Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Time to think about topics for the Society for the study of Social Science (4S): hmmm, I could pursue one of my favorite topics of late which is tracing the politics of technology and performativity of ubiquitous computing. From Laurel to IFTF, the choices of how ubiquitous computing is playing out springs from sociopolitical/cultural directions based on theatrical, performance traditions. Our visions of computing in the future stem from performance traditions developed in business and countercultural American practices inspired by Aristotelian and Boal. More later.

Also Google Project research, games at IFTF possible topics. More later.

Monday, April 17, 2006

My first blog entry here is to share my thoughts on the title. Why Lonny's Informance Theater? Well, an early mentor and colleague of mine who coined the term informance at Interval Research (the Paul Allen new media industry incubator--a forerunner of enterprises to come). Informance was about having interaction designers perform as a piece of theater the interfaces they were creating so as to better understand their potential users and user practices. In my study of the Institute For the Future, I began to see the representations of the future IFTF put together as informances since they are done as a way to apprentice their clients. I'll be using this space as a brainstorming exercise for my research and the personal as it comes my way.

Lonny's Informance Theater