for the sake of love…

After a couple of weeks beeing at home, impressions of the time in UCI are slowly starting to let themselves be expressed through words. And while I´m looking at notes from the seminar I come to think of HUMlab as a really important actor in this interdisciplinary field between humanities and technology. More than once, the importance of feeling, frustration and innovation was mentioned as central terms in shaping this arena. One of the terms I found most fascinating was introduced by John Seely Brown. He talked about innovation and how innovation can be found in the interplay between art and media. He also mentioned the dichotomy professional and amateur and how these terms are beeing challenged by a new group, pro-amateurs, a hybridisation where innovation easily can be found. Further, he explained the meaning of the term amateur deriving from the latins amator translated as lover. Amateurs, Brown claimed, are searching new ways, experimenting and challenging simply because they love doing it. This non-focus on economical benefits made me think of the importance of feelings behind exploring the borderland between humanities and technology. Hence, these actions can´t simply be done with an economical profit in mind. More than that, I think that creativity, frustration, dynamics, conflicts and playfullness, all important ingredients in IT and humanities, are deriving from amateurs, lovers, people who are devoted in different ways. The speech certainly inspired me thinking about HUMlab as a forum for encouraging experiment, practises, meetings and discussions and the need for amateurs, people who are willing to play with established categories just for the sake of love. In that respect I do hope I never become professional.