Lev Manovich’s The Interface, the second chapter in his book The Language of New Media, is much like his first chapter in that it is a tough read. The writing is in depth to say the least and there is little break between sections. I will, for the sake of writing a good review of this chapter, look past these hindrances and look at the positives that come from this section.
The screen and the user interested me the most because if talks about the human interaction within the interface and how it has changed. He defines the classical screen as simply “a flat, rectangular surface.” This is the starting point in history of the screen and can be a painting.
The next screen to come around is the dynamic screen. This one is a screen that is capable of changing images over a span of time. Televisions and theatre completely revolve around the idea of a dynamic screen. Really if you think about it even plays long before the invention of televisions could be looked at as a dynamic screen because of the movement of the characters on stage.
Virtual reality is also talked about in this section. In this instance, as Manovich states, “the screen has disappeared altogether.” Physical and simulated space coincide within virtual reality. Virtual reality was at one point a popular idea that was toyed with and seemed to be the wave of the future. I don’t know it might make a comeback and be taken to new heights but that remains to be seen. Doing research on current trends in virtual reality brought me to the video of a new headset called the Oculus Rift. A youtube review of this headset can be found here . Unusual looking at best it looks to certainly change the world of video gaming.