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Factotum - WYDSIWYG
I went to the opening of the exhibition
Factotum - WYDSIWYG by the photographer René Damen at B93. The
exhibition was opened by Jeffrey Pardoen through a video connection from
England. Factotum is Latin for Jack-of-all-traits and it does describe the
exhibition well. The photographs are group together in interesting
combinations, which are not always obvious on first sight. Sometimes, they
resemble in colour, sometimes they resemble in shape, and sometimes they
resemble in little details. This has indeed something poetical as Pardoen
said during the opening speech.
Sum of squares
A friend of mine pointed out that it seems that if a odd number can be written
as the sum of n pairs of squares (and the greatest common divider of
all these squares is one), that the number can be written as the product of
n-1 different pairs of numbers. The numbers in these pairs are sums of
squares as well. I do not know if this is a know fact, but it seems to be
true for all such numbers up to a million (as verified with this program). Today, I proved that for any two pairs of squares that add
to the same number, there exists (at least one) product of two sums of two
squares that results in the same number. If the sum of squares is odd, one of
the squares must be odd and the other even. In that case, match the odd and
even squares of both pairs. In all other cases either both squares are even or
odd. In which any matching will work. Now given:
ai2 + bi2 = aj2 + bj2 = n,
assume that ai is smaller than aj (and that the match
with respect to oddity/evenness). There exist whole numbers c, d, e, and f such
that: ai = c - d, aj = c + d, bi = e + f, and
bj = e - f. Through subsitution, one can show that:
c2 + d2 + e2 + f2 = n and
c.d = e.f. Furthermore, one can define q, r, s, and t, as follows:
q = gcd(d, f), r = gcd(c, e), s = f/q = c/r, and t = d/q = e/r. For which one
can show that: (q2 + r2)(s2 + t2) = n.
At Concordia, I saw the exhibitions Le
Gymnasium Sacre by Sam Samiee and Grenzeloos with works from the
four Dutch artists Ronald de Bloeme, William Engelen, Jeroen Jacobs and
Maarten Janssen, who (independenlty of eachother) moved to Berlin.
I spend some time researching the conjecture, which I described on last Thursday. First of all, I discovered that the relationship that I
described has been known (in a slightly different form) for centuries and
is known as the Brahmagupta-Fibonacci identity. I also have discovered that it seems
that numbers n are always the product of Pythagorean primes. Fermat's theorem on sums of two squares states that prime number can be
written as the sum of two squares if and only if it is a Pythagorean prime
(proof). Combining the two, it is also clear that there is only one way in
which a Pythagorean prime can be described as the sum of two squares. If there
were two (or more) ways, than you can find two numbers that are the sum of two
squares, which when multiplied are equal to the prime, which would be a
contradition. It seems also rather obvious that the product of two different
Pythagorean primes must have two ways it can be written as the sum of two
squares. Although the reverse also seems likely, the proof for it seems a
little more complicated. It is clear that the product of two primes, can only
written in one way as the product of two numbers (where the first is smaller or
equal to the second).
Open air book market Tuindorp
In the morning, I went to the open air book market Tuindorp in Hengelo. At
11:43, I bought the book Het litteken van de dood: de biografie van
Jan Wolkers written by Onno Blom in Dutch and published by Bezige Bij in
2017, ISBN:9789023468721, from Ruco Pesse for € 14.59.
At 16:45, I received the book Jaarboek 09|10 written by Ina Bodde,
Marion Bouwhuis, Ina Klaassen, Coen Scheen, and Petra Winkes, in Dutch and
English, published by ArtEZ Art & Design in 2010,
ISBN:9789075522358, which I had bought on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 19:22 from
AKI shop for € 25.00. At 17:46, I bought the following three books
from charity shop Het Goed:
- FastFurniture, Multiples and Other Productions written by
P.J.H. Kockelkoren in English and Dutch, published by Uitgeverij
AKI/ArtEZ in January 2007,
ISBN:9789073025103, for € 1.50. (Later, I discovered, that I
already have this book.)
