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Ludwig Zeller // New Needs in an Augmented World

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Article by George Chronopoulos
Posted on October 07th, 2011
in Specials & Ludwig Zeller

Ludwig Zeller works and experiments in the fields of interaction design and art. He received his Diploma with distinction at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and is currently enrolled at the MA Design Interactions programme at the Royal College of Art London. His work deals with aspects of cognitivism and information ecology. Topics to which he has contributed on a number of international exhibitions, conferences and workshops.

Here is what Ludwig  has to say about his project:

"Being born in the early eighties, my generation can be seen as a linking piece between the analog past and our digital present. We inhabit both eras, and recognise in transition what we have gained and lost.

By contrast, the generation being considered as "Digital Natives", those currently growing up in a completely networked world, do not remember a time before constant cognitive augmentation was common and social interaction was mostly virtual.

What consequences will this increasing cognitive symbioses between humans and digital systems have? The devices and films proposed in these projects explore how information technology not only provides possibilities and knowledge, but also carries a psychoactive effect that leads to unforeseen changes in human interactions and self-conceptions."

In the following three objects are briefly presented: DROMOLUX, OPTOCOUPLER and INTROSPECTRE. They have been realised as functional prototypes and been illustrated in short video scenarios.