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-----Original Message-----
From:	Benjamin H. Bratton [mailto:benjamin@c...]
Sent:	Fri 7/16/2004 7:04 PM
To:	Benjamin Bratton
Subject:	International Design Conference in Aspen; ambient : interface

> 54th International Design Conference in Aspen
> ambient:interface
> Co-chairs: Christian Moeller and Benjamin H. Bratton
> August 25-28, 2004
>> IDCA:54 ambient: interface brings into focus the design complexities of
>> connection, contact and interaction. ambient: interface explores how
>> computation changes design¹s imagination of these complexities and their
>> translation into the making of the material world. We propose for
>> consideration an image of the world as an interface, and of all design as
>> interface design.
>> Not only does computation change how design works, more importantly it
>> changes how design thinks. Computation transforms one practice into another:
>> cinema into architecture, product design into philosophy, urban planning into
>> advertising. 
>> Design is an expertise in points of contact, in the interfaces between
>> people, systems and effects. In our network culture, contact is condensed
>> into buttons and icons, menus and dashboards, and into familiar pathways and
>> fast surfaces, diagrams and directions.  Interfaces are nodes along lines of
>> urban flow:  terminals, spectacles, ports and stations. Interfaces link and
>> partition society itself, as belief systems, ballots and borders.
>> Such points of contact, everywhere and nowhere at once, connect each of us to
>> the operating systems of interdependency, power, and opportunity. They are
>> not just our interfaces to the world, but also the world's channels to us.
>> To the 54th Annual meeting of the International Design Conference in Aspen,
>> we have invited designers and artists who work with many kinds of
>> interfaces-- virtual and tangible, portable and environmental-- in ways that
>> move us emotionally and physically. We have asked them to demonstrate their
>> expertise in conceiving and critiquing the interface as a moment of exchange.
> Confirmed speakers include:
> * Caroline Bos. Urban Designer, UN Studio, Amsterdam
> * Benjamin H. Bratton. The Culture Industry, SCI_Arc and UCLA
> * Joel Budick. Robotics, CalTech
> * Hernan Diaz-Alonso. Digital Architect, Xefirotarch and SCI_Arc
> * Jan Edler. Media Architect, realities-united,  Berlin
> * Natalie Jeremijenko.  Artist/ Technologist, Yale and U.C. San Diego
> * Norman M. Klein. Media Historian, CalArts,
> * Thomas Y. Levin. Princeton, Media Theorist, New York,
> * Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Media Artist,/ Architect Montreal and Barcelona
> * Greg Lynn.  Digital Architect, FORM, Los Angeles
> * John Maeda.  Software and Interaction Designer, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
> * Christian Moeller. Media Artist/ Architect, UCLA
> * Wolfram Putz. Environmental Design, GRAFT, Los Angeles
> * Fiona Raby. Interaction Design, Dunne+Raby and Royal College of Art, London
> * Joachim Sauter. Media Artist/ Architect  Art+Com, Berlin
> * Mikon Van Gastel. Environmental Communication, Imaginary Forces, New York
>> For extensive biographies of the IDCA 2004 participants
>> go to
> Special events:
> * Vladislav and Liudmila Kirpichev, London and Moscow
>>> Children who will be attending IDCA this year are invited to participate in
>>> a three day workshop with the Kirpochev's, which will culminate with an
>>> exhibition at the end of the conference.
> * ³War of the Worlds,² Peter Cho,
> * ³Infinite Pianos,² Drew Schnurr
>> For more information on the Special Events see
>> go to
> Registration:
>> To register online, or by fax, mail or wire transfer, or for registration
>> information and reservations
>> go to
>> Special student discounts apply.
>> Contact: Helene Fried at  hfried@i...
>> or call 1 (800) 815-0059
>> Mail: IDCA
>> PO Box 664 
>> Aspen, CO 81612 
>> USA
Satellite Events:
> In addition to gathering in Aspen in August, the IDCA community will convene
> twice over the summer for two satellite conferences in Los Angeles and New
> York. 
New York 
at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation on
July 19 at 4:00 PM, Wood Auditorium
> 400 Avery Hall
> Columbia University
> New York, NY 10027
> Tel: 212-854-3510
> Directions:
> IDCA:54 New York was co-organzed by Ed Keller, with Benjamin H. Bratton,
> William MacDonald, and Jeffrey Inaba.
> * Wayne Ashley and Tom Healy, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
> * Benjamin H. Bratton, SCI_Arc and UCLA, IDCA:54
> * Hernan Diaz-Alonso, SCI_Arc and Columbia
> * Tina Di Carlo, MOMA
> * Keller Easterling, Yale
> * Shelley Eshkar, Artist, New York
> * Jeffrey Inaba, SCI_Arc and Harvard
> * Ed Keller, Columbia/ A.UM Studio
> * Tali Krakowsky, Imaginary Forces
> * Mark Leiter,
> * William MacDonald, Columbia/ Kolatan MacDonald
> * Chris Romero,
> * Vivian Rosenthal,

