HARTS.Online – a manifesto
ARE WE DECLARING SOMETHING? Are we declaring anything? Is anybody there? The desk is dust covered. The wall is cracked. The lighting makes a dull buzzing sound. Voices warble. There is a table. Small pieces of paper. Seats that creeeeeeeaaak. Join fingers on the base of the upturned wineglass and move slowly slowly, turn slowly turn –
Think back. We think back. We are are thinking are are thinking. We sit there thinking.
We sit sit sit thinking thinking thinking and writing. We scribble. With biros. With pencils. With fountain pen. We scribibibibible. We scraawlll. We have backwards sloping handwriting we have forward sloping handwriting we print CAPITALS we trY cursive we try cursing without swearing. We write on post-its pink post-its. And on paper white paper. And on the back of a bill from the Museum on Science and Industry. What we want. What do we want. When do we want it. For a thing. For an online thing. An online material thing using materials like language. Material is language. It’s here in words. Here:
The words the marketing man didn’t use:
- Social change
- Massive market failure
- Story of humankind
Round and round the wineglass goes. Please check. Do you understand strategic dynamism? Erudition? Umbrellas leaning at 45 degrees dripping invisible rain on to that plastic “bag for life”, already full of holes? Understand “privation is like a face?” More evidence coming to light here:
- Student led
People glance at one another. The crack in the window makes a whistling noise whenever the weather gets uppity. And then the radiator starts to knock, Bangbangbang. Who’s there. Nobody. Every so often a car revs up outside, hasty to accelerate in between the regularly placed metal speed-bumps. Arrival-departure-shopping-status-lifestyle-thisismygirlfriendboyfriendgotadegree-gotwheels. The upturned wineglass spells out some more:
Against culture divide bridging formulating a new perspective for both facilities.
I want harts.online to be the virtual home within the faculty –
The wineglass gets agitated, moves quick, skitter skitter. Can’t keep up. What do you mean. What are you trying to say. What is your name. When do you mean. I do not quite understand. When were you born. Does that mean/ is it possible/ can it be conceivable you are older than Eighth Day.
I declare that harts.online should stand aside from commercially motivated profit-seeking, short-termist notions of research
We don’t want closed mindedness
YES innovation creativity
I warn you, it’s a bit of a museum, there’s nothing new here apart from the telly, the Victorian brass bed was a bit of a steal, taking an idea and turning it into a global media empire, the light was the colour of custard, however there are some caveats.
We are opposed to moving post graduate researchers from the Righton Building to the Ormond Building and the lack of consultation that has so far taken place with regard to this.
We are in favour of a democratically run HE system that interacts more effectively with the local community and opens education up to the underprivileged.
Spelling it out letter by letter. It gave me a personal drive which I’d lacked before. Writing is a great way to share your knowledge and passion, we were breaking free, what exoticism, book now, they jacked in their high-flying jobs and returned home, then along came an engineer with a radical plan, forming their own enterprise incubators. Don’t ask me what that means.
- Up to the minute
You’re slowing down. We fail to understand your true meaning. We charge no management fees, it’s always been that way, there were times when I haven’t wanted to leave the house, all choices mean not choosing something else, it was just a cacophony of sound, as a hide-all or quick fix, did you spot what’s different different different?
Want to make it inclusive and communal – safe and permissive in the sense that you don’t feel inhibited or that you might be ridiculous
Don’t go. Keep talking. You contacted my ad but left a number that was unclear. Some action might be on the way. Of course, the drama didn’t end there.
Rail against Form dictating Content. Must be easy to navigate – not whizzy for its own sake.
The wineglass slows down. The letters blow off the table. Empty room. All gone.
Written by Bob Dickinson following a HARTS.online Group (HOG) meeting on 8th March 2017.