SJMC Visual Communication sequence is proud to host our latest guest speaker about web design
Tuesday, March 15—5:30 p.m. snacks; talk from 6 to 7 p.m.
SJMC 318 (Multimedia Room)
Speaker: Jason Farman
Topic: The Digital is Material: The Status of Objects in our Mobile Media Age
Dr. Farman explains his topic
I begin by asking, “What is the current status of objects in an era of code?” and “How do you archive and maintain something like a mobile app?” In this talk, I look at the divides between code and earlier physical media in which the content was attached to the medium itself. This division links to our cultural imaginaries around the intangibility of digital media as seen in metaphors such as the “cloud” and through our attention to “wireless” technologies. I recuperate the physicality of our digital, mobile media era by looking at topics such as the geography of media, infrastructures, the transnational nature of our mobile phones, and the challenges of obsolescence and e-waste.
Jason Farman is associate professor of American studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also the director of the Design | Cultures + Creativity Program at UMD and a faculty member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab.
Dr. Farman has written two books, Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media, and What it Means to Wait: Technology, Time, and Intimacy. He has also published numerous articles, book chapters, and book reviews.
Dr. Farman’s visit was made possible through a visiting-scholars grant from our provost’s office.