Things Can Be Otherwise 1/8

Introductory into Constellation option: Things Can Be Otherwise


Knowledge: enquiry is an ongoing, interactive process; a form of questioning

What is learning? What is a student? More than just studying? – ROLE?

Selecting what to learn? – learning; importance; difficulty

1st year: Enquiry is an interactive process – essays: what have you enquired? explored? More about what you enquire than your opinion

3rd year: publish knowledge – aim: enquiry knowledge so well that the dissertation will be off publication standard.

What counts as knowledge in the internet age?

Histories, theories, artefacts, texts, beliefs, concepts, arguments – comparing and contrasting

Argument: how you support and challenge

Things Can Be Otherwise: other appearances from competing perspectives being with another, for another – can you really, truly understand? Can you know?

Enquiry as an interactive process

– Knowledge

  • A single, final truth or a network of differences
  • Openness to other views

– Technology

  • enacts my will or co-creates my being and what is possible in the world
  • Iphone, therefore, I am – cybors

– Writing

  • as a brain-sneeze; as difficulty; as empathy; as looking; as sculpture
  • write for someone who doesn’t know

– The Self

  • Mind, body and soul
  • there is no such thing

You are always for another – write for another; talk; work – not for yourself


– tools; help solve an issur

Is us: phones: tools shapes us

CYBORS – we are shaped by the tools around us

Do tools change you?

  • dating websites
  • contact with relationships
  • identity is shaped by technology – helped by technology?

Souls or Cyborgs?

  • we are constructed by our environment
  • next generation could be cyborgs
  • we have souls, you can’t beat human interaction
  • does the digital world make those contacts?
  • post-human


1637 – R. Decartes, ‘I think, therefore, I am’ – start of the modern world

  • Can think for ourselves
  • independent from God
  • think and question
  • human being with a soul distinct from God


1760-1830 – Industrial Revolution

  • human engineering
  • shaping the world


1870-1950 – Artistic reaction to mechanisms and mass production; reaction to modernity

  • painting
  • capturing light a way an image can’t


1960-? – reaction to excess of modernity and modernism

1947 – T. Adorno, M. Horkheimer – Dialectic of Enlightenment; concentration camps, how one thinks they’re above another being



Author: ellenreiddesign

First year Graphic Communication student at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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