1. SIN (Singularity is Near)


    from Peter Gregorio Added 1,106 5 0

    "SIN", 2010 30ft Projection / Variable, 2:20 minutes SIN takes place during the time when the singularity has or is about to occur. An unidentified protagonist sprays graffiti, across a background of shifting images. The viewer is left to question whether this action is anti-social propaganda - or - the spread of a new religion on an advanced digital billboard. Is this character pro or con to the concept/paradigmatic shift; an anarchist or a religious zealot? The viewer knows that it is human-like but is unsure of its gender, race, and cybernetic vs. human origin. It could be that the statement is meant in a way, as to invoke fear, or as a statement by some militant movement. I leave this open to interpretation. My goal is to create a catalyst for dialogue and manipulation, as fiction - spoken in metaphor - can lead to insight. My work grows out of an ongoing dialog about contemporary theories in science and physics. I am creating a series of large-scale paintings, rooting my analysis in these new forms of knowledge. The submitted work is based upon findings is these fields of study. We are transitioning into the era of Genetic Engineering, Nanotechnology, and Artificial Intelligence. Modern physicists are hypothesizing multiple and parallel universes, higher dimensional space, and contemplate the theory that everything is a manifestation of information. I am interested in re-conceptualizing the dynamics of information, and connecting forms of knowledge through an artistic practice. How do we construct visual representation in this new paradigm? We are approaching the epoch of the merger of technology and human intelligence. My work considers this merger and what it will mean within the context of visual art. My recent work is grounded in fiction. Working with the conversation about post-humanism and the Singularity as narrative, I have been remixing contemporary ideas in Science into visual poetry. We are approaching the epoch of the merger of technology and human intelligence. Some scientists and sociologists have referred to this as a Singularity. In other words, when we create machines that are as biologically intelligent as humans, the machine-intelligence will perpetually and exponentially inform itself. At a meeting of intelligence, there is a possibility that the human biology will merge with machine. Mathematician and computer scientist, Vernor Vinge, suggests that this is possible within the next thirty years; we will indeed have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Vinge hypothesizes further, “Shortly thereafter, the human era will be ended.” This idea is the starting point for the video “SIN (the Singularity Is Near)”. Using Ray Kurzweil’s book title by the same name, as a warning inscription, the video points to a futurist’s apocalyptic scenario.

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    • Sky at Night report on Hubble


      from Christopher Riley Added 3 0 0

      Chris Riley reports on the Hubble Space Telescope for the Sky at Night, on the instrument's 25th anniversary.

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      • Skywatchers


        from Jo Dunn Added 137 0 0

        Animation film by Jo Dunn. 1995, 16mm. GOLD PLAQUE, Chicago International Film Festival, USA, 1996. 1ST PRIZE, Cinewomen Experimenta Award, Norwich Women Filmmakers Festival, UK, 1995.

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        • Some galaxies evolve in black and white


          from Sushi John Added 121 0 0

          A cosmological Tree SPH code at work. Rendering made scripting Maya with python. Check out this paper for details: 2007A&A...473..733M

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          • Some galaxies evolve in blue


            from Sushi John Added 92 1 4

            A cosmological Tree SPH code at work. Rendering made scripting Maya with python. Different color means different temperature, see the logarithmic scale below (in Kelvin). Redshift in the upper right corner. Check out this paper for details: 2007A&A...473..733M

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            • Space Fan #47: JWST Goes to AAS; Kepler Misses a Couple


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              http://facebook.com/SpaceFan http://gplus.to/TonyDarnell

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              • Space Fan News #4: Candles in the Dark


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                Archival Upload (originally uploaded Jan 13, 2011)

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                • Space Fan News #36: CLASH of the Titans, Hubble Maps Dark Matter


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                  I can tell you this entire episode's content in one sentence, you ready? Here goes: Yesterday, in an attempt to map the distribution of dark matter within galaxy clusters, the CLASH team of astronomers, using the Hubble Space telescope in a different way, released this image of galaxy cluster MACS 1206. Hubble site press release: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2011/25/ Overview of CLASH: http://arxiv.org/abs/1106.3328 CLASH Website: http://www.stsci.edu/~postman/CLASH/For_the_Public.html Zitrin, et al., (in Press) http://arxiv.org/abs/1107.2649

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                  • Space Fan News #34: Herschel Space Telescope Shows Off


                    from Deep Astronomy Added 113 1 0

                    Whoops, forgot to upload this last night. Here's this week's episode. http://facebook.com/SpaceFan Given how important the infrared is, I can't believe I haven't brought up the Herschel Space Telescope before. Info on Herschel: http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/area/index.cfm?fareaid=16 http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Herschel/SEMBM00YUFF_0.html Water Torus around Saturn: http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Herschel/SEMNGHFTFQG_0.html Link to Paper: http://bit.ly/qsbjO9 How Stars are formed: http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=49186

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                    • Space Fan News #50: How Much Dark Energy Is There Really?; NASA Will Launch NuSTAR


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                      http://gplus.to/TonyDarnell http://facebook.com/SpaceFan Full 3D Picture of the universe: http://www.sdss3.org/press/20120111.sloanguide.php http://newscenter.lbl.gov/news-releases/2012/01/11/what%E2%80%99s-in-the-universe/ http://darkmatter.ps.uci.edu/lrg-sdss/ NuSTAR http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/nustar/main/index.html http://www.nustar.caltech.edu/about-nustar

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