Principles of ∞OS
∞OS is an open source operating system for human beings. The way people normally function is based on a set of frameworks, which are derived from ethics, education, “common sense” and religion. These comprise the operating systems we tacitly accept. ∞OS can serve as an example of how to reverse engineer the existing order of things and to reconstruct one’s own behavior, perception and interactions, bringing them in alignment with certain basic principles.
The main difference from other approaches is that ∞OS considers the human body as the primary and the most efficient vessel to implement new patterns of behaviour on the level of reflexes. Therefore we give particular importance to physical practice sessions, where we introduce the participants to the main principles of this operating system. They can then implement them into their daily routines or use them as inspiration to create their own OS.
The main ∞OS principles are:
∞OS is open source and we use the operating system analogy to emphasise the fact that it is just a framework, a set of behavioural principles, not the ultimate truth or the best possible solution —— there’s always space to evolve. We welcome people to get inspired by this approach and to contribute by updating the source code of ∞OS, creating applications based on it, or create their own versions of operating systems based on ∞OS or on their own experience, so that they question the status quo and the existing operating systems, ranging from religion to ethics.
The core of ∞OS is learning through transferability. ∞OS principles and procedures are portable to any context: be it physical interactions, intersubjective relations, organisational management, scientific research, work, artistic practice, or everyday life.
In ∞OS tension (at~tention) is the primary source of energy. Tension is modulated in order to steer the dynamics of interaction. Certain situations may need a temporary increase / decrease in tension in order to resolve, dissolve, or shift to a different state. Excessive or insufficient tension leads to the loss of energy.
Adaptive Fluidity —
The ability to engage with the environment and to adapt to it but to also simultaneously act as an independent agent and not to lose oneself in the flow.
The ability to not resist external influences excessively, but to rather assimilate them, restructuring oneself without losing one’s integrity, to let them flow through, to control them and to influence them.
Centrality in ∞OS is something that allows us to maintain presence. In ∞OS it means we have to be have our centre close to the centre of the dynamic system, in order to maintain one’s agency within. This doesn’t mean full control, rather, the ability to go with the flow but not to fall down. When we find ourselves in an uncomfortable position, we do not endure, but simply change our position to a more comfortable one or shift to a different context.
Our condition has a certain integrity and form, which is unique for every individual. Every movement, even the smallest one, engages the whole body. The basis of our organism is a balanced, connected and polyrhythmical state.
A system that is modular has a higher degree of robustness. In ∞OS we separate a system into functional units, each of which can function both independently and together with others. If one of them is affected, it is quickly isolated, so that others can stay intact.
Polyrhythmicality is simultaneous existence of several rhythms at once, which can operate independently from one another and yet form a certain synergy together.
We cultivate variability in our perception, movement and interaction so that our inner world is more mobile, robust, adaptive, so that we have access to several perspectives at once, so that when we’re limited in one realm we find freedom in the other. Wave-like motion is the essential feature of reality, therefore we modulate our inner and outer dynamics through stages of growth and decline in order to let the natural reveal itself fully through our existence.