Ines Cox’s book looks at designers’ relationships with their computer and digital processes
Ines Cox’s latest project, a book titled SAVE, is the culmination of a two-year research period at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. During this time she explored our relationships with technology, focusing particularly on the designer’s perspective and the reciprocal nature of the interaction with their computer. To do this, she consciously observed, documented and imitated the aesthetics that appeared on her own screen, generated by the computer and its software.
“In the book I try to protagonise the volatile and seemingly unimportant steps of the digital (working) process and reveal them as printed matter,” she explains. “I present them as an associative string of screenshots that tell a story where (graphic) characters and quotes (transcribed from the computer) become part of a particular choreography.” By collecting these “visual souvenirs” of her digital actions, which take the forms of photographs, designs, words, drawings and prints, they become “vehicles with which to communicate about our time and formats to suggest narratives on the universe we inhabit.”
Ines says that documenting this meaningful exchange was also a way to show the different levels on which designers work not just through their computer, but alongside it and with it. The pages become records of non-verbal conversations with their tools, transcending them from a mere means to an end, and presenting them as a responsive presence that uses the designer just as the designer uses it. And within this presence, Ines displays the digital processes as characters that perform on the page, moving around, asserting themselves or telling a story of visual associations as they “participate in a choreography”.