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Illuminating History by Lily Díaz, 25.IX.2000

"It may be relatively easy to assemble a multi-disciplinary team, but to ask the participants to work constructively and efficiently together over a period of time demands an interdisciplinary attitude. This suggests integrating approaches from other disciplines, allowing for 'multiple sightings'. It further suggests designing a system that allows for all to design, with some addressing meta-design issues, while others address the details." 119

The need for good models and explicit working knowledge of how to institute inter- disciplinary collaborations has been clearly identified and noted.1 2 0In order for us to be able to create this knowledge we need to understand how and where disciplines intersect, as well as the areas of divergence that are integral to their essence. We also need to understand the different perspectives: Who are different actors? What is the nature of their role? Are they overt, active participants? Or is their role an implicit one, of restraint? What are the overall mechanics involved in the creation of knowledge.

The Artist

Inscription tools: brushes, pencils, pigments.
Support surfaces for inscriptions:sketch pad, etc. Recording tools and media: camera, film and video. Computer, digital media, digital networks. Conceptual tools:
representational devices, metaphoric devices.

The Designer

Inscription tools:
brushes, pencils,
pigments. Support
surface for inscriptions: sketch pad, etc.
Recording tools and media: camera, film, and video. Computer, digital media, digital networks. Conceptual tools:
Representation and visualization devices, information gathering devices, classification systems, metaphoric devices.
Creation,
translation,
visualisation,
representation,
planning.
Hierarchy, co-ordinated, group action.

The Archaeologist

Excavating instruments. Measuring instruments. Inscription tools: pencils. Support surface for
inscriptions: sketch pad, etc.. Recording tools and media: camera, film, and video. Computer, digital media, digital networks. Conceptual tools: stratigraphy,
chronology, seriation, classification

Instruments

Discourses

Creation,
expression,
experience,
representation.

Independent, co-
ordinated, group action.

Observation,
documentation,
representation,
preservation.

Hierarchy, co-ordinated group action.

Organisation of labour

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119. Krippendorf, K. ed., "New Design Principles", p., 35. 120. Krippendorf, K. ed., "New Design Principles", p., 44.

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