Introduction / Week 1 / 06-10-2020

‘A fish can’t judge the water’

Just as a spoon helps get our sense into work while making a sauce, softwares may be an extension of our bodies.
"If you prepare a sauce..." she said, "and stir it with a wooden spoon... you will be able to feel at which moment exactly the starch starts to burn to the bottom of the pan".
We are already living through a post-human era.

Could we understand what software does to our work and working patterns without being able to step away from it? What if our work is not only made with, but also through software? What if our work IS software?

Can we think ourselves outside it?

Indeed though we ought to be readers, softwares have made us both authors and readers. The possibilities offered by computation and technology allows us to be somehow masters of our own experience—listen to Tchaikovski while sitting in a park or please our visual senses while surfing on the world wide web. But is this freedom moraly good?

Because we want to be both typist and reader, Constant is committed to Open Source Software. Or more precisely: we are interested in the tension between those two positions.
Softwares have made us both authors and readers, singers and listeners, actors and spectators.

But it is a luxury to find other experiences than those we were used to

They have taken over our way of thinking, searching, informing, talking, seeing, etc. How can we think outside of computational methods? It seems that the world is going to one direction at the moment; a user-friendly society where everyone’s experience is personalized, almost self-centred. If we are fishes, screens have become our water.