Outside the Frame

The original Matisse interface: a plain telnet text pane. Media links opened elsewhere on the desktop, using helper applications such as jpegview or realplayer [sorry I have no archival screengrabs of this version]. It was important to me that content ‘in’ the text world should extrude outside the text pane: outside the frame of at least one level of interface metaphor. The idea of extrusion is important to me: one appeal of pervasive social media is the desire to push content outside the frame of its containing context — weightless media, extruded into the real world through location-aware pervasive networks, opens outside the closure of its technology. The context framing the augmented perceptual world is the intimate immensity of the actively imagining consciousness.