structure and questions

A hybrid version between an outline for my thesis and a collection of thoughts and questions in particular is now available as foldable structure (as it came out of FreeMind)


If Spam was Art

comart banner

… we all could sell it and become rich fast. Really? If everyone has a lot of the same, we won’t make much money. In fact, we will have to look out for the real rare and precious gems. A newly founded company, Com+Art Galleries, started idealistic expeditions into this unknown territory.

This presentation (pdf: 1 mb, German only but a lot of pictures) offers some insights into art and into its surrounding businesses.

Drop by often because Com+Art Galleries will go public soon, offering the possiblity to participate in this exciting project to you.


cat food made from protesters?

To everyone who wants to know a little bit more about Russia, its political disposition, and the daily life there, I strongly recommend Ben Bidders Russenblog. He tries to work as a journalist, for sure one of the most exciting and often enough uneasy occupations to find there at the moment. How the press, independent press in particular, and all kinds of critical citzienship is handled by official representatives is a pure scandal.

A link in one of his posts led me to the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, which published some photos (with frightening content). It was not on purpose, most probably, but at the time of my visit (07-05-26) the fotos got accompanied by a large ad, almost the size of the pictures themselves. While this is questionable enough, the picture’s caption establishes another link, describing the scenes as raw violence (“rohe Gewalt”). At least for me, raw is somehow associated with meat (> cat food).

screenshot from Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

That really made me think.


understanding your addressbook

automatic addressbook visualisation

While science did and still does struggle to explain some basic relations in our physical environment, several man-made layers were added on top from global economies over finely balanced political treaties to magic-like technologies.

From an everyday perspective, Quantum Mechanics and Magic are more or less equivalent.

as Terry Pratchett once put it (in an 2002 Interview by Die Zeit). The same holds true for our personal environment, where we clutter our harddisks with images, bookmarks, music — and addressbook entries.


dilemma while getting acquainted

interaction principle for social wearable displays
When we want to get to know another person, we have to share some of our personal or private opinions and feelings. Some people are more afraid of doing so — they are afraid of being vulnerable — and that’s what we refer to as shy, more or less. In a recent discussion about Experience Design, we came across the Social Button again: Primarily it is intended to facilitate exactly these initial steps towards an interpersonal relation. The button reveals matching personal criteria (common friends, e.g.) by displaying some meaningful graphics on the Social Button of the corresponding person. It is not only exposing private data (to certain extent) but uses another person as “billboard” — two factors that might make us feel uneasy in a similiar way than the usual face-to-face situation but initiated by technology.

It seems as we have to trade in control for getting to know others more easily. It was one of our goals to reduce the reasons for these privacy concerns as far as possible by implementing a symbol decoding on a subjective basis.


experience your network

Preparing an interview with Nathan Shedroff (which will be conducted by Jane Pitrowsky) I focused on an emotional aspect of my master project, the creation of feeling at home. According to Shedroff we cannot avoid evoking experiences for the user (as experience is closly linked to perception, e.g.) but it becomes a designer’s responsiblity to take care of the emotional and sensual implications of his creations (Some of his perspectives are difficult to apply to my project because I develop a service rather than a single product).


context in pieces

As it is one of my main intentions to (let the machine) draw evidence about a user’s social network and his individual sympathies from a rather dry collection of hard facts I will have a closer look on the data that can be accessed and collected.


questions not answers

In the course of developing my ideas to present the “Design for Debate” position in a short (30″-60″) movie clip I tried to mix future developments in technology with well-known situations of today. Three very short “glimpses” introduce some hot topics that can be found in current discussions. To raise the level of alert a voiceover will present the scenarios not as if the can possibly happen but as if they become reality inevitably. Each character in the movie — representing the audience — seems to listen to the voiceover and (consequently) has some questions about the presentation. While he starts with “But…” he is left behind by the imaginary presenter who moves on to the next clip.

design for debate - meat
Das Schnitzel der Zukunft wird nicht mehr einer toten Kuh entstammen, sondern direkt als Zellkultur wachsen – ganz nach unseren Vorstellungen!

design for debate - poo
Wir gehen davon aus, dass der Mensch in zukünftigen Energieszenarien auf sich selbst zurückgreift. Als Biogasquelle.

design for debate - bodyfarm
Die Bio- und Medizintechnologie von morgen kann lebensnotwendige Ersatzteile direkt im menschlichen Körper wachsen lassen. Und schafft damit ganz neue Erwerbsmöglichkeiten.


Die Welt von morgen in der Diskussion.
Design for Debate.

The examples illustrating the movies were developed
James King and
Michael Burton at the RCA.
Stelarc gave himself a third ear as an implant in his arm.

[update 070615]

Producing energy from our excrements was regarded as too little provocative — it seems as if it is on the edge of becoming reality already. So, here are two new scenarios as replacements:

scenario for debate: biomaterial
voice-over: “Die Bio- und Medizintechnologie von morgen kann lebensnotwendige Ersatzteile direkt im menschlichen Körper wachsen lassen. Werden Menschen ihren Körper als Bio-Substrat vermieten?”
(to understand the drawings it might be helpful to watch the featured project by michael burton, nanotopia, at the RCA)

scenario for debate: nanobathing
voice-over: “Winzige Nanomaschinen werden in Zukunft unseren Körper viel gründlicher und effizienter reinigen als die Dusche von heute. Nicht nur außen, sondern auch innen.”
(this clip builds on Johanna Sim’s nanocleaner idea)