17 marzo 2014

Un bell'articolo di Jon Rose su improvvisazione, Internet, dominio digitale e senso di sé, scritto con i ritmi di una terapia trasfusionale e zeppo di analogie, contraddizioni, smascheramenti e metafore, campeggia nel numero di marzo 2014 di Point of DepartureThe Improvising Algorithm.

"Normally, when a discourse on improvisation takes place, metaphors are set up which determine what improvisation is like – like eating, like gardening, like taking the dog for a walk, like language, like therapy, like sex, like stumbling through a dark forest with occasional off-putting or delightful apparitions. I’d like to reverse the metaphorical flow.
It strikes me that our hooked-up, online world of fast-moving, illusive moments is becoming exactly like improvisation – like improvisation has always been. We are all living and acting like improvisers, whether we have signed up for the deal or not. I’m not saying a world of improvisation is good or bad, freedom or bondage; it’s just how we have become, and to ignore this actuality is to dig a hole in the sand...
An improv session gets underway, and immediately we are on the end of a multitude of algorithms; we are aware of some of them, we ignore most for the sake of sanity. By an inadvertent or spontaneous click here and there, we contribute to the noise, too, and change it by that contribution, no matter how slight. Propositions jump up in front of us, we grab a few of them, most end up in the trash because we are in real time and there is no time to engage with the sheer amount of information coming our way. By now, most people are aware that every click on our range of mobile devices is sending a continual trackable metadata trail in the opposite direction, ending up in some algorithm somewhere and mostly owned, operated, and sold by some smiling shithead corporation. With every aspect of our lives going online, the ability to stay outside is being couched in pressurised marketing negatives of not being alive, not being in touch, not being involved, not up to speed, not there. Take a selfie to prove you exist."