A successful interpretive language both tolerates ambiguity and takes advantage of it.
This distinction is essential for artistically configured (inter)action processes: In contrast with a happening, the artist is not present at the moment when a recipient encounters an environment; thus, if any action is to take place, it must emanate from the recipient, who is not able to retreat into the role of a spectator. In many happenings, by contrast, recipients were able to retreat, for the artists were evidently the principal actors.
Basically feels like someone whittled my Masters thesis down from 200 pages to a few lines.
(Kwastek, Katja. Aesthetics of Interaction in Digital Art. Trans. Warde, Niamh. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2013. (via carvalhais))
On a day like today, my master William Faulkner said, “I decline to accept the end of man.” I would fall unworthy of standing in this place that was his, if I were not fully aware that the colossal tragedy he refused to recognize thirty-two years ago is now, for the first time since the beginning of humanity, nothing more than a simple scientific possibility. Faced with this awesome reality that must have seemed a mere utopia through all of human time, we, the inventors of tales, who will believe anything, feel entitled to believe that it is not yet too late to engage in the creation of the opposite utopia. A new and sweeping utopia of life, where no one will be able to decide for others how they die, where love will prove true and happiness be possible, and where the races condemned to one hundred years of solitude will have, at last and forever, a second opportunity on earth.
Software has replaced a diverse array of physical, mechanical, and electronic technologies used before 21st century to create, store, distribute and interact with cultural artifacts. It has become our interface to the world, to others, to our memory and our imagination - a universal language through which the world speaks, and a universal engine on which the world runs. What electricity and combustion engine were to the early 20th century, software is to the early 21st century.