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Bookings March 19, 2006

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Three weeks ago we talked to Richard pride about our project to ask him about all the networks and video streaming…He offered his help on the same day we will launch the project that is Monday 20 of March. He will hook us up on an internal network as it is fast and convienent. Then we had to sort out other issues.

Last couple of weeks we had to finlise some issues:
1-Booking the digital video camera (succeeded)

2-Booking a room (not successful). You see initially we planned to conduct the performance away from 112 because it’s too noisy from the knocking and drilling outside…so we scoped around and found two perfect rooms which were supposed to be used for audio, they are both empty but the person in charge of the room did not allow us to use it 😦 so we thought of using room 120 and I contacted John to see if there is an internet connection, even wireless will do….but I could see him in his room, same thing with hong this Thursday he waited and waited but John never showed up in his office….guess he is too busy…so finally we decided to proceed using room 112. Xavier suggests that we talk to the workers Monday morning and ask them not to drill or bang just for half an hour…mmmm not sure if they will agree but lets see, as we have no other choice.

3-The telephones. Physically we have 4 mobiles, we will be getting two more today (from Mats and Dong…thanks guys).

4-Promotion. Till now its spread through word of mouth on campus and in Cranborne House. We are building a homepage for this project…should be done tonight.

5-The umberlla. Ready we finished with hooking the strings to it yesterday and its all set.

DAP New idea: We are not alone March 6, 2006

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Project Synopsis: A live interactive Performance Art piece, showing how technology means that people arent ever alone anymore.

Place: Anywhere

Time: Anytime.

Duration: Infinite.
(But for the presentation purpose we will do a 30 minute performance and get a lot of users contributing from online, and even provide details to the MAIMe staff so that they can view it, and if they wish, participate aswell.

Technology Used: Communication Technology (wireless mobile phone, webcam, internet connection)

Yesterday (March 5 2006) Hong, Xavier and I met for an hour to manage and arrange our live interactive performance art issues. Here is a checklist we came up with
(1) Six mobiles
(2) One laptop (most probably Hongy’s)
(3) One web cam (Xavier and I checked today with Will, he advised us to use ichat because our initial idea was to stream the video online we still need to talk to Richard Pride about how feasible that would be…)
(4) Stickers + String +Hanger (Done)
(5) Promoting the project via leaflets and online (for launching)
(6) Book for a room ( date, time, location etc),
(7) A model (Xavier)
(8) Video camera,
(9) Contributors (+Outstation guests)

So far, these are the things in our listing.

Diagram of the project:
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DAP Sketch February 13, 2006

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More ideas to explore for DAP project February 12, 2006

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DAP : Human Animal within technoscience February 12, 2006

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This is just on aspect of our group (Hong http://hongy.wordpress.com, Xaveir http://maimewrk.blogspot.com/project and I) project for the DAP:
We would like to show an aspect of animal-human relationships within technoscientific
worlds.

Here are some quotes from Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto ( and :
“So my cyborg myth is about transgressed boundaries”
“By the late twentieth century in United States scientific culture, the boundary between human and animal is thoroughly breached. The last beachheads of uniqueness have been polluted if not turned into amusement parks–language tool use, social behaviour, mental events, nothing really convincingly settles the separation of human and animal. And many people no longer feel the need for such a separation; indeed, many branches of feminist culture affirm the pleasure of connection of human and other living creatures. Movements for animal rights are not irrational denials of human uniqueness; they are a clear-sighted
recognition of connection across the discredited breach of nature and culture. Biology and evolutionary theory over the last two centuries have simultaneously produced modern organisms as objects of knowledge and reduced the line between humans and animals to a faint trace re-etched in ideological struggle or professional disputes between life and social science.

Biological-determinist ideology is only one position opened up in scientific culture for arguing the meanings of human animality. There is much room for radical political people to contest the meanings of the breached boundary.”
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DAP Meeting II February 10, 2006

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Yesterday evening, Hony, Xavier and I had another meeting to talk about our ideas and managing our tasks for this coming Monday group presentation. Our main idea is to use text, images, sound and video to present how human to react to the information recieved through any form of media. We have selected press media to show that through any form of media human interact with the information they perceive.

