Thoughts on: Computer as Intimate Object, and a Discussion on Data Smog

“Mac users can testify […] there is no other object or person I have spend as much time with.” [Shenk, 1997: 70]

Immediacy and intimacy exists both with and through interfaces. Their surface, an area of encounter which not only acts as a through-point to access other people or locations, but is itself an object of encounter, which may contain synthetic or representational imagery, so may appear as a transparent window, but the opacity of the interface is never totally subverted. For example, a Tablet Computer is not a synthetic object, or just a window, but a tactile piece of hardware that operates under the dual function of access and through point, one which is both optic and haptic. With the interactions of the touch-sensative interface allowing the user to suspend their disbelief at the presence of the tablet in order to interact with digital material in a seemingly naturalistic series of highly social-encodic hand-gestures. Like any other screen, it contains and presents optic objects, but is itself haptic.

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“Instead of spending time using my tools, I am forced to waste time organising them and combing through them.”

Shenk, David (1997) Data Smog. Harper Collins, Abacus. Great Britain: 47

Weekly Summary – 6.10.14 – 12.10.14

Cardboard Cutout Gallery Audience with Photographed Mirror

As my current practices involves dealing with the social aspects of modern technology, making videos, taking photographs, and sometimes engaging in performative works, but I wish to develop ideas and methods of display that will directly involve the audience’s involvement in the exhibiting of a piece, so that each interaction offers a unique experience.
So for the immediate future I wish to focus on producing works that are intrinsically related, and therefore completed through their display, rather than existing excursively in a static, digital environment being viewed passively. I want to make participating in my work desirable, interesting, and compulsive, echoing the sense of the growing constance of digital technologies in everyday interactions, as well as the electronic apartheid of non-interaction and immediacy through direct action.

After a 2.5 hour group tutorial with Victoria, and a 1-on-1 tutorial with Mark, and an influx in group discussion with peers, I have ascertained a greater level of clarity this week for my direction than I managed over much of the summer.

I also managed to get 99 people to sign up to the Drawing Society at the Societies Fair, wrote a vaguely linear plan for my dissertation and received my fake grass sample in the post. I shall hopefully experimenting with display throughout next week.

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War, War Never Changes: Pt. 3

Pt. 1  / Pt. 2 / Pt. 3

Propaganda According to Flickr. [Fig 1]

“Central to modern expectations, and modern ethical feeling, is the conviction that war is an aberration, if an unstoppable one. That peace is the norm, if an unattainable one. This, of course, is not the war has been regarded throughout history. War has been the norm and peace the exception.” [Sontag, 2003: 66]

As a continuation from the previous two texts, especially expanding the points raised in the second, in a more critical dialogue using academic and journalistic sources. In the following text I will be discussing the meaning of ‘Post-War’, Propaganda, and Photography, along with Instantaneity, Horror and Collateral. In this examination on the multi-media war, there is no definite argument throughout the text, rather a series of points being discussed, with some examples regarding conflicts from the 20th century, current affairs, and their relationship to the media; continuing from a previous text on related matters, and the interrelation of representations of contemporary conflict; war as a multi-media subject, and post-war as a post-media product.

“War is peace.” [Orwell, 1949: 27]

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War, War Never Changes: Pt. 2

Pt. 1  / Pt. 2 / Pt. 3


Post-War According to Google Images [Fig 1]


In the second part of this discussion on War, I will be setting out some areas of discussion, revolving around ‘Post-War’ and current conflict issues, discussed in brief here, with further examples in the third and final section of these texts. Post-war may be considered the post-media continuation of war as a multi-media subject; exemplifying the problems of multi-faceted media objects, although here the emphasis is on the political environment in which war is exhibited, rather than a media analysis.

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War, War Never Changes: Pt. 1

Pt. 1  / Pt. 2 / Pt. 3

War According to Getty Images [Fig 1]


Recently, I have been finding a number of parallels between the themes in various media I have been interacting with and consuming. These include: reading ideas discussed in Noam Chomsky’s Media Control, Paul Virilio and Sylvère Lotringer’s Pure War, along side hearing the news of the Russia-Ukraine-Crimea and Israel-Palestine/Gaza conflicts, coupled with the Scottish Independence referendum being reported through radio, television, online and printed media (primarily being experienced through reading The Guardian and The Independent newspapers, both in print and online, as well as hearing the conflict being reported through BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, with some information coming through the BBC Television news and social media) and to a lesser extend the civil disputes currently happening in the Ferguson region of the USA; especially via Tumblr.

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