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Synthesis and nullification : works 1991-2011 by Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss

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By Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss

Synthesis and Nullification is the 1st retrospective protecting the occupation of Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss as a visible artist, photo dressmaker, multimedia developer, author, researcher, educator and visionary conceptualist. Synthesis and Nullification is used the following metaphorically, because it stands for a fancy and large ranging theoretical and sensible exploration in visible tradition. The booklet is split into 4 major chapters, which package in chronological order paintings, inspiration visualizations, installations, images and multimedia paintings. It includes a number of formerly unpublished texts and art from the final 20 years, permitting discovery of a complete universe of textual and visible fabric. Written for media students, media artists, designers, paintings historians, verbal exchange specialists and curators

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Early cyberspace concepts (Vinge, Gibson) perpetuated the Cartesian body-mind dichotomy, entailing a mechanistic worldview that has long since been superseded by the assumption that the brain exists in a body that lives in a world. Hence consciousness must necessarily be thought of as embodied, whether it is necessarily embedded (or situated) in a social, cultural and historical context (cf. Haugeland 36 CARTESIAN AND/OR CYBERSPACE 1998). " In a small side note, Gibson's statement in the documentary No Mapsfor These Territories (2000) is quite revealing: "All I knew about the word 'cyberspace' when I coined it was that it seemed like an effective buzzword ...

For each frame, the system alternates between two capture modes. First it SCANNING HENRY JENKINS AND STEFAN SONVILLA-WEISS 43 shines regular light on the page and captures text and images. Then a laser device projects lines on the page and the camera captures that as well. The scanned pages are curved and distorted, but the researchers found a way to fix that. The laser pattern allows the system to obtain a page's threedimensional deformation using active stereo methods. The software they wrote builds a 3D model of the page and reconstructs it into a regular, flat shape.

Isearch for thoughts, stimuli and sometimes reality. The process of visually reconstructing mental images has just begun (cf. Sonvilla-Weiss 2008, 54). The search function on Flickr allows me to specify my search for a similar image that both matches the main tags such as "waiting", "airport", and "Schiphol", as well as a kind of visual resemblance to my original concept. Surprisingly the search results that match the keywords amount to 57 photos. Instead of checking all thumbnails in search of the visual manifestation that comes closest to my imaginary mosaic, I type in the additional tag "gate" that scales down the image retrieval to seven photos tagged with "airport", "waiting", "schiphol" and "gate".

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