Exhibition of Space the Final Frontier at CKP

April 19th, 2011 by Comments Off

We have reached the end of the Space the Final Frontier journey culminating in an exhibition at Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore on March 17, 2011. Each of the groups was asked to make a presentation of their research in some way, and all installations are considered a work-in-progress as there was very little time for fine-tuning. But all participants rallied and the works came together very nicely, some at the very last moment and were viewed by the 75 or so visitors to the exhibition. The following post contains a brief description and some images of the collaborative works and their authors. Participants then uploaded these descriptions of their installations, along with images, links and keywords to the meta-project Shadow Search Platform.

These form objects in the corpus that are now being tested by the Narcissus algorithm. Narcissus works as a plug-in and is an alternative to mainstream search engines where popular sites become demoted, moved to the bottom of the page and are placed in ‘darkness’ for two search rounds. More developments are on their way. But you can view and test (the word ‘space’ works best) the alpha version here.


Bengaluru Data Bank Soundtrack

How does technological development affect individual and collective imagination of a certain place? How does it affect us, artists, arriving at an unknown place whose satellite images we already knew?
 These were the initial questions for the participants of Bengaluru Data Bank Soundtrack group who collected visual data based on individual experience of Bangalore as an IT city and then translated it into another form -as sound. By initiating a process of transcoding, this extended the limits of the experience of space itself. 
The content, gathered at http://bangaloredataaccumulations.in, was partially transcoded into a sound file with the program Sound of an Image. The digital soundtrack was interpreted and translated by the musicians of the New Bharath Brass Band, a family band specialised in playing folk songs on weddings. In the end, five musicians, playing horns, drum and trumpet, performed their translation of the soundtrack during the Space the Final Frontier opening at CKP.

Doris Denekamp, Patricia Sousa, Sylwia Galon, Venkatesh K N, Kostas Tzimoulis

Mind Mapping

This project centres around the idea of making the personal map through the memories of our daily life with the help of ours brains and digitally storable media or hand drawn images. As we know our mind maps the places according to movements, which are close to us, but it never maps the places that we leave behind and beyond our body. The translation of this mapping activity comes together in this sound piece, as an installation consisting of a tower of speakers. The voice that resonates from the work talks about the unclaimed spaces that exists in our lives, placing that existence in the geographical space, political space, the mental space, etc. But it also raises the question, what are these spaces? How can we actually define space? Which spaces already exist? How can we define those that do not? What are the aesthetics of the space conceived as multicultural activities, multiple perspectives and diverse ways of thinking?

Participants: Deepak.D.L, Prathiba Nambiar, Lopa Shah.




The group decided to make an interactive movie about the most popular locations in Bangalore city. Thinking about locations they realized that every location has its own body language that was translated into actions. For example praying in a temple is accepted behaviour, but what will happen when you do it on the street or in the park? What is the bodily and mental reaction to doing an action that isn’t appropriate for the surroundings in which we find ourselves? In order to research this and the reactions of the local people, three different locations in Bangalore city were used as the sites of shooting: a very commercial location (Brigate Road), a natural location(Cubbon Park) and finally, a religious location (Shiva Temple).

In the movie the viewer gets invited to follow the actions, reactions and locations of the actors. For the exhibition various ‘stills’ were shown of the actions as well. The actions (pouring water, praying, stopping traffic) were the same in all three places: in the street, in the park, in the temple. The movie showed how strange and out of place actions can be when the surroundings don’t fit the picture, looking disconnected and very idiotic to the people that are passing by. During filming, people at the locations were also asked the following questions: What is your connection with this place? What does this location mean to you?

Participants: Mantu Das, Mampi, Nancy Tjong & Pierre Vinet



Objects of different functions are juxtaposed with a computer monitor on cement blocks to form a pedestal showing the videos of an everyday journey from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad to Srishti School of Design. During this long stretch of 12kms,  one encounters recent widened roads. The participants have stopped visiting some parts of the city because of the newly built shopping malls and other consumption stores. The idea of the city has been completely changed by Bangalore’s wall beautification and the construction of flyovers and magic boxes, along with an ugly display of Karnataka’s state icons and tourist places. The articulation of Bangalore’s IT status has made public space an object for intervention, merging activism and art practices by NGO’s working here.
 At the center of this installation is the computer monitor that displays satellite images of Bangalore a few years back, along with video clips of Bhim’s daily journey from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad to Srishti School of Design. Bangalore’s images from Google Earth are projected on the wall behind it. The computer monitor plays a major role in the display and creates a location for the photographs. Reality is no more the same, nor is it traditional photography as this installation uses apparatus (computer monitors and LCD projection) to capture Bangalore’s image. Photography of the city has changed from being painterly to a technological apparatus.

Participants: Venkatesh K N, Bhimappa Pattar, Deepak D L




This installation consists of 4 short video loops and a text reflecting five different perspectives of the same event. The participants were at the Majestic Bus Station in Bangalore when a demonstration passed by.
 Not knowing what it was about, they instinctively pursued the crowd and each observed the situation, trying to understand what was happening and what they were doing there. Navigating the space, they interacted with the protesters, and spoke to the demonstration leader, documenting their views of the event with video and sound recordings. The protest moved swiftly through the city, and they walked with the crowd until it came to its final destination at a council building were they waited until officials came to hear the protesters demands.

