02 Apr 2013

Dispossessing

I turned in the first draft of my thesis document yesterday, a milestone in this pursuit of a Master degree that has got me reflecting. This video I made a month ago, to test the concept for a behavior I (but really these brilliant people) call dispossessing is resonating more as a metaphor for what it means to be nearing the end of school. The knots I’ve tied and retied in my time here; the thoughts I’ve pulled together to make this one argument, for the first time, is not the final product. Instead, it will become the raw material I reuse, reconfigure, and repurpose in every project I undertake from this point on. The traces of kinks from previous attempts and undertakings will remain, but this through-thread is forgiving and versatile. With it, I will build my nest wherever I land.

From this poetry I turn to the practical. I am clearing off my bookshelf of the books I will not need to finish my thesis. They are books I chose at some point when I was standing at a particular fork in the thesis road. While I don’t need them yet, I may need them someday. So before I dispossess them, I share them here in order to keep them within reach: Innovation and Visualization: Trajectories, Strategies, and Myths; Natural Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence; The Shallows; Speclab: Digital Aesthetics and Projects in Speculative Computing; Total Recall; Transient Images: Personal Media in Public Frameworks.

Added 9 April: The Social Psychology of Experience: studies in remembering and forgetting and Affective Computing.