This is a companion piece to an essay that I wrote for the Sydney Review of Books on Donna Haraway’s latest book and some of her recent talks and lectures. I put together an edit of a number of podcasts that discuss various aspects of aphids and their ecologies. The idea is to get some sense of the complexity of ecological forces that are operating on the aphid and that shape its evolution in various ways. Continue reading Aphid Hour: a podcast companion to an essay on Donna Haraway
This is a talk that I gave on Friday 1 April 2016 as part of the seminar series at the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. Continue reading An Ethics of Diversity: Art, Ayahuasca and Microbial life
I reckon writing for a blog can be a little less formal and hopefully a little more provocative than writing in an academic context or for a ‘proper’ publication. So I start this post with a provocation Jackson Pollock wasn’t abstract or expressionist. Continue reading Jackson Pollock wasn’t abstract or expressionist: on visceral materialism
I want to share more of the detail in the drawings that I’ve been making so I’ve been looking around for a browser-based high res image viewer. There are a few out there – Extrazoom is one, gigapan is another – but none of them are really that great or, for that matter, better than google earth in terms of its zooming functionality. And for my purposes, even the google earth level of functionality leaves a lot to be desired. There’s a bunch of buffering that happens as you zoom and while you wait for that to happen you’re left looking at a blurry image. Even in a perfect world of fast internet connections and speedy buffering you can only jump from one level of zoom to the next and, no matter how nicely it animates between those states, you can’t float seamlessly into the image. Continue reading Is interactivity overrated? Using video as a high res image viewer
Things are about to get a bit nerdy.
I’ve been meaning to write a technical note on the motors that I use for the Dimensions of Line drawing machine for a while now. I’m currently using a pair of these EvoDrive ST-23 Stepper Servo motors along with an integrated Evoduino micro-controller. This allows me to write code to control the motors with arduino platform. Continue reading Drawing machine stepper motors
Some of the creative things that I do don’t fit neatly into the categories on this site so they end up here in the blog section. One of those things is overtone singing. I’ve been singing harmonic overtones as a meditative practice for many years. Its something that I’ve always done for myself. This is partly because I was never motivated to record and edit my singing into a form that I wanted to share.
That changed when I watched this hilarious Reggie Watts video. It gave me a sense that I could create something in real time by applying some of the techniques Reggie uses to the very different realm of overtone singing. Continue reading Overtone Singing: continuous overdub tutorial