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Bitcoin Orgy

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

I was invited to direct a collaboration with poet Johnny Payne for Transmedia Borders. Here’s the text I wrote to introduce the work and two video art experiments I made in collaboration with Bernardo Cubria and Karen Sours Albisua:

Once again I crossed the line. I’ve never done this before, to take the poems written by someone else and have them performed by actors whose only direction was “you’re a head floating in empty space, you’re Siri and you’re Chavela Vargas and you live inside my phone”. Inspired by the poems, I dreamt of a virtual chorus of digital angels floating around me, but I summoned a spectral connection to the society of the spectacle instead. When I pulled out my phone and showed the videos to my friend he said: “this has no narrative purpose. It is purely lyrical”. I briefly experienced satisfaction.

El asfalto de las grandes ciudades me atrae con su olor a casa. De un laberinto a otro se me ha olvidado quién soy, de donde vengo y adónde voy. Intacta, la frontera permanece, pero la noción de origen se disipa con la diáspora. El desarraigo se fortalece. En cada lugar la identidad se traslapa con otras, y todo se ve cada vez más igual, repetido y transnacional. En este ir y venir de construcciones y artificios pierdo el hilo conductor que antaño iluminó mi certidumbre. Sin certeza mi ambición se dispersa. Mi horóscopo dice: grandes cambios se avecinan, y no pienso en otra cosa que más de lo mismo.

It is perhaps because the digital devices hiding in our pockets are slowly replacing our internal monologues with the shallow cacophony of everyone else’s sensorial inputs that I felt compelled to disconnect these voices from any redeeming qualities they might have claimed in the original text. In this world, transformation is monotony, and there is no desire left beyond possession.

El texto es código, recetario y sistema formal, es la materia prima, partitura, programa y punto de partida. En su origen, la imagen es palabra realizada en la mente, y como tal pertenece a cualquier medio. El mensaje no es el medio even when the medium is the message. Para el texto, no hay más frontera que la frontera del lenguaje. Y si quieres un masaje de cabeza nada es mejor que la poesía estocástica de Johnny Payne.

Orgia Bitcoin v4 from blackaller on Vimeo.

Hombre de Puerta Trasera v4 from blackaller on Vimeo.

Ten years blogging

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

I still remember exactly ten years from today, when @johnmaeda recommended me to start a blog shortly after I joined the Media Lab under his tutelage. I think he meant that I used it as a tool for self-promotion, but my blogging enterprise promptly evolved into a sort of introspective public journal with an audience of approximately one, myself always included ???? —and now ten years have passed, ten years since my first WordPress installation and ten years since I wrote this words. I still believe that Information is not Knowledge is not Wisdom is not Love but my priorities, motivations and interests have shifted greatly from that era. This is natural since much has changed around and within me. Even blogs, that felt so new back then —every cool kid had one— feel like archeological artifacts when compared to contemporary digital media. I have grown very fond of this journal, and I will continue writing on it and keeping my little server running for as long as I can. The privilege of having this window into my personal history is priceless.

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Bug POV

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Everything is possible in Virtual Reality. For example I can make you tiny. Wouldn’t that be fun? Then I’ll build you a colorful house with lego blocks. Then I’ll put you in a box, hahaha.

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Rest in Haste – No One Regifts Liquor

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

My friends from Rest in Haste just released a two-track 7 inch vinyl record featuring an illustration I made for them in the cover. My friend Filip from Capital Grey describes them as “Sounds like Queens of the Stone Age”. I am not sure I agree with Filip’s assessment in full, but I do wish they sang in Czech more often. In any case, you should buy their record. It’s pretty cool, and there are only five hundred of those covers out there.

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As a finishing note, let me give you access to a giant resolution version of the cover art, in case you feel like printing it the size of your bedroom. You are welcome.

Sigh

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Just saw some guy shooting a gun on the street in front of my window. Can’t I blog in peace in the middle of the night, just once?

Squares versus Triangles

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Marvin Minsky once told me Triangles are smarter than Squares (and they are). It made total sense to me. Do you need an explanation?

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Today is my father’s birthday. Feliz cumpleaños! (Dedicado a mi papá).

Icon No. 253377

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Sometimes I just feel like making another icon.