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TBC (Dave Mee)

  1. 1. TBC: TBC in the age of flux @davemee / TANDOT.co.uk / @MadLabUK was going to talk about TBC in the age of flux, not sure where to start though.
  2. 2. wikipediaʼs always a good one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tbc theyʼve defined it for us
  3. 3. but then I came back it for a screenshot and it had changed which is definitive? itʼs easy to say the most recent one, but my time of access decides which oneʼs right
  4. 4. www.flickr.com/photos/ thepotato/333319881/ itʼs like schrodingerʼs cat - i donʼt find out the truth till I access it - access is the decider
  5. 5. Understanding Media: the extensions of man/Routledge Classics now, i couldnʼt remember what i said i was talking about - I had to check the event website - and this reminds me of Marshall McLuhan ʻtechnologies as extensions of the nervous systemʼ
  6. 6. and now we all externalise our knowledge - things we remember, how to do things - a critical skill is not learning per se, but knowing how to find someone elseʼs learning
  7. 7. ©2003 IBM / HistoryFlow of ‘Iraq’ on Wikipedia and we trust in an ever emergent, unfixed, quantum set of data and documents. this is wikipediaʼs ʻiragʼ page visualised.
  8. 8. www.flickr.com/photos/ doyle_saylor/444354042/ hereʼs another dead guy - walter benjamin, a german intellectual and essayist. heʼs quite famous for an essay known - in english - as ʻthe work of art in the age of mechanical reproductionʼ # heʼs quite interested in the idea of ʻauraʼ, authenticity, which is lost in mass produced media
  9. 9. hereʼs a photograph of the making of itself - a metaphotograph. each step of mediation changes the meaning of the next step of the product, leaves less ʻauraʼ and authenticity
  10. 10. so this is ʻthe ambassadorsʼ, a painting by hans holbein ... though actually, itʼs not. itʼs a photograph of it. and theyʼre not ambassadors, theyʼre a painting of ambassadors
  11. 11. and this is a photograph of a reproduction of it. a photograph of a reproduction of a painting of sketches of two ambassadors
  12. 12. so in a way, weʼve been messing with our idea of reality, memory and what is real for a long time. elizabeth loftus planted false memories of seeing sylvester the cat at disneyland into people by describing the tactility of the experience. of course, as a WB property this could not happen.
  13. 13. neuroproductions.be/twitter_friends_network_browser/ whatʼs this got to do with planning? decentralisation. these tools and technologies allow us to swap the referent for the reference - mobile phone numbers, twitter accounts, identity theft. as we use these tools we create increasingly inauthentic connections. they donʼt connect us - they connect abstractions of us
  14. 14. Wolfram Huke, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:JuergenHabermas_crop2.jpg so when we organise and coordinate activity - as we increasingly do - through these devices, it creates a disconnect between us and our outcomes. our communication isnʼt free, itʼs defined by the mediums it passes through, and the nature and conditions of them
  15. 15. thewwwblog.com/images/twitter/mikeyy-worm-attack.png So when we have a great, but net-native communication environment like Twitter, where the brevity and limits are inherent parts of the communication, weird stuff can happen. this is how the mikeyy virus was so successful - it was easy to impersonate people
  16. 16. nosysnoop.wordpress.com/2007/09/26/couple-file-for-divorce-after-an-online-affair-with-each-other/ Taken to an extreme - Taiwanese couple - here reported as a bosnian couple - file for divorce. their representationsʼ start ʻdatingʼ electronically and only when they meet in the flesh do they realise theyʼre already together.
  17. 17. but at the same time - this gives us a lot of power. we can constantly improve our knowledge, share learning and experiences, and respond in a more timely and fluid manner than ever before. this is what scott did with his 20 versions of bladerunner. and in a way - tyrell too - a man who caused trouble with fake memories and abstracted identites.
  18. 18. www.flickr.com/photos/ brainsluice/294087990/ you know who else did this?
  19. 19. Conclusions: To be confirmed. so what have we learnt? Iʼm not really sure - itʼs yet to be confirmed. but weʼre increasingly mediating our lives and memory through communal, changing channels and it will be interesting to see where it goes - whether peak oil will not only make things more difficult, but also render us dumber as the supporting rug is pulled out under us.
  20. 20. Thanks for strolling with me! @davemee / @TANDOT / @MadLabUK