abstract

The lines between digital and physical are blurring as the role of technology in our lives expands. As a culture we are becoming increasingly adept at integrating physical environment, cell phones, television, and the internet into one complex narrative of everyday life. The archive is particularly impacted by this process of convergence as our photographs, our newspapers, and even our books are increasingly powered by, and accessed through, networked technology. What implications does this shift from physical archive to digital archive have for both graphic design and the engaged reader?

Everywhere at Once addresses the tension between digital and physical within contemporary archives such as collections, libraries, and the urban landscape, and examines ways of extracting meaningful narrative from them. This study utilizes concepts from design and programming to explore the notion of narrative multiplicity: investigating tagging, indexing, and analog computing devices as forms of narrative structure. These structures are then applied to an intentional convergence of form: situating them concurrently across web sites, designed objects, and real world experience so that the reader only experiences the whole by participating in its parts.