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Benjamin H. Bratton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029575

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029575.001.0001

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Interface Layer

Interface Layer

(p.219) Interface Layer
The Stack

Benjamin H. Bratton

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the fifth of six layers in The Stack, the Interface layer. The chapter outlines a typological history of interfaces, from the mechanical and the iconic to the haptic and the gestural. Interfaces are the membrane through which Users address The Stack, and it in turn addresses them. As an interactive visual diagram, graphical user interfaces (GUI) present a visually coherent image of otherwise opaque systemic flows. Suites of interfaces, provided by specific platforms, cohere into intrerfacial regimes that structure how a User understands The Stack and the range of possible actions that might be made. New interface technologies, such as augmented reality, superimpose interfacial elements directly into the perceptual field, and this capacity to render an imagined community of objects and subjects by collapsing the metaphorical space between object and interpretation can engender weird kinds of cognitive fundamentalism.

Keywords:   Interfaces, Interaction Design, Logistics, Augmented Reality, Semiotics, Political Theology, Haptic Interfaces, Gestural Interfaces, Object-Oriented Philosophy, Diagrams, Physical Computing, GUI

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