order to cultivate bacteria.

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Parliamentary Chambers | deconcrete

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The spatial organization of formal assemblies has not substantially changed much from Athenian assembly to the modern concept of prime ministerial government that goes back to the Kingdom of Great Britain (1707–1800) and The Parliamentary System in Sweden (1721–1772) that coincided with each other. Classical democracy not only influenced the formation of later constitutions, it also created an architectural legacy which has dominated both the form and style of parliament buildings to the present day. [Sudjic, Deyan, “Architecture And Democracy”, Laurence King Publishing, 1992]

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Frieze Magazine | Archive | Power Dressing

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From Rem Koolhaas to Herzog & de Meuron, a number of today’s most famous architects accept commissions from repressive regimes. What does this say about the relationship between architectural innovation, ethics and ideology?

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The Sound of Music, or the Music of Sound?

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Music and sound design are often treated as separate disciplines. We describe ourselves as composers or sound designers, get hired to do one or the other (usually) and awards are given to these jobs as separate categories. It’s rare that sound design gets taught in schools, but when it does, it’s more likely to be a component of film studies than music departments. But are music and sound design so easily separated? Famed film sound designer Walter Murch (2005) argues, “Most sound effects… fall mid-way [between music and noise]: like ‘sound-centaurs,’ they are half language, half music.”  In fact, some of the most interesting music, films and games are those that blur the distinction between the two.

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DocHouse Sound Design Masterclass with Peter Albrechtsen

Peter Albrechtsen has become a leading name in sound design for documentary films, with recent credits in 2012 alone including multi award-winning The Queen of Versailles, Sundance winner Putin's Kiss, Canned Dreams and The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song. At CPH:DOX 2012, Peter was awarded the 'Sonic Dox Award' for the sound design of one of his latest films White Black Boy (2012). Previous fiction credits include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) and Lars von Trier's Antichrist (2009).

 
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BLDGBLOG: Caustic Engineering

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New milling techniques applied to glass and plexiglass panels could be used to "create windows that are also cryptic projectors, summoning ghostly images from sunlight." 

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Loudness and Metering (Part 1)

Understanding the complex relationship between sound level and perceived loudness turns out to be very important to us as designers of sound for a number of reasons:

Our perception of loudness is not constant (or even remotely linear) at different frequencies, so it is possible to have high level signals that nonetheless sound weak (and vice versa) depending on their frequency content.The levels at which we monitor in the studio have an impact on how we hear our work, and consequently on how the work translates to different spaces and systems, because our relative perception of frequency is not constant across different levels.Our judgement of frequency balance and loudness is not constant with time. This is particularly true if we tire our ears out with working – it becomes harder to make reasonable decisions.To get the best out of our equipment, we need to understand how it works and interconnects; this means knowing about the various different dB scales we will encounter, and how they should align.Recently, a number of areas have adopted a recent ITU recommendation on a loudness (rather than level) based form of metering and specification for broadcast. Other sectors are investigating following suit, so it is quite likely that this will be a standard and required practice.

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Cameron Martin's Nonspecific Landscapes

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Of all the genres one might associate with contemporary artistic practice, landscape painting is low on the list, more closely aligned with the nineteenth century than the twenty-first.
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Eternity

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Since before memory, certainly the Greeks, a temporal continuum supervening upon the physical universe delimited the scope of ontological speculation. This delimitation of vision to a vertical axis transpiercing the cosmos necessitates a moment of insight generated through a brutal acceleration or jerk into clarity/modernity, or alternately futurity/sightedness; at any rate unleashing an irreversible and continuous transposition of subjects, translation of signifiers, transversalization of situations.

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# SPINOZA /// Episode 7: Applied Spinozism: Architectures of the Sky vs. Architectures of the Earth

# SPINOZA /// Episode 7: Applied Spinozism: Architectures of the Sky vs. Architectures of the Earth | Aural Complex Landscape | Scoop.it

This article will be somehow similar to the text Architectures of Joy I wrote in 2010 and to which I often referred this week; however, this time, I would like to oppose a Spinozist architecture to its antagonist. It is important to observe that attributing the status of ‘Spinozist’ to an architecture is a relatively artificial and subjective assignment as all architectures are, to some extents, celebrating the composition of material assemblages that will interact with the bodies they host. Nevertheless, just like I did for the cinema of Kurosawa yesterday, we can distinguish some architectures that express the essence of Spinoza’s philosophy with more intensity (another Spinozist term) than others. Moreover, some others seem to express an essence that can be interpreted as an opposition to such a philosophy. This antagonism is here gathered under the title Architecture of the Sky vs. Architecture of the Earth as a form of simplification of what opposes them. One could argue that the sky is fully part of Spinoza’s philosophy, at the same level than the ground itself; however, the sky has to be understood through two attributes here: a symbolic one that understands the sky in a theological way, and a “practical” one in the sense that what is called “architectures of the sky” here, would not challenge the body in a direct physical manner. We could therefore used two other antagonist notions to define this conflict: the transcendental. versus the immanent.