Los Angeles
at M&A (Materials & Applications, Architecture and Landscape Research) on
July 29 at 7:30 PM
> 1619 Silverlake Blvd.
> Los Angeles, CA 90026
> Tel: 323-913-0915
> Email: jenna@e...
> IDCA:54 Los Angeles Co-Sponsors:
> SCI_Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture), Archinect, and

> * Benjamin H. Bratton, SCI_Arc and UCLA, IDCA:54
> * David Erdman, SERVO
> * Adam Eeuwens, co-author, False Flat: Why Dutch Design is So Good.
> * Helene Furjan, UCLA and SCI_Arc
> * Peter Lunenfeld, Art  Center College of Design
> * Richard Metzger,, Los Angeles
> * Daniel Sauter, UCLA
> * Marcelo Spina, Patterns, SCI_Arc

> * + presentation of Natalie Jeremijenko¹s OOZ workshop at SCI_Arc

> We extend our appreciation to all of our satellite event co-sponsors for their
> generous hosting and support of these events. See below for instructions on
> joining our mailing list at
> Join our mailing list to receive information about these events as soon as it
> is available at

About IDCA:
> Chicago industrialist Walter Paepcke founded the International Design
> Conference in Aspen more than fifty years ago. He and his wife Elizabeth
> envisioned Aspen as a place where leaders from throughout the world could
> gather to share ideas. Their vision was first realized in 1949 when the Goethe
> Bicentennial celebration attracted more than 2,000 people to Aspen to honor
> the 200th birthday of Goethe, the great German humanist. Albert Schweitzer
> opened the convocation.
> In 1951, two years after the Goethe Bicentennial, Paepcke established the IDCA
> as an opportunity to bring together designers, artists, engineers, business
> and industry leaders. That first June, some 250 attendees and their families
> assembled for four days of presentations on the theory and practice of design.
> The title, "Design as a Function of Management," was chosen to ensure the
> participation of the business community.
> The IDCA, along with the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Music Festival and
> School, grew out of the Paepckes' belief that Aspen provided an ideal
> environment for nurturing the whole human being. Isolated from the
> distractions of urban life and inspired by the abundant natural beauty of the
> Colorado Rockies, people could take advantage of Aspen's recreational,
> intellectual and cultural resources. They would return home renewed in "body,
> mind and spirit," a concept that has come to be known as "The Aspen Idea."
> Today, Aspen is renowned for its wide range of cultural activities and
> opportunities for learning.

Mailing List:
> Click here to join the IDCA mailing list or
> Go to

> Press should direct inquiries to
> hfried@i...

Other Questions:
> Please address all questions regarding ambient:interface to
> Helene Fried at  hfried@i...
> or call 1 (800) 815-0059
> Mail: IDCA
> PO Box 664 
> Aspen, CO 81612 

ambient : interface grid
> IDCA:54 visual identity
> Rebeca Mendez 

We look forward to your joining us in Aspen at the end of August......

Christian Moeller and Benjamin H. Bratton

Benjamin H. Bratton
SCI_Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture) and
UCLA, Department of Design | Media Arts, Faculty
The Culture Industry, Principal
(323) 646-8071

Benjamin H. Bratton
SCI_Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture) and
UCLA, Department of Design | Media Arts, Faculty
The Culture Industry, Principal
(323) 646-8071

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