Keyword: Imagination


Uncharted Atlas / Martin O’Leary

A twitter-bot auto-generating imaginary maps.

Every possible photograph / Jeff Thompson

„This project investigates the idea of using computation to “use up” a piece of technology, in this case a digital camera. Using custom-written software (and a very long period of time), every possible photograph is generated, one at a time and in numerical order.“

See also his other projects exploring ideas of technical images, algorithms, abstraction, and computational vision.

Prototype theory / Labov Experiment

Labov investigated the borders of words and concepts and the working of categorization in everyday communication. In a study drawings of „containers“ with different formal characteristics where shown to participants. They had to assign them with either „cup“, „bowl“ or „vase“. The decision gradually changed when they where asked to imagine the object filled with flowers or mashed potatoes for example. The categorization seems to be context dependent and fuzzy. Prototype theory in general states that we imagine categories of things around a strong member or representative of the category. It often refers to Wittgenstein’s concept of „Familienähnlichkeit“ (family likeness).

It has to be about making other forms of reality imaginable and thus possible.

The city is not a tree / Christopher Alexander

In his essay Alexander distinguishes to structural principles, the rigid „tree“ and the „semilattice“, that allows for intersections between elements. He argues that people tend to reduce complex issues conceptually on trees, that it’s even impossible to think in the „semilattice“. He is concerned about the dangers of this conceptual reduction he also sees in architecture and design projects.

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