bloc // December 10, 2001

Ordering, Information and Navigation ⁄⁄

Date: Friday 22nd February 2002
Time: 2.30pm to 6pm
Venue:University of Wales, Bangor
Partner: Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC) |
Partner: Centre for Advanced Development of the Creative Industries, University of Wales, Bangor |

This seminar will ask whether the process of classification ever allows for flexibility, enabling users to initiate a personal enquiry through complex and established information without having to conform to conventions.


Information is formed knowledge and its digitisation allows for ever-increasing complexity as well as a conundrum – how should it be ordered and accessed? Computer dataĆ»s non-linearity means there is no correct means of entry and exploration. Patterns can offer a visual connection between various strands of data – interfaces or metaphors for the information they represent. However, systems of any kind predetermine activity and, as such, can limit or influence an enquiry.


Sandra Green | Head of Information Architecture, Amaze Ltd
Rolland Munro | Professor of Organisation Theory, Centre for Social Theory & Technology, Keele University
Damian Abbott, Adam Scrivener, and Paul Claydon | Inventory, a collective enterprise set up by a group of writers, artists, and theorists
Graeme Harper | Director Centre for Advanced Development of the Creative Industries Centre for the Creative and Performing Arts