The delicacy of invention. Beyond design of control and beau geste of an electronic nature

Pierluigi BASSO FOSSALI

KEYWORDS : design, beau geste, ergonomy, technicality, invention

ABSTRACT : This paper argues that electronic technologies should escape two myths: the rigid functionalism and the beau geste. The latter seeks the perfect balance between economics, ethics and aesthetics inside the coded acts, but it could justify functionalism and its prior mapping of possible actions which, in truth, absorbs every creativity. If subjectivity is above all a resistance to repetition and a critical interposition to automation, design can offer itself as an incubator of gestures in which technological mediation serves as an exploratory protention. Instead of the rigidity of the procedures and their fields of application, the electronic gesture can nowadays build its own critical niche where to test the delicacy of the paradigms of rationality already imposed and possibly, to experiment its own efficiency in a field not yet “cultivated”. A pluralization of perspectives to rationalize and finalize social tasks requires “semi-finished” ergonomics and a ponderation of the user in order to allow a reconfiguration of identity boundaries, a redistribution of collective appreciations and an experimental reloading of modalizations (can/must do, know how/want to do).

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The delicacy of invention. Beyond design of control and beau geste of an electronic nature

Pierluigi BASSO FOSSALI

Université Lumière Lyon 2, UMR 5191 ICAR

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