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The chain letter : an analogue attempt to become more weighty.

By Annelies — Feb 19 2019
2 min read

Dear Tech, started with 5 people working in the tech-scene, asking themselves how this big pile of new solutions could be matched with actual problems, not creating new problems or needs. Our search to try and make digital do something good generated a lot of questions, about the nature of the solutions, the chauvinism that surrounds them and sometimes our complete lack of understanding of ‘the problems’. We learned that thinking about technology went hand in hand with thinking about what it meant to be human, and what it was going to mean in the future.

Trying not be dystopian, and certainly not indifferent, we translated this search, our concern, in a manifesto. We deliberately call it so, a manifesto, to ground it in history and to counterbalance the groundless, orphan-like, lawless wild-wild-west, that surrounds technology today. Not only does technology have a place in history, it also has its own long line of heritage in which we can place today’s questions and events. As a first boot on the ground, we wrote it and in the year that followed we looked for a shape to let it branch out.

In a chain of analog decisions, we transformed the manifesto into a chain letter. The good old postal service, big milestones, discovery, and hypes of the medium seemed to cover the load. The beauty of it is we won’t know where it goes, who opens it, when it is opened, how long it will go on for and if our words will get likes, retweets or favorites. We will just send out one hundred letters and every time someone takes the effort to read, copy and send out 5 copies of their own, we will know (as for every five, one comes to our mailbox). Not knowing if people will make additions, changes, drawings or coffee stains — that’s perfect.

If 100 people send the letter to 4 people and these 400 receivers send the letter on, 1.600 letters times four make 6.400 people who in their turn send it to 25.600 people who might be crazy enough to be sending it to 102.400 people… Then it is safe to say we increased our reach and support. And Annelies’ mailbox will contain 25.600 surprises — that’s also perfect.

One letter + 1 envelope + 1 stamp + ink weighs about 47gr x 102.400 copies = a weighty manifesto.

If you wish to receive one of the first hundred letters, please leave your address below (and thank you).

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