News – A personal point of view on the topic
Throughout the course of history news has been across with the increasing distance between sender and acceptor and the available diversity of media growing to a complex system. Written communication, video and photography are spreading internationally through numerous channels without any delay of time. To talk about an abundance of news needs to be examined critically, as the consumption is mainly happening within social media and we deal with it deliberately.
The needs of people to pursue news, has its origin in the will to participate in the proceedings and the communication in between. Media dynamics within the system are sophisticated and reactions are hardly possible to predict. The world of news creates a hyperreality of life, which barely relates to our actual lives which appears eventless and boring to us. One constantly gets a sense of lagging behind the common status quo.
Through analysing a huge amount of news it can be identified, that behind the different stories lie equal archetypes. Alain de Botton writes in his book “The News” that the world of news is based on 43 different archetypes. Stories with the same essence are therefore time and again charged with new content and afterwards reproduced.
I want to explore the system of news in a critical way from a design perspective.
I ask myself how it would be easier for people to manage the huge amount of information and furthermore whether there could be alternative ways to communicate news.
Narrow specific assignment
People are checking the news constantly – e.g. reading the newspaper, browsing through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram …
While we are just living in the here and now, so much things are happening in the world – natural disasters, weddings of celebrities, new inventions, violent attacks, new computer software, fashion weeks, invention of novel medical engineering tools, exhibition openings, …
Because we try to keep up with all the information we somehow get the feeling that our life boring and meaningless, as our matters are hardly ever concerning a whole bunch of people.
Because of this, I would like to communicate the importance of the everyday occurrence and point them out in an interesting way.
As people are not able to manage the huge amount of information in the news I would like to simplify it with determining archetypical stories, like Alain De Botton wrote in his book “The News”. Furthermore I would like to categorize some of the current news stories in the archetypical structure.
News and information, which we spot in magazines, the social media or at TV, create a specific picture of the reality in our mind. These hyper realities are translated in physical objects with some wire sculptures made from a smart metal.
Smart metal can remember their basic form, when it is heated up.
In addition to the sculptures news are displayed on a screen. When the visitor is reading through an article, a certain sculpture is heated up and therefore is rebuilding its basic form. If the visitor is continuing with another article the previous sculpture is changing its shape again and the new sculpture/hyper reality is building up.
To create a more physical object, fabrics in between support the wire frame. To raise the feeling that the hyper reality is changing our perception of the world a lamp is casting light on the objects to create a long shadow in the background.