There’s something wrong with my hands.
Oh yes, they’re not holding you.
Location: Liechtenstein (LI), Copenhagen (DK), Zurich (CH), Amsterdam (NL), and Berlin (DE)
Participants: Annett Höland (initiator), Hanna Bergman, Delphine Chapuis Schmitz, Silvio Lorusso, Anita Jóri, Hannes Oswald
How did the digital world change our relationship with things and what does it mean for interpersonal contact, touch and closeness? How do digital devices and technology influence how we get (and stay) in touch? How do we create meaningful, personal encounters in digital space?
In The Shape of Things. A Philosophy of Design (first published in German in 1993 as Dinge und Undinge. Phänomenologische Skizzen, English translation in 1999) cultural theorist Vilém Flusser (1920–1991) realises that the things in his environment have more and more come to be replaced by non-things – he calls them “information” and describes them as “untouchable” and “only open to decoding”.
In this project people were invited to collaborate who, in their own practice, engage with the challenges of digital space and related technical and social developments. They question the current state of things, work against it, develop things further or combine existing things in new ways. In their practice they address various areas and themes such as creating, processing and communicating content, collaboration as a well as craft in the digital age.
Part I. In progress...
The project is funded by the programme ‘Buch und Literatur Ost+’ for book and literature is conceived as an open process to support collaboration / cooperation between various protagonists in the field of publishing and the literary landscape in Eastern Switzerland and Liechtenstein.