December 11, 2007
I have been thinking a lot about different enclosures and how that relates to technology. The body acts as an enclosure. The skin acts as a physical enclosure where the mind acts as a mental or theoretical enclosure. How do we then enclose our own bodies and how does technology facilitate that enclosure. Just like the skin and the mind there are technologies that act as physical enclosures and technologies that act as theoretical enclosures. The internet and the possibilities of information so readily available acts as its own enclosure. Physical technologies that enclose our bodies: vehicles, houses, stores, things not possible with out technology. Because it is so unavoidable i want to think about how our bodies are implicated in technology, how we come in contact with technology in both a physical and intellectual way. And if we know this and are conscious of it how can we then either participate within that process, or upset the process or even reject it (if that is at all possible). How do our bodies touch technology and when can we decide whether or not they do and in what way and when can we not?
I am working on a collaborative drawing installation that is centered around the issue of mass media. as a counter point to mass media we are thinking about conversation. What is mass media and how do we interact with it in a way that is so disconnected from another person. how do we deal with the noise of mass media and what does that mean for us as conversationalists. this is just one way that we can think about ourselves touching technology.
So in thinking about how i personally touch technology i think that it would be interesting to do something that had equal amounts of control on the part of my body and the physical technology that i am using. for example what if I could make something that only went forward by the fact that i am touching a button and making it go but every time i make stop and start the piece of technology what is being made is being destroyed. So this sounds confusing, but it would be like in order to make the project, in order for the project to progress further i would need technology (both technology in terms of a machine and technology in terms of my own physical body), but the more the technology touched the subject or the more it got involved the more I would destroy or confuse what I was looking at.
I guess i am not really sure what this could be but i am curious to explore this idea and how i could convey it.
Posted by elihazle at December 11, 2007 06:14 PM