Pall Thayer
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Works in Greenwich, Connecticut United States of America

Pall Thayer is an artist.
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Digital Ponderings

I'm just wondering if it's every occured to anyone (I'm sure it has but I d=
on't recall having seen any discussions on it on the list) what the most ba=
sic element of digital artwork is all about? Stop and think about it for a =
while before you read on. See if you can come up with a fundamental, basic =
element that is the essence of digital mediums and what it has to do with t=
he artistic value of the mediums. We see throughout art history that all me=
diums appear to go through periodic "defining" and "redefining" periods. Ta=
ke for instance painting. It goes through various steps of definition, depe=
nding on circumstances at each moment and they end up discovering that it's=
all about color. That's it. That's the most basic element of painting. So,=
what is it with the digital medium? Of course subject matter comes and goe=
s and has nothing to do with it. The fact that we can involve many people f=
rom many places isn't it. That can be done with other mediums. For instance=
Yoko Ono's nailed cross. It's gone all over the world and contains nails f=
rom each place. We could even say that Christos umbrellas is a piece that i=
nvolves intercontinental interaction though it doesn't travel at all (and d=
oesn't have to be plugged into anything!). So what exactly is the basic ele=
ment that is unique to the digital mediums? Well, here's my take on it and =
it's something that I'm sure alot of people working in these mediums aren't=
even aware of because modern computers have been designed to not show us. =
Regardless of what you are using the computer to do, be it graphics, sound,=
text, whatever, once it's on the computer you're working with numbers. Now=
everyone's saying, well of course, we knew that. But have you really been =
fully concious of it while brewing your next masterpiece? Just think about =
it, if you are in fact fully aware and concious of it, think of all the pos=
sibilities. Once you have those numbers, you can make them do absolutely an=
ything you want. User input can become a gif can become video can become so=
und and back again. It's endless. The whole Carnivore project( http://www.r= ) is a really good example. It generates the numbers a=
nd from there it's up to you to figure out what you're going to do with the=
m. One of the reasons I'm writing this is because I think that there are in=
fact alot of artists who have never thought about this aspect of modern di=
gital mediums and I trully believe that, just as has happened within other =
mediums, there will come a time when these mediums will go through such a "=
defining" period and that this is going to be an important factor in that d=
efinition. With projects such as Carnivore (and many others), we can see it=
happening already. Another reason is that I haven't seen this discussed on=
the list and I'm curious to see what sort of response it will provoke.
Pall Thayer
Fjolbrautaskolinn vid Armula (



Oh yeah, and throw out that pesky WINNT folder while you're at it.

Hinn 3.12.2002 kl. 06:11 ritadhi Mario Vasquez:




Heimspeki og list/Philosophy and art

Heimspeki & myndlist
THann 21. november i stofu 101 i Odda kl. 20:00 gengst Felag ahu=
gamanna um heimspeki fyrir fundi um fagurfraedhi netsins og hvadha ahr=
if thadh hefur a skilning okkar a listhugtakinu. Margret Elisabet=
Olafsdottur flytur lestur um efnidh og Pall Thayer og Ragnar Helgi =
Olafsson syna verk sin. THau munu svo sitja i panel asamt fleiru=
m og raedha malin i vidhu samhengi. Her er ridhidh a vadhi=
dh medh adh fast vidh tengsl myndlistar og heimspeki, en adhur hef=
ur felagidh fengist vidh tengsl bokmennta og heimspeki.

Philosophy and art
8 pm, November 21 in room 101 at Odda at the University of Iceland
The Icelandic Association of Philosophy will host an evening on the aesthet=
ics of the internet and how it affects definitions of art. Margret Elisabet=
Olafsdottir will lecture on this topic and Pall Thayer and Ragnar Helgi Ol=
afsson will present their work on the internet. Afterwards there will be an=
open discussion. This is the first time the association deals with philoso=
phy and art but in the past it has dealt with philosophy and literature.

Pall Thayer

Ragnar Helgi Olafsson

Pall Thayer
Fjolbrautaskolinn vid Armula (


Pythagoras harmony of the spheres

Just had a discussion with someone and it seems that no-one's picking up on=
the connection so this is me pointing it out:

Because the Pythagoreans thought that the heavenly bodies are separated fro=
m one another by intervals corresponding to the harmonic lengths of strings=
, they held that the movement of the spheres gives rise to a musical sound-=
the "universal harmony of the spheres."
Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 2000

Pall Thayer
Fjolbrautaskolinn vid Armula (