March 6th, 2007


[seattle] 2 (3?) geek nights this week

In addition to my birthday (today!), there is also:

Dorkbot Seattle (theme: retro dork), tomorrow night (3/7), at 911 Media Arts. Don Martin and Phil Foglio presenting, I'm MC'ing.

Also, Thursday night, at the same location, "CODE", part of the Upgrade Seattle! series. (it looks like no direct link available, so this link may be expired in a few weeks.)

CODE - The Evolution of Abstraction and the Crisis of Human Identity

Humanity is undergoing an Evolution of Abstraction. The physical forms and social and economic structures that have previously defined human identity are disintegrating, often being replaced by their symbolic representations. As these new modes of being replace the old we are faced with a Crisis of Identity in that assumptions about what it means to be human are challenged by new technologies, social narratives and biological realities. But every crisis presents an opportunity and at this critical turning point in human history we have a unique opportunity to rewrite the narrative codes that allow societies to self-organize and prosper. and to re-synthesize what it means to be human.

In this presentation connections will be drawn between medieval trompe l’oeil painting, cellular biology, insect robots and reality television in an attempt to elucidate some of the opportunities (and risks) that are posed by electronic and bio-technologies and to examine the role of electronic media in both the writing and re-writing of narrative codes.