Week 7: Mike Plett – Viewings

Highrise and Public Secrets are very immersive sites. I found myself lost for hours in both. (I ran into technical problems while attempting to navigate the Saving the Sierra site, so I didn’t get to really experience it.) The more engaging and accessible of the two was Highrise. This site was beautiful to look at, […]

Week 7: Adam King

One notion that really stuck in my mind while looking at Highrise and Public Secrets this week was the idea of media as art, and that even the darkest projects of human misdirection can still be composed into something that is intrinsically beautiful. As a kid growing up just outside of New York City, I’ve […]

Week 7: Joel Arellano

Public Secrets is more effective than similarly self-guided sites like Highrise because it leverages the viewer’s imagination. Apart from being an effective way to establish themes of schism, rupture, and worlds apart, the producer’s invocation of Holbein’s “The Ambassadors” offers a lesson in leveraging accessory content and engaging users’ creativity without succumbing to the […]

Week 7: Steven Wheeler – Response to Viewings

In what is probably a weird case of serendipity or happenstance, a few weeks ago I spent part of my dinner thinking about aporias (perhaps best described as a point of undecidability or a philosophical puzzle). Earlier that day, I had found a copy of Jacques Derrida’s Given Time, in which the late French philosopher […]