“All that you touch
You Change.
All that you Change
Changes you.
The only lasting truth
is Change.
is Change.”

Octavia E. Butler, The Parable of the Sower1

Autoarachnology is not about creating order out of chaos, rather, it asks for sticking with the chaos, staying with the trouble.2 Moving along lines rather than fixing points, autoarachnology embraces an ethics of movement. Meaning: autoarachnology is devoted to change, to never settling, to not believe in utopia, to stay connecting and disconnecting, looping and flattening, knotting and solving, loosening and tightening, playing with the tension of the strings. It is not that the tension is never right, it is that ‘right’ is a process, not a point. What works, depends on the context, is subject to change.

Maybe this was the most important lesson I learned from The Dispossessed by Ursula K le Guin. The story is set in an alternate universe, on Anarres, the moon of a planet that is very similar to our earth. 150 years before the narration begins, an anarchist uprising had taken place on the main planet and it was decided that these rebellious groups should settle on the moon, where they built up an anarchist society. Shevek, the main character, grew up in this society. Much of life on Anarres seems utopian: there is no money, caring for the collective is paramount, unpleasant tasks are divided equally among the inhabitants, but completely new problems and injustices arise that are ignored by most people who assume that they settled in the most just and equal of all worlds. The lesson that emerges through the pages is that the revolution is never achieved, can never be achieved, because it is a devotion to process, an invitation to never settle, to stay engaged, to change (to not stay the same).3

Similarly, in ‘Emergent Strategy’, adrienne maree brown speaks of the necessity to accustom ourselves to change, to recognize our own ability to change, to be adaptable and flexible, learning through experimentation and accepting uncertainty.4 Web-building, figuring out ways to navigate the world we live in, is a process of experimentation, every account of the web is a snapshot, a moment frozen in time, while the web is already on the verge of becoming something else.

1 Butler, Octavia E. The Parable of the Sower. Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
3 Haraway, Donna. Staying with the Troubles: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Duke University Press, 2016.
4 Le Guin, Ursula. The Dispossessed. Harper Voyager, 1974.
4 brown, adrienne maree. Emergent Strategy. AK Press, 2017.