Shitty Doors of Perception- saving the planet one shit at a time…

I shit therefore I am.

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India’s sanitation specialist Sulabh International, led by its visionary founder Bindeshwar Pathak, has succeeded in developing a strong raw material out of human waste and Mexico-based designers Santiago Sierra and Mariana David have designed doors out it.
The doors have been put on display at the Lisson Art Gallery of London. The exhibition of these human excreta-based doors was inaugurated Nov 29.

Pathak, the brain behind this discovery, said the Mexican designers have succeeded in designing 22 sculptures in the shape and size of doors out of manure from human excreta obtained from the pits of Sulabh lavatories.Twenty-one such doors are at the London exhibition and one has been put on display at the Delhi-based Sulabh Museum of Toilets.

Pathak said the discovery was another milestone to protect the environment by saving millions of trees from being felled for timber. The works capture the history and present condition of Indian society, in particular, of the members of its lowest cast, the scavengers, said a Sulabh International press statement.

Art lovers and designers are showing a keen interest in these doors at the exhibition and are planning to visit Sulabh to get a first hand experience of the door making process.The Sulabh researchers are now trying to make different kinds of furniture, doors and other sculptures out of human excreta.

read the whole article at http://www.hindustantimes.com

Well…perhaps it is time we became more intimate with our shit…

a brief interlude on just this… This is the short film written by, directed, and starring Michel Gondry, as a man who, one day, is chased by his own turd (“The Turd” played by David Cross).

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“parab0xx”: a light-controlled musical interface (Algomantra strikes again)

okhai so this happened a few weeks ago but it deserves to be seen over an over again…another Algorhythmic mantra from DJ Fadereu…read more at algomantra.com

On 3rd of November 2007, AlgoMantra Labs hosted its first public demo for an exclusive audience (viz., after Cellphabet) of parab0xx. Please watch the accompanying YouTube video to see the installation as it was shown to about 25 people. It’s a little dark, but you’ll be able to see what’s going on, and the sound is clear. We couldn’t get better quality since the installation needed dim lighting to work.

Ancient Indian Geeks…their inventions and discoveries that changed da world

a little more trivia for you…which is only intended to clutter your head with noise…

Chess…was invented in India…chess.jpgThe digit “zero” was invented in Indiazero.jpgAlgebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies which originated in India.algebra.jpgThe’ place value system’ and the ‘decimal system’ were developed in 100 BC in India.place-value.jpgThe value of “pi” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, which was long before the European mathematicians. pi.jpgThe word “Algorithm” was actually supposed to be pronounced “Al-Khwarizmi”, which was the name of an eminent 9th century Arab scholar, who played important roles in importing knowledge on arithematic and algebra from India to the Arabs. In his work, De numero indorum (Concerning the Hindu Art of Reckoning), it was based presumably on an Arabic translation of Brahmagupta where he gave a full account of the Hindu numerals which was the first to expound the system with its digits 0,1,2,3,…,9 and decimal place value which was a fairly recent arrival from India.The new notation came to be known as that of al-Khwarizmi, or more carelessly, algorismi; ultimately the scheme of numeration making use of the Hindu numerals came to be called simply algorism or algorithm, a word that, originally derived from the name al-Khwarizmi, now means, more generally, any peculiar rule of procedure or operation. algorithm.jpgSanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. This is because it is the most precise, and therefore suitable language for computer software. ( a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987 ).sanskrit.jpgThe art of Navigation was born in the river Sindh 6000 over years ago. The very word ‘Navigation’ is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH. The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Nou’.nav.jpgLegend has it that the South Indian martial arts form Kalaripattu…may be the original mother of all martial arts…Kung- fu, popularized by the monks of the Shoaling Temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma – an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalaripayattu master.kalaripayattu-art.jpgAyurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The father of medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.ayurveda.jpgUsage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India medicine. Detailed knowledge of anatomy, embryology, digestion, metabolism, physiology, etiology, genetics and immunity is also found in many ancient Indian texts. Sushruta is regarded as the father of surgery. Over 2600 years ago Sushrata & his team conducted complicated surgeries like cataract, artificial limbs, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones and also plastic surgery and brain surgeries.surgery.jpg
The first Geek to discover that the Earth was moving around the sun- Aryabhata, it so happens, was apparently quite skeptical of the widely held doctrines about eclipses and also about the belief that the Sun goes round the Earth. He didn’t think that eclipses were caused by Rahu but by the Earth’s shadow over the Moon and the Moon obscuring the Sun. As early as the sixth century, he talked of the diurnal motion of the earth and the appearance of the Sun going round it. Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. His calculations was – Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: ( 5th century ) 365.258756484 days.orbit.jpgEarliest known precise celestial calculations in astronomy.As argued by James Q. Jacobs, Aryabhata, an Indian Mathematician (c. 500AD) accurately calculated celestial constants like earth’s rotation per solar orbit, days per solar orbit, days per lunar orbit. In fact, to the best of my knowledge, no source from prior to the 18th century had more accurate results on the values of these constants! Click here for details. Aryabhata’s 499 AD computation of pi as 3.1416 (real value 3.1415926…) and the length of a solar year as 365.358 days were also extremely accurate by the standards of the next thousand years.astronomy-2.jpgAnd Indians were the earliest people to imagine the future as a long long long way ahead…The notion of of time spans that are truly gigantic by modern standards are rarely found in ancient civilizations as the notion of large number is rare commodity. Apart from the peoples of the Mayan civilization, the ancient Hindus appear to be the only people who even thought beyond a few thousand years. In the famed book Cosmos, physicist-astronomer-teacher Carl Sagan writes “A millennium before Europeans were wiling to divest themselves of the Biblical idea that the world was a few thousand years old, the Mayans were thinking of millions and the Hindus billions” future.jpg

