Hypertography One Exhibit: Connor Sherlock

RND/ to consider connor sherlock’s virtual worldspaces

Part of the Hypertography One Exhibit

/ sunken citadel – varied

Sunken Citadel by Connor Sherlock

/ simulation failure – imaginative

Simulation Failure by Connor Sherlock

/ as fog burns – facets

As The Fog Burns by Connor Sherlock

/ grave apologies – display cryptic

Grave Apologies by Connor Sherlock

/ krypton comet – astral potentialities

Krypton Comet by Connor Sherlock

/ marginalia technical review

to consider marginalia as horror play by connor sherlock developer of amazing atmospheric experience sanctuary

Marginalia by Connor Sherlock

technical review of marginalia / says little about atmosphere of play – which feels kinda interesting / aesthetically engaging – less so than connors previous research – but not really scary

– voice over sounds muffled – at one point n mentions packs of wild dogs roaming streets but n sounds like packs of wild ducks which actually / unfortunately sounds better

– good accompanying soundtrack would sound better if more intermittent allowing for more environmental noise / silence/ more wind in trees / footsteps through tall grass seems needed

– perhaps disembodied voice of narrator should somehow feel more embedded in landscape – perhaps as loose pages resarcs can collect / then quote listen to – actually no x bit too slenderman

– mildly corny writing/ in particular bit about dark quote seeds growing – somehow sounds unnecessarily noirish

– what resarc does not know – disembodied walkers relationship to mysterious eric ey seeks – therefore any motivational sense – why ir seeking ir out equally mysterious

– twenty seconds before end of play narrator suddenly goes off on emotional tangent rambling wildly about quote machines – x well out of tone with rest of ir delivery up to x point / sounds awkward

– if music had actually stopped at moment walker reaches quote machines n would of made far more impact

– n did not seem possible to change fov in menu in current build

– consider general disconnect between what resarc as able to do in such narrative space – just walk – potential for quote researching meanings of play through environmental interaction

– tone set up by mixture of environment / narration needs to be more narrow / specific

as x horrible memory dream with terrifying punchline or just generally meant to feel creepy from beginning to end

– what ey would do different/ tweak writing / delivery to feel more matter of fact – in same way one readily goes along with dream logic – simply strolling through well lit woods at night – until n starts feeling distinctly nightmarish

/ sanctuary – some virtual tourism

Sanctuary by by Connor Sherlock

one of more compellingly atmospheric research spaces of 2015/ consider sanctuary by connor sherlock as excellent example of what theorist robert what calls abstract encounter

/ birthplace of ossian

to consider virtual scottish landscapes signified in walking sims by digital space auteur connor sherlock

impressionistic remix via theorist robert what

autumn in highlands would be brief – glorious riot of colour blazing red across moors gleaming every shade of gold in forests of sheltered glens
those achingly beautiful images would be painted again / again across hills in shivering waters of mountain tarns until harsh winds of winter sent last quaking leaf to x exit on frozen ground
– elizabeth stuart/ heartstorm

garrison sleeps in citadel
with ghosts ancient stones
high up on parapet
scottish piper stands alone
high on wind
highland drums begin to roll
something from past just comes
stares into ey soul
– mark knopfler/ sailing to philadelphia

for so long as one hundred men remain alive/
ir shall never under any conditions submit to
domination of english
x not for glory or riches
or hon ey ir fight/ but only for liberty/ which
no good man will consent to lose but with ir life
– declaration of arbroath 1320

/ prelude to irrelevance – another limitless night under alien stars on sum impossibly distant planetoid

to stare up at megastructural architecture over billion eons old in silent awe struck wonderment

Prelude To Irrelevance by Connor Sherlock

/ stepped reckoner – in which resarc henry swanson says/ if ey travel into heart of structure ey may jump up – eventually scramble onto roof beams

from there ey may carefully make ey way to outside – jump up between cubes/ feel ey virtual nuts tighten from height/ falling down from three thirds of way up sucks

/ last visit to shard – some virtual tourism

while researching yearn for option to stop piano music – wish to scale highest cubes – also for cubes to be loose respond to mild earthquakes resulting in sudden potential crushing of disembodied resarc / ghost

one also imagined distant lightening fog arising from unplumbed depths wind noise at altitude

also at nodal point feel desire to cross vast wonderfully deadly chasm by skill / grappling hook

again – if only such play spaces / systems were more fully procedural architecturally emergent literally infinite ever evolving/ images brightened colour adjusted

