To Whom It May Concern:

ANTAGONISM OF THE TEMPLATE AESTHETIC


Mixed Media Installation

Cape Town

11 - 28 November 2010

© Michelle Son (2012)

To Whom It May Concern:an autotext salutation found in Microsoft Wordis an exploration of the template and a metaphor for the user experience within a digital interface. The relationship between the user and the programmer is situated within the confines of a templatised office cubicle in which audience members were invited to explore the features as a sensory experience. In having the freedom to interact with each function, users were encouraged to consciously reflect upon their own relationship to software and the interface, yet in effect, remained locked in to a prescribed form of behaviour. Based on the preset templates of Microsoft Word, users are immersed in a hyperreal workspace where the virtual becomes tactile and the template is embellished.

In virtual reality systems the participant acts on and moves through the environment with a few linear controllers. As the technology evolves, the visual renderings grow increasingly ‘real’ but the relationship between the participant and reality remains simplistic. Our interface with the real world and with other people is complex and highly non-linear and, from a ‘control’ point of view, very ambiguous. (Rokeby, Transforming Mirrors, 1996)


Read the reviews in:

ART SA 2012.pdf


Art South Africa, 21 Dec 2010               


Walyou.com 6 Feb 2011               


Design Indaba, 28 Dec 2010




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