Intimacy & Interface: Software Prototyping for a New Media

This talk will explore the implications of "intimacy" and how it rubs against the dogma of automation in the computer science field. A selection of prototypes, work and sketches will be shown, re-imagining our relationship to archive and media, through a discussion about what it means to "interface" with the past, with the present, and with one another. Several audiovisual tools for analysis and exploration will also be shared and installed in the Digital Scholarship and Data Science Labs, for research uses within the campus community.

Robert M. Ochshorn is a Berlin-based artist, programmer, and researcher developing media interfaces for extending human perceptive and expressive capabilities. Ochshorn has a computer science background and consults for the Communications Design Group (CDG) Lab in San Francisco, founded by Alan Kay and Bret Victor on the model of Xerox PARC. He has worked in the Interrogative Design Group at MIT and Harvard, and has held fellowships in the Design Department of Jan van Eyck Academie and the Akademie Schloss Solitude.