February 21, 2005
Time compression avoidance
Doors of Perception Report
Time Compression Avoidance Extra
21 February 2005
Re: Doors 8 in New Delhi 21-26 March 2005
By John Thackara
AVOID TIME COMPRESSION
Like the migratory patterns of Arctic Terns, the travel patterns of
the Doors crowd are a perennial mystery. All we know is that people
register later every time we do an event. (At Doors 7 in Amsterdam,
we sold a third of our tickets in the last couple of weeks). There
are just four weeks to go before Doors 8 begins, but more people are
thinking about coming, than have yet decided. Please note: you cannot
register for Doors 8 by SMS, and we do not advise trying to obtain an
India visa using a mobile phone. Be modern: don't leave it too late.
AND DON'T MISS THE POST(ER)
A new Doors 8 poster (designed by Abhishek Hazra) has been posted.
Please print it, post it, and pass it on.
USED IN INDIA
'Used In India' features five interactive stalls that showcase media
practices and transactions from everyday Indian street culture. The
exhibit has been produced specially for Doors 8 so that technology
developers and service designers may see examples of street-level
practices in India as source of innovation. Special design collectables
on display including a memento of Charles and Ray Eames in India.
NEW MEDIA ART EVENT
Bangalore Badarpur Border, curated by Pooja Sood at the APJ Media
Gallery, explores the myths, landscape and imagery of Bombay. It
features the work of Shaina Anand, (from Mumbai, trained in film in
New York); Ashok Sukumaran (from Simla, trained in architecture in
Delhi and in Media Art in Los Angeles); Mukul Patel, sound artist and
dj from London, and cofounder of Ambienttv.net.
On the Wednesday (23 March). Mukul Patel curates the sound, Juha
Huuskonen from Helsinki, media theorist and critical practitioner, as
well as master VJ, curates the light. Other Indian and international
artists will participate. If you're not raving after all the content
of the previous days, you will be here.
INDIAN DESIGN, MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION SCHOOL
If you want to find out about the ambitions and expectations of the
follower generation in India, you will meet faculty and students from
some of India's most interesting schools of design, media,
communications and architecture. The following will participate in
- National Institute Of Design (Ahmedabad)
- Srishti School Of Art Design And Technology (Bangalore)
- Sophiya School Of Communications (Mumbai)
- Interaction Design Center IIT-Bombay (Mumbai)
- Dhirubhai Ambani Institute Of ICTs (Gandhinagar)
- National Institute Of Fashion Technology (Delhi)
- School Of Planning And Architecture (Delhi)
- TVB-Habitat Schools Of Architecture (Delhi)
- Mudra Institute Of Communication Arts (Ahmedabad)
- Manipal Institute Of Communications (Manipal)
SERVICE DESIGN NOTATION
What does a service design look like? How are we to represent and
visualize such complex artefacts as a service, a scenario, or a
strategy? Francois Jegou has been investigating this challenge
together with Ezio Manzini and Alok Nandi in a project called
'Sustainable Everyday: Scenarios of Urban Life'. They looked for
examples of what everyday life might be like in a sustainable society
- how we work, move, and take care of each other - and then developed
ways to represent how these services worked. One aim of the workshop
at Doors 8 is to find what other communication techniques are out
there. The story-so-far is online here:
LIFE IN A SWARM
We have posted a list of organisations and projects, active in the
domain of design and social innovation that we've learned about in
developing the programme for Doors 8.
Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the Media Laboratory at MIT, has
garnered mixed reactions to his plans for a $100 laptop computer. To
the punters in Davos, where Negroponte was promoting his project,
$100 probably sounded cheap; many were paying $100 an hour to be
there. But in Mali, where 90 percent of the population lives on $2 a
day, Nick's Laptop would cost people two or three months' earnings.
Radios and telephones score higher if you actually ask people what
they need. Design chiefs from Motorola (Marco Susani) and Nokia
(Marko Ahtisaari) are among our speakers at Doors 8 and you can ask
them about batteries, recycling, and pricing policy.
On Saturday 26 March Doors week closes with a festive holi brunch.
Holi is a joyful north Indian festival that celebrates the arrival of
spring with colour, food, water and dance. You begin the day dressed
in white, and then splash, spray, and smear colour on your friends
and family as they put colour all over you. Special software in the
cakes and cookies animates your hardware. A carnivalesque cultural
experience you have to experience at least once.
