The New Unit of Presence
Time is a dimension. Time is money. Time is now.
Also, time is measured - in the Western world most often in seconds. The latest definition by the International System of Units goes as follows:
“The second is the duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium 133 atom.” (SI, 2006)
While time is measured with great precision, being present in time is not. 'Presence' is a highly complex concept to frame. However, with the mediated reality of today (Google Glass!), it seems more necessary than ever. For my thesis, I set out on this impossible journey: Designing a new (qualitative) unit of presence.
With science as an offset, I have done a critical design project making use of an explorative, design-based research toolkit across Copenhagen, Denmark and Cape Town, South Africa.
Rather than providing a solid scientific answer (this would be rather impossible) I wanted to qualify an ongoing discussion around presence.
The project consists of three intersecting parts:
(x) The unit
(i-v) Five artifacts articulating various research findings
(ccdup) Online space for continuous questioning, wonder, reflection and discussion around presence. Check it out here: http://thenewunitofpresence.is/
Together they contitute my final solution: A multi-layered invitation for interaction and further iteration.