- Fluid Fascinations - Visualisatie written by Martha J. Haveman,
Onno Bokhove, and Valerie Zwart, written in Dutch and English and
published by Qua Art - Qua Science in April 2010.
- Art is therapy written by Alain De Botton and John Armstrong,
written in Dutch and English and published by Rijksmuseum in 2014,
I went to the reopening of PlanetArt in
Enschede. They are, besides many other things, the organizers of the GogBot festival. I met various people that I know to different degrees.
There were also a lot of people that I do not know. I had some interesting
conversations and decided to write this while being there. I decided not to
stay too long.
I went to the Square Wave - Modular Synt Improv Meet in Deventer, which
was organized by Voltmeister. Eight people had shown up with their (modular) synthesizer.
During every round, they were paired up by a draw for doing a synthesizer
improvisation given a BPM selected at random. I am thinking about starting
with modular synthesizers myself. Around 2003, I played with various software
synthesizers. For example: SynFactory. In the past weeks, I did some investigation with respect to
the various formats and directions there are with respect to modular
synthesizers. I getting more and more excited about the Eurorack format.
At 17:47, I bought the book Horken & Heksen written by Jeffrey
Wijnberg in Dutch and published by Scriptum Psychologie in March 2011,
ISBN:9789055947560, from charity shop Het Goed
for € 2.95.
Big Data is watching you
I went to the Gogbot Café number 8: Big data is watching you, which was
held at Tetem art space. The topic of the
coming GOGBOT festival will be about machines
and artificial intelligence.
The first talk was by Arthur Boer and
Boris Smeenk. Their first joined project was the Screen Shot project in
2016. They repeatedly took screen shots from an image. In 2017 they did the
Epoch project, a machine learning project. They also did a visual experience
with 'blending' all the mac OS wallpapers. They also used this for the Dutch
Design Week 2018. In 2018 they did the Make Believe project to use AI
algorithm implemented in smart phones They developed the Phony camera which
removes people from the image being taken. The final project is OBJ: Object
Behaviour Jam (2019), a camera which recognizes objects and replace them with
the closest object in the database. So it shows what the algorithm sees.
The seond talk was by Sander Veenhof, which is
a condenses verion of the talk Be Your Own
Robot he gave last month. He adds the idea of Open Source DIY AI
instead of sharing data with the big cloud companies. Then there was a break.
During the break, aroundAnnebel took
the picture shown on the right.
The third talk was by the artist Elise
Marcus. We receive so much information and often we do not know what to
trust. So, lets assume you have some extra sense to know the environment
directly. How would this affect our behaviour if every one would have this
sense. She is creating the Mother
Earth Network. They are creating sensors that you can build yourself and
use these, with the idea of combining all this sensor data.
An introductory video.
The last talk is by professor Ciano Aydin from the University of Twente about Extimate
technology. Self-formation: out post-modern era's promise. Self-formation
as anti-essentialism. Transhumanists/techno-optimits: from self-formation to
self-enhancement. NBIC-technology. Our posthuman future. Ray Kurzweil: The
prediction of the singularity. Two problems with this: no univocal criteria
for 'improvement' and technology is becoming 'extimate'. About the first:
Technology are not neutral but bring about new and different standards for
what is normal, healthy and enhanced. He talks about the example of the
coachilar implants affecting the sign-language culture. About the second:
Uncanny valley as a robot or other artifact becomes more human-like. What
about machine like humans. The inverse Turin test: in what ways are humans
becoming more machine like. Is there an uncanny valley in machine-like humans:
extreme forms of plastic surgery. It seems that the goal of big data is now to
automate us. We are autonimos: There is an inside and an outside. There is
something about identity: what identifies us are things that we have no chosen
ourself: our name, our sex, our skin, and so on. Technology is more and more
determining who we are. Maybe the uncanny value is caused by the fact that we
know what it means to be human. The example of a young child swipping the cover
of a book.
This months interesting links
| April 2019
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