Hi! I do design research, social practice, mapping, workshop protocols. I am an associate researcher at Sciences Po's médialab and an associate artist at the cultural co-operative CUESTA. On this website you will find traces, work documents and outputs related to some recent projects, in their original language (French or English) depending on where they took place. My practice consists mostly in creating live situations so it does not look too good on a website.

Hi! I do design research, social practice, mapping, workshop protocols. I am an associate researcher at Sciences Po's médialab and an associate artist at the cultural co-operative CUESTA. On this website you will find traces, work documents and outputs related to some recent projects, in their original language (French or English) depending on where they took place. My practice consists mostly in creating live situations so it does not look too good on a website.

https:∕∕redd∙it∕8360xr

https://redd.it/8360xr

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This project is a discussion on Reddit about a popular Linux Desktop Environment called Gnome. A Desktop Environment (DE) is the main graphical user interface of an Operating System (OS). It enables the user to interact with their computer though icons, buttons, launchers, application windows ; it defines the visual style of the operating system ; it also usually comes with core applications like a text editor or a calculator. Gnome is developped and maintained by volunteers as is common in the Free and Open-Source Software community. I myself am a Gnome user, although sometimes an unsatisfied one : I think it should perform better, if Linux Operating Systems are to compete with Windows and MacOS (right now Linux use is a bit above 2% of OS use on desktops/laptops). Gnome is hated, loved and feared in the Linux world. It has reached a dominant position among the numerous similar Linux DEs. For example, it was chosen last year by the most well known Linux OS, Ubuntu (almost a household name...). It was an unexpected reversal from previous choices made by Canonical Ltd, the company that makes Ubuntu.

In the comfort of my primary desktop environment (my home), I wrote an original post on the Gnome subreddit (8 686 subscribers) entitled GNOME is DESIGN under the username Elax75. Then I moderated the ensuing conversation. After 3 days, it had gathered 2.1k views, 69 points (87 % of positive votes - ranking 18th in the "best" list of the past year) and 107 comments. Among those comments, 33 were written by me.

I wanted to experience whether it is possible to drive an online discussion away from going into extreme oppositions, bring it back to a grey area where multiple positions can coexist, and curate it so it could become a source of knowledge on Linux from a design perspective. It was also a writing experiment with multiple reddit users as unsuspecting co-writers.

The final form of this project might be a text that compiles only my own interventions as attempts to thank other redditor's for their comments, approve or disapprove their points of view, add pieces of information, defuse their anger, or defuse my own anger.

Small Victories