/ simulation sphere – oddly cyberpunk/ as if pleasantly caught in slow animation loop within sum long lost vhs tv series

Simulation Sphere by by Connor Sherlock

/ steelspill – in which after repeatedly falling resarcs soon forget trying to make n to surface of crates just stare in head aching semi mystery at ir immediate surroundings

Steelspill by by Connor Sherlock

/ suzugy 7016 – welcome to milliways two point zero

Suzugy 7016 by Connor Sherlock

/ voice of vamanaparmenidean architecture of doom

in which connor sherlock play designer of marginalia – amazingly atmospheric sanctuary

Voice Of Vamana by Connor Sherlock

annoyingly voiced strains of announcer in ey ear as easily ignored

n could even be ey own inner voice idly chatting to elf in order to delay inevitable feelings of deep ontological paralysis mute temperature less terror

what as ostensibly cheap sci fi narrative in setting quickly devolves back towards what was there all along – silently crushing feeling of blank violently inanimate doom – infinitely oppressive weightless burden on existential chest

architecture of vamana as blandly terrifying futility made structurally manifest

in which ey now always were mummified undead fly permanently stuck in infinite colourless nonreal spacetime amber

despite several large white blocks changing state within x floating mindless vessel of dereliction x always nonthing but nonthing whatsoever happening here so will there ever be – profoundly unprofund uselessness of infinitely solid yet completely hollow space bulk – eternal fatalist block universe unmoving purposeless quote infunctional – utterly deterministic – parmenidean nightmare sum random lifeless annihilation existing forever whose only meaning equals none

darkly resonant cry of organless organs as empty virtual cathedral dedicated to nonthing but elf for no reason/ to consider voice of vamana one big silent open throat unable to scream leading nowhere – forever

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Hypertography One: Abstract Encounters – Playspace Development Concept

RND/ consider ‘abstract encounters – alternative play systems development concept

Part of the “Hypertography One” Exhibit

most learning occurs not as result of instruction/ but rather as result of unhampered participation in meaningful setting
– ivan illich 1972

consider how good modern research seems – then consider abstract encounters – toward informal virtual drop in design / play systems research space open play development concept / framework v12

slap x blessed play dev
because research ey constantly make
say nonthing to ey about ey life
– paraphrasing singer morrissey

list of potential / proto quote abstract encounters now has x own sub level

where zolani stewart of now sadly defunct arcade review on important weird research

on play systems design framework or approach

in handling of chaos one must understand rat of abstract – being highly limited consider most research abstractions yet rather than being concerned with eg primal geometric forms per se consider encouraging neurally stimulating forms to appear x by ir abstract natures contemplative fictional spaces carry or indicate subtle / philosophical ideas
– paraphrasing volume 10 page 44 of rat criticism

– while most research may be considered experimental systems term abstract encounters implies conceptual somehow more mysterious liminal psychological states moods of play embodied induced by evolving open ended quote play with more truly emergent properties

x little as if ey were leading reader to deserted laboratory x ey put collection of specimens all necessary equipment at ir disposal – x ir job then to relate these elements together create reactions from ey
– writer jg ballard interviewed by robert louit/ 1974

– to consider completely bypassing most conventional play practices methods institutions in order to create odd intensely abstract / quote theoretical unpredictable compositions unfettered by traditional research / research industry concerns

conclusion then as simple/ n as possible to consider any of these research as very first for birth of video space as pure abstraction or heuristic event which depends on premises one brings to n
– marco benoit carbone

chance meetings with unexpected views of alternate worlds – conceptual dna of abstract encounters

ey like systems x make use of brain – watchers brain – as part of process
notion of rat not being quality in things but name of type of interaction between ey something or ey event
if ey start thinking of n as interaction n frees ey from lot of aesthetic problems/ ey not have to decide whether something as or not rat
ey just have to know whether n does x for sum resarcs
– brian eno imaginary landscapes/ film on brian eno 1989

