Booksprint participants and external contributors: Alkan Chipperfield, Barbara Rühling, Eva Lenz, Istvan Szakats, Julian Bleecker, Julian Hanna, Justin Pickard, Luis Wohlmuther, Maja Kuzmanovic, Mara Dionisio, Marta Peirano, Nik Gaffney, Peter von Stackelberg, Scott Smith, Tim Boykett, Tina Auer, Trevor Haldenby
There are always reasons why someone writes and distributes a book. The “why” of this book can be answered in at least as many voices as those that have contributed to writing it. What we don't want to present is, in Scott Smith's phrase, yet another “flat-pack future”, appearing seamless and confident on the surface but full of gaps and confusions within. We admit up front that we don't have an answer to all of the questions posed in this book, but that doesn't mean we don't have anything to say. We hope that our questioning of everything, including ourselves, will keep this material fresh, open, and inviting for further conversations.
Here we are: a mixture of playful experts and expert players, professional practitioners, applied theorists, tangent-generating generalists and guerrilla randomness-reducers, trapped in a creepy, Twin Peaky villa deep in the southern parts of Upper Austria trying extensively to summarise, to tangentially collect, to harvest and weave the outcomes of the Data Ecologies Symposium 2014 into the book in front of you in just four days.
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