Fluxations Full Body Comprovisations No.1 and No.2 (2012).

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The Chameleon Jellyfish series (2011-12)

My Chameleon Jellyfish series exemplifies the idea of techné (theory and praxis in one process) as an expression of an ontological proposition: worldmaking. In this case the affinity between the flux of exotic properties in musical and exotic creatures in nature has led to, what is for me, a new kind of cyber-art, one inspired by A.N. Whitehead's (1929) multiple "actual worlds" ontology as well the perceptive appreciation of the chromataphor camouflage choreographies of cephalopods articulated by Jaron Lanier (You Are Not a Gadget, 2010).

I imagined the activities of a hypothetical sea creature equipped with chameleon-like color-transformative abilities and distinctive sonic projective powers, but with the translucency, morphology, and motion of a jellyfish. This culminated in a series of algorithmically generated computer music-animation works: Song of the Chameleon Jellyfish, Lament of the Chameleon Jellyfish, Mating Ritual of the Chameleon Jellyfish, and Chameleon Jellyfish Cyber-telepathic Transformation.1 The last of these additionally depicts telepathic communication between jellyfish and digital system, gradually resulting in a transformation of the jellyfish's consciousness into a more expansive cyber-cognition.2     — Joshua B. Mailman

1. They were programmed with the Processing framework for graphics and sound.
2. This cyber-transformation exploits certain narrative capabilities unique to technological art and music, as I discuss in my essay "Agency, Determinism, Focal Time Frames, and Processive Minimalist Music" (forthcoming in the book Musical Narrative Since 1900 from Indiana University Press in October 2012).

The videos are best viewed in full screen mode (click bottom right of video).

Song of the Chameleon Jellyfish (2011)

Lament of the Chameleon Jellyfish (2011)

Mating Ritual of the Chameleon Jellyfish (2011-12)

Chameleon Jellyfish Cyber-telepathic Transformation (2011-12)

Thought Experiments of a Chameleon Jellyfish (2012)
Thought Experiments... is the only one in the series made interactively, and only to a slight degree was it forged interactively.
To view works that are more fully interactive, visit the interactivity section.

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