Ontology of the senses in interface


From 1994 to 1997 I studied at the ACTLab, a small and at-the-time-somewhat-insane speculative research lab headed by Dr. Sandy Stone, within the School of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. I earned my Master’s in 1997 with the thesis Interface; or, the Modern Pygmalion, looking at how computer interfaces are gendered.

senses202Here is a chapter from this thesis that I still find interesting and (mostly) relevant even today; it discusses the ontological meaning of various senses in the computer interface, especially sound and vision: Ontology of the senses in interface.