[-empyre-] this month's discussion on wearables, distributed

Susan Ryan faryan at lsu.edu
Thu Jun 2 09:58:51 EST 2011

I have to agree with Simon, and my own posts must be culpable for falling short of "criticality." I shall try to do better in the future. 

But  the question that still haunts me and seems unexplored here--and I asked this before--what is the real impact of this topic? Moreover, since Renate mentioned the earlier discussion, I wonder, how are we at
a different place now, from the discussion of 2005?  Has a certain fresh flush of excitement about the potentials of wearable technology become lost to us?  I think attitudes  have changed in these past 6 years, but I am still unable to fully account for what has happened. Certainly, it has something to do with the matter of critical context Simon mentions here. 


On Jun 1, 2011, at 6:12 PM, simon wrote:

> dear <<empyreans>>,
> As an observer of the discussion, certain of its aspects interested me very much, for instance the notions of performance, style, and fashion as it both captures clothing design and takes it on its line of flight; but what, apart from a lack of time to engage, led me not to, was the near absence of any criticality vis-a-vis the topic, a kind of felt overlay, making it difficult to see or feel distinct shapes, cushioning angles, softening contours, padding arguments, such that Van Dyk's intervention came as a relief ... from all of the relief, the anodyne. But then at that point all that could be a heard was a dull thud: a thimble fell to the rubberized carpet from a soft table, its impact entirely absorbed, in a soundproof workspace as far away from the sweatshops as it is possible to get.
> Best,
> Simon Taylor
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> On 02/06/11 02:15, Johannes Birringer wrote:
>> dear all
>> well, it's been announced the month's discussion is nearly or practically over,
>> and one already has a sense that for some reason the discussion didn't come together,
>> or discussants posted and left/did not return, some returned but it felt we were not
>> having a conversation, or debate on some of the issues proposed between us, from the beginning,
>> is this just my impression, or do others feel the same?
>> what made this month's discussion difficult, in your opinion?
>> with regards
>> Johannes
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