Jason Huff

Within endless opportunities, convergence and emergence are a place. We are in that place and are gazing endlessly at its potential.

This place existed before in the corners of our imagination and now has been realized, powered by the engine of the Internet—the engine of never-ending cycles. Its rotations per minute are immeasurable, as it has connected the individual to a networked sub-engine. You upload something, I comment on it, you download it, and I re-upload it. We are there together. We are there alone. “We” becomes singular and “I” becomes plural.

Are We Not Drawn Onward To A New Era

Eva Sutton

I taught the Continuum Studio which was the intro studio for incoming grad students in the fall of the first semester. And it was really interesting designing that because we wanted to create an environment for both people that had a deep technical background, so people coming in with lots of programming experience or engineering experience, and then people who didn’t have a lot of technical experience but had a deep fine arts background, people that were painters but not programmers, for example.

This was the difficulty in teaching that course. We cast our net really widely in terms of admitting people, deliberately so. The quandary was how do you challenge all of these different kinds of students appropriately? And so what we learned early on was that a lot of collaboration was really beneficial for everyone.

Rocio Delaloye

We were connected to each other 24/7, and still so disconnected. The world we shared was silent, two-toned, and drab. Our words were clever and concise, but our real brilliance was still determined by a brightness setting.

Chih Hao Yu

My journey of artistic exploration does not travel the path of physical object making. The resources on this earth are limited. Physical objects are easily seduced into commodification.

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Yu-Cheng Hsu

The field of informational representation most often is associated with the reduction of a complex data source into a concise and factual format.

However, this reductive approach requires that certain aspects of information be left out in the process—namely the experiential and performative aspects of information representation. What I call the “phenomenological potential” in information representation represents a rich area for designers to explore.

Phenomenology is a philosophical discourse concerned with human lived experience derived from one’s subjective perception towards the world. Contrary to Positivism, a philosophy valuing rational and logical reasoning, Phenomenology assumes a humanistic stance to elucidate the human’s existence in the world. It is concerned with lived experience—what happens between things—between lived moments, and what constitutes of this sense of being in the world.

The new continuum of physical and virtual space thus offers a substantial ground for exploring phenomenological research.

Now and There - A Tangible Weather Channel

Lili Maya

Interaction in digital media is often a deterministic process that I try to subvert. I am interested in a more natural form of interaction where ambiguity and unpredictability play active parts.

In fact, I enjoy working with the tension and the ambivalence that accompany most encounters with the unknown because as the threshold of hesitation expands so does the space to imagine and anticipate.

Elisa Giardina Papa

We are becoming increasingly familiar with the logic of the algorithm while searching for content in the Internet, but this does not mean that we are aware of all the calculations that are ordering the results of our queries.

In other words, we are not aware of the power that is exerted through these supposedly random choices. Despite the so-called “user friendly interface,” the logic of the machine is still not accessible to us.

Image as Social Practice

Peter Segerstrom

Galleries are good places to look at things. They have been designed that way. The discourse about the white cube is far-reaching and diverse in its positive and negative readings. My work has an ambiguous relationship to the gallery. The gallery was and is important to the degree that space is important. And space isn’t important anymore. Now we have the internet, ipods and cell phones.

The Street Is A Noisy Place

Eva Sutton

Digital + Media encompasses and encroaches on all other media and thus is always in flux. There was a component to the program that was left undefined deliberately. And I think some people say that it was originally conceived of as a screen-based program. That’s not the case. I don’t think Bill would ever have limited it to that. He was very willing to have it continually be in flux as Digital + Media is. And to constantly reinvent itself and to let the students define what Digital + Media was to them. So there was a very kind of deliberate vagueness, that open-endedness, that he felt was very appropriate for a program in Digital + Media and for a graduate program in general.

Laura Alesci

Please Watch Over Me

March 8 2010_Alesci_TECH_Thesis

I was waiting for you. You were running late. You were out on patrol and just received a call to be on desk duty. I have to be on desk duty tonight.

I head out of my apartment to meet you. I get on the bus and it drops me off in front of the main station. As I am walking in I hear a knock on the window, I turn around to see if it was you. It wasn’t.

I walk into the station and tell the women at the front desk that I was there to meet you. Just wait a moment.

A bulletproof glass panel divides the reception area and the seating area for civilians. After a few minutes of waiting, you notice me and signal me in. The receptionist buzzes me into the restricted area.

You show me where you go to clear your mind.

It’s Quiet Here No One Bothers You Here

The next night I return to the docks on my own. I take an image and plan to give you a print of it the next time we meet.

Once in the main hallway, I wait outside another door. You come open the door for me. We walk into the main headquarters office. It is divided into three separate rooms that open into each other.

The middle room contains two rows of cubicles, each cubicle space has a computer. Glass window panels separate the adjacent rooms on either side. To left is the chief’s office and to the right is the desk duty station along with the reception area.

The reception area is where individual complaints and reports are taken. The receptionist was busy. She was talking to a woman in the waiting area I was in minutes before.

We walk over to the desk that you are assigned to for the night.

The chief needs to speak to me, I will be right back.

It’s a gray office, fully carpeted with blue borders running along the floor. I wait at our desk.

When you return, you tell me about report procedures. Part of desk duty is approving and merging reports. All reports must be reviewed. Once approved the report enters a record system through a process called merging. Once the report is merged with this system it is ready for distribution and available to the public.

I ask if I can approve one. You are not sure at first. After a couple of minutes you let me approve one.

Three other officers walk in. They gather around the desk for a quick talk. One of them speaks to you. Looking to go downtown tonight? I am working out. Have to keep up with the younger guys.

I comment on his jacket, Where did you get that?

He names a place quickly. He tells me how I can get a coat just like it, It looks just like the other coats that are required for all the officers to wear. You know you can even get your numbers sewn in with gold.

 

Please Watch Over Me