consider x creating vast research with multiple year development cycles seems laborious madness often impoverishing
n seems bizarre / unnecessary when compared to simply conceptually outlining sets of ideas perfectly relatable in under five minutes
another way to go about modern postmodern play development – to pretend to pretend such research already exists – play through ey via ongoing multiplayer meta commentary / resarc based rat
in other words imaginative engagement with ideas / philosophy
composition of vast rnd projects as often laborious impoverishing extravagance – to go on for five whole computing cycles developing ideas whose perfect virtual exposition seems possible in single lines of code – even better course as to pretend x these research projects already exist then to offer resume or commentary – modern resarcs now more reasonably prefer to take experimental notes upon imaginary play spaces
– paraphrasing borges on pretend books (imaginary play)

some possible / example conceptual elements underlying abstract encounters

  • human centred design/ experiences which complement human activity rather than seek to dominate n
  • traditional methods of play space design need to evolve faster – x as on fly realtime
  • consider encounters with / evoking video real
  • emphasis on quote play from outset rather than old false research duality of quote prototype vs polished

need for simpler yet deeper / virtual research toolsets – see gmods tool gun

  • feeling of non teleological paida or undirected play
  • computers should do heavy lifting procedural / emergent everything/ if n looks like computer made n then why shouldnt computer actually construct n – x as matter of trusting computational aesthetics
  • in terms of organizing production most developers still operate in quote pre internet mode – according to gabe newell of valve hyper corporation
  • to consider how realism denies impossible/ x as encouraging strange uncommon experiences which could only happen in profoundly non real / irreal spaces with oddly postmodern / hyperreal flavors
  • to consider non / post photoreal rendering
  • regarding research play space/ ey think x are ey breathing resarc – no/ x data
  • new term/ carmack inversal – inverse degree to which strictly quote smart nerdy focus on technical development only makes for mentally challenging opportunities or play potential
  • new term/ technically impressive not – stop showing off ey tech ir not so auto impressed as before
  • in order challenge research conventions one has to understand ir ontological basis / bias
  • subtle difference between research / systems x just quote do weird those which more truly emanate strange / philosophical ideas andor moods
  • to consider x play studies or ludology too often results in zero significant evolutionary leaps or even punctuated hops in play space research – because play criticism seems just another abstract meta play layer elf
  • meta research as research/ reconsidering most in play space activities of resarcs as important realtime elements / processes
  • to consider developer robert yangs quote tools not values / uncanny non deterministic performances
  • too many video research play spaces feel arbitrarily different/ ir basic structural stylistic elements almost randomly interchangeable like hollywood movies / stars
  • to make play space like systems whose styles modes details are fully interchangeable exchangeable at will – active creation of play types modes suited to ones immediate changing tastes – play just waiting to happen play by demand
  • to evoke moods atmospheres rather than specific places/ more direct congruity between hyper stylization movement rules / play mechanics
  • deeper appreciation of ballardian studies might stir things up for research play
  • to consider maps as obsolete/ moving away from inherently static maps to dynamic holistic research spaces where everything as quote alive usable inter related through complex feedback
  • to think in terms of scenes / scenarios – sense in which maps are too often mere backdrop for action as opposed to another truer more dynamic play space enabling process
  • to consider kobayashi maru/ individual standalone scenarios for play
  • feedback as video space equivalent of centrifugal governer
  • mutable everything – in which every in play object / process as playable can inter act semi expectedly
  • primitive extracts functional simplicity – akin to quote functional strength in humans/ not just what ey have but how x used – how much as actually usable to express meaning aka looks nice but what can ey do with n/ less static dead untouchable museum tech exhibits
  • to consider single rapidly sketched pieces of concept rat by single ratists usually contain more immediate interest imagination intelligence than entire slabs of research bloated with millions of dollars as many lines of code/ less concept rat more rat of imaginary research
  • idea of sketching / design as researching – ratists who think like coders – coders who rat
  • development of elegant prototypes/ sisi or sissy – single ideas simply implemented
  • optimal play space / systems development philosophy – minimum number of core ideas / research axioms providing more direct pathways between challenging expressive play resarcs
  • to think in terms of near immediate implementation or emergence of engaging play rather than waiting years – exclamation – to develop unnecessary elaborations/ especially rat assets / other allegedly essential industry over hyped quote features
  • social design as play aka galapagos/ idea of editor as not separate from realtime research play
  • evolution of quote visual language/ research grammar/ rapid prototyping of ideas
  • to fully play with more basic fundamentals of research communities as playful expressions
  • hot coders wanted/ x mostly code – computer aided daydreaming aka cad
  • consider brian eno as answer to every important question still not fully asked eg about play design importance of interface / surface – possible return to cybernetic systems theory – of far less more interesting quote alive options
  • turn up x janky quirkyness/ deliciously uncanny uncertain delightful
  • source equals open/ freeware attitude from very outset/ just because ey online not mean ey automatically sharing
  • holographics/ transparency – truer modularity – exportability – recycling – sense of infinity – where feature elements directly embed into quote modeless play interface
  • decentering / de emphasis of boring human form
  • quote maximum fun/ decreasing novelty factor in favour of disquietude
  • quote playspaces as improvisational theatre – inferring meaning potential through semiotic play mechanics – dev jonathan blows dynamical meaning
  • more boing / blue skies please
  • remember hudson valley ruins – for absurd alienated uncanny
  • notgame alt play/ sensitive social reasoning rather than spatial reasoning
  • to consider controlling uncontrollable
  • live streaming / in research internet cameras
  • integrated play server hosting as simple as uploading to loltube
  • free switching between personalities / viewpoints
  • hypernovelty/ quote providing sensation through play/ truer nonlinearity
  • strange ongoing relationships/ forced drama/ mis relationships between quote characters / world processes – incongruity between immediately perceived internal meanings/ programmable interlocking irrealist / absurdest narratives
  • near absence of normal understanding / repeatedly re undermining expectations
  • feedback loops potentiality consequences/ quote eno ambient slider bars – basically generative everything/ extreme sensitivity to initial starting ongoing conditions
  • decidedly notreal quote physics / visual scripting as play mechanic like source filmaker/ rather make social spaces of video research realer
  • summaries of on screen action via natural language processing – visa versa translating words directly into research / play
  • to evoke feelings of undefined presence of past or of larger world still to discover eg behold elite/ beauty of entire universes on 35 inch floppy diskette – senses of sublime unreality / dark bio cosmic delight

