Brussels (November 17 - December 2, 2007)

Jonctions / Verbindingen 10: Tracks in electr(on)ic fields

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Mutual Motions

Whether we operate a computer with the help of a command line interface, or by using buttons, switches and clicks… the exact location of interaction often serves as conduit for mutual knowledge - machines learn about bodies and bodies learn about machines.
Dialogues happen at different levels and in various forms: code, hardware, interface, language, gestures, circuits.

Those conversations are sometimes gentle in tone - ubiquitous requests almost go unnoticed - and other times they take us by surprise because of their authoritative and demanding nature: “Put That There”. How can we think about such feed back loops in productive ways? How are interactions translated into software, and how does software result in interaction? Could the practice of using and producing free software help us find a middle ground between technophobia and technofetishism? Can we imagine ourselves and our realities differently, when we try to re-design interfaces in a collaborative environment? Would a different idea about ’user’ change our approach to ’use’ as well?