October 10th, 2011 § § permalink
“Energy is space in motion. Space is energy at rest.”
All things in the universe generate patterns of energy resulting from their motion.
Quantum Wave Theory is a model of nature that grew in response to several questions: What, dosage exactly, online is gravity? How are charge and gravity related? What gives rise to the fundamental unit of energy? And especially, information pills what is space?
Our attempt to answer these questions evolved into conversations that continued for more than a decade. Quantum Wave Theory is an artwork, a prose poem, that is the result of that collaboration. The theory attempts to unify energy, mass and force as manifestations of a single entity. We refer to that entity as space.
Amy Robinson and John Holland
View: Quantum Wave Theory
June 17th, 2011 § § permalink
‘What do you love about the ocean?’ ‘There is some kind of music that lives there’ — late-stage Alzheimer’s patient
The ocean is Nature’s artwork. It provides us with a full sensory experience in 3D, total surround sound, and a varied array of olfactory and tactile delights.
When we compare the experience of reading literature and poetry, listening to great music, visiting a museum, going to the theatre, opera, or ballet with the effect that the ocean has upon us, the similarities are striking.
The ocean awakens and keeps alive in us the sublime order and elegance of Nature. The profound experience it brings resonates with us, because we too are Nature.
View Text: The Sea Within Us
July 9th, 2009 § § permalink
For a brain to be self-conscious it must be able to represent the world symbolically, clinic which implies the use of symbols such as marks, visual shapes and patterns, rhythmic and tonal patterns. Expanded long-term memory is a primary requirement for a self-conscious brain. By definition, a self-conscious brain must also include language, with an innate set of grammatical rules, or syntax. For a brain to be self-conscious, it must be able to think abstractly, question, predict, generalize, categorize, and reason.
My theory of the origins of self-consciousness proposes that the combination of increased brain capacity, intensified socialization, and introspection has resulted in THE SEARCH FOR PERSONAL AND SOCIAL IDENTITY, which ultimately led to our ability to think about ourselves both privately and socially.
View text: Origins of Self-consciousness
April 24th, 2009 § § permalink
Rayleigh scattering is the dispersal of wavelengths in the visible light spectrum, hospital resulting in the appearance of colored light in the remaining wavelengths. In one instance, information pills it occurs when sunlight travels through the Earth’s atmosphere towards the Moon, healing and again when that light is reflected to the surface of the Earth. “Perigee” displays the visible wavelengths emitted by the elements and compounds currently present in the Earth’s atmosphere, to suggest that Rayleigh scattering caused by pollution might generate the phenomenon of an orange moon.
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September 30th, 2008 § § permalink
Voices of Earth: A Global Symphony is a 10 -minute video sample of a sound installation first presented in 2004 at the Pozen Center in Boston. The original program was a 24-hour musical simulation of various acoustic phenomena on Earth, shop computer-controlled in real time, from sunset to sunset. A variety of acoustic phenomena that vibrate outside the normal range of human hearing, such as the continuous rotation of the Earth, high and low atmospheric pressure systems, ocean waves, tidal motions, earthquakes, storm cycles, mountain waves, heartbeat, breathing, stress waves, etc. were converted to musical tones by transposing their frequencies and amplitudes to within the range of human audibility. The quality of each sound was determined according to the medium in which the sound occurs: air, liquid solid, organic substance.
A computer was programmed to organize start and stop times for continuous tones, pulses, and cycles relative to their durations within a period of a single rotation of the earth.
In addition, there are a variety of sampled sounds that are integrated into the music. These range from environmental noises, such as rain, wind, and thunder, to human speech sounds representing more than 25 different languages. Sampled sounds also include various animals, birds, and insects that are representative of diverse regions and environments throughout the world. The computer was used to control the selection of individual sounds, and their respective start times.
Screen images of the various acoustic phenomena accompany the music, including many low-orbit satellite photographs mined from NASA’s Visible Earth collection.
Along with the video, there are notes (PDF file) that describe the various acoustic phenomena, their characteristics, methods of conversion, and the real time computer program used in the original installation.
John Holland – Music, Sound Design
Josh Caswell – Programming, Sound Design
Voices of Earth video and text:
Video: Voices of Earth on vimeo.com
Text: Voices Of Earth
September 29th, 2008 § § permalink
Pietre Preziose is a celebration of beauty, ampoule chemistry and personal history. Women in Sicily are held precious yet often limited by the traditions of an ancient culture. My own background often hits up against the hard surface of these limitations. In an effort to soften the differences between us, stuff I have given gemstone pendants to twelve women that are interlocked in a social web around my Sicilian family. Each stone in turn symbolizes one of the many chemical hormones that drive women of every culture to be who they are – as mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, workers, and friends.
Linking hormone to gemstone to woman was a subjective process based on my impressions of these women, their strengths and weakness, their desires and accomplishments. The functions of the hormones were considered alongside the aesthetics, healing potentials, and legends attributed to the gemstones. Pietre Preziosa is a synesthetic experiment as well as a labor of love.
The current state of the project is a web site describing each women, stone and hormone. Other manifestations are forth-coming.
September 28th, 2008 § § permalink
The origin of consciousness is one of many unsolved questions in neuroscience. There are ongoing controversies concerning how, visit where, medical when, and what kind of consciousness has arisen in organisms over 3.5 billion years of life on Earth.
Epochs of Consciousness outlines 7 different kinds of awareness that have evolved in a variety of creatures at different times, ranging from preconsciousness to superconciousness, including consciousness, primate consciousness, late hominid consciousness, self-consciousness and communal consciousness. The text also includes a detailed list of characteristics that define each category of consciousness, and an accompanying timeline.
The specific dates associated with each form of consciousness are broadly represented, and are clearly open to discussion.
Epochs of Consciousness was originally written as a performance text, and was first presented in Boston in 1997. The reading of the text to an audience was accompanied by an informal explanation, paraphrasing, and repetition of ideas emphasized within the text. A lively discussion followed the complete reading of the text.
We wish to acknowledge members of Nature and Inquiry for their tireless discussions with us on the subject of consciousness. We have incorporated many of their suggestions.
John Holland and Amy Robinson
To view the text: Epochs of Consciousness
photo credit: The Daily Galaxy
September 17th, 2008 § § permalink
The Violin Player was originally created as a performance text, cheapest to be spoken aloud.
The substance of the text is concerned with the nature of performance, the history and language of music, acoustics, musicianship, the evolution of music, and sound perception.
The Violin Player was first presented in 1991 at Vanderbilt Hall, Harvard University.
View the text: The Violin Player
photo credit: Christian Gaser
June 8th, 2007 § § permalink
Researchers at MIT report that they have found what they believe to be the neuronal basis for the sensation of déjà-vu:
In a piece entitled “Insight” I wrote about a similar phenomena:
From early childhood on, and I have occasionally experienced a kind of “reverse déjà vu.” It is the sensation of suddenly staring at a familiar object as though I were seeing it for the very first time, even though it has been in my home for years and may have even been used by me on a daily basis. My overwhelming emotional response in these moments is that I have never really seen the thing before, even though I know I have. This feeling stays with me for a few minutes of rapt fascination, after which the object is “restored” to its former “ordinary” state in my mind.
Here is a link to the entire text: http://www.brownestreet.com/texts/Insight.htm