Upon leaving the procession they discovered how different their experiences of the last 2 hours had been. This was dependent upon diverse cultural backgrounds (North and South India, Norway, Switzerland and the UK) and not completely understanding the language and the social and political context. Previous experiences of protests have been added to one work, while contact, interaction with the protesters in the procession is also shown in the videos. Observing the event as well as being seen, each contribution reflects the same event quite differently. As a whole, the installation allows the viewer to construct the event as an entirety.

Participants: Rosie Heinrich, Babitha Lingraj, Ane Østrem, Eric Philippoz, Avni Sethi



Iknowyouknow is a site aimed primarily at initiating a conversation by building a platform on the largest space for exploration available today, the worldwide web. Just as the name suggests, the site explores and acknowledges the repertoire of skills existing across a range of schools and kids in Bangalore. This, in the simplest set of words, is a Web School, except it doesn’t have any teacher involved. Kids here can learn, share and exchange knowledge, using the interactive spaces proposed and designed primarily to have them connect with each other at various levels. Iknowyouknow delves into the idea that high sounding words like “education”, “knowledge”, curriculum” and “school” have much deeper substance and understanding, which if explored better, can transform the premises that our education system stands on today. Kids share a language, naturally woven with innocence, love and curiosity, which makes them relate to each other, despite all the subjective differences. Little challenges, similar interests, urge for a company to play with, school timings, common problems or simply the pleasure of sharing brings them to establish a healthy space for interaction between them. This is turn facilitates an exchange of thoughts, skills and practices that otherwise fail to find a way out amidst the daily pressures of school work and tests.
Iknowyouknow seeks to connect all the schools across Bangalore, through a variety of interactive games, challenges, videos, music and much more. To learn more, visit iknowyouknow.com! More coming soon!

Participants: Lopa Shah, Prathiba Nambiar


Solar Energy Clock

This installation stands for an alternate perception of time.

There is a clock in which the speed is dependent on the amount of solar energy collected at that time. The more sun (energy) the faster the clock ticks.
 Sunlight or solar energy is one of the only free products remaining (so far…). The clock is built in such a way that it is self-sustaining, feeding energy off the solar energy which is collected and stored as energy in a battery. At night time the clock runs very slowly and switches the lights on for a ‘shadow society’, represented by 
a micro world that comes alive when the night time comes- the clock switches on some lights so that the mini-robots receive energy to be able to move.

The rhythm of the clock is displayed by a kind of 3D pendulum. A globe of the world swings back and forth once in a while. The interval is directly dependent on the amount of solar energy collected. The more energy, the shorter the intervals. During its operation a sound is played and recorded simultaneously. At the same interval as the pendulum moves (depending on the amount of solar energy), the recorded sound will be played and again simultaneously recorded. Of course this will lead to background noise in the recording and therefore the sound will change with every recording, like a ‘Chinese whisper’.

Participants: Claire Boutroux, Clement Martin, Shibaji Pal, Bahnu Shankar Ghosh, Eelco Wagenaar



Tuesday, March 15

March 21st, 2011 by Comments Off

”One day when no one was home I started down in secret, but I stumbled and fell. when I opened my eyes, I saw the Aleph.”

”The Aleph?” I repeated.

”Yes, the only place on earth where all places are – seen from every angle, each standing clear, without any confusion or blending. I kept the discovery to myself and went back every chance I got…”

I tried to reason with him. ”But isn’t the cellar very dark?” I said.

”truth cannot penetrate a closed mind. If all places in the universe are in the Aleph, then all stars, all lamps, all sources of light in it too.”

”You wait there. I’ll be right over to see it.”

Then I saw the Aleph


The Aleph, Jorge Luis Borges, 1949

Meeting at CKP

The day started with some of us gathering at CKP, a local art school at the centre of Bangalore where many worlds meet, to take a look around the exhibition space as the art school. Following this, part of the group moved towards 1 Shanti Road, an artist led initiative in the center of Bangalore, where we will be having a goodbye dinner and presentations on Friday.


source: http://www.btis.in/


This was the day where most of the groups where on the move through Bangalore. Searching for audio visual rental places (Venkatesh, Kostas, Ane, Eric, Rosie, Babita, amongst others), technical components (Eelco), and other practicalities and bureaucracies related with the project’s production. Our group, formed by Doris, Kostas, Venkatesh, Sylwia and myself, had urgently to find a brass band available and able to perform our transcoded images into sound. Doris and I visited the New Jai Hind Brass Band at Mysore Road, Kostas and Venkatesh the New Bharath Brass Band near Town Hall, this one being our final choice. Besides the production requirements most of the groups where engaged with visual, audio and other sorts of research for their individual and collective projects. For whatever reasons this was a day in transit (within traffic, always) filled with observations but also, and I would dare to say, of re-negotiations of our own positions defining who is the observer and who is not.

It was a day of ‘production of space’, borrowing the term from Lefebvre. And thinking of what I heard from others about their experiences and my own experience, I’m tempted to think of all these fragments as one space, where the absence of linearity or syncronization doesn’t compromise the possibility to connect them all, translating something else more than a one absolute space.

Nancy, Pierre, Mampi where out for filming at the Cubbon Park and two other locations. Their attempt to film at a shopping mall became impossible due to security reasons that would require issuing a permission. It is somehow interesting to think in how this places are under surveillance. While visiting two shopping malls (while recording sound with binaural earphones) I could also notice how ‘protected’ these spaces are from the outside world, filtering who goes in and who goes out, simultaneously promoting a lifestyle with ”Eastern values following Western standards”, as I read on a advertisement billboard.

