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11/12/2020    Caring
Deep within the world. Thinking, writing and caring with Hannah Arendt
Simone Stimm, Carla Dietmair, Maxime Le Calvé

The later work of Hannah Arendt provides us a link between thinking and care for the world – how we as human beings can establish a state of mind devoid of clichés and repetitions in order to achieve thoughtfulness, the essence of what we call thinking. It brings up the fundamental concern of coherence between the way we care for ourselves and the way we treat the world. Care is to be practiced – in thought and in writing. Thinking also shows a way of life which makes space for scholarship, artistic activities and political action. Writing with care in the company of Hannah Arendt activates contemporary mottos such as Donna Haraway’s “staying with the trouble”. Writing can become an essential practice for a life of the critical mind, radical and compassionate. read more

01/11/2020    Coding
Scaffolding , Hard and Soft : Critical and Generative Infrastructures
Shannon Mattern

In this essay media anthropologist Shannon Mattern reflects on our everyday encounter with ‘visible’ and ‘invisible’ infrastructures — from the past and as they are being imagined, designed and developed today. The built and visible infrastructures that surround us extend to include an entangled ecosystem of soft infrastructure of people, labor, relationships, trust, resistance, and protocols. She stresses on the need for artists, designers, individuals, and collectives to work towards making their infrastructural ecosystem apparent, thereby inviting the possibility of addressing fundamental design concerns and producing necessary critical structures and systems. These structures offer a frame for considered critical responses to the asymmetry and extractivism embedded in the materialization of our digital and social ecosystems through generative, accessible, distributed logics that span across building learning communities and networked social action, to open source or customized design solutions, models and frameworks. Hence, Shannon Mattern encourages artists and designers to go beyond the mere representation of infrastructure and tackle the design of infrastructures themselves, in order to make these generative systems more accessible, intelligible, and just. read more