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John Darby (printer)

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John Darby (d. 1704) was an English printer.

He was associated with the Whigs and printed many works by Whig authors. These included Andrew Marvell's An Account of the Growth of Popery and Arbitrary Government in 1677-1678 and during the rest of the Exclusion Crisis he helped keep Whig arguments in circulation.[1] Other notable works that came off his press include Algernon Sidney's Discourses Concerning Government and Edmund Ludlow's Memoirs.[2][3]

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I'm well I think historically this has always been a problem you know sort of a accessibility to high-technology. As an artist I've always had that problem yeah I'm always the last to get access to really high-end technology. That's changing here at Curtin I have to admit, but of course having access to new for example Barney Clark the first heart transplant patient. He was privileged you know to have the first heart transplant he didn't last very long, so having access or first use of new technologies or expensive technologies doesn't guarantee that you're gonna directly benefit from it so it's not that simple equation that because I had more money, I had you know it.. that so I think only true in more trivial gadgets and stuff like that. What artists do like to do though is to mess with technology that might have originally been for military and medical purposes and of course some of those technologies like the Internet like virtual reality, these were originally military inventions used primarily by the military. I think now they become more pervasively spread within the community, but i think it's inevitable that you're not going to have access to the most sophisticated most recent computer system for example. But that eventually this wall kind of proliferate in accessible computational devices that are useful and in fact that helps us mess with the technology and possibly undermine some the original uses of it. Well it it is important again you know as an artist you can't possibly and with any technology oriented project it often has to be collaborative. With the six-legged walking robot you needed Mechanical Engineers to assist you, you needed an Electrical Engineer, you needed a Programmer, of course the artist might have initiated all this but there was no way the artist on his was going to complete it and if he tried it would have taken you know five years instead of six months so open source means that lots of problems that I might have already had been solved, and I can access that bit of code or that design for that technology, and it kinda makes since, we don't reinvent the electric motor every time we build a robot, robot arm, we can either purchase that of the shelf or we can scrounge that from old printing machines or other bits technology. I mean lot of technology goes to waste because not recycled, lots of things that we throw away have workable scanning systems, motors, these can all be extracted and used. Similarly open source software allows recycling and I think a valuable addition to the collaborative idea of sort of also this idea of outsourcing with the Internet. For example when I did a project called "The Partial Head Project" we scanned my face, we scanned the hominid skull, we did a digital transplant this human-faced over hominid skull to produce this sort of combination construct of hominid in human, well to do that digital transplant I couldn't do it myself, we did the scaning, but we simply went online, put it out there, someone from Malaysia got back in touch and said he had the 3D modeling experience to assist us, so that was an example of someone where that part of the project effectively was outsourced but it was done freely because someone is interested in helping you. I having access to software thats open source online is fantastic. Well I think certainly a favorite reading area of mine is cognitive sciences and so I'm really interested in developments in that area and sort of present theories of consciousness in and you know embodiment and what constitutes memory and what happens to your memory as you age and so on, all the things are really really interesting and important. I guess you know as an artist, as a performance artist I can't cover all the areas that I'm interested in, because I know they have the expertise nor do I have accessibility to certain specialised equipment and so on, but that area I think is very important for example how to mimic facial an emotional expressions is really important. Because we hard-wired to respond to certain emotional expressions and if we can generate those in robots and avatars then they're going to be much more seductive interactive agents, so I think that's important. The other side of that is that the more and more performances I do, the less and less I think I have the mind of my own, nor any mind at all in the traditional metaphysical sense. So as I alluded to before there's nothing inside this head except soft and squishy grey like material which happens to be the brain. Now certainly it has the structure to be able to record and process sensery information and and then enable the body to respond to it but the idea that the brian is a kind of a trash can of images and ideas and somehow they're all kind of inserted inside your head, so not only do I think I don't have a mind I don't have a self in the sense that the self for this person is essentially socially constructed, it's convenient to think of yourself as an individual, but that's only within a small frame of reference, and also how our behavior is determined is not simply through free will or our free agency in fact the reason why I'm here is not because I decided to come here out of my own free will. Firstly if we go back there's a reseeding chain of causal events that brings me here tonight. I was hired by Curtin, I initiated the alternate anatomise lab, Clarrise got in touch with me and started a chain of correspondence that led to organising this event tonight and I'm here before you answering this question. So all of these causal events has led to this response and to say that I answered your question is really too simplistically referred to a very small frame of experiential reference. So I think that what we do with our language is perpetuate out moded platonic cartesian and Freudian constructs thats sort of inner essences. There's nothing inside of you that motivates your behaviour. Yes you have a DNA code, yes you have certain physiological possibilities but it's your education, it's your social institutions, it's your culture that largely determines how you behave what you say what you do, how you dress.


  1. ^ Worden, p. 86.
  2. ^ Worden, p. 87.
  3. ^ "Darby, John (d. 1704), printer | Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/67087. Retrieved 6 December 2018.


  • Blair Worden, Roundhead Reputations: The English Civil Wars and the Passions of Posterity (London: Penguin, 2001).
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