As for Avni, Ane, Eric, Babitha, Rosie the unexpected encounter with a demonstration for labour rights near Majestic revealed challenging ways of observing and engaging with issues of othering. The group followed the demonstration  while capturing video images, which later will be edited and composed on a four monitor installation.

Eelco has been fully engaged in finding technical solutions as getting some last minute components. His hotel room became during the last days a temporary studio for the development of part of the project. He made sure he wasn’t building something dangerous…so we believe.



New Bharath Brass Band’s office

After finding a brass band that could perform a sound piece on Thursday, Sylwia, Kostas, Doris, Venkatesh and myself took the rest of the day for individual research, being this material finally transcoded into sound by the end of the evening. Using an open source platform  we were able to convert the selected images (that can be found at http://www.bangaloredataaccumul.ation.in ) that reflected upon the idea of Bangalore as an IT city, into a very interesting sound file which you can listen here IT Bengaluru_1_sample

The day ended with most of the groups involved in the production of their projects. Looking forward to see the result of it!


‘spaceship Enterprise’ Chapatti

Poster for the exhibition of the Space the Final Frontier @ Srishti project at CKP, March 17th, 4 to 7 p.m.

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My presentation for Friday; art meets technology

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Friday presentation

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 My presentation of tomorrow…


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Monday Monday

March 16th, 2011 by Comments Off

“Monday Monday, so good to me,
Monday Monday, it was all I hoped it would be”

The Mamas & the Papas

It’s Monday again, after a beautiful week full of trying different food, walks through the city, sightseeing & shopping, arguing with richshaw-drivers, getting bitten by all different kinds of insects and attending really interesting lectures. We are getting ready for another great week in Bangalore, India. This week each group will be busy doing their own projects. At the end of the week all the work will hopefully be rewarded with a lot of people coming to the exhibition on Thursday afternoon at CKP from 4 to 7 pm.

After the usual bustrip we arrived at the Sristi campus. Getting tea, water & coffee before everything starts became a sort of a ritual and after practicing this ritual everybody was settled to get some serious work done.

Because my group & I decided to leave early we didn’t get to see what everybody’s been doing this Monday, so when I came back to the hotel I interviewed one person of each group about their developments. After this I will elaborate more on my own project.

Mini-interview Rosie & Eric

“In search of inbetweenness we decided to reflect on our own otherness”
“In a place of transit you should feel comfortable, but your not and this only because the color of your skin”

Rosie’s group decided to acted out a series of exercises in Majestic Bustreminal which will be documented. The main purpose for these exercises is to observe oneself and the other in transitional space. This state of inbetweeness was the trigger for deeper research on the subject matter. SPACE & IDENTITY bouncing back and forth. The first week was about looking at the other and this week will be about looking at ourselves through the other’s eyes.
- Avni, Rosie, Babitha, Ane, Eric

It’s interesting to see ones own reaction towards the other, and the change in collectively becoming the other solely based on your skin colour. After a couple of talks with my peers it became clear to me that they somehow feel (and these are my own words, a free interpertation of the situation) visually raped as the gaze of the “other” seems to constantly follow them around and watch them. In my case it’s completely the opposite, nobody bothers me with big eyes as if I came with a UFO from planet Europe. Funny to notice I had to fly across the world to feel completely at home.

The other exists, no matter what they say. It will take years of re-programming one’s mind to change these reflections of otherness and wholeness. We know that there is no such thing as the other and we can read untill we drop, but we won’t feel it. Maybe we should all spend a lifetime on a mountain sitting and contemplating our otherness and maybe we will become one with the universe, leaving things like “otherness”,” you”,” me”,” I” behind (for the record….i’m joking …but we should…… )

Mini-interview Eelco

‘Everything is solarrrrrrpowerrrr!!!’

Eelco & friends are working on a clock which gets its energy from the sun. The more sunlight the clock is able to process, the faster it will run. The stored solarpower in the clock will be used to sustain a microsociety which consists of little mechanical bugs. The project questions our notion of time and provides an alternative vision on time and space.
- Shibaji, Claire, Bhanu, Eelco, Clemond

We aren’t different only in culture, mentality, nurture and gender. Talking with Eelco made me also aware that even our notion of time depends on the location of where you are at a certain moment in time and space. The 24-hours (the only thing I thought we could agree upon, and the only thing that I thought of being equally divided amongst people) are going faster or slower according to the amount of sunlight. I’m wondering if we can’t at least have one thing in the world reality which is a certain fact and equal to men, besides birth & death?

Mini-interview Patricia

“The most beautiful part of the day was not missing the bus”

Patrica’s group will make a databank which will contain different sounds & images. The main purpose behind this project is to collect different data of the city which can be used as the building blocks for our imagination. Imagination needs objects from reality to deform & to play with. Every group in the workshop have acces to the databank. Also a musicband will play out the sound that the images make when they are converted to sound.
- Patricia, Doris, Sylwia & Kostas

Looking very much forward to hear the sound of images. I knew you could visualize sound, but to make sound of an image was a new approch of datavisualisation for me. Does the color red have its own sound? And what about the color blue, or green or yellow….and so on. Maybe we will be surprised and hear a beautifull harmony of sounds, singing beautiful words to us or maybe the sound will be a message for us. Finally images can speak out and tell us what they are thinking…….or maybe they will speak to us in angry voices for using them for all the wrong purposes………..who knows?

the sound of color…..

