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Michael Johnson

Soldier turned civilian. Now a Media Architecture student at Portfolio Center. My goal is to help people interact with the new era of convergence.


Monday, October 30, 2006
"The Universe divided
As the Heart and Mind collided,
With the people left unguided
For so many troubled years.
In a cloud of doubts and fears,
Their world was torn asunder into hollow Hemispheres.

Some fought themselves, some fought each other.
Most just followed one another,
Lost and aimless like their brothers,
For their hearts were so unclear,
And the truth could not appear.
Their spirits were divided into blinded Hemispheres.

Armageddon - The Battle of Heart and Mind

I've always been a bit of a geek. When I was a teenager, a friend introduced me to a band called Rush. And thanks to the random playlist of iTunes, I recently rediscovered them and some of the ideas that I wanted to bring to design when I came to Portfolio Center.

The Balance of Heart and Mind. Technology and Life. Science and Culture.

Its something I believe to the core. One of my main goals in going into media architecture is to help bridge the gap between technology and life, to find ways to make people's lives easier, their time more effective, their lives more rich. As our world becomes more and more complex, our attention is drawn in to many directions.

I believe that technology can help. It hasn't so far, that's for sure. As every advancement in computers has promised to help us do our work faster and easier, each time we are given a new set level of complexity. Sure, we can do things with our new tools that couldn't have been achieved before, but our lives are not getting easier. Our work days are not getting shorter.

Its a trend that needs to reverse. And I intend to help it.

Which is why I'm so excited about this project for Seed Magazine. Thank you Alena for getting which project the Rock/Paper/Scissor gods picked.


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