The subject of this section
Christine Browaeys, founder of T3Nel (ICT, Textiles, New Technologies), texturgiste and engineer Grenoble INP-ENSIMAG, with a Master's degree in sociology
I try to draw a parallel between textile texture and human texture in touch with high technologies:
- The concept of “texturgie” in the textile sector: creating new sensitive matters by combining textile textures and high technologies
- The concept of “texturgie” in the human-nature: how to combine the analog texture of human being with his environment resized by digital technologies?
Which human sensitivity (body made of organic tissues/ analog operation/ mind) in a digital world?
April 2021 - Our “analog” humankind: disability or safeguard against the whole digital
by Christine Browaeys
(French version published in Enviscope, “Tribunes Libres”, February 17, 2021)
In their article Why move up into the digital world (ENS Lyon, 2012), Mathilde Glénat and Delphine Chareyron wrote: digital signal presents the advantages of being easily and faithfully transcribed... on the other hand, analog signal is sensitive to interferences and can deteriorate over time... but it always will make up entry points (microphone) and exit points (loudspeaker).
Our humankind, made of feelings, emotions, passions, would be a disability preventing to turn into the whole digital?
Human life comes within a little bit time that goes, between birth and death. Human is born in a body that he doesn’t choose. As a baby, he often takes more a year before walking, and he grows during 15 to 20 years before being really adult. If we compare our body and a technical object, it is entirely functional or high-performance only during a quite short part of our life. Then, our faculties begin softly weakening... This statement did not evolve. It is peculiar to all living beings, humans or animals.
Every generation learns to perceive the world within its phenomenological bubble, in comprehending its perceptual connection to reality thanks to technical devices at its disposal (To see and perceive in the digital age, Stéphane Vial, 2015). In the digital age, digital natives instinctively perceive with digital devices that changes their connection to matter, time and space. But have human beings really to learn to move in a different space, a space that would be entirely resized and woven with digital technologies, a “computed” space. Whereas there is pleasure in fate, in the risk of unexpected meeting, whether it’s good or bad...
Immediacy is the novelty today. Digital natives are adaptive to many stream of information that they receive continually and that they seem to metabolize easily. More and more, memory is like externalized out of body thanks to technical process as transclusion, reticularity... Our time is a time of transition. It could give more diversity in combining analog approach and intuitively digital approach.
Digital devices contribute also to reassurance of their users, as a cuddly toy, which brings about need of permanent interaction. But paradox it’s just that thinking thanks to oneself represents risk-taking, assumed solitude in our personal sphere. Will digital, such as today, give us time to stop, or else are we going to a “digital-human” world where it will become impossible to make “intentional bifurcations”, according to philosopher Bernard Stiegler?
Thinking is not limited to be told about but requires time to make our mind up. Aristotle said that “Human is a political animal by its very nature”. We do not have to leave the political choices that will make the future of our society.