Neil Winterburn
Since 2007
Works in Prescot, Maine United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

BIO
Hello
& greetings from the Flunstellas Organisation,
Myself & paranormal psychologist, Rob Petrov formed the organisation,
to provide a focal point for Flunstellas investigations in 2003.

To explain, a Flunstella is a Flock/cLUster/conSTELLAtion of
language, ideas & memories, that has been disembodied from an individual & so floats through social spaces, often interpolating with other Flunstellas.
They appear, to people with the ability to sense them, as fleeting apparitions of what cartresian philosophers called the theatre of ideas, (the myriad of sense impressions/ideas/memories that pass through each individuals consciousness).

At times, due to lack of empirical evidence, we have had to create
representations of how flunstella might appear, in the form of
interactive,collaborative, digital projects. When carrying out this research it has been vital for us to hand over maximum creative control to each collaborator, as they construct what they believe their Flunstella would look like.
Your Flunstella = Your language network.

We have learnt a lot from the orbs investigation community & in many ways we like to think of Flunstellas as orbs, the next level.

The site currently contains 7 free to download interactive digital research projects and will grow as our investigations expand.

Visit www.flunstellas.org.

Don't just read the introductory page,
Flunstellas are phenomenon that cannot be communicated in mere words,
Download some projects and see for yourself.
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DISCUSSION

Re: is art useless?


Hello,Rhizome list people.
Just talking in terms of the useful/useless debate,
I think in terms of how we see ourselves, we can sometimes ghettoize ourselves
in a very little, anti-functionalist corner.
By positioning ourselves (in the da-da ist tradition) as "crazy artists" who
take everyday practices/techniques/technologies & subvert them, make them
useless, we often create a dichotomy between the "real" useful (rational,
practical,real looking, with a role in the world outside the art context)
stuff, like businesses, technology, etc & "art", which is useless (irrational,
impractical,wacky looking, subversive, not effecting the wold beyond the art
context).
I know that a lot of people are doing really interesting stuff which
challenges these ideas, but I do see a lot of work that just, takes a piece of
technology & then makes it go wierd.
This can be a lot of fun, but dosent this way of thinking limit what we do?
I'm only writing this as a kind of confession, personally I find myself doing
this a lot.

I'm not arguing that art should be functional in the traditional narrow sense
of the word at all, just that we should stop
doing the exact opposite of what functional society produces/does, as a knee
jerk reaction. And find different, more expansive,
complicated, fluid, aims for our selves.

I would argue for an approach to one of the official aims of art (to be as
creative as possible) similair to that Greek guy,
approaching medusa. Never to look at her directly.
er ,,
what the hell am I on about?
Oh yes,
Not that I want to
a)get into bringing up Greek mythological references that I plainly know
nothing about, or
b)start talking about the "muse" as a woman or anything as pathetic as that,
Just that finding aims, functions, issues to focus on (your reflective shield
- gedditt?) instead of "creativity",
will,, er,
slay the evil snake headed monster.
Anyway,

i was just thinking that tied in with the post about piero della francesca &
to real world projects/applications/structures being more creative than ones
made by artists.
Like that experiment to represent atomic reactions, which had a scientist
dropping a ping pong ball into a gymnasium full of 1000's of mouse traps with
ping pong balls on them, or industry creating practicle structures that make
lots of sculpture look really tame.
what do y'all think?

"Flunstellas Are All around Us."

www.flunstellas.org

www.myspace.com/rob_petrov

DISCUSSION

Re: is art useless?


Hello,
Just talking in terms of the useful/useless debate,
I think in terms of how we see ourselves, we can sometimes ghettoize ourselves
in a very little, anti-functionalist corner.
By positioning ourselves (in the da-da ist tradition) as "crazy artists" who
take everyday practices/techniques/technologies & subvert them, make them
useless, we often create a dichotomy between the "real" useful (rational,
practical,real looking, with a role in the world outside the art context)
stuff, like businesses, technology, etc
& "art", which is useless (irrational, impractical,wacky looking, subversive,
not effecting the wold beyond the art context).

I know that a lot of people are doing really interesting stuff which
challenges these ideas, but I do see a lot of work that just, takes a piece of
technology & then makes it go wierd. (Some of which rocks, lots of which
dosent)
This can be a lot of fun, but dosent this way of thinking limit what we do?
I'm only writing this as a kind of confession, personally I find myself doing
this a lot.

