reading #1

A jumble of notes on Lars Spuybroek’s ‘The Sympathy of Things’.

  • “Digital machines thrive on difference” yet on the other hand it seems like Spuybroek think machines make everything look the same? and that it’s the intervention of the hand that creates variation
  • Can we humanize machines by slowing them down? Does the extinction of one human activity leave room for another to flourish?
  • ‘Motor Schema’ a rhythm, a natural order to what we do
  • The execution of schema yields to variance = SCHEMA IS FLEXIBLE
  • A computer is gothic because it is a conflation of design and work, more so than it is a tool
  • “variable modulation liberates the mold from the doom of identical copies”
  • with genetic replication and growth material multiplication and variance is a given
  • spoken word is descriptive vs coding is instructive
  • “as all craft moves towards design, all labor must move towards robotics” >> I greatly disagree! Retain the intervention of the hand!
  • changefulness = variety
  • savageness = what is an imperfection is still design/rough variation
  • both changefulness and savageness are expressed in design
  • Ruskin’s idea of craft and design goes against classicism. Dismisses classicism as super design crafted by slaves. Workman become labourers who have to execute design as perfectly as machines
  • notion of dealing with flexible elements in design that produce variables (can be interlaced with craft)
  • In Ruskin’s notion of the gothic all the variables are active and in constant variation

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