To the question of what technology or labour-saving devices to allow into one’s life, serious thought is essential : any new machine will cause some amount of skill or freedom to be lost.
Machines are advertised to save precious time ; are we not left worrying about wasted time and rushing to gain more ? What should we do with saved time ? Could it be that at least some of the time spent completing slow tasks is precious in itself ? As we unlearn to do by hand or with simple hand tools, should we not worry of our mounting dependency to the machines that do it for us ? Does life goes on when there is a power cut ?
This collection of written and visual pieces presents nine answers to the question of machines ; with a cooking recipe at the end.
PETER CARROLL Signal staff; ( signed and dedicated to 'My dearest Ailbhe' by this contributor.
REMCO DE FOUW Insomniac dreams;
KEVIN DONAGHY Hand-woven;
RICHARD DOUTHWAITE Where should we have stopped ?;
JUDITH HOAD The machinery of language;
ROS KAVANAGH Human machines;
LAURA MAYS The problem of craft;
JÜRGEN SIMPSON New technology/music/methods;
DOMINIC STEVENS Drawing by hand; selected furthering; recipe : toast.