Electronic Rituals, Oracles
According to anthropologists Filip de Boeck and René Devisch, divination “constitutes a space in which cognitive structures are transformed and new relations are generated in and between the human body, the social body and the cosmos.” In this class, students will learn the history of divination, engage in the practice of divination, and speculate on what forms divination might take in a world where the human body, the social body, and even the cosmos(!) are digitally mediated. Starting with an understanding of ritual and folk culture, we will track the history of fortune-telling from the casting of lots to computer-generated randomness to the contemporary revival of Tarot; from reading entrails to astrology to data science; from glossolalia to surrealist writing practices to the “ghost in the machine” of artificial intelligence.
Electronic Rituals, Oracles, Fortune Telling17 Apr 2019
Electronic Rituals, Oracles, and Fortune Telling02 Apr 2019
This weeks assignment was to make a digital medium. While not expressly related to spirit reading, I thought about the recent revelations in US politics. I’ve been on and off following Mueller’s investigation in Russian influence in the 2016 US presidential election. Last week there was big news on that front where Mueller submitted his report to the United States Attorney General. Barr stated that the White House will get to review the report and...
Electronic Rituals, Oracles, Fortune Telling13 Mar 2019
This week I wanted to continue with the motif of computers autonomously being both the fortune teller and querent. The meditation was to create an electronic form of occlumency and I wanted to create an electronic form of dream interpretation. Since the past week’s discussion was focused on machine learning and I haven’t had any experience with it, I wanted to try incorporating this tech into my meditation, using ml5 it is surprisingly easy to...
Electronic Rituals, Oracles, Fortune Telling26 Feb 2019
Electronic Rituals, Oracles, Fortune Telling12 Feb 2019
This week’s meditation was to create an electronic ritual. After a lot of soul searching about what is a ritual, I concluded that a ritual must at the minimum have a sense of repeatability and (for me) be an act of mindfulness. For the meditation I decided to ritualize the act of computing.