. program for the design of a nomadic shelter.
a vehicle for wandering and exploration.
1 the vehicle must sustain its self and its user(s). it must provide energy, shelter, food, water, and any other power or objects needed for its operation. it must provide an offense for the acquisition of things needed and a defense for the protection of self.
it must extend the ability of the user to sustain their self.
2 the vehicle must adapt. it must reconfigure its self based on its changing position. no vehicle (shelter) is static – time, culture, economy, politics, weather are constantly changing positions.
it must extend the ability of the user to change their self.
3 the vehicle must provide the ability to extend its self and its inhabitants through prosthetics. (we sent a man to the moon, now we send a robot with data-extracting equipment to mars. we used to dissect and cut, now we have miniature cameras, electron microscopes, etc.) it must extend the limits of the body of the user.
it must extend the limits of the user to change, to physically interact with, their environment.
4 the vehicle must communicate (broadcast and receive). it must extend the power of the user within the network. this is done through various devices: anonymity, camouflage, false signals and positions (mixed with real signals and positions), ‘leaked’ information, and spying (objectification). the idea is to give the impression of something large and powerful which is invisible (semi-transparency). to allow others to know enough to fear you but not enough to conquer (objectify) you. (information warfare).
it must extend the limits of the user to communicate with, to non-physically interact with, their environment.
5 the vehicle must multi-dimensionally locate its self within the larger network and benefit both the network and its self from its position -geographically, politically, economically…. it must provide self-realization of limits and positions within the network, as well as the changes of these limits and positions (this implies velocity, acceleration…). it must extend the limits of position, difference, and location.
it must change the limits of the relationship of the environment to the user, their position.
6 the vehicle must be in more than one place at a time. it must provide multiple perspectives simultaneously. it must extend the limits of the realities of the user.
it must change the limits of the relationship of the user to the environment, their perspective.
. what is the point of wandering if everything comes to you? we must promote difference based on positions. the difference between wandering and exploration is that exploration implies a return (of physical self or, as with the mars rover, information).
what makes one place different from the next? we can still talk in terms of population, terrain, culture, etc. as experienced at different points in time and space. that is we discuss them as tied to perspective, in terms of difference, not specific location or position. we discuss them relatively – from our viewpoint, our relationship to the environment. we can attempt to discuss place absolutely – from the environments relationship to our self. but we can only know our environment through our perspective, that is, relatively. there is fundamentally only one way to change our relationship to our environment: relocation. relocation of position or perspective or self or environment. relocation of perspective is a relocation of position. relocation of self is a relocation of environment. these are all arbitrary definitions made from within perspective. there is only one perspective, one location of one constant change, relocation.
. prototypes. this is essentially the program of a military when deploying troops. war (especially the most recent wars) should be closely examined. stealth bombers are used because of their position, velocity, extension of self, destructive ability, anonymity. also would be interesting to look at ultra-light flight: ultra-lights, hang-gliders, para-gliders, balloons. especially the recent trip around the world which involved not only the logistics of sustaining self, movement, and position, but also the implications of these positions: the political implications of flying over others countries such as china, the velocity implications of staying within a jet stream. a whole support crew was on the ground readying and locating the positions the balloon was to acquire. communication between vehicles through satellites was essential to the mission.