Community Based Emergent Technologies, 2021
Interactive Video Essay played on 15 Cellphones
An interactive video essay played across 15 cellphones that explores community based emergent technologies through an examination of the concept of emergence, as described in Manuel DeLanda’s ‘Philosophy and Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason’. Combining theory and praxis the video essay prompts participants to rearrange the phones based on diagrams to reveal images and videos that exemplify forms of emergence and community based emergent technologies, such as the workshops of artist Lygia Clark.
The video essay concludes with an attempt to create emergence. The phones display wooden sticks that must be arranged into a pile. Viewers are prompted to rub their hands above the sticks to help ignite a fire that emerges between them.