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"Dancing with myself, oh oh oh" presentation at MIT, April 2011, as part of Circulations of the Social 2.0. Not really designed to 'stand alone' from the text, but here it is anyway.

"Dancing with myself, oh oh oh" presentation at MIT, April 2011, as part of Circulations of the Social 2.0. Not really designed to 'stand alone' from the text, but here it is anyway.

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Dancing with myself oh oh oh Dancing with myself oh oh oh Presentation Transcript

  • Dancing with myself, oh oh oh(Friendship, solitude and the experience of mediation)
  • On lists, death and filters
  • On the floors of TokyoOr down in London town to go, go
  • A list
  • A list‣ This presentation might have too many limbs
  • A list‣ This presentation might have too many limbs‣ It may jump around a bit
  • A list‣ This presentation might have too many limbs‣ It may jump around a bit‣ Id like to begin again
  • Standing
  • http://vimeo.com/23087595 Full (2001)
  • Thanks for asking.
  • With the record selectionAnd the mirrors reflection
  • With the record selectionAnd the mirrors reflection Im dancing with myself
  • slashie – Cat Harrison (2011)
  • “the greatest challenge of our current, digital information age” – Derek Bruff, Dwayne Harapnuik & Jim Julius (2011)
  • assessing
  • “core people” – Bernie Michalik (2011)
  • wtf?
  • When theres no-one else in sight In the crowded lonely night Well I wait so long For my love vibration And Im dancing with myself
  • “All the knowledge is paralyzing.” – Douglas Rushkoff, in Paul Davis (2011)
  • curated.
  • “surrounded by too much music, too muchsoftware, too many websites, too many feeds,too many people, too many of their opinions” – Eliot Van Buskirk (2010)
  • “looked at the internet as a path toward highly articulated connections and new methods of creating meaning is instead finding itselfdisconnected, denied deep thinking, and drained of enduring values” – Douglas Rushkoff (2010)
  • Oh dancing with myself Oh dancing with myself Well theres nothing to lose And theres nothing to proveIll be dancing with myself, oh oh oh
  • A list of questions
  • A list of questions‣ How would you understand and describe your relationship to screens?
  • A list of questions‣ How would you understand and describe your relationship to screens?‣ Do you know where the off button is?
  • “It makes me unsure of what really is ... It isabout losing certainty ... And then the real film starts, the inner film.” – Carsten Höller, quoted in Aitken (2006)
  • On reflection
  • (no proscenium)
  • (4:3 aspect ratio)
  • “Technology is anything that was invented after you were born.” – Alan Kay, cited in Kelly (2010)
  • “Technology is anything that doesnt work yet.” – Danny Hillis, cited in Kelly (2010)
  • http://bit.ly/kPxfSn– Marshall McLuhan (1977)
  • http://vimeo.com/23088963 Desire Lines (2010)
  • me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me meme me me me me me me me me me me me me me me meme me me me me me me me me me me me me me me meme me me me me me me me me me me me me me me meme me me me me me me me me me me me me me me meme me me me me me me me me me me me me me me meme me me me me me me me me me me me me me me meme me me me me me me me me me me me me me me meme me me me me me me me me me me me me me me meme me me me me me me me me me me me me me me meme me me me me me me me me me me me me me me meme me me me me me me me me me me me me me me meme me me me me me me me me me me me me me me meme me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me
  • shrinking distances
  • That paragraph just set a record for use of first-person pronouns.
  • “Here is a ‘you’ in which my ‘I’ is reflected; here is where all distance is abolished.” – Stefan Zweig, cited in Bakewell (2011)
  • “transcend distance and separation … longing for immediate contact with people and audiences across any distance or divide” – Micky Kwella (2011)
  • (which words could be appropriate?)
  • “... it exists, it is not exactly the same as me, butis also not irrevocably different from me, and in a broader sense, we cannot pretend that the digitization of our bodies and social relations is going to evaporate or even diminish. Like it or not, we have digital twins” – Susan Kozel (2007)
  • Divertissement: Someone Else
  • On self
  • “For my part, when I enter most intimately into what I call myself, I always stumble on some particular perception or other, of heat or cold,light or shade, love or hatred, pain or pleasure. I never can catch myself at any time without a perception, and never can observe anything but the perception …” – David Hume (1896)
