AME research and graduate proseminar: the problem with explaining things in terms of "'parts' of the brain"

Hardcastle and Stewart succinctly point out a fundamental problem at the heart of the methodology of neuroscience (and of cognitive science): the modularity thesis.

Neuroscience did not “discover” modules — loci of functions —  in brains.   Rather “they don’t even have a good way of accessing the appropriate evidence. It is a bias in neuroscience to localize and modularize brain functions.”

The problem with scientistic methodology is that you see what you expect to see.



There’s much more in play: Noah Brender’s work questions the modularity thesis underlying much of technoscience. 
However, another world is possible :)

Xin Wei

Re: production calendar for Montreal Workshop Nov 2-13

Hi Pete,

This is the SERRA project website: http://serracreation.weebly.com/
as conceived by Oana Suteu Khintirian, filmmaker from Montreal / Paris, and me
in collaboration with choreographer Ginette Laurin.
This workshop is the third in a series of workshops to generate choreographic material for proposal to get funding for a performance by O Vertigo, Ginette Laurin’s dance company in Montreal: http://www.overtigo.com/
The first workshop was May 2015 at O Vertigo’s Place des Arts blackbox.
Second was ours in iStage.
Third workshop in Nov 2-13. will be with her dancers.  Up to 7.


After Ginette green-lights the next phase — which Oana and I hope will come in the coming week or so.
I’ll introduce you to Adnre Houle, the TD for O Vertigo.
That way, Andre and you can confer directly  about precise specs: e.g. 
floor plan and elevation for O Vertigo’s beautiful blackbox space in the Place des Arts Montreal.

Their blackbox is a professional theater, about 3x the floor footage of iStage, roughly 5’ higher.

One wall (about 60’ wide) is half spanned by a projection surface.
Surrounded by black drapes.
Full dance floor,
Grid, with a standard complement of AV gear.   

Andre has about 30 years in the business, and was Michael Montanaro’s TD for Michael’s dance company.
He worked in iStage about 12 years ago when Michael, Sandy & company were resident here
as guests of ISA.  Nice guy to work with :)  Andre and OV have the experience and means 
to design and install standard theatrical,
and build or obtain scenographic material (like scrims screens).   

The exception would be the gear unique to our media system:
Mac computers
Software
Projectors (spec’ed to be bought or rented in Montreal.
Perhaps we can go to Solotech, I know the VP there.)

The November workshop is NOT a performance — no audience, only dancers and principal artists.
But we will use this to inform the spec for a touring kit.

Thanks,
Xin Wei

PS We need a project blog:  I’ve added the main folks who worked on the SERRA workshop to 
vegetal.posthaven.com/  (Check it out for prior history.)

You can post multimedia docs simply by emailing   post@vegetal.posthaven.com 




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Sha Xin Wei • Professor and Director • School of Arts, Media and Engineering + Synthesis
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts + Fulton Schools of Engineering • ASU
Fellow: ASU-Santa Fe Center for Complex Biosocial Systems
Affiliate Professor: Future of Innovation in Society; Computer Science; English
Founding Director, Topological Media Lab
skype: shaxinwei • mobile: +1-650-815-9962
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On Sep 7, 2015, at 11:31 AM, Peter Weisman <peter.weisman@asu.edu> wrote:

Hi all,

What workshop will be happening in Montreal? I would be more then happy to create a Production Calendar. But, I need to know all of the details and the people to be involved in AZ and those going to Montreal. Who in Montreal would be handling of the physical in Montreal?

Pete 



Happy Connecting. Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 5


-------- Original message --------
From: Xin Wei Sha <Xinwei.Sha@asu.edu>
Date: 2015/09/05 5:47 AM (GMT-07:00)
To: Todd Ingalls <Todd.Ingalls@asu.edu>, Christopher Roberts <cmrober2@asu.edu>, Peter Weisman <peter.weisman@asu.edu>
Subject: production calendar for Montreal Workshop Nov 2-13

How about if we draw up a proper production calendar for the Montreal Workshop  Nov 2-13:  software, local testing, gear, people logistics, workshop scheduling etc.  With milestones.

I’d like to consult Pete.  (We should not expect much active participation from Oana during this time.  At the right time with OV agreement, we’ll work with Andre Houle, the TD for O Vertigo.  Andre came to ASU with Michael Montanaro.)  

I will to be in Montreal Sep 19-24, so can advance prep for Todd (and or Julian)’s pre-staging trip in Montreal (October?) before the Nov workshop.

I will probably not be able to be in Montreal for the actual November workshop  since I’ll have to be in Phoenix to staff the fort, host Lexing, and do a UK loop.

Xin Wei


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Sha Xin Wei • Professor and Director • School of Arts, Media and Engineering + Synthesis
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts + Fulton Schools of Engineering • ASU
Fellow: ASU-Santa Fe Center for Complex Biosocial Systems
Affiliate Professor: Future of Innovation in Society; Computer Science; English
Founding Director, Topological Media Lab
skype: shaxinwei • mobile: +1-650-815-9962
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Physis, poiesis in the highest sense

Not only handcraft manufacture, not only artistic and poetical bringing into appearance and concrete imagery, is a bringing-forth, poiesis. Physis also, the arising of something from out of itself, is a bringing-forth, poiesis. Physis is indeed poiesis in the highest sense. For what presences by means of physis has the bursting open belonging to bringing-forth, e.g., the bursting of a blossom into bloom, in itself (en heautoi). In contrast, what is brought forth by the artisan or the artist, e.g. the silver chalice, has the bursting open belonging to bringing­ forth not in itself, but in another (en alloi), in the craftsman or artist.

[Heidegger, Question Concerning Technology, 11]