Pure Data (http://www.puredata.org
/) as a feminist tool for meaningful learning
by elpueblodechina a.k.a. Alejandra Perez Nunezhttp://artengine.ca/~catalogue-pd/10-Nunez.pdf
The nature of patching together with the need to understand the processes that are involved in sound processing that is offered by Pure Data is an example of a method where learning develops as a network of relations. It triggers dynamic systems of understanding instead of static contents that you have to learn through official instructional models like learning to use the interface of a software tool. These can be said of other programming environments as well but I understand Pure Data as a software and as a community of people sharing roles in learning and educating. I would like to propose that Pure Data is a tool for feminist education since it propagates a receptive model, one that is different from a paranoid model that relates to controlling a piece of given software. I see appropriation, networks of relations, the power of integration as a feminine way -not meaning a woman way- but a receptive, symbiotic action that may empower learning environments for the oppressed.