Locating Media Lecture Series: Christian Ulrik Andersen, Aarhus »The Metainterface«
Dienstag, 5. Juni 2018, 18-20 Uhr, Raum AH-217/218
This talk will explore the notion of the interface from an analytical and critical perspective. To many people computer interfaces relate to the graphical user interface and carry connotations of user-friendliness and smooth access to functionality. The talk will focus on how the interface has a history of disappearance, but also how it always resurfaces – with an implicit language and grammar that is often reflected in artistic practices around the interface. The talk will ask how the interface functions as a linguistic construct (demanding new theoretical perspectives), and how to consider the role of artistic practices around this. Furthermore, it will examine contemporary developments in the interface, captured in the notion of “The Metainterface” – an interface that not only renders interaction smooth and smart, but also displaces the interface (in “the cloud”, e.g.). It will outline how a new culture industry arises around this displacement, and present artworks that seek to critically explore the realities that the metainterface produces.