• The technological invisible — image making and dynamics of power

Hernan, Luis and Ramirez-Figueroa, Carolina, 2018, Conference or Workshop, The technological invisible — image making and dynamics of power at 5th Biennial Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference 2018, Edinburgh, UK, 18-20 Apr 2018.

Abstract or Description:

In this paper we explore the dynamics of power involved in the representation of digital devices. We reflect on a series of images produced by Amazon and Apple and suggest that their role as instruments of power is not defined by the companies’ financial might. We argue that these images are bound in a matrix, the locus of which resides in the representation of the technological invisible, elements of technology that are supra-sensible such as software, data, and wireless infrastructure. We use a research through design approach to analyse how representing invisible aspects of technology involves a series of decisions, through which agendas are embedded to influence the way we imagine the technology to operate and integrate in daily lives. We suggest that these dynamics are not the preserve of traditionally powerful actors, but that can be used by designers to reimagine technology.

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.6104708.v1
Subjects: Other > Technologies > J900 Others in Technology
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Creative Arts and Design > W600 Cinematics and Photography
Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
School or Centre: Research & Innovation
School of Design
School of Arts & Humanities
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.6104708
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2019 17:08
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2019 22:24
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3856
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