The Oxford Protocol : Modules

Protocol (II)

Protocols are to be understood as dynamic syntactic extrapolations from the behavior of conceptual architectures within the environment of the platform.  They are both the formal language of and for connection and at the same time strategic insertions into connectivity.  As such they may both break connections (thereby addressing stuckness) and reorganize connectivities (thereby altering the configurations of the platform).

Protocols have different formats.  They include rules and conventions for exchange but these are, like emergent knowledge, dynamic: they migrate from one environment to another and may operate virally in a codependent relation (thereby altering the protocol as well as the connections it makes possible).  Given their syntactic properties they are useful strategies for promoting de-disciplinarity: the introduction of unfamiliar or differently designed protocols to a platform is likely to create unforeseen connectivities.

Protocols are also design agents.  They provide the syntax for movement from one conceptual architecture to another thereby creating knowable spaces within the platform.  These intercalations open out the knowable in a dynamic process that also negotiates the (in)stable.  As such they are phased occurences that continuously move around points of stability and linked dynamic waves: this is why protocols have quasi agency.  They are self inconsistent design codes.

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