In Engine, a Google search engine is quietly modified so that whenever one types in a keyword of interest, what results are instructions for ‘action’ or potential for action. What is meant by this? Typing in, let’s say, the word ‘computers’, one will receive not historical or general information concerning computers per say, but results such as ‘How to Build a Computer’, ‘How to Keep Your Computer Safe’, ‘How to Fix Your Relatives’ Terrible Computer’, so on and so forth. This small modification demonstrates a type of edit; the search is not directed to open up all and everything on a particular topic but to narrow down its results to specified articles, blog posts, websites, etc. that provide one with tools, or ‘instructions’ (The Instructional Capital) on executing things. Such an edit arguably directs the user to approach the internet not merely as a network of pure consumption, but a powerful tool with a particular user directed function. Engine provides one with informational means to fulfillment, something perhaps one forgets over time when hours and days are spent exhaustively surfing through the infinite websites consolidated within our Google Readers.
What’s first interesting in KERNEL’s Software Freedom Day project, is that physical forms become functional platforms for public congregation in [public] physical space for non-physical, ‘virtual’, networked congregations. Context and purpose are created through the declaration of a space (the use of multi-purpose shelving furniture set up in various environments such as the university campus, the side street, etc.) dedicated, in this case, to celebrating Software Freedom Day. Constructions become relational devices that allow for social interfacing, for trading peer deemed important information, etc. while also demonstrating that events, settings and gatherings like these can be initiated by nearly anyone and everyone impromptu.
Like most of KERNEL’s and Moris’ projects, space—be it online or off—is used and emphasized as a hub for distribution, organization and potential political action. This is probably what one can appreciate and take most of out of their projects.
Hand Motions is a blog column on DINCA continually featuring writing from Louis Doulas, Wyatt Niehaus and Ria Roberts.