Senses

2019/03/23

the 14 human senses

Claves Angelicae

2018/08/10



Claves Angelicæ is an installation and procedural system that enables a participant to inscribe a magical Word onto the Ethereum network.

The seven step process is designed to collect and transmute the participants’ input data into an encrypted message. For the participant to cast their Word they must transmit Ether to a preselected set of charities. Once the spell has been cast and verified by the consensus pool, the transaction signature’s hash is returned, parsed, and passed into a sigil generating algorithm. The participant receives an inked paper talisman authored by a mechanical drawing machine as a tokenized sigil of their spell.

Cryptography and magic have a deep, intertwined history dating back to the origins of writing. During the European dark ages monastic sects bore the responsibility of keeping the rites of the sacred ancient mystery cults of Egypt and Greece intact. However, in doing so they ran the risk of being burned at the stake for committing crimes of heresy. Some of them developed cryptographic systems to encode these secrets into their manuscripts. It was not only the monks working with ciphers but also natural magicians and occultists. The latter groups weren’t only using cryptography to obfuscate sensitive information, but also to devise keys and linguistic frameworks for communicating into the Ethereal realms. By devising new linguistic schemata these magicians believed that they could access the preternatural realms outside the worlds they were exploring in their scientific pursuits. Although the blockchain space is largely secularized, the principles of the Ethereum network is a manifest dream of the ancient magi. Magicians are the original cipherpunks. Solidity, Serpent, and LLL are grimoires (Latin ‘grammaire’) or books of magical grammar. Smart contracts are daemons invoked to enact our Will. DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations) are archons governing and managing resources from the Ether. Pentacles are cryptographic tokens for binding daemons and storing value. Magical codes of ethics are emblematized in protocol authorship. Salt, one of the alchemical primes, is also used in cryptography where it serves as random data that is used as an additional input to a one-way function that ‘hashes’ the Word. Sigils are graphical databases used for storing enciphered information.

For common parlance let’s define what a sigil is: the encoding of desire or intent into a symbol. The Latin sigillum, means ‘seal’, though it may also be related to the Hebrew הלוגס (segula meaning ‘word, action, or talisman’). A few examples of sigils are Johannes Trithemius’ experiments in ‘Steganographia’, Giordano Bruno’s mnemonic devices, and John Dee’s Sigillum Dei Aemaeth.

Centralized authorities and trusted-third parties (churches & banks) shape our cultures into monotheistic tendencies (e.g. "In God We Trust") where priests or bankers arbitrate and broker access to the value system. Whereas decentralized systems allow for a plurality of deities to inhabit the Ether and entrust magicians to enact their Will without intermediation.

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Experience

o. Initiation

Claves Angelicæ is a seven step process to guide one through the process of securely constructing a Word with an ‘Alphabet of Desire.’ This Alphabet of Desire is a mediation with one’s own libidinal framework. Magic has many aspects, but it primarily acts as a dramatized system of psychology. It is the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with one’s Will. A magical spell is quite literally the spelling out of a Word. Once the Word is constructed within oneself it is set in motion by bringing it forth into grammar and sound. When completed one must seal it and cast it out into the Ethereum network.

i. Banishing

Everyone has a natural fortress within themselves: the Soul impregnable. However beyond this central citadel, one also has outerworks which are vulnerable and susceptible to violation. Banishing rites are twofold: Firstly, it provides a cleansing and maintenance of the walls of the fortress. Secondly, it operates as a firewall for the body and the space surrounding it. This allows for secure outbound transmissions of magical Words (spells) while fortifying and consecrating the Magician in a bastion away from exploits and malicious attacks.

ii. Logos

“In the beginning there was the Word (Logos).” A Word is twofold: internal and uttered. An internal Word is a conception of the mind, and motion of the soul, which is made without a voice. The Word is to be silently contemplated. The Logos is the generative principle with which impregnates potentiality. The semiotics of magic are thus: the map is not the territory. The Name is the thing itself.

