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Illuminating History by Lily Díaz, 25.IX.2000

Subject 'thinking'

Understanding,
experiencing,
expressing,
communicating.
Art

Artworld: critics, patrons, institutions, audience. Other: The public

Learning,
understanding,
communicating.

Products,
processes
Market: Target group, companies.
Other: The public.

Learning,
understanding,
analysing,
interpreting,
communicating
Archaeological record

Academia.
Museums.
Collectors.

Object

Community context

Figure 4: Artists, designers and archaeologist.

The matrix presented in Figure 4 represents an initial approach to outline some areas of commonality between art, design and archaeology. The structure has been adapted from Kari Kuutti's formulation of a 3 X 6 classification for an activity using Activity Theory. The six element structure of the activity concept as outlined by Kuutti has been maintained with slight modifications of the terminology. 1 21The actors depicted in the three columns represent a different point of view, or attitude, towards the six concepts represented in the rows. The manner in which these are organised allow us to observe the points of divergence, as well as the instances where there may share a common ground.

The chart was created with two objectives in mind. The first was to understand how the archaeologist's use of tools for inscription and representation differs and resembles from that one of the artist and the designer. The second was to better understand how the area of discursive practices (e.g. Discourse) and the area of Community-context might exert pressure and create motivations that are in turn reflected on the Subject-actor. XXX(Ellaborate this better.)

Another obstacle in the path to fulfilment of meaningful networked virtual environments is what has been described as the factor of uncertainty inherent in the move towards an unknown future. Uncertainty is present in the ontological premise that defines design as a discipline concerned not with how things are, but how they should to be. Uncertainty is related to the speed of change in our rapidly shifting technological base. Uncertainty is that which we face when we take a leap of faith beyond monolithic

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