Just to say the real world caught up with me this week and made its demands to my attention , energy and time and then coming back to the MOOC I found myself disorientated by the proliferation of stuff and files and directions that had happened in the meantime.
I worry over quality of my response as the MOOC is restricted to the tired, late night , squeezed in between pockets of time. I wish I could do all of this more justice.
The links prompted by the film clip are below. My initial response was the sterility of the environment portrayed. Where was the creative play of the tangible world? The tactile handling of ideas, materials. Messy creativity, happy accident of exploration and discovery. The glass company promo portrays the perfect family , the well behaved attentive class, all pupils learning at the same pace in the same way ( how unlike the MOOC learning environment; asynchronous, periodic, explorative, testing learning curve – I know which I prefer) housed in the controlled building environment.
As in ‘A day made of Glass 2’, the expanded explained version, many of the technologies are with us already, they have a familiarity to them as we are in the evolving future that we already see. Huge steps in design and technologies are potentially close as demonstrated with the research into Graphene; (University of Manchester) the material that will herald design and technological break through that were previously not possible. transparent, superconductive, thinnest material and new. It may be the beginning of a new industrial, design, environmental and material based revolution?
34 years ago Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) scanning was just entering the medical field when I was a Radiography student; it was the newest imaging technology at that time. Augmented Reality is currently harnessed by car designers to guide engineers, Intelligent buildings are monitored and controlled to balance the working environment and energy saving. back in the 90’s there was an ‘art’ exhibition touring the UK called ‘Serious Games’ with interactive table tops and Virtual Reality Immersive environments. Where by wearing a jacket and a viewing helmet your breath could manouveur you through a virtual environment rather like a diver. The environment had matrices, branches, layers. The viewers not in the virtual reality could see where you were navigating to as you choreographed your journey throughout this fantasy world.
Undertaking this MOOC on Digital Culture is certainly making me look back to where my influences have come from so that I can understand why I am undertaking this course. My experiences and a pathway of digital developments has led me here to this point.
We are in the future that we were looking at back then.
On the flip side; from the perspective of being a visual creative who loves having a hands on grasp of the landscape. I return to the sterility of the glass and digitally cocooned family. I worry about maintaining a barrier, creating a natural immunity to bugs, dirt, mess, virus and decay. There is a degree of vulnerability about the isolated family (isolated from the rest of the world, yet so connected). The glass had became a barrier to the real world.
The glass panels become the testtube, the observation screen, the containment chamber. We are back in the prison cells of the panopticon described by Jeremy Bentham 1787
IDEA OF A NEW PRINCIPLE OF CONSTRUCTION
ANY SORT OF ESTABLISHMENT, IN WHICH PERSONS OF
ANY DESCRIPTION ARE TO BE KEPT UNDER INSPECTION;
AND IN PARTICULAR TO
PRISONS, HOUSES OF INDUSTRY, WORK-HOUSES, POOR-HOUSES, LAZARETTOS, MANUFACTORIES, HOSPITALS, MAD-HOUSES, AND SCHOOLS:
A PLAN OF MANAGEMENT
ADAPTED TO THE PRINCIPLE:
IN A SERIES OF LETTERS,
WRITTEN IN THE YEAR 1787, FROM CRECHEFF IN WHITE
RUSSIA. TO A FRIEND IN ENGLAND
BY JEREMY BENTHAM,
OF LINCOLN’S INN, ESQUIRE.