[-empyre-] July on empyre: Screens

Simone Arcagni simonearcagni at gmail.com
Mon Jul 9 22:36:04 EST 2012

Very interesting!
In my opinion another interesting trend is what I call the second step  
of portable media: from portable to wearable. Wearable computing but  
also wearable screens like the Google project, glasses to be connected  
with the augmented reality. Screens disappear as a external device and  
becomes definitively an extension of our senses (following the McLuhan  
"intuition"). Another interesting case are the Innovega iOptik lens  
(here you can find the presentation at CES: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bMd1kqKlN0) 
The wearable screens open to a new dimension of communication  
experience, really immersive and aptic more than optic (according to  
Giuliana Bruno). The next step should be the biological computers or  
the neuronal devices (many IT labs are working on that). The problem  
is: is this an utopian or dystopian vision?
About our topic... sure! and Simon told in the very beginning of this  
discussion: we are talking about the disappearing of screens (... as  
we know them)...


Il giorno 09/lug/12, alle ore 12:39, Simon Biggs ha scritto:

> Thanks Simone
> I'd like to add to Simone's list of screen-forms that of the  
> chemically active screen. When working at Cambridge, during the  
> previous decade, we worked with new screen-like media known as  
> liquid crystal elastomeric polymers. These are polymer membranes  
> that include in their composition liquid crystals. Depending on how  
> they are chemically programmed the crystals can react to different  
> stimuli (heat, light, pressure, etc) in different ways (change  
> colour, transparency, refractivity, shape, etc). Experiments are  
> also taking place with similar elastomers using carbon nano-tubes,  
> that have similar polarising properties to liquid crystals. OLED's  
> are a related technology. What excited me about these sorts of  
> screens was that you no longer needed to have a screen driven by  
> another device. The state of the screen (and its many components)  
> was a function of its internal structure and its environmental  
> context. As such, the screen was a chemical computer - it computed  
> its own state, depending on its interactions. These screens remain  
> laboratory experiments but once some technical issues (with cost,  
> chemical and mechanical stability and health and safety) are  
> resolved we can expect them to be commercialised. There is real  
> potential for such technology to add another dimension to how  
> screens occupy and mediate our environment, offering us screens  
> where agency is materially integral - in so far as any agency can be  
> integral.
> best
> Simon
> On 9 Jul 2012, at 11:08, Simone Arcagni wrote:
>> Thank you Simon,
>> I am following this very interesting discussion and I am very happy  
>> to partecipate...
>> I would like to present the most important topics of my research.
>> The "core" topic is urban screen. Urban screen means (1) big public  
>> screen, (2) media architecture and media facade and (3) portable  
>> device.
>> I study tecnhologies and experience, public space and interaction,  
>> new media, ICT and the contemporary concept (and vision) of the city.
>> Contemporary urban space is no longer an “informational city”, a  
>> place where flows and devices are located, it is also a space that  
>> embeds computers and informational flows. Mitchell, Sassen,  
>> Catsells and Harvey describe the “informational city” as a place  
>> where comunication in real and virtual space coexist. Now something  
>> different is happening.
>> Last week Martin Rieser wrote:
>> Given the growth of mobile and pervasive media forms, all dependent  
>> to some degree on screens, this changed condition really forms a  
>> new paradigm, variously described by  researchers who now tend to  
>> regard the screen as a window into an extended  “Hertzian” space,   
>> ‘hybrid space’, ‘augmented reality’, ‘mixed reality’, ‘pervasive  
>> space’; or from the user behaviour end as forming   
>> ‘trajectories’ (Benford) , and even as ‘sculpture’ ( Calderwood) .
>> Objects, architecture, comunication, devices and virtual space are  
>> hybrydizing . An in-depth hybrid city, with a new digital DNA (the  
>> definitions I’m using are those that Lev Manovich used to describe  
>> the new post-media or macro-media system and the augmented space)
>> This vision goes beyond even the “media city” or the city as medium  
>> Kittler envisioned. More than a place where media combine and  
>> coexist, it is instead a post-medial augmented macro-medium.
>> Mark Shepard calls this in depth hybrid city, “computer city”. A  
>> city charachterized by “computerization of all things”. And, in  
>> particular, characterized by 2 technologies: Ubiquitous computing  
>> and Locative media
>> The city that Mark Shepard also calls “Sentient City”. In Shepard’s  
>> words...
>> Today, as computing leaves the desktop and spills out onto the  
>> sidewalks, streets and public spaces of the city, we increasingly  
>> find information processing capacity embedded within and  
>> distributed throughout the material fabric of everyday urban space
>> He then goes on to say...
>> Ubiquitous computing evengelists,   herald a coming age of urban  
>> infrastructures capable of sensing and responding to these events  
>> and activities transpiring within the city
>> Internet of things is the system and Augmented Reality is the  
>> technology... and the question is: what technologies are  
>> charachteristic of this new augmented space?
>> 1-Sensors (Simon Biggs wrote: “Kinect literally works like that,  
>> turning everything into a screen” and we can also think about the  
>> large use of microsoft Kinect for new screens like the Ubi’s 3d  
>> screen)
>> 2-Microchips (toward the computerization of all things and Internet  
>> of Things)