Note for the reader who isn’t in the workshop: If you are also extremeley curious about the sound of images, I suggest you visit the end exhibition on Thursday or check back on the blog after we upload the images and texts.

Mantu, Mpi, Piere & Nancy

“Locations rhymes with frustrations”

The group will make a movie about the most popular locations in Bangalore. Thinking about locations and the people we realized that every location has his own (body) language which we translated into ”actions”. For example, praying in a temple is accepted behaviour, but what will happen when you do it on the streets or in a park? Three movies will be played next to each other (Cubbon park, MG Road & a Hindu temple). In all of the locations one action from each location will be acted out. The main purpose is to see the people’s reactions.

Monday we started with filming footage for the movie. First we decided on doing four movies in which each of us played a role. But after being denied acces to the malls and with the request for filing for permission, the plan of four movies changed into three. The first location will be extremely commercial, the second location will be really “religious” and the third location will be “natural”. Tuesday we will be finishing gathering the footage and Wednesday is for editting, programming, hysteria & panic.

Last but not least I really really really want to share this picture. On MG road (Mahatma Gandhi Road)..….no disrespect but I almost p*ssed my pants laughing when I saw this quote. It reads: “an eye for an eye is making the whole world”. The poor guy forgot the last word which is “blind”. Or did he do it intentionally?


Sunday, March 14, 2011

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Sweet Sunday.
Sunday sounds like shopping.
Sounds like shopping and sun.



Open the brackets : A bunch of students gather at Cubbon Park at 15.45 – or even a bit later – and join Srishti faculty Deepak Srinivasan – artist, media practitioner, researcher and pedagogue. The group sits on a stone, as Deepak introduces the main topic of this Sunday afternoon walk – thoughts about public space – and asks the students how they relate to the particular context of Bangalore. The students of the DAI, the “white foreigners”, evoke the particular rhythm of this city : time seems expanded while travelling by rickshaw or by bus, given the size of the city and the traffic jams. When walking down the busy streets of Commercial Street, or by crossing a busy road, some feel like blending in a flow, an organic movement that materialises in making three steps to pass a rickshaw, wait for the bus to go and finally run to the other side in diagonal. Some of us have also witnessed people brushing their teeth in the streets, as if the private sphere had merged with the public space. Like in Cubbon Park, where families sit on the grass despite the do no sit on the lawn signs, Bangaloreans seem to take over the public space, to appropriate it.
Deepak then proposed a reflection on the way gender is performed in public, through an half an-hour exercise : students were asked to form pairs of men and women, walk in the park, observe the opposite gender, incorporate the gestures that characterise a man or a woman, and come back acting likewise. Thirty minutes later, the whole group hadn’t been very assiduous, but those who had, came up either with playful observations, or with a feeling of vulnerability, especially for women. Generally speaking, the very fact to be a white women in Bangalore involves a lot of emphatic looks from men; trying to walk like a man for the exercise made some women feel even more observed, and therefore uncomfortable. The mimics sounded like pure spectacle. The group seems to agree that it is easier to stand as an observer, which allowed Deepak to underline the notions of visibility and invisibility in public space. About the social and political context of Cubbon Park, Deepak mentioned that it was mainly used by lower middle class people, mainly Muslim families from Shivajinagar, the neighbouring commercial area. Throughout history, the park has been the main component of a subtle but menacing composition of city planning speculation (parking lots, government buildings, metro station), security policy and protests.


The walk headed then to Shivajinagar and its colourful, odour full and plastic-goods-full commercial streets. We passed a lot of wall paintings on our way, that I personally found beautiful. Deepak couldn’t agree, and mentioned the polemic in which these paintings have been involved, in terms of the nationalistic images of India that they present, but also because of a “Singapore syndrome” – understand the recent government’s quirk for clean streets. By replacing the Bollywood posters that used to cover these walls, this policy has also deprived income for the people who were living from the poster industry.


Further on, Deepak briefly explained the project that his collective, Maraa set up in Virapillai Street, where they displayed images that had been taken there, which depicted the area’s everyday life. This self-reflective work raised questions from the locals about the issue of the set-up : why does one show images of old buildings when the city is developing and growing so fast? Could they not better exhibit images from the new malls?
On the way back to Commercial Street Deepak also mentioned a project he set up last year with a group of Srishti students : in the flower market the undergraduates had to observe the traders and their gestures. After this ethnological survey, they spent a day working with the flower traders, dressing like them, according to their previous research.
An inscription in Tamil on a very colourful Hindu temple led Deepak to briefly introduce us to the tensions that divide the Tamil and Kannada groups in Bangalore. But that’s when the owner of the shop in front of where we were standing asked us to leave, because potential customers weren’t able to see his storefront. Negociating the public space…
Deepak left us in Commercial street, with its Western-style shops and its police station, which occasionally gathers street vendors demonstrations – another side-effect of the ‘Singapore syndrome’. Close the brackets.



The sun has gone.
But the shopping still goes on.


Blogspot: Saturday 12th of March

March 14th, 2011 by 1 Comment »

Saturday 12th of March

The journey is on its half -way, time to think and to rethink, start and restart in order to go on.

