Posted by: glue | July 25, 2008

Abstract Matter

Instruction: Zoom in on the materiality of the disaster scene. A didactic movement from figural to abstract and back, in order to make the matter legible. Follow the material as link across a family of variations on cellular structures, degrees and kinds of porosity.

Charcoal Way

Charcoal Way

The porosity of the acquifer at the Superfund site (Cabot-Koppers) correlates with that of activated charcoal (charcoal as Gift in the German sense). Google image search offered a wider set of relatives, turning up the material used in my hip replacement (5/22/08). The metal mimics the porosity of bone.

CU -- Ersatz Bone

CU -- Ersatz Bone

The family resemblance rests on the logic of the honeycomb.



The path passed through a diagram for the organization of social networking sites. Such is the efficiency of conduction as inference. What does the fate of the Floridan acquifer have to do with the Internet?

Storage and Retrieval of Thought

Storage and Retrieval of Thought

* Identity – a way of uniquely identifying people in the system
* Presence – a way of knowing who is online, available or otherwise nearby
* Relationships – a way of describing how two users in the system are related (e.g. in Flickr, people can be contacts, friends of family)
* Conversations – a way of talking to other people through the system
* Groups – a way of forming communities of interest
* Reputation – a way of knowing the status of other people in the system (who’s a good citizen? who can be trusted?)
* Sharing – a way of sharing things that are meaningful to participants (like photos or videos)

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