Interface Criticism

Interface Criticism

Aesthetics Beyond the Buttons

eBook - 2011
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This volume of 13 essays critically investigates the connection between artistic practices, aesthetic theory, culture, and computer interface design. They explore a broad notion of interface that refers to not just the user-end of machines, but also the connections between machines as mediators between humans. The book is organized into five sections of two or three essays each bracketed by the editors' introductory essay and a concluding essay about how Web 2.0 strategies and "control of the marketplace of the gaze" affected the 2008 French elections. They go back historically, charting the development of screens and display mechanisms in the public sphere and cybernetic installation-art, through how interfaces influence sense-perception, and behind the concept of the interface to criticize the aestheticization of computational processes with interfaces that disguise them as well-known. Additionally they focus on how interfaces are both mediums and computationally functional in themselves, finally moving the discussion out into society and culture where interfaces mediate public, market and political relations. Color photographs and figures support the text. The contributors are scholars and researchers in media studies from primarily European universities. Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co. (reviewer --use this exact wording & capitalization) Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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From the screen of our laptops, and from the ubiquitous portable devices, smart phones, and media players, to the embedded computation in clothes, architecture and big urban screens, interfaces are everywhere. They are simultaneously demanding our attention and computing quietly in the background, turning action into inter-action, and mediating our experience of and relations to the social and environmental. But how can aesthetics respond to this, and how do interfaces set the scene for artistic practices?

Interface Criticism is not another design manual but a critical investigation for readers interested in the aesthetic, cultural and political dimensions of interfaces. With contributions from leading researchers within the field, the book covers a wide range of aesthetic expressions - including urban screens, wearable interfaces, performances, games, net-art, software art, and sound art, and discusses how new cultures evolve around, for example, open source or live coding.

The volume critically investigates the aesthetics of interfaces in ways that transcend the iconic surface of the graphical user interface and goes beyond the buttons. Ultimately the book develops interface aesthetics as an appropriate paradigm for a critical discussion of the computer.

Publisher: Aarhus [Denmark] : Aarhus University Press, ©2011
ISBN: 9788771242393
Characteristics: 1 online resource (295 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Additional Contributors: Andersen, Christian Ulrik
Pold, Søren


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