>> 3-New connections (with the development of RFID and WIFI, but also  
>> the low-fi digital radio waves)
>> 4-Clouding computing
>> 5-Geolocalization (with the development of GPS systems and Location- 
>> based Services - LBS)
>> 6-New screens
>> New screens are computer screens... we are definitively in a  
>> postmedial era (someone cited Rosalind Krauss) so they are windows,  
>> mirrors and cameras, tv and computer screens... interfaces, doors  
>> for a space of comunication where – according to Bruce Sterling –  
>> objects and people are “intermediate”. Doors for communication,  
>> information, advertisement, entertainment...
>> These screens are interactive and connected, they are interfaces of  
>> a new augmented communication that is a new expanded urban space  
>> that I call “Citynet”.
>> They embeds tv broadcasting, cinema projection, computer  
>> trasmission. They are the result of what Bolter and Grusin  
>> (developping a McLuhan theory) call “Remediation” and what  
>> Francesco Casetti calls “Re-location” and the raise of convergent  
>> screens)...
>> Analyzing new screens means describe and understand the new  
>> technological horizon, the new dimension of the communication (in  
>> my opinion the most important contribute is the study about the  
>> Internet and complexity by Albert-Lászlo Barabási), the new users  
>> experiences.
>> Watching the promo movie by Cornig "A Day Made of Glass" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38 
>> ) we can observe 4 interesting trends:
>> 1-Glass
>> glass is the most interesting of the emergent materials (for examle  
>> in Samsung’s Smart Windows or Zuniga’s Augmented Reality Shop  
>> Windows)
>> Glass means transparency and being able to definitively embed  
>> screens in architectural structures and everyday objects (the  
>> camouflage), trasforming mirrors, walls, windows, desktops (at  
>> home, in the office, in public spaces) into screens
>> 2-Holographic images (Simon cited)
>> The second trend is the development of images toward 3D  
>> holographic, solid, images (for example Holorad and its holographic  
>> device)
>> 3-Touch screens
>> Touch screens provide interactivity (whether the glass is actually  
>> touched, the screen is activated by the movement captured by sensors)
>> 4-Connected and geolacalized screens
>> In my opinion these trends are drawning a new screens dimension  
>> (screens without frames, screens without media, micro screens,  
>> elastic screens, everyhere screens...) and are driving the screens  
>> beyond the screens, toward the end of the screens...
>> ... to be continued...
>> Il giorno 09/lug/12, alle ore 11:08, Simon Biggs ha scritto:
>>> The second week of our discussion on screens begins. I would like  
>>> to thank our invited discussants Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli and Martin  
>>> Rieser, and the many other contributors, who have kicked the week  
>>> off in such dynamic style. I hope that Martin, Kriss and everyone  
>>> else who has been involved sustain their engagement with a debate  
>>> that has been wide and vigorous, involving discussants and many  
>>> list members, even the occasional lurker - which is gratifying.  
>>> There has been considerable attention paid to how the screen can  
>>> be defined, both medially and socially. The material and  
>>> immaterial nature of screens and just what elements of the  
>>> apparatus should be considered within the scope of the definition  
>>> of the screen and what shouldn't were recurrent themes. The  
>>> initial introduction proposed that our historical understanding of  
>>> the screen is not adequate for dealing with what, in a time of  
>>> post-convergent and ubiquitous interactive technology, the screen  
>>> has become. The affect of this upon us, who can be considered as  
>>> both makers and occupants of what can appear to be spectacle and  
>>> dispositif, remains to be addressed.
>>> We would like to welcome this weeks invited discussants. They are:
>>> Simone Arcagni, Turin; University of Palermo; NABA, Milan, Italy.
>>> Simone is a researcher in Cinema at the University of Palermo and  
>>> teaches “Postcinema” at NABA in Milan. He collaborates with  
>>> "Nòva", “Bravacasa”, “Close-up”, “Oxygen”, “Segnocinema”, “Tutto   
>>> Digitale". He maintains the blog Postcinema (http://simonearcagni.nova100.ilsole24ore.com 
>>> ), advises the publishing house Kaplan and collaborates with the  
>>> Share Festival, Turin. He has written for “Bianco & Nero”,  
>>> “Imago”, “Fata Morgana”, “I Quaderni del CSCI”, and has written  
>>> and edited various books including: Music Video (with Alessandro  
>>> Amaducci); Oltre il cinema – Metropoli e media; Simone Arcagni,  
>>> Giovanni Spagnoletti (edited by) Dal Postmoderno al post-cinema  
>>> and Cinema e web.
>>> Charlie Gere, Lancaster University Institute of Contemporary Arts,  
>>> UK.
>>> Charlie Gere is Professor of Media Theory and History in the  
>>> Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University.  
>>> He is the author of Digital Culture (Reaktion Books, 2002), Art,  
>>> Time and Technology (Berg, 2006), Non-relational Aesthetics (with  
>>> Michael Corris, Artwords, 2009), and co-editor of White Heat Cold  
>>> Technology (MIT Press, 2009), and Art Practice in a Digital  
>>> Culture (Ashgate, 2010), as well as many papers on questions of  
>>> technology, media and art. In 2007 he co-curated Feedback, a major  
>>> exhibition on art responsive to instructions, input, or its  
>>> environment, in Gijon, Northern Spain. He is co-curator of  
>>> FutureEverybody, the 2012 FutureEverything exhibition, in  
>>> Manchester. His new book, Community without Community in Digital  
>>> Culture (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), will be out later this year.
>>> Simon Biggs
>>> simon at littlepig.org.uk http://www.littlepig.org.uk/ @SimonBiggsUK  
>>> skype: simonbiggsuk
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