I'm not arguing that art should be functional in the traditional narrow sense
of the word at all, just that we should stop
doing the exact opposite of what functional society produces/does, as a knee
jerk reaction. And find different, more expansive,
complicated, fluid, aims for our selves.

I would argue for an approach to one of the official aims of art (to be as
creative as possible) similair to that Greek guy, approaching medusa. Never to
look at her directly.
er ,,
what the hell am I on about?
Oh yes,

Not that I want to
a)get into bringing up Greek mythological references that I plainly know
nothing about, or
b)start talking about the "muse" as a woman or anything as pathetic as that,
Just that finding aims, functions, issues to focus on (your reflective shield
- gedditt?) instead of "creativity",
will,, er,
slay the evil snake headed monster.
Anyway,
what do y'all think?

Michael Szpakowski <szpako@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi
> this is possibly dull & old hat & not at all witty or
> fashionably cynical but quite straightforwardly I
> think that art (maybe culture would be a broader,
> better term) is pretty central to what makes us human.
> Of course strictly for a defining feature we're
> probably talking some kind of tool use/language
> combination but it is significant that those cave
> paintings still speak to us ( well, they do to me..)
> "Use" is difficult - I think it's the very
> uselessness of art, in every sense except this central
> one, that makes it so important, so defining, indeed
> that allows it to be so -precisely *because* the best
> art doesn't have a one dimensional "use": it can carry
> the most rich & varied freight of meaning, reference,
> history & prophecy..( Which is why art is *not*
> culture bound; why as a card carrying atheist I can
> still be shaken to the core by Piero della Francesca
> or Giotto)
> I'm not dogmatically opposed to the idea of usefulness
> in other more limited senses but as a cautionary note
> I would point out both Stalinism/Zhdanovism (tragedy)
> & Blairite "cultural" policy in the UK of the last ten
> years (farce).
> The fact also that art continues to be made, to be
> discussed, under the most appalling circumstances
> -think of the Dante section of Primo Levi's Auschwitz
> memoir "If This Is a Man" - suggests that is is
> something with enormously deep roots in us..
> I just did an arts outreach project( & *there's* an
> interesting byway of this discussion!) in Tottenham,
> Lnodon & I got some footage, first take, of six young
> men from 13-16 years old, MCing, unprepared &
> completely impromptu, with a panache & skill that
> filled me with both joy & I have to say, a degree of
> envy.
> I'm still idealist enough to want a world where I make
> myself unemployed as a specialist - where *everyone*
> has the basic material necessities & so is able "to
> hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear
> cattle in the evening, criticise [or perhaps make
> art!] after dinner"
> michael
>
> --- richard willis <m81l1ngl1sts@richtextformat.org>
> wrote:
>
> > well quite.
> >
> > art is useless cos it can't help me fix my boiler.
> > and i'm cold.
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> > ...hey, wait a sec, i could burn the damn paintings!
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"Flunstellas Are All around Us."

www.flunstellas.org

www.myspace.com/rob_petrov

EVENT

Flunstellas Are All around Us


Dates:
Fri Feb 02, 2007 00:00 - Thu Feb 01, 2007

Greetings from the Flunstellas Organisation,
Myself & paranormal psychologist, Rob Petrov formed the organisation,
to provide a focal point for Flunstellas investigations in 2003.

To explain, a Flunstella is a Flock/cLUster/conSTELLAtion of
language, ideas & memories, that has been disembodied from an individual & so floats through social spaces, often interpolating with other Flunstellas.
They appear, to people with the ability to sense them, as fleeting apparitions of what cartresian philosophers called the theatre of ideas, (the myriad of sense impressions/ideas/memories that pass through each individuals consciousness).

At times, due to lack of empirical evidence, we have had to create
representations of how flunstella might appear, in the form of interactive, collaborative, digital projects. When carrying out this research it has been vital for us to hand over maximum creative control to each collaborator, as they construct what they believe their Flunstella would look like.
Your Flunstella = Your language network.

We have learnt a lot from the orbs investigation community & in many ways we like to think of Flunstellas as orbs, the next level.

The site currently contains 7 free to download interactive digital research projects and will grow as our investigations expand.

Visit www.flunstellas.org.

Don't just read the introductory page,
Flunstellas are phenomenon that cannot be communicated in mere words,
Download some projects and see for yourself.

"Flunstellas Are All around Us."

www.flunstellas.org

www.myspace.com/rob_petrov