https://darkmatters.xyz/ · This is a collaborative dictionary of terms we have come across while learning together during our "Dark Matters" class.
'Dark Matters' is a critical theory of technology course taught at the School for Poetic Computation that considers the racialized history of surveillance. Taught by American Artist and Zainab ‘Zai’ Aliyu (TA), with session advising by Lauren Gardner. Contact: [email protected]
to talk about abolition is to:
- name a root cause, system of oppression, practice, framework or idea (slavery, policing, imprisonment)
- recognize that what we have named was created and is maintained by us
- to declare what we have named unjust, and state our intent to resist and dismantle it
to do abolition is to:
- talk, read, write, ask questions, write letters, listen, learn from those who were struggling while i was denying, criticize myself, say we'll show up and then show up, fail, bounce back, fight, ask nothing from what we want to abolish and give nothing to it, support and care for each other, honestly i don't know all the ways but hope to learn
Abstraction can refer to the extraction of certain methods or attributes of a data structure in order to simplify the interface with that data. It is a representation of the data not the data itself.
The GUI is an abstraction of the Program, the Operating System is an abstraction of the Hardware
The linguistic art of translating a set of terms and processes into a different one, such that the new set holds a different set of assumptions and scope. This transformation allows a different range of thought, since it lets a person forget a set of details and focus elsewhere.
The process of forgetting and removal of the details (or history; think postmodernism or cubism) and physicality of a device for ease of utility , convenience or to emphasize a particular generalized point of view (eg Picasso). Is abstraction always lossy? (that is, do we always lose information by its process)
Generalizing an idea by making certain certain specifics variable in an attempt to simplify.
An excess of wealth and resources beyond the basic needs of an individual or company. Outside of natural ecosystems, abundance is often produced by practices of extraction, hoarding, and theft, and directly opposes sustainability and subsistence.
A quantity that is not everlasting or inexhaustible. It symbolizes great variety, wealth, and comfort (a state of ease) from adequate supplies.