Expectations and assumptions: relationships with personal technologies

Appendage, accessory or extension

Some interesting themes emerged during a recent student workshop where research questions about our individual relationships with digital technologies were developed, and research insights shared. Continue reading

Vibration: expression of human-material-digital systems

Everyday urban object

Over a third of humanity has access to mobile communications. Mobile phones are mainstream – visibly part of the cultural realm. Whilst connectivity is commonplace and expanding, inquiry into the place of these personal digital devices in cultural transformation, and in arts and design education, is in its early stage. At CSM we have already seen incremental shifts in some of the ways in which our students are using personal digital technologies and social media as part of their studies, and their use of these technologies will continue to change.

In order to gain insights about today’s relationships between people, digital technologies, and materials Рwithin an art and design context Рand to prepare ourselves for possible futures, it is worth exploring different ways of framing these associations. Continue reading

Smartphones: ‘connecting to the rest of the world’

Illustration: technology and imagination

Much is reported of the staggering adoption of mobile technologies worldwide. In particular the smartphone is influencing our behaviours in all manner of ways, and for many university students it has become an essential part of their everyday lives. These personal and portable devices are now inextricably involved in how we experience the world.

As educators, how could we, or should we, view smartphones within an arts and design context? Are they extensions of the studio, a form of prosthetic that alters our body schema, or a distraction that renders actions invisible and disturbs continuity and flow?

As part of a study into the ways in which personal digital technologies are incorporated into arts and design education, a second year cohort of CSM undergraduate students has provided insights about their relationship with smartphones.

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