Silicone Valley. Breaking Techno-Mediated Habits
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This work seeks to explore the ways in which networked technologies mediate our sense of self, spatial perception and social life. The ongoing synergy between computational and spatial practices has produced a series of hybrid ensembles, two of which are the subject of this work; networked devices and coded spaces. Their personal and socio-political role is explored through notions of ‘extended’ cognition where the body, along with its technical extensions and its environment, constitutes the medium of cognitive processes. In this light, the specifics of networked life are expressed in our emergent techno-mediated habits. The argument is made that habitual behavioral patterns (simultaneously personal and universal) are irrevocably bound to the networked technologies that sustain them. Taking a critical design approach, this work imagines a series of speculative devices that break or make techno-mediated habits, as a means to enact alternative interaction repertoires between ourselves and our environment.