- Architecture. Program in Media Arts and Sciences. Architecture. Program in Media Arts and
- Offenhuber, Dietmar
- Judith Donath. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program in Media Arts and Sciences. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of
Architecture. Program in Media Arts and Sciences.
- 76 p.
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- The ability to create an unlimited number of
identical copies is a privilege of digital documents. What if that
would not be the case, if each copy of a digital file would go
along with some sort of transformation? This thesis examines the
implications of such a scenario on information ecologies and map
out the design space for a new type of decentralized authoring
applications. The concept of the copy is inherently transformative,
even if just as the transformation from "the One into the Many ".
However, until the recent transition from analog to digital media,
the perfectly identical copy was not possible, every reproduction
resulted in transformation. While this transformation usually is
associated with loss of information, it also creates new
information, traces of an objects history. As a result of the
ability to create of unlimited numbers of perfectly identical
copies from digital files, this dimension of context information is
lost - digital files do not have a history. In the course of this
thesis, five examples were implemented that illustrate important
properties of the concept of transformative copying, in order to
propose a general framework for a sociable, transformative file
format. They investigate two cases of transformation: First,
transformation as a deliberate process by humans. A second
dimension is transformation as an autonomous process, either in
form of an imperfect copy or as a result of an objects age and
usage, such as wear. Both points seem like independent cases, but
in our scenario they are closely interconnected and inform each
- Dietmar Offenhuber.
- Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media
Arts and Sciences, 2008.
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