[iDC] animism and such

molly wright steenson molly at girlwonder.com
Tue Oct 3 06:27:01 EDT 2006

Did no one here attend Ubicomp? Animism was out in force. In the  
opening keynote, Bruce Sterling ranted about (that is, against)  
animism. Brenda Laurel, in the closing session, was all for it. Karen  
Martin, in the EngD program at the Bartlett, provides a write-up here:

Which reminds me... in 2003, Mike Kuniavsky <www.orangecone.com>  
wrote an essay about animism and ubiquitous computing while he was a  
founding partner at Adaptive Path.

On Oct 2, 2006, at 9:10 PM, Kazys Varnelis wrote:

> I always hope to make longer posts and never do, so let's put an  
> end to that idea quick.
> Indeed, this is something we've been covering with AUDC in our  
> upcoming book and, to some extent in the wiki section of our site,  
> audc.org/projects.
> The last chapter of Elaine Scarry's the Body in Pain is a great  
> source on contemporary animism (you stubbed your toe on the garbage  
> can so you threw it across the room. REVENGE! etc.).
> On Oct 2, 2006, at 12:03 PM, idc-request at bbs.thing.net wrote:
>>>> Many human cultures have traditions of animism and the  
>>>> imanenence of
>>>> space.I suspect that this cultural history is also part of the  
>>>> drive
>>>> to
>>>> make an Internet of Things.
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