After an intense and concrete week, that helped us, the participants of the Space the Final Frontier, to think about the possibilities of using technologies in order to open a dialogue with the Space, Saturday seem to be the day that all these lectures, presentations and conversation, had the chance to take form through the different projects that will be realize the following five days.

Saturday morning it was the day that we had breakfast late around with some people of us to start our day with a hangover from the previous night’s drinking at the living room of the first floor at Aranha’s home.


There was no schedule for the day, except it was the shopping for the projects. So every group that needed electronics, meet up around eleven close to the town Hall, in an area that exists many stores with electronics. The participants from the Solar/Time project was there and they bought what is necessary to built up their idea, discussing also what is next for the project, the meeting finished and Eelco brought the Solar Panel and the sensors etc back in his room that started to transformed it slowly into a lab in the afternoon.


For the rests seem that was a “free” day but the fact that the projects just begun, found every group to had arrange meeting in the morning and in afternoon.

The Bangaluru Data Bank {BDB }project had a meeting in a cafe at Brigade street, after sharing ideas and questions of the next step for the project, such as how to built the data bank and trans-coding the data, the participants had a walk to the nearby mg road and commercial street, experience the bangalore markets, collecting data, and made shopping.

The BDB group end up at Aranha’s home, starting searching for couple of hours.


 Same story for repositioning inbetween space project they had the meeting in the afternoon at the church street, to ,discussing the different possibilities of the projects, buying books and making research.

For thebreaking the Bangalore surface group it was a day that decided to work individually and to have a meetingon Sunday.


 The participants form the Dutch Art Institute, met at Koshy’s restaurant that some of them enjoy the concert of Jazz music by Ms. Shilpa Bavikatte from Chicago, Illinois, US, Accompanied by
Drums   Mr. Gopi,  Bangalore, Keyboard  Mr. Floyd Santimano, Goa, Guitar Mr. Praveen David , at Koshy’s Chill Out.
After that they had dinner all together at Koshy’s restaurant, exchange the different experiences of this day, having nice Indian food and drinking lasi and beers, relaxing at the end of this day.


 Returning at the hotel with different rikshaw’s ending the saturday night at Bangaluru, again in the living room of the hotel without drinks this time, seems that we starting to experience an every day routine, while at the same time we experience something completely diffrerent far away from our every day life.



Blogpost March 11th, day 5

March 14th, 2011 by Comments Off

Friday March 11, 2011, Bangalore, India.


Space: The final frontier

These are the voyages of the Starship, Enterprise

Its 5 year mission

To explore strange new worlds

To seek out new life and new civilizations

To boldly go where no (hu)man has gone before


First officers blog, blog entry 5.

Earth, Stardate 2011, 07:38am IST, GPS 12.963638,77.63861; Bangalore ;


A new adventure starting..

All the crew got out of their downtime on the holo deck alright. After having breakfast at the officers mesh, the crew had to report at the flight deck at 07:35am IST.

Some of the crew members had to be gathered from their quarters to report on the flight deck immediately.

Just a few minutes to eight the brand new USS Enterprise arrives and all the crew boards. We will use the warp drive to get to our destination..

Well… we would have wished for that. It is just another bumpy ride through the already awakened but still quite fresh city of Bangalore.

The ride takes about an hour as normal. The crew is already starting to get used to this new rhythm and where able to shift their bio clock to the local time zone. We arrived at the Srishti N2 (new-new) building without any irregularities. As everywhere the people that live close by are the latest, so we are the early birds. And we all manned our position at the bridge. A pleasant surprise arrived, ‘regular’ coffee!!! (for all the caffeine junkies that are in desperate need for some while now).

Yesterday the assimilation started into different collectives. Today this will continue in between the presentations and talks that are scheduled. The Peter Brothers will share their thoughts with the engineers and technicians of the USS Enterprise.


The start of today:

• 10:00: Vasanthi’s presentation

Dr. Vasanthi Mariadass has a doctorate in Cinema Studies. Her specialization is in Film and Literary Theory (including poststructuralism, postmodernism, psychoanalysis, postcolonial studies and feminist studies). Her current research is on the works of a German documentary filmmaker Harun Farocki.

Vasanthi’s presentation addressing:

The reading of Zizeks Science of Appearance, Politics of the Real.

Vasanthi explains why her presentation is fragmented but still to be concidered integral.

For us not to worry about why it doesn’t all connect and for us to take it as discrete things and see where it flows rather than trying to engage in particular situations.

From humiliation (Copernicus, Darwin, Freud and others) to technology, where substantial reality is disturbed by for instance virtual reality.

Psychoanalysis is challenged severely by recent brain sciences.

The quasi-autonomy of appearances:

Reduction of ideology to economic base.

Freuds’ notion of fantasy (the Subjective/Objective subversion)

Drives – quasi-theological drives. De-centering of objective unconscious. Split appearances and reality.

Bhaktain: Chronotopology (chronos and topology )

Because reality is always shifting; different scales are required..

To put it in more StarTrek language:

Real entities and particals, constantly moving, constantly in a Deleuzian flux.

To engage with something that is in constant motion is almost impossible.

There are split appearences within reality. The thing is that these parallel anomolies reflect on our daily realities.

For example: as if the transporter beam malfunctioned and a person appears at 2 places at the same time.

Or as we used the replicator for an object, so that it exits in 2 places in the same time.


