Bill Wasik Talking At MoMA 18 May 2010

•May 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Recently the MoMA hosted a panel and set of performances on the changing role of the audience in both popular and experimental culture. Wasik, a senior editor at Harper’s, spoke briefly on the origins of the Flash Mob from the position of one of the first (if not THE first) mob event creators. The main point in his discussion was to explain his ongoing interest in collecting people together for no external purpose other than to amass.

NJIT MSPTC Social Media: Some Video Comments

•March 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

NJIT MSPTC Social Media: Some Comments

Community Spaces

•February 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Community Space: A discussion on how different examples of urban space conveys and amplifies specific psycho-social relations necessary for building a community.

Maha

•January 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The word “machine” or “machination” derives etymologically from the ancient Greek “Makhana,” a term used to convey the quality of “being able” or simply an “ability,” an enabled state. From this connotation, we derive the concepts of mechanic, mechanical or mechanisation – all suggesting a capacity to function or operate. A machine understood in this way is simply any integrated structure, where purpose derives from function. The sanskrit roots of this term, “maha” – meaning “great”, lend our etymology the additional sense of respect our cultural history tends to show for all structures of functional integrity. Watching a single ant forage for food elicits little interest, yet who cannot marvel at the single superorganism we see in hundreds of thousands of insects operating in unison towards single objectives? Truly our ongoing fascination with the machine derives from a very old, perhaps even primal, admiration for structural form and function.   In English, we find the same linguistic roots twisting up through history, sprouting forth the word “magnificance”.

 Welcome to Maha: this section of the Website features some of the creative works, discussions and ideas about writing, programming and the new “screen” arts as initiated in NJIT’s Electronic Writing Classes.