How can artists, developers, and designers intervene critically with today’s behavioural paradigms and ‘nudging’ in an aesthetic register?
Date: 16 May
Time: 10.00 – 18.00 hrs
This presentation provides an overview of commercial interface design strategies as cultural techniques of cognitive capitalism. In doing so, Dieter theorizes these approaches as carefully managed paths into the paternal libertarianism of Silicon Valley business models. Given this situation, what possibilities exist for distorting, introducing slack or otherwise diverting our seemingly inevitable user journeys into the walled gardens of commercial software platforms? How can more profane interfaces be developed for institutions and subjectivities beyond our current networked post-liberal impasse?
Michael Dieter holds a PhD in Culture and Communication from the University of Melbourne on media arts criticism. His current research focuses on publishing practices after digitisation, cultural techniques in interface and user-experience design, and genealogies of media at the intersection of aesthetic and political thought. He currently holds the position of assistant professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick.