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The Coming Fight Between Engineers And Druids

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on janeiro 22, 2013 by efeefe

Paul Saffo, na conversa anual do

There are two kinds of fools: one who says this is old and therefore good, and the other who says this is new and therefore better. The argument between the two is as old as humanity itself, but technology’s relentless exponential advance has made the divide deeper and more contentious than ever. My greatest fear is that this divide will frustrate the sensible application of technological innovation in the service of solving humankind’s greatest challenges.

The two camps forming this divide need a name, and “Druids” and “Engineers” will do. Druids argue that we must slow down and reverse the damage and disruption wrought by two centuries of industrialization. “Engineers” advocate the opposite: we can overcome our current problems only with the heroic application of technological innovation. Druids argue for a return to the past, Engineers urge us to flee into the future.


Cem dispositivos telepáticos, reconstruídos

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on fevereiro 18, 2010 by efeefe

“Reconstrução de protótipos de invenções usadas durante a criação do Filme Telepático das TRIBOS PERDIDAS.”

Tea leaves

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on dezembro 17, 2009 by efeefe

via Rob van Kranenburg.

Datamining is a very old practice. Before people had computers to compute databases with, they read their tea. Or better the leaves left in the cup afterthey had drunk their tea. Hmm!

Mais aquie.

Magic Box

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on junho 12, 2009 by efeefe

No site do Smartlab:

The MAGICbox workshop is a SMARTlab research and development centre located in the MAGIC room. MAGICbox enables fabrication of computer-generated models, with the goal of developing accessible systems for desktop manufacturing, peer production and digital materialization. We are interested in the application of this technology to disadvantaged population groups.

Magia no cotidiano?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on maio 11, 2009 by efeefe

When Arthur C. Clarke went to the great geosynchronous orbit in the sky last year, he left behind a huge legacy, not least of which was a quote oft cited by Silicon Valley visionaries and wannabes. “Any sufficiently advanced technology,” the sci-fi master wrote in 1962, “is indistinguishable from magic.”

But now my daydreams are different. As technological magic becomes routine, I wonder whether a visit to a preindustrial society might teach me more than it teaches them. The only thing more fascinating than our technology is the idea of getting along without it. Maybe the way to recapture the magic is to turn all that stuff off.


But what happens when magic is an everyday occurrence? Consider that the Flip MinoHD—a once nearly unobtainable piece of technology—is now a 3-ounce knickknack. Better yet, it’s rendered so elegantly that its coolness is baked in, not slapped on. Barely a minute after opening my review unit, I had the gizmo fired up and ready. My first experiment was to grab a long tracking shot through the rows of Wired’s cubicles. I downloaded the footage and was impressed that all was captured as planned. However, the handheld image was a bit shaky … maybe too vérité. As a result, my first thought was not so much “What hath God wrought?” as “What? No image stabilization? Where’s the built-in steadicam?”

We all, I think, have become inured to Moore’s law. The astonishing advances that once would have brought us to our knees are now reduced to a thumbs-up on Gizmodo. They’re removed from the realm of magic—they’re just cool gear.

Which brings me back to Sir Arthur. His quote makes me think of the European explorers who encountered previously unknown tribes. I used to imagine what it would be like to venture deep into the bush and unveil my latest gadget—a digital tape recorder, an iPod, an electric toothbrush.

via Steven Levy on How Gadgets Lose Their Magic, na Wired.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on maio 6, 2009 by efeefe

H3X3N is a collaborative computer witchcraft club from Chicago, Mexico City Mexico and Linz Austria, is currently composed of Mark Beasley, Sandra Rosas Ridolfi, jake elliott, tamas kemenczy, Alex Inglizian, Nina Wenhart and jonCates.



Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on abril 23, 2009 by efeefe

A criação do mundo em linha de comando:


Posted in Uncategorized with tags on abril 12, 2009 by efeefe

Scrying is a technique of divination and revelation, of producing visions, perhaps of the future, through prolonged gaze at an object, usually of crystal or liquid nature. Scrying was famously practiced by the 16th century astronomer, mathematician and alchemist John Dee with the assistance of presumed impostor Edward Kelley, using a mirror of obsidian amongst other devices.


life coding practice:

Scrying boards are open hardware, occupied in a mapping of code interiority into the world as a life coding practice [collapse of wave function] occupied with encapsulation and rationalism.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on dezembro 22, 2008 by efeefe

Chamada do Medialab-Prado Madrid para o próximo INTERACTIVOS em Lima, no Peru.

[Open Call] Interactivos? Lima’09: Magic and Technology

Selection of projects for the collective development of software pieces and interactive installations that propose a rethinking of the usual scenario in magic tricks. The workshop will take place from April 13 through 28, 2009 in Lima (Peru). Submit your project before February 15.

logo centro cultural españa en lima

Advanced Project Development Workshop

Medialab-Prado and the Spanish Cultural Center in Lima (Peru) issue a call for the presentation of projects to be developed within the Interactivos?’ Lima’09: Magic and Technology workshop, to be carried out in Lima from April 13 through 28, 2009.

Organized by:

The Spanish Cultural Center in Lima / The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation [Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID)] / Medialab-Prado – Área de las Artes del Ayuntamiento de Madrid.

Led by:

Julian Oliver (New Zeland/Spain)
Clara Boj (Spain)
Diego Díaz
Kiko Mayorga (Peru)

April 13 through 28, 2009

Application deadline: February 15, 2009

Venue: Centro Cultural de España en Lima – AECID (Peru)


This new edition of Interactivos? is inspired by the strategies of magic and illusion, in order to harness some of the old and new technological resources to collectively build software pieces and interactive installations which can propose a rethinking of the usual scenario in magic tricks, marked by a very clear separation between the wizard and the spectators.

Magic and illusion have always gone hand in hand with technology; from mechanical illusions, optical and mirror tricks, through the incorporation of electricity and the filmed image, to digital technology: augmented reality, reactive objects, reality hacking and immersive spaces.

This open call follows the one celebrated with the same title in Madrid in 2007 and suggests to broaden the topic Magic and Technology through the exploration of the meanings of the magic concept within the local context of Peru.

Through a programme of reflection, research and production, Interactivos?’09 ‘ Magic and Technology’s goals are:

· To propose magic and illusion as an approach for experiments on perception and attention, behaviour and social relationships.

· To propose a critical viewpoint on the seduction of technology and its application on the spectacle as a tool of persuasion and control.
Teachers summoned for the management of the workshop are acknowledged experts in the fields of the developing, application and spreading of open software and open hardware in creative processes and have also a long experience in the educational field and in the management of workshops.

Teachers’ approach to the workshop:

Kiko Mayorga:

I believe all creative actions involve magical moments. Magicians’ magic surprises the audience but there is another kind of uncontrolled magic that surprises the magician. In approaching electronic media, we share an interest in the unknown, a capacity for surprise. We create techniques that make possible what is usually thought to be impossible. We intuitively share an interest in experiments and the expansion of language. Electronic languages challenge our senses, our perception of the external and internal. Even if science could explain everything, there would still be a place for magic, because magic is linked to surprise and one’s attention can never take in everything.

Based on my local experience with using electronic media for creating and producing, I intend to transmit concepts and contribute to the design, production and implementation of prototypes, proposing solutions ranging from logistics (Lima is unique in terms of DIY) to making and adapting circuits, as well as programming microcontrollers and interfacing with computers and peripherals, according to what is needed for the projects selected.
Clara Boj y Diego Díaz:

In his Dictionary of the Arts, Félix de Azua refers to representation as a fiction accepted by and agreed upon by all those who produce “reality”. Magic is also representation: the “magic instant” lasts if the shared fiction between the illusionist and the viewer remains intact. As long as the illusionist’s mechanisms, devices and tricks remain hidden, the reality of magic is unquestioned by the viewer.

In technology, fiction is combined with fascination and produces other forms of magic. Even when we know how the technological mechanisms work and accept that instead of tricks there are processes, we allow ourselves to be swept up in the magical atmosphere they generate.

In this workshop we will work with fiction, illusion, technology and processes of perception to explore what happens in the interval between what is hidden and what is known, using technology to generate experiences that call for the creation of “new realities” shared by the viewer and the works.

Julian Oliver:

Magic and Technology presents an exciting challenge for interaction design, one that demands both imagination and ingenuity. How do we use technology in our work while hiding it at the same time? What techniques and technologies can we bring from the arts of magical performance and illusion? How can we incorporate what we know about human psychology and cognition in our design? These questions frame the scope of this workshop. By addressing them in our work we can invoke things wondrous, impossible, mysterious and suprising.

The Agrippa Files

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on dezembro 11, 2008 by efeefe

Agrippa a book of the dead appeared in 1992 as a collaboration between artist Dennis Ashbaugh, author William Gibson, and publisher Kevin Begos, Jr. The Agrippa Files is a scholarly site that presents selected pages from the original art book; a unique archive of materials dating from the book’s creation and early reception; an emulation of Gibson’s included poem in its original born-and-die-digital form it ran from a diskette once before encrypting itself into oblivion; a simulation of what the book’s intended “fading images” might have looked like; a video of the 1992 “transmission” of the work; a “virtual lightbox” for comparing and studying pages; full-text scholarly essays and interviews; an annotated bibliography of scholarship, press coverage, interviews, and other material; a detailed bibliographic description of the book; and a discussion forum.

via Nettime.