The Interface: the Tent Metaphor May 23, 2006

Notes compiled by SM from brainstorm 23 May 2006

Interface concept- South shelter roof space

The South shelter roof structure with its series of nodes and network
of linking struts serves as a good metaphor for the concept of
remediated places.

It serves to remind us of:

* how our Catal nodes (e.g. BACH, 4040, TP etc) are connected via
paths and walks;

* the integrated nature of the senses, with people (as nodes) and
our senses connecting us or reaching out to our surroundings,
other nodes -be they other people or places;

* the integrated nature of different media (as nodes) and how they
interact in a remediated way (the struts);

* the interconnected, interactive and potentially collaborative
nature of web-based hypertext, wikkis and DVD menus;

* the layering of different concepts or scenarios we are using to
disseminate our ideas about senses of place through an information
layer, a sensory layer, a memories layer and through performance;

* the many different perspectives that are integral to senses of
place and how they can sometimes appear chaotic or disorientating
and at other times highly sturctured and ordered;

* how the interaction of the senses vary with time and place,
phasing in and out of foreground (direct consciousness) and
background (sub-consciousness). This is mirrored in how the roof
space shifts between order and chaos as one engages with it from
different perspectives;

* how shifting between media to substantiate and convey ideas
(remediation) is comparable to the interplay between the senses –
synesthesia;

* how a sense of order and stability can be maintained by something
that we often ignore or take for granted i.e. the senses – in the
South shelter we most often look at the archaeology and ignore or
take for granted the shelter and roof space;

* how senses of place are always contextualised but that the
parameters of any given context are flexible, negotiable and most
critically, networked (with variables that are many and fluid);

* how moving between different spatial and temporal scales are
essential for getting to grips with senses of place, like zooming
in and out with the video camera or zooming in and out of an audio
clip. Comparable with shifting focus from artefact to assemblage,
to immediate context, to excavation area, to mound etc and back
again and from moment of excavation, to analysis, to publication
etc and back again ;

* how interpretations are many and interconnected and can seem to
support each other from certain perspectives and compete from
others; are sometimes stable and stand out, and at other times
become more diffuse, less defined, less easy to pin down;

* that this is a work in progress where process and product are
inter-changeable -if they can ever be dis-entangled.

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~ by chimeraspider on October 29, 2006.

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