Bit of a strategic sickie this week for Screen Culture. So unfortunately I missed watching excerpts of the brilliant Dr. Strangelove, as part of the topic of ‘Military History of the Computer Screen’. So instead of doing any of these readings, I took a look at what was on offer for the final essay.
Although tempted by the prospect of commentating on Dr. Strangelove, I decided that I should spend time researching in the direction of most of my other university work – Interactivity.
The two works that have been put forward for the topic of interactivity are VideoPlace (Myron Kreuger, 1979–1985) and Very Nervous System (David Rokeby, 1986–1990). These, along with this suggested text at Media Art Net, tie in nicely with my combined Sound Media and Multimedia Authoring major project, as well as my Screen Culture presentation on Immersion (due in a just a couple of short weeks).
Both Immersion and Interactivity are important aspects of my own work, not only this semester and the coming year – but I also expect in my future career. Regardless of whether I work on large installation-like projects, or something as seemingly innocuous as a web banner, I want to take audience/user experience into account. In fact, this is already a broad concept I have been throwing around as a prospective honours topic in 2011. Clearly, that’s still a fair way off – I should probably get back to the work at hand.