Friday, October 13, 2006

Dear Rob,

Hope this note finds you well and enjoying your sabbatical in balmy Brazil. The leaves have changed colour here and it's getting cold at night, but the Farmer's Market at Landsdowne is thriving and the neighbourhood kids are getting ready for Halloween.

I've started working part-time with Timo Arnall's Touch project, based at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and this is what I'll be doing with them in the coming months.

Next week, I'll be in NYC for the Architecture & Situated Technologies symposium. My presentation focusses on three contemporary and global modes of power - discipline, control and terror - and how these interests and values become manifest in pervasive computing. By looking at the culture and science of safety, I locate ubicomp as exercises in power at both micro- and macro-scales. Ultimately, my objective wasn't to suggest abstract guidelines for the development of new technologies, but rather to articulate and explore specific arenas on-the-ground in which intervention and action are possible and productive. I'll let you know how it goes.

Next month I'll be going to Rotterdam to participate in the FLESHING OUT : Wearable Interfaces, Smart Materials, and Living Fabrics seminar. I haven't, ahem, fleshed out my presentation enough yet, but I'm thinking along the lines of the culture and politics of soft and voluptuous technologies. (You know, Irigaray's notion that feminine touch brings us back into the world?)

In other news, I'm suffering a bout of righteous socialist furor over the gross exploitation of my labour as a sessional lecturer at Carleton. I mean for fuck's sake, it's not like I work in a coal-mine or anything brutal like that, but I do work in a public institution and I make CAD$4880 (gross) to teach a class of 70 students for four months. Could you always do that with a smile? Knowing that the TA for the class is making almost the same amount for a small fraction of the total labour required? (That's not at all their fault, but still!) Knowing that the same contract at Ottawa U pays CAD$6000? Knowing that the university takes back $2058.60 of that for your tuition - despite the fact that you haven't taken a class in four fucking years?! Knowing that the first year or two after graduation will be working at the same pay scale? Knowing that at the same time student loan payments will be $900 a month? I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This is all completely uncivilised!

On the other hand, can I just say how much I still love teaching? Every single day I learn something new from students, and this seems to be a really good bunch - despite the fact they they are almost completely incapable of following directions! But seriously, we may not get to hold class in a virtual world, but we do get to hang out and discuss sexism and racism in Mac ads, as well as talk about how the internet is falling apart, and how Google "acquired" YouTube for $1.65 billion, which means the founders are now very wealthy and happy young men. It's fun!

Well, that's about it I guess. But before you think I've forgotten, I want to let you know I'm on it and I'm doing my very best - which all things considered is pretty damn good! Check your email next week.

Take care for now,
Anne

2 Comments:

Blogger Amy Charles said...

This is the happiest distributed-social-nets talk I've seen in a long time, and I want you to know I found the site by searching for "what the hell is wrong with people". Had I mentioned how much I love the internet? Broken or not. I've recommended it (your work, not internet) to my STS-type profs, who need a replacement for a mid-90s Turkle essay featuring FurryMUDs. One of the profs is stuck on Latour, and you've made him happy too.

Re public-academy poverty: You're on the wrong end, is all. You want US K-12 consulting and publishing. You'll have to talk a lot slower, though.

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