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As in the ever-going debate on the emergent meaning of art and author-recipient relation, we are both masters and subjects to our environment. We define interactions with the world through the employed tools. Tools that not only serve our needs but also steer them. And while there is a clear tendency to shape physical and digital surroundings, we rarely notice and appreciate the reverse relation. An object, however, can be both an endpoint and a precursor in the causal connection. We can use this agency to our benefit by intentionally and proactively subjugating our environment to foster the desired change.
P.S. As it often happens, I stumbled upon the quote just days after posting this: "We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and then our tools shape us"—John Culkin.