read more detailed accounts of Ancient Indian discoveries at indianchild.com and thisismyindia

And here’s a bizarre little song from the 80’s dedicated to Indian Geeks, ancient and New… “She Blinded me with Science”…by Thomas Dolby…

The Mad Experiment takes Place Tomorrow: DJ Fadereu and his walking words

Dr Frankenstein is ready.

July 27, 2007

An event is happening in Mumbai tommorrow at Kala Ghoda. It is the unveiling of a mobile phone technology to track your own movement, and a game. Kindly see the event poster, visit the website, and call us for more information.

यह मेल आपको कल मुम्बई में होने वाले एक अनोखे खेल के बारे में सूचित्
करने के लिये भेजी गयी है! हमारा पोस्टर देखिये, वेबसाईट पर जायें, या फिर
अधिक जानकारी के लिये सम्पर्क करें!

Website: www.algomantra.com

For information in Hindi call—>>>DJ Fadereu(a.k.a Rohit Gupta) : 098214 24074
For information in English call—>>> Gabriel Greenberg : 09870181434
or email: algomantra@gmail.com

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I leave you now with the mad laughter of maniacal mad scientists on the loose…

A Finnish Mad Scientist Laughing competition:

(Post script)

Cellphabet was featured on BBC Radio Five.

The Cellphabet project is
now part of the syllabus at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
It is being taught in the Department of Aerospace Engineering
at the Beckman Institute. The relevant lecture notes by Tim Bretl
are available as a PDF.

http://www.ae.uiuc.edu/~tbretl/ae498mpa/docs/bretl_ae498mpa_03.pdf

The Mad Inventor at Work in his Lair…DJ Fadereu prepares for the unveiling

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I just returned from the dark catacombs of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory…a mad inventor of strange futuristic monsters welcomed me and my better half in a white cotton kurta, in the dim shadows of his house. While we sat and spoke of plans and pasts, projects and premonitions, he fed us mutton pulav and phirni of an intense flavor that caused extreme delight. Our voices, slurred by concoctions of rum and other beverages served in haphazard glasses, echoed sullenly in a house which, to my mind, began to seem more like the contents of his head, than an actual place.
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This was the real Dexter’s Laboratory…the one full of mathematical charts and plans to take the world by storm. He (DJ Fadereu) was working frenetically, tinkering away at his latest invention; a game that makes use of cell phones. As he has not yet publically launched the details of his project I can only post this as a teaser for things to come. Rest assured that more information will follow. What has been made public can be found at algomantra and sacredmediacow. Now I am home and it seems like I’ve just popped out of one of those “Back to the future films”…when you visit someone for tea on the front porch of their subjectivity…you emerge feeling like your sense of time has gone for a spin…your clock stops. Time to reset. I’ll look forward to the fruition of this curious experiment when I join Dr Frankenstein and his cellular monster on the day that he hits the juice and the electric current of his devious plan is activated.
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