“You cannot not communicate.” — Paul Watzlawik

Discussion: Presence

How can something digital, something distant, something that is generated by zeroes and ones be present?  What might that mean?

Facebook Infographic from Jean-Jacques Parys on Vimeo.

Trillions from MAYAnMAYA on Vimeo.

 

Quite simply, Michael Moschen has revolutionized juggling, refining it into an art and a bit of a science. With a few flying balls and well-chosen props he will completely re-wire your notions of the physically possible.

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Tell me, what genre of tool, or game, or thing, is this?

  1. Please post an entry in your blog: critique someone else’s project from a previous week.
  2. Design: Make a design which utilizes isotope.  It doesn’t need to be functional.
  3. Isotope - make an isotope gallery of your work.  Or other people’s work.
  4. Please note: prepare all your projects for grading, it will be happening sooner than you think – make sure everything is available online.
  5. REMEMBER: No CLASS NEXT WEEK… BUT, you WILL have POSTED HOMEWORK, TUTORIALS and other misery.

The Inner History of Devices

Sherry Turkle – “We love with the objects we think with, we think with the objects we love.”

“Technology in every form raises the question of human purposes and asks what those purposes are, but this only occurs if we come to technology with prepared minds and open hearts.” – Sherry Turkle
http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/634
(start at the 3 minute mark)

Turkle reads snippets from her three books, which, as an ensemble, tell the story of the intellectual and emotional links between objects and ourselves. Technology, she says, serves as a Rorschach for personal, political and social concerns, carrying ideas, expressing individual differences in style. It also “acts as a foil we use to figure out what it means to be human,” crystallizing memory and identity and provoking new thought. For instance, kids have at least seven radically different styles of using Legos, she says, which allow us “to see who the child is.” “For too long we have stressed … that technology has affordances that constrain its use. I take it from the other side: how do different personalities, cognitive styles and desires take a technology and turn it into what that person wants to know and express.”