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05 DECEMBER 2015

Life Smartphone: a commentary on smartphone dependence

"Min Alxe, a student at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, created 'Life Smartphone,' a darkly funny commentary on our culture's smartphone dependence. It shows different characters moving through the world and dying gruesome deaths while not paying attention to what's around them."

(Max Plenke, 08 May 2015)

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20152D animationaddiction • adverse health effects • animated short filmbehavioral addictionblack humour • China Central Academy of Fine Arts • compulsive behaviourcultural commentarydystopian futureengrossing activityepisodic structure • extended phone use • Life Smartphone (2015) • Min Alxe • morbidnasty mishapsour relationship with technologyout of controlparody • poor posture • prolonged phone use • selfiesmartphone dependencespectacular society • text neck • textingtxtingunhealthy behaviourvignette

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Simon Perkins
08 NOVEMBER 2015

Addiction is a social (rather than individual) phenomenon

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2D animation • adaptive state • addictionaffective consumptionalcohol abuse • alcoholism • behavioral addiction • behavioural psychology • Bruce Alexander • chemical dependencycompulsive behaviourdrug addiction • drug dependence • drug taking • drug use • gambling • gambling addiction • human agencyhuman connection • in a nutshell • information design • Johann Hari • kurzgesagt • life crisis • mental health disorders • Moby Digg • Munich • negative consequences • out of control • overdose • parallax scrolling effect • Philipp Dettmer • physical dependency • pornography addiction • punishmentscrolling experiencesociabilitysocial agencysocial behaviour • social connection • social experimentssocial interaction • social isolation • social responsibility • Stephan Rether • substance abusesubstance dependencetraumatroopsunhealthy behaviourVietnam war • war on drugs • YouTube channel

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Simon Perkins
08 NOVEMBER 2013

The struggle for technology: instrumentalism versus culture

"This age–old conflict about social status remains at the heart of present–day struggles over the meanings of technology. On one side, defenders of technicians view technologies as creative expressions of human culture. In this view, technology is imbued with human values and strivings in all their contradictory complexity. I term this position the 'cultural' approach to technology. On the other side are those who see technological action as a narrow form of rationality that seeks only the best means for a given end. For such people, technology is something purely technical, essentially uncreative and devoid of values, subordinate to ends given by others. I call this second position the 'instrumental' conception of technology. ...

the discourse of technology favors the instrumental over the cultural. An entire tradition of philosophical critique is based on a reduction of technology to instrumental rationality. But technological enthusiasts also embrace the instrumental definition of technology. From their perspective, our modern technological civilization represents the embodiment of reason in the world, with new technologies as the vanguard of progress. Technological utopians like Kevin Kelly epitomize this instrumental perspective. In contrast, the cultural understanding of technology recognizes the creativity expressed in everything from steam engines to iPhones. But the cultural approach is definitely in the minority. This view is most common among people like me, historians of technology and other scholars who connect technological choices to specific aspects of culture and society."

(Eric Schatzberg, Rethinking Technology)

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aesthetic creativity • aesthetic sensibility • aristocratic hierarchies • concrete material practices • contradictory complexity • craft skills • creative expression • creativity and craft • cultural concept of technologycultural practicescultural technologycultural understanding of technologyculture and society • Eric Schatzberg • fear of technology • formal knowledge • genius of the individualhuman agencyinstrumental conception of technology • instrumental means • instrumental rationalityinstrumentalism • inventive genius • just a tool • Karl Capek • Kevin Kellylate modernitymaterial culture • means to an end • modern technological civilization • new technologies • non-technical qualities • out of controlprogress narrativesscientific knowledgesocial hierarchiessymptomatic determinism • technical elite • technical skill • technician • technological action • technological choices • technological determinism • technological enthusiasts • technological instrumentalismtechnological utopianismtechnology as neutral • technology discourse • technology is a tooltechnology neutralitytechnology transparency • transparent technologies • value ladenvalues

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Simon Perkins
29 JUNE 2012

Out of Control: 8th International Conference on Design & Emotion

"The organising committee of the 8th International Conference on Design & Emotion is very pleased to invite you to participate in and attend this conference.

The conference will be held at the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London from the 11th – 14th September 2012.

The conference theme is 'Out of Control'.

This conference is a forum held every other year where practitioners, academics and industry leaders meet and exchange knowledge and insights concerning the cross–disciplinary field of design and emotion."

(Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, UK)

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2012 • art and design academics • art and design conferenceart and design practitionersCentral Saint MartinsCentral Saint Martins College of Arts and Designconference • cross-disciplinary field • design and emotion • design futuresemotion research • exchange insights • exchange knowledgeindustry leadersLondonout of controlUK

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Simon Perkins
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