Its alive…

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I’ve recently joined Huddlemind.net the social media based attention hub of (as far as I understand) Dave Duarte and Maximillian Kaizen’s Cape Town based Social-Media-and-Learning consulting type business, story Huddlemind, rheumatologist with the great value proposition: We increase your speed of learning and adaptation, price operationally and strategically.

So far I’m truly impressed; some great people (about 200 of them at the moment) and promising interest groups and forums converging around various organization development related initiatives, intervention modalities and things generally related to coaching, learning and other forms of corporate culture and efficacy pimping.

My profile page is here, if things like Bohm’s ‘Discussion’ Modality of Interactive Group Thought work interests you please join us.

I’m interested in a whole lot of things in this area and I’m hoping that my participation in Huddlemind in addition to the changes involved in my work-context of my new job at Regenesys (this weekends Secrets of Success in Leadership conference with Deepak Chopra being case in point) will help me winnow my eclectic and perhaps somewhat eccentric interests down to something that I can sustain a focus on for the next few years and hopefully develop some bits of value to contribute to this big and cuddly ol’ world of ours.

(PS. talk about slow to hit the publish button: draft date 2008/4/15, published 2010/2/28)
…if barely.

Haven’t touched this site in two years apart from the occasional comment on the post about AStickyPostOrderer – which by the way has seen 17, gastritis 682 download so far.

But me thinks it be time for a little bit of clean up, unhealthy consolidation organisation and some new stuff.

This will in all likelihood be the last generally miscellaneous bloggy type of post to this site. Especially with Facebook, Twitter, Flicr, Buzz and what not else of the social networking sites and all, and all, and so on.

This site will transform into something more focused on media technology and design (yes – it will get a nicer graphical window dressing at some point)

I’m setting up two other sites, one as a online portfolio of my art and another for more personal journalling kind of blogging and less resolved stuff than I want to have here or in the art site. Will probably be logging my progress with my MBA mini dissertation there as well – or in another domain, what the hell. The topic probably deserves it – ‘Sociotechnical Health & the Sense of Coherence in a Organisation‘ – I’m dropping the very rough preliminary abstract below.

Some interesting and exciting stuff happening for me in the art realm as we, more later and elsewhere. And, deep breath, next baby is due in August :-)

The Abstract

This study explores the notion of technical wellness, or health, of the organisation. The point of departure is the Salutogenesis paradigm’s orientation towards the factors that are held to lead to a sense of coherence, namely comprehensibility, manageability and meaningfulness. It applies this theoretical model pragmatically to quantitative data gathered about the salutary aspects of elements of technology. These are identified through participative consultation with sample of respondents representative of the stratification of authority and responsibility in the organisation as well as representatives of the organisation’s environment. The study’s intention is to consolidate and correlate the interaction and overlap between sociological and technological perspectives on the relationship between the people issues and tools issues that constitute the organisation as well as the environment the organisation transacts with-, and exists within. Should the sense of coherence model prove to reconcile the apparent dichotomy between technical and social aspects of the organisation it would offer a clear and accessible shared language to facilitate more coherent cooperation of technologists, sociologist, workplace health promotion and human capacity development practitioners and other diverse stakeholders in service of the successful achievement of the organisation’s direct objectives, be they commerce or public service oriented, as well as offering a lucid framework through which to approach the challenges of sustainable work systems development and optimisation.

…and if that doesn’t have you fleeing in cognitive panic, try the latest version of my take on an artist’s statement: (comment and crit welcome and appreciated)

André S  Clements

André S Clements is a computational media artist. Through an approach he has dubbed ‘post-digital painterly abstraction’, André pursues subtle and sublime (he hopes) aspects of contemporary media, (the human condition of) cognitive overload and struggle for transcendence. He uses an interplay of multiplicity, clinical abstraction and a kind of conceptual procedural super realism to compose artworks that teases perception and defies closure.

André’s art is typically composed of nearly insane numbers of images/information-sources meticulously superimposed and digitally averaged into a result that holds or posits more than representation or experience. Usually the results appear to have a painterly quality that emerges from the work’s internal patterns of interference and contradiction. In contrast to superficial ‘filter effects’, as are often employed in digital illustration techniques, this texture of painterly artifacts becomes an integral aspect of each piece. These elements become a tapestry of myriad choices confronting the viewer. They are cognitive crossroads necessitated by the inability of the viewer to perceive all the information contained in the artwork, in anything remotely like ordinary perceptual coherence. This dynamic is further augmented by the fact that the overloading of the information set space entails a reduction in the discreteness of elements in direct inverse proportion to the scope of information presented.

Or, in simpler terms, these works are well suited to those with high degrees of novelty preference, as you are unlikely to see the same in each, or even any encounters with and explorations of the work.

With ‘post-digital painterly abstraction’ André intentionally celebrates contradiction and ambiguity on various levels. For example, stylistically the work contrasts subtle visual qualities reminiscent of Renaissance art such as sfumato, against the clarity and precision ordinarily pursued in digital media. Works often have titles, subtexts and meta-narratives that contradict, or recasts the subject matter with an occasional pinch of sociocultural commentary or a friendly measure of intertextual irreverence. This approach is informed by the sociotechnical systems theory paradigm, in its focus on the overlapping interdependence of technical, sociological and environmental subsystems of each piece in its post-structuralist synthesis and production of meaning and value.

When he is not compulsively pushing pixels late at night, André is the ICT manager for Regenesys, a private institution of management education in Sandton, South Africa where he is currently completing an MBA. André is also a husband and father.

I hope it will make sense to more people than just me and my nearest and dearest.

The best part of blogging?

Perhaps even more so now than way back when, is the strange kind of virtual peace and quiet that can sometimes surround the editing screen.

