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Lost time never

Buzzo, Daniel

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As Nam June Paik intuits in his 1976 article “input‐time and output‐time” [11] our experience and expression of time and events are not connected to each other in a linear fashion (fig. 1). As a result the incidents that create what we decide to express can have little or no relationship to each other, illustrated in the example of Proust, where a momentary incident of childhood takes a lifetime to express [12]. In this sense input-time vs. output-time in our expressions and our creative acts is necessarily unequal.
Figure 1: Nam June Paik with TV’s
If we take these experiential aspects of time and lay them side by side against the abstracted tempo of technology and time-based media, we see a deepening contrast. The sensations of input in a given experience are balanced against the expression of the effects of the engagement into the interaction itself. The rules of temporality at the fundament of digital media cross changes in contemporary language when considering and comparing representations of time.
This presents new challenges to researchers and artists seeking to create digital experiences while allowing for representations and expression of personalised time. From Lifelogging to notions of the Quantified Self [13] we see these contradictions and collisions becoming increasingly apparent and we ask with Martin and Holtzman: “If everyone says time is relative, why is it still so rigidly defined?” [10]

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Buzzo, D. (2013, June). Lost time never. Paper presented at Inputs-Outputs | Interdisciplinary Approaches to Causality in Engagement, Immersion, Presence and Related Concepts in Human-Computer Interaction

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Inputs-Outputs | Interdisciplinary Approaches to Causality in Engagement, Immersion, Presence and Related Concepts in Human-Computer Interaction
Start Date Jun 26, 2013
End Date Jun 26, 2013
Publication Date Jan 1, 2013
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords design, experimentation, human factors, theory, time, media, lifelogging, quantified self
Publisher URL http://www.inputs-outputs.org
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Input - Outputs 2013

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