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magnetically stabilized, air driven, computer interfaced, non-linear, emu egg pendulums

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Each pendulum’s behavior is archived visually with sequentially placed lines end to end that correspond to its drop angles.
The resulting pattern’s density represents its level of behavioral randomness. Over a long period, patterns might emerge.

15 angles of 24 degree increments make up the pendulum’s sensor ring. Carbon fiber arms make up the sensor ring and the spire on the egg (CF is conductive). When the egg spire and a sensor arm contact one another, a current results triggering a line, tone, image and voice indicting the incident angle. (The spectrum of 15 tones create atmospheric, auditory harmonics.)

A balanced egg floats/rotates freely within a water filled chamber. Rare earth magnets keep the egg upright and centered in the chamber. Metered air is pumped into the water chamber via tubing that runs through the lower magnet’s center. Air bubbles leave the air input tube and enter the air collector attached to the bottom of the egg. As air accumulates in the collector, the balanced egg becomes increasingly buoyant and unstable as the magnetic lines of force are stretched. At a critical point, the magnetic lines are broken and the highly balanced egg tilts, losing its air load at the limit of its travel. The egg then centers in the chamber and the process repeats.

spherodendron

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dragonfly

light projected through a dragonfly exoskeleton

The larval stage of large dragonflies may last as long as five years. . When the naiad is ready to metamorphose into an adult, it climbs up a reed or other emergent plant. The skin splits at a weak spot behind the head and the adult dragonfly crawls out of its larval skin, pumps up its wings, and flies off to feed on midges and flies. In flight the adult dragonfly can propel itself in six directions; upward, downward, forward, back, and side to side.

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The larval stage of large dragonflies may last as long as five years. . When the naiad is ready to metamorphose into an adult, it climbs up a reed or other emergent plant. The skin splits at a weak spot behind the head and the adult dragonfly crawls out of its larval skin, pumps up its wings, and flies off to feed on midges and flies. In flight the adult dragonfly can propel itself in six directions; upward, downward, forward, back, and side to side.

metamodern

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We recognise oscillation to be the natural order of the world.
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We must liberate ourselves from the inertia resulting from a century of modernist ideological naivety and the cynical insincerity of its antonymous bastard child.
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Movement shall henceforth be enabled by way of an oscillation between positions, with diametrically opposed ideas operating like the pulsating polarities of a colossal electric machine, propelling the world into action.
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We acknowledge the limitations inherent to all movement and experience, and the futility of any attempt to transcend the boundaries set forth therein. The essential incompleteness of a system should necessitate an adherence, not in order to achieve a given end or be slaves to its course, but rather perchance to glimpse by proxy some hidden exteriority. Existence is enriched if we set about our task as if those limits might be exceeded, for such action unfolds the world.
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All things are caught within the irrevocable slide towards a state of maximum entropic dissemblance. Artistic creation is contingent upon the origination or revelation of difference therein. Affect at its zenith is the unmediated experience of difference in itself. It must be art’s role to explore the promise of its own paradoxical ambition by coaxing excess towards presence.
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The present is a symptom of the twin birth of immediacy and obsolescence. Today, we are nostalgists as much as we are futurists. The new technology enables the simultaneous experience and enactment of events from a multiplicity of positions. Far from signalling its demise, these emergent networks facilitate the democratisation of history, illuminating the forking paths along which its grand narratives may navigate the here and now.
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Just as science strives for poetic elegance, artists might assume a quest for truth. All information is grounds for knowledge, whether empirical or aphoristic, no matter its truth-value. We should embrace the scientific-poetic synthesis and informed naivety of a magical realism. Error breeds sense.
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We propose a pragmatic romanticism unhindered by ideological anchorage. Thus, metamodernism shall be defined as the mercurial condition between and beyond irony and sincerity, naivety and knowingness, relativism and truth, optimism and doubt, in pursuit of a plurality of disparate and elusive horizons. We must go forth and oscillate!
Aside

“Researchers, like most ordinary people, tend to identify with their ingroup and ignore or even look down on neighboring disciplines. Yet most relevant topics we study today do not respect the historically grown disciplinary borders, and to make progress one must look beyond one’s own narrow point of view.”
— psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development

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graphyne post-silicon electronics

as we move forward into a new age, art can have a newly rediscovered role. that role is to enhance innovation by making science even more creative. infusing the creative risk taking of art with the tools of science could enhance our ability to solve problems.

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cicada

Adult cicadas live for only two to four weeks. During this short time, they feed relatively little. Male cicadas sing by vibrating membranes on the underside of the first abdominal segment. Male courtship songs attract females for mating. Females are silent. Each species of periodical cicada has a distinctive song, and two to three of the species are common within each brood emergence.