isjtar is a composer of electronic music and a new media artist. after several years investigating electronic music in a more traditional way, he is now focusing on generative forms and installations... more
thursday february 16, 2006
"MIND. A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain.
It's chief activity consists in the endeavor to ascertain it's own nature,
the futility of the attempt being due to the fact that it has nothing but itself to know itself with."
- Bierce as quoted by Minsky in Society of Mind
The goal of the Mai project is to explore the (imp)possibilities of
using models of human intelligence, creativity and consciousness in art.
In a bit of an overzealous, megalomanic mood i decided to build an artbot that would generate
sound and image in a way not too different from how I/we do it ourselves.
Encapsulated in a century old tradition going from golems to Metropolis, I use the research
of some esteemed individuals and some of my own digital musings to try to catch a glimpse of this strange phenomenon called mind.
As my knowledge of the matter and my pogramming skills progress,
the state of the project will be probed in smaller performances and installations.
For the third OKNO public, we'll take a somewhat different approach.
We take a more receptive angle as a source of inspiration and collaboration towards a larger project in the fall... more
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