After our discussion of definitions last week, we turn to a piece by S
oren Pold from the Interface Criticism collection (Aarhus UP, 2011).
In an earlier publication, Berterlsen and Pold (2004) call for the discipline of HCI to shift expand its beyond efficiency and ergonomics to aesthetics. This collection provides many different answers to that call, from contributors including Matt Fuller (“The Computation of Space” with Dragana Antic), Florian Cramer (“What is Interface Aesthetics?”) , and Erkki Huhtamo (“Monumental Attractions”).
In “The Cybernetic Mentality and its Critics” Pold discusses ubermorgen.com’s work to show the value of artistic intervention for understanding “interface perception”. His key examples are Google Will Eat Itself and the Psych|OS cycle, which in their own ways draw attention to interfaces of search and diagnosis. For Pold, the production of artistic interfaces is best placed to criticize the interfacing of everyday life:
[…] cybernetic criticism must be cybernetic in its form in order to enter into the system, but also an outspoken meta-reflection of the machine in order to avoid merely confirming the order of the system and becoming a speechless part of it […]
In the coming weeks we will look for resources for interface theory outside artistic practice.
We meet in the Pierre Gorman Rm as usual, at 4:30pm.
[PDF] Pold, S. P. (2011). Interface Perception: The Cybernetic Mentality and Its Critics: Ubermorgen.com. In C. U. Andersen & S. B. Pold (Eds.), Interface Criticism: Aesthetics Beyond Buttons (pp. 91-113). Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.