IICloud(s) – Inhabiting and Interfacing the Cloud(s)

The design research I&IC (Inhabiting and Interfacing the Clouds) explores the creation of counter-proposals to the current expression of “Cloud Computing”, particularly in its forms intended for private individuals and end users (“Personal Cloud”). I&IC is to o er an alternative point of view, a critical appraisal as well as an “access to tools” about this iconic infrastructure of our modernity and
its user interfaces, because to date their implementation has followed a logic chie y of technical development, mainly governed by corporate interests,
and continues therefore to be paradoxically envisioned as a purely functional, centralized setup.However, the Personal Cloud holds a potential that is largely untapped in terms of design, novel uses and territorial strategies. Through
its cross-disciplinary approach that links interaction design, the architectural and territorial dimensions as well as ethnographic studies, our project aims at producing alternative models resulting from a more contemporary approach, notably factoring in the idea of creolization (theorized by E. Glissant).