Kevin Warwick – the first cyborg

Who is he? Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, England, where he carries out research in artificial intelligence, robotics and biomedical engineering. His most important contribution to date has been in the study of neural-electronic interfaces. In March 2002, Warwick underwent voluntary surgery to have an electrode array implanted into the median nerve... Continue Reading →

From my sketchbook: Damascus

20100422.1235 Just outside the entry to the Umayyad Mosque in old town Damascus. As the bells for noon prayer sound out across the city, the streets quickly empty, leaving a convoluted tapestry of urban fabric. Power lines, phone lines and washing lines are strung out across the street; courageous vines crawl up the cracks between... Continue Reading →

SIGGRAPH animated shorts

What is it? A session of internationally-sourced digitally animated short films that screened earlier this evening as part of the 2011 Melbourne International Animation Festival. The festival runs until this coming Sunday at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. What did we think? Despite suffering from the mixed quality that often ails short film groupings,... Continue Reading →

Arabic patterning

Cordoba Mezquita, Spain. Circa late-700s. What is it? Due to its proscription against artistic representations of people and animals, Islam has long turned to calligraphy, botany and abstract patterns for architectural ornamentation. Over the centuries, this narrow artistic field has seen the development of great variety and depth. Arabic calligraphy flows across walls in myriad... Continue Reading →

The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell

What is it? A play written by Reg Cribb and directed by Lucy Freeman that showed up until yesterday at Fortyfive Downstairs. Its 3 performers, John Wood, Samuel Johnson and Marcella Russo, all shine in a production that is eerily familiar, quintessentially Australian and ultimately more than a little disturbing. Wood plays Daniel Gartrell, a... Continue Reading →

To polylogue or not to polylogue

Monologue (n): One person speaking to another person or to many. Dialogue (n): Two people speaking to one another. Polylogue (n): One person speaking to many {use - Facebook, Twitter, blogging}. Fact: 9 out of 10 people believe their thoughts, ideas and opinions are interesting to others - this is one of the fundamental truths... Continue Reading →

From my sketchbook: Solar-powered streetlights

20110405.1539 In response to the thoughtlessly manufactured solar-powered lights that take a standard light and bolt a north-facing, angled solar panel to the top. My design is holistically considered, with all elements contributing to a unified whole. It comprises three sections - column base, mid-section with streetlight and top-section with solar array. Junctions between sections... Continue Reading →

Truth, justice and the heroic way

Recent years have seen the release of innumerable films within the superhero genre. They are perhaps a sign of our times, with the teenagers of the 1970s, 80s and 90s now old enough to flock in their droves to the movies made about the caped crusaders from their childhoods. Dare we even suggest that it... Continue Reading →

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