Unpatentable Multitouch Aerobics
In the face of relentless privatization, and capitalism's extended reach into our homes, friendships and psyches, it feels as if the last frontier is the body itself. Yet technology and its devices teach our bodies new gestural lexicons - we are zooming, swiping, and flicking our way into a new era. But Apple, Inc. is “indisputably striving to corner the market on how we move our fingers across screens,” noted Alexander Provan, citing the company’s most recent win of a patent-infringement lawsuit against Samsung for its multi-touch gestures. These gestures are new social codes. These gestures have an owner: every time you slide two fingers up and down a trackpad, you’re leasing your movements from Apple; and they, in turn, are owning a little part of you. How are we to re/act in the face of the commodification and privatization of our own bodily gestures?
Aerobics routine by Liat Berdugo and Phoebe Osborne.