Situated Design: A Space for Interaction and “Reading"
Reading is becoming a more diverse activity. While the act of reading engages a reader through intense interiorization and reflection, reading is also placed within more exteriorized social contexts through ubiquitous computing, networking, and densely designed public spaces (download pdf)...
The Borderline Projects: art-making as a mirror in global redistribution
What is the nature of politically engaged art-practice in light of the shifting contexts of highly mobile global audiences? How does the issue of translation become a strategy in building awareness across languages? What is the position of being between cultures, of communities on a border, or of crossing a border and living within a larger culture which projects its own stereotypes and assumptions about the minority community? Migration based on economic and political pressure is a huge and pervasive trend that is shaping global culture. These questions are the broad basis for the development of a series of linked projects called the Borderline Series, which focuses on contemporary migrations between Latin and North America.
Unfolding the surface of information
Electronic interactive information raises many new questions regarding the nature of design. Can the speed and ubiquity of 'new' information, broadly construed, be understood through older theories of communication- or is there a threshold that we begin to cross where immediate distribution through electronic networks and user interaction contradicts many older definitions of information design?
There is a crisis in our understanding. The older models and applied theories of maker and audience seem insufficient within this environment, yet, what new theories are provided seem to be placed within a hypothetical future that seems disconnected to the present. To examine the present is extremely difficult.
Interactive design and the starving audience
Interactivity combines time-based media with traditional literacy. Cognitive psychologists have suggested that memory is encoded very differently based on "episodic or semantic" categories. These categories appear oppositional especially regarding the vulnerability and authenticity of information based on personal perception versus authoritative source. Defining and expanding overlaps may help in determining function on the most basic level of interactive design. This paper defines and expands terms to include how perceptual information may integrate more meaningfully in our use of traditional writing, through alternative structures or "schema" of "new" information especially regarding navigation, and interface metaphor.
Towards a surface of information
It is no surprise that an orthodoxy of politically and socially conservative theories is quickly being promoted for digital media. The digital environment has become the talisman for economic and professional groups that are terrified of the continuing changes that effect them in the evolving global economy of information. Information designers are professionally and economically within this social context. There is a rush to create new theories (or apply old ones) regarding human cognition, factors testing, and other kinds of searches for 'hard data' that will help in arbitrating the new information environment as it continues to expand. Yet as we attempt to generalize new theories of communication from what are basically limited experiments or
One place after another
One Place After Another: Site Specific Art and Locational Identity charts the development of site-specific art making from the 60's to the present. The task that Miwon Kwon has taken on is not a survey or complete history for site-specific art. Rather, she has selected practitioners that let her illustrate a kind of evolving critical viewpoint for herself. Kwon connects this recent history to a larger context for, and a yearning to discover, site-specificity now. She develops a historical perspective in which she feels free to move back and forth for the sake of instructive comparisons, and we benefit from her approach. The final "site" or frame for art reception and dissemination in this appraisal is no less than the artist-producer and the sometimes
Is there a question here?...
Many theorists vie for the supposed key to understanding "new media,” and most are to be found outside of graphic design. Not surprisingly, each author speaks from his or her own disciplinary bias. Critical writing either becomes reductive and ideologically trapped within that bias, or so personalized that the ideas are hard to interrogate. Writers run the gamut, from generalized theories (Bolter and “remediation”), to historical precedent (Manovich) to politics of identity (Haraway).