I’m sure Jimi Hendrix had a very intimate relationship with his guitar. But it’s also very different when the instrument you use is the same that you Skype your mom on, and get really good or bad news on – it’s just such an intimate, integrated part of your lifestyle in a way that I don’t think has ever been possible before, and so if that could somehow be communicated, I think it would be really interesting. I’m trying to explore that now, to get at the crux of the intimacy we have with our technology, because so many people really cast it in this light of the laptop being cold. I really think it’s a fallacy the way people cast technology in this light and then cast acoustic or even analogue instruments in this warm, human light, because I don’t understand what would be more human between a block of wood and something that was also created by humans, for humans. People see code as this crazy, otherworldly thing, but it’s just people writing text. It’s a very idiosyncratic, human language.
27 May 2014
Holly Herndon, in conversation with Dummy Mag (via sister-cyborg)