We have met Decio Murè once or twice in the visible world. He is one of those friends who is a constant and profoundly real element in the pervading twists of our existences. We very frequently interact and discuss a full range of topics, just as you would do when meeting a friend in the street or going for a coffee with them.
Decio reacted immediately to our new work, responding to the topic and the research questions, before even knowing about the work’s name, description and content. This interaction was possible thanks to the blog and our choice to document the work in progress.
This is what he wrote on Facebook following the publication of Track 1 “Translations”:
“When our traces are returned to us through the Filter bubble, which has been previously discussed by Salvatore Iaconesi (and others), when surfing through our accounts, that is when algorithmics comes into play and our auto-biography becomes a digital hetero-biography. I have the impression that, to some extent, I am reading about someone else’s life. “Know thyself” is shaped up through Amazon, YouTube, Google and our memories on Facebook.Digital anamnesis. Damn it.”
Brief and to the point, this text could be a critical introduction to GhostWriter.
Decio grasps the fuzziness of the algorithms by mentioning the filter bubble. He expresses how he feels by describing how what is visible in his timeline looks like “someone else’s life” (we wonder of course how many other people have already felt this way). He states that today Socrates’ aphorism “Know thyself” is built up through digital platforms, because the contemporary self, at least partly, forms here (it is interesting to observe how amongst the operators he mentions are three of the Stacks we came across in Stakhanov’s cosmology).
He also goes a step further and introduces two new terms: algorithmics and digital hetero-biography. By anticipating the following posts, Decio has already come to a conclusion and provided an (early) interpretation of Algorithmic Autobiography.
We took this as a sign that we were on the right path. We had given ourselves two research questions which were stimulating not only for us but also for other people’s ideas and imagination.
What we would like to achieve through this work is new and personal interpretations about this phenomenon, which looks closely at a very private and everyday aspect of our lives: autobiography and the mutation of the self.