Sunday, September 17, 2006

Live processing layout explained

During the Hyperlanguage installation at Netaudio 06 yesterday, we used several different layouts in Bidule to process the audio coming from two computers. We were replacing filters, processors and connections live. On the left is one of the layouts. Click to see the larger image.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Netaudio 06 E-flyer

Sunday, August 06, 2006

...of greater complexity

The fact that languages are said to be intertranslatable is of no concern since hyperlanguages, by definition, are not intertranslatable with languages. For hyperlanguages stand in the same relation to languages which languages stand to protolanguages, i.e., hyperlanguages, languages, and protolanguages all share the feature of being employed by creatures in gleaning information about the world, and communicating it with conspecifics. Where they differ is in the complexity of the information that might be represented. Thus, languages are capable of representing information of greater complexity than that of protolanguages, and hyperlanguages are capable of representing information of greater complexity than languages.

Mark Alan Walker

Research Associate, Trinity College, University of Toronto

Thursday, August 03, 2006

From the Exegesis of Philip K Dick [VALIS]

We hypostasize information into objects. Re-arrangement of these objects is change in the content of information, the message has changed. This is the language we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves are part of that language; changes in us are changes in the content of the information. We ourselves are information rich. Information enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now in altered form. We are not aware we are doing this, that in fact this is all we are doing....

21st Century Body

Consider the 21st Century body - a framework stripped of cultural identity, ethnicity, gender codes, political codes.The body DESIGNED - a surface for signification, \like the surface of the earth, or a blank page. This new body is vulnerable to a variety of intepretations and utilisation. This surface is now host to other visceral transgressions - a receptor, implanted with electronic surveillance devices; body trades such as organ transplants, corrective surgery or parental surrogacy. This body has become a plasticised form, augmented via mechanised prostheses, camouflaged and in fluid exchange with steroids, silicone, spandex, skin. Re-assigned and re-mapped, this new surface has become a mutation, primed and regulated by electronicically induced signals and impulses.

"..a Massachusetts company has developed a tiny electronic component that can be implanted in the body to release small amounts of drugs or other biologically active materials in repsonse to tiny pulses of electronic current.."

In this entanglement, man and machine merge and become a singular bio-electronic organism. They exist in a unique dynamic where body and machine unfold, penetrating each other and creating a unique entity that becomes the sum of its phenomena. An entity that is neither entirely human, nor entirely machine...neither organically based, nor technological, but an unstable amalgam of all of these elements...

Monday, July 31, 2006

Hebrew Hyperlanguages..?

The hebrew arts of sacred writing comprise the elements of a formative hyperlanguage, extremely different from our own, and the letters of their aleph-beit share these qualities — existing as ‘many dimensional’ spiritual archetypes arranged in scalarly self-referential lexicon. Hebrew is a living doorway which conserves these relations, and it offers us precious access into not only what is possible, but the opportunities which lie far beyond what was accomplished thousands of years ago. It is an inexhaustible vehicle of literal enlightenment, not merely the language of a given people on Earth.
It is our birthright to have access to learning-modes and knowledge far in excess of the sum of what human science and religion can offer. We will never claim this right in isolation, for it is in every case the sacred fruit of human unity in mutual uplift, rescue, learning and celebration.

Press Release for the recorded version of Hyperlanguage by Si_COMM & S.E.T.I.

Given that language appears to evolve alongside the great leaps of human cognition and intuition, how might the language of Posthumans be constructed? What will language become? Language is both a system of communication and an information processing tool. The roots of human language appear to have emerged during a period of information overload. The existing communicative methods of primitive "proto-languages", a series of semi-coherent vocalisations, social/emotional interaction, and pre-verbal physical gesture used by early Man were "overwritten" in response to an overload, or chaos that arises when the informatic capacity of this previous set of languages could no longer cope, or had reached a new level of sophistication. Given that hominids continually acquired new skills, for example- tool making; their lives increased in complexity. The early hominid mind could no longer cope with the richness of it's life solely on the basis of its perceptual continuum, and language began to take a whole new evolutionary leap. In relation to the human brain, evolution on a biological level has reached its peak ( the head of an infant can only become a certain size in order to pass through the hips of its mother, and to retain the capacity for mobility – a vital factor for survival) , and after all of the physical mechanisms for increasing intelligence are exhausted, nature has conspired to increase human intelligence by using a technological, rather than biological strategem. We are currently poised on the brink of ever more rapid transitions in technology, and our interaction with it. The human communications landscape is incrementally increasing in volume, speed and capacity, as we strive to reach out into the Universe, and connect with each other in more complex, accelerated ways. To an extent, for the first time, it is We who are being transformed by our technology, and not vice-versa. As we speak, successive generations of young children are being thrust into the fast lane of cutting edge communications technology by their rapid (and somewhat remote) interactions with mobile phones (and the new accelerated language of "texting"). The mass usage of Computer games, and Personal Computers (particularly the World Wide Web), have led to the common utilisation of ever more complex and abbreviated terminologies. The internet in particular is a breeding ground for new language, as knowledge and ideas are transmitted globally at high speed. The Net has its own unique semantics, particularly, hypertext and hyperlinks, which we see as the foundation of a HYPERLANGUAGE – a revolutionary new spoken (if such a term will exist) mode of communication for the deep future. The recording project – HYPERLANGUAGE, is an artistic speculation - an analysis of our potential relationship with highly advanced communications technology in the deep future. Given that tool-making generated a major shift in thinking that led to the foundations of spoken language – it should come as no great surprise that new technologies and cognitive structures (the evolution of the mind), should seed the development of a new kind of universal language – a non- verbal HYPERLANGUAGE that is communicated at vast speed and capacity through rapid transmission systems that will greatly exceed anything we could possibly imagine at present. What we present here is an imaginary switch point at some futuristic information exchange, inhabited by fragments of human vocalisations, hybrids of what we currently understand as language, fused with digital information, and all of the inherent noise that accumulates in an overloaded system.

