Panel: Don’t Anthropomorpise Me: Electronic Performance Tools, Automatons and The Vanity Apocalypse
The paper will examine identity and our data shadow as subjects of the vanity apocalypse, with particular emphasis on how we make sense of them and reflect upon how we might or might not interact with them. I will interrogate the choice of representations and interfaces used to develop the responsive installation augment_me and examine it various data flows. I wish to critical examine how we are “naturally inclined” to interact and use these technologies. I propose to examine this expanded sense of self and I suspect a vicarious connectedness with the world around. I wish to offer reflection upon our need to be seen as complete and whole. Draped in our insecurities of difference and in desperate need of similarity we anthropomorphise the other and augment the self.
- Brad Miller is a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales (Australia), College Of Fine Arts, School of Design Studies and an Artist and Design Academic at University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts; he lives and works in Sydney. He has typically manipulated found images and sound to create single channel video and interactive works exploring memory and associations. In early 2011, he was attached researcher to Chunky Move with Gideon Orbanzek, exploring the human body as data interface. During September Miller will be working in Shanghai with the multi-disciplinary Design Studio/LAB Rare Earth using augment_me as an experimental research platform. In October he will be in-residence at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Miller as been invited to exhibit as part of a group show at Gallery 3,14 Bergen Norway in January 2012.
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