[-empyre-] cultural interfacing

Christina McPhee wrote:

So that you force into a tight juxtaposition the fact based documentary, the Q and A, with a really direct GUI design that probably runs well on 56k. I've always loved the apparent artlessness of your online work, its really flat out, no frills, no bullshit interface. Certainly this interface itself is an expression of the Tijuana Calling theme, because your minimal style is super accessible both artistically and in terms of bandwith...

i'm not sure about the characterization of Ricardo's interface design as being "no frills"... there is certainly a minimalist quality that kind of resembles graphic novels and the like, but i think there's a baroqueness to them that is well beyond the minimum requirements for a usable interface. maybe i'm reading christina's remarks the wrong way, but the "flat out, no bullshit interface" qualification seems misleading maybe. not that the interface is "bullshit" ;) but i certainly wouldn't call it "no bullshit" either, as that seems to suggest a lack of artifice, which i think is really present in Ricardo's work. and by artifice, i don't mean "surface" or "falsity" but certainly aesthetic and narrative.
but, perhaps this is really beside the point, the questions initiating the discussion are the ones that seem more important to focus on...
considering how the net re-enacts geography is an interesting point of departure, especially for projects like inSite and how those projects will be discussed and framed through a channel like empyre.
i attended some of the pre-interventions events for inSite05 last year, and made a small report based on my thoughts on some of these ideas:
just yesterday, i was reading various blogs and on-the-ground accounts from the US gulf coast, and came across a discussion about the alleged killing of 5 contract workers by NOLA police as they crossed a bridge, supposedly carrying weapons for protection. Someone posted this story to an anarchist discussion board, linked to an Australian newspaper site. then someone immediately commented that it was ridiculous to consider a report from an Australian newspaper as accurate, due to its geographic distance from the site in question. Of course, it turns out that the story was from the AP. but the brief exchange pointed out some interesting things in terms of the geographical underpinnings of the network. A friend of mine thinks that we should expect a psychological moving of the border north. i don't know about that, but i'm sure the psychogeography of the US will be impacted by this.

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