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Network Time Where it Counts. Temporality and Critical Approaches to Infrastructure

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tom Schofield, Dr Gabi ArrigoniORCiD



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The default position towards temporality in designing for the web is to treat it as unfortunate constraint that negatively affects user experience. In contrast we look to the complex temporal interactions of networked technologies as a site of theoretical and aesthetic interest with the power to engage users in speculative and critical attitudes towards technical infrastructure. We argue that by valorising the temporality of networks and considering new forms of representation we open a range of creative possibilities with the potential to engage users in fundamental questions about technological infrastructure: who owns it, where it is and how it intra-acts. We provide examples of two artworks that treat with the subject of network time and discuss a basic guiding taxonomy to inform future work in design.

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Author(s): Schofield T, Arrigoni G

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Design For Next: Proceedings of the 12th European Academy of Design Conference

Year of Conference: 2017

Pages: S283-S293

Online publication date: 06/09/2017

Acceptance date: 01/03/2017

Date deposited: 06/09/2017

ISSN: 1460-6925

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2017.1352815

Series Title: The Design Journal