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The Techno-Galactic Guide to Software Observation

Author
VV.AA.
Publisher / Label
Constant, Association for Art and Media
Country
Belgium
Language
English
Publication year
2017
Type of publication
Book
Number of pages
248
ISBN
978-9-08114-596-1

Index

Introduction 3 
Warning 11
Table of Contents 12

14 Close encounters – Meetings between people, software and hardware :: 
Encounter several historical collections of hardware back-to-back 17
Interview people about their histories with software 30
Interview with Jean Huens  35 
Ask several people from different fields and age groups the same question: "What is software?" 49 
FMEM and /DEV/MEM 52 
Pan/Monopsychism 57 
Setup a Relational Software Observatory Consultancy (RSOC) 121
Hand reading 146

60 Temporality – Constellations of time and locality :: 
Space-Noise Rearrangements 64
I hope you are comfortable, [insert name] 69
"Nannyware": Software that observes and addresses the user 71
Useless scroll against productivity 79 
The ends of time 85
How humans and machines negotiate the experience of time 89

100 Languaging – Observing software as/through writing :: 
Quine 103
Glossaries as an exercise 106
Adding qualifiers 112
Searching "software" through software 114
Persist in calling everyone a Software Curious Person 116

118 Healing and embodiment – Feeling software :: 
Setup a Relational Software Observatory Consultancy (RSOC) 121
Agile Sun Salutation 135 
Agile Sun Salutation 141
Hand reading 146
Bug reporting for sharing observations 150 
When dirty.db get’s dirty 153
Interface Détournement 156 
Comportments of software (softwear) 162

164 Flows – Flow-regulation, logistics and seamlessness ::
Continuous Integration 167 
Space-Noise Rearrangements 64 
make make do 171 
Flowcharts (Flow of the chart –> chart of the flow: on demand!) 175
What is it like to be AN ELEVATOR*? 196

188 Invasive observations – Being on the side, in the middle or behind :: 
Something in the Middle Maybe (SitMM) 191
What is it like to be AN ELEVATOR*? 196 
Side Channel Analysis 202

206 Collections – Compiling observations :: 
Compiling a bestiary of software logos 208 
Glossaries as an exercise 106 
Encounter several historical collections of hardware back-to-back 17 
Testing the testbed: testing software with observatory ambitions (SWOA) 220
Prepare a Reader to think theory with software 224 
"Nannyware": Software that observes and addresses the user 71

Keyword Index 236
Bibliography 238
Colophon 242
Free Art License 248