#physical presence #space #monolog #Interaction

I had an interesting conversation with my tutor today(like other interesting and inspiring conversations in other days). He said that he asked (fight) for an office space next to the classroom so that he can have more interaction with the students but not many people seem to seize that opportunity or grab that intention. It’s more like a thoughtless act (maybe an intentional one, who knows, English is not my first language) but it makes me think of the materiality/physical presence of interaction.

A space, either physical or a virtual one, is needed for an interaction to happen. It creates an exclusive environment that almost claims the territory or the authority by its very existence. Therefore, the walls constitute the space can be inclusive and exclusive at the same time, somewhat gives a bit personality to the walls.

If the walls can be both inclusive and exclusive, what’s the interaction affordance of those walls? How do they indicate who’s in or who’s out or whether people are welcome to enter this space or not?

So I looked at some walls and doors of the spaces.


Observations:
Opening doors give out an inviting feeling. A see through space makes people curious about what’s going on inside.

Experience:
I used to work as a PR rep for an international school. I would always explain the design intention of the clear office windows and doors of the principals’ office and say to our potential customers that the inviting design is meant to engage parents in having conversations with our principals at all times. Imagine what’s gonna happen when they really do so, not to mention that the secretary’s desk is always next to the office door and acted like a shield.

Engaging with my tribe: The Restart Project
I noticed that almost all the Restart parties happen in community halls which people are fairly familiar with. The tables are set up with the technicians facing the incoming participants. Coffee, tea, and finger nibbles are provided to allure people to stay. “Would like to have a cup of tea and we will get back to you with an assigned fixer?” The design of the space gives the event an emotional attachment. And that emotion endows the space a personality.

Getting back to the Installation, each motor is creating a monolog by itself by shaking in a preprogrammed route. The collective sound is somewhat random but dry. It’s almost like hearing each individual motor signing at their own speed. They are executing the same task at the same time but has nothing to do with each other.

The look of it reminds me of the street of Changan at its prime time in Tang Dynasty. So many people come to Changan just to see how marvelous it is. They heard it’s full of gold. People pour in and jostle each other on the street. Comparing with this one, it would be a like a robot matrix that does not crave anything.

Description of mechanisms crying out for interaction

Zimoun : 361 prepared dc-motors, filler wire 1.0mm, 2010 from ZIMOUN on Vimeo.