Digital screens are evolving into thinner, smaller, and even flexible forms. Screens are omnipresent, but they are receding from our consciousness, with their full potential going unrealised. ‘Screen As’ uses design to inquire, investigate, and reflect on the screen as a material, and discover new methods of viewing and using the technology. By exploring alternative screen practices, this project aims to bring our attention back to these seemingly immaterial surfaces.
‘Screen As____’ is an ongoing suite of experiments that use modern technology in unusual ways to explore the potential of screens. Guided by themes of deconstructing, defamiliarising and reconfiguring, the tests extrapolate the screen into the real world, beyond the typical four-edged format. For example, in the experiment ‘Screen as Analogue Feedback’, the monitor’s reflective glass surface is used to manipulate a photograph through a feedback loop, an unfamiliar use of the screen. The diverse range of exploration and results expands the possibilities of interacting with the technology, in turn portraying the screen as not only a display device, but also
a sophisticated material space.
‘Screen As____’ is a honours research project completed in the UTS Faculty of Design.