Hyperreality

Pimp my heart

The machine and the experience of the machine are becoming one. I’ve seen these kind of things in computer games, but now they are becoming real— Feels like plugging in to the Matrix— Can’t wait for someone with a heart rhythm disorder to come up with some fresh breakbeats!

Pimp My Heart is a performance/vehicle intervention that uses an invented HBBB (HeartBeat Bass Booster) system to amplify the heartbeat of a car driver in real time through an interface with a beefed up car audio aftermarket system. The intervention/invention achieves an ultimate unity between car and driver.

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Bionics

Wine making = Math

Enologix makes software that predicts how a wine will rate in reviews even before it is made. It claims that wine quality can be measured chemically, and a score assessed, much like a wine critic. In order to achieve the high rating, winemakers invest in processes rooted not in agriculture but in biochemical information. Wine making becomes an information science. Care for a nice norisoprenoid anthocyanin blend?

McKenzie Wark wrote the article “N is for Nature” about this in the Next Nature Pocket. Wired Magazine featured an article about Enologix as well.

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Biomimicry

Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 is a manmade closed ecological system in Oracle, Arizona. Constructed between 1987 and 1989, it was used to test if and how people could live and work in a closed biosphere. It explored the possible use of closed biospheres in space colonization (Biosphere 1 is planet Earth).

The experiment showed the difficulty of copying the functions of the natural capital of the Earth biosphere with infrastructural capital constructed by humans. Despite expenditure of over $150 million, this attempt at a new biosphere did not sustain eight humans for a prolonged time. Biosphere 2 is currently exploited as a tourist attraction.

www.bio2.com (see also: Tropical Dome and Kernwasser Wonderland)

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Hyperreality

Dock painting

The new Bob Ross has arrived: his name be Gautam Rao.
This painting shows a magnified part of the dock in OSX. I especially wanted to highlight the Picassoesque face on the Mac logo. Sometimes the smallest details can be the most artful. To my knowledge no one else has made a series of Mac paintings. My goal is to find the extraordinary in everyday experience. Visit my blog for more information

Before we used to paint nature, now we moved on to next nature.

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