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Form Between Matter (excerpts)

Lucia thesis Form Between Matter

Project. Graduate Thesis (2008)
UPennDesign; Annette Fierro, adviser

This inquiry speculates upon the possibility of subdividing the object through derivation, allowing for infinitesimal refinement of the space between that which constitutes the object.  What is interior if the object is reduced to the durational interaction of its derivative parts? 

 

On the Tendency of Humans to Order (excerpts)

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Some have realized that potentials are stored beyond mere visual pattern, thereby altering or shifting our sense of what harnesses a latent potential. These patterns and rhythms are no longer manifest as physical raw matter, but rather re-emerge as patterns of potential through the virtual, the market, presented through difference as a flux of desire; the ability to create a pressure so that a change may be felt rather than seen.

Thus, we may begin to speculate as to why there exists an unending need by humans to constantly create anew. If it is indeed this subconscious tendency to challenge homogeneity, we are then left with a seeming inconsistency for homogeneity creates comfort as well. Furthermore it is from within the monument that we find comfort. Comfort, however, does not desire. For that we will require the profane, a pressure.

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Put another way, change can be measured within a system or relative to that system’s self. As an example we may take both an extrinsic and an intrinsic view of such measurements with the most elementary of either such system being a set of points whose infinite density tends to a spline (or surface). An external imposed curvature could be taken as a matter of change or differentiation relative to a fixed world, thus requiring external observation. Or conversely, this measurement could be felt as a rate of change relative to a state prior within a particular system. Even if change is measured within a system, as an indicating observer what are the total effects and implications of this measurement? How is your cat today?

Regardless, it becomes the tendency of humans to fool themselves into order--to create monuments; the sacred constantly set against the profane. We may have accumulated stored potential to be sure, however, on a micro-scale. What then defines the bounds of this larger system?

Suburban Homogeneity--a grand monument to stored order stands in an attempt to stave off the profane existence outside of its bounds. It is, however, neither dead nor without potential. It has the greatest potential because it is in resistance to that which is outside of its context. However, an enormous amount of energy is required to maintain this highly artificial order. This understanding is merely a matter of refinement and fidelity. What then constitutes the system of the suburban monument? As noted prior there had arisen an inconsistency. This line of thought is not flawed, however, if one considers every monument as an effort to thwart homogeneity even if simultaneously there exists within that monument high amounts of homogeny. It is an issue of context and the subconscious resistance to a fate of zero potential; to exploit the perception of safety as seen outward from within the monument. The bounding region of this monument and its surrounding is not without potential at all and this is recognized by those onlookers to the monument. However, the ability of an observer from within the monument is unfit to be perceived by those at the level of fidelity required to comprehend their own exploitation.

Several scales out, however, the suburban monument is welcomed for it creates an advantageous amount of varied stability to be controlled at a more macro level. This macro level includes the suburban monument and requires it as a repository of value; the monetary unit is the matter of interiority of the virtual suburban monument. Slight pressures within the homogeny create micro-fluctuations in the homogeneity that makes this monument not devoid of pressure at all. These pressures are not necessarily felt on the micro level (intrinsically), but aggregate to make massive pressure differentials within the macro context (extrinsically). What is seemingly homogenous is not, but appears so due to a coarseness of measurement. Those who are capable of measuring the micro from the macro level realize this. A dollar is stable over the course of a day. Violence also creates pressure. But for another time…

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Underlying Pressure and Form within an Abstract System (excerpts)

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Prior to there being any morphology or shape to a real object, that object’s underlying form and that form’s associated pressures of being must first be taken into consideration. The space of the real and the virtual is inherently blurred concerning this project as to dwell within the object of representation creates an inherent set of inconsistencies regarding what it means to be within the interior of this system. Is one ever solely within their object of domesticity and not aware of that object’s affects within a larger system of values?

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Because the particles in this system have no inherent value they have become the deceptive likeness of form for they serve to merely render visible an underlying structure or pressure; they have become artifacts of the form. Where one may think to find a morphology or shape, upon closer inspection the deception of geometry is made apparent, for there is no such revelation. Rather, one encounters constantly shifting deceptive forms based upon the fidelity of inquiry into these systems.

