I wanted to find some why of converting textual information into 3-dimensional objects. ‘Fractals’ use numeric values to create repeating shapes.
There are lots of fractal generating programs, but I struggled to find one which could make the right kind of file to be printed with a 3D printer. The idea was to convert text into numbers which would create the shape, and then print out the resulting sculpture in an attempt to transmute language into an object.
Here are some sites and examples of this:
In Japanese Shinto, deities manifest in’ mitamishiro,’ objects which act as repositories for the spirit to reside in.
In some shrines this object is a mirror.
Documentary about conceptual poet Kenneth Goldsmith.
Some interesting points raised about language. Firstly, there’s enough language already in existence, It’s just a matter of an ‘agent’ to sort through it, interpret it, edit it, apply meaning etc. ‘The old sentence’ is just fine.
Writing is several decades behind painting in that writers are still (unnecessarily) preoccupied with archaic notions of character, narrative, development etc.
‘Deconstruction’ was done to death in the 20th Century. The thing to do now is to organise and rearrange language. The reader is invited to construct the meaning, rather than the writer.
Zizek talks about a feature of games where one can sometimes see behind the facade of the created game-world. The ‘reality’ of the game reveals itself to be a flawed, not fully constituted world.
He also explains how incomplete reality is really ultra-realistic, because our own world is not fully consituted. Quantum physics tells us that reality effectively doesn’t exist when its not being observed. This also relates to gnostic theory which says that God is an idiot who bungled creation and underestimated humanity, hence reality is not entirely ‘finished.’
These game glitches represent a collapsing of the illusion of a full and complete reality, and reveal the world in its incompleteness.
Link to a website which explains how to glitch images by opening them in text-editors. The conversion of pictorial information into textual information.
Lecture given by Zizek.
Belief is fragile, especially profound religious beliefs. We externalise belief, through ritual, so that we don’t really have to believe. Something out there/ nothing out there – both situations are intolerable to us. We have to dwell in an inbetween and are afraid to take belief too seriously.
Poetic universe vs. Scientific universe, there’s really no such thing as a sunset.
God, for a moment, becomes atheist. The void is inscribed into God himself. Atheism is always characterised by the religion it negated.
Reality is undetermined, principle of uncertainty. The more something is abstract, the more it is ultra-realistic. The true materialist task is to show the imperfectness of reality. Hence modernism was an event, post-modernism is a regression.
Capitalism is universal in the way we relate self to self. ‘Culture’ becomes a hobby after work.