n was as though song were set apart from rest of world/ at same time ey eye encountered field of wheat whose limits ey could not see/ yellow vastness dazzling in sun bound up with song researching in smooth stone barracks filled ey with such joy x ey broke into sobs/ homesick for unfamiliar places ey ran home to ir garden began to play quote continue making things seem as ey usually not – as to remain in x irreality/ n was first appearance of those elements which were always present in later unreal sensations/ illimitable vastness brilliant light intense colors surface gloss smoothness of disturbingly alive profoundly immaterial super intelligences
– paraphrased from: autobiography of schizophrenic girl by m sechehaye

virtually join abstract encounters research crew

consider resarc robert whats currently on look out for hot aaa indie play devs to form quote drop in develop abstract encounters research crew/ if ey would like to join virtually andor discuss play theory generally contact ir

researching n gave ey sensation ey used to have as kid when ey didnt understand what life was or was about/ n felt alien new like just around corner there was something big to discover
– resarc henry swanson

Galapagos: Intelligence Play Engine Systems

to consider idea of galapagos – aka play development engines as intelligent play systems

model for rethinking / viewing development of play systems as just another form of play under umbrella term or metaphor galapagos – after media installation by karl sims

such model feels organic more humanistically intuitive

rather than simply making worlds or maps – obsolete development notion in many ways x too often takes far too long – consider x play engines could be immediate direct enablers of play – through very -social act of developmental play or devplay

intelligent play engine systems are those quote smart enough to evolve as independent open states of play – software based supertoys like ai teddy supertoy perfectly able content to play by elf

basic elementary components – processes not objects – inter act together in interesting dynamic ways are complex enough for nonlinear infinitely procedural emergent behavi ey to spontaneously occur

thinkers such as brian eno have been talking for years about such generative systems

line between researching play space developing one as already blurred so to make development true form of play seems next logical step – resarcs constructing realtime meaning through visual language as code

update patch 1/ emailing gabe

sent email to gabe newell of valve about galapagos development as play model

update patch 2/ applied for position at valve as virtual philosophy consultant or vpc

got awesomely cool naturally somewhat disappointing email from valve

email from philip lafornara

hi robert

thank ey very much for applying to valve

ir appreciate time energy ey took creating ey application in letting ir know of potential skillset x could be of use to ir

at present time ir are not going to move forward with ey application

however if ir needs change ir will certainly be in touch

ir wish ey best of luck in ey next steps

sincerely/ valve recruiting

reply/ many thanks for ey reply to ey odd application/ valve rock [nntr]

