The New Aesthetic: Sensor Vernacular

Lovely back-and-forth between RIG’s James Bridle and BERG’s Matt Jones on a New Aesthetic. James kicked things off with a wonderful moodboard (since expanded into a Tumblr), followed up by Matt’s ruminations on what he termed Sensor Vernacular (i fully expect that name to catch on), including bits like this:

It is – perhaps – at once a fascination with the raw possibility of a technology, and – a disinterest, in a way, of anything but the qualities of its output. Perhaps it happens when new technology becomes cheap and mundane enough to experiment with, and break – when it becomes semi-domesticated but still a little significantly-other.

When it becomes a working material not a technology.

And this:

I think my attraction to it – what ever it is – is that these signals are hints that the hangover of 10 years of ‘war-on-terror’ funding into defense and surveillance technology (where after all the advances in computer vision and relative-cheapness of devices like the Kinect came from) might get turned into an exuberant party.

And then Tom Armitage (previously of BERG) had this to add:

The Sensor-Vernacular isn’t, I don’t think, just about the aesthetic of the “robot-readable world“; it’s also about the behaviours it inspires and leads to.

How does a robot-readable world change human behaviour?

Something worth keeping an eye on.

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