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This webpage documents the process behind my senior project:
a series of speculative experiments investigating our digital culture
My exploration began with researching broadly about media, technology, and memory and how these might be in conversation with each other. There were six primary text resources that spoke about the nature of media, how it shapes our worlds, and its connection to spirituality:
Marshall McLuhan, Medium is the Massage
Paul Frosh, Poetics of Digital Media
Middleton and Brown, Social Psychology
Neil Postman, Conscientious Objections
Erik Davis, Techgnosis
Charles Henderson, ‘The Internet as a
Metaphor for God?’
An exploration of browser history that is critical of our current relationship with digital technologies by translating the unfiltered&digital self into analog forms.
Without a physical way to record the many “worlds” we inhabit through “worlding”, we compromise our ability to remember much at all : skimming on the surfaces of everything. What if you could review the digital model of your mind on any given date ?
I collected the source codes from all the websites I visited in one week and made a small library, one book compromising a day’s worth of media consumption.
When people held the pocket-size books in their hands, they responded to the tension of a new technological language expressed in the traditional form of print. The boundless worlds held within the source codes became textures on a page, and they “became poetry”
How do our patterns of media consumption affect our sense of identity and relationship to others, ourselves, the world ?
Would a physical and personal archive of our media consumption history affect our relationship with the content we consume ?
An exploration of personal consumption/expression, human-computer interaction, and self in digital and physical space
The motivation was to understand the blurred line between creating&consuming, digital&physical self that happens through immersion by experimenting with a mix of analog and digital interfaces to “remediate” human-computer interaction.
Creating&Consuming - HCI input/output -
what we take in - video, image, text, sound vs.
what we put out - type / write / post
Digital&Physical Self - the person irl is met with a live webcam recording of themselves, and is read a narration of their “worlds”. The subconscious and prolonged
face-before-screen becomes apparent
Remediatization - the instructions that prompted action lived in different planes of reality to create a transmediated experience and emphasize consumption through an unfamiliar sensory input, auditory
The visceral emotions were a result of an “unnatural” interaction not directly caused by the content of the media itself, but by the discordant interaction created by reappropriating familiar devices, conflicting interfaces, subconscious behaviors, and an unfamiliar sensory input.
To create a designed object or experience that invites us to think critically about our relationships with our devices and the internet by making an analogy to organized religion
If you use a digital technology for a certain amount of time, can you go to “digital heaven”?
Can you achieve different “levels” of salvation / being remembered?
As the world becomes more digital:If you “confess” more to the internet/”pay” more attention (attention as currency), will you be saved ?
If the Internet was a religion, who would be allowed in it?
What is digital salvation and piety in the digital realm?
Is your religion what you make of the Internet? WIll this form of religion be hyperpersonalized?
o.r.b., or Online Roaming Bodies, is the cybernetic-psuedo-spiritual religious organization of the future driven by personal data collection. Like every religion, there are terms to agree to, rituals and rules to abide to, and digital salvation can be achieved - through total abdication or your data.
A member of o.r.b. performs an everyday ritual in which they export their data through fingerprint in exchange for a code that represents their digital existence and identity. With this code, they can achieve digital eternity so long as they follow other terms and conditions set by o.r.b.
/ to use language of a routine in market economy to highlight the transactional nature of our lives on large
for-profit platforms that promise “connection” /
o.r.b.dream.machine is a Chrome Extension created and offered by o.r.b. that capitalizes on the underused sense of hearing to exploit those drawn to the internet for its cybernetic omnipotence