We also will use a few concepts of Donna Haraway’s theory, “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century,” into this project.

Last Tuesday, Hong and I also went to London to collect some materials. And then Xavier, Hong and I will experiment with these materials. However, this is only a begining stage and we will keep looking and expose to many new stuff before we all make a final decision.
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Cyborg Manifesto (edited version) January 30, 2006

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Just a few comments about what I understood from Donna Haraway’s Manifesto:
-Haraway belives that we are shifting away from individual isolation to more of a network….
My comment: I personally agree and disagree. I agree that networks are formed, but networks (community network) have been formed ages ago, so what’s new. I think what’s new is the type of network, we have now a new form of network which is vitually based. I strongly believe that people still live in isolation (just as an experiment leave the computer now and walk out on the street..try to be friendly with anyone walking by, what’s the outcome?). Bottom line people still live in isolation in the “real world”..but that might not be the case virtually.

-Harawy also gave the notion of love/hate relationship with machines.
My comment: I agree completely. I love technology, machines, computers, internet and how it facilitates my life..yet I hate it because it made me so dependent on it.

-To Haraway the modern world reality is that there is a strong relation between people and technology.
My Comment: Amin. Technology cant’ live with it, cant’ live without it (unfortunetly)

-To Harawy the world is a tangled hybrid network – natural and artificial are tangled and incorporated together.
My comment: I truely believe in that. That’s why we are in a mess. We are caught and tangled in the web (in technoweb I mean and not only the internet). We are becoming too dependent on technology/machine. It has really become so difficutl to differentiate between what is natural and what is artificial…even the food that we eat…how much in it is natural and how much is artificial? Even people are becoming artificial (women with silicon breasts, men pumping up with steriods and the list goes on). This is the sad bad reality of our world today.

And finally according to Harawy to survive in this world we need to speed on the complex realities of technoculture?
My comment: This is a complete utopian statement, and actually this will lead us to self destruction? I think the real problem is the struggle for power. Just turn on the news on TV, radio or internet and you will know what I am talking about. It’s really all about power and control. I think we should stop speeding up for a moment and think about what have we done to ourselves, to the nature and take it from there.

I dont mean to offend anyone here this is just my own personal opinion of what I read…you are free to comment and give me your feedback.

A DAP project idea: Your privacy is our top concern January 24, 2006

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“Your privacy is our top concern. We work hard to earn and keep your trust, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy: We will never rent or sell your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes; We will never share your contact information with another user, unless both of you choose to contact one another; Any sensitive information that you provide will be secured with industry standard technology”

Your privacy is our top concern…(or rather say breaching your privacy is our top concern) How can people buy into these things…I personally dont believe a word of it…..The internet gives a whole new meaning for media ethics, rights of privacy is and you know the rest.

Hongy how about we do our group project for DAP around this issue 🙂

META ME January 18, 2006

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Q: What words would you use as a META description of yourself(12 words max)?

Friendly, hard-working, romantic, shy, adventerous, caring, realistic, sometimes creative, humane, Egyptian, female, and

Q: What words would you use as a META description of your interests (12 words max)?

Animals, traveling, culture, movies, music, design, and colours.

Q: Who are your favourite artists, writers, designers working in the area of interactive digital media? or whose website would you link to?

Hassan Shark (Egyptian painter), Azza Fahmy (Egyptian jewellery designer), Salah Taher (Egyptian painter), Mohamed Sobh (Egyptian actor), Abdel Halem Hafez (Egyptian Singer), Naguib Mahfouz (Egyptian writer and Nobel prize winner), Picasso (Spanish painter)

Q: What images.visuals do you like at the moment (pictures, paintings, adverts, artworks, designs products)?

Photos, adverts and sometimes art works.

Q: What other media is of interest to you? Why?

TV.

Q: What for you is important about interaction?

simultaneous instant feedback

Q: What is your preferred method of communication? which is your least preferred?

Face to face or internet. Least preferred is letter and telephone.