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This is a documentation of my journey, the process of experimentation and how and where it will lead me. The whole idea is to lead me somewhere that I didn’t know that we would go… " Serendipity a natural gift for making useful discoveries by accident."

How random can something be when we are setting the parameters and boundaries? How can you avoid control as much as possible and really lose the boundaries over where you will go without your subconscious leading you? How can we choose things randomly, is it not just our subconscious determining what we choose? Is there even such thing as random? What can’t I control?
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According to Freud the mind can be spilt into two parts:

1. **The conscious mind** includes everything that we are aware of. This is the aspect of our mental processing that we can think and talk about rationally. A part of this includes our memory, which is not always part of consciousness but can be retrieved easily at any time and brought into our awareness. Freud called this ordinary memory the preconscious.
2. The unconscious mind is a reservoir of feelings, thoughts, urges, and memories that outside of our conscious awareness. Most of the contents of the unconscious are unacceptable or unpleasant, such as feelings of pain, anxiety, or conflict. According to Freud, the unconscious continues to influence our behaviour and experience, even though we are unaware of these underlying influences.

The Conscious and Unconscious Mind
The Structure of the Mind According to Freud
By Kendra Cherry
http://psychology.about.com/od/theoriesofpersonality/a/consciousuncon.htm


The act of working randomly is simply the act of allowing the subconscious to be in control, the journey to an unforeseen destination, unforeseen by the conscious mind.
Serendipity means a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise"; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it. (Wikipedia)


Example of astronomy, our life written in the starts, predetermined by where and when we are born.

Free will vs. the divine picture, the question of whether our choices are predetermined and we are simply following our course, or whether our choices do affect the outcome. After the first class i was thinking about this question and found this essay about the topic that i found interesting.

Abstract from:
Science 18 March 2011:

Vol. 331 no. 6023 pp. 1401-1403
Experimental Philosophy and the Problem of Free Will
Shaun Nichols

A person typically will not regard her current action as free unless he or she feels like it is her own voluntary action. Researchers have proposed two very different factors that contribute to this sense of agency. According to one hypothesis, the internal motoric signals that cause behaviour also generate a prediction about imminent bodily movement, and this prediction is compared to the actual sensory information of bodily motion. If the predicted movement conforms to the sensory information, then one gets the feeling of agency; otherwise the movement is likely to feel involuntary (//9//). Another proposal maintains that a person’s sense of agency is affected by the presence of external cues, such as the time interval between an external cue and a subsequent behaviour (//10//). These internal and external cues both seem to contribute to the sense of agency (//11//).
The sense of agency is critical to any sense that one’s current action is free, because an action will not feel free unless it feels like one’s own action. But there is a further question about whether one’s actions are regarded as undetermined. Developmental psychologists have recently shown that, in some circumstances, young children reason in a way that suggests a belief in determinism. When observing physical events like a light going on, children expect there to be a causal explanation for the event. After they have observed a light going on when a switch is flipped, if the switch subsequently fails to turn on the light, young children reliably search for a causal explanation for why the light did not turn on (//12//). However, experimental philosophers have also found evidence suggesting that 3- to 5-year-old children reject determinism in the context of human action. With a child observing, an experimenter performed a simple action such as putting her hand in a box, and the child was then asked whether the experimenter could have done something else. The vast majority of children said that the person could have done something else (//13//, //14//). Most children did not, however, say the same thing after observing a physical event like a ball rolling into the box. Rather, in that case, children denied that the ball could have done something else. The conflicting intuitions that give rise to the problem of free will may already be present at an early age.
A different way to assess whether people reject determinism is to present them with a nontechnical description of a deterministic universe and then gauge their reaction. This method has now been employed in several studies on adults. In one study, a deterministic universe was characterized as follows: “Everything that happens is completely caused by whatever happened before it. This is true from the very beginning of the universe, so what happened in the beginning of the universe caused what happened next, and so on right up until the present. For example, one day John decided to have French fries at lunch. Like everything else, this decision was completely caused by what happened before it. So, if everything in this universe was exactly the same up until John made his decision, then it had to happen that John would decide to have French fries” (//15//). After reading such a description, adult participants in the U.S. tended to reject the idea that our universe is like this, at least when it comes to human decision-making. Subsequent cross-cultural research finds the same pattern in Chinese, Indian, and Colombian populations (//16//).
These results from experimental philosophy confirm what many philosophers already maintained: that common sense is committed to indeterminism about decision-making (//3////6//). But the results underscore a puzzling aspect of this common-sense commitment. What leads people to reject statements of determinism? What are the psychological sources of this reaction? After all, determinism is a sophisticated theory of the universe. And it is likely that many of the participants in these experiments had never previously given determinism much thought. Thus, one goal of recent work has been to figure out why people tend to converge on the rejection of determinism.


Examples of random generators;
  1. 1. Running as fast as you can for as long as you can with no predetermined destination, where you stop is your location.
  2. 2. Follow set of random instructions and see where it leads you.
  3. 3. Map of Sydney with darts or something you can’t really aim with.

boyle family.pngBoyle Family, maps of the UK, throws darts and where it lands they make casts of the area 1m x 1m.
Artist that creates his artworks by random gereration in processor.
Buttons app
Brainstorming different random generators:
  1. Download a random generator, and see where that leads me. There are many of these online, can use a combination of word and number random generators.
  2. Floating a bottle in a steam and seeing where in lands. (message in a bottle)
  3. Library random book, maybe play musical books to the radio and stop when the song ends to eliminate some of the unconscious decision making process.
  4. Program a random generator in processor.
  5. Random book in library, open to any page, first word you see, use in conjunction with google.
  6. Random letters into google
  7. Go for a walk and turn into streets that contain letters of your name in order. If you come to a fork in the road always turn right. The variables include where you start and if there are two streets with the letter you need choose the one with the letter earlier in the street name, if equal the right street.
  8. Use video that I took today while laying under a tree when the wind picked up it moved the leaves in a way that created a Morse code effect. I could use this video and disifer the code and whatever words I end up with is my starting point.



Perception

How do you perceive the location once you get there.

When you get there you record what you see, hear, smell, feel in that place.

Synesthesia – Mix of the senses.



Create a colour smell….

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I have chosen the coconut smell because of the immediate response that I had when I smelt it; I associate the colour with pastel colours, the beach, tanning lotion, refreshing, light with granular texture.



The ephemeral recall of smell works in different ways then the other senses. It is not a literal connection like our other senses but an emotional connection.

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Ernesto Neto
Turmeric

All this to end up at a point or thing…. Now what to do once I get there?

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