4. Salon

Subtlety is key

Christian Faubel - an attempt for a fundamental critique of the digital metaphor

In this lecture performance I will re-stage an experimental observation Christiaan Huygens made in the 17th century on the synchronization of pendulum clocks. I argue that synchronizing pendulums may serve as a model to explain similar phenomena in organisms from synchronizing fireflies to finger tapping coordination and turn taking in human communication. My critique of the digital metaphor builds upon these synchronization phenomena and I claim that the Turing machine comes short in explaining the subtle interactions happening during synchronization. Based on this critique I will start to elaborate an analogue framework that includes synchronization phenomena and also has the potential for algorithmic structures.