R. D. Laing, Knots (1970)


There is something I don’t know
that I am supposed to know.
I don’t know what it is that I don’t know,
and yet am supposed to know,
and I feel I look stupid
if I seem both not to know it
and not to know what it is I don’t know.
Therefore I pretend I know it.
This is nerve-racking
since I don’t know what I must pretend to know.
Therefore I pretend to know everything.

I feel you know what I am supposed to know
but you can’t tell me what it is
because you don’t know that I don’t know what it is.

You may know what I don’t know, but not
that I don’t know it,
and I can’t tell you. So you will have to tell me everything.

R.D. Laing: Wikipedia, Knots, another excerpt of Knots

See also Gregory Bateson’s double bind theory (Wikipedia; article)


by Barbara Doser and Hofstetter Kurt, 2006

medien.KUNSTLABORKunsthaus Graz


A screening of ecstatic moments created with the Video Feedback technique at the event horizon of perceptible worlds of image and sound while generating a moving picture. Moments distilled from experimental videos and compiled into a new unit.

Video Feedback is mapping (imaging) any visual event (image) to itself through parallelism and circulation. A minimum change of its instrument positions (video camera | screen) generate a maximum of stimuli at the time-based event horizon of perception. A flood of rapidly changing abstract images on the move will be experienced as a world of spatial complexity and of dynamic states.”

Source: http://www.sunpendulum.at/parallelmedia/time-no-time-01/xxlux.html

Background info on optical feedback

Ethan Turpin, Video Feedback: Pixel Behaviors, 2010,

Sight-specific installation, Kala Studio, Berkeley, CA 2010

“Pointing a live video camera at its own projection gives what is known as a “video feedback loop”. The camera reads the screen and then projects the image, in a repeating vortex. By carefully adjusting the angles and standard controls on a mid-1990′s-era video camera, Ethan Turpin isolates the self-sustaining patterns. The real-time animation can move from patterns resembling pantheistic design to microorganisms expanded to a human scale, evoking the uncanny feeling that life has emerged from within the system. Participants can move in the space between the camera and projection screen surface, integrating into the abstracted image.”


Little loops of recursion surround us all the time, and I want to know what exactly they’re compounding and reifying.

David Banks, 2013, “The Politics of Communications Technology”

Source: http://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2013/05/04/the-politics-of-communications-technology/

An example of Optical feedback

Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Optical-feedback-2-short.gif

Examples of dynamic optical feedback image on television monitor

Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Optical_feedback-2ex-vsm.jpg

More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_feedback

In the end, we are self-perceiving, self-inventing, locked-in mirages that are little miracles of self-reference.

“Carol and Douglas Hofstadter in a mutual nose touching, forming a (metaphorical) “strange loop” in July of 1987 in the Wallowa Mountains in Eastern Oregon.”

Image credit: Peter Rimbey

Via: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1599720,00.html

(And I’m pretty sure it’s in I Am a Strange Looptoo.)

Image 1: B-factor plot for 1AV1 truncated human apolipoprotein A-I

Source: http://www.xray.utmb.edu/#BPATCH

Caption: “B-factor plot of 1AV1, refined at 4 Å using the PMB B-factor patch for isotropic B-factor restraints. Note that even the side-chain b-factors are well-behaved, and that the molecular motions are modeled more accurately by these individual B-factors than they could be by a series of group B-factors.”

What is a B-factor plot? I don’t know, but these folks say: “Blue means helix, red means strand and green means turns and random coil.”

Image 2: Another view of 1AV1 structure

Source and more info: http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/explore.do?structureId=1av1

What is apolipoprotein A1? According to Wikipedia, it’s “the major protein component of high density lipoprotein (HDL) in plasma” i.e. the good cholesterol. It helps clear fats! Good job, apo A-I!

Photo 1: “World’s Smallest Klein Bottle” by Kiva Ford: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66353455/worlds-smallest-klein-bottle?ref=listing_67322253  (also sold as earrings, necklaces, etc.)

Photo 2: Baby Klein bottle, by Acme Klein Bottles, “our universe’s foremost supplier of immersed, boundary-free, nonorientable, one-sided surfaces”:  http://www.kleinbottle.com/classicalklein.htm


Awww but the combined one is sooo much better! http://r0m1n.minus.com/ly92QXzZkU2Wx … dang file-size limit

Glasses of Nerdicon, from Adventure Time episode “The Real You”


four-part gif via sugarlessponygum