Indae Hwang




Monash University, Australia



Digital Media Aesthetics and Materiality - presented with Joel Collins & Daragh O'Brien


While it was once useful to view the virtual world as a space parallel to the 'real', over the past decade there has been a significant shift away from the virtuality of the 1990s to the manifestation, integration, and augmentation of data into physical objects and spaces. Digital spaces are today assimilated into everyday experiences. In urban environments, digital display systems often displace or augment print media, establishing a common experience of digital media as screen-based, high-resolution, information-oriented, and requiring active engagement.
In this paper we explore two alternate approaches to materiality in digital media. The first discusses the N2 Education Space project, an experimental teaching space in the Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Australia. Based on the idea of a transaction between occupants and media, LED modules and audio sensors were integrated into the space and generate complex patterns of light and colour on the surface of a suspended and articulated screen in response to students' social activity. The second discusses MODO II, an interactive installation exhibited in the Faculty Gallery, Monash University, exploring the representation and aesthetics of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. In this experimental project, the unique ID number sets of RFID technologies are used to generate an interactive sculpture responsive to a group of participants.
Through these projects the interchangeable concept of media as material/material as media is explored, thereby outlining strategies for designing ambient and direct forms of interaction in urban environments.


Thursday 29 September


11:00am - 12.30pm






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