A space-time anomaly?

“Kirk: Come on. Spock, why didn’t you jump in?

Spock: I was trying to comprehend the meaning of the words.

McCoy: It’s a song, you green-blooded…Vulcan. You sing it. The words aren’t important. What’s important is that you have a good time singing it.

Spock: Oh, I am sorry, Doctor. Were we having a good time?

McCoy: God, I liked him better before he died.

-Star Trek V: The Final Frontier”

Demystification of concepts: 19th century: Marx, Freud

With their bodies, with their minds, with their desires

They reappear and haunt you, and you don’t know what, where and how (20th century: Zizek)

Narcissistic illnesses: exponential growth of technology.

Husserlian phenomenology: as such in their economy…the line is opened up through Bergson, Deleuze, Wittgenstein: becoming with regard to real entities.

Peter Hitchcock – ‘Chronotope of the Shoe’

About the shoe being manufactured in Indonesia, and sold for a lot of money in the States.

What is the concept of chronotope ?

Chronotopes and Architectonics

(in this article it states Michael Jordan was a Olympics runner, but I do believe he was a basketball and baseball player…)

It deals with relation: coincidental and transparent and in the end becoming and flux.

Harun Farocki => Still Life.

>Screening of 15 minutes of Farocki his film Still Life (IMDB link)

Harun Farocki – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Then we discussed fetishism, starting with what fetish means, and eventually winding up with Marx’s ‘commodity fetishism’ (add link) taking into account the above. The point being how advertisement adds value to simple commodity objects (food, clothing, shoes, etc) and our desire becomes ever greater. This is always in a state flux, value placement is subjective and constantly in motion.

At around 13:17 IST we tuned out of Vasanthi’s informing and interconnecting presentation to break for lunch and discuss the concepts the 5 groups are developing.

Over lunch there will be the possibility for the groups who didn’t do it so far to talk the concepts through on technical details with the Peter Brothers.

Some people had problems with a time and space displacement:

14:18 IST

Lunch break is over, all the cadets report on deck again and we will continue with the program:

• 2:00 Nishant’s presentation

Nishant Shah is the Research Director at the Centre for Internet & Society (CIS), Bangalore. Prior to CIS Nishant worked as an information architect with Yahoo, Partecs and Khoj Studios, was a Research Analyst for Comat Technologies and designed and taught several courses and workshops on the aesthetics and Politics of New Digital Media, for undergraduate and graduate level students in different universities around the world. Nishant has done his Ph.D. doctoral work from the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore.

Via a series of conversations Nishants wants us to shift out of our comfort zones a bit.

After clarity, enlightenment, knowledge forms, there will be no answers, but souls searching questions.



What is our response to space:


Medium for expansion?

What is place? What defines it?

Location based, materially available and geographical mappable (even when virtual or time or server, browser, screen…). It is always to say, this is where I am. Somebody can verify it , yes this is where you are.

There is a clear distinction between the physical present or not.

The not present being like in art , faith, Irrationality


So what is the distinction between space and place?

An entity without borders? Abstract?

How we deal with space as a value we don’t know.

Isolation, closed room?

Space is a mental concept, but in reality, time and place are physical.

Notions of space are relational and transactional.

Questions of space:

1)Questions of the body (location, ability, relations)

2)Space is not always predefined and doesn’t’ exist at same time for every one (it is not static, it is in a process, it is time based)

Space is almost fragile and is more open to protest.

3)Space is necessary in a state or rationality. Not only you define space, but also the other objects things/animals etc. (real and imaginary) define space.

It is a point of transaction and emerges over negotiation with other objects/things.

An example would be Robinsoe Crusoe.



The term coined by Wiliam Gibson Neuromancer (1960’s)

Neuromancer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

On the ‘the non-space of the mind’.

Cybernetic:ability to transfer from a to b, without loss (time, quality, etc.)

Consensual hallucinations

Hallucination: Most personal thing you can have, cannot be verified by anybody (it is in the mind..); the opposite of the real. (fe. ideologies that are in ones head and are not shared)

Consensual: How do we know that the blue as I see it is the same as how anyone else sees it? This is consensus. So cyberspace, a consensual hallucination.

Gibson: A binary that is constantly operating when you are operating in the virtual space

How to collapse this binary?

Talking about registers of different kinds of reality. VR is just one of them.

How do we understand the body and all other things/objects that surround us? This understanding is all based on consensual hallucinations. It is data that ranges in the non-space of the mind.

For example:

There is light and shadow and the area where they meet; the penumbra. The in-between of light and shadow; an interplay of light and shadow, this is the penumbra. It is here where ‘strange’ things happen.

Looking at a solar eclipse, at the perfect time, you can’t see the sun, only the shadow. But still you will see a fine line of light around the shadow…

The term penumbra explained by a text from Nishant at n.e.w.s.: http://northeastwestsouth.net/brief-treatise-despair-meaning-or-pointlessness-everything-0

negative space, a nice example:

Rana Dasgupta – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia :

(novel ‘Solo’) writes in style and overproduction of non-meaning (non-space of meaning).


Space is defined as an emptiness of a kind, image a world there is no vacuum, no emptiness.

Space will constantly need other objects to define it self, otherwise there would not be anything to define space by.


Question: How do you build a net?

Answer: You take a lot of holes and put them to gather.


