A small condominium in this data space (inspired by Bill Viola)

22 Mar

With apologies to Bill Viola, whose “Will There Be Condominiums in Data Space?” inspires this too-quickly rendered post, a branching (perhaps schitzo) structure that spins away from the linearity of written language into something more associative.  (Richer? Dumber?)

I hear the condominiums are nice in Costa Rica y muy popular (Google tells me so). Las Gaviotas circle overhead, less marketable than their more colorful compadres:

Do they occupy data space in Costa Rica? Perhaps so.  Data occupies space in an imagined future, or so I’ve heard, and perhaps currently in Russia as well. In Moscow, this might be called a “данные космос“:

I’ve heard it said more than once that everything you need to know about human nature and psychology is contained in the great Russian novels.  Is this true? And whether or not it is, does it matter?  How many people read the Russian novels?  (They’re so long!)  One of my students tells me that his literature professor said War and Peace was sort of like the Russian version of Desperate Housewives.  I may be mischaracterizing my student’s mischaracterization. Who can be sure?

We look forward, we look back, we look every direction at once. We recursively circle back in endless loops until we’ve lost our way. Or maybe it’s simpler than that:

(Still photo from Bill Viola’s video installation, “Heaven and Earth”)

If there are condominiums in data space, will there be HOA fees?

2 Responses to “A small condominium in this data space (inspired by Bill Viola)”

  1. Alex de Guia March 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    I’m not quite sure what Bill Viola is saying about condominiums in data space, but I hope that new condo owners can have a wide choice of upgrades for kitchen appliances and bath fixtures.

  2. Anatole Soyka March 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Laughing Data is recursively funny, in that Spock, ostensibly Data’s precursor in the Star Trek pantheon, only laughed in one episode (primarily because he was actively suppressing his human/emotional side, and in that episode, was under the influence of some sort of emotion-enhancing plant), while Data actively sought his ostensibly absent human side, since he was technically all machine.

    As for the comment about Russian novels, having read a few myself (particularly Dostoyevsky), I would like to cite a recent Arts & Letters Daily article that pointed out that Russian politics, often infuriatingly confusing, can be best understood through 19th century Russian literature in Foreign Policy:


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