[NetBehaviour] Know Your Filesystem (and how it affects you)

marc garrett marc.garrett2 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 13:26:25 CEST 2015


Hi Dave,

I've been reading your article 'Know Your Filesystem (and how it affects
you)', and I'd like to ask a question...

The article reminds me Ivan Illich's 'Tools for Conviviality'...

In his book, he says "Society can be destroyed when further growth of mass
production renders the milieu hostile, when it extinguishes the free use of
the natural abilities of society's members, when it isolates people from
each other and locks them into a man-made shell, when it undermines the
texture of community by promoting extreme social polarization and
splintering specialization, or when cancerous acceleration enforces social
change at a rate that rules out legal, cultural, and political precedents
as formal guidelines to present behavior. Corporate endeavors which thus
threaten society cannot be tolerated. At this point it becomes irrelevant
whether an enterprise is nominally owned by individuals, corporations, or
the slate, because no form of management can make such fundamental
destruction serve a social purpose."

Now, when he says "locks them into a man-made shell" -- it kind of feels
similar to your own concerns relating to how the filesystem mediates our
everyday use of computer interfaces and shape our interactions with our
data and digital tools.

Do you see a connection between Illich's past, analogue perspective, and
your own computer orientated position on the matter?

Thanks Dave ;-)

wishing you well.

marc

Hey!!! In fact, anyone is welcome to join in with these public
discussions...

On 21 October 2015 at 11:13, furtherfield <furtherfielder at gmail.com> wrote:

> Know Your Filesystem (and how it affects you)
>
> By Dave Young.
>
> Dave Young writes about the context of Localhost: RWX, a symposium and
> worksession at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop from 29-31 October 2015. He
> explores how the filesystem mediates our everyday use of computer
> interfaces, shaping our interactions with our data and digital tools.
>
>
> http://www.furtherfield.org/features/know-your-filesystem-and-how-it-affects-you
>
> Dave Young (IE) is an artist and researcher based in Edinburgh. His
> practice follows critical research into digital culture, manifested through
> workshops, website development, and talks on subjects varying from
> cybernetics and the Cold War history of network technologies, to issues
> around copyright and open source/free culture.
>
> He is founder of Localhost, a forum for discussing, dismantling and
> disrupting network technologies, with past events focusing on Google's
> entry into media art curation, and the role of analog radio as a potential
> commons in the digital age. He has presented workshops and given talks at
> institutions and festivals internationally, including at Edinburgh College
> of Art, V2 Rotterdam, Furtherfield, LiWoLi, and Transmediale. Localhost:
> http://l-o-c-a-l-h-o-s-t.com
>
>
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