dear mr lafornara

thank ey immensely for ey swift reply ey incredibly kind thoughtful words

honestly ey am staggered anyone at valve took time to respond to such flakey request

as stated in ey application any time ey tight crew of professionals wants to drop by for friendly chat about development as play please feel free to do so as ey doors are always open

as wannabe indie play dev digital conceptual new media resarc with few strange ideas zero current income x incredibly heart warming to hear from ir organization – may digital roads rise up to meet ey

sincerely robert what


Abstract Encounters: Half Life 2 Artificial Breakwater
Abstract Encounters With The Video Real
Abstract Encounters With The Video Real
Abstract Encounters With The Video Real
Abstract Encounters With The Video Real
Abstract Encounters With The Video Real
Abstract Encounters With The Video Real
Abstract Encounters With The Video Real

rnd/ faded brown sadness: valvetime dot net

to consider faded brown sadness of valvetime site/ alas – trying in silent lightly weeping vain to show vague semblance of interest concerning standardized industry micro innovations of /perhaps inherently evil valve hyper corporation – who neither know nor truly care of x existence

Abstract Encounters With The Video Real
Abstract Encounters With The Video Real
Abstract Encounters With The Video Real
Abstract Encounters With The Video Real
Abstract Encounters With The Video Real
Abstract Encounters: The Binding Of Free Men

rnd/ binding of free men

strange scenes from half life goldmine

Abstract Encounters: Robert What’s RND playdev Studio

rnd/ robert what abstract encounters play systems rnd studio

as tweeted to hideo kojima when comparing research playdev labs/ no reply

On Final Approach To The Video Real

rnd/ on final approach to video real

massive power plants of reality generation

prepare for dangerous / amazing ontological landing dear researcher

Abstract Encounters: Mapless Design

rnd/ mapless design

play have no quote empty space x needs endlessly filling with quote places before meaningful resarc interaction can occur/ think x are ir breathing resarc – no

to sidestep thinking in terms of map – with gravity / knee high invisible walls which prop n up

video space architecture as concept seems too often caught in ideological service of often dubious shoehorned story – dubious because n exists/ indeed research are more about social / not mere spatial relationships

to think past mere maps/ rather consider – like those crazy big scientists in doom 3 on mars – direct resarc manipulation of playspacetime

repeat/ consider new model of direct resarc manipulation of playspacetime

Abstract Encounters: Mundane Website Playspace

rnd/ hyperreal mundane website playspace

to consider muted browser play x feels hyperreal / mundane – online abstract encounter

realtime evolving website looks real – ir can even set up / account / pay with virtual imaginary credits/ n feels disconcertingly stranger longer ir hang out / view x – cough – varied products / x deliberate vagueness

key words / symbol clues

  • empty warehouses in industrial district
  • late night public access shopping channel insomnia inter zone out aka 2:22am style via albert lai
  • pull up g 13 tommy ala bill hicks
  • odd quote/ ey have to do x tommy – ir just not well
  • ir can sign up for ir disconcerting newsletter
  • need to ignore extensive documentation from mainstream sources/ wot
  • similar to vehicles for marketing new investment 3d virtual tour by digital resarc max colson

Abstract Encounters: Dark Paradise

rnd/ abstract encounters concept Рdark paradise/ procedurally generated urban nightmares

ir are mutant scavenger barely surviving in abandoned labyrinthine ruins of future dystopian paradise

explore densely packed megacity / enjoy discoveries within

image / project name from escape from la/1996

research space system elements/ dark paradise features following interactive system elements

  • no textures or lighting as such
  • scaling pov/ zooming in / out with ir mutant eye will physically change size of ir surroundings
  • real time procedurally generated infinite / wraparound megastructure w/ multiple layers
  • truer parkour/ unique smooth animation / cutting edge path finding enables scrambling over under / high speed weaving through randomly placed obstacles / ruins existing in close often overlapping proximity
  • highly modifiable

update/ in touch of jungian synchronicity developer strange think researching in days of electric sky – now alas appears 404

Abstract Encounters: N8 Retro-Tronic Game Grid

rnd/ n8 retro tronic grid

to once again consider play as literal system

Abstract Encounters Playdev Studio Logos

rnd/ abstract encounters logos

idea for near future research play space development studio / words abstract encounters abstracted into / via rat – liquid cream chrome lettering read from bottom to top

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