Benjamin H. Bratton

The New Normal. An Introduction

Tata Osipovahas quotedlast year
I once had to remind a student, whose speculative design project was about “the first human born in space,” that all humans, hurtling around the sun as we are, were born in space
Anastasia Marochkinahas quoted7 months ago
Whole societies, universities, were built in their vicinity because of how hard it was to access that archive of knowledge. Now we have the opposite problem: there is more information and more data about the world at hand than we can possibly handle. Upon querying the world, we need a summary of a summary of the answer before we can make sense of it. As a result, we turn to interpretive prosthetics like data visualization and statistics. This is, however, a “new normal” shift on which our knowledge institutions and economies are choking.
Anastasia Marochkinahas quoted7 months ago
we see what we want to see and don’t see what we have no words for.
Anastasia Marochkinahas quoted7 months ago
Sougwen Chung, whose collaborations with her drawing robot connect human and machinic hands, such that the augmentation of creative intelligence flows both ways. Her recent work takes leave of paper and moves into virtual reality where drawings gain motion and multiple perspectives.
Anastasia Marochkinahas quoted7 months ago
For designers used to working only with image and language, Processing is a gateway drug to think both visually and algorithmically at once, and an ideal sketchbook to link our designers from different sub-disciplines into a shared vernacular.
Anastasia Marochkinahas quoted7 months ago
visceral link between code and image
Anastasia Marochkinahas quoted7 months ago
Concurrently, technologies that augment human sensation, such as virtual reality and augmented reality, are becoming mainstream and as they do, they extend and focus the perceptual practice of everyday urban life. We see these vectors — machine sensing and augmented sensation — as correspondent to and convergent with one another. For machine sensing, the surfaces of the city are made more vital as they respond to light, touch and motion in new ways, and for augmented sensation the living inhabitants’ sensory apparatuses are infused with new layers of hot and cool stimulus. There is an urbanism to be found in the hatched membrane between these.
We will be working with biosensing, 360 video, 3D-scanning, virtual reality and augmented reality, studying how these sensory systems “read” the world. At stake is both how we sense the city and how the city senses us, and itself, and thus how each “makes sense” of the other in turn. For each of these technologies our interest is not urban administration per se, but extending what can be experienced and modeled.
Liza Savinahas quoted10 months ago
This is, however, a “new normal” shift on which our knowledge institutions and economies are choking.
Liza Savinahas quoted10 months ago
Now we have the opposite problem: there is more information and more data about the world at hand than we can possibly handle. Upon querying the world, we need a summary of a summary of the answer before we can make sense of it.
Liza Savinahas quoted10 months ago
The program is based on a long-term collaboration between faculty, students and local and global experts from varied disciplinary backgrounds.
Liza Savinahas quoted10 months ago
Anthropocene binds social time to geologic time,
Liza Savinahas quoted10 months ago
the future is a better key to the present than the past.
Liza Savinahas quoted10 months ago
formal analysis, scenario development, site modeling and programming, speculative design, quantitative cultural data analysis and visualization, and the contemporary philosophy of technology, design, and aesth
Дмитрий Веснинhas quotedlast year
The future has not been cancelled. The future is where we will live and grow, but first we need to catch up to the present.
Дмитрий Веснинhas quotedlast year
One of the key games for any architecture is based on who and what is inside and/or outside.
Дмитрий Веснинhas quotedlast year
to make the future look Russian, we will have to cultivate that most Russian ethos: alienation.
Дмитрий Веснинhas quotedlast year
We do not know what these technologies are for good for yet; they remain open to definition. That is the good news.
Дмитрий Веснинhas quotedlast year
In my book The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty (one diagram with a 500-page caption)
Дмитрий Веснинhas quotedlast year
Something has shifted, it seems. We are making new worlds faster than we can keep track of them, and the pace is unlikely to slow.
Tata Osipovahas quotedlast year
Sometimes the best defense is to let something destroy itself.
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