This interview with Nguyet Vuong, co-founder and lead designer at Civil was conducted by Jim Kosem back in January 2020. Much has happened since then, including Civil — the much lauded attempt to decentralise and improve the process of news making — has coming to a close. Much thanks and apologies to the delay to Nguyet. We feel the conversation covers important issues that remain relevant now and in the future.

The interview is edited for clarity and readability

Jim: Hi Nguyet, can you tell me a bit about what you do and for whom?

Nguyet: Yes. I am a designer. I work at Civil, which is a startup in the blockchain space. We’re trying to make the web a safer, trusted place for civic engagement is the long road, but for now we are focusing on independent journalism and try to make it a safe space. …

Designer, author and engineer Joshua Noble will be joining Sensorium Festival to lead a workshop on Computer Vision for Mixed Reality. We sat down with Joshua to talk about his fascination for Computer Vision, its wider implications for society and the complicity he feels as a designer working with technological systems.

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Computer Vision is a particularly challenging field for a couple of reasons. There is the question of what is vision, which asks us deep questions about what it means to be human. Sight and visual confirmation of something is one of the most inarguable verifications. When I see something in front of me it is very difficult for my brain to not think: “this is real”. And when I see something, and you see something, and we both agree that we see the same thing, it’s one of the most fundamental verifications of shared reality and shared intelligence.

To confer that same agreement with a machine is one of the most visceral sorts of encounters with an inanimate intelligence. …

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The building on the left was designed by Vladimír Dedeček and opened in 1977, contrasting with the neo-Renaissance Esterhazy Palace on the right from a century earlier.

The photo above shows the Slovak National Gallery (SNG) in Bratislava where I design and develop web technologies in the research and development lab. The prominent ‘Bridge’ structure on the left is currently undergoing reconstruction, which means that the only space available for exhibitions is the three top floors on the right. One of the ways we are dealing with this limitation is by extending visitor experience on digital platforms. This is the story of how we approached one such extension to augment our recent exhibition ‘Dream × Reality: Art & Propaganda 1939–1945’ with much needed historical context.

Dream × Reality is the first art-historical interrogation of the era of the Slovak (war) State — one of the most controversial periods in modern Slovak history. Central theme in the exhibition is the contrast between the ideological dream of the first sovereign Slovak state and the painful reality of a regime that openly collaborated with Nazi Germany and the policies that came with that. …


Philo van Kemenade

Intertwingling narrative & computational design @unfoldSays | #museTech & #openGLAM @webumeniaSK | co-curator @SensoriumIs | Initiator @PopathonHackJam 🎨🔗🚀

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