Reative Technologies Contextual Studies

 Technology is not equivalent to the essence of technology. When we are seeking the essence of  tree, we have to become aware that that which pervades every tree, as tree, is not itself a tree that can be encountered among all the other trees. Likewise, the essence of technology is by no means anything technological. Thus we shall never experience our relationship to the essence of technology so long as we merely conceive and push forward the technological, put up with it, or evade it. Everywhere we remain unfree and chained to technology, whether we passionately affirm or deny it.

(Heidegger 1997)


In his seminal 1949 essay  The Question Concerning Technology Martin Heidegger suggested that the  essence of technology is by no means anything technological. In other words that fundamental characteristic, quality, or thing that is most essential to it, that thing that defines its very existence, is nothing technological. Indeed, so much so, that as he also suggested, so long as we persist in trying to understand it in such instrumentalist, mechanistic, or  ontic, terms and,  push forward the technological, we will remain forever blinded to its essential nature. By discussing Heidegger s critique of technology in relationship to some of those technologies that you have looked at throughout this project, whether they be interactive, ubiquitous, poetic, or  ludic, consider how technology might be seen as being not only dominating or controlling but, as Jean-Luc Nancy has suggested, exactly that thing that opens us up, or  frees us to, the possibility of  other more playful ways of being.
Martin Heidegger, The Question Concerning Technology, Trans. William Lovitt, Harper and Row, New York, 1977

Jean-Luc Nancy, The Sense of the World. Trans. Jeffrey S. Librett, University of Minnesota Press, Minneaplois, London, 1997

Martin Heidegger, The Question Concerning Technology, Trans. William Lovitt, Harper and Row, New York, 1977

Jean-Luc Nancy, The Sense of the World. Trans. Jeffrey S. Librett, University of Minnesota Press, Minneaplois, London, 1997

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