[Humanist] 24.143 the behaviourables and futuribles of a book?

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Wed Jun 23 07:31:23 CEST 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 143.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2010 15:24:45 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: behaviours

In "Behaviourables and Futuribles" (in Telematic Embrace: Visionary 
Theories of Art, Technology, and Consciousness, ed. Shanken), originally 
a poster-sized manifesto written in 1967, Roy Ascott proclaimed,

> When art is a form of behaviour, software predominates over hardware
> in the creative sphere. Process replaces product in importance, just
> as system supercedes structure.
> Consider the art object in its total process: a behaviourable in his
> history, a futurible in its structure, a trigger in its effect.
 > (p. 157)

Some years later, in "Table", originally published in House: The Journal 
of the London Architecture Club 1.1 (1975), he wrote,

> Each person's house is a received or created analogue of his/her
> perceived or wished-for universe. The table is the analogue of the
> house. The table enables us to sit around our universe of discourse
> and to transact with one another in that universe.
> The components of the domestic day, the behaviours of transforming,
> unpacking, laying out, switching on or off this or that system, are
> analogues of behaviours in the wider universe. In the kitchen, a
> fork, a funnel, a container, a grater, a sieve are all *pure ideas*,
> realised in hardware, and in using them we bring into conjunction new
> assemblies of ideas.  (p. 168)

What about a book -- and what we do with it digitally?

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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