1 Alison Adam. Lists. In “Software Studies: a lexicon”. MIT Press, 2008. (LIST AND COMP. CULTURE)
Im interested in the focus of Adam in the list in computing culture. She refers to lists, arrayes and queues. She explores LISP, a programming language that is a good example to see the power of lists.
For Adams, lists are versatile. They may order and constrain but they may also surprise. On the other hand she believes that through lists we order and control ourseves and the world we inhabbit.
The author also quotes Foucault and Latour and refers to their views on listing, modern science and burreocracy.
2 Ken Knabb. Situationist international anthology. Bureau of public secrets, 2006. (CRITIQUE ON FLATURBAN EXPERIENCE )
The group not only questioned the fixed and standard experience in the urban environment, but defined it as boring and flat ("We are bored in the city space, one gets exausted to find a mystery"). The idea of getting lost is very influential on the design of my alternative interface.
3 Timothy Leary. The politics of ecstasy, 1968.(PSYCHEDELIC EXPERIENCE)
Some basic elements of the psychedelic experience are present in my project , mainly understood as a response to the flattening effect of the list. Leary explains it as the collapse of external structures, the awakening of the senses is the most basic aspect. He also talks about the the tension between the flowing process and the fixed structure. The idea of the collapsing of structures interests me, together with the idea of senses. My project will be based on visual and audio elements that aim to trigger more senses that the textual list.
4. Terence McKenna. The importance of psychedelics, lecture, (PSYCHEDELIC EXPERIENCE)
Again for McKenna, psychedelics bring the collapse of boundaries. He is also talking about the structures in a similar way to Leary. He touches also the issue of boundaries through classification. He believe that the western game as he calls it, is the creation and maintenance of boundaries through categorical devisions. This idea makes sense in the context of my chapter on the politics of classifiation.
5 James Gleick. Information: a history, a theory, a flood. Knopf Doubleday , 2011 (INFORMATION-COLLECTING-WRITTING)
Exploration on what information is.
He writes also about classification, categories, Aristoteles.
I am also interested in the way the author sees the online man. He writes that the food collector man reappears in the information age as an information collector. This idea emphasizes a nature of collecting and its significance in the formation of the subject.
6 Umberto Eco. The infinity of lists.(LIST AND CULTURE)
In this publication Eco explores the list related to culture. "The list doesn't destroy culture; it creates it. Wherever you look in cultural history, you will find lists.". Eco attempts to understand why we make lists."To comprehend the unknown" etc. He believes that culture-often times- wants to create order.
7 Emily Drabinsky. Teaching the radical catalogue.(POLITICS OF CLASSIFICATION)
An interesting approach to the politics of classification with examples from Library classification systems. Quotes regularly Bowker and L. Star's Classification and its consequences. Adds also the perspective of the information literacy/ library instruction librarian which I share as well.