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Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

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Analog Future

Analog Future
  • On October 2, 2018
  • http://parkerheyl.tumblr.com

This project questions the emerging technologies in contemporary music, art, and architectural practices; notions of spatiality in translating from the physical to the virtual. These translations are not lossless, that what is missing is a sense of presence, or what Walter Benjamin defines as object aura, leading to a holistic cybernetic fantasy which blurs the line between the virtual and the real. The physical object is slowly tranquilized and replaced with less potent simulacra of itself. Interactive algorithms have largely informed modern conceptions of intelligence, thus ignoring the ways in which naturally-occurring physical systems also form networks encoded with complex information. These physical systems allow chaos to occur and lead to an interactivity that is less calculated and more variable in its function than a fully computerised system. The quantization of analog information, from continuous data to discrete data, from unfiltered information to 1’s and 0’s, is a process which intentionally simplifies and restructures the natural world in order to increase control and accuracy. My works seeks to voluntarily relinquish this computerized regulation in favor of an analog aesthetic.

Frames showing the movement of a mechanical linkage (used in the project A-frame Pendulum). This complex movement can be generated from simple digital inputs, the rotation of a single motor.