Open note: Couplings

Why is that us, humans, want to get close/er to the machines? Last Wednesday we had the first lecture of our series on Applied Cybernetics. There, Dr. Stefan Höltgen gave a talk on the Actualization of Cybernetic Learning, through which he presented the work he and his team did restoring the MORE computer; a device […]

Archive / Archivo

[This is a bilingual note. Español más abajo.] [EN] The notion of the archive has been particularly important for our countries —I think of you, oh, South-America!—. Fields in the humanities such as art history and visual studies, and somehow cultural studies too, have pointed out the central role of this notion when it comes to […]

Paul Virilio: disciplinary transits and dwelling

[This is a bilingual note. Español más abajo.] [EN] Last month, the French thinker Paul Virilio died. We knew about it on September 18th, and today, thanks to the obituaries, we know that the so-called Blitzkrieg Baby past away on the 10th day of that month (Wark, 2018; Bishop & Parikka, 2018). All the more, those homage-texts […]

Universal Turing Machine

[This note is, for now, only available in Spanish. Entschuldigen Sie.] La Máquina Universal de Turing —en mayúsculas e itálicas— debe primeramente comprenderse como una máquina teórica; y al mismo tiempo, como una máquina de papel, en ambos sentidos de la palabra. Este dispositivo, el cual es recurrentemente nombrado en campos tales como los estudios y […]

√ / Radicalismo

[This note is, for now, only available in Spanish. Entschuldigen Sie.] Pensar las máquinas, convocarlas, (de)construirlas, re-situarlas —todas tareas de investigadores de medios, de alguna filosofía, de artistas mediales, y también, de ciertos ingenieros y diseñadores— requiere de una aproximación radical en dos sentidos del término: por una parte, radical en tanto que descentramiento que permite […]

Distinción Metodológica

[This note is, for now, only available in Spanish. Entschuldigen Sie.] La teoría de medios en su vertiente alemana esconde, por así decirlo, un vínculo exquisito con el psicoanálisis, y más aún, con el post-estructuralismo. Digo esconde, porque aunque las producciones contemporáneas de tales teorías no necesariamente hagan explícito dicho vínculo, éste aparece inevitablemente al desenredar las madejas genealógicas que […]

Máquina de escribir

[This note is, for now, only available in Spanish. Entschuldigen Sie.] Una reflexión contemporánea sobre la noción de máquina puede partir con una breve discusión sobre un aparato (en) particular: la máquina de escribir. Esto, pues en ella es posible visualizar, con relativa facilidad, tres cuestiones que son fundamentales para abordar tal asunto; a saber, la fragmentación del lenguaje […]

Arqueología

[This note is, for now, only available in Spanish. Entschuldigen Sie.] Con Arqueología aquí, no queremos hablar de la ciencia y práctica que, literalmente, desentierra objetos y trozos de antiguas civilizaciones, como se ha dado, por ejemplo, con los mausoleos egipcios o con las momias chinchorro en el norte de Chile. Alternativamente, más bien, queremos referir […]

Cibernética [1]

[This note is, for now, only available in Spanish. Entschuldigen Sie.] El pensamiento cibernético está teniendo un interesante y a la vez excitante resurgimiento en algunos campos de estudio –particularmente en aquellos, tal como era previsible, donde se busca impulsar con fuerza los desarrollos y asociaciones transdisciplinarias en torno a las tecnologías y las culturas mediales. Resurgimiento […]

Friedrich Kittler

[This note is, for now, only available in Spanish. Entschuldigen Sie.] Friedrich Kittler, estoy convencido, es un pensador alemán cuya obra debe entrar, con decisión –y en mi opinión también con urgencia–, a las discusiones contemporáneas en arte, humanidades y ciencias sociales que se desarrollan en español. Con una prolífica obra que generalmente se divide […]

22
Jan

Canal

On June 2017 in Santiago, Chile, the first issue of the journal Canal: cuadernos de estudios visuales y mediales [Channel: Notebooks on Visual and Media Studies] was published. As an academic initiative to articulate transdisciplinary and contemporary thinking and discussions on visual and media cultures, the project included a series of original articles by researchers […]

30
Sep

Colloquia

As a farewell activity from the Department of Design at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Chile, I organized two colloquia to discuss relevant topics which, in my understanding, play a key role when one is willing to move design, insofar as a University field, closer to contemporary thought. One of […]

28
Nov

Searching for Euclid

Invited by Francisca Morand (dancer) and Javier Jaimovich (sound artist) to collaborate in their Emovere project residency, I worked in team with Cristián Canto to create an interactive piece aiming to explore the body-machine relation in an experimental dance and sound context. Invoking the old tradition of Euclid’s algorithm as an actual actor in the history of culture and […]

17
Oct

Informe

The project INFORME: Device for activating and experimenting a non-space, is a temporary device for activating and experimenting a non-space. Created by a team formed by Cristián Gómez-Moya, Mario Marchant Lannefranque, Daniel Opazo Ortíz, and myself, and installed at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Chile, it consisted of designing a capsule to develop a […]

2
Jul

Book: Algorithmic Mediations for Agonism

Algorithmic Mediations for Agonism is a book whose goal is to share notes and reflections, as well as the methods and processes developed by the Design and Agonism group at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Chile. The book presents a conceptual introduction and a brief bibliographic discussion about the role technical media could be playing in […]

3
Jun

Algorithmic Mediations for Agonism

Algorithmic Mediations for Agonism was a research-creation project developed by the Design and Agonism group, aiming to pursue an inquiry on how technical and technological apparatuses (more specifically, those algorithmically conditioned) could mobilize (or being themselves) agencies for dissensus and confrontation. The project had several phases and processes, and designed and developed several prototypes and tests (only two of them are shown here.) Among those processes […]

15
Mar

Remoteness of Light

Remoteness of Light is a research-creation project done in co-authorship with Bárbara Echaíz Bielitz as a discussion on darkness, light, and the design of nature; presented at the Dynamics of Darkness in the North conference in Reykjavík, Iceland during February 2015. The project aimed, firstly, to reflect on how technical developments (in this case one based […]

16
Sep

Landscape and gaze to the modes of describing events

Landscape and gaze to the modes of describing events was a research-creation project aiming to analyze and visualize the discursive events articulated and published by the Chilean digital media, which in general terms contribute to shape the local political landscape. Technically speaking, the project consisted in the development of a software and the design of an interface and a system […]

16
Oct

Info Leaks Posters

Self-reflecting project, whose aim was to study and explore the algorithmic visualization of techno-political information. It consisted in the development of a small piece of software, written in Processing, to read RSS feeds from the five newspapers that initially covered the WikiLeaks Cable Gate case. After processing the data, the software generated and delivered a […]

14
Oct

Central Monitor · Central Node

The Central Monitor · Central Node project was a software, interface, and platform to visualize techno-political imaginaries, through the analysis of the WikiLeaks Cable Gate case. The project allowed to monitor the international coverage of a massive declassification of documents and information, while it invited to witness political and cultural biases, and thus, the emergence of the underlying discontinuities that may put in […]