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— 11 September
"Mereology (from the Greek μερος, ‘part’) is the theory of parthood relations: of the relations of part to whole and the relations of part to part within a whole. Its roots can be traced back to the early days of philosophy, beginning with the Presocratic atomists and continuing throughout the writings of Plato (especially the Parmenides and the Theaetetus), Aristotle (especially the Metaphysics, but also the Physics, the Topics, and De partibus animalium), and Boethius (especially In Ciceronis Topica)"
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— 08 September
Laboratório de Experimentação e Práticas Visuais - VISUA
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— 08 September
"Mereological nihilism entails the denial of what is called classical mereology, which is succinctly defined by philosopher Achille Varzi.
Mereology (from the Greek μερος, ‘part’) is the theory of parthood relations: of the relations of part to whole and the relations of part to part within a whole. Its roots can be traced back to the early days of philosophy, beginning with the Presocratic atomists and continuing throughout the writings of Plato (especially the Parmenides and the Theaetetus), Aristotle (especially the Metaphysics, but also the Physics, the Topics, and De partibus animalium), and Boethius (especially In Ciceronis Topica).
As can be seen from Varzi’s passage, classical mereology depends on the idea that there are metaphysical relations that connect part(s) to whole. Mereological nihilists maintain that such relations between part and whole do not exist, since “wholes” themselves only exist at the subatomic level.
Nihilists typically claim that our senses give us the (false) impression that there are composite material objects, and then attempt to explain why nonetheless our thought and talk about such objects is ‘close enough’ to the truth to be innocuous and reasonable in most conversational contexts"
— Achille Varzi
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— 26 July
"there is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it… are also only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time."
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— 26 July
Gustav Metzger: Auto-Destructive Art Machine Art Auto-Creative Art (1961)
Each visible fact absolutely expresses its reality.
Certain machine produced forms are the most perfect forms of our period.
In the evenings some of the finest works of art produced now are dumped on the streets of Soho.
Auto creative art is art of change, growth movement.
Auto-destructive art and auto creative art aim at the integration of art with the advances of science and technology. The immediate objective is the creation, with the aid of computers, of works of art whose movements are programmed and include “self-regulation”. The spectator, by means of electronic devices can have a direct bearing on the action of these works.
Auto-destructive art is an attack on capitalist values and the drive to nuclear annihilation.
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— 10 July
Sounding Cities Invisible Places, Sounding Cities Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place. 18–20 July 2014, Viseu, Portugal.
A city is a place of diversities. Its rhythms are sometimes contrapuntal, sometimes synchronous.
We live in a city of multiple destinations and routes—spaces populated
by sounds, smells, gestures, visions, exchanges, encounters, and
feelings. We have a better a city experience with all the senses
awakened. However, modern cities have been designed, built and
determined by visual aesthetics. A strict regime of the visual limits
the innately diverse ways we sense and communicate with our home and the
In urban planning the “regime of the visual” makes it
easy to neglect the invisible nature of sound. All its acoustic
variables are essential for developing proposals for our cities.
Technically, the physics and mathematics of sound are complex. Yet, all
too often, we have ear-witnessed the huge discomfort of new spaces built
with little or no attention to acoustic design. Your listening is as
important as what engineers can measure. The issue of sound quality in
urban environments is a universal theme that affects us all, from
hearing loss to heart disease, so it is urgent to extend this
Invisible Places | Sounding Cities has two goals: a
symposium on sound, urbanism and sense of place endorsed by the World
Forum for Acoustic Ecology and an exhibition of artistic events that
aims to bring art and science to the streets. It is integrated in
Jardins Efémeros edition IV.
space is ignored in the construction of a public space, yet the negative
impact this has does not seem to get many complaints. People rarely
require more quality of the sonic world, because the average consumer
does not have the necessary references to change this state of affairs.
We know that the prevalence of noise or sounds that do not convey any
social significance and are a disturbance of the quality of life,
reduces the ability to identify with the place we inhabit. It is
therefore urgent to think about the acoustical problems societies are
facing today and integrate that thinking in urban planning, architecture
and management of public space, because the idea we have of ourselves,
our personal awareness and the relationships we build in the external
world, are inextricably linked to a space. We all exist somewhere. And
personal identity also relates to this.
Stream 1: Architecture and urban planning, keynote speaker Jean-Paul Thibaud
Stream 2: Urban sounds, identity and sense of place, keynote speaker Brandon LaBelle
Stream 3: Sound art as public art, keynote speaker Salome Voegelin
All the talks will be presented at Escola Superior de Educação de Viseu.
The audio works will be presented at the Listening Room at Rua do Comércio 112.
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— 01 June
"“Theory of Errors of Observation”, que viria a evoluir para o seu conceito de “Doctrine of Fallibilism”, desenvolvida nos seu ensaio denominados de “Fallibilism, Continuity, and Evolution” de 1931."
— Charles Sanders Peirce
— Tech and obscurity
Erik Davis refere na sua obra, TechGnosis: Myth, Magic & Mysticism in the Age of Information, que estamos imersos num espaço de “electromagnetic imaginary”(Davis, 1999;41) impulsionado por forças alquimistas que o animam com energias essenciais que transfiguram o espírito e o convertem em eletricidade e numa inconsciência tecnológica “technological uncoscius”, onde a maquina parece animada por um sopro de vida que é uma extensãode nos e para próprios numa dimensão metafisica de indeterminismo e obscuridade.