“Dr. Crusher: Computer, what is the nature of the universe?

Computer: The universe is a spheroid region, 705 meters in diameter.



The ability to think that or believe there exists a universe that every single thing that can happen that will happen.

The quantum takes away the space from the equation, from the ‘universe’.

If everything can happen, also nothing can happen. So there won’t be space.

For instance a writer from Singapore: Chua Beng Huat http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chua_Beng_Huat

In Singapore there is no space for citizenship, only the state. You want to buy chewing gum, but no you cannot chew.

You have to negotiate with yourself, while it is a police state and nobody else will argue with you.

An interesting question: “What happens to the table when I am not looking at it??”  (novel by Virginia Wolff)


On relation of time to space.

Andy Clarke  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Clark : ‘the natural born cyborgs’ (time is a human born construction). We are creatures of the present and have constructs over history which pushes us into the future.

Why are we looking forward into the unknown, instead of looking into what we know (in the past)

(‘the Troll’ by Andy Clark).

The Troll: http://openpolitics.ca/Troll+Age

In cyberspace the decay of time is different than in the real. The non-space encompasses non-time.

Also in this context it might be good to check the Frankfurt School:

Frankfurt School – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A member of the Frankfurt School; Siegfried Kracauer wrote interesting pieces about the non-space.

Siegfried Kracauer – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Siegfried Kracauer: An Introduction. – Princeton University Press

Physical non-space; something that belongs to 2 nation states. It is the in between between different places.

Examples; airports, or hotel lobbies (before you checked in).

The feature film the Terminal shows a funny/interesting example of this.

The Terminal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Just a remark in between; digital technology is not only about tools; so don’t just take it for granted. They are also conceptual tools.


3 models of defining space: (or rather non-space)

1) The location based model

Space is understood of a location from which stories can be told. An anchor for relationships between pause and effect (narration, or narrative space) in a construct of time.

In the early 90’s; a group of people created a MUD, Multiple User Dungeon (text based adventures, one of the first) ’Lamba Moo’ (greek letters). In this game of Lambda Moo, in room 17 something strange happened. There was the action of the first cyber rape in history.

Julian Dibbell » A Rape in Cyberspace


2) For archeologists’, space would be based on what one would find in that space. If nothing is found in that space it wouldn’t be a space, but that is just too easy. The second model would be geological model of space. Every piece of earth is valid. Geologists place themselves in that construct of space (everyday practices).

Question: Why don’t we make archives of unimportant things? We only make archives of ‘important things’

3) And the last being the model of affect space. Affect cannot be quantified (like love for instance), things/objects that cannot be materialistically represented. So relationships will fit this.

For technology, we relate to this in access (the economical access), these people are ‘outside’ the online space. (12.5% of 1.2 billion in India).

We, people, are starting to develop affectuous relations with technology;

Example of a city in India that was moved to ‘make’ internet available. Nishant will make his text available (will be linked here).

An other example would be Michael Goldman on Bangalore:http://bangalore.citizenmatters.in/articles/view/304-world-city-talk .

15:57 IST;

Now we just went through some warp holes and could barely manoeuver our way out of a black hole, in the end all our brains are starting to be mixed up.

So a 10 minutes break… before we continue with Hans, but first….

a space anomaly encountered in Bangalore..


And even during the break the discussion with Nishant continued:

• 16:12 Hans’ presentation

Hans Varghese Mathews read philosophy as an undergraduate, at the University of Southern California, studying logic and aesthetics; and went on to obtain a doctorate in mathematics, from the University of Wisconsin, studying algebraic topology primarily, with mathematical logic and philosophy as subsidiary subjects. He has an abiding interest in the formal understanding of painting and poetry; and a more recent and dominating interest in the mathematisation of the social sciences.

In regard to the metaproject of ‘Space the Final Frontier’ whereby we are indexing the ‘shadow worlds of Bangalore’, Hans was asked to help us think through how we can build a database of our projects, in relation to already existing examples along with how we would define those parameters:

Starting with the use of FLICKR, a query on non-space


You have to enter text when you upload pictures to Flickr (there are a lots of words other people already entered).

Information has to be added for other people to be able to search the database.

A search will be done on the base of similarities. In the query you’ll enter words, the search will be looking at similarities in the database and the query. The more similarities, the better the match;

A measure of similarities would be the cosine similarity or cosine measure: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosine_similarity )

‘Latent semantic indexing’ (Latent semantic indexing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )

Singular value decomposition (SVD) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_value_decomposition

Structures and/or dimensions of preferences (by describing a space to a reference point), the space of preferences.

(If people like to go into the subject deeper http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eigenvalue )



“We are all getting more and more confused and away from home in this world of mathematics which Hans is trying to broadcast to all of the crew members of the Enterprise…”

So for just getting our feet back to the ground; the concept of the matrix would be a basic ‘xls-sheet’.

The matrices don’t have to be static in time and the question for the SVD would be how many times the matrix would be updated.

Hans is getting everyone confused:

Hans adds extraneously: An interesting read could be: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Danto

on the Animals as Art Historicans .

Back to matrices and searching.

For computers it is quite easy to process words, but it is much harder to compare if pictures are alike.

After a query on words and adding the feedback of the most searched object clicked on by users the list is rearranged accordingly to popular clicks.

