Interactive Video Object Manipulation

Looks like Adobe is cooking up some pretty cool tools for everyday video manipulation and animation…

This demo illustrates our research to bring interactivity to video editing: Our system analyzes videos using computer vision techniques, enabling interactive annotation, browsing, and even drag-and-drop composition of new still images using video footage. This is a joint research project of Adobe and the University of Washington. (vimeo.com)

EBR: How to Do Words with Things

A review of Ira Lingston’s Between Science and Literature, by Stephen Dougherty:

Or is it more like that which Karen Barad has been crafting and clarifying for nearly a decade? If performativity theory shall ever succeed at “meeting the universe halfway,” which is the title of Barad’s new book about performativity and quantum theory, then it needs to think in new ways about how matter comes to matter. In her theory of agential realism, Barad seeks to move beyond both Foucault’s analytic of power and Butler’s performative elaboration in order to explain how discursive practices help to produce material bodies. As does Livingston, Barad sees the world as a whole rather than divided up into culture and nature, or words and things. She also struggles rather monumentally to warp philosophy and science, working the grain of existing warps (especially quantum physics), so as to forge her way towards what she calls a “performative metaphysics” – one where the things that humans work upon are granted agency in their own right as “intra-acting ‘components’” of ontologically inseparable phenomena. For Barad, following Niels Bohr, “the primary epistemological unit is not independent objects with inherent boundaries and properties but rather phenomena” (“Posthumanist” 815). As she elaborates, on her agential realist account “phenomena do not merely mark the epistemological inseparability of ‘observer’ and ‘observed’; rather, phenomena are the ontological inseparability of agentially intra-acting components… (EBR)