iii. Incantation

The Word is twofold: internal and uttered. An uttered word is the internal Word brought forth through breath into vibration. Through this act of locution the Will sets the Word in motion. Incantation is derived from the Latin ‘incantare’ meaning "to enchant, cast a spell." The infamous magical word ‘Abracadabra’ is derived from the Aramaic meaning "I create as I speak." All communication contains sorcery because humans use a variety of noises to create a semantic grid projected upon incidents and events. These grids are generally called languages. Language is the material mediation between subconscious desires and the conscious mind. And Will is encoded into language for transmission. It is by Will alone that the Word is set in motion.

iv. Seal

Sealing is the act of encrypting a message. This is done through the process of transmuting the Word into a graphical sigil by tracing the path on the map of the Alphabet of Desire. The map that underlies the path that the line follows is defined by the Rosy Cross and holds the majestic alphabet of the ancient magi.

v. Casting

Once the Word has been synthesized and prepared for secure transmission on the network it must be activated by casting it out. Once the spell is cast a smart contract daemon is invoked to route the Word to its destination. This destination address is assigned by selecting a cardinal direction to where the Word is to be cast. After the spell is completed the Word is inscribed onto the distributed ledger of the Ethereum network.

vi. Sigil

The daemon listening for the cryptographically signed acknowledgement of transfer is animated to draw the Sigil onto a paper talisman with a mechanical writing machine when it can verify that the Word has been authored. The Sigil is both sign and signifier of the encrypted Word's transaction record on Ethereum’s public ledger.

Sigil

Sigils are generated with a graphical encryption algorithm based on the Rosy Cross.

  1. Word or phrase is constructed by the participant.
  2. The Word is hashed with a sha256 function.
  3. Every 10th character of the hash is appended to a new string until the string is 10 characters long.
  4. This 10-char string is used to trace a path to form a graphical sigil with the Alphabet of Desire, as shown below.

Installation Format

Physical installation comprises of a podium within a 12' chalk circle.

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Experience Requirements for Attendees

In order to cast their Word or desire to Ethereum’s distributed ledger and complete the experience, the participant is required to prepare and be familiar with using a mobile wallet that allows them to send an amount of Ether that, at minimum, covers the costs of the transaction, which will vary depending on the network load. Some mobile Ethereum wallet solutions include Trust Wallet, Toshi, Ethereum Wallet by Freewallet, Coinbase, and more.

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Collective Statement

Gabriel Dunne and Cullen Miller are collaborators often found working within the confines of art. Respectively drawing from their backgrounds in design and music composition their practice is an assemblage of various forms of media finding mutuality in a search for the Outside.

Their projects and performances are typified by creating technical systems that defy bounded rationality. Their work probes into subconscious immaterial processes by leveraging computational materials as a vehicle into complexity. Their aesthetics are typically not constrained by a controlled practice but, rather, tend to be emergent unknowns retrieved from systems. Rather than setting forth to construct a preordained form their practice typically involves tending generative machine processes as a way of excavating ideas from the Outside.

Biography

Cullen Miller

Cullen Miller is a sound-system artist, spatial-media designer, and curator. His projects vary in nature but typically fall within the spectrum of sound design, installation, composition, and systems design. Reared in Detroit, he relocated to San Francisco pursuing curatorial work with Gray Area Foundation, SFCMP, and to teach digital signal processing at San Francisco State University. He currently spends his days designing and constructing technical systems at Obscura Digital. He has released recordings under numerous aliases and organizes the concert series, FINITE. His performances and installations have been exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and clubs.

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Gabriel Dunne

Gabriel Dunne's work represents his continuous exploration of visual, audible, and physical frequencies of natural and technological perceptual and imperceptible realities. His process utilizes design, music, sound, architecture, and materiality. Other facets of his practice synthesize and integrate structures and rhythms of the natural world. His work ranges from custom software and hardware systems, performance tools, and physical installations and public intervention. He was born in San Francisco.

