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Error-Correction: an introduction to future diagrams

'No conceptual tool is available to stage the possibilities open to history, so maybe a non-conceptual tool or medium can avail itself to us in order that we do something about history. Not that we would predict it, for it is now too late and the historic event has occurred, but maybe we could write it or trade it.'  Elie Ayache - The Blank Swan.

 

Error-Correction: an introduction to future diagrams, is a script, in which each articulation is just one of many takes, constantly re-edited, that references and includes openly appropriated texts, contemporary commentary, news items, anecdotal evidence; culminating in an interrelated convergence of many interwoven threads, whereby the voice (through language) is constituted between someone else's thoughts and the page.  

 

It maps the differing frameworks that have facilitated human experience of the world, from single point and perspectival drawing, to projected geometry, and further, beyond the human sensorium via mathematics and calculus - which lead to the development of probability theory - of being able to speculate the future - whilst introducing the very idea of doubt into mathematics. The development of calculus reveals the moment at which Euclidean geometry is no longer sufficient for the task at hand - of the need to track an object moving through space - the movement of celestial bodies, for example, in relation to one another.  Calculus introduced complex abstractions in mathematics which introduced the possibility of calculating motion, and most importantly, velocity.  It lead to the development of probability theory, of being able to speculate the future, of working backwards from the preturbations of the planets, and developed into the sophisticated mathematical tools of topological thinking in the 20th C.

 

Acting at several different scales and temporalities at once, the script denies any primacy of the voice, or subject - constituted through other people's words. This voice comes of a body perhaps best recognized by the physician and physicist Herman von Helmholtz who's research into mathematics of the eye led to probability theory, who realised that

human perceptions, - so prone to error, - are at best, an approximation, an estimation even, that 'operate(s) within the protocols of instruments.'

 

He was particularly notable for adopting procedures for handling variations in data from other scientific fields, and his premise was that human eyes have:  a hard-wired, involuntary drive to minimize perceptual errors constantly having to allow for all the small errors, between the many movements, staccato like, that are made, and - discovered error-correction in the nerve endings of our bodies.