IMPCON.ORG

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Description: IMPCON.ORG is the web site belonging to my Improvising Consciousness character, Jennifer Årnstay, Professor of Material and Analogical Eco-Cognition. Improvising Consciousnes is a creative work of speculative evolution which exists as a hybrid media work online and at live events. Its main components are a performance lecture that purports to be a scholarly account of human cognition from 2.5M BCE to 3,000 CE; and accompanying “cognitive exercises” that play at the borders of improvisation, performance and game. Cognitive Exercises include “The Bicameral Emulation Exercise,” and the Davian Bead Game.
More Information about Improvising Consciousness

Creative Lead: Josephine Anstey

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The Davian Bead Game

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Description:
At enormous expense and with incredible technical sophistry Professor Årnstay and her team have fabricated a habitat for a “real, live” Davi alien. Participants are invited to plumb the depths of an alien mind by playing the mysterious Davian Bead Game. The Davian Bead Game is a cognitive exercise related to IMPCON.

The Davian Bead Game is an autonomous, interactive , mixed media installation that encourages engagement with and contemplation of the right side of the mind. The project creates an environment for a user to play with unconscious & visual cognitive processes by providing a “partner” whose mind only operates on the visual level. The turn-based game is played on the touchscreen and stimulates visual and spatial thinking.

Collaborators: Josephine Anstey, Dave Pape, Devin Wilson

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The Bicameral Emulation Exercise

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Description: The Bicameral Emulation Exercise is a cognitive exercise related to the Improvising Consciousness Project. It premiered as part of  Enact: Art in the Mind. In a short video, Professor Jennifer Årnstay explains the radically different Bicameral Mind configuration that was dominant from ~12,000 BCE to ~3,000 BCE. The Bicameral Emulation Exercise is designed to give you a taste of this mind configuration.

The Enact:Art in the Mind project was a jury selection in the Japan Media Arts Festival ; it is profiled in the most recent Oberlin College Alumni magazine,  and there’s a review in Afterimage by Cleveland artist and writer Douglas Max Utter.  http://vsw.org/afterimage/2014/01/04/exhibition-review-enact/

Collaborators: Josephine Anstey, Dave Pape, Lucy-Anstey Pape

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Improvising Consciousness Medicine Show

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Description: Professor Jennifer Årnstay explores the history of human and animal consciousness, introducing diverse and radical theories of mind through the ages. Aided by a real alien intelligence and autonomous robots, Årnstay challenges the audience to uncover the secret future of their own minds.

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Collaborators: Josephine Anstey, Deb Burhans,  Neil Coletta, Courtney, Hatten, Dave Pape, Devin Wilson

Funding and Acknowledgements:
Supported by Digital Humanities Initiative & Media Study UB and Dept. of Computer Science, Canisius College

Performances:
July 27th and 28th at 6-7:30 Manny Fried, 255 Great Arrow, 3rd Floor
July 29th and Aug 1st at 5-6:30, Burning Books, 420 Connecticut Street

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Improvising Consciousness

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Description: Improvising Consciousness (IMPCON) is a multiyear project implemented as a series of events/media works that explore cognition as historically contingent and introduce the character Jennifer Årnstay, Professor of Material and Analogical Eco-Cognition. Årnstay’s mission is to bring her theories about the evolution of the human mind and its future to peoples of the 21st century via her lecture and accompanying cognitive excercises. Årnstay is performed by Josephine Anstey.

More Info about the project, shows, collaborators and funders

Improvising Consciousness works include:
Improvising Consciousness Event 1
Improvising Consciousness Medicine Show
The Bicameral Emulation Exercise
The Davian Bead Game
IMPCON.ORG

 

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Mrs. Squandertime

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Description: Mrs. Squandertime lives in a virtual home in real time. She wanders into her living room with a cup of tea, sits, and watches the world go by. Through her large picture window she contemplates boats on the river, the sea, clouds, gulls flying, a ferry passing, the tide going in and out, people on the sea wall. Mrs. Squandertime is part of the slow movement; an invitation to anyone who visits to sit awhile, stay quiet, and contemplate the view.

