This is a course for the inaugural semester of hyperlink.academy. The idea is simple: we are a global species that has evolved to perceive, think and act locally. Can we create a syllabus, or a practice, that gives us the tools to perceive, think & comprehend at a planetary scale?
How might we "think like a planet" in order to reorient ourselves to this one, and to cultivate a deep empathy for her?
I don't have a damn clue. This course is intended to be highly collaborative, but not speculative. We will want to consider & experiment with existing practices and processes to achieve this goal.
The only way to reclaim our powers against Wark’s ‘Vectorialist class’ is to reclaim the power to ‘self-design’—not so much as a forced obligation, but pro-actively, comprehensively. Our everyday life is mostly determined by stuff we didn’t design ourselves, but we need to design stuff by ourselves. This could lead to a redesign of our socio-technical and ecological environment, the creation of alternative currencies, the development of new forms of exchange and inhabiting. In short, a technologically and algorhythmically-informed way of communing. Consider solidarity and fairness as parameters and create alternative networks to undermine existing ones. Thus, we need to control the wiring.
We need to reclaim time and space to do real life experiments—not to detach ourselves from capitalist networks but build better ones. Growth is not intrinsically bad: it is not linear, but cyclical. We need to create more toys of co-living and not instruments of power. Being wired is the meaning of being crazy and maybe excessive, but still possible—as long as you don’t harm anybody and respect your environment if people, things, machines, algorithms and organisms. Always leave a door open for those entities: those who want to escape and those who want to take part.
One of the problems we are going to face is «what to do?». The more machines obsolesce «work» the more disoriented humans will become. Wealthier segments of the population are going to experience this first. They already do. And this is a place where drugs are very attractive. We should choose a different way, the one of obtaining consciousness. For now we are just awake. Being conscious will crack our physiological cells open. And we will see things as they are, not as they seem to be. This will open «new» worlds for us that were already there, but which we weren't able to see. Old traditions will raise in the new light, adapted to today's mind.
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