Intimacy and Interface

Software prototyping for a new media

This talk will explore the implications of “intimacy” and how it rubs against the dogma of the computer science field, which is still caught up in the frame of automation. Robert M. Ochshorn will show a selection of prototypes, work and sketches 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. The talk will include brief demos of several sound and video tools that will be installed on servers in the Digital Scholarship and Data Science Labs at UC Davis, for research uses within the campus community.

Instructor: Robert Ochshorn

A short bio:

 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 theCommunications Design Group (CDG) Lab in San Francisco, founded by Alan Kay and Bret Victor on the model of Xerox PARC. Previously, 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 at the Akademie Schloss Solitude.