Final – KIJI DECK

Electronic Rituals, Oracles and Fortune Telling

Kiji Deck is for predicting future relationship status. Using brain wave to give the deck “energy” to trigger the divination.

Demo

  1. Put on muse headband to start the process, it will shuffle the card.
  2. Concentrate on your question, think about your boyfriend/girlfriend.
  3. See the result card.

“Difference”

I almost wrote this afternoon
instead, taking your point
of view, dissolving into it—
but then imagined
you half-awake, and irked,
into my future/current noon
texting for clarification.

“Marriage”

A heart is just soil.

Ask anyone.

A heartbeat is a blink.

A long blink is a scream.

A longer blink is sleep.

All night I am screaming.

“Husband”

The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let’s so persever,
That when we live no more, we may live ever.
“Flirtation”
Outside the sun has rolled up
her rugs and night strewn salt
across the sky.
My heart is humming a tune
I haven’t heard in years.
“Lullaby”

By day, I admit no shadow as backup:

crow, please keep your clever forensics.

What would I do with a cardboard guitar,

a map of the planets,

and a box of building blocks,

alone?

Poem source from here.

Meditation #4

Electronic Rituals, Oracles and Fortune Telling

Syllabus

Make a prototype of an electronic spirit board or other method for producing language or communication from unconscious/subconscious/collective gesture. (You can use procedural methods like those discussed in class, or invent your own method.) Questions to consider: How does your spirit board produce “coherence” (if, in fact, it does produce coherence)? Who is participating?

Demo

A simple twitter bots.

Meditation #3 -omancy

Electronic Rituals, Oracles and Fortune Telling

Syllabus

Invent an “-omancy,” or a form of divination/prophecy based on observing and interpreting natural events. Your reading of “natural” should make some reference to digital/electronic/computational media. (What counts as a “natural event” on the Internet? What’s the electronic equivalent of phrenology, from both a physical computing perspective and a data analysis perspective? Does it count as “interpretation” if it’s being performed by a computer program?) I’m especially interested in responses that take the form of purposefully inaccurate data analysis.

Demo – Your everyday lucky fruit.

Turn the knob to see your lucky fruit.

Open in p5 editor

Meditation #2 Oracle Deck

Electronic Rituals, Oracles and Fortune Telling

Syllabus

Invent your own “oracle deck.” Your deck doesn’t have to be a physical object (though it can be). Keeping in mind the formal characteristics of cleromancy discussed in class, consider how digital media can complicate/diminish/augment the parts and processes of a reading. (Some questions to get you started: Who gets to participate? Can a computer program be a “reader”? A “querent”? What can a “card” be? What can a “deck” be?)

Demo

“Difference”

I almost wrote this afternoon
instead, taking your point
of view, dissolving into it—
but then imagined
you half-awake, and irked,
into my future/current noon
texting for clarification.

 

“Marriage”

A heart is just soil.

Ask anyone.

A heartbeat is a blink.

A long blink is a scream.

A longer blink is sleep.

All night I am screaming.

 

“Husband”

The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let’s so persever,
That when we live no more, we may live ever.
“Flirtation”
Outside the sun has rolled up
her rugs and night strewn salt
across the sky.
My heart is humming a tune
I haven’t heard in years.
“Lullaby”

By day, I admit no shadow as backup:

crow, please keep your clever forensics.

What would I do with a cardboard guitar,

a map of the planets,

and a box of building blocks,

alone?

 

 

Poem source from here.

Meditation #1 Ritual

Electronic Rituals, Oracles and Fortune Telling

Syllabus

Imagine an “electronic” ritual and prototype the necessary systems to perform the ritual. Then perform the ritual and document the process. (This can be a ritual that you perform on your own, or you can involve other people.) Your imagined scenario can be speculative (e.g., a science fiction), critical, mystical, oriented toward self-care, etc. What effect does your ritual have in the world? On its participants?

Demo

In the future, people can study while dreaming.