welcome to the nora project

According to Aristotle's commendable formula . . . the beautiful is defined as that which the eye can easily embrace in its entirety and which can be surveyed as a whole. The tragedy of King Oedipus may well arouse pity and fear, but according to The Poetics it is beautiful because it fulfills the temporalized optical requirement of having a beginning, a middle, and an end. Perception of its form is not resisted by boundlessness. Thus, long before Baumgarten's modern foundation of the concept and the subject matter of Aesthetics, and longer still before the term arose which will have guided my commentary, Aesthetics begins as "pattern recognition."

--Friedrich Kittler, "The World of the Symbolic--A World of the Machine"

Work on the nora project is ongoing until at least October, 2006. You can see live demos and screenshots, or read publications about work in the project, under "work in progress." Background information about the project and the project team is available under "about nora."