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Talk - Mushon Zer-Aviv: How Interfaces Demand Obedience

(Read the co-authored write-up by Yu Wang, Dalia Othman, Erhardt Graeff, and Catherine D'Ignazio, along with Willow Brugh's illustrations: civic.mit.edu/blog/erhardt/how-interfaces-demand-obedience)

The internet, once associated with openness and decentralization, is increasingly understood in terms of the control exerted by government agencies (like the NSA) and advertising (targeted ads). What is less commonly discussed is how this subliminal control is embedded in interface design. In this talk Mushon Zer-Aviv argues that web interfaces demand our silent obedience with every page load and he tries to offer tactics and strategies for challenging the politics of the interface.


Zer-Aviv is a designer, an educator and a media activist based in Tel Aviv. His work and writing explore the boundaries of interface and the biases of techno-culture as they are redrawn through politics, design and networks. Among Mushon’s collaborations, he is the co-founder of Shual.com – a foxy design studio; YouAreNotHere.org – a tour of Gaza through the streets of Tel Aviv; Kriegspiel – a computer game version of the Situationist Game of War; the Turing Normalizing Machine – exploring algorithmic prejudice; the AdNauseam extension – clicking ads so you don’t have to; and multiple government transparency and civic participation initiatives with the Public Knowledge Workshop; Mushon also designed the map for Waze.com. Mushon is an alumni of Eyebeam – an art and technology center in New York. He teaches digital media as a senior faculty member at Shenkar School of Engineering and Design. Previously he taught new media research at NYU and Open Source design at Parsons the New School of Design and in Bezalel Academy of Art & Design. Read him at Mushon.com and follow him at @mushon.

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Beyond the Interface | 25 April - 21 June 2015 furtherfield.org

Beyond the Interface | 25 April - 21 June 2015 furtherfield.org | Digital #MediaArt(s) Numérique(s) | Scoop.it

“The interface is the sense organ of the computer, whereby it becomes part of human culture” Søren Bro Pold


The interface is the boundary across which information is exchanged, causing a transformation in one or both sides of that boundary. We humans are daily adapting to digital systems and devices, which in turn are tuned to handle our culture. This forms the contemporary cybernetic feedback loop.

This exhibition features art that disrupts or bypasses given interfaces. Interfaces have always been a site of control, hidden in plain view: symbolic, social or technological. They facilitate and shape the dialogue that happens between tribes from different religious, scientific or philosophical backgrounds; between components of computer systems; or between machines and living beings.

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IDFA #Festival - Exploring #documentary #storytelling in the age of the #interface

IDFA #Festival - Exploring #documentary #storytelling in the age of the #interface | Digital #MediaArt(s) Numérique(s) | Scoop.it

IDFA DocLab is a festival program for new media within the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam(IDFA). The mission of IDFA DocLab is to showcase interactive documentaries and other new digital artforms that succesfully push the boundaries of documentary storytelling in the age of the interface. Projects are curated and presented online, as well as during live cinema events, exhibitions, workshops and industry panels.

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