~e; updating the past

From human being <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Fri, 10 May 2002 01:52:00 -0500

  [after a tedious dead media dig, found the majority
  of past items for the Understanding EM Civilization/
  the architectural past section. yet, while knowing
  the content was related, and thinking about it for
  days while gathering and making the project content,
  it is only now that it seems too abstract to communi-
  cate the 'why' of relating such material to electro-
  magnetism, as in its most immediate, literal sense,
  it may seem to have nothing whatsoever to do with
  any shared understanding, less, relation to ideas.
  in effect, private work, private ideas. and so, this
  is an attempt to share enough of the 'why' without
  writing 200 pages on the issues, which eventually
  will be combined in a work currently titled, an
  architecture of reality, which borrows from and
  inputs into, electromagnetic issues, via a unified
  understanding of how human identity, language, and
  logic function in relation to today's environment.]

  /// update 1: human iconographics

  this one is the most difficult to explain, but basically
  it is not what is seen but the concept of a sign of a
  common human perspective while retaining multiple views.

  /// update 2: architecture of the U.N. iconographics

  one of the primary explorations in the early 1990s was to
  decipher the common code in aesthetics beyond traditional
  boundaries/definitions/categories. the one that revealed
  a lot was that of infrastructures, especially tripartite
  communications, energy, and transportation, which was a
  way to talk about issues such as 'trade' and geopolitics
  (via cars, coffee cups, containers from 'global' places,
  that are now localized, bringing the world structure into
  everyday sight). this ultimately brought about work on
  the electrical infrastructure, and common aesthetics which
  are also related to issues of 'development' which may at
  times be seen in relation to this. but in an autonomous
  sense, typologically, in building things, digging in the
  dirt and making stuff stand and shelter and to dwell and
  develop an area, place, well, tools and technologies and
  also systems of operation were needed. and thus, common
  things like streetlights, construction barricades, and
  other details (of form, texture, color, material, etc)
  could become, like a shared human view of things, one of
  many ways to see how things relate while being different,
  via design aesthetics. thus, have done a lot of research
  into deconstruction of infrastructures and suprastructures
  in order to get at the structure. which is in preparation
  for the following idea on a shared structural logic...

  /// HIOX iconographics

  this is almost impossible to explain in words, as it relies
  on some foundation of a shared vantage and also aesthetic
  analysis of the previous two, to 'see' what it is without
  reading more, and the wordage may not be that helpful in
  the 'what or why' of such research. so here's a short story:

  once went to a museum and was absolutely amazed to see an
  installation by Jenny Holzer using those stock-ticker LED
  signs to barrage the viewer in multiple languages & colors
  of LEDs, some type of data flowing, but also, language. and
  along with the truisms, got me thinking. somehow, one day
  i related it to work i was doing with the alphabet, when in
  an elevator, saw the display for the 'floor number' that is
  shown when traveling up and down. and the minimum amount of
  'pixels' or dots one would need to represent the numbers of
  the floors. having done some of the previous thinking and
  some work on this idea prior, (if memory remembers right),
  somehow research into the Greco-Roman alphabet came about,
  to impose each letter upon the other so as to find a common
  structure that could be represented by one form. as was the
  case with LED displays, displaying alphabetical info. in any
  case, this led to a few things, one of which is a way to try
  to reason paradoxical (suspended disbelief/uncertain) states,
  while remaining in reference to the traditional order. so the
  one symbol became a type of pattern recognition which is oddly
  enough embedded in architecture of the same beginnings as a
  symbol, a detail, and possibly generative pattern. it is for
  other cultures (the alphabet and numbering system), and so
  it is in the same vein that this is produced. so, it could
  help in reasoning a 'human' or common view of electromagnetism
  and make a more accurate and shared empiricism between the
  arts and sciences, and also, it could possibly be one bridge
  between mathematics and language by way of a symbolic calculus
  which relates to 'computing with the alphabet'. so in a sense,
  this is the some of the earliest hacking and cracking of the
  language, logic, and identity structures that may be of use
  in reasoning and pursuing a human understanding of EM.

  /news/  with this update 'the past' is mostly developed, and
  so now the present needs to be caught up with, and information
  regarding current collaborative work will be put online next.

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