Class 4 - Material // From Physical to Abstraction
- American Artist, Black Gooey Universe
RFC as koan
- G. Malkin, T. LaQuey Parker, RFC 1392: The Internet User’s Glossary (January 1993)
Emulator as koan
- computer industrial design
- supply chains
- toxins produced by the tech industry
- What’s the relationship between the material world and the digital world?
- Where were computers being manifactured in the early 1980s? Where are they manufactured now?
- What has the tech industry done to the planet?
Episodes: - S1E7 “Giant”, S1E8 “The 214s”, S1E9 “Up Helly Aa”
During these episodes, the characters are mostly in the throes of wrapping up production for their computer: the design of a case, the stealing of the important parts that make the computer significant, the OS, and presentation of the final product at COMDEX. We get to see the creative thinking around computer production, but not the stories of the hands that created and shaped plastic, assembled the microprocessors together, and prepared pretty much everything else related to computer production and distribution.
Computers allow us to forget about tangible objects, but they are still part of larger material supply chains.
- Ursula K. Le Guin, A Rant About “Technology”
- Miriam Posner, See No Evil, Logic mag, Issue 4 (April 2018)
- Ingrid Burrington, Light Industry: Toxic Waste and Pastoral Capitalism, e-flux Journal #74 (June 2016)
- Sharon Begley with John Carey, Toxic Trouble in Silicon Valley (May 1984)
- Lisa Nakamura, Indigenous Circuits: Navajo Women and the Racialization of Early Electronic Manufacture (Dec 2014)