Research project, ECAL 2017
Teacher(s): Patrick Keller, Christophe Guignard
Inhabiting and Interfacing the Cloud(s)
The design research I&IC (Inhabiting and Interfacing the Cloud(s), explores the creation of counter-proposals to the current expression of “Cloud Computing”, particularly in its forms intended for private individuals and end users (“Personal Cloud”).
I&IC is to offer an alternative point of view, a critical appraisal as well as an “access to tools” about this iconic infrastructure of our modernity and its user interfaces, because to date their implementation has followed a logic chiefly of technical development, mainly governed by corporate interests, and continues therefore to be paradoxically envisioned as a purely functional, centralized setup.
However, the Personal Cloud holds a potential that is largely untapped in terms of design, novel uses and territorial strategies. Through its cross-disciplinary approach that links interaction design, the architectural and territorial dimensions as well as ethnographic studies, our project aims at producing alternative models resulting from a more contemporary approach, notably factoring in the idea of creolization (theorized by E. Glissant).
Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL)
Patrick Keller (professor, project leader)
Christophe Guignard (professor)
Lucien Langton (a
d’Art et de Design - Genève (HEAD-GE)
Nicolas Nova (professor)
Charles Chalas (assistant)
James Auger (Auger – Loizeau)
Dr. Christian Babski (fabric | ch)
Matthew Plummer-Fernandez (#algopop)
From september 2014 to June 2017
Funded by the HES-SO (University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland)
Andrea Branzi, 1969, Research for « No-Stop City »
City subway, somewhere, 2013. Users, participants, content creators, consumers, products, …?
Google Earth, 2014. Facebook data centers, Prineville, Oregon (USA)