control

  • 11.11.2011. - 18.12.2011.

    Plexus

    Maddalena Mauri, Kata Mijatović, Nika Radić, Davor Sanvincenti

    In one of his numerous diary notes, James Boswell, English lawyer and writer, wrote that he fears his soul will lose its recognizable shape in the crisis he has found himself in. In other words, he feared he would psychically lose his shape. Today, thanks to philology, psychology, as well as psychoanalysis, it is known that Boswell suffered from hypochondria and that his fear from losing his shape is just a metaphor for what we prefer to call losing control over one’s life. Brian Dillon points that the root of Boswell’s problems lies solely n the belief that there exists a perfect unity of body and mind, that the body is actually a machine, like a hardware being controlled by the mind, i.e. software. When Boswell wrote his diary, the term subconsciousness is unknown in Western culture, so we can only guess whether the anxiety Boswell felt would have been easier if he knew – like we today know, thanks to the psychoanalytical theory – that there are areas of human life that are impossible to control(...)

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  • 23.09.2011. - 30.10.2011.

    UFS (User Friendly Society)

    Paolo Cirio, Sally Grizzell Larson, Kristijan Kožul and Société Réaliste

     

    It doesn't take a scientist to notice the powerful effect of modern technology on our daily lives. Whether Google has a degrading or enriching effect on us, cataloguing us into some kind of Borgesian library that comprises the total of human knowledge, is no longer a question reserved only for media theorists. Neither is the question of whether technology liberates us, strengthening our cognition abilities or, on the contrary, limiting us by allowing easier control over individual and social life, bound to a particular discipline (philosophy, medicine, sociology, etc.), but is questioned on a daily basis. Since technology is not God-given, the questions we pose must relate to the causes and conditions of technological inventions, rather than to their consequences alone. Therefore, it seems interesting that the traditional field of applied arts (design) - mostly due to the proliferation of new technologies – is increasingly focusing on shaping social practices, rather than on designing usable items. As our power and control over nature increase, as it becomes somehow more condensed/concentrated, being literally shaped through different protocols, so does the importance of those who govern these processes. It seems as if the traditional task of design is changing: instead of beautifying and improving everyday life, it appears that design is more and more involved in defining it.

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