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Credits

Creation, Design, and Development

Cullen Miller
pointlinesurface.com
@cullenmiller

Gabriel Dunne
gabrieldunne.com
@gabrieldunne

Interactive programming

Harvey Moon

Documentation Photography / Video

Eric Fernandez

Created with

Ethereum, Solidity, Python, JavaScript, Node.js, TouchDesigner, Leap Motion, EMSL AxiDrawV3

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Exhibition History

Project Support

ETH: 0xBd78EB42c0A6db5EcD523Ce794c2B66aF3874ceF

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METAFLUX

2018/08/10

META
FLUX
of Present Futures

Works By

Nicole Aptekar
Ryan Alexander
Harvey Moon
Gabriel Dunne
Mike Jacobs

About

meta (a) pertaining to or noting an abstract, high-level analysis or commentary, especially one that consciously references something of its own type.

flux (n) continuous change, passage, or movement

Framing understanding through routines and systems, Metaflux is a body of procedure-oriented artworks based on system-focused approaches and integrations. The processes examined by the artists featured in Metaflux are intrinsic to navigating shifts and changes by establishing routines and frameworks. The artifacts of these personal frameworks, as well as the frameworks themselves, represent the efforts to create reliable variables and constructs in a life defined by constant transition and flux.

When

Public Opening September 22nd, 3-8pm

Upcoming dates
Saturday, Nov 10th, 2p - 5:00pm (open hours)
Saturday, Nov 17th, 2p - 5:00pm (closing reception)

Additional visiting hours available by appointment through Nov 17th. Email studio@gabrieldunne.com to set up appointment

Where

1410 62nd St, Emeryville, CA 94608
(second floor, buzz 'Gabriel Dunne Studio' from the callbox up the ramp to the right of the 1410 address)

Catalogue

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Purchasing

Requests for purchasing works can be made in person at the gallery, or via email.

Artists

NICOLE APTEKAR

https://nicolation.net/

My work harnesses basic shapes from the digital world, reifying them in physical reality to expand the liminal space between. Through a wide range of techniques ranging from custom software crafted for each piece to careful composition and contemporary CNC fabrication methods, my process itself continuously evolves in order to realize complex and graceful forms in our tangible reality. I am fascinated by the transitionary state humanity has found itself in, where the boundaries of digital and physical, virtual and real, having only just been established, are almost immediately washing away. My work lives on this tenuous divide, confusing the notion of a render and a photo, handmade and computer-fabricated.



RYAN ALEXANDER

http://onecm.com

The work presented here is an attempt to move past doubts about the value in personal artistic practice. An excuse to enjoy the process of discovering pleasing aesthetic forms.

Sketches

The result of several nights spent in VR sketching human-sized gestures. These models were exported, stylized and rendered from several viewpoints in multiple colored markers.

Spirals

Experiments with rendering shaded forms with a single line, or two interfering lines. These spirals were created in the online code sketching environment sketch.paperjs.org and rendered in several types of pen and marker.



HARVEY MOON

http://harvey-moon.com

This work is always in progress. During the duration of the exhibition the machine will produce a new drawing each week. The drawings are informed by live data transmitted remotely from the artist. The works will reveal an iterative process of production. The generative drawings are an artifact of the artistic practice and experimentation. Each week when a new drawing is started it will be altered and informed by the previ ous piece. This work intends to reveal the constantly evolving modes of artistic practice. The collaboration between the artistic intention and the robotic output is revealed by this series of unique drawings.

Harvey Moon is a new media artist and a creator of tools and machines. His work centers around the ways technology mediates our perception of the world. Technology has always been used to extend our abilities beyond our human potential. With this inspiration, Moon creates custom software, electronics or kinetic systems to produce new and unique works of art.



