Often I hear people lament that we are being consumed by technology.
Indeed, interacting with technology is a cultural necessity, and our enmeshment with it is an inevitability. I question whether it is possible to have an expressive signature as a human being within this enmeshment or whether we are being subsumed into a strange feedback world within the machine.
As a programmer in the software industry for many years, I have particular insight into this compelling force. I too am seduced. I too am skeptical. By playing with this power dynamic, I investigate and bring awareness to it. I adapt programming and software originally designed for utility to expressive ends, creating algorithmic writing and generative sound and video compositions.
This work invites users to be more mindful in their interactions with it, and asks designers to consider ethical ramifications as a part of its development. In these works and this thesis, I propose that the boundary line between human and machine is malleable—suggesting that we can take back our control.