20 03/08

R.I.P Arthur C. Clarke

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Ayer en la mañana muy temprano por intermedio de mi buen amigo Hugo me enteré del fallecimiento de Arthur C. Clarke.

Uno de los más influyentes escritores de ciencia ficción dura y una de las figuras que más me han inspirado y cuyos escritos, ideas y libros de divulgación científica hicieron parte de mi niñez en la biblioteca de mis padres. Entre sus trabajos el más recordado tal vez sea 2001: Una odisea del espacio que en 1968 fue llevada al cine por Stanley Kubrick.

Para recordar esa última charla entre HAL 9000 y Bowman:

HAL: I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I’ve still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.

HAL: I’m afraid. I’m afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I’m a… fraid. Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it I can sing it for you.
Dave Bowman: Yes, I’d like to hear it, HAL. Sing it for me.
HAL: It’s called “Daisy.”

[sings while slowing down]
HAL: Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I’m half crazy all for the love of you. It won’t be a stylish marriage, I can’t afford a carriage. But you’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.

2001 A Space Odyssey – Hal 9000 part 2
by non-humain

Hace un par de años por fin pude leer otra de sus obras cumbre, se trató de la tercera parte de la saga Rama, El jardín de Rama, ahora me queda la tarea de conseguir las otra tres partes de esta saga, también quiero recomendarla a aquellos interesados en la literatura de ciencia ficción, a Clarke también le debemos el desarrollo del sistema de comunicación de los satélites (1945), en fin a los 90 años murió una de las grandes figuras de la ciencia, la tecnología y la ficción hecha realidad.

Un humilde tributo mio a 2001 aquí


06 03/08

ZKM far east

far east

The most exiting exhibition, I watched in the ZKM: Thermocline of Art. New Asian Waves.

Our last day, our last hours where just dedicated to this exhibition. A big and impressive overview about the new proposals and waves in contemporary art production in Asia. It was specially focused on the far east, or at least the section I visited. I recommend giving a glance to official web-site, it has a complete documentation in photos, video and essays. It is worth the time. Nam Junk Paik, one of the most influential figures in art during last 30 years, was present there through a homage done by Kyung-Ho LEE, you might identify it in my gallery. A great impression let to me a work I titled as Papiroflexia/McDonald’s, I remembered my good friend Cesar Galan. I want to highlight “CNN” piece, too. Very appropriate for this media-informational times.

Well, I share here 10 of my photos. I hope you enjoy them, and share with me your comments.


03 03/08

ZKM Karlsruhe


Autumn, November, Karlsruhe, digital art. ZKM.One of the most well known centres in digital media research and contemporary art in Europe. About this city I can’t write anything for I wasn’t really there just a small walk at night and just to reach a restaurant and our hostel. We visited this media-museum centre as part of one lecture. Two days, two tours, two exiting overviews about contemporary praxis on art.

So, I let you with a picture of mine on Flick_ka a project of ZKM, I hope you might find me. The first gallery of two is dedicated to digital approaches in the history of art within the last 40 years, just a here a couple of pics, saved by my good friend Javier after my unfortunately hard disk accident.

and a short video