What do ya know, its my birthday!

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(Lambda print available)


W.U.F. siteposter for Growing Up In Cities SA (YIP)

Ubuhle Buyeza: The beauty is coming it is beautiful indeed when interventions extend in scope beyond information gathering and evolves into collaborative co-creation that makes even just a bit of the world a better place. This is why I feel particularly fond of this poster which I have very quickly put together for Maurice who is presenting the Growing up in Cities project in South Africa at WUF (World Urban Forum) in Vancouver this week.

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Update, and some Compressionism clarification etc.

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(Lambda print available)

detail:
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Violin
(Lambda print available)

detail:
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(back to the hand held digital camera on this one, recipe 10 shots)

meScanning_200.jpgI managed to fix the lock mechanism that was jamming up my scanner, see so borrowing a few pages from Nathaniel’s compressionism I decided to indulge in some re-interpretation of how digital image recording technology should be used.

Nathaniel has some serious Compressionism exhibitions coming up, dermatologist a preview show is up at outlet gallery. Details on his blog.

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“digital equivalent of lovely?”

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What is the digital equivalent of lovely? He wondered. What are the digits that encode beauty, page
the number-fingers that enclose, doctor transform, no rx transmit, decode, and somehow, in the process, fail to trap or choke the soul of it? Not because of the technology but in spite of it, beauty, that ghost, that treasure, passes undiminished through the new machines.
— Salman Rushdie

David Krut Publishing and Arts Resource + Colbert Mashile

David Krut Publishing and Arts Resource

The new site is live and I have agreed to, ambulance hospital for a small fee, dosage be web-editor on David’s sites.

Took some photographs at the very pleasant opening of Monotypes by Colbert Mashile at DK, (will upload these shortly) even engaged in a few interesting conversations and had Je’anna and Bo drop in to say hi.

Richard’s opening talk did a great job of expressing the character of printmaking and shed some light on Colbert’s approach, though David did point out that Richard’s referring to prints as 2 dimensional art could be argued against.

Colbert’s works are, to my eye, all visually pleasing, sophisticated colour systems, some bold, some subdued. They certainly have some emotional content, the show seems to strike a kind of balance between humour and audacity initially, leading to works containing somewhat disturbing content, all tied together in a feeling of ritual and mystery. Figurative and subtle iconography, visually accessible yet with ample space for interpretation and conversation.

They don’t particularly speak to my personal taste.

(Still sad that i had to miss the Kentridge book launch)

New media and art – as (frequency) space

How fabulous are these

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I love that I can hop over to DigitallyImported.com and plug into some of the most sophisticated contemporary music streams thumping in the world today.

Franci Cronje’s 2004 masters paper explains the importance of William Kentridge’s work particularly for new media. His new book Wiliam Kentridge Prints is beautiful in fact lets put up its cover in high-ish res as a special treat to the bandwidth advantaged. If you appreciate the finer subtleties of obliquity, allergy also have a look at Nathaniel Stern (the other new media artist featured in her paper)’s Compresionism.
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this and that

CMS, overweight or Content Management System, neurosurgeon is essentially a dashboard that controls data acquisition, pharm storage, and distribution.

Based on pre-determined user-access-rights (vertical and horizontal dimensions) The dashboard facilitates uploading, browsing, and annotation of documents.

For administrative purposes CMS may have a hierarchical structure:

  • Acounts : E.g. Philips, Aberdare Etc.
    • Users : Eg. Alex(FP), Belinda(FP), JohnDo(Philips)
      • Users are assigned roles defining their capabilities
    • Content Categories: Documents e.g. Logos, Advertisements, etc
      • Documents may consist of single Masters, which contain:
        • various file_type versions, e.g. (CMYK)PDF, (RGB)JPG,
        • each of which has one or more size instances e.g. (350dpi)Print[_Offline], (150dpi)Proof
  • Where it gets interesting is in the organisation of the content, its taxonomy. Taxonomy does dot necessarily mean hierarchical. Hierarchical is just one model of taxonomy. The Object Orientation Model is also a taxonomy, though a taxonomy that starts to lend itself to holarchical perspective. Folksonomy, enough being said about that. I’m curious to look into how relationships can be established via Meta-data, perhaps something like the Dubblin Core Metadata Initiative’s DCMI Abstract Model can be used to create manageable relational protocols flexible enough to allow for the radical demands of disparate situations and contextual complexity.

DCMES={ Title,Creator,Subject, Description, Publisher, Contributor, Date, Type, Format, Identifier, Source, Language, Relation, Coverage, Rights,}

ImageManager looks like a Great plugin for WordPress 2.0, men’s health installed flawlessly and worked when WP’s native upload wouldn’t.

Now what I would really like is being able to upload other types of documents, physician e.g. PDFs, anesthetist any ideas? (I haven’t spotted any so far – any experienced or aspiring coders/developers interested?) – especially in CMS context so users & authors can get stuff up without an FTP client.

epidemic 39023769, emergency 39234675,00.htm”>How to choose an open-source CMS
Seth Gottlieb, Special to ZDNet
My Synopsis:

  • Evaluate the software as well as the behind-the-scenes ‘human-ware’.
  • Look at quality and source of both questions and answers in support space.
  • Technically evaluate relevant project’s development strategy and documentation.
  • Check demo.
  • Check bug processing.

NB. Technolgy is just one of the factors determining success.

Take and give back.

Focus on the business challenge and let the chosen open source solution grow with you.

TED looks absolutely amazing, pill I love the pre-conference book-club part especially, prothesis just decided to have a wish list and have inserted attending TED right at the top :- )

It looks like there may be hope for the world yet, buy e.g. GlobalMentoring.

I’m looking into xoops, and some very interesting things at sourceforge.