Book Pile

Book Pile

Looking for a good research related book and want a recommendation? Oh good cause that’s all this blog post can offer.

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Experience. Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense.

The baby of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, Experience is a collaborative work about multidisciplinarity between science and art and building research environments that draw from the strengths of both. Oh and the cover is temperature reactive! Sooooo fun to rub.

 

 

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Making Space. How the Brain Knows Where Things Are

A very well written, approachable, and even funny neuroscience book on how our brains measure physical energy and convert it into knowing where stuff is. All in the hopes that “perhaps if we can understand how the brain processes information about things we can measure, like sensory stimuli, we many gain insights into how the brain processes thing we cannot measure, like ideas.” (p.5)

 

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Unflattening

A graphic treatise on the tyranny of fixed viewpoints, the book practices what it preaches. It’s beautiful, illuminating, and gave me all those “You get me, you really get me” feels.

 

 

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Virtual Art

Virtual Art is a must read for anyone poking around virtual reality. It gives readers an in-depth education in the deep history of immersion and the wide range of technologies we have used to achieve it.

 

 

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Abstract Video

As my comfort with developing a system of spherical cinematography grew, I wanted to know more about other methods that have been developed for making effective aesthetic productions with video. While more of a theory book than just a survey of the history of abstract video works, it definitely exposed me to video works, and systems for making video, I had never seen before.

 

 

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Garments of Paradise

A growing interest in making my own clothes (both physically and those of my digital avatars) and VR and AR as a wearables led me to this book. I commonly think of wearables as watches that track workouts, but Garments of Paradise also talks about them as tools we use to perform “dress acts”— part social communication part behavior modification.

 

 

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Daybook

“We doom each other by holding onto images of one another based on preconceptions that are in turn based on indifference to what is other than ourselves…We claim autonomy for ourselves and forget that in doing so we can fall into the tyranny of defining other people as we would like them to be. By focusing on what we choose to acknowledge in them we impose an insidious control on them. I notice that I have to pay careful attention in order to listen to other with an openness that allows them to be as they are, or as the think themselves to be.”

Just read it. This is just a drop in the ocean of perfectly phrased meditations of making art and being a person.

 

Check out Ben Marriot who made the sparkling book gif at the top of the top and happy reading!  -M