// briefly introducing myself -- clarissa ribeiro --- at the moment teaching
experimental design strategies in Architecture for first and final year
students in Brazil, where I'm structuring/running a research group -- the
CrossLab, and directing the LIP - Lab for Innovation and Prototyping, at
the University of Fortaleza.
It is a pleasure to follow the unfolding of the conversation/debate.
Agreeing with Katerina, Salvatore and Roberta, I want to introduce/consider
another point for reflection. Since the microbiome and its informational
structure and behavior (simultaneously its 'production of' and 'appetite
for' neurochemicals) is part of what constitutes
individuals-societies-environment, how can we consider its influence and
its role as part of an autopoietic cultural amalgam? I'm working in a
proposition to be presented at ISEA 2017 in Colombia next month …
… that I called "Bag-Bug: Adaptive Horizontal Transfer". Considering this
year symposium sub-theme 'Bio creation and data', in the project that is a
tribute to the Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica's work "B50 Bólide Saco 2
'Olfático' (1967; plastic, and coffee)"...
...I'm working in the design of a series of apparatus exploring genetic
information horizontal transfers considering eventual microbial and
molecular scale superficial contaminations/transferences:
Customized (permeable) sleeping bags – plastic, coffee powder and
electronics (sensor module, microcontroller and displays) – and the whole
body of someone from the audience gets involved in a cross-scale
conversation thought the approximately 2 million holes and surrounding
microscopic scale neighborhoods of our epidermis that can potentially
consists in a "Horizontal Gene Transfer Session (HGTS)". The proposition
critically extrapolates the intention of Oiticica's B50, considering an
arts and science approach, and invites to a whole body experience since the
audience gets immersed in a cloud of invisible particles-microbiome that
can be perceived and recognized through the sense of smell and that can be
distributed along the body surface – like a coffee microscopic snowstorm.
Both actually and metaphorically, the microbial population that is
integrated with the coffee beans that has inhabited natural landscapes for
millennia, carrying an environmental biological heritage, will be in a
cross-scale transit –potentially changing the audience microbiome
configurations and possibly producing recombinant genetic scenarios that
will be shared and spread.
A previous incursion I called 'Ulysses Pact' (2016) metaphorically evokes
the ancient myth of Ulysses (Odysseus) and the pact he made with his crew
as they approached the Sirens. Starting from a personal interest in
investigating potential links between schizophrenia and the human
microbiota, for 'Ulysses Pact' I produced a sonification project using raw
data from a study where the 'composition, taxonomy and functional diversity
of the oropharynx microbiome in individuals with schizophrenia and
controls' was investigated.
The reference to the myth o f Ulysses is a dramatic invitation to reflect
on the constitution of our viscerally chaotic plurisystemic selves –
myriads of Complex Adaptive Systems' (CAS) conglomerates, resembling a
noisy metropolis build up of *microbiomic* conversations. One individual a
time is challenged to have a seat in an object that resembles an old
restraint apparatus – a reference to the Benjamin Rush's (1749-1813)
'tranquilizer chair' designed for psychiatric patients, to which a circuit
of sensors and piezoelectric generators is integrated.
2017-05-17 7:10 GMT-03:00 Katerna Karoussos <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Hi All,
> Initially, I think that we should clarify the predicates: i. Cultural
> Heritage and ii. Mediterranean Rim.
> i. What is the type of cultural asset that we are
> discussing? A large number of cultural asset has been processed by
> and/or economical activities. From the moment that is extracted from its
> spatiotemporal environment, it has been blended with numerous associations,
> not all purposeful.
> Hence by implementing computational and other contemporary practices, are
> looking to reveal what was that which the cultural asset once expressed and
> served, or we simply add more associations, dissociating it from its
> particular context?
> ii. The geography of Mediterranean Rim has been radically
> changed. On which map one can rely on when talking about cultural heritage?
> Because if we take for granted that we are viewing the cultural heritage
> from a European perspective, we admit, a priori, all the associations of a
> cultural asset.
> To find a new dislocation process and a new field that could treat the
> cultural asset not as a mummified object, subject to our convenience, but
> a self-sustained, living organism, it would be preferable to remain
> both to the cultural asset's associations and to its geography.
> Katerina Karoussos
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