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Volumen Sintetico - Everyday Listening - Sound Art, Sound Installations, Sonic Inspiration

Volumen Sintetico - Everyday Listening - Sound Art, Sound Installations, Sonic Inspiration | Aural Complex Landscape | Scoop.it

We all know those white earphones can get pretty loud. And when they do, many times it’s not just the listener who enjoys the music, it’s the whole bus or train. So why not make use of this and create a piece of sound art made with 1629 of them? It’s called Volumen Sintetico and it’s created by Chilean artist Ariel Bustamante.

 

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Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling | Full text | PyCX: a Python-based simulation code repository for complex systems education

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We introduce PyCX, an online repository of simple, crude, easy-to-understand sample codes for various complex systems simulation, including iterative maps, cellular automata, dynamical networks and agent-based models. All the sample codes were written in plain Python, a general-purpose programming language widely used in industry as well as in academia, so that students can gain practical skills for both complex systems simulation and computer programming simultaneously. The core philosophy of PyCX is on the simplicity, readability, generalizability and pedagogical values of simulation codes. PyCX has been used in instructions of complex systems modeling at several places with successful outcomes.

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bourbakisme: Californian Ideology.

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At the end of the twentieth century, the long predicted convergence of the media, computing and telecommunications into hypermedia is finally happening (1). Once again, capitalism's relentless drive to diversify and intensify the creative powers of human labour is on the verge of qualitatively transforming the way in which we work, play and live together. By integrating different technologies around common protocols, something is being created which is more than the sum of its parts. When the ability to produce and receive unlimited amounts of information in any form is combined with the reach of the global telephone networks, existing forms of work and leisure can be fundamentally transformed. New industries will be born and current stock market favourites will be swept away. At such moments of profound social change, anyone who can offer a simple explanation of what is happening will be listened to with great interest. At this crucial juncture, a loose alliance of writers, hackers, capitalists and artists from the West Coast of the USA have succeeded in defining a heterogeneous orthodoxy for the coming information age : the Californian Ideology. 

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Diagrams | e-flux

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In the realm of art, diagrams are not a completely new phenomenon, yet, over the last ten years, it has been possible to discern a growing interest in this sort of image. The reasons for this lie in the increasing closeness of art and science, the increasing development of an extended notion of images, in engaging with abstract forms of representation in art history and in recognising diagrams as analytical instruments for establishing theories. Diagrams are not understood just as illustrations any more, but as independent visual forms. The conjunction of image, text and spatial-graphic organisation makes a form of visual thinking possible and provides a very particular potential for insight.


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BLDGBLOG: Meshworm

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The last few years have seen the rise of "soft robots," squirming, biomorphic, and highly flexible little machines that can be used to slip through cracks, infiltrate tight spaces, even explore architectural ruins in the wake of earthquakes and warfare. 

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self/noise

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self/noise es un proyecto dedicado a la investigación de la fonografía, las grabaciones de campo, el arte sonoro, y las prácticas sonoras de carácter social. *self/noise* parte de la noción de que el sonido se produce socialmente, y de que nuestras prácticas sonoras son una parte importante en nuestra agencialidad social, cultural y política.

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Léopold Lambert Lecture at Lund Architecture Symposium 2012

Recorded September 14, in Kårhusets Aula, LTH, Lund Sweden, at Lund Architecture Symposium 2012 Arranged by Lund School of Architecture.
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Ville paramétrique et network thinking | complexitys

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Comme evoqué dans notre article de la semaine dernière et comme déclaré dans notre pageabout, ce blog est pour HDA principalement une plateforme d’échange. On est très heureux de recevoir des commentaires ou des mails de la part de nos lecteurs avec des questions ou des demandes d’approfondissement.  Souvent, par ce dialogue, nous finissons par apprendre nous-même des nouvelles choses, des nouveaux projets et des nouvelles pistes de recherche. C’est le cas de notre échange récent avec Borha, une étudiante de l’école d’architecture de Nantes qui nous contacte pour nous demander des références d’architecture paramétrique et network thinkingen relation à la participation citoyenne.

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Solitons, Bistable structures and Auxetics

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A soliton is a kind of solitary, stable and localised wave which acts in many ways like a particle. They are useful in describing a diverse range of physical phenomena, and their mathematics is a large and active topic of research.

One way of demonstrating the idea of solitons is the coupled pendulum model: Imagine a series of pendulums attached at even spacings along a horizontal rod, free to rotate only in the plane perpendicular to the rod, and connected to their neighbouring pendulums by torsion springs. If the pendulum at one end is pulled over the top of the rod it introduces a twist into the system.

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