Returning…

Returning to Barad and Merleau-Ponty quotes above […we are of the world…] […plunge into the world…] – we plunge into our objects and things in our workshops. We plunge into our field of knowledge that is firstly our experience then expanded or exploded into others of the workshop group. This is making, doing, breaking, hacking – hacking has not appeared until now but was once the core of the project. Moving away from the negative connotations that have arisen more recently (News of the World, The Sun etc) towards a potential that hacking offers – there’s that word again ‘potential’. What are the entire world of possibilities from one object? They certainly do not begin and end with what may be its manufactured intentions. Don’t use a DC motor to spin or turn some gears but instead listen to the motor – change our view of this thing so this can become just as much a sonic object as a physical actuator. A motor is usually dampened or added to with capacitors to ‘remove’ the sound of the physical operations but they still exist. These sonic explorations are based on vibrations (a part of resonance) – some are physical and we can pick these up using contact microphones (structures of piezo crystal that output signal when physically manipulated) as well as electromagnetic coils turning any seemingly silent operator into a field of noise, intensity, frequency. Try running some operations on a laptop with a magnetic coil sitting on the keyboard – each process has its own rhythm, frequency and intensity. Set it free!

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