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POETIC DECONSTRUCTION OF THE INTERFACE // 3 WKSP ON CRITICAL INTERFACE POLITICS HANGAR [BARCELONA] // FEBRUARY - MARCH 2016
POETIC DECONSTRUCTION OF THE INTERFACE lead by artist Joana Moll, seeks to critically reveal, analyze and connect the complex network of agents that converge on the configuration of the Interface. This workshop has been organized by HANGAR as a pre-event to The Interface Politics Conference 2016. During a 3 weekend-long workshop we have revealed, deconstructed and re-articulated the material and immaterial elements that construct the Interface in order to reflect on its role and influence within the social, political, economic, cultural and emotional spheres of the networked society. Therefore, the main goal of this workshop is to stimulate and re-appropriate subjectivity, an essential process in the generation of critical thought about the true nature of technology, and in the imagination of alternative techno-paradigms which may coherently respond to our environmental and human conditions.
This event is part of the European Consortium IMAGIT and fits in with the research and actions developed at the Interface Manifesto.
THE WORKSHOP IS DIVIDED INTO THREE INTERCONNECTED SUB-WORKSHOPS // #1 REVEAL // #2 DECONSTRUCT // #3 RE-ARTICULATE //
#1 REVEAL [ the physical layer of the Interface ]
MAIN TOPICS COVERED IN THIS WORKSHOP: #Internet Physicality; #Geopolitics of the Internet; #Internet Backbone Providers (NSP); #Internet Service Providers (ISP); #Communication technologies & CO2 emissions; #Online Tracking; #Data Brokers; #Cookies; #Data Privacy #TOR
During a 12h WKSP, divided into two sessions, we created a map where we captured some of the "invisible" events that happen when we access any website from our browser. This map mainly included the physical journey of the information through land and submarine cables, the different stakeholders (companies and countries) who have access to our data (ISP, Backbone providers, Third party trackers, Cookies, and so on) and its impact on the environment (CO2 emissions).
_Explaining the logic followed by PageRank, an algorithm used by Google Search to rank websites in their search engine results.
MAIN TOPICS COVERED IN THIS WORKSHOP: #Interface Governance; #Critical Engineering; #Quantification; #Lists; #Databases; #Front End; #Back End; #UX Design #Corporate Design; #Community Design; #Hacktivism
In this 12h weekend WKSP, we analyzed the methods, processes and structures by which unquantifiable information such as language, human communication and cognition become quantified and commodified. We discussed the role that User Interface design has in this process, and we developed and tested experimental methodologies that helped us to reflect on our individual and collective needs, interests and values, and articulate them within the Interface design.
_Tracking individual interaction.
_Facebook through Google User Interface Design.
_Google.com Trackers behind Google User Interface Design.