Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Dear Materials & Methods Instructors and Classmates,

Due to the fact that my final piece is made up of paper from across departments and initiatives here on UF campus, I have decided to show my work to the true intended audience – the community itself that spawned the material. This is the resolution of a lot of struggle in terms of how can our timely and impactful ecology/material cycles-themed art reach the public forum and thus have a more substantial effect/social value.

So instead of the courtyard, I will be installing in the middle of Turlington Plaza. If you want to see the work in person, I suggest doing that before class - it will be there from 10AM-10PM. There will be documentation at the critique, but you can't dive into the piece (literally) the way you can in person.

Check out my event 'Papernet' on Facebook to learn more,

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Challenge of Consciousness

An interview between Riccardo Manzotti and Tim Parks

Discussion on the physiological, psychological, and metaphysical concepts of consciousness, identity, and present awareness of the world, (at least that's what I got from it).


Interesting excerpt, out of context, as applied to the idea of consciousness (and therein, I believe, identity) being understood as a physical manifestation:

Parks: But again, should we be thinking of consciousness as a thing, or a process?
Manzotti: Well, if the world that surrounds us is made of things, objects, and physical processes, consciousness is likely to be one of them. People tend to be extremely hesitant when approaching consciousness and to treat it as a special case. But I’m not sure that’s helpful. If it is a real phenomenon, and most people agree that it is, why shouldn’t it be like all other physical phenomena, something made of matter and energy whose activity is explicable by its physical properties?


Perhaps a bit off the rails from materiality and our current discussions, but I think it's something to consider when approaching the idea of how we, as human beings with consciousness and awareness, perceive material itself.

Over-consumerism (Outdated video, but still interesing)

Buy Nothing Day