OPEN SOURCE ARCHITECTURE
Usman Haque has posted an enticing description of his pre-Doors8
workshop on Open Source Architecture. Please remember that that you
need register first in order to take part in Usman's workshop. The
following pre-conference workshops (they run from Thursday 17 to
Saturday 19 March) are still on offer:
- Pcw 01 Nomadic Banquet (Debra Solomon)
- Pcw 02 Vj-Ing In Delhi (Juha Huuskonen)
- Pcw 03 Open Source Architecture (Usman Haque)
- Pcw 04 Methods Of Guerilla Ethnography (Jan Chipchase)
- Pcw 05 Service Design For Health Guides (Nesta Team)
WRONGLY DEVELOPED DESIGN?
A conference in Amsterdam on 8 March will discuss what design can do
for development. I'm giving a talk that starts with my unease about
the word 'development': it implies that we advanced people in the
North have the right or even obligation to help backward people in
the South 'catch up' with our own advanced condition. No, it doesn't
make a lot of sense. We need a new word.
SPOOKS: WHY DOORS 8 IS IMPORTANT
The US National Intelligence Council (NIC), a think-tank that advises
the CIA, says, "Advances outside the United States could enable other
countries to set the rules for design, standards, and implementation".
We intend that Doors 8 in Delhi will be one of those advances. Its aim
is to accelerate the emergence of post-tech-push models of innovation
and development. The NIC report is called The Contradictions of
Globalization and is available online at:
SHADOW CITY (1)
One of the North-South links we will explore at Doors 8 concerns the
importance of un-designed urban areas as sites of social innovation.
Half or more of the inhabitants of major South Asian cities like
Delhi are 'illegal', but they are economically active, too. Robert
Neuwirth has written a book on the subject called Shadow City; he
also has an excellent blog on squatters and squatter cities around
SHADOW CITY (2)
In Europe, interest is growing in so-called 'free zones' as breeding
grounds for creativity. A report from Urban Unlimited also called
'The Shadow City' compares free zones in Rotterdam and Brussels with
other examples in Berlin, Helsinki, Vienna and Naples. The report
promotes the idea that some areas be left deliberately unplanned -
protected, even, from the predations of politicians, social reformers,
and developers. Now there's a thought: Saving cities from design in the
name of creativity. The text of 'The Shadow City' may be downloaded from:
FIGHT THIS INJUSTICE!
A pensioner called Jack Welch has drawn the short straw to beat all
short straws. His new book 'Winning' has been selected by Fast
Company to compete against 'In The Bubble' for that magazine's book
of the month selection. It's outrageous that such an underdog - the
ex-CEO of the world's richest company, and a man voted manager of the
year on countless occasions - should be asked to compete in an
unwinnable competition. Vote for the underdog!
SLIVERS OF TIME
Online auctions are booming: the phenomenon has been labelled the
'march of the micro-sellers'. But could sites like eBay, with its 105
million users, be harbingers of a more important transformation, when
individuals start to exchange time and services online? Wingham
Rowan, in the UK, is developing the technical and institutional
infrastructure for Neighbourhood e-Markets (NEMs) in which anyone can
directly sell 'slivers of time'. Rowan's team is building an advanced
version of the software and preparing to in eight months or so from now.
NICE JOB IN ALBERTOPOLIS
The Interaction Design group at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in
London needs a new head. One of the best things about the job is its
location in 'Albertopolis', the campus next to Hyde Park that hosts,
in addition to the RCA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science
Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Royal College of Music,
Imperial College, and the Royal Albert Hall.
BRIDGING DESIGN AND BUSINESS
The Institute of Design is organising a Strategy Conference to
explore how businesses can use design to explore opportunities, solve
problems, and achieve strategic advantage. Speakers will include
senior execs from HP, McDonald's Ventures, Philips, and Steelcase.
It takes place in Chicago, May 18-19.
LOOK AT ME!
Could it be that the security-through-fear bubble may be deflating?
One sign that people may not be as scared as the fear industry would
like: Jason Coster-Mullen drove a 600-pound, shiny steel replica of
"Little Boy", the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, 800 miles across the United
States in the back of his car - and no one stopped or questioned him.
Posted by John Thackara at February 21, 2005 03:50 PM