  • “supply the sense of oomph, not the world” – Daniel Dennett (2003)
  • “As I write these words, even so as to be able to write them, I am pretended to a unity that,deep inside myself, I now know does not exist.” – William Hamilton (1997)
  • “self coming to mind” – Antonio Damasio (2010)
  • “I turn my gaze inward. I fix it there and keep itbusy. Everyone looks in front of him; as for me, I look inside of me; I have no business but withmyself; I continually observe myself; I take stockof myself, I taste myself … I roll about in myself ” – Michel de Montaigne, cited in Bakewell (2011)
  • “thousands of individuals, fascinated by theirown personalities and shouting for attention” – Sarah Bakewell (2011)
  • I suspect understand that I am not one of these people
  • On friendship
  • “If you press me to tell why I loved him, I feel that this cannot be expressed, except byanswering: Because it was he, because it was I” – Michel de Montaigne (1965)
  • Their relationship consisted In discussing if it existed. – Jamesian by Thom Gunn
  • “not much different from declaring another an enemy” – Mark Vernon (2005)
  • “reading”
  • “guide us into becoming one kind of person rather than another” – Alexander Nehamas, speaking in Warburton (2008)
  • “Its not me, its you, still means its you” – Alexander Nehamas, speaking in Warburton (2008)
  • "Im not sure that I know." – Me (just then)
  • “Strangely, the foreigner lives within us: he is the hidden face of our identity … by recognizing him within ourselves, we are spared detesting him in himself.” – Julia Kristeva (1991)
  • On being connected
  • “If a man were to undertake a systematicenquiry to find out what is most destructive of friendship and most productive of enmity, he would find it in the regime of the polis.” – Philodemus of Gadara, cited in Vernon (2005)
  • “permissive size of the city partly varies with the velocity and the effective range of communication” – Lewis Mumford (1973)
  • 1. Kleiber, cities and creativity
  • Max Keiber’s (1947) meticulous graph including mouse, rat, dog, woman, cow and extrapolated to elephant and whale
  • I’ve stopped exercising and recommend that you do the same.
  • “I can’t tell you how satisfying this was. Sometimes, I look out at nature and I think,Everything here is obeying my conjecture. It’s a wonderfully narcissistic feeling.” – Geoffrey West, in Lehrer (2010)
  • “creativity and innovation” – Steven Johnson (2010)
  • “In retrospect, I was quite stupid … I didn’t pay enough attention to the ways in which urban areas and organisms are completely different.” – Geoffrey West, in Lehrer (2010)
  • (Never hurts to check)
  • 1. Kleiber, cities and creativity
  • 1. Kleiber, cities and creativity2. Cities, personality and us
  • “self-directed, self-governing, self-centred, claiming for the single magnified I” – Lewis Mumford (1973)
  • “The beautiful part of my job is a lot of this ishappening without my having to go and talk to people.” – Christian Hernandez, quoted in Rowan & Chesire (2011)
  • On solitude
  • “Any practice must concern your whole stance towards the world, and its a stance that is intensely, relentlessly critical.” – Mark Vernon (2011)
  • “mad dance of accelerated process” – Slavoj Žižek (2001)
  • “fully participate in the frantic pace of thecapitalist game while sustaining the perception that [we] are not really in it” – Slavoj Žižek (2001)
  • http://vimeo.com/23089008Dancing with myself (2011)
  • “The role of art is to serve no purpose – which is not to say that art lacks purpose … the political in art lies in its refusal to be an instrument. Art speaks only for itself. Howeverthis does not make it mere fantasy. Art is deeply committed to the world: it is definitely of the world.” – Sally Gardner (1990)
  • “to live with the others, to live as otherswithout ostracism but also without levelling” – Julia Kristeva (1991)
  • “We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death. That’s why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It’s a way of escapingthoughts about death. We like lists because we dont want to die.” – Umberto Eco, speaking in Beyer (2009)
  • One final list
  • One final list‣ Friendship
  • One final list‣ Friendship‣ Solitude
  • One final list‣ Friendship‣ Solitude‣ Action
  • So lets sink another drinkCause itll give me time to think If I had the chance Id ask the world to dance And Ill be dancing with myself – Billy Idol / Generation X (1980)
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