Nonsense Lab

Department of Biological Flow
Pinkeye
2012
mixed media and closed-circuit video installation

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Pinkeye challenges normative understandings of the surveillance apparatus by introducing qualities of contagion, infection or proliferation to the cybernetic coupling of the closed-circuit video loop. Given the static nature of the installation, however, this contagion is ambiguous: does it attack the central locus of surveillant optics, or is it rather being secreted outward in capillarized form?

(horizontal optokinetic nystagmus.)

Department of Biological Flow
RGB (Retinal Ganzfeld Bitcast)
2011
(re)mixed media sculpture
installation view and detail

at “Brazil”
May 24, 2012
Electricity is Magic Gallery

Department of Biological FlowPinkeye2012sculpture and closed-circuit video installation

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Electricity is Magic presents:

“Brazil”

Lee BlalockLauren HallSean Smith / Department of Biological Flow

Opening Reception:
24 May 2012, 7-11pm
EiM Gallery
715 Richmond St. W.

Gallery Hours:
Sun/Mon/Tues 12-5pm

www.electricityismagic.com

Department of Biological Flow
Pinkeye
2012
sculpture and closed-circuit video installation

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Electricity is Magic presents:

Brazil

Lee Blalock
Lauren Hall
Sean Smith / Department of Biological Flow

Opening Reception:
24 May 2012, 7-11pm
EiM Gallery
715 Richmond St. W.

Gallery Hours:
Sun/Mon/Tues 12-5pm

www.electricityismagic.com

Hélène Cixous: “The only rule I observe is to be implacable and merciless with my unconscious.”

Hélène Cixous: “The only rule I observe is to be implacable and merciless with my unconscious.”

Department of Biological FlowMecha Butterfly Soundsystem2011 (shown in process)mixed media and performance

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October 5, 2011 at 12:32pm near Surfside, FL

walking to school i saw a monarch butterfly appear out of nowhere. awkward flight — surfacevolumesurfacevolume — it began to venture out over a major four-lane artery. halfway over the turbulence was too much and it flew crazily all over the place before pulling a 180, executing a neat glide back to my side of the road, and landing on flower, orange on purple. nice ride, dude.

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articulations

most insects have tiny hairs on their antennae that help serve to empirically understand their external environments. to the eye, these appear as a sort of fuzziness.

although each of these hairs has a specific coordinate in space and time relative to one another, each detecting perturbations in a particular type of stimulus, they function as a sensory whole. the skin itself has multiplied, increased its surface area by orders of magnitude. and yet each hair retains a singularity within this plurality. what one comes to know, empirically, another has already forgotten.

call this fuzziness a strategy: an attempt towards weak localization (political) or suggestive site-specificity (aesthetic). if i told you this status update comes from fanshawe park road, london and/or surfside, florida, would this be considered an example of the latter?

how do we make the tiny hairs on the back of our necks bristle?

if you had a small enough camera, these tiny insect hairs might appear to the lens as a moiré pattern … … …

Department of Biological Flow
Mecha Butterfly Soundsystem
2011 (shown in process)
mixed media and performance

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October 5, 2011 at 12:32pm near Surfside, FL

walking to school i saw a monarch butterfly appear out of nowhere. awkward flight — surfacevolumesurfacevolume — it began to venture out over a major four-lane artery. halfway over the turbulence was too much and it flew crazily all over the place before pulling a 180, executing a neat glide back to my side of the road, and landing on flower, orange on purple. nice ride, dude.

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articulations

most insects have tiny hairs on their antennae that help serve to empirically understand their external environments. to the eye, these appear as a sort of fuzziness.

although each of these hairs has a specific coordinate in space and time relative to one another, each detecting perturbations in a particular type of stimulus, they function as a sensory whole. the skin itself has multiplied, increased its surface area by orders of magnitude. and yet each hair retains a singularity within this plurality. what one comes to know, empirically, another has already forgotten.

call this fuzziness a strategy: an attempt towards weak localization (political) or suggestive site-specificity (aesthetic). if i told you this status update comes from fanshawe park road, london and/or surfside, florida, would this be considered an example of the latter?

how do we make the tiny hairs on the back of our necks bristle?

if you had a small enough camera, these tiny insect hairs might appear to the lens as a moiré pattern … … …

Simone DeckerWhite Noise1999isolation tape

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also see tomas saraceno’s ‘galaxies forming along filaments, like droplets along the strands of a spider’s web' from the venice biennale in 2009.

Simone Decker
White Noise
1999
isolation tape

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also see tomas saraceno’s ‘galaxies forming along filaments, like droplets along the strands of a spider’s web' from the venice biennale in 2009.

Department of Biological FlowRGB (Retinal Ganzfeld Bitcast)reworked sisal and steel wirein process

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"The Ganzfeld effect (from German for ‘complete field’) is a phenomenon of visual perception caused by staring at an undifferentiated and uniform field of color. The effect is described as the loss of vision as the brain cuts off the unchanging signal from the eyes. The result is ‘seeing black’ - apparent blindness. … The Ganzfeld effect is the result of the brain amplifying neural noise in order to look for the missing visual signals. The noise is interpreted in the higher visual cortex, and gives rise to hallucinations. This is similar to dream production because of the brain’s state of sensory deprivation during sleep.”

Department of Biological Flow
RGB (Retinal Ganzfeld Bitcast)
reworked sisal and steel wire
in process

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"The Ganzfeld effect (from German for ‘complete field’) is a phenomenon of visual perception caused by staring at an undifferentiated and uniform field of color. The effect is described as the loss of vision as the brain cuts off the unchanging signal from the eyes. The result is ‘seeing black’ - apparent blindness. … The Ganzfeld effect is the result of the brain amplifying neural noise in order to look for the missing visual signals. The noise is interpreted in the higher visual cortex, and gives rise to hallucinations. This is similar to dream production because of the brain’s state of sensory deprivation during sleep.”

Jacqueline Mok
Not on my watch
2011
two-part video installation

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"Toward a Kinoderm Aesthetics" final studio project