LOVE IT when mathematicians come up with a SINGLE theory to model a huge range of completely different things. WILD
Zeeman, E. C. (1976) ‘Catastrophe theory’, Scientific American, 234(4), pp. 65–83. Available at: https://imechanica.org/files/1976%20zeeman%20catastrophe%20theory.pdf.
The dynamics of accident causation. (original Swiss cheese model)
The various human contributions to the breakdown of complex systems are mapped onto the basic elements of production.
Both from: Reason, J. (1990) Human Error. New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press.
3/4. Hot Cheese Model
Li, Y. and Thimbleby, H. (2014) ‘Hot cheese: a processed Swiss cheese model.’, The journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 44(2), pp. 116–121.
Swiss Cheese Model
BenAveling Wikimedia Commons. CC-BY-SA 4.0
COVID Swiss Cheese adaptation (of course)
Mackay, Ian M. (2020): The Swiss Cheese Respiratory Virus Defence. figshare. Figure. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.13082618.v1
Thanks to @jcalpickard for sending 6. and starting me on this ... adventure.
I gave a talk at the Experimental Publishing MA this morning (Piet Zwart Institute).
We discussed almanac.computer and in particular the use of Jupyter Notebooks to develop the project. I argued that they might be used to open up the potential for idiotic computing.
All images from:
Theunissen, E. (2012) ‘From instruments to decision support: History, trends and (missed) opportunities’, in. (AIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference - Proceedings), pp. 1–19. doi: 10.1109/DASC.2012.6382947.
Moller, H. and Sachs, G. (1994) ‘Synthetic vision for enhancing poor visibility flight operations’, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, 9(3), pp. 27–33.
Grunwald, A. J., Robertson, J. B. and Hatfield, J. J. (1980) ‘Evaluation of a computer-generated perspective tunnel display for flight path following’.
Predicted path for aircraft control
Kelley, C. (1962) ‘Predictor instruments look into the future’, Control Engineering, 9(3), pp. 86–92.
☄️🪐🌠🏠🌠👽🛍️ Where to live and when to do things
My project almanac.computer is on show as part of Scrolling the Arcane curated by @joanamariapestana at the Porto Planetarium @planetariodoporto.
For the duration of the show the Electional Astrology Calendar in the almanac will be computed using the coordinates of the Porto Planetarium.
The show opens with a presentation on Friday October 2nd 18.30-21.30 and it will be online for one month after that.
Spinelli, R. et al. (2020) ‘The best place and time to live in the Milky Way’, arXiv:2009.13539 [astro-ph]. Available at: http://arxiv.org/abs/2009.13539
The social media landscape may never look exactly the same as it did before COVID-19 — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing! By continuing to move with the times, you can rise to the challenge and make a positive impact on Instagram.
How to Pivot Your Instagram Strategy Post-COVID Linktree blog
🔺 Care as a diagrammatic formation ➡️ The Hologram: Feminist, Peer-to-Peer Health for a Post-Pandemic Future. by Cassie Thornton @the_feminist_economics_dept
It started long ago, in the before times. It was developed into an URGENT piece of work during a residency at @furtherfield this year, just as London was locking down.
The Hologram is a diagrammatic technology: three humans arranged in a triangle, caring for a fourth. Each of them is in turn part of another triangle either as carer or hologram.
Cassie Thornton presents a powerful vision for post-capitalist care that is perfectly aligned against the current moment while ALSO reading at times like speculative fiction AND being completely actionable right now.
Available from @plutopress @vagabonds_xyz
1: Cover art by Amanda Priebe
All diagrams by Cassie Thornton
7: Book cover @plutopress @vagabonds_xyz
Epidemics and pandemics get turned into "waves" via data, curves, and predictive models. I recently spent some time with that idea for an upcoming small project. In the meantime, this brilliant article retraces the history of epidemic "waves" and their implications:
Helmreich, S. and Jones, D. S. (2020) ‘The Shape of Epidemics’, Boston Review, 26 June. http://bostonreview.net/science-nature/david-s-jones-stefan-helmreich-shape-epidemics.
The article “Let’s protect the foundations of UK creativity” (Comment), casts a nostalgic eye back to a “golden past” of British art schools. Certainly, the free tuition and maintenance grants that allowed generations to progress through higher education debt-free was hugely beneficial. But in those days, only 6% of the population entered higher education. Today it is nearly 50%. The author’s comments about social mobility are not borne out by recent Ucas statistics, which show an increase in female applicants and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The article arrives at an unexpected conclusion between “straitened financial times” and the apparent replacement of practitioner teachers with “educationalists and academics”. Surely places of learning are meant to be populated by “educationalists and academics”? The fact that students in the 1970s and 1980s were taught by figures such as artist Michael Craig Martin is fantastic; but it still happens today. Jane Wilson (Turner prize nomination 1999) is a senior tutor in fine art at the RCA; Gerry McGovern (chief creative officer of Range Rover) is a visiting professor here.
Let’s not get too misty-eyed. Many of today’s leading figures shudder when they recall the misogyny and rampant favouritism of their student days.
Rector, Royal College of Art
The Observer - Sept. 27th 2015