a new fluidity…

What the designers presented at Remix are offering is not just a comment on our system, but the actual means to rethink inventiveness and our relationship to objects beyond the stable, product-based, easily branded vision of design. We are witnessing a killing of the idea of the original and – to borrow Jean Baudrillard’s term – a profound overhaul of our system of objects“.

From DESIGN BEYOND REPRODUCTION: THE OBJECT IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL REMIXING by Justine Boussard.

To quote Bruce Sterling “I get it about mashups and appropriation, but this concept of Jean Baudrillard as a guru of industrial design, that’s very troubling“.

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Baudrillard on Statistics…

Discussing the European experience of anything statistical as tragic, he writes;

They immediately read into them their individual failure and take refuge in a pained denunciation of the merely quantitative. The Americans, by contrast, see statistics as an optismistic stimulus, as representing the dimensions of their good fortune, their joyous membership of the majority.

Jean Baudrillard America, Pg. 87