OCAC will be welcoming Julie Beeler and Brad Johnson of Second Story for today’s Monday Visiting Artist Lecture in the Centrum Studio at 12:45. Second Story’s studio is located in the historic Mississippi neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Since 1994, they have been committed to examining the way people interact with various media and the way technology can inform the way people learn: Their “knowledgeable teams blend new technologies, compelling design, and proven storytelling techniques to bring information intuitively to people’s fingertips within elegant interfaces.” (from here). Check out their website! They have an extensive and inspiring portfolio of projects that provide a better sense of what they’re up to (plus they’re awesome!): http://secondstory.com/portfolio
For the library pick this week, we selected Art, Technology, Consciousness : mind@large because many of the essays included in the book are related to many of the same interests shared by the work of Second Story. A few of the essays that are especially intriguing with respect to how interactive media and spaces can inform narrative and conceptions of consciousness (or vice versa) include:
- “Making Emotional Spaces in the Secret Project: building emotional interactive spaces” by Richard Povall.
- “Interactive Media and the Construction of Dramatic Narrative: becoming and identity in contemporary American drama” by Rhona Justice-Malloy.
- “Edge-Life: technoetic structures and moist media” by Roy Ascott.
- “Towards a Third Culture | Being in Between” by Victoria Vesna.
- “The Posthuman Conception of Consciousness: a 10-point guide” by Robert Pepperell
- “The Spectator Project: a multi-user narrative in ‘Mediaspace’” by Mike Phillips [et al.].
- “Places of mind: implications of narrative space for the architecture of information environments” by Peter Anders.
These, of course, are only a sampling of what the book has to offer. The articles were presented at the Third International CAiiA-STAR Research Conference at the University of Wales College. The work of CAiiA-STAR “embodies artistic and theoretical research in new media and telematics, including aspects of artificial life, telepresence, immersive VR, robotics, technoetics, non linear narrative, ubiquitous computing, performance, computer music, and intelligent architecture, involving a wide range of technological systems, interfaces, and material structures” (1). More information about the work of CAiiA-STAR can be found here (under its new moniker, Planetary Collegium).