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Between Dwelling and the Representation (excerpts)

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Here local/internal is taken to mean that which is manifest by an observer. This is not to suggest that the requisites for this event to take place do not exist outside of the observer, they most certainly do. It is important, however, that the observer be made aware of the matter’s presence in order for it to bear significance within the state of this particular system. The resultant pressure created by this being made aware is the essential requisite of the microstate; it is what gives the microstate its value as such. In this sense, the object, whose matter was already present within the real, has become further activated as an object of desire, or pressure, within the macrostate (feedback from the real to the virtual); it is now operating as a generative force within the system. Concerning the microstate at this juncture, it is precisely the necessity of a homogeneity within the micro that then resituates the object (or collection of objects) back within the virtual macro environment; while in the micro it is important for each single observer to consider their privileged vantage to be more or less the same as others’ within the neighborhood. In this sense the microstate can be associated with a local/internal activation, while the macro with a global/external instantiation.

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Subdivision of the Object Through a Durational Event: Interrogating the Interior (excerpts)

Lucia thesis Form Between Matter

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We do not actually perceive anything as a singular thing, only the displacement of the thing. This supersedes the notion that we are relocated to consider every instant of a system as hindsight—for this is most surely the case. Rather, any given instant in time as we perceive it is nothing more than the displacement of matter by a force, an event. This force is a thing which we are incapable of observing. Rather we are capable of detecting effects which are the displacement of matter and artifacts as a result of their being affected by that force. If matter is stable with respect to a given durational scale (fidelity) beyond comprehension, an observer must be in a state of change in order to be made aware of the matter’s presence.

In short: observation may occur only upon the advent of difference within a given system.

Lucia thesis Form Between Matter

An observer is never permitted to single out an actual thing, only moments before (memory) and after an event which constitute a duration. This operation could be seen as analogous to a derivative due to the instantaneous reading of such an event being governed by the behavior of a system which immediately surrounds that instant. In this regard we must perceive at the level of the derivative because we are incapable of understanding the thing as a singular; we must work through a durational event. Here, the density of matter is taken as the durational gap between each newly encountered bit of information. This durational gap is governed by the encounter of relative bodies as such an encounter implies interaction, be it by an organic or inorganic observer.

As a matter of refinement (fidelity), the corresponding subdivision of the thing thus becomes a function of this duration. An appropriate subdivision must be taken into consideration, however, as a level of refinement must be adequately suited to its environment and desired level of information acquisition. Given too dense of a refinement, any system will appear to be static at a particular instant; even a manifold of extreme curvature examined with high enough fidelity will appear to have zero local curvature.

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The Manifold as Infinitesimally Dense Set of Time-sheets (excerpts)

The information present upon any given manifold operates as a continuum, that is to say it is ever-present. Such a substrate is malleable provided its connectivity remains intact. Because of this topological property, by manipulating the substrate it is possible to further juxtapose information that was otherwise non-local within these particular micro-states as an issue of comparison provided that the information’s source connectivity is not broken; non-local effects are purposefully rendered in relation to other non-local effects while preserving the fundamental relationships governing the generation of their first stage development.

Lucia thesis Form Between Matter

Being that time and space are essentially the same substrate (time being “marked” by the sequential encounter of matter in space) this operation may be thought of, and equivocal to, empty containers within a partially rendered neighborhood whose completion relies on the insertion of information from some future state (or states) of that neighborhood’s systemLucia thesis Form Between Matter

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Local Intensities (excerpt)

The density of matter is taken as the durational gap between each newly encountered bit of information, whereby a bit of information is relative to the fidelity of measurement through which it is encountered. Therefore, locality is also a function of fidelity whereby the nearest detectable neighbor of any observing body (organic or inorganic) is governed by the sensitivity of that body. There may indeed be matter which is closer (an absolute nearest neighbor) to the observing body, but which is beyond the capability of the body as an issue of coarse-grained measure.

Lucia thesis Form Between Matter