From "3 Quarks Daily", July 2006

It hit me. I was becoming my 17-year-old sister. Though I was five years older, full sentences eluded me, and I had subconsciously decided that abbreviating all of my thoughts was fun. And cute.
Justine’s love affair with language — or rather, the anti-language — started gradually enough, and I think that’s why I never noticed it. At first, when my mom would ask Justine if she had a lot of homework, Justine would reply, “Obvi,” or “The usu.”
Then things got worse. Awkward became awk, actually became actu, typical became typ, amazing became amaze and hilarious became hilar. Something utterly hilar, of course, became TOPOSH — Top of the Pillar of St. Hilar — but there was nothing TOPOSH about the situation. As the older sister, I tried to do my part. Sometimes that involved throwing my sneakers at her, and sometimes it was as simple as, “Hey, Justine, you’re an idiot.”
“That is so rudabega,” she would say, before rolling her eyes and gliding out of the room.
We usually think of alphabets as the building blocks of language, not as languages in themselves. We know many languages that are made from essentially the same alphabet, and after all, what would "a" or "b" mean? Which is exactly the point to consider. What if "a" or "b" had a meaning in addition to phonetic value? Then each letter of a word would contain its own significance, as well as contributing meaning to the whole. What if "a" or "b" had spellings themselves, with recursive hyperlinks to the meanings of those letters, and the letters of those letters? And what if it were necessary to read a word from both directions, or in different permutations of letters to understand its meaning? The best description for such a language might be "hyperlanguage" since all its components are hyperlinked to other components in nested recursions. Formal definition of the word "hyperlanguage" may not exist. One of Google's few general descriptions may suggest why:
Hyperlanguages transcend human languages in the same manner which human languages transcend the protolanguages of chimpanzees.

Hyperlanguage Description


CANDID ARTS Centre,3 Torrens St, London, EC1V 1NQ
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HYPERLANGAUGE - PRESS RELEASE Man/Machine Osmosis – it is now generally considered that human intelligence is being transformed into a “cognitive ecology” consisting of minds fused with networks, computer terminals, telephone systems, and other methods of high speed communication. We live in a world where old structures of representation and knowledge are fading away, and are being replaced by new, yet still barely formed theories of knowledge, imagination and social construct. We live and survive now not in one place, but in hundreds of places, physically separate, yet intimately connected. We inhabit not only this or that small physical territory, but also the immense, undefined realms borne of virtual technologies.

Alongside this transition comes the inevitable evolution of language – a Hyperlanguage used by the man/machine super-organism. Out of the internet comes a “swarm being”, a distributed being replicating itself across the networks, it is irredeemably social, and unashamedly comprised of many minds. It conveys the logic of both Computer and Nature, which in turn conveys a language beyond our understanding. Hidden in these high speed networks is the mystery of the invisible hand – control without authority.

Si_COMM , S.E.T.I & N-Spaces address the issues of how this language will come about – fundamentally – what will it sound like? How will it arrive? How will it evolve?

Sporadically over the last two years, these experimental artists have individually researched processes to facilitate the birthing of a hypothetical Hyperlanguage, based upon current digital technology. In a darkened room – a laboratory of sorts - the artists sit opposite each other, transfixed at their terminals, linked only by light and sound – creating and fusing raw digital information, each feeding from the other, not knowing what language will emerge, yet somehow still communicating by sound and gesture. This is a profoundly altered and unpredictable state, where neither origin, finish line, nor boundary exists. This world which we used to see as linearly, evolutionarily, and organically defined, we now conceive of as being made from collisions, and overlapping. Human language here is not seen as disappearing, but is merely being reconfigured to usher us into a new era of decentralised existence, a composite of man/machine intelligence