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date: 10 April 2020

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This essay discusses the flexibility of the term “interface” and argues that an approach that draws from media studies, literature, and the arts provides a unique perspective to work with and against the grain of contemporary, ubiquitous, nearly invisible interfaces to (frequently) blackboxed digital technologies; media studies and literature and the arts can reveal the ways in which these interfaces too often foreclose on our access to information, knowledge, and creativity, and they can also re-insert values such as accessibility, transparency, and configurability, if not into the design of interfaces themselves, then at least into our experience of these interfaces.

Keywords: interface, accessibility, transparency, HCI, design, experimental poetry, digital literature, virtual reality (VR)

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