Interface ecology addresses how to generate new knowledge by combining methods and their disciplines. Theory and practice are connected.

Interface ecologies are socio-technical border zones that juxtapose disparate systems on many levels. Interface border zones bring people, activities, codes, components, and systems into contact. They are characterized by the relationships that they enable and prohibit. The development of hybrid forms can be catalyzed (or prevented). The need to understand and resolve differences can function as a transformative mechanism that drives innovation (or as barrier).


Kerne, A., Wakkary, R., Nack, F., Steggell, A., Jaimes, A., Candan, K.S., Del Bimbo, A., Jennings, P., Dulic, A. Connecting artists and scientists in multimedia research, Proc ACM Multimedia 2008, 1113.
Kerne, A., doing interface ecology: the practice of metadisciplinarity, Proc SIGGRAPH Art and Animation, 181-185 [20%].
Kerne, A., Concept-Context-Design: A Creative Model for the Development of Interactivity. Proc ACM Creativity and Cognition 2002, 192-199 [48%].
Kerne, A., Interface Ecosystem, the Fundamental Unit of Information Age Ecology. Proc SIGGRAPH 2002: Art and Animation, 142-145 [19%].
Jeremijenko, N., Schiphorst, T., Matteas, M., Strauss, W., Wright, W., Kerne, A., Extending interface practice: an ecosystem approach. Proc SIGGRAPH 2002: Abstracts & Applications, 90-91 [19%].

Kerne, A., Interface Ecology: An Open Conceptual Space of Collage and Emergence ArtLab23, Spring 2002:1, School of Visual Arts, NYC.
Kerne, A., The Conceptual Space of Collage, from CollageMachine to Interface Ecology and Back. Cultronix 05. CMU, Pittsburgh. December 2001.
Kerne, A., Open Processes Create Open Products: Interface Ecology As A Metadisciplinary Base For CollageMachine. Proc SIGGRAPH 2001: Abstracts and Applications, 239.
Kerne, A., CollageMachine: A Model of "Interface Ecology". NYU Ph.D. Dissertation. April 2001.
Kerne, A., The Interface Ecology Research Agenda for HCI. SIGCHI Research Agenda Workshop. Pittsburgh. May 1999.
Kerne, A., Cultural Representation in Interface Ecosystems Amendments to the interactions Design Awards Criteria. interactions. Jan - Feb 1998, 37-43
Kerne, A., Interface Ecology: An Open Systems Approach to Analyzing and Making Culture, talk presented to the Conference on Performance Studies. Atlanta. March 1997.