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The interface at the skin

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  • Digital Design
  • Department of Aesthetic Studies
  • Digital Aesthetics Research Centre
  • Center for Digital Urban Living
In the development of and discourses around interfaces there has always been a strong urge to bypass representation and ‘jack’ directly in to the human brain, consciousness, perceptions and feelings. In her article ”The interface at the skin” Lone Koefoed Hansen looks at how two contemporary experimental dresses made by Philips within the field of wearable computing subscribe to the concept of ‘ideal communication’. In her article, she explains how this particular type of communication is linked to the paranormal phenomena of mind reading and telepathy, and argues that sensor-based wearable computing is the newest example of a technological development implicitly or explicitly aiming at manifesting two utopian parameters of communication: immediacy and instantaneity. Though utopian, this manifestation has served as a way to brand Philips “as a highly innovative and remarkable company”.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterface Criticism : Aesthetics beyond the buttons
EditorsChristian Ulrik Andersen, Søren Bro Pold
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherAarhus Universitetsforlag
Publication year2011
ISBN (print)978-87-7934-504-1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
SeriesActa Jutlandica
SeriesHumanities Series

    Research areas

  • interface, interface culture, embodiment, design artifacts

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