Waste Does Not Communicate

Waste Does Not Communicate. 2022. Film: Yannick Spiess

Ahee is an alternative programming language that is esoteric and inefficient and therefore not very widespread. It was developed exclusively in Hangul, and exists as a proof of idea. The signs with 5 lines of code written in Ahee are translated to ‘Waste Does Not Communicate’ in JavaScript Ahee interpreter.

The American personal data collection company Acxiom divides people into 70 categories based on economic parameters alone.1 The group that has very little in customer worth is called Waste. Waste is a digital outcast who is not present on the network at all. In that sense, Ahee can be seen as Waste.

But Ahee is a Luxury. Because it escapes the achievement-principle entirely—especially in the sector of digital computing, where everything is streamlined to be as efficient as possible. Ahee is outside the digital landscape of multitasking between different sources of information and processes. Ahee has nothing to do with practicality. Ahee does not communicate, but stays the way it is “So-Sein.”

1. Byung-Chul Han, Psychopolitik: Neoliberalismus und die neuen Machttechniken, S. Fischer Verlag 2014

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