last update: 09.03.2005

This DVD contains the key component called 'intimacy.', additional material called 'more', and background material to the project called 'info'.

The key component of the project consists of three sections, each of them comprising three different constituents. The sections are 'interviews' with academic experts in the field of technology, photo 'portraits' of pedestrians, and commentaries called 'observations'.

' i n t e r v i e w s '

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e m b r a c i n g

Digital objects as being private: owned, configured, and individualized objects, as means of creating intimate spheres, as extensions of the human body, as means of making statements, creations, and records within private everyday life.
This component can be watched as a Quicktime video stream (Cable/DSL required).

s h a r i n g

Digital objects as being social: as means of creating social bonds, structuring social life, as being "actants" in a techno-social network, as subjects within "object-sociality".

t o u c h i n g

Digital objects as being tangible: as material allurement, as toys, as (external) material objects as opposed to being a part of the human subject, as means of "remediating" other objects, as objects of "fetishism".

- Dr. Leslie Haddon is conducting research in the field of ICT in everyday life and teaching the subject at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and working at the Digital World Research Centre (DWRC) at the University of Surrey.

- Dr. Amparo Lasen has worked on the subject of "affective mobile phones" (Lasen 2004). She is a research fellow at the DWRC.

- Peter Ride is director of the Centre for Arts Research (CARTE) and lecturer for the MA Visual Culture at the University of Westminster.

- Prof. Angela Sasse is Professor of Human-Centred Technology at the School of Computer Sciences, University College London.

- Dr. Carsten Sørensen from the MOBILITY group at the LSE is dealing with mobile technology in working place environments and being personally "extremely attracted" to digital devices.

' p o r t r a i t s '

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In 24 photo portraits, shot on the streets of Brixton, Clapham, and Bethnal Green, people are contemplating their relationship with their personal digital devices.

'intimacy.' presents the portraits in three parts, interactively accessible with the DVD remote control unit.

A high-resolution slide show for the computer screen is included on the DVD.

"I look for a luxury brand, something nice."
- - - Chaenthen

"I don't care about my mobile. Not in any way." - - - Juliette

"There are a couple of things now you can't give back anymore." - - - James

"You just need music when you're in the bus, when you're by yourself. So that you don't feel as lonely." - - - Juan

"I don't have any feelings for my phone, but I rely on it, it's a kind of my lifeline." - - - Kate

' o b s e r v a t i o n s '

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i n t i m a c y

reveals the producer's curiosity and voyeurism as a driving force for this project. It highlights the multitude of its topics and concerns.
This component can be watched as a Quicktime video stream (Cable/DSL required).

t o p d e c k

is a one-minute interactive video clip, including relevant and inciting quotes from a wide field of sources.

a p p a r a t g e i s t

is a poem-like contemplation followed by a video clip, a love story mediated by digital objects.
apparatgeist can be watched as a Quicktime video stream (Cable/DSL required).

- 'intimacy' presents 11 personal computer desktop screen shots, submitted by contributors to this project.

- 'topdeck' consists of 566 single digital still pictures, shot on London busses during summer 2004.

- 'apparatgeist' is made of videoclips from the videofunction of a pocket digital photo camera (Sony DSC U20) and digital still pictures from various contributors. The pictures were considered as waste before they were recycled for this piece of work.

e x i t

(Quicktime video stream; Cable/DSL required)