Edek Sher

So, you could enter the delineated space where beauty comes from. The ubiquitous place from which beauty enters our lives outside of Walgreens, enters our homes and our cars and the shelves in our bathrooms. Or, you could take a few steps forward, and then turn left, and present yourself with more illusions of choice.

LA LA LA

Hanyu Liao

You, as a reader, please don’t expect that I will show my body. I am timid, impatient, and yes, I am sorry but I have to admit that most importantly, I am so fed up with the bullshit like “love yourself” “every woman is beautiful in her own way” “healthy confident girls are the most beautiful things ever”. If there’s anyone say these to me, I don’t know what to respond.

SUPERFLUOUS MURMERS

Sophia Brueckner

Everyone is a cyborg, but they don’t realize it.

I got my first computer when I was two years old, a Commodore 64, and I’ve been inseparable from computers ever since. As a computer scientist and software engineer, I spent the last ten years of my life writing and thinking in computer code. My intense relationship with technology has without question shaped who I’ve become. My thought process is linear and binary, similar to the way a computer works. Even my childhood memories are structured like the virtual spaces in the old DOS games I loved. I cannot think in other ways unless I intervene.

Enraptured && Encoded

Joseph Hocking

Interactivity is a core element of the relationship between people and knowledge.

Chris Crawford pointed out the basic object-action duality of our experience with reality, and he even facetiously coined the term “interobjective” in order to contrast this with the term “interactive.”1 He decried the tendency for English speakers to communicate, and therefore think, mostly in terms of nouns and states of being (ie. objects.) For the sake of more accurately depicting living knowledge, Crawford argued for a primacy of verbs, and thus action, in discourse about thought processes.

Mirroring this idea, my work must be interactive in order to truly reflect the active nature of knowledge and reality.

1 http://www.erasmatazz.com/library/JCGD_Volume_9/Why_so_Hard.html
I Think You Know That I Know That You Think: Epistemology and Interactive Digital Art

Maralie Armstrong

As an artist using e-textile technology, my goals aren’t like that of commercial labs. My clothing objects don’t monitor the physical health or wealth of the wearer. They don’t augment a soldier’s war performance. Nor are my designs idealistically imbued to make the lives of the wearer easier and more comfortable. Instead my costumes utilize open source micro-controllers and study the entelechies of digital technology interfaces, their souls, their energy and the dynamic this places on human-machine (and human-human-machine) interactions.

Engendered Machines and Humanbeasts

Jason Huff

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We are super connected. Every passing moment presents unimagined opportunities. Does that sound utopian? Yes. Welcome to the new economy of ideas, where you can search for the next everything. Welcome to paradox. Welcome to burnout. Welcome to endless opportunities.Huff_TECH_INCRIT_Diagram1

Are We Not Drawn Onward To A New Era

José Fernández Liermann

Cult of Cute

On Aesthetics of “the cute” and the cult of consumerism: Cult of Cute is an installation piece inspired by my research on cultural influence and “aesthetic categories.”

It proposes that our personal understanding of cultural phenomena is conditioned by subjective interpretation, aesthetic considerations and suppressed traditions. I am using the intersection of Black Metal and cats on the Internet as a springboard to explore the cultural mashup, in which two apparently unrelated or opposed concepts converge as a consequence of our inherent affinity for mythology, mass production and image circulation.


 

Hye Yeon Nam

The expectation to conform culturally weighs on me heavily.

Recently, I was having breakfast when the server asked how I would like my eggs prepared and if I wanted them “sunny-side up.” I had never heard this term before and had misunderstood him as saying “sun inside up.”

I could have easily answered him affirmatively but instead I questioned him as to what “sun inside up” meant. This led to a frustrating interaction where he could not understand what I was saying and I could not understand the colloquialisms associated with ordering eggs.

In retrospect, I wonder if I should have just agreed with my server rather than causing the confusion to occur? Or was it best that I asked him so that not only did I have my eggs prepared the way I actually wanted them to be prepared but so that I could also learn what “sunny side up” meant to avoid future such situations? How should I have proceeded in the way that was most culturally complacent?

What does cultural complacency imply?

Self Portrait

Benjamin Kennedy

If the age of film transmuted objects out of the material realm and into that of the magical, the contemporary networked model of digital exchange infuses yet more ‘magic’ into the object by means of a hyper-circulation of image-objects. Ever the subjects of their time, objects have once again spiritedly asserted themselves as actors amidst a profusion of communication technologies, digital algorithms, and networks of circulation.

Immobile Mobility

Jane Long

How could something be happening right in front of you but perceived notions of what is happening are affecting what you do or understand? What you believe? What you perceive?

Jane Long: Subjective Object

On Everything and Nothing