Monday, June 19, 2017

Android Proteus

Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read, seaspawn and seawrack, the nearing tide, that rusty boot. Snotgreen, bluesilver, rust: coloured signs. Limits of the diaphane. But he adds: in bodies. Then he was aware of them bodies before of them coloured. How? By knocking his sconce against them, sure. Go easy. Bald he was and a millionaire, maestro di color che sanno. Limit of the diaphane in. Why in? Diaphane, adiaphane. If you can put your five fingers through it, it is a gate, if not a door. Shut your eyes and see.

VR Ulysses Prototype 2 from Eoghan Kidney on Vimeo.

can the subtle metaphysics of proteus be clarified by viewing stephen as an android?

the startup screen opens with a control panel that offers modality checkboxes for visible, audible, tactile and maybe a 'projected images' AR mode (for "thought through my eyes").

'tactile' highlights a pair of feet on sand, and an ashplant that can probe things.

'audible' offers birdcalls all around, wind, tide, and feet on sand when you walk.

'visible' is obvious... but how can we make it ineluctable? (shouldn't "Shut your eyes and see" count as elucting?)

"at least that if no more, thought through my eyes" maybe stephen projects visions of mother, father, aristotle ("Bald he was"), nuncle ritchie

there could be an infinite palette of imaginative environments to explore, beyond sandymount: imagined worlds, remembered worlds, anticipated worlds

the diaphane has to visualise the transparent negative space, probably seen from outside in some way that makes stephen's body conspicuously adiaphane (some kind of 'invert' button?)

hovering over a point in the visible field initiates a signature-read process like cheesy scifi scrolling thru alternative names and shapes until a best-fit match is selected: seaspawn, seawrack, tide, boot, live dog

maybe color filters to highlight regions of "Snotgreen, bluesilver, rust: coloured signs"

"By knocking his sconce against them" the ashplant goes thru AR projections, stopped by 'real' bodies


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