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All things would be visibly connected if one could discover at a single glance and in its totality the tracings of an Ariadne’s thread leading thought into its own labyrinth.
- Georges Bataille
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    Inside Code: A Conversation
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    Encoding and decoding appear in contemporary context as a fundamental feature of technology, in our use of language and in our social interactions, from html to language coding and literary symbolism. How, and through what means, do people encode and decode?

    A couple of weeks ago I was invited to take part in a panel discussion on London based, arts radio station, Resonance FM. It was for The Thread, a lively show that aims to use speech and discussion as a tool for research, opening up new and unexpected angles through the unravelling of conversation.

    The Thread's host, London Consortium researcher Seph Rodney, and I were lucky enough to share the discussion with Dr. Lane DeNicola, a lecturer and researcher in Digital Anthropology from University College London. We talked about encoding and decoding, about the politics of ownership and the implications for information technologies. We talked about inscriptions in stone, and the links we saw between the open-source software movement and genome sequencing.

    (Audio of the show has been embedded above)

    An edited transcript of the show can be found here, but I encourage you to visit The Thread's website, where you will find more information about the participants. The website also contains information about upcoming shows, as well as a rich archive of past conversations.


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    Wildcat     Wed, Jun 16, 2010  Permanent link
    A very interesting thread indeed, thanks for sharing this.
    I particularly loved the way you used the term ‘exchange’ instead of passing something on, though I missed an extended explication here.

    Wouldn’t you say that in the context of the hyperinfosphere the experience of the mind involved *is* the virtual artifact that is co-extensively reformulated in the exchange?
    Rourke     Sun, Jun 20, 2010  Permanent link
    Thanks for listening

    I like the idea you play with here that the mind is not a thing, or even a location for things, but is in fact a relation in the process of relating things. I think that particular network paradigm might well just be the mechanism of our times.

    By that I mean that because we currently live in a world of interconnectivity - of codes exchanging, winding, coiling and relating with one another - we have begun to see the world by its relations and not by its object-ness or subject-ness. Michel Serres says it well:

    Words, bread, and wine are between us, beings or relations. We appear to exchange them between us though we are connected at the same table or with the same language. They are breast-fed by the same mother. Parasitic exchange, crossed between the logical and the material, can now be explained… Do we ever eat anything else together than the flesh of the word?

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    Mediations, relations – one can make believe one is lost in this fractal cascade… Everything has changed; nothing is constant; the chain has been mutilated beyond all possible recognition of the message. Victory is in the hands of the powers of noise… History in general as it is written or told is a network of bifurcations where parasites move about.

    Michel Serres, The Parasite (1982)

    The parasite is an univited guest who feeds alongside their host. The mind is like noise in a system of exchanges, an emergent symptom of codes in their relating.

     
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