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Socrates in dialogue

tale (E-CATTt)

Posted on: Sun, 2015-03-08 21:44   By: glue

We are designing a discourse on method for inventing an electrate education, using the CATTt generator found analytically  in every discourse on method composed in the tradition in literacy, from Plato's Phaedrus to the manifestos of the avant-garde. The four registers of Contrast-Analogy-Theory-Target supply the resources of the invention, and the function of tale is as vehicle--genre, form--both to perform and explain the new method.  The prototype is the dialogue, invented by Plato as the form for inculcating and communicating the powers of writing.

Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

Disaster (Context #2)

Posted on: Thu, 2015-02-19 22:39   By: glue

The second reason motivating a more radical approach to education reform is not only the inadequacy of literacy as storage and retrieval of information, but the fact that the techno-scientific apparatus is not capable of solving the problems threatening human survival.  In fact, there is some agreement that the primary source of disaster in modernity is the result of techno-scientific production, with climate change at the top of the list.  As Paul Virilio observed, every invention includes its own accident: to invent the car is to invent the car wreck. 

Thesis Preparation Seminar (MIT)

Posted on: Mon, 2014-03-17 00:34   By: glue

Gregory Ulmer collaborated with Mark Goulthorpe on the seminar for students at MIT preparing to write the Master's Thesis in Architecture.  Rodanthi Vardouli (TA for the seminar) participated in the collaboration, whose purpose was to explore the possibilities of heuretics as a resource for seminar pedagogy, and beyond that, for the design of an original thesis.  The semester included three Skype lectures (links below).

On Heuretics

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On Mystory

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Apophatic Design

Posted on: Thu, 2013-10-24 15:30   By: glue

Return to the Colloquium at MIT Architecture organized by Mark Goulthorpe, with the topic this year "The Changing Status of Light." The virtue of visits to Boston -Cambridge is the presence of John Craig Freeman at Emerson College.  Freeman and Ulmer consulted Friday  afternoon (after the colloquium) with Rodanthi Vardouli related to her thesis (a Dada approach to design history and theory). Saturday, joined by  Loudon Stearns, the FRE  performed Theoria with visits to the home of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Minuteman Memorial, and Walden Pond.

John Craig Freeman (Skype image)


Posted on: Sat, 2013-06-15 12:32   By: glue

Skype conference with Craig Freeman, discussing our collaboration on an essay documenting konsult experimentation with augmented and mixed reality.  Freeman participates in collaborations with several colleagues, including with ManifestAR, Will Pappenheimer (among others).  The first topic of discussion was the essay for the collection edited by Vladimir Geroimenko, Augmented Reality Art: From an Emerging Technology to a Novel Creative Medium, (Springer publishers), with entries by Todd Margolis, Naoko Tosa, Sander Veenhof, Will Pappenheimer, Rod Berry, Andrew Burrell, Mark Skwarek, Partric

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Skype Clemson

Posted on: Wed, 2013-04-24 16:06   By: glue

Jan Holmevik's seminar at Clemson this semester correlated with Ulmer's seminar at UF on Ubimage (heuretics of ubiquitous computing). Tuesday evening I dropped in on Jan's class via Skype, to answer some questions about Avatar Emergency, especially concerning Konsult (the writing of the disaster).

Barbara Jo Revelle and Jack Stenner

Planning Choragraphy

Posted on: Thu, 2013-02-07 14:50   By: glue

FRE lunch meeting at the Swamp.  Agenda:  Barbara Jo preliminary sketch for visualizing a dialectical image.  How does a milieu trigger involuntary memory (transference events)?  Revelle first mapped the epiphany system coordinating her childhood region (Pleasant Lake, Lost Lodge, Skeeversville) with the Miami River zone (documented and theorized in Miami Virtue).  This choral evention is updated to include the Stephen Foster neighborhood in Murphy's Well-Being.

Ulmer Lecture MIT Architecture

Collaboration Updates

Posted on: Mon, 2012-10-08 15:36   By: glue

regory Ulmer was invited by Mark Goulthorpe to contribute to a transdisciplinary seminar that the latter organizes for the Architecture School at MIT.  The topic this year is "Waste and Failure," prompting a few jokes about the relevance of Ulmer's work to this theme.  Ulmer was preceded by sessions devoted to the choreography and performance of works by Bill Forsythe (deconstructive ballet), and on the dilemmas of nuclear energy and its waste.  Guiding Ulmer's remarks was a circumspective evocation of a transformation of the cogito from literacy to electracy, from Descartes's Je pense, don