By Vilém Flusser
This e-book provides for the 1st time in English an array of essays on layout via the seminal media critic and thinker Vilém Flusser. It places ahead the view that our destiny depends upon layout. In a sequence of insightful essays on such usual ‘things’ as wheels, carpets, pots, umbrellas and tents, Flusser emphasizes the interrelationships among artwork and technological know-how, theology and expertise, and archaeology and structure. simply as formal creativity has produced either guns of destruction and nice artistic endeavors, Flusser believed that the form of items (and the designs at the back of them) represents either a hazard and a chance for designers of the longer term.
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As far as slaves were concerned, it was a more complicated business. Technological machines became not only more and more efficient but bigger and more expensive as well. For this reason, the 'Man/machine' relationship was reversed, and Man did not use machines anymore but was used by them. He became a relatively intelligent slave of relatively stupid machines. In our century, this has changed a bit. Theories have become more sophisticated, and thus machines have become more and more efficient and at the same time smaller and, above all, more 'intelligent'.
What is at issue is the concept of in-formation. In other words, imposing forms on materials. This has been apparent since the Industrial Revolution. A steel tool in a press is a form, and it in-forms the flood of glass or plastic flowing past it into bottles or ashtrays. In the past, it was a question of distinguishing between true and false information. True information was when the forms were discoveries, and false information was when the forms were fictions. This distinction is becoming pointless since we have started to see forms neither as discoveries ( aletheiai) nor as fictions, but as models.
And he can give orders to a robot to translate into the here and now that which is perceived and manipulated in the eternal (for example, to dig canals or build rockets). In Mesopotamia, he was called a prophet. He is more deserving of the name of God. But thank God he is unaware of this and sees himself as a technician or artist. May God preserve him in this belief. 42 The Factory The name that zoological taxonomy gives to our kind- homo sapiens sapiens- expresses the opinion that we are to be distinguished from the kinds of hominid that preceded us by a double dose of wisdom.
The Shape of Things: A Philosophy of Design by Vilém Flusser