Mutual Motions research revisited - An essay : Softness

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The computer is way off neutral. Like its users, it is a freak of number. In combination with people, networks, aesthetics, data, materials, economies, it makes the world. This freakishness - its intensification and explosive mutation of life though logic, quantification and algorithmic power - is sublimated, has disappeared into the substrates of life like sewers and factories, agriculture and drugs. Art is no longer only art. As art becomes loose from any central mooring in art systems, art methodologies spring free fibres of connection and find themselves mobilized in other contexts, with other materials and dynamics. One of these is software.

Matthew Fuller, Softness: interrogability; general intellect; art methodologies in software

This text was originally given as a talk at the ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art) in Helsinki in 2004. A version was published by the Digital Research Unit at Huddersfield University in 2006.

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