Graphagos and Deniz Cem Önduygu

I must say that in the 21 years that I have being teaching, for the most part, I have been unusually blessed in my students, both undergraduate and graduate – but especially graduate. I do not have a lot of them, since I have a bit of a reputation for being a hard-ass when it comes to thesis writing: Although...

Alpha Auer / September 12, 2014 / Applications, Teaching, Visual / 2 Comments

The strangely mirrored tale of Volund

Last Spring I did a collaborative project with Heidi Dahlsveen on her LEA granted simulator in Second Life. Heidi is a storyteller, and she wanted to investigate Joseph Campbell’s “Hero with a Thousand Faces,” visualized and re-told through a Nordic Hero, Volund, who goes through an adventure in twelve stages – a concept that hugely excited me as well. I...

Alpha Auer / July 13, 2014 / Applications, Metaverse, Visual / 4 Comments

From Azimuth to Cypher

This year while I was teaching my Theory of Artistic Practice class I tried to make a case for using research as a basis for making stuff, rather than theorizing upon finished output. From last year I already knew that the students would be quite adverse to the course’s contents – to the idea that, as artists and designers it...

Alpha Auer / December 6, 2013 / Applications, Metaverse, Teaching, Visual / 5 Comments

The Tower of Heteronyms

The words that you will read as you fly up and down this tower belong to four individuals – Bernardo Soares, Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis, and Alvaro de Campos, who were the literary extensions of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa (1888 – 1935). Not only did Pessoa write under over 50 different names (of which the above-mentioned are the most...

Alpha Auer / July 23, 2013 / Metaverse, Visual / 0 Comments

Decapoda goes to the forest…

From the very first time that I heard it as a child I have had strong (almost gut) feelings concerning the tale of Little Red Riding Hood: I was horrified by the killing of the wolf. Inconsolable, in fact – to the point where my father had to invent a whole new ending to the story so that I would...

Alpha Auer / February 9, 2013 / Metaverse, Text, Visual / 5 Comments

Alpha Auer / November 19, 2012 / Teaching, Visual / 0 Comments

Asemia

I love playing around with text, and yet I hardly ever have the words themselves inside my head. So, what I end up doing is use the poetry or the prose of others, or sometimes I use generative text. I have no idea why I cannot make up a tale. It seems that my mind only works in single instances...

Alpha Auer / July 18, 2012 / Applications, Metaverse, Text, Visual / 0 Comments

New dynamic display thingy @ blogspot

I am trying out the dynamic viewer that blogspot has recently added to their template collection: shapeshifterisland.blogspot.com/ Admittedly, there are a few problems with it – like no link list for example. The post titles are too big and you cannot make them smaller, so I did not give any of the posts titles. The bottom line is, unlike all...

Alpha Auer / July 12, 2012 / Applications, Visual / 0 Comments

New little website for Uranometria

Looking back on it, I have to admit that I am rather proud of Uranometria. So, I had been wanting to make a little dedicated website for the “cage,” indeed this has been an item on my endless wish list of things-I-want-to-do for quite some time… Since I am now finally slowly getting round to putting new stuff together, as...

Alpha Auer / July 8, 2012 / Metaverse, Visual / 0 Comments

Play, Space and Text

Haven’t been making any posts on this site for quite some time. Initially the reason was that I was writing my PhD, and once that was out of the way I did not feel like writing anything – period! Tomorrow is the first day of a four day international conference on typography called istype which my colleague Onur has organized...

Alpha Auer / June 14, 2012 / Visual / 0 Comments