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ELIZA

As I am going to create some kind of therapeutical device, which works, but user can not explain how. It should ask questions which are insanely relevant to the life of the person communicating with it. Of course, I checked what has been already implemented in this field. And one of the first programs, that was capable of passing the Turing test, was ELIZA. It is a natural language processing computer program created from 1964 to 1966 at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory by… More

Research/_02 — Literature Review

As a part of academic work you should read a lot of literature, but if you do not document it, it does not exists. That is why writing literature reviews is essential. So this week we were assigned to give it a first try. You can see below what I have come up with. Review: Ruth Ronen is a full Professor at the department of philosophy at Tel Aviv University. Her areas of interest include Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Thought, Philosophy of Art and Contemporary Aesthetics. I was particularly interested in one of her articles, which called «Art and Anxiety, or:… More

Research/_01 — Reverse Engineering

Final major project proposal is what concludes this term for us, but it hard to understand what to do if you have never done it before. So to kickstart our progress, we were assigned to take existing artwork and try to reverse engineer it creating a project proposal for it. My choice is the installation of one of my favourite artists Olafur Eliasson, which called “The Weather Project” and was presented to the audience in 2003 at the Tate Modern. Project Proposal Title The Weather Project, 2003 Field of Study Wind, rain, sun – as one of the few fundamental… More

Real life magic: psychosomatic medicine

Searching for something “mysterious” (something which hard to explain, but it works) in our life I remembered about psychosomatic medicine. Almost everytime I am experiencing any problems with my body and health, either physical or mental, I am able to find an answer how to get back to the balance in the psychosomatics. “Psychosomatic medicine is an interdisciplinary medical field exploring the relationships among social, psychological, and behavioural factors on bodily processes and quality of life in humans and animals.” — Wikipedia It is so hard to convince someone that the… More

FMP Session 1: Mind map the issue

Last Friday we had a class, where should have start thinking on the topic to work on for the final major project (FMP). I teamed up with Moe because we have a shared interest in the mental health. She is more interested in destroying the taboo around the mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia when I am into searching a solution to deal with anxiety and depression and mindfulness in general. More

Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other little helpers of the craziness

According to NHS, “Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.” It is not a surprise that with the increasing pace of life and information overwhelming we are experiencing the growth of the mental disorders among the population. Here is a statistics on the common mental health problems in the UK: Source: fundamental-facts-about-mental-health-2016.pdf And it is growing. Considering the popularity of the different meditation, mindfulness and other mental health apps I can say, that this is the next big thing. Not apps, but something which will help people deal with mental… More

Ding an sich

Yeah, I think, at the moment, you are wondering why I named this post in German and what it means. This is the way Immanuel Kant called the “thing as it is”, objectively, without any perception filter we all have got. Have you ever thought about the way you see the world around you and whether it is the real representation of it? Have you ever wanted to have a chance to get that red pill? Either yes or no, neuroscientists now can say for sure that we do not see reality as it is and that is because of how our brain works,… More

Aesthetic of friction

I love the concept of the Aesthetic of Friction by Matthias Laschke and Marc Hassenzahl. The idea that objects could be designed not for being convenient, but for making a difference. For instance, this project: This “caterpillar” definitely is not a handy device, but it is useful, it makes you care about the environment. For me, it means that I could stop thinking in the only one way of making people’s lives easier; and start creating useful things, which step out the everyday routine. More

Mystery interaction

First things first, we should start with a definition. Cambridge dictionary determines the word “mystery” as “something strange or not known that has not yet been explained or understood”; and the word “interaction” as “an occasion when two or more people or things communicate with or react to each other”. So that helps me to come up with a new definition: Mystery interaction — an occasion of communication between two or more people or things with a strange or not yet explained outcome. Cover source: Arrival (2016) movie trailer… More

Show me your heat

Surveillance and monitoring became parts of our everyday life and integrated into all the spheres of it. Talking about privacy I have got that idea to make surveillance and monitoring evident. X-ray is a well-known metaphor for seeing something through and revealing the true hidden nature of things, but there is another technology which has the same meaning and could be used in an artwork without harming anyone — infrared thermography. Here is a good example of real-time thermography using small addition to a smartphone Flir One: Also, I have found interesting experiment with this… More