26 July 2012

Dorkbot San Francisco

Headed out to a cool event last night called Dorkbot. The room was filled with intelligent, creative, individual thinkers. The first speaker illuminated us with details on a clock currently being built to last (and function correctly) for 10,000 years. For some perspective, the last ice age ended approximately 10,000 years ago (ok, technically we are still in an ice age, but lets go with the incorrect vernacular here). The Long Now Foundation hosts this project an others in an effort to preserve history and foster long-term responsibility.

I went to see the Outerbody Experience Lab. It did not disappoint. In this installation, the subject wears goggles that allow him to see himself only through the view of a camera in the room. The idea came from the question of how the sense of sight influences sense of self - the results are remarkable, actually, but need further analysis. The installation now travels to galleries, shows, and parties to bring the experience to the people and further research. We hope to go in the next few weeks to experience it for ourselves.

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