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Electronic Journal for Experimental Arts [ 5 ] April 1996

Editor: J. Lehmus Advice: A. Koltsoff

in•for•ma•tion, [ME: a forming of the mind < ML, L: idea, conception]

C o n t e n t s

TITLE: "Transparent Screens"

    Fowler: "In what does the materiality of cyberspace consist? Screen? Phosphor blips? ... It all exists only on the evidence of itself as we view it, or hear it, or enter into it. An endless sea of material, a saturated solution the fallout of which is ourselves."

Cyberspace is an attempt to visualize the imaginary.

We have devised ingenious algorithms that call forth RGB shadows formed of digital ectoplasm -- shadows extracted from obscure numbers and garbled letters, diagrams and equations resembling Goetic grimoires -- in a vacuum, beneath the crystal surfaces of our monitor screens.

     z(0) = pixel;
       if modulus(z(n)) < shift value, then
          z(n+1) = fn1(z(n)) + c,
          z(n+1) = fn2(z(n)) + c.
     Five parameters: real, imaginary portions of c, shift value, fn1 and fn2.
There is an unlimited number of "invisible worlds" accessible as we gaze in crystallo, like some latter-time spiritualists, in our solitary mesmeric trance, staring at pixelated Enochian visions and vivid MPEG frenzy.

(Now, as the primary engagement with cyberspace is through vision, this retinal contact -- monitor as an extension of the eye -- opens a "royal door" to the mind and unconscious. With the 100 Hz frequency of modern computer monitors, transmission of subconscious messages is readily possible as "invisible" images interlaced between the frames of a normal animation sequence.)

    "There is a kind of transitional phenomenon found among certain borderline patients ... These are patients who are preoccupied with maintaining proper physical distance from their objects, in order to regulate anxieties about isolation on the one hand, and identity-annihilating closeness on the other. Since they believe the activity of looking to be intrusive and devouring, hence dangerous, transparent screens are interposed between self and other, and serve as protective barriers. These screens function intrapsychically as well, to split off or hide those aspects of the self felt to be unacceptable."
    (R.J. Rosenthal: Transparent Screens, J-Am-Psychoanal-Assoc. 1988; 36(2): 295-317)

    No.    Records  Request
    9:        304   SEMANTICS
    10:       110   DREAMS
    11:         1   SEMANTICS and (DREAMS in MESH)
                    Searches and records above from: MEDLINE (R) 1994

J. Lehmus

Esbo, 2 May 1996



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