"Virtual Realities & the Future of Interaction Design"
The symposium talks a lot of of technology and how to make things, but the focal point is how digital technology changes our own body. So it should be relevant to anybody.
The cavemen paintings are one of the earliest relicts of the use of virtual reality for entertainment and didactical purposes. Since then we have seen a tremendous progress in technologies of making images recordable, processable und computable. We now have personal computers, creating routinely hundreds of millions of pixels per second, always at our service to bring any imaginable image to our eyes. Similarly acoustic waves in the air can be controlled with utmost precision and our ears are now used to hear digitally recorded, processed and computed audio signals in any possible circumstance.
Digital design tools can be used to create sophisticated audiovisual experiences, and we can completely immerse ourselves in different realities. But there is a surprising number of human senses which are still locked out from digital design. Current experiments with olfaction and proprioception may feel like early medieval experiments with perspective or the crude voice synthesis experiments of the 1950ties. But opening up these senses to digital design tools will (again) completely change the way how we feel about technology. We will discuss with transdisciplinary makers giving perspectives on architecture and design, olfactorics, proprioceptics and our construction of form and reality.
The conceptual artist Mark Farid examines the ethics of performing in social situations to help understand the administrated identity of the individual. Currently using technology, Farid aims to boost the comprehension of the power structures that bind together the collective of individuals. For 24 hours a day for 28 days, Mark Farid is planning to wear a VR Headset through which he will experience life through another person’s eyes and ears. Over the course of the project, it will become apparent whether Mark will begin to lose his own sense of self, and start to inhabit the reality of the other person.