Blogging Residencies

Resident bloggers explore a broad theme over the course of 4-5 posts  over the course of a year. This is the index page of active residencies. Here’s the page of completed residencies. Currently active residents are Ryan Tanaka, Sarah Perry and Haley Thurston.

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Rituals in Digital Space by Ryan Tanaka.  Ryan will be exploring notions of rituals and culture in relation to the internet, technology, and social media, with an emphasis on time constructs as means of organizing content delivery systems.  In today’s visually-dominated web environments, time is a concept that often gets overlooked in the development of technological products and design, making it fertile ground for innovations and experimentations to come.As a musician, Ryan also does a musical improvisation as means of formulating his ideas, and each post will be accompanied by a recording of a live musical performance.

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irrationalorder Irrational Order by Sarah Perry.  The printing press ushered in a new kind of consciousness – literary, rational, self-centered, international, and public. The internet is refining this new consciousness as it continues to invade our minds, to the exclusion of other kinds of consciousness. To appreciate all the facets of this new mental framework, it is necessary to consider alternative modes of consciousness, including heavy flirtation with crackpottery and the irrational. This is an exploration of the irrational yet powerful order that is still very much a part of human nature, a ritual order still faintly visible through the kaleidoscope lens of modernity, and of the forms that ancient rituals and mental states may take as they colonize a new informational world.

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tropeloeil Trope L’oeil by Haley Thurston.   Tropes are dense little bundles of meaning and association. People reach for tropes when they make art for the same reason they stereotype: because it saves energy, for better and for worse. Haley will be exploring what it would mean for us to move away from a self-reflexive, tvtropes understanding of how art works to something more fundamental. Why do we choose particular tropes in the first place? What would an a-tropic approach to art look like, and would it be better?

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Nathan Chattaway December 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Venkat, in your Gervais Principle part IV, you said:

“Here, Jim doesn’t need anybody else to get why this is funny, not even Dwight. It is pure Sociopath play, a cat-mouse “pushing buttons” exercise in viciousness for private pleasure. ”

As a mockumentary, the show regularly breaks the fourth wall, and Jim and Pam in particular are aware of the presence of both the film crew and the viewer, us. We the viewer are implicit in many of Jim’s jokes, and the above situation you quote is no exception. Jim has made a private joke with us at the expense of everyone else present. Does that mean Jim acknowledges the target audience as sociopaths? Or, using your definitions, this is Jim in Alpha Loser mode, making a joke with the viewing Losers. It is not Jim in sociopath mode making a private joke for his own amusement. I would venture that Jim is never unaware of the viewer.

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Venkat December 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Hmm… interesting thought there :) I always thought that the 4th wall breaks, outside of the explicit out-takes, was not strong enough to include the viewer in the scene. But I can see it’s a possible angle.

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