Mrs. Squandertime, is a real-time simulation of a virtual character, her living room, and the view from her window. This large, projected, persistent simulation is based on a real location. The component images for the seascape are drawn from historical printed sources; their assembly and animation driven by real-time weather, time and tide data. Mrs. Squandertime is rendered photographically in a series of slowly dissolving still images which correspond to her current behavior.

Collaborators: Josephine Anstey, Dave Pape, Intermedia Performance Studio with Actor:Jo Anstey

Soft/Hardware: Python, c++, custom software, projector

Shows:
FILE Media Art, FILE RIO 2012, Art Galery of Oi Futuro – Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro city, Brazil, March 12th- April 8th 2012.
FILE Media Art, FILE 2011, SESI’ Cultural Centre, Sao Paulo, Brazil July 18th – August 21th, 2011.
Buffalo Infringement Festival @ Space 224, Allen Street, Buffalo, July 28 – August 7, 2011
Buffalo Infringement Festival @ Space 224, Allen Street, Buffalo July 23 – Aug 2, 2009 (early prototype)

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play/share beyond/in

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Description: play/share beyond/in is a technology-driven scavenger hunt exploring the history and culture of Western New York though a series of interactive missions. Using SMS-enabled mobile phones the game brings players through the galleries and installations in the Beyond/In Western New York 2010 exhibition, as well as other sites of historical, ecological, or cultural interest.

Collaborators: Cayden Mak, Josephine Anstey, Dave Pape – apologies to the many others, I have lost documentation

Shows:
Prototype Game,  Buffalo Infringement, July 31, 2010
Final Games, Beyond/In Western New York 2010,  October 16 to October 30, 2010.

Funding and Acknowledgements:
Beyond/In Western New York committee

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He Loves Me Not

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Description: He Loves Me Not is an installation of endlessly recombining text fragments that are being written in real time into a journal. The text represents the overwrought stream of consciousness of a character as she attempts to write her way out of endless loops of worry about a love affair. Overtime the journal reveals an obsessive and hopeless love-story. The audience is cast in the role of voyeur: reading the journal; peeping into the distressed mind; empathizing; ridiculing; recognizing her plight. The installation consists of a blank journal, an actual physical book, on a small table or pedestal; a hidden computer; and a projector projecting the text onto the book.

Collaborators: Josephine Anstey, Dave Pape, Intermedia Performance Studio

Soft/Hardware: Python, c++, custom software, pedestal, book, projector

Shows:
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Tempus Fugit, Hi-Temp Fabrication, Buffalo, NY May 3-15 2013
PeepShow: A Secret Worth Keeping, Dnipro, the Ukrainian Cultural Center, Buffalo, NY, Saturday, February 21st,

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WoyUbu

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Description:
WoyUbu was a collaborative production of the IPS, experimental performance troupe the Real Dream Cabaret, and the Department of Computer Science at Canisius College. It was performed for three weekends in Buffalo, March 2009 and at the Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland, July 2009

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Workers of the World

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Description: Workers of the World is a guerilla-style performance for autonomous cleaning robots. The robots are set down in a public location and as they clean they chat using text based on the plays of Bertolt Brecht, Jean Genet and Peter Weiss. They are aware of people passing, or stopping to watch and listen to them. They respond in a variety of ways depending on their mood. They may be jocular or irritated, but their remarks always point up the differences between workers and the rest. Workers of the World is a production of the Intermedia Performance Studio and premiered at the Buffalo Infringement Festival 2008.

Workers Script Excerpt

Collaborators: Josephine Anstey, Stephen Hibit, Patrice Seyed, Intermedia Performance Studio

Soft/Hardware: iRobot Create Robot, Everex Cloudbook, Open Source Software

Related Shows

Maker Faire Austin, Travis County Expo Center, Oct 18-19, 2008

Buffalo Infringement Festival 2008

Funding and Acknowledgments

Digital Humanities Initiative at Buffalo (DHIB) Funding, University at Buffalo

Honors College Research and Creative Activities Fund, University at Buffalo

Robert and Carol Morris Fund for Artistic Expression and Performing Arts

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