I wrote this post for InterventTech on 22 March 2009. Click on the link at the bottom to read the full post.
BLOG EXTRACT – Friends of the Divided Mind was the title of this years Post Graduate exhibition from the Royal College of Art curating programme.
Like many of these platforms, the maturity of exhibitions produced by students varied. I personally felt that curators had been given a little too much license to ‘indulge in intellectualism,’ when coming up with their ‘concepts,’ this year. For me, curator ego was definitely the dish of the day. Having said that (and to be fair to those involved), if you can’t indulge in some ego driven intellectualism within the freedom of an MA programme, then when can you. So I hold no grudge.
Beacon by Thomson & Craighead
For me, the particular highlight of this collection of RCA exhibitions was the inclusion of Beacon by Thomson & Craighead in The Office of Real Time Activity. Taking the form of a mechanical railway flap sign [tick-flip-tick-flip], Beacon offers a minute by minute snapshot of live web searches as they are made around the world. Sourcing data directly from dogpile.com (the worlds favourite search engine aggregator), Beacon randomly presents one search query from the fifty it collects each minute via the signs display.
Read this post in full | A Beacon lights up ‘Friends of the Divided Mind’.
Playing with my friend Victors iphone over lunch on Friday, i noticed that Google have ditched ‘Enter’ on their iphone app…and they’ve swapped in ‘Google…’
In all honesty, on pressing ‘google’ to submit my search query something funny happened inside. My stomach definitely turned. And the only thing that could of caused it was my fondness for ‘Enter.’ I missed it.
I’ve grown up with ‘Enter’… I know what it does, and I respect its objectivity.
So…I got thinking. Now Google’s redesigned the laws of the keyboard…what’s next? What else might Google try its hand at? A perfume range perhaps…
Now just to be clear, I generally like Google. They’ve been ‘exposed,’ as acquiring a bit of a lazy bone of late (with the old Chrome T’s & C’s)…but Google engineers have developed some fantastic applications and services over the years. Applications and services that genuinely make my life easier and better…
Although I’m confident that any fragrance that Google might release would be a sweet.x mass market smash! what my turning stomach told me was that I’m worried about ‘Enter.’ And perhaps even more importantly…that I’d prefer it if Google focused it’s efforts on the improvement of ‘search’ and the development of new brilliant apps.
NOTICE – my wish list excludes the unnecessary brand’adisation of iphone applications…