MICHAEL JACOBS

http://mjacobs.me

By trade, I am a software designer and programmer, where I take care in designing technology with precise functionality for specific needs. As an artist — practicing in imagery, sound, and interaction — I am compelled to break out of these rigid relationships with our technologies, repurpose them to do things for which they were not designed, and find beauty in their limitations and failures. Along with this playful disrespect, my process utilizes chance, generative systems, and shoddily constructed custom software and hardware as a way to arrive at unexpected outcomes, which I then curate, or use as starting points to build into final pieces.



GABRIEL DUNNE

http://gabrieldunne.com

My work for METAFLUX represents a view into my continuous investigations of visual, audible, and physical frequencies of natural and technological perceptual and imperceptible realities. Through my work I am exploring a cosmotechnical approach of pythagorean axioms that can harmonize beauty, wisdom, and truth through resonance, geometry, celestial mechanics in an effort to establish metaphysical methodologies for understanding form, shape, function, materiality, and ephemerality. I work with various methods of sculpture, photogrammetry, and traditional and mechanical drawing and painting, which represent my meditations and explorations of the perceivable and imperceivable natures of the universe.

Tessellated Group

2018/01/01

Tessellated Group

Latency

2017/11/02

Who: Cullen Miller & Gabriel Dunne
What: Soundwave Festival presents 'Networked Utopias'
When: 8pm | 2 November 2017
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA

"Latency", a performance by Gabriel Dunne and Cullen Miller, delves into the experience of discontinuity in mediated digital communications. The piece builds a sonic narrative produced through affects of networks, computing, and daily devices. Foreign proxies, Ethereum mining, noise, geopolitics, reliance on private infrastructure, packet hop metadata, surveillance capitalism, and data loss are sonified through bespoke software and hardware. The piece instrumentalizes custom software applications that sonifies and visualizes network packets into unique scales as data hops through various geopolitical network topologies. Making use of an Ethereum mining rig, Miller and Dunne created an event model that converts the hash rate, block size, transaction hash, and kW/hour into modulation sources for various parameters in their synthesis model. The final movement consists of a live accompaniment from a pre-trained Amazon Alexa with inquiries about gendered labor and sous-veillance.

Night Rounds

2017/10/14

GDSS (Stephanie Sherriff + Gabriel Dunne) (sound)

Steve Dye (visual)

Live A/V performance

NIGHT ROUNDS: LIVE FILM + SOUND FEATURING DANNY PAUL GRODY (MUSIC) + BILL BASQUIN (FILM), STEVE DYE (FILM) + GDSS (MUSIC), JOHN DAVIS (MUSIC) + LORI VARGA (FILM), JORGE BACHMANN (MUSIC) + ANNA GEYER (FILM), THE LAB, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 10/14/2017

An evening of live film and music performances featuring eight Bay Area visual artists and musicians whose work ranges from experiments with light and film to algorithmic music composition. These energetic collaborations bring a dynamic array of sound and image to The Lab.

Oct 14 2017

Ethereal Channels

2017/08/10

Paul Clipson (visual) 16mm Film Tryptic

GDSS (Stephanie Sherriff + Gabriel Dunne) (sound)

ETHEREAL CHANNELS: EXPERIMENTAL FILM + PERFORMANCE - PAUL CLIPSON + GDSS, JOHN DAVIS + JOSHUA CHURCHILL, BOBBY ENGLISH JR, STUDIOSPACE, EMERYVILLE, CA, 8/20/2017

Ethereal Channels is an evening of experimental film and performance showcasing new time-based works by Paul Clipson + Gabriel Dunne + Stephanie Sherriff, Joshua Churchill + John Davis, and Bobby English, Jr. Please join us as we access evocative, subconscious channels through mediated audio/visual/bodily systems.

Live A/V performance @ StudioSpace, Emeryville

Empathetic Waves

2017/06/10

Paul Clipson (visual)

Gabriel Dunne (sound)

Live A/V performance at "Empathetic Waves" @ Artists' Television Access

June 10 2017