Shell Research as Poetry
Shell as a Figure bears an inherent proximity to the poetry of allegory. In contrast to the Symbol which finds the pure signified within the signifier, an allegory, with its three formants Figure, Meaning and Code, eschews this transcendent gesture for a more sardonic (or ridiculous) one. Here is an attempt to position the method of Shell Research within this realm.
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Shell is a boundary object,
with each of its instances tangible through and inextricably linked to a specific groupware:
- Mutual awareness through shared, evolving vernacular
- Articulation as the practice of dividing integrating Shells as things with open spaces, links, and barriers
- Appropriation of community practices to the peculiar terrain of a given Shell.
Is there a user independent of a Shell, any system without one? And would they remain the same throughout a session? Identity is contingent on the questionable concept of disembodied 'interaction'. A Shell is not pure interface to some slimy innards but site of messy encounters. Every click, each update, enhances the mutual entanglement between wetware and software, taints both sides. This relation is both object and subject to any praxis on the Shell, and the particular materialization of both user and machine derive from it.
Perspectives on the mutual leakage between many-worlds culture and technology
"The Internet can become a rich tapestry of shared creative
expressions, personal stories, values, and traditions." [...] "to publicly share, combine existing, or even create new meanings out of existing cultural elements"
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