Place of humankind in an environment of signs: remediation and/or dematerialisation of the artefact

Definition of remediation – the action of remedying something, in particular of reversing or stopping environmental damage.

Definition of dematerialisation – is the move from physical certificates to electronic book keeping. Actual stock certificates are slowly being removed and retired from circulation in exchange for electronic recording

Definition of artefact – an object made by a human being, typically one of cultural or historic interest.


Signs are used everywhere in the environment. From adverts, shop signs, road signs and even simple instructional signs.

Technology has more or less taken over the world, creating new more environmentally friendly signs. However others can argue this is not helping the earth, but it does help with saving trees and forests therefore helping wildlife and the world.

With looking into this, I am going to research on how the place of humankind in an environment of signs dematerialises artefacts.


How people use signs in their environment? – Dematerialisation is a new, updated way of looking at things. People use signs in this way by digital billboards, pop up ads on social medias, and this can even be seen in more constructed based objects like cars. People use these every day, and these are both good and bad for the environment, but we do not really think of how it can damage the earth and even our selves. This is moved from traditional creations to digital.

What format for what sets of data? – Most of this data would be used by mobile devices, tablets, computers to digital advert screening, LED lighting signs. All of these devices use different formats of data, from more informational data, to image data and also interactive data.

Is it always materialised? – All of these type of signs are materialised as they are known well to people for informational use. Also, as this is more updated source of material, it would be eye catching to younger people as well as older as it is more modern and up to date.



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