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Contract Entre Les Hommes Et L’ordinateur (2010)

by Judith Hopf

 

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CONTRACT ENTRE LES HOMMES ET L´ORDINATEUR

Preamble

 

1

The urgent situation which has arisen through the evolution of my body and spirit in relation to the use of instruments, specifically the use of the electronic data processing machine, compels me, in the full tradition of previously executed and other revolutions, to socially revive the philosophy of emancipation.

2

It is certainly true that this, my position, is a question of political nature and already for this reason unable to be ceded to modern experts; neither to the professional scientists, the touch screen specialists, the web designers nor the professional politicians. No, the question manifesting itself in my body and spirit, the question thrusting me courageously forward and to take action, this is a question that fully and completely affects the freedom and the totality of our social future!

3

Now it has come that the human assets perception and production no longer have anything to do with one another.

4

Now it has come that as a result of this, we are capable of producing more than we perceive and are indeed capable of perceiving.

5

In this manner, we have become slaves. Not, as one generally makes believe, slaves of machines of one’s own production – but rather slaves of our asset of perception – helpless at the mercy of each and every new instrument.

6

Helpless at the mercy of each and every new instrument we are capable of producing – no matter how mad it appears, no matter what murderous language it speaks, no matter in what mysterious ways we are held to additionally touch it.

7

As this is now the situation from which it is no longer possible to retreat, as this is now the situation that has repressively proliferated in our collective bodies, I now rise for the declaration of a vow:

 

 

 

CONTRACT ENTRE LES HOMMES ET L´ORDINATEUR

 

Herewith, as of now and the present, shall be recorded that no instrument and also no electronic data processing machine shall in the future obstruct humanity from completing and being able to complete, in freedom, in thought and unassisted, the things it does and the relationships it creates. May the following apply:

 

WE DON’T KNOW ANYTHING

YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING

I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING
ABOUT LOVE

BUT
WE ARE NOTHING

OHO

YOU ARE NOTHING

OHO

I AM NOTHING

OHO

WITHOUT LOVE[1]

 

 

[1] Quoted from The Magnetic Fields, Death of Ferdinand de Saussure, 69 Love Songs, 1999.

 

Originally published on Mousse 46 (December 2014–January 2015)

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