Critical, creative and digital writingEcriture critique, créative et numérique

01 01 2012

Interactionality project

The Interactionality Project is intended as a reflection on the relationship between humans and the world. More precisely, it will comprise a series of articles that closely analyze what it primarily means to be a human: an organism interacting with an environment. The notion that "to be" is best described as "to interact" arises from a profound reflection on the nature of life. More precisely, during my literary studies at the University of Geneva, and with the help of Dr. Martin Leer, I realised that some novels described life as pure dynamism: some texts described humans as organisms interacting with environments, and in so doing shaped themselves and their environment. During the act of reading, meaning emerged out of the realization of that organism-environment relationship of mutual influence. By discussing the concept with friends and acquaintances, I realised that it was far from obvious to most that the interaction of organism and environment lay at the core of life. It is a problem, for in our world, it is indeed one's knowledge of one's place and function in society that mostly informs one's impact on the global ecosystem. If people ignore–fail to get– the concept that we are constantly interacting, that it is from this interaction that consciousness arises and that the world we live in is shaped by that interaction, it is no wonder that they will be reluctant to change their mode of life. In that context, The Interactionality Project becomes a way of conveying my understanding of the world, with the explicit hope of slightly changing the way people interact within it. I believe that knowledge enables us to live better; by giving people knowledge of their own place and function as organisms interacting with an environment, my hope is to help them realise that we shape the world we live in. We are therefore partly responsible for the outcome of this interaction.