1/31 Class Notes

• “In a society that has abolished every kind of adventure, the only adventure that remains is to abolish the society.”  Link to Wikipedia on protests of 1960’s France: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_1968_in_France

• Psycho–geography: urban planning is in itself a spectacle. Understanding our cities and societies in a different representation than the way in which we are used to or taught. Mapping the city in different ways.

• Many different forms of spectacle: religion, politics, media, etc.

• The Society of the Spectacle: Pushes us to manipulate the spectacle/ find innovative ways of using the spectacle to our benefit – “Disrupting the spectacle.”

• The spectacle is a form of distraction, a means of distracting people from living a life of awareness and natural being. We are living in a consumerist society in which we are surrounded by images/ advertisements that make us think we must buy things in order to have our needs met.

• The idea of alienation/ separation due to the advancement of technology. The possibility that people are left out from partaking in events/ movements because they do not actively engage with technology. (EX: do not have cell phone therefore cannot participate in ‘Peoples Skype’).

Sites/ Movies of Particular Interest:

“Man with a Movie Camera” – Vertov. Also related are films by Sergei Eisenstein.

http://www.ushahidi.com

The Yes Men: http://theyesmen.org/

Occu-bot: http://taeyoonchoi.com/2011/12/occu-bot-and-financier-bot/

Greenmap: http://www.greenmap.org/

Guardian Project: https://guardianproject.info/

Spacebank: http://www.spacebank.org/

People’s Skype: http://peoplesskype.org/

The Future of Interactice Design: http://worrydream.com/ABriefRantOnTheFutureOfInteractionDesign/

Our Goods: http://ourgoods.org/

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