And this brings us to ‘page ranking’

PageRank – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A notion of relevance:

The meaning of algorithm traversal might get clearer by looking at ‘tree traversal’ at wikipedia


To talk about indexing; KISS, keep it simple stupid..

Some theory in practice:

Photosynth website:http://photosynth.net/

Photosynth launch presentation:



And of course in the end Hans leaves us in complete confusion about matrices and cross searches and algorithms at exactly 17:00 IST.

The really friendly Peter Brothers say goodbye and thank all the participants for being so an perceptive audience. They have been a great help for most of our projects. Many thanks for that from all of us!!

The crew spreads out and the Enterprise crew members find out that the Enterprise already has taken off. They had to find an alternate way to get home. Captain Kirk escaped in a small in a small shuttle on a separate mission.


“It was…fun…

-James Kirk, on life, Star Trek: Generations”




Thursday, 10th

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Day four, Thursday March 10th

This day started as always early, quick breakfast and bus to Sristhi.

First on our schedue was a lecture by Ajai Narendran about mutual subjects connected with internet, databases, web and digital imprints and counterparts.

In the introduction we focused on semantic web which is particulary  a web that is able to describe things in a way that computers can understand. We discussed about the differences and possibilities in this relation.


The Semantic Web is a mesh of information linked up in such a way as to be easily processable by machines, on a global scale. You can think of it as being an efficient way of representing data on the World Wide Web, or as a globally linked database.The Semantic Web was thought up by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the WWW, URIs, HTTP, and HTML. There is a dedicated team of people at the World Wide Web consortium working to improve, extend and standardize the system, and many languages, publications, tools and so on have already been developed. However, Semantic Web technologies are still very much in their infancies, and although the future of the project in general appears to be bright, there seems to be little consensus about the likely direction and characteristics of the early Semantic Web.



Later on we focused on data containers and Christiane Paul thoughts. What data base is ?

store information, in a set of columns. 

While a database is now commonly understood as a computerized record keeping system, 

it is essentially a structured collection of data that stands in the tradition of ‘data containers’ such 

as a book, a library, an archive.

Databases can be distinguished according to different ‘data models’–that is, data containers and the ways in which data are 

stored in and retrieved from them. Among the most common data models (some of them subsets 

of others and sometimes used in combination) are: 

• Hierarchical Databases that arrange the data in hierarchies similar to a tree structure with 

parent/child relationships. 

• Network Databases that are still close to the hierarchical model but use ‘sets’ to establish 

a hierarchy that allows children to have more than one parent and thus establishes many- 

to-many relationships. 

• Relational Databases, the most common form, are based on the research of Dr. E. F. 

Codd at IBM in the late 1960s and relies on the concept of tables (so-called ‘relations’) 

that store all data. Contrary to hierarchical or network databases, relational ones do not 

require a close understanding of how exactly information within the database is 

structured since each table can be identified by a unique name that can be called and 

found by the database. 

•  Client/Server Databases, which come in various forms and allow multiple ‘clients’ to 

remotely and simultaneously access and retrieve information from a database server 

around the clock. 

• Object-Oriented Databases that are designed to work well with object-oriented 

programming languages (such Java and C++) and make entries (objects) in the database 

appear as programming language objects in one or more languages.  

all Christiane text is available here in PDF version :




From databases we went to web 1.0, web 2.0 and web 3.0

Trying to see the relation beetween them, and also the progress that has been made.



Web 1.0 – That Geocities & Hotmail era was all about read-only content and static HTML websites. People preferred navigating the web through link directories of Yahoo! and dmoz.

Web 2.0 – This is about user-generated content and the read-write web. People are consuming as well as contributing information through blogs or sites like Flickr, YouTube, Digg, etc. The line dividing a consumer and content publisher is increasingly getting blurred in the Web 2.0 era.

Web 3.0 – This will be about semantic web (or the meaning of data), personalization (e.g. iGoogle), intelligent search and behavioral advertising among other things.

In the last part of lecture the question “How google works” has been asked and so we went into all this process on pictures, to make it easier to understand.

In a short drawn illustration it looked like this :



            After this breathtaking lecture we went on the rooftop to eat lunch and have another brainstorm. The teams were supposed to be chosen and annouced soon, and we were discussing our ideas and possible projects.

After lunch the lecture went into Natural Language Processing NLP. 

(Google trademark secrets)

There’s a nice video from google/sic!/ about this issue up here :

Then on we were searching for a nice online open source project alterantives like 

http://www.ohloh.net/ and VISIMO.

And in the end we went on the John Brickman Edge Foundation that is focused on promoting inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues, as well as to work for the intellectual and social achievement of society.


We also spoke about the antropologist Gregory Bateson 


Bateson also viewed that all three systems of the individual, society and ecosystem were all together a part of one supreme cybernetic system that controls everything instead of just interacting systems.This supreme cybernetic system is beyond the self of the individual and could be equated to what many people refer to as God, though Bateson referred to it as the Mind.While the Mind is a cybernetic system, it can only be distinguished as a whole and not parts. Bateson felt the Mind was immanent in the messages and pathways of the supreme cybernetic system. He saw the root of system collapses as a result of Occidental or Western epistemology. According to Bateson consciousness is the bridge between the cybernetic networks of individual, society and ecology and that the mismatch between the systems due to improper understanding will be result in the degradation of the entire supreme cybernetic system or Mind. Bateson saw consciousness as developed through Occidental epistemology was at direct odds with the Mind.[