The Mediascapes Symposium begins with an introduction by organizers Jean-Michel Crettaz and Ed Keller, addressing new technologies and methods for representing the complexities of the physical world. The first speaker, Benjamin Bratton presents an argument regarding the state of the urban environment and the possibilities for computation within the city. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin presents her work at UC Santa Barbara involving the development and applications of a large-scale virtual reality environment. Marcos Novak documents a selection of his installation work, including a piece at the Venice Biennale. Manuel De Landa documents the application of evolutionary algorithms in the field of computing.
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Manuel de Landa begins with a discussion of the difference between idealism and realism. He discusses materiality in differential geometry as illustrated by the work of Frei Otto. De Landa goes on to use Frei Otto as an analogy to Gilles Deleuze’s engagement with science. De Landa discusses evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr’s concept of “population thinking.” He relates this to algorithm-based design methodologies. De Landa describes “intensive thinking” as an essential part of Deleuze’s thought. De Landa discusses Deleuze’s use of concept “topological differences.” He reviews how Carl Friedrich Gauss’s exploration of curved surfaces in differential geometry led to a new philosophy of space, and provided the framework for Albert Einstein’s spacetime.
Rose Mendez introduces the lecture. Manuel De Landa presents his latest work on the organization of institutions and cities based on emergence, hierarchies, and the rhizome. He uses examples ranging from high-tech companies to Italian city-states to illustrate the formation of economic networks. Other topics include artificial life, and simulation.
Manuel De Landa advocates nonlinear dynamics over the rational structures and assemblages of thought that constitute most of contemporary thinking. De Landa describes situations and circumstances that demonstrate intuitive prediction through analysis of self-evolving systems. Instead of histories and theories that reduce progress to a stagnant succession of years, De Landa seeks attractors and bifurcations for advancement. Throughout, De Landa stresses the importance of connectivism and non-essentialist population thinking.