Category Archives: Digital Arts Culture

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

A novel written by Philip. K Dick was his best known work and adapted into the film Blade Runner.

The story encompasses two dominant races; the humans and the androids. Set on a future Earth that has greatly suffered at the events of a World War Three referred to as a World War Terminus (WWT).

The majority of human race have emigrated to other planets where they settle down on colonies; such as Mars and only a few humans remain on Earth because they do not meet the IQ standards to emigrate, they are referred to as the ‘chicken heads’. Continue reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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Jones Stephen (1997) Virtual Culture: Identity and Communication in Cybersociety

Jone Stephens discusses the relationship we share with technology. He begins firstly by our expectations of technology – that once witnessing it’s function we then expect it to function even better. However, when something doesn’t work efficiently and accordingly we are utterly absorbed by the fact the technology has done the unexpected, and our attentions are then misplaced to the object than our own expectations. Instead we choose to restart the computer than to try to find alternatives. Continue reading Jones Stephen (1997) Virtual Culture: Identity and Communication in Cybersociety

Digital Culture Rituals

What is digital culture ritual?

I believe a digital culture ritual is the acceptance of a new technology entering the world. Whereby the ideas and and findings of a new technology are discussed, presented and promoted.

A great example of a digital culture ritual, is the mainstream Apple technology devices. Every year a new device is added to the Apple collection, but before it reaches the pockets of billions, a “ritual” is preformed. Take for example the late iPhone6 and the Apple Watch. These two devices had a launch event, led by talks of the Apple Team, celebrities and Steve Jobs himself. The talk is a presentation of the new and additional features of the device.   Continue reading Digital Culture Rituals

The Pioneers Of Computer History

The first the Pioneers discussed was Cro Magnon (European early modern humans) whose work was prehistoric set 150,00 years ago BC. The work was an aesthetic birth, a submersion of the senses, much like an our digital installations or walk through aquariums today, your senses would experience a form of art, that could be seen, smelt and touched.

Located in a region of Southern France was a cave where Magnon had painted murals of animals such as deer, bison and bulls but also life. The cave was the house of shaman rituals, and it had smelt of herbs and animal fat and lit by stone candles.

Apart of this cultural art was finding your way to the cave, as it was very quite, very still and very dark and more than often, mystery laid ahead.

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Wilson, Stephen, (2002), ‘Art and Science as Cultural Acts’

Wilson mentions that in the ages before the Renaissance era. Science was referred to as natural philosophy which encompassed the understandings of, rituals and religions on; life, afterlife, weather, animals plants and death. This was often the job of a Shaman. Later came the Renaissance era when Science was greatly appreciated for its increasing knowledge of the world and answers to old mysteries. Art on the other hand was no longer compatible with Science and steered off onto a separate path. Further adding, that you couldn’t neither be a scientist and an artists, it was more a case of ‘or’.  Continue reading Wilson, Stephen, (2002), ‘Art and Science as Cultural Acts’