I’ve spent the last few days surrounded by academics and researchers.
It got me thinking what department I might like to be affiliated to.
After a frustrating search, I started to dream one up…
Welcome to the department of
HCI HPCI (Human-Place-Computer Interaction).
Human: the two main ingredients are the body and story-telling.
Place: urban, rural, large, small, public, intimate and everything in between.
Computer: unlikely to involve screens.
Interaction: like you’ve never experienced before.
We’d be a very empirical bunch of people – getting out there and learning by doing. Segregation into “teachers” and “students” probably wouldn’t be very useful. Members of the Department of HPCI would be interstitials: mobile, able to occupy the gaps between things and effect change. The department too would be something of an inbetweener: fluctuating co-incidences of interest resulting in temporary bonds to those within more traditional departments of Art, Computing, Urban Studies, Sociology… I’m thinking we’d also need adjunct professors in Sound Engineering, Electronics, Neuroscience, Astrophysics, History and, well, pretty much any other discipline you’d care to mention…
Bookmore would provide the support structures and pertinent questions; Lynne would design the graduation gowns and distribute motivation; Holly would be in charge of bunting (and running for your life); Hannah would instigate magic moments; Paul would invite